One of the things I told writers submitting stories to SOLO AVENGERS is that I wanted to see new villains. After all, most of the individual Avengers who have never carried their own feature don’t have a lot of foes they can call their own and here would be a good place to give them some. Now I know that creating a new super-villain is no mean feat (this from the man who gave the Marvel Universe Armadillo and the Slug), and one of the hardest parts is coming up with a good name. That’s what I want to talk about this outing.
During my recent move to another office, I unearthed a document written circa 1978 by Marvel writer Peter Gillis and his brother Robert. What it is is a handy-dandy guide to creating thousands of valid villain (and hero) names by combining two simple words to make a compound word. Herewith, for your edification, and by kind permission of the Brothers Gillis is…
THE PATENTED GILLIS SUPERDUDE NAME MAKER
(Pick one from Column A and one from Column B – and presto! you have a character name.)
See how simple it is? Hey, readers, how many names of established characters can you find by putting together a word from Column A and Column B?