The story of Burtram is a common one in the beginning. Denied his rightful share of his father fortune Burtram went to his brother, Warren Jr. to borrow money which he used to buy a secret base under the Statue of Liberty that would be the headquarters of his illegal diamond smuggling operation.
Before we can move on we must stop to examine the brilliance of this plan. Because it is a common tourist location no one will notice a few extra people. As an island it is possible for ships to dock without going through typical channels so the chances of getting caught are far less and most importantly you can turn the statue of liberty into a giant remote control weapon of destruction. (So far as I know Dazzler did not do this but it can only be because of time management issues).
His ultimate plan was to create a giant laser using the diamonds. This laser called the Spatial Destructor(You have to give him style points for the name). Saddly before he could create this ultimate weapon his meddling brother(upon finding secret base under statue of liberty on the expense report) discovered what he was doing.
Dazzler, smart enough to stay out of these things himself, hired goons to kill his brother(Using the money he borrowed from his brother presumably).
Warren Worthington III, AKA. Angel learned of his fathers death and immediately assumed that it was Burtran Worthington and sought vengeance.
Using the teleporter he had in the base(No need to explain that every secret base has a teleporter) Dazzler imprisoned Angel in a room with his girlfriend Candy Southern. He then attempted to brainwash Angel to steal him a diamond big enough for his machine. This failed because Angel is a mutant and no mutant can ever be mentally controlled. (Never, none of them. It's a known fact all other examples are simply misunderstandings or possibly the placebo effect.)
With the help of several other X-men Angel was able to defeat a middle aged man with a half completed laser and Dazzler was put in prison. As this did not appear to be enough punishment for Angel he later suggested the name Dazzler be given to Alison Blaire as a constant reminder to his uncle of his disdain for the man. This is still Alison Blaire's primary reason for remaining with the X-men.
Burtram has not returned to crime mostly due to his inability to come up with a name cooler than Dazzler though he was recently overheard asking a friend what he thought of the name Lazeler so his criminal tenancies may be returning.
If you didn't know Dr. Manhattan from The Watchmen is based off of the character Captain Atom. A being able to manipulate a quantum field with a theoretically infinite amount of energy. He can fly, is nearly invulnerable, has super strength, he can live in the vacuum of space, and even create matter. So who would dare challenge this almost god like being. He would have to be someone with great courage, great intellect and great power. This is where one of his most important villains appears. Dr. Spectro. A member of the legion of Doom Dr. Spectro is able to use light to effect emotions as well as hallucinations. Not bad powers but they seem unlikely to have much effect on Captain Atom. His career as a villain, started out typically enough. His own technology was turned against him driving him into the life of crime, but from there it became less average, but later he was approached by the government. Wanting to create a superhero who was answerable directly to the government they paid Dr. Spectro and a few others to lose to Captain Atom so he could become a major hero. I am not certain what the long term game plan of Dr. Spectro was but eventually captain Atom turned against the government. The most important aspect of Dr. Spectro is of course his courage. From the courage to face the face of criminals who eventually turned his invention against him to the courage to fight captain Atom with no fighting ability and no plan. Even the costume he wears shows courage in abundance and though courage itself has not proven to be enough defeat Captain Atom it is worthy of our respect.
One of Spider Man's most dangerous foes the Boss Man is a tactical genius with loyal minions and only a bit of bad luck that allowed Spiderman to once again narrowly escape death.
This highly ranked criminal overload of New York was able to capture Spiderman using nothing but his wit and a Super-steel Spider net.
After capturing Spiderman he locked him in a room with now windows. This room would almost certainly have held the wall crawler forever but for the Boss Man's single miscalculation. Leaving only a single guard to watch the door he did not count on Spider Man having a Hostess Fruit Pie which he was able to bribe the guard with.
This ingenious method of escape proved the single weakness in The Boss Man's organization. While his minions were highly paid and skilled enough to capture the super strongSpiderman they were not giving long enough lunch breaks. This along with the nearly irresistible lure of Hostess Fruit Pies created an inevitable crisis for The Boss Man.
Ironically a short time later A known associate of The Boss Man, Larcenous Lil captured Spiderman with a similar net. Sadly the Boss Man had not been able to come out of hiding long enough to warn the woman that though the net worked perfectly Spiderman was known to carry Hostess Fruit Pies. He once again offered the gun wielding thug a Hostess Fruit Pie and the man freed him from the net.
Check out the previous Villain Spotlights
Villain Spotlight #3 The Lepus
Villain Spotlight #2 Cycle Nurses
Villain Spotlight #1 Rainbow Raider
Just as Jaws made people afraid to go into the water for years night of the Lepus made us fear carrot patches for fear that these giant mutant bunnies would capture us.
Just thinking about it brings back that horrible, horrible hopping and the folly of those scientists who used those rabbits for their testing and created giant, mutant, flesh eating rabbits.
In the end the only thing that stopped these ravaging creatures was the brilliant plan of Deforest Kelley's character who electrified the railroad then chased them into it. The movie doesn't explain why the rabbits didn't simply hop over the railroad tracks but I suspect that Deforest Kelly had made some brilliant mathematical deductions taking into account the size, weight and strength of those rabbits and knew that they would be unable to cover the distance between the two tracks.
Be advised that this clip is not for the faint of heart.
As everyone knows nurses are the most dangerous members of the medical establishment, a fact that Johnny Blaze discovered in Ghost Rider #20.
After kidnapping Lucas Collier from the hospital the Brimstone Biker attempted to escape, but he hadn't counted on the Cycle Nurses fought him with guns, blades and anything else they could get, nearly defeating the spirit of vengeance as they chased him through the back roads of Montana.
Eventually the cowardly kidnapper led the nurses onto highway 18. The nurses, likely knowing the danger but willing to risk everything for the child, fought both the Ghostrider and the cannibalistic specters getting killed.
The young kidnapped boy even got into the fight showing clear signs of Stockholm syndrome helped to kill the angel which came to liberate him from Johnny Blaze.
The so called hero of this story then went on to find the innocent descendant of one of the killers of the cannibalistic specters and fed him to the ghosts, but that's another story.
The lesson of the Cycle Nurses is clear. You must never underestimate the dedication and strength of a hospital nursing staff, especially one which has allied itself with a rebel angel of vengeance who wants to overthrow God.
Rainbow Raider appeared originally in Flash Volume 1 Episode 286. His powers include making a hard light rainbow he can ride on and coating people with color that effects their emotions.
His tragic story began as a colorblind child who wanted nothing more than to become an artist and when that dream collapsed he found a new dream fighting against those who cruelly taunted the colorblind with works of art they could not appreciate.
His life was cut short when he was killed by Blacksmith, but do not fear his legacy lives on in a team of color-themed super villains calling themselves the Rainbow Raiders.
I salute this brave warrior for the rights of the colorblind, a misunderstood hero who used his powers in an attempt to create a world where even the colorblind could be equal and my heart goes out for this truly heroic man who was unable to see the beauty even in the rainbows which he created.
Let us take a moment of silence to mourn a life lost to soon.