Eyes are more than just the windows to the soul, they’re often a superhuman’s best weapon, so it’s in everyone’s best interests to protect them. Welcome to Ten Things: Ten Super-Visors!
Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with An Amateur Comics Historian and Critical Hit’s very own Blasterman Gold, Presents:
TEN THINGS: TEN SUPER-VISORS!
10) THE SKYMAN
Ogden Whitney’s legendary Golden Age super lost his parents at a very young age, but Allan Turner grew up to be not only a scientific genius, but an Olympic-level athlete. He also built his own arsenal of weapons and a special flying wing that he could pilot by remote control, allowing him to swoop in on crime as it was being committed. After being revived at AC Comics, Skyman was discovered to have been put in suspended animation in the 1950s by the mysterious Dr. Weir, returning to action with dozens of his Golden Age counterparts to defeat the menace of The Black Shroud.
A British mutant in the Marvel Universe, Scott Wright was recruited by the covert agency F.I. 6 for his size-changing powers. His first interactions with U.S. heroes were strained, as he attempted to arrest Phoenix of Excalibur for a crime she quite obviously didn’t commit. A by-the-book, stick-in-the-mud kinda guy, Micromax was very briefly a member of Excalibur, but otherwise tends to work by himself, save for a brief run with the super-team Vanguard. When last seen, he was living on Krakoa and whole-heartedly participating in the mutant nation’s new status quo.
8) FIRST STRIKE
The leader of the Nuclear Family, First Strike Nucleus (surname Finster, full name unrevealed) has undefined radiation powers that serve him well as the ramrod of one of the more powerful super-teams in the world of PS 238. Given that the adult heroes tend to be out-of-focus (Suzi Fusion, the youngest member of his family is one of the students at the school for meta-prodigies), little is known about him, but I have to say that his code name combined with the implications of his atomic powers makes me severely uncomfortable.
One of the registered heroes of The Initiative, Spinner (real name unrevealed) was assigned to Montana’s official super-team, Freedom Force. (Tony Stark’s problem with stealing others’ intellectual property as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly as disturbing as his fascist, authoritarian tendencies.) Unlike Robby Reed, she doesn’t have a literal spinner, nor does she have as many cool aliases. Her known super-abilities, aside from the super-speed seen here, include flight, invulnerability, and super-strength. With a few tweaks, she could be a pretty exciting hero, but she fell off the radar after the Fifty-State Initiative tanked.
6) THE HANDYMAN
The inheritor of his grandfather’s heroic legacy, Butch Baxter was excited to become the newest iteration of the Golden Age’s toughest, two-fisted puncher of evil: The Gay Avenger! Of course, that adjective meant something different in 1941 than it does in 2003, which leads Butch to feel uncomfortable with people seeing him as a role model, especially since he’s not gay. After busting a crime in makeshift janitor’s garb, The Gay Avenger is ready to take on a whole new identity… until Grampa reminds him what the legacy of the Cheerful Champion is all about, sending him back to his purple and yellow tights and all the confusion they bring with them.
5) BEAT FIGHTER ACE
Wearing a unique armored suit powered by music and dance, Ricchi (full name unrevealed) went from DJ to super-hero of Akita prefecture when a mysterious covert organization attacked. He is accompanied by color-boded magical girls, a sidekick named Beat Fighter Jack, as well as some truly sick beats.
4) SERGEANT SUPERIOR
An ally of The Astonishing Wolf-Man and his team, The Actioneers, Sergeant Superior (real name unrevealed) was bitten by the vampire Zechariah and manipulated into betraying his friends. By the time everything shook down, every Actioneers was vamped, leaving Wolf-Man to follow Lost Boys rules and suss out the head vampire to try and save his friends.
He even pulled it off without any help from the Coreys!
3) SHINING HERO: CAN’T STOP TWINKLING
With the power to shoot a powerful laser beam from his navel, Yuga Aoyama is all about the flair. A member of U.A. High School’s Class 1-A, Can’t Stop Twinkling initially seemed to be vain and snotty, but eventually warmed up, revealing that his behavior was a cover for his insecurity. There’s some other stuff there that I don’t want to spoil for you, but you gotta love a hero who answers the question “What if Elton John was a knight of the Round Table?”
A hero of Vanity, a city in the DC Universe, Bloodtype (real name unrevealed) was previously known as Mr. America before being gravely wounded in battle. In his first recorded appearance, he confronted Vanity’s new hero, Aztek, while attempting to bring in a villain called The Piper. Attacking with his usual violent zeal, Bloodtype was killed when Piper’s mysterious employers blew up an entire building trying to kill the heroes.
As far as I can tell, Bloodtype has no connection to Tex Thompson, the Golden Age hero known as Mister America and The Americommando.
A member of the human sub-race known as The Eternals, Makkari has been part of the superhero community of the Marvel Universe since the 1940s, thanks to the magic of retcons. In recent years, though, she has taken advantage of Eternal technology to choose a new gender and skin tone, which is apparently a tradition that his people undertake every few thousand years. Having spent centuries honing her speed, Makkari is one of the fastest beings on Earth, but due to trauma sustained in battle, is deaf, mute, and no longer able to communicate telepathically like other Eternals, forcing her to use sign language.
Once again, this week’s topic, Ten Super-Visors, is all me, but feel free to follow along @MightyKingCobra to suggest a topic of your own! There’s always more Ten Things madness on my Twitter or check out the full Twitter archive here! As with any set of like items, these aren’t meant to be hard and fast or absolutely complete, if only because domino masks are SO 1942. Either way, the comments section is below for just such an emergency, but, as always: Please, no wagering!