Dr. Mindbender (1986)
What is it that causes a madman with aspirations of ultimate power to also dress up like a complete snickerdoodle? Nobody brings together so many mad scientist elements like addle-brained former orthodontist Dr. Mindbender. Let’s see, shirtless–check; bald–check; monocle–check; mustache–check; cape–check; purple pants and jackboots–check and check.
Joining the likes of mustache champions Mutt, Gung Ho and Wild Bill, his ‘stache surpasses the legendary fullness of Burt Reynolds and passes into the realm of the legendary 19th century handlebar. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on weekends with a Civil War reenactment group acting out the Battle of Antietam.
All kidding aside, in an organization whose upper echelon was not exactly known for subtlety, Dr. Mindbender fit right in. In the end, he was a character whose look fit his personality. It’s an element that I love about the classic Joe toy line, cartoon and comic and one I find lacking in modern grim and gritty styles.