Thom Dunn is a Boston-based writer, musician, homebrewer, and new media artist. He enjoys Oxford commas, metaphysics, and romantic clichés (especially when they involve whiskey), and he firmly believes that Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" is the single greatest atrocity committed against mankind. He is a graduate of Clarion Writer's Workshop at UCSD ('13) & Emerson College ('08).

Purple and Green is the new Black and Blue

How come so many supervillains wear purple and green as their primary colors? I ask this both from a story standpoint (those are probably the two colors I wear the most, but I try not to wear them both at the same time in such excess), and also from a cultural standpoint. What was it that caused so many comic creators in the Sixties to serendipitously dress their villains using the same color palette? Some kind of morphic field, perhaps? That doesn't make sense. But think about it — The Joker, Lex Luthor, Mysterio, the Green Goblin, Kang the Conquerer, even the Vanisher in his first appearance (pre-X-Force brain tumor/evisceration). Why purple and green? What is the reason?! Dammit, supervillains! Give me answers! In all of your convoluted exposition, this is the one thing you never revealed! Aaargh!!! Okay. I'm good now. Where were we? Oh yeah! Five by Five Hundred. Because that was the topic of my post today. I know there was a reason....

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