The imaginations of comic book creators surpass many barriers, from tributes to media personalities to animal classes. Both DC and Marvel were inspired by some reptiles to create some villains and heroes for their audience.
Reptiles is a class of animals that do not have a constant body temperature (tetrapod and ectothermic vertebrates). They are represented by four orders: Crocodilia, Sphenodontida, Scaled and Testudines.
Meet five characters from Marvel and DC who have inspirations in this class of animals, remembering that there are villains and heroes inspired, where they are almost always the result of experiences that went wrong or from magical objects.
1- Chameleon (Marvel Comics)
Chameleon is an important villain in Spider-Man stories. Considered the hero’s oldest enemy, he made his first appearance in Amazing Spiderman # 1 in March 1963. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the villain is a Russian named Dmitri Anatoly Nikolayevich Smerdyakov. Among his main skills is his ease in disguises, in some publications he is called the master of disguises, in addition to super strength and impressive longevity. In one of his comic book appearances he tries to use his disguises to frame Spider-Man by trying to steal military plans to make missiles. He started his life in crime by making disguises with makeup and later modernized and created his new identities through holograms.
2- Lizard (Marvel Comics)
Professor Curt Connors is the alter ego of the villain Lagarto. His appearances are associated with Spider-Man in the comics, appearing in two productions of the character in theaters, which made him even better known to the general public. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the Lizard first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man # 6 in November 1963, and has since become one of the biggest villains and mishaps in the stories of Peter Parker, being part of the canon of the character. The Lizard is considered a genetically modified human, due to his experiences with reptiles, he ended up taking a form closer to his objects of study. Among his main skills are his super strength, endurance and agility.
3- Crocodile (DC Comics)
Crocodile is an important villain from DC Comics, who recently made his debut in the film Suicide Squad. Waylon Jones the Crocodile made its first appearance in the comics in Detective Comics # 523 in February 1983, created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan. The villain has already joined the Suicide Squad, the Secret Society of Super Villains, where he was considered one of the villains with greater strength and speed. The character’s appearances are always associated with Batman stories in the comics, so much so that his first appearance as Crocodile took place in Batman magazine in March 1983. The villain has also appeared in two DC animations: Batman: The Knight of Gotham (2008 ) and The Son of Batman (2014)
4-King Cobra (DC Comics)
Created by Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle, the villain made his first appearance in Robin # 2 magazine in February 1991. Sir Edmund Dorrance is an important enemy of Batman, whose inspiration is the snakes of the animal kingdom for the development of his personality as villain. Among his main skills is his ability to fight, he specializes in martial arts. In the comics, he is initially portrayed as a mercenary who is removed from the British Royal Artillery and decides to pass on his knowledge to various anti-communist rebels in exchange for money. Some references to the aninal kingdom were made by him himself, he has the tattoo of a green snake on his body.
5-Reptile (Marvel Comics)
Reptile is a Marvel superhero who was introduced during the publication of ‘Avengers: The Initiative’ published in 35 editions between April 2007 and July 2010 by the publisher. He became better known after his participation in the animated series Squad of Heroes, shown over 52 episodes between 2009 and 2011 by the Disney XD channel in Brazil. Among his skills he can combine the attack of any dinosaur and other reptiles from the animal kingdom. His powers originated from a medallion that his parents dug up in the desert. He had an energy that connected him to dinosaurs. The hero has already integrated the Avengers and SHIELD in the comics.