Yeeeeeeesssssss! I love doing these! They are the best part of my job, and I never get tired of writing them. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a regular series of mine in which I go back into DC’s old character guide and pull out some of the weirdest and most obscure characters I can possibly find. Who’s Who was DC’s answer to Marvel’s old handbooks, and as such was a definitive catalog of all their characters and teams, and oh, my god, does DC have some weirdness in its history. Now, since this is like the fifth time I’ve done this, and I’m running out of innovative ways to explain it, let’s get on with the show.
10. The Invisible Destroyer
We are off to just the best start.
I have a HUUUUUUGE soft spot for early silver age DC villains, and the Invisible Destroyer is like my secret favorite. I mean, look at him! He is an invisible man who wears a helmet! That’s adorable!
Name is kind of a misnomer though. I mean, he’s not invisible. I can see him. He’s right there.
The Destroyer is actually a figment of the imagination of physicist Dr. Martin Phillips, who is most likely suffering from the guilt of the horrors he caused as an atomic researcher in the ‘50s. Like, seriously, no wonder his mind created a gaudily dressed villainous fiend to cause chaos. I read that Robert Oppenheimer had the same problem. Eventually, Green Lantern annihilated the Destroyer and he was never seen again. Although he was kinda never seen in the first place. Ba-dum-tish.
It’s okay to be mad about that pun. I kind of am, and I wrote it.