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Comics 411: The Oddest Superheroes in Comic Books

April 11, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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This week we discuss…

The Oddest Superheroes in Comic Books!

Image Comics co-founder and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld shared a sketch that celebrated all things Liefeld and pouches.

Meet The Pouch and Sachel. As seen above, they encompass Liefeld’s love of pouches and show that Liefeld can laugh at himself.

Will this duo find life on the comic book page as comics most oddest superheroes? Who knows?

Odd superheroes. First, I’m only covering superheroes so no Swarm or The Asbestos Lady. My selections are a mix of odd powers, origins, and appearance. Let’s get Groot. Rocket, and Howard the Duck out of the way. While Howard and Rocket stand out among their anthropomorphic group, Groot is a talking tree. Compared to some other characters on this list, these three could be considered downright normal. Like Hellcow. Dracula drinks a cows blood, killing her. Cow is buried and then arises with the urge to kill Dracula. How about Lockjaw? The power to teleport is one of the strongest around and makes him a valuable member of the Inhumans. I can’t remember if he’s a giant bulldog or a person who mutated into a canine. Odd nonetheless.

Moving along, odd and strange superheroes take many forms.

Take Brother Power the Geek. A superhero mannequin. Created by DC in the late 1960s, the concept behind Brother Power was derived heavily from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. At the same time, creator Joe Simon was also attempting to capture the sort of “wandering outcast philosopher” characterization that made Marvel Comics’ Silver Surfer a cult hit among the college student crowd of the period. Quick note: Does anyone find a naked silver man riding a surfboard in space odd?

Back to Brother Power. In order to ride the hippie counter culture buzz, Brother Power was created. Originally a mannequin abandoned in an empty tailor’s shop, the store was taken over by hippies Nick Cranston and Paul Cymbalist, who dressed up the dummy in Paul’s wet and bloodied “hip threads” to keep them from shrinking. The mannequin gets struck by lightning and Brother Power was brought to life and endowed with super power and speed. Today, Brother Power is seen more as a punchline, having been used sporadically over the years. I have no doubt he’ll get his own relaunch someday and find some sort of fame on TV.

I went back and forth on listing The Doom Patrol. The original bunch was labeled “odd” and “strange” but no stranger than any other group of characters. To me, the Doom Patrol really got odd when Grant Morrison came aboard. That’s when we got characters like Crazy Jane (sixty-four multiple personalities, each with its own set of superpowers.), Danny the Street (a living, sentient “place” that can teleport itself to any location.), The Quiz (every power you’ve never thought of), Mr. Nobody (slowly drains the sanity of everyone around him), and many more. While Ambush Bug was on the team, he was weird long before. And one of my favorites.

Arm-Fall-Off Boy from DC is definitely a power that makes you scratch your head. Hailing from the planet Lallor, Arm-Fall-Off Boy is exactly what his name says. He has the ability to detach his limbs with a quick pop and uses the limb to fight crime. He tried out for the Legion of Superheroes but, oddly enough, they passed. The Legion has been a constant source of heroes that are a little strange. Bouncing Boy (he can bounce), Matter-Eater Lad (can eat almost any amount of matter in virtually any form), Infectious Lass (infect others with various diseases while they themselves remain immune to its effects), Color Kid (change to the color of anything he wants), Rainbow Girl (can wield the mysterious power of the Emotional Spectrum, meaning that she has the ability to give herself unpredictable mood swings) and a host of others from the future had silly powers and gave off a weird vibe.

The Legion isn’t the only team with odd members. The X-Men have had more than their share. Take Cypher. He can understand, translate, and read all languages. Great if you’re traveling the world. Not so cool when you’re battling Magneto. Then you have Tag. His power? He can force people to uncontrollably run away from whatever object or person he chooses. When Tag uses his power, he feels the need to say, “You’re it.” Nice. Speaking of nice, Maggott is one odd mutant. He has a hollow digestive cavity that contain a pair of semi-sentient slugs. When they come out, they use an enzyme to digest any solid object and turn that into energy for Maggott. A few other X-folk who stand out as weird and strange are Zeitgeist ( spews acidic vomit from his mouth), Anarchist (secrete acidic sweat that allows him to project acidic blasts of energy), and Dead Girl (can’t be killed).

When it comes to odd superheroes, planets have to make an appearance. DC’s Mogo leads the way. As a member of the Green Lantern corps, Mogo makes an impression when it comes time to do a group photo. Seriously, a sentient planet has a Green Lantern ring around it and fights bad guys.

Should Squirrel Girl make the list? The ability to communicate with squirrels says, “Yes.” She’s beaten some heavy hitters in the Marvel universe but that doesn’t take away from her oddness. In fact, she may be my favorite odd character of them all. Along side The Dogwelder.

You’ve never heard of The Dogwelder? He’s the superhero who welds dogs to criminals faces. Now he takes the cake.

Who did I miss? Who’s the Oddest Superhero to you?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!