Kraak! Kapow! Ka-Thaak! Superheroes are appearing rapidly, rivaling the speed of a rapidly fired projectile, whether in print, TV, or movies. Over the decades we have seen some pretty amazing storylines, while others have made us go “Oh, come on, seriously?!” This list highlights the latter, as well as some other superheroes you mat not have heard of.
As we wait for Stan Lee’s next cameo, here are 42 lesser known facts about superheroes.
42. Grey Hulk
Originally, Stan Lee wanted to make the Hulk grey, but due to issues with printing, they moved forward with the iconic green. Hulk in grey would just look sickly. “Hulk under the weather, Hulk need vitamin D!”
41. Super Bald Man
Superman’s first appearance was as a bald supervillain, bent on conquering the world. This was changed once Jerry Siegel realized there was way more potential to the character. Bald would have been great. “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s George Costanza man!”
40.Third Reich vs. Joker
In the DC/Marvel special featuring Batman and Captain America, Joker obtains an atomic weapon for Red Skull, yet switches his stance upon discovering Red Skull's association with a notorious global movement during WWII. "I might be a lawbreaker with madness, but I'm an American lawbreaker with madness," quipped Joker. Even Joker has his limits.
39. Batman Be Smart
Bruce Wayne has an IQ of 192, beating out both Stephen Hawking (160) and Albert Einstein (160). Maybe Batman should start working on Bat-strophysics.
38. ‘S’ on the Chest
Superman’s shield is his family’s crest, known as the insignia for the house of El. The resemblance to the letter ‘S’ is said to be a coincidence.
37. Joker who is no longer alive
Joker was originally scheduled to meet his demise in his second appearance but Whitney Ellsworth, the editor, intervened. Ellsworth saw the potential for him to become the perfect adversary for Batman. Joker went on to appear in 9 of Batman’s first 12 issues.
36. School of Batman
There is a course at the University of Victoria, called Science of Batman, where students can study the Dark Knight. They can also learn exactly how they’re wasting their parents money.
35. Super Heartbeat
Superman has complete control over his heart allowing him to stop it from beating, or make it beat louder. Superman can also hear all the heartbeats on the planet. Except for my cold, dark one.
Adding to the roster of odd superheroes is Dogwelder, made by DC, showcasing a bizarre and unique capacity to weld lifeless K9s onto wrong-doers. This is also PETA’s favourite superhero.
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33. Harley Quinn Story
Harley Quinn’s origin story came after her TV debut in the Batman animated series. She is one of the only characters to first appear on the TV rather than in print.
32. Gambit Charm
One of Gambit’s superpowers is possessing a hypnotic charm that he uses to influence pretty much anybody he wants. I use my charm to clear a room.
31. Thor’s Tongue
One of Thor’s powers is “All-Tongue”, the ability to speak and have anybody understand him. That would be very useful when trying to get out of a parking ticket in Romania.
30. Green Lama
There was a superhero called Green Lama, who was a practicing Buddhist. This is everything we could gather about him. He follows Buddhism and works to combat unlawful activities.
29. Peter Baaahhhhrker
In the What if? Marvel comic series, Peter Parker was bitten by radioactive sheep, turning him into Sheep-Boy. With great powers come great sweater making responsibilities.
28. Spock vs. Wolverine
At one point Spock from Star Trek dukes it out with Wolverine. In case you were wondering, Spock wins which is absolutely absurd. Wolverine would absolutely destroy that pointy eared space man.
27. Mr. Immortal
Maybe a lesser known superhero, Mr. Immortal is a part of Marvel's Homo Sapiens Supreme, an advanced superhero with the ability to live forever. He, in fact, tries to end his own life multiple times in the comic book, only to return to existence. Super power? or curse?
26. World’s First
Apocalypse is one the the world’s first mutants, tracing his origins to Ancient Egypt, where he was adopted by Baal, the leader of a nomadic tribe. Maybe Apocalypse can prove who built the pyramids. Maybe it was him.
25. Dr. Doom Not a Villain
Stan Lee wanted to clear up Dr. Doom’s rep, saying that he is actually not a villain. All he desires is to govern the globe, which isn't technically against the law. "You could approach a policeman, and you could express, 'Excuse me, officer, I have a declaration: I wish to rule the world.' He can't apprehend you; it's not against the law to wish to rule the world." I guess he has a point?
24. Dr. Love
Dr. Doom murders his childhood love Valeria in order to attain more powers from demons. That’s pretty cold blooded, and also clearly counters Stan Lee’s point about not being a villain. One step forward, two steps back.
23. Daredevil Hears Heartbeats.
Daredevil can hear people talking through a soundproof wall, and can recognize a heartbeat from 20 feet away. He can also tell if someone is lying based on changes to their heartbeat. I’m sure a drum session might mess things up.
