Best of the Worst

By Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser | Nextpod

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Twice a week, join the Weisers (creators of "Myths and Legends" and "Fictional") as they take a look at all the wonderful, ridiculous characters from comic book history. Why should Joker, Thanos, Catwoman, and Magneto get all the love? Why not Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, Uglyman, Kiteman, Asbestos Lady, and Condiment King? And yes, those are real characters. Originally a segment on chart-topping podcast Fictional, Best of the Worst is making household names out of the worlds worst heroes and villains...just not for the reasons they'd want.

Episode Date
Icicle
07:09

An icicle is an extremely fragile thing that falls...so of course it's something to model your whole career in super-villainy after.

Icicle first appeared in All-American Comics Issue #90

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May 24, 2022
Hellcow
07:42

What happens when Dracula needs a snack but can't bring himself to bite any humans? Hellcow happens.

Hellcow first appeared in Giant-Size Man-Thing #5 

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May 19, 2022
Vapora
07:19

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May 17, 2022
The Piper
06:53

The Piper shows that no matter who you are or what you do, you too can have your own arch enemy. Just hope that it isn't the piper, who is actually legitimately pretty terrifying when he's not throwing clarinets at people.

The Piper first appeared in Quality Comics #52

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May 12, 2022
Monocle
06:49
What could be more threatening than a monocle themed villain? Literally anything? Yeah. Literally anything.

Monocle first appeared in Flash Comics #64

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May 10, 2022
The Swarm
07:14

The Swarm is a swarm of Nazi bees. No, really.

The Swarm first appeared in "The Champions" #14

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May 05, 2022
Paste-Pot Pete
07:28

Apparently a sloshing bucket of paste feeding into a super-soaker is a super power now?

Paste-pot Pete first appeared in Strange Tales #104

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May 03, 2022
The Eel
08:34

The Eel is an aquarium curator in a greasy purple body suit living his best life.

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Apr 28, 2022
Spider Man (not that one)
07:12

We learn that DC Comics actually beat Marvel to the punch and created a villain called Spider Man ten years before Peter Parker made his debut. For some reason, a sad old man with fuzzy feelers and a sack of goo wasn't as much of a hit...

Spider Man first appeared in WHIZ Comics #89

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Apr 26, 2022
The Spot
07:02

The Spot is why we should fund the sciences: so more of our PhDs don't go into super-villainy.

The Spot first appeared in "Spectacular Spider-man" #98

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Apr 21, 2022
The Prankster
08:38

What better nemesis could there be for Superman than a little guy with a pencil mustache, no super powers, who commits crime by playing pranks (and taking deep dives into U.S. Copyright Law).

The Prankster first appeared in Superman #22

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Apr 19, 2022
Bat-Hombre
08:15

Batman franchises his operation out to a South American country in 1949 and the result (basically the same Batman, but with a mustache and colorful poncho speaking Spanglish) is something that has not aged well.

Bat-Hombre's first, and thankfully only, appearance was in Batman #56

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Apr 14, 2022
Reefer King
05:52

Look, drugs and tobacco are bad. Don't do them. What you *should* do, according to the 1945 comic featuring Yankee Boy v. Reefer King, is dress up in a star spangled unitard and, without a mask or superpowers, go take on murderous drug dealers. After you finish your homework, of course.

Reefer King first appeared in Dynamic Comics #16

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Apr 12, 2022
Murder Marionettes
07:47

Two brothers had conflicting dreams about how to put their puppet skills to good use. One wanted to bring delight and joy to children everywhere. The other wanted to use them to rob banks and commit secret murders. By the title of the episode you can probably tell which brother's vision won out.

Unfortunately, he didn't see Doll Man coming (except he really did because Doll Man, despite the intimidating name, was actually kind of bad at being a superhero).

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Apr 07, 2022
The Kangaroo
08:19

If you big inspiration in life is to be like the guy who wants to be a marsupial, you might want to re-evaluate those goals.

"The Kangaroo" is a Spider-man villain who first appeared in "The Amazing Spider-man" #81.

The Brian Hibbs version first appeared in "The Spectacular Spider-man" #244.

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Apr 05, 2022
The Porcupine
07:36
Because what shows your genius and mastery of all things super-villainy more than a giant spikey wookie suit that shoots rubber cement from its nipples?

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Mar 31, 2022
Brickbat
09:15

Brickbat is the answer to the question: what if Batman was evil...and wore a lime green dress suit...and threw poisonous bricks.

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Mar 29, 2022
Phantasmon the Terrible
06:33

Phantasmon the Terrible, who shoots electric snot rockets, has a legion of demons, and comes from the planet Diablor, has met his evil match: corporate America.

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Mar 24, 2022
Stardust the Super Wizard
07:06

A cruel and imposing space wizard comes to earth and asserts his own twisted form of justice on us and, of course, that makes him the hero?

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Mar 22, 2022
Microwave Man
07:49

Because what could be more intimidating than a household appliance?

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Mar 17, 2022
The Death Throws
07:51

"The Death Throws" is a juggling-based assassin group that is good at branding and bad at crime.

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Mar 15, 2022
Uglyman
07:37

Uglyman vs. The Web: "Henpecked Hero" is a matchup that you have when you don't care about selling comic books.

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Mar 10, 2022
Human Flying Fish
07:05

The story of Human Flying Fish is a tale of why you shouldn't give up on your dreams, even when those dreams are ridiculous and bad.

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Mar 08, 2022
Stilt-man and Lady Stilt-man
06:41

Stilt-man is a lesson in why you should just stop trying to make stilts a thing...unless you want to get beaten up by pretty much all the Avengers.

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Mar 03, 2022
Outlaw Town, U.S.A.
07:58

Outlaws band together, I guess learn California state law, and legally found a town for outlaws. Looks like Batman is going to need to put some miles on the Batmobile and take a visit to sunny California.

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Mar 01, 2022
The King of Cats
06:44

When Catwoman (Selina Kyle) retires, her brother Karl Kyle decides to step in to become the King of Cats in Gotham city because not only does he not need to get new business cards, but what is more intimidating than a skin-tight hairy purple body suit?

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Feb 24, 2022
Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man
07:48
Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man is the name you get when you let your enemies do your branding for you. And also when you can't make a decision about what form you want to take so you just jam them all together and become part dinosaur, part rock, and part cabbage.

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Feb 22, 2022
Best of the Worst Trailer
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New show from the Weisers about wonderful and ridiculous comic book villains drops 2/22/22!

Feb 20, 2022