Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kingpin Of Crime!

The Kingpin of Crime discovered Spider-Man just about the same time that I did. He was Spidey's primary nemesis in the last half of his first hundred issues, delivering a grim and relentless menace to our Friendly Neighborhood Hero. Beautifully designed by John Romita, the giant crime boss brought a real (ahem) gravity to the threats he offered Spidey, he was for real unlike many of Spidey's early foes. Later Wilson Fisk was allowed to lay fallow until Frank Miller borrowed him for Daredevil and the Kingpin fit in perfectly into the darker world Miller had created for DD.

It's with sadness that I heard of the untimely passing of Michael Clarke Duncan, an impressive actor, who portrayed the Kingpin in the much-maligned Daredevil movie from several years ago now. Many say Duncan's Kingpin was the best thing in a poor movie. I like the DD flick better than most, finding it very entertaining and very true to the comics in many respects. Duncan was certainly more physically impressive than John Rhys Davies who portrayed the Kingpin in the movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk.

Here is a small gallery of the Kingpin's early appearances in chronological order.

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