Sunday, December 31, 2006

Criminal Capitalist Super Villans

The superhero world of D.C. and Marvel comics have shared a common class of criminal, Doctor Octopus and the Goblin in the case of Marvels Spiderman. And in the case of D.C.'s Flash here is a supervillan that reminds us today of the less than 'super' villans of real life capitalist crime, the boys from Enron and Lord Black.

Dr. Alchemy/Mr. Element was created in 1958, the same time as the Criminal Capitalist enterprise the IOS was being started by Bernie Cornfeld. IOS which pushed mutual funds and a vast pyramid financial scheme of offshore looting. Mutual funds once considered as shady as junk bonds and hedge funds, are todays standard for retirees.

[Dr. Alchemy] Real Name: Albert/Alvin Desmond
Known Relatives: Rita (ex-wife), Mr. and Mrs. Peter Desmond (parents)
Occupation: Scientist

Former Occupation: Financial Consultant, Criminal

Group Affiliation: The Rogues
Base of Operations: Central City, Missouri
First Appearance: (as Mr. Element) Showcase #13 (April 1958); (as Dr. Alchemy) Showcase #14 (June 1958); (Alvin) Flash (first series) #287 (July 1980)
Created By: John Broome and Carmine Infantino
See Also: The Alchemist, Mr. Element II


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