I gotta say that I am loving the heck out of this Super Event. Vigilantes, Superheroes, Supervillains, bad guys to tap Batman-style, Spiderpig… so much fun. Of course, with lots of new items comes my task to let you know just WHERE all the stuff comes from. For this super where did THAT come from, we’ll take a look at Dr. Colossus.
Of all the evil Springfield super villains to join our towns for a superhero event, it had to be Dr. Colossus. One of those bit characters from the Best. Show. Ever. that just makes you laugh even if he’s just a blip on the cartoon’s radar. Of course, not everyone may be familiar with the doc so I figured I’d show ya his appearances. First up, “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” (S5:E14).
When Lisa goes to find Stacy Lovell, creator of Malibu Stacy, to let her know how sexist her dolls have become, she finds Ms. Lovell living in her own version of the Malibu Stacey Dreamhouse. She fell away from the company in 1974 after funneling profits to the Vietcong. 30 years of living Stacey’s lifestyle taught her some harsh lessons. She’s been divorced 5 times. Who were the beaus? Kent, Johnny, Joe, Dr. Colossus and Steve Austin.
But being married to an ultra-rich doll designer isn’t where most fans know the doc from. The episode most folks think of is “Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part 2)” (S7:E1). When Smithers is confessing to killing Mr. Burns, he describes Mr. Burns attempt to steal the sunlight as crossing the line “between every day villainy to cartoonish super villainy.” Enter Dr. Colossus who’s behind bars in Springfield Police Station.
“Bah! He’s a rank amateur compared to Doctor Colossus!’
Gotta love the doc activating his Colosso-Boots and whacking his noggin on the cell’s ceiling.
This whole episode is good (Part 1 also) but this post isn’t about Maggie shooting Burns, it’s about our newest Super Villain. Dr. Colossus is released when Sideshow Mel presents evidence to release an innocent man. Of course incompetent Wiggum thinks he means the doc but at least he tells Dr. Colossus to stay away from Death Mountain even if all his stuff is there. (NOTE: That’s the only reference to the Doc’s lair in the show.)
Dr. Colossus is one of those bit characters that fans of the show really love. He can be seen in “22 Short Films About Springfield” (S7:E21). He’s one of the many town characters who come to help Lisa get gum out of her hair. He doesn’t say anything but I’m sure his plan was evil.
While not technically a Simpsons episode, Dr. Colossus is also one of the many criminals who show up to Homer and Peter’s stolen car wash in “The Simpsons Guy”.
Some of my buddies inform me the doc also features in the comics but as I don”t own many, feel free to chime in below with any info from those you might know. So that’s your origin for Dr. Colossus. What do you think of him? Happy that he’s lurking evilly in your town? Wish it was another villain? I’m partial to him and happy to have him around Wookieetown. Y’all stay classy (not the Mrs. Muntz kind either) and take care.
TTFN… Wookiee out!