There can't be many of us who've not at some stage in our lives wanted to smash a pink, radioactive Neanderthal in the face.
Sadly; for most of us, such an act can never be more than a pipe dream.
For the Hulk however it became dramatic reality in the pages of Mighty World of Marvel #53, a comic that shall always linger in my memory as the oldest issue of that mag I had in my collection.
From what I can recall of it, that issue featured two stories; the Hulk's first-ever encounter with the Missing Link, and the Fantastic Four's meeting with the Enfant Terrible.
In the Hulk tale, having seen off the Rhino, our hero returns to New York just as the Chinese unleash their own version of the Hulk on the city.
That version is the Missing Link, a caveman revived by nuclear tests, who quickly mutates into something else altogether.
I admit it, I loved the Missing Link. He managed to make even the Hulk sound articulate, and his tendency to explode at inconvenient moments could only be viewed as appealing.
Sadly, no doubt thanks to that tendency to randomly explode, it was several years after his first appearance before the Missing Link returned, by which point he was called Lincoln and working in a mine. After that, he was never seen again during the era when I was reading comics, and I have no idea if he's been seen since.
While it was disappointing, such an absence does raise the issue of villains you always felt didn't appear enough in comics.
Some of them were plain baffling.
For instance, there was the Lizard's long long absence from the pages of Spider-Man between his initial appearance and his eventual return in John Romita's tenure.
Even more markedly, the Scorpion - having been used twice in the Steve Ditko era - managed to go missing throughout the whole of the John Romita and Gil Kane epochs before finally reappearing well into the Ross Andru one.
Of course, those were the lucky ones. Although initially ignored, they did go on to become major foes.
But others weren't always so fortunate.
So, which villains did you always think were bafflingly underused?
And, for that matter, which were used too often?
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