Masters of Evil.

I always had a thing for “franchise” type super villain teams. You know, the ones that pretty much just have a revolving door attached to their headquarters?

The Injustice Society (sometimes of the World, sometimes Unlimited), the Brotherhood of Evil (both Mutants and non), The Secret Society of Super Villains…

And of course, the Masters of Evil.

Sure, all those other teams have gone through their share of line up changes. But the Masters at this point are up to roster number TEN (and if you count the Young Masters from Young Avengers, and The Hood’s gang of super criminals, most of whom are ex-Masters and who had their own mini-series taking place in the House of M Universe titled House of M: Masters of Evil, it’s more like twelve).

The Masters greatest moment came during Roger Stern and John Buscema’s run on Avengers, where in an actual piece of brilliant villain strategy, Baron Zemo realizes there is strength in numbers and surges the Masters roster to nearly twenty villains, who then lay siege to Avengers mansion, hospitalize Hercules, torture Jarvis the butler, and basically come close to destroying the entire team.

My personal favorite line up of the Masters, however, was the one organized by this dude:

That’s right. Egghead. Other than Ultron, the only actual arch nemesis Hank Pym has ever had. Now, don’t ask me why, but he was always one of my favorite evil scientist villains. And his Masters line up wasn’t too shabby either…

Ok, ok. So on the cover they’re getting clowned. But this line up not only utilized Masters mainstays like Whirlwind and Radioactive Man, but it added future mainstays like Tiger Shark, Beetle, and Moonstone; the latter two of whom parlayed their Masters membership into greater fame via Thunderbolts and Dark Reign…

But those are posts for a different day.

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