Byron's Top 4 Skeleton Characters of All Time
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Since there have been comic books and video games (and even before), there have been villains, both mundane and quite bizarre, who have taken a skeletal look as their guise … or they were skeletons in the first place!
Here, as we celebrate the coming of the Eve of All Hallows Oct. 31, is a presentation by Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer of his favorite Top 4 hauntingly horrible skeleton-themed characters.
4. Fever Pitch (Marvel)
With the manifestation of his powers, the Marvel mutant known as Fever Pitch was reduced to a flaming skeleton. He is capable of extending that biological flame outwards as intense heat, explosive blasts, or use it for flight. If, as he claims, his abilities are similar to Chamber’s then he also does not have a need to eat, drink or breathe oxygen.
The villain, a member of the second incarnation of the mutant terrorist organization Gene Nation and later as a member of X-Corps, was one of the few Gene Nationals to make a sustained appearance outside of the group besides the various leaders (Marrow, Callisto, et al).
3. Kel'Thuzad (World of Warcraft)
Formerly a sorcerer of Dalaran in World of Warcraft, Kel’Thuzad was one of the prime agents of the Lich King, responsible for the spreading of the Plague of undeath.
After being slain by Arthas during the events of the Third War, the skeletal necromancer was reborn as a lich. He then aided Arthas in summoning Archimode, a powerful lord pf the Burning Legion.
However, Kel’Thuzad’s true loyalty was to the Lich King and no the Burning Legion. After the Legion’s defeat, Kel’Thuzad supported Arthas in wresting power from the Dreadlords.
2. Skeletor (Masters of the Universe)
Skeletor is the famed primary villain of the Masters of the Universe franchise created by Mattel, including several series of comic books featuring the skull-faced antagonist and his archenemy, He-Man.
Depicted as a muscular blue humanoid with a purple hood over his yellowing bare-bone skull, Skeletor seeks to conquer Castle Grayskull so he can learn its ancient secrets, which would make him unstoppable and enable him to conquer and rule all of Eternia.
1. Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics)
The first is still the best! Following a series of western comics heroes who originally used the name, the first Marvel Comics superhero Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, debuted in Marvel Spotlight #5 (Aug. 1972), created by writer/editor Roy Thomas, writer Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog.
The since-controversial character received his own series in 1973, with penciler Jim Mooney handling most of the first nine issues. Several different creative teams mixed-and-matched until penciler Don Perlin began a considerably long stint with issue #26, eventually joined by writer Michael Fleisher through issue #58. The series ran through in issue #81 (June 1983).
Originally when Blaze transformed into Ghost Rider, his body changed but not the clothes he was wearing. In later incarnations, this is different and his clothes take on a different appearance with a spiked leather jacket and chains. As Ghost Rider, he can cause his motorcycle to transform and surround itself with hellfire or he can create a new cycle from pure hellfire. He is also capable of projecting hellfire as a weapon. Hellfire "burns the soul" without leaving physical injuries on the victim and its effects have been seen as similar to the "Penance Stare."
Those are the main skeletons in our closet. What about yours?