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Comic books have brought us many famous heroes and villains – images of Batman, Superman and their foes brought inspiration to many a young kid who wanted to be a hero.
However, what they also gave us were a bunch of obscure characters that most people never heard of. Below are nine of them.
Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (DC)
Hoppy is a pink rabbit who lives in the quaint town of Funny Animalville (seriously). One day, the bunny, whose favorite superhero is Captain Marvel, decides to try his hero’s magic word – “Shazam.” This transforms him into the Marvel Bunny (although his powers were later shown to have been bestowed on him by the Bunny Wizard. Go figure.).
Arm-Fall-Off Boy (DC)
Arm-Fall-Off Boy has a very descriptive name. His superpower is detaching his own limbs to use as weapons.
Mister Banjo (DC)
Mister Banjo is one of Captain Marvel’s first foes. He acts as a spy for the axis powers in WWII, where he uses his banjo to transmit secret messages.
Dr. Frederick Animus was a geneticist who was employed (after a short jail sentence) to find a way to stop the process that creates mutants. After setting up on an island (which he calls “Paradise”), he instead dabbles in gene splicing, creating a group of mutants called the “Ani-Mates.”
Bird-Brain is one of the Ani-Mator’s Ani-Mates that escapes the island. Bird-Brain has some real trouble fitting in in the outside world, though – he eats every bit of food in sight and has such a simplistic language that nobody can understand him.
As his name suggests, Mandrill looks like a monkey. The product of a nuclear accident, Mandrill’s superpower is his ability to use pheromones to control women.
Porcupine Pete (DC)
Porcupine Pete is probably one of the rare comic book characters to have well-adjusted parents. Porcupine Pete, as his name implies, is covered in quills what he can fire at will. The only problem is that he can’t aim them – they just shoot all over.
Doctor Bong (Marvel)
This evil doctor has two things going for him – an advanced knowledge of genetic engineering and a big bell-shaped thing on his head. He is a conscientious supervillain, though – he takes breaks from villainy to get married and earn a Ph.D in psychology.
Hourman is actually a name taken by three separate superheroes.The first two were father and son that derived their powers from a drug developed by the father called Miralco. The third (since this is, after all, a comic book) is an android from the 853rd century who derives his powers both from his mechanical nature and a machine called the Worlogog, which gives him control over time.