Villain of the Month: Doctor Octopus

Doctor Octopus

What has eight arms and a brain to boot?

Doctor Octopus was one of he first Spider-man villains we were introduced to and it has earned a spot in our heart.

For the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on the comic book version. Though we have to say, we loved his representation in Spider-man 2.

Brief History

The intriguing villain was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He first appeared The Amazing Spider-man # 3 in July 1963. Over the years, we have seen his devious plans spoiled by web head. Even with the formation of the Sinister Six, we see they still struggle to be victorious. 

Hands down, the best story line for this character took place in the Superior Spider-man. We won’t go into too much detail if you had not read it. They did a great job with the build up of the story and how it played out.

Positives

It would have to be his harness. At the time, this was a unique accessory for a villain and prove to help him out in a pinch. It made him stand out from the typical super villain mold. There was something terrifying as a kid seeing Doc Ock for the first time. Also we love how they made him not so physically imposing. 

Negatives

Initially it was his lack of motivation to turn to a life of crime. Over the years, it was reworked to give it more substance. Part of this was an issue to do with the time period during his creation. It was good to see how the minor changes corrected it. 

Best Hero

Sure he has gone up against some of the other Marvel characters, but there are none like Spider-man. The two go toe to toe often and even though our favorite comes out on top, he has to work for it. Doc Ock has proven to be a good challenge and does make the reader guess who will win in the end. 

Overall

Once you get past the bad haircut, Doc Ock proved to be a unique villain that made a mark on us. Even some of the later versions took it up a notch. If we had to make a list of the top Spider-man villains, he would be 1 or 1 a.

Let us know what you think of Doctor Octopus.

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