Saturday, February 05, 2011
Stan Lee was always a bit lame when it came to naming characters for the comics - he tended to lean on the whole cool adjective thing - The "Uncanny" X-Men. But when it came to naming the group of bad guys we examine today, I think he just flat out ran out of ideas - I mean the "Sinister Six"?! But, of course, it is possible that this lame name was a reflection of how lame these guys were as individuals. I have no doubt that such a name represented the full extent of their creative abilities.
Which brings me to the point of this latest series-within-a-series we have been doing here looking at groups of bad guys. What do you do when you have a bunch of incredibly lame bad guys - you form an incredibly lame group - in this case the Sinister Six!
I mean first of all - six what? Meatballs? No wait, that would be the "Savory Six." I know strippers - no, that would be the "Sexy Six" (not to mention completely in violation of the Comics Code Authority. So the absence of a noun is a problem. But so is the necessity for alliteration. Would they not be better served with a more descriptive name like the "Six lame villains hoping that sheer numbers will make them less lame...guys."
Yeah, that's the ticket.