Have you ever wondered why people sign up to be part of a supervillain's army? They're sure to get their face beaten in. They might even serve time in jail. They work in horrible conditions: Guarding canisters of poisons, go on patrols through experimental particle facilities, and everyone around them is armed to the teeth.

It's just not exactly what you'd call an OSHA-approved workplace.

But they do it anyway. Why?

Find out a few of the reasons in the latest edition of Comics on the Brain!

 

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Comment by Luke Blanchard on February 16, 2011 at 1:38pm
The liberal arts degree gag is from the Japanese Beetle webcomic. Although actually, I got a BA too.
Comment by Lumbering Jack (M'odd-R8-Tr) on February 16, 2011 at 1:28pm
I love them all, Luke!
Comment by Luke Blanchard on February 16, 2011 at 1:14pm

How about addiction, opportunites to indulge forbidden desires, inner violence, blackmail, possibilities for advancement, preference for a job with a lot of downtime, got a liberal arts degree, looking for experiences to put into that novel, she slipped something into my drink and I woke up in the barracks, just learning the business before I strike out on my own?

Comment by Jeff of Earth-J on February 16, 2011 at 8:25am
I really liked the inter-relationship of  Hydra, AIM and the original Secret Empire in the Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish. I also have a theory of my own that, after Captain America thwarted the Madbomb plot, all of the modern day Torries were absorbed into the Hellfire Club and their vast underground headquaters was confiscated by SHIELD.
Comment by Philip Portelli on February 16, 2011 at 2:21am

The Taskmaster's original function was to train thugs to serve as henchmen.

There was an issue of Blue Beetle where a crook joins the Calculator's gang under the standard henchman rule that if he's arrested, his family will be provided for, if he keeps his mouth shut!

Plus, if they're lucky, they get spiffy underling costumes!

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