22. Daredevil Deceptively Staged His Demise
In the Fall From Grace storylines from the 90s, Daredevil stages his own demise when his identity is exposed. He comes clean to his love after a few issues, proving that we can never really escape from our our reality.
21. Iron Man Suits
There are over 50 Iron Man suits, some designed to go to the depths of the oceans, others to take on the avengers, with one having a backup of Tony Stark’s mind, allowing it to function in the event Tony Stark is rendered incapacitated. I normally borrow my suits from my older cousin.
20. Roller Skating Iron Man
In the early editions of Iron Man, Tony Stark’s boots would turn into roller skates. One serving of justice, with a side of small fries and a milkshake!
Stan Lee created Spider-Man after watching a fly on the wall, and realized he needed a hero that could stick to surfaces. He thought of a number of names including “Mosquito-Man”, and “Insect-Man”, until he realized those were lame.
18. Worst Character Ever
Bouncing Boy was a real character, and a real superhero. He was a sizable man, capable of enlarging his stature even further, then utilising this formidable size to neutralize enemies or anyone posing threats to innocent bystanders.
The word brainiac comes from the 1950s Superman villain of the same name, and was quickly brought into modern day vernacular. Especially in schools where I heard, “You did your homework again, brainiac?!” Yes, Yes I did.
16. Nightcrawler Teleport
Nightcrawler teleports by entering the brimstone dimension, and then returning to our dimension. He can only travel about 3km before he becomes very fatigued. In one extreme instance he traveled 80km. This may not be the perfect for of teleportation but it certainly makes getting out of family dinners very easy.
15. Superman Rated X
Superman once fell under the manipulative control of a villain named Sleez, who persuaded him to film an intimate video with Barda, the wife of Mr. Miracle!
14. Live Like Batman
Former comic book editor Darren Hick, ran the numbers and figured it would cost someone $600 million to be Batman. That includes the Batcave, armaments, and computer technology. The only thing that came for free was Bruce Wayne’s brooding depression.
13. Constantine’s Sting
John Constantine was conceived by Alan Moore, as Steve Bissette and John Totleben admired the band where Sting was a member, and desired for a character mirroring Sting's appearance. Every little thing they do is magic!
12. Lie Detecting Lasso
Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, did a lot of work that contributed to the real life polygraph test, demonstrating a relationship between raised blood pressure and telling lies. Possible connection with Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth? For sure.
11. Spidey Time
Peter Parker is so smart that he actually built a time machine using a VCR, Microwave and Blender. Oh yeah? Well I once fixed my Xbox by hitting it really hard.
10. Superman Kills Lois Lane
In the Injustice storyline, Joker deceives Superman into causing Lois Lane's demise by flying her to outer space. She succumbs in his embrace, which subsequently triggers a nuclear explosion that devastates Metropolis. I thought I had a bad day.
9. Lantern of Love
The Green Lantern and Wonder Woman were intended to form a romantic relationship, but after a reader's letter suggested it, it was canceled due to reasons related to compliance. Also maybe because Wonder Woman is out of his league!
8. United Joker
The Joker once served as the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations.
7. Super Insane in the Membrane
Joker suffers from something called, “Super Sanity”, which means he realizes his absurd place in the stories he is a part of. He understands the important bond he has with Batman, and also breaks the fourth wall, talking to the reader.
6. My Only Friend, The End
Winning the title of the most depressing comic is probably Hulk: The End. Hulk survives a nuclear holocaust and is left alone walking the uninhabited earth forever. Sweet dreams!
5. Thor Scores
Ever wonder if Thor hits harder than superman? Well we can’t confirm with 100% certainty, but he did hit Gorr so hard it created a black hole. I guess that’s hard.
4. The Jewel of Gotham
Writer Bill Finger was thinking of a name for the fictional city (not wanting to go with New York) and while flipping through the phonebook came across the name, ‘Gotham Jewelers.’ The name stuck and was Batman’s home ever since.
3.Be Free from Restriction
In the earlier comics, Wonder Woman's weakness was restraint - if she was tied up, she couldn't get free. That all changed a bit as time moved on and we realized that that’s a bit weird. Unsurprisingly, Marston himself was attracted to practices of restraint, stating "The secret allure of women is that they enjoy submission -- being tied up." Yeah we’re just gonna move on, here.
2. Fabulous Superman
There are a number of different types of Kryptonite, including Pink Kryptonite, which shifts Superman's romantic preferences. It only appeared in one comic but proved that even Kal-El wasn’t immune to stereotypes.
1. Batman Wins
Although Superman might be the most well known DC Superhero, Batman has made the most appearances in comics, totalling 6,250.