Grimly Feendish (alias The Rottenest Crook in the World) is a British comic book character who originated in Leo Baxendale's comic Eagle-Eye, Junior Spy in 1964, published in the magazine Wham!.  He is Eagle-Eye's nemesis and functions as a creepy but amusing comic book villain. The character became so popular that between 1966 and 1969 and 1973  he had his own spin-off comic, Grimley Feendish in Wham! and later Smash!. He was created by Leo Baxendale.
Grimly's first appearance was in Wham! #4 (11 July 1964, Odhams Press). His goal is, of course, world domination which he attempts to achieve using various monsters and outrageous plot devices such as exploding treacle. The character was revived in 2005 for Alan Moore's six issue series, Albion. 
The character "Gru" in the movie Despicable Me is remarkably similar to old Grimly in both looks and pose with both tending to wear black with a scarf wrapped around their necks, and both have comic little monstrous minions with Feendish referring to his as "Squelchies".
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