In the list of all-time greatest comic-book villains, the name Shredder is up there with the likes of Dr. Doom, Lex Luthor, Ming the Merciless and Richard Nixon (Nixon was a comic-book villain; right?). With more metal on his costume than could be found at your average scrapyard and ninja skills a plenty, the nemesis of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a fearsome force to be reckoned with and a deadly master of martial arts. In fact Shredder continually kept high-kicking and karate-chopping his way back to face the Turtles on so many occasions that he was about as difficult to get rid of as thrush.
He first appeared in 1984 (the year, not the book) where he started off as a minor annoyance to the awesome foursome, but soon his popularity increased and he cropped up in the animated Turtles TV show in the late ‘80s…pretty much every week! This rocketed Shredder into the spotlight and his fame was solidified with further appearances in comics, movies and TV (although he did become a bit of a pantomime villain at times), but it never stopped him from remaining true to his villainous ways. He didn’t have it easy either; over the course of his entire existence (in comics, TV etc) he was killed, resurrected, turned into a super mutant, teamed up with an alien brain, became a computer virus and had to live with a bunch of weirdoes including a rhino, a warthog, a snapping turtle, a dog and a grumpy Japanese fellow. For this and so much more, Shredder, Oroku Saki, Ch’rell or whatever you wanted to call him will always be a Pulp Icon.