Is a male cougar a mougar?

When I imagine what a male cougar would look like, a beefy 1970s mustache ranks high on the list, along with a stout midsection and a grandiose sense of self-worth. Luckily, those intuitions were confirmed and expanded on by witnessing the sartorial and sexual magnificence of Superman’s arch well-known completely forgotten nemesis, KING Cougar!

I admit, I didn’t see the thigh-high leather boots or baby-puke green color scheme. That’s novel. To help lower the Gross Old Guy vibe he’s putting out, though, he added a pot-belly-restraining super-wide girdle belt. There’s no use making it obvious that your most athletic moments come while hurling the remote at the big-screen when your favorite team hits the crapper, after all. Here’s a closer look at that beauty:

I love the yellow diamond, a clear “WARNING” sign if ever I’ve seen one. “LADIES! Do NOT look behind this belt if you want to retain your sanity! You have been warned!” I assume the rose-colored gigantic glasses are to help him see the bright side in hitting on repulsed women thirty years his junior despite all this sartorial splendor.

I can’t decide if my favorite bit is the integrated crown over the aforementioned Ringo Star eyewear, or the absolutely ludicrous insignia. Because he’s a king, of a cougar. Get it?! Apparently he was worried you might be too dim to appreciate his genius, so helpfully reinforced the whole thing in as glaringly obvious a way as possible. I think the logo cougar felt humiliated while posing for the design, too, from the consternated look on his face.

As much as I rag on the Image Nineties, when you stumble across a vintage character like this and his unique blend of bad fashion, low morals, and Mustache Ride-era facial hair, you appreciate that the ridiculous has always been a part of the genre. And may that never change!

(Image and characters ©DC Comics.)

17 Responses to Is a male cougar a mougar?

  1. This is the perfect example of not knowing when to stop putting crap on a costume. And, is it just me, or do his legs look too skinny for the rest of his body?

  2. William A. Peterson

    What I really like is that this guy, somehow, is a Superman villain!
    Actually, I’m pretty sure that Selena Kyle (Catwoman) could take him down, nine falls out of ten… ;)

  3. Dan (1)

    Yeah, they’re also way too far apart. There’s a good five inches of space between his legs!

  4. Hammerknight

    Just one question comes to mind when I see that Jeff is talking about male cougars,”Jeff have you been clubbing again?” and if so “DON’T DO IT IT’S NOT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!”

  5. Watson Bradshaw

    This guy rules an army of middle aged women all desperate to sleep with Justin Bieber, how will Superman ever survive…oh yeah heat vision, flight, super strength and average intelligence!

  6. You’d think that villains of middling to low power level would choose nemeses who were of generally equal or lower power level. At least Mole Man had an army, but really a guy with a cougar … ooh, I’m sure the Man of Steel is terrified.

    Give the cougar a collar of kryptonite (alliterative evil is always more powerful), and we might have the beginnings of something there.

  7. Actually, the part I loved (because I went looking for this guy), was that King Cougar’s henchmen (of course he has henchmen, they’re probably entranced by King Cougar’s mad hook-up skills) were taken out by none other than Jimmy Olsen. And not, “Wow Superman, I have a completely different set of powers this week!” Jimmy, but “C’mon guys! It’s 2:00 in the morning, and I need to get 7 hours of sleep, or I’ll fall asleep in the staff meeting, and Mr. White will fire me. So be more quiet robbing that bank!” Jimmy Olsen.

    Word to the wise, gentlemen: When America’s favorite red-headed stepchild kicks your ass, then maybe a life of crime isn’t in the cards for you.

  8. I thought the crown-goggles thing would have had potential, if it was designed as a whole, single object, not just pasted on top of the other. Dan is right, the artist should’ve known when to stop putting crap on a costume.

  9. I believe his legs are the same length as his body. Doesn’t the Superfriends version of Toyman have the same crown design on his costume? Not only does this guy own a Cougar, but he has a Bentley, too.

  10. Give Gail Simone time – she can give this guy a backstory and a whole personal transformation arc, like she did for Catman.

  11. What the hell is that outfit about. Those colors are god awful!!! Also what is up with that cowl with the crown on it. This guy should stay out of Toyman’s wardrobe!

  12. Hey Jeff, I was wondering what you thought of Harley Quinn new get up from DC revamp (cover of Suicide Squad #1? I personally hate it with a passion, but I love hearing your thoughts on this kind of things (I still read you regularly even if I no longer comments)

  13. Here’s a link to the cover that collex (12) was talking about:
    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/06/09/dc-relaunch-suicide-squad-1-and-blue-beetle-1/

    Personally, I don’t think it’s “Harley Quinn” enough. Of course, the harlequin-jester suit is iconic, and I can even buy the “psycho nurse” get-up that she had in the Arkham Asylumn game. But there’s nothing there to make her stand out. Definitely nothing that makes me say, “Hey, look! It’s Harley.”

  14. Actually, Superman is a really good choice for a nemesis if you’re a fairly incompetent criminal. He’ll never put you in the hospital, like Batman would, or fail to notice you completely, like Green Lantern might, or treat you like a joke, like the Flash should. And the fact he won’t let your henchmen come to any harm either ought to let you hire them for less–a big bonus for a criminal who is unlikely to ever score a significant haul.

  15. Hmmm… I’m not sure if a male cougar is a mougar, mostly because it concerns me what the ‘c’ must mean when referring to females….

  16. You know, it’s funny Mooseman, about three hours after making that post the same thought occurred to me. But it was too late to take back the title :-/

  17. haha, GRRRR