It’s an entertaining rogues’ review, starring Batman’s Joker, Dick Tracy’s Flattop and Pruneface, Flash Gordon’s Ming the Merciless, Spider-Man’s Green Goblin, and hundreds more villains connoisseurs of comics have always loved to hate. Written especially for comic book collectors and nostalgia buffs, 500 Comic Book Villains is a chronicle of fictional wickedness that also touches on Arthurian legend and old-time radio and movies, in addition to the comics. It’s an encyclopedia of evildoers that lists and profiles the major recurring villains who for generations have lurked in countless comic book illustrations, flaunting the iniquity that is always vanquished at story’s end by heroes who represent truth, justice, law, order, and the American way. This terrific collection, compiled by comic book historian Mike Conroy, serves as a fine companion volume to his recently published 500 Great Comic Book Action Heroes, also available from Barron’s. More than 300 color illustrations include reproductions of comic book covers and pages. Readers will also find a handy index and a bibliography.