But, some superheroes are less recognized. Unless you’re a regular comic book reader, characters like Scarlet Spider, Mister Sinister, Guy Gardner, and Lobo are probably under your radar. However, even hard-core comic book fans can’t possibly have an exhaustive knowledge of every hero ever created. Some are so obscure that even their creators have forgotten about them after a while and they’ve drifted into dim and distant memory.
Here at Screen Rant, we trolled through thousands of comic books and have identified the 12 Weirdest Superheroes You’ve Probably Never Heard of.
13 Kid Eternity
Kid Eternity premiered in Hit Comics #25, written by Otto Binder, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff, and published by Quality Comics in December 1942.
For the first 25 issues, there was a rotating line-up of cover stars in Hit Comics with characters like Hercules and The Red Bee taking the top slot. In December ’42, however, the entirety of the Quality line changed their features and Kid Eternity was brought in as a headline star. By 1946, his popularity had grown so high that he was given a self-titled strip from issue 29 through to 57.
By 1949 the post-war superhero comic book slump had hit and Kid Eternity’s self-titled book was canceled at issue 18.
Kid’s origin was similar to the character in the 1941 movie, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, in that he was a regular kid who died before his time. His life ended when a U-Boat sank his grandfather’s boat, but due to a cosmic mishap it was determined that he should have lived another 70 years and was therefore restored to life and given a variety of powers by way of compensation. Sworn to do good in the world, he could summon any historical or mythological being to help him in his tasks and could also make himself invisible or immaterial.
Revived by DC comics in the 1970s, Kid Eternity was retconned into having a connection to Captain Marvel due to the vague similarity in their powers, i.e. that they could summon great power by shouting a magic word. But after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he vanished along with the original Marvel family.
Again revived in the ‘90s by none other than Grant Morrison, Kid Eternity’s back story was largely restored to his original version. The character has been largely forgotten since, but has appeared from time to time in the pages of Teen Titans.
Gravity was created by Sean McKeever and Mike Norton, who wanted to create their own character inspired by the early exploits of a younger Spider-Man.
First appearing in Gravity #1 in 2005, Greg Willis was introduced as a Wisconsin born student beginning his college education in New York. The book was intended to be a five-part series, and could serve as a back-door to further adventures.
The character appeared off-and-on over the next few years, often as the butt of several jokes involving the more established heroes not wanting to be associated with him. After a stint training as part of the Initiative, he was taken more seriously by his peers, and as a result has made more appearances in titles such as Fantastic Four and The Avengers. He was also one of the heroes on the front lines during the Spider Island incident, as well as Fear Itself.
Despite receiving praise upon his introduction into the Marvel Universe, he’s yet to be a household name. Should he get a larger supporting role, he could well be on his way to wider recognition in time.
11 Big Bertha
Big Bertha (Ashley Crawford) is a mutant superheroine who appears in Marvel Comics. Created by John Byrne, she is a member of the Great Lakes Avengers and first appeared in West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #46 (July 1989).
Not much is known of Bertha’s life prior to responding to Mr. Immortal’s advertisement for a hero team, the team that would eventually become the Great Lakes Avengers. When not using her powers, Ashley is in fact a relatively famous fashion model and has a very different outward appearance. When using her powers, she can alter her mass and density and thus resembles a morbidly obese woman with an appearance similar to the X-Men foe, The Blob.
Upon discovering that she, like her companions, was a mutant, the team named themselves the Great Lakes X-Men, despite the fact that they had no association with Xavier’s various teams. After rebranding as the Great Lakes Champions, and then the Great Lakes Initiative, the team eventually settled upon Great Lakes Avengers.
Prior to the Secret Invasion, Big Bertha shares some time with Deadpool. He becomes a reserve member of the team after being invited by Flatman. After overstaying his welcome, he agrees to leave if Bertha will go on a date with him. When Bertha arrives for their date in her slim form, she is disappointed that Deadpool is only attracted to her in her larger form. She lectures him about judging people for their looks until he removes his mask to show her his cancer-ridden and disfigured face. She promptly vomits, ending their brief flirtation.
She remains with the team during the Dark Reign of Norman Osborn, welcoming new team leader Gravity after he is transferred to Wisconsin against his will.
Demolition Man (Dennis Dunphy), also known as D-Man, is a superhero appearing in Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in The Thing #28 (October, 1985), written by Mike Carlin and illustrated by Ron Wilson, but he first appeared as Demolition-Man in Captain America #328 (April 1987).
