Mark’s Remarks – Solo Avengers #5 (April 1988)

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.)

COLUMN A

Dark
Fire
Shadow
Black
Moon
Spider
Iron
Night
Star
Ring
Power
Ruby
Scarlet
Silver
Mind
Sun
Hell
Sea
Air
Doom
Green
Red
Sky
Time
Earth
Grey
Wing
Phantom
Blood
Hawk
Crimson
Winter
Plague
Wind
Dragon
White
Death
Dream
Thunder
Dawn
Wind
Were
Mad

COLUMN B

Lord
Master
Sword
Dragon
Rider
Slayer
Witch
Hawk
Stealer
Destroyer
Thief
Force
Flame
Wizard
Light
Warrior
Arrow
Shark
Demon
Queen
King
Wing
Storm
Dancer
Mask
Knight
Guardian
Axe
Stalker
Eagle
Mane
Star
Fire
Serpent
Flower
Shadow
Phantom
Skull
Wolf
Tiger
Singer
Spear
Eye
Bird
Fox

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?

–Mark Gruenwald­­