I am always interested in the ways in which insects infiltrate into pop culture, and here’s another comic book villain from the Golden Age (1951): Killer Moth!
He had a rather strange fashion sense, rather like the Red Bee (covered earlier @ the Bug Blog.)
Striped purple, lime green, and pink tights? With an orange cape?
Call the fashion police, because he’s a villain, all right.
According to the Batman Wiki (not making that up), Killer Moth sets himself up as the anti-Batman, including a Moth Cave, MothMobile, and infra-red Moth Signals for criminals in Gotham City to summon him.
(You can read a more detailed account of his origins at the fan site for Killer Moth. From what I can see of the MothMobile, it shares the….interesting… color scheme of Killer Moth himself.)
His powers? Err.
“Abilities As Killer Moth: Flight via suit”
Come on. Not even sweater destruction at a distance? Oh wait, sorry. I missed this:
Weapons: Incapacitating cocoon gun
Killer moth returned briefly to Batman comics in the 90s and sold his soul to a demon to gain power. He changes into Charaxes:
“As Charaxes, Walker resembles a vaguely humanoid, giant brown moth. He consumes humans and spins cocoons in which to keep his prey. In a later story, Charaxes begins laying hundreds of eggs, all of which hatch into duplicates of Drury Walker. Charaxes despises his progeny, but is unable to destroy them.”
Well, that’s something, although I wonder if he knew his bargain with the devil would include a sex-change.
Killer Moth has also appeared on Television in several different incarnations, none of which are particularly flattering. He does seem to have toned down the pink and lime green a bit, though.