Dennis Dunphy was a normal man who, despite being a promising athlete, chose to undergo augmentation from the Power Broker. Finding himself too strong for conventional sports, he entered the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation alongside The Thing and Screaming Mimi. After refusing to throw a fight and then being compelled by the Puppet Master to attack The Thing, Dunphy underwent a crisis of confidence and refused any further treatments from The Power Broker, and eventually underwent painful withdrawal.
After this, he teamed up with Captain America under the guise of The Demolition Man. His costume was intended to be a deliberate knock-off of Daredevil’s original costume mixed with Wolverine’s cowl. Despite being hastily designed; it has stuck with him for most of his career.
Serving briefly as an Avenger under Captain America, D-man followed in his mentor’s fate and was briefly suspended in ice, but survived due to his augmented physiology. He popped up from time to time, at one time as a villain suffering from mental instability.
After failing to re-join the Avengers, and even failing an audition to be the nanny for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’s baby, D-Man joined Wonder Man’s Revengers and took part in an attack on Avengers Mansion.
Having redeemed himself after the events of Secret War, D-Man is now a supporting character in Captain America serving as a pilot and mechanic. He even purchased a set of battle armor to “finally look cool.”
Sharon Ventura, also known as She-Thing, is a character appearing in Marvel Comics. She has used the pseudonym Ms. Marvel, and has served as a member of the Fantastic Four and the female wrestlers known as the Grapplers.
Another normal human that undertook augmentation from the Power Broker, Sharon Ventura initially took the then-vacant codename Miss Marvel and had greatly enhanced strength and an Amazonian physique.
Becoming close to The Thing, Sharon joined The Fantastic Four and fought with them against Diablo. Shortly after this, she was further mutated by cosmic rays and took on an appearance similar to The Thing. While never officially retiring the Miss Marvel name, she generally became known as She-Thing.
She had a long association with the Fantastic Four, and fought against villains and heroes alike. She would later be offered the chance to be human again by Doctor Doom. After briefly working for Doom, she ran afoul of him when she refused to betray her friends. In a moment of spite, Doom would transform her into a much more hideous and monstrous form.
After a bout of insanity, she joined the Frightful Four and became a full-fledged villain. Drifting between being a hero and villain over the years, she has been largely forgotten. She did pop up recently in Fantastic Four once more as a prisoner in the Raft prison facility, implying she had been imprisoned for one of her many plots.
8 Matter-Eater Lad
Matter-Eater Lad (real name Tenzil Kem) is a superhero in the DC Universe. He is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes and possesses the power to eat matter in all forms, even supposedly indestructible materials such as Amazonium. He first appears in Adventure Comics #303, (December 1962).
Joining the Legion of Super Heroes shortly after Bouncing Boy, Tenzil Kem is the fifteenth member of the Legion. Evolving on a distant planet, Bismol, the inhabitants of his world can consume any and all matter to survive, due to its harsh conditions.
Rarely appearing in Legion stories due to his power being difficult to use in a fight, Matter Eater Lad was routinely side-lined. After eating the supposedly indestructible Miracle Machine, he was rendered insane by the energy released. It would be many years before he was cured by Brainiac Five.
He has drifted in-and-out of prominence over the years, with some high points coming from Keith Giffen’s run on Legion of Super Heroes, where he becomes a respected senator.
Rebooted a few times, he has been restored to his original form following Infinite Crisis but has yet to truly break out as a star, despite his relative longevity.
7 Wundarr the Aquarian
Wundarr the Aquarian is a Marvel Comics character created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in Adventure into Fear #17 (October 1973).
Initially intended to be a parody of Superman, Wundarr became a frequent supporting character in Marvel Two-In-One during the mid-'70s. Frequent appearances during the ‘80s added to his stature, but he was largely forgotten by the '90s.
His origin is similar to that of Superman’s in that he hailed from a distant world and was sent to earth as his scientist father believed his world was about to be consumed by their sun. it is later revealed that they are incorrect and their world is in no jeopardy. The baby was sent away for nothing.
The pod containing the baby, Wundarr, lay dormant in a swamp for twenty years as the first people who found it feared it might be a communist plot. Wundarr would physically mature into a man in his prime, while maintaining the mind of a child. He was later found by Man-Thing and freed.
After encountering Namor, and later, The Thing, Wundarr initially lashes out before coming under the influence of the Fantastic Four. He is later kidnapped by Project Pegasus who intend to test the limits of his energy-dampening powers and use him to further test a cosmic cube. His exposure to the cosmic cube grants him great power and wisdom and he roams the earth for quite some time, renaming himself “The Aquarian,” seeking to bring wisdom and enlightenment to the people of Earth.
