Saturday, January 8, 2011

1995 Skybox DC Villains: The Dark Judgment Circe Trading Card #68

For centuries, Circe has been one of Earth's most powerful sorceresses. She is accomplished at playing men and women against each other and often transforms people into were-creatures who are bound to do her bidding. Circe has even toyed with the passions of gods. What, I wonder, would she make of me?

One of the interesting things about the Dark Judgment trading card set was that there was an attempt made to turn over nine card segments (the preferred scheme for binder displaying) to a single artist. Tom Taggart did the first "page" of 9, followed by Alexander Gregory, Mark Chiarello, Simon Bisley, Scott Hampton, Kent Williams, Tony Harris and an eight-parter by Joe Devito to close things out (leaving space for a checklist card.)
As previously mentioned, there was the Rogues Gallery pin-up book likely consisting of leftovers from this set, as well as a nine card foil chase subset called "Gathering of Evil." Of these three avenues for painted villain art, Circe was one of only six to appear in all of them (along with the Joker, Doomsday, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, and Mongul.) Even if Ares was more in line with the rest in terms of raw power, Circe was easily the most prominent and "bankable" Wonder Woman villain of the '90s (including a brief stint during the "bad girl" fad when Wizard Magazine helped drive up prices on her first "new look" issue.)

Art by Kent Williams.

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