What's the weirdest thing about Marvel

Strange Marvel Superheroes You May Not Know Exist

By Brian Boone / .7. December 2016, 6:34 p.m. EDT

The vast Marvel Comics universe has been populated by a multitude of talented writers and artists with hundreds of characters over the decades. There are so many great characters in the publisher's stable that Marvel Studios shouldn't have a problem bringing out new movies every year from now until the end of time. Some of Marvel's cinematic blockbusters have featured comic characters like Groot or Doctor Strange who are just a little out of the norm. But a talking tree and a wizard have nothing in these very dark, very strange, and very real Marvel Comics creations.


There are so many superheroes in the Marvel Universe that most of the good powers are already taken. To be original, comic book writers have to go into a super-niche to come up with unique skills that have not yet been claimed. Such is the case with Doorman, a member of Great Lakes Adventures who can open up the 'Darkforce Dimension' to create doors through objects or even through itself. In other words, he can teleport other people over very short distances.

Big Bertha

This could be grossly the most insensitive comic book character of all time. People with eating disorders are unlikely to find the entertainment value in Big Bertha, another Great Lakes Avenger. She's a lithe model by day, but she has the mutated ability to make herself pathologically obese instantly. Returning to her model form is a little more complicated: when the crime-fighting era is over, she vomits back to her normal size.

Eye cry

This mutated villain in the X-Men world possessed a certain ability that is ultimately completely useless when it comes to villains like world domination or killing the good guys: Eye-Scream could ... turn into ice. Not only that, but every taste Ice. Like ice, it only lasted a short time - a single edition in 1983.


This blue-skinned one X-Men Character gets all the credit for his superhero feats, but it's really his employees who do all the dirty work - and we mean dirty. Inside Maggott's body live two huge and gross maggot-like things called Eany and Meany. They eat their way in and out of their host's body, thereby starting the process by which the Maggott activates superhuman abilities. Unfortunately, he was eventually killed - and his "sentient digestive system" was given to some children - but has since been brought back to life by an alien virus. Life in the Marvel Universe can get pretty complicated.


The trucking craze of the 1970s was one of the most inexplicable fads in American history. Countless people installed C. B. Radios in their cars to mimic truck drivers, the trucker song 'Convoy' hit # 1 on the pop charts, and Burt Reynolds' Smokey and the bandit was the third-highest-ranked film of 1977. Marvel was also trying to make money off of the great - if not insane - kind of razorback. Trucker Buford Hollis distinguishes between his normal and criminal selves by decorating the head of a Razorback pig (he hails from Arkansas, the home of the Razorback) when he switches to hero mode. Among his other powers: He has the uncanny ability to drive any vehicle in existence. Even stay!

Ulysses Archer

Marvel must really want to make a truck driver a superhero, because Ulysses Archer is at least the second long-distance hero in its archives. 1983 hit kiosks (long after the trucker fad came and went), US. 1 was weird about a truck driver named Ulysses Solomon (or US) Archer who fights evil on the highways. It was also an opportunity for him to follow his archenemy highwayman - who was his brother, by the way? The duo eventually resolved their differences by participating in a space race in which the Highwayman crashed into the moon.

Gin genius

Somehow this member of the X-Statix, whose name brings together a play on a David Bowie song title ('The Jean Genie') with reference to England's ultimate alcoholism, is not British. No, Gin Genie is American, but her superpower involves an activity that almost all cultures can relate to: getting drunk. The more drunk she gets, the more her powers increase because she can create seismic waves that correlate with her blood alcohol levels. As you can imagine, her career didn't last long. her first appearance in X-Force # 116 will also be billed as her last.


While their efforts have often been regrettably inept, comic book publishers have long sought to promote diversity within the superhero ranks. The Marvel title pages feature characters from different cultural and national backgrounds ... for better for worse. In 1982 the publisher created an Irish character called Shamrock, which comprised an almost ridiculous collection of Irish stereotypes. (Such as the name 'Shamrock'.) Shamrock's real name is Molly Fitzgerald, she has red hair and one of her 'powers' is exceptionally lucky.

The almighty dollar

There is an old adage that directs creative types to 'write what you know'. For Marvel, that obviously means writing about money - at least for the creative team behind the debut of this bizarre hero in 1992. The origin of the almighty dollar goes like this: One day a meek accountant named J. Pennington Pennypacker is going on a retreat at Camp Runamuk to help him build his self-esteem, but it's a trap - a mad scientist runs the camp, using Pennypacker as a test object for a strange invention. Pennypacker has money super powers like the ability to shoot pennies out of his wrists.

Gold balls

These CreepyX-Men The supporting character, who was first spotted in 2012, certainly can't see it as one of his mutated abilities to come up with clever names. Goldballs has only one power and that is to form gold balls and then shoot them out of your skin. In other words, Goldballs makes Goldballs. As you might guess, this ability isn't always the handiest one when fighting overpowering villains, but to his credit, the character has achieved some level of cult appreciation during his short time in the Marvel Universe. In 2016 he became friends with Miles Morales, a.k.a. the 'other' Spider-Man.

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