All but forgotten for decades, he resurfaced a few times during the Marvel Zombies and Secret Invasion storylines as a minor character.
6 The Red Bee
The original Red Bee, Rick Raleigh, is another Hit Comics character. He is as an Assistant District Attorney in Superior City who also fights crime while donning a red and yellow costume using a stinger gun and trained bees. A product of his time, he largely fought Nazi threats and gangsters.
He never became especially popular, and disappeared from view until reappearing as a member of DC’s All-Star Squadron and later still, the Freedom Fighters, where he was an honorary member.
Red Bee would later appear as a ghost in the pages of Starman as a guest at a dinner party for deceased heroes, alongside the original Mr. Terrific and Hourman.
In the Post-Crisis timeline, he made a cameo in Animal Man, where he was seen to be residing in a canceled character’s “Limbo.” He was later mentioned by Plastic Man as a former drinking buddy from back in the day.
5 Multiple Man
Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man, is often seen as a supporting character in various X-Men comic books. He originally appeared in Giant-Sized Fantastic Four in 1975. Usually a minor or supporting character, he underwent some character development during the 1987 Fallen Angels mini-series.
He would become a prominent member of X-Men splinter group X-Factor during Peter David’s run on the title. Killed off as a result of contracting the Legacy Virus, it was later revealed that he had in fact survived and it was one of his “Duplicates” that had died.
His power essentially grants him the ability to absorb kinetic energy and use it to create multiple identical duplicates of himself. If the energy absorbed is low, say from a normal punch or stamping his foot, he can make one duplicate. If it’s high, say from a three-story fall or a super-powered punch, he can generate several duplicates at once. Each duplicate can also make copies of themselves, making him a one-man-army.
Several duplicates have broken off from Madrox-Prime over the years and have developed individual personalities. Jamie has had a hard time keeping track of them and some have even become malevolent. One even joined forces with arch-foe Mister Sinister.
He has been given greater prominence over the years, but largely as an X-Men related character. Given that his power is supremely cool, he’d be great if given a larger spotlight in a flagship title such as The Avengers sometime.
Thunderbird (John Proudstar) is a superhero appearing in Marvel Comics. An Apache, Thunderbird possesses superhuman athletic ability. He was briefly a member of the "Second Genesis" group of X-Men gathered together in Giant-Size X-Men #1, but he died on their second mission.
Created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, Thunderbird joined the X-Men at the same time as Wolverine and Storm. Initially designed as a character that would “Flunk Out,” Thunderbird proved popular with the creators and they chose to keep him on. However, his reprieve would be short-lived, as the creative team felt he was too similar in temperament to Wolverine and having two foul-tempered characters would upset the balance of the team. Chris Claremont felt that killing him off would be great for shock-value, as the audience wouldn’t be expecting it. Also, it ushered in an era where even headline characters weren’t safe from being killed off.
More or less one of the few “permanent” deaths in Marvel Comics, Thunderbird has been a cautionary tale for new X-Men for years.
Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (Floyd Belkin) is a DC Comics superhero from the 30th century. His first appearance was in Secret Origins Vol. 2 #46, (December 1989).
Arm-Fall-Off-Boy has the power to detach his limbs and use them as blunt instruments, like clubs, to batter his opponents. Not much information is given on his origins, but in Legionnaires Vol. 4 #12, Matter-Eater Lad claims that Arm-Fall-Off-Boy gained his powers by holding onto Element 152 for too long, causing his molecules to destabilize. He may have been joking though.
Often merely a punchline and the answer to the question “Who’s the lamest superhero you can think of?”, Arm Fall Off Boy has had few appearances over the years. Trying twice to join the Legion of Super Heroes, he has failed on both attempts. The second time he panicked and literally fell apart during the tests.
A member of the late ‘90s X-Men team thrown together in the wake of Operation Zero Tolerance, Maggot is a mutant with a unique superpower. Seemingly a large, super-strong young man, he is always accompanied by two slug-like beings named Eany and Meany. It is soon revealed that Eany and Meany ARE Maggot’s super power. His digestive system mutated into the two creatures and sprung forth from his body as a child. They feast on matter and return to him, burrowing inside him in order to provide him with the energy he needs to survive. When they do so, his skin often changes to a blue tone, indicating that his energy levels are restored and he is at full strength once more.
Due to a shifting creative team on X-Men in the late ‘90s, he was introduced and swiftly forgotten, only making scant appearances in the years since. He seemingly died in the controversial Neverland concentration camp storyline, but has been seen alive and well since, as always accompanied by Eany and Meany.
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