Neglected in the fickle world of comic fandom, these nine lesser superheroes find remembrance here. Held back by a tragic lack of ability and subsequent comic book reader disinterest, here are the bottom nine:
1. Mint Lad
Power: Able to cleverly employ mints, including after-dinner and before-dinner mints, to combat crime and world domination schemes.
Notable accomplishments: In issue # 37 of Unknown Contributors, Mint Lad temporarily distracts bank robbers by projecting a mint scent onto the loot. Mint Lad is a member of the Canadian League of Heroes Auxiliary Patrol.
2. Puddle Pal
Notable accomplishments: Former sidekick of Aqua Gal before they split over “creative differences.” Puddle Pal claimed to have caused evil genius Quang Quong to slip during a getaway flight, leading to soreness and eventual capture.
3. Belt Slightly Tighter Lass
Power: Able to slightly tighten belts, waistcoats, and thongs.
Notable accomplishments: Foils an international garment plot by sowing discomfort among squabbling staff members. Belt Slightly Tighter Lass was honored with a solid aluminum Medal of Crime Awareness by the City of Potchkiss, Kentucky at their First (and last) Weevil Time Festival.
4. Purple Prepubescent
Notable accomplishments: One of a series of temporary sidekicks of The Vengeful Waiter, part-time hero, part-time employee of TGIF.
5. Fern Man
Power: Able to make clumps of ferns and, to some extent, brushy vegetation grow more rapidly.
Notable accomplishments: After a strong start helping camouflage two police detectives with ferns during a stake-out of the Squirrel Gang, Fern Man becomes the semi-permanent ”headquarters monitor” during off-planet missions of the Super Teens, issues #74, 81, and 92.
6. Lounge Lady
Power: Incredibly patient while listening to conversations of the possibly evil.
Notable accomplishments: Voted “most popular” at Mike’s Grill. Claims to have met the Human Flittermouse and tipped him to the “general climate of badness” of Peripheral City.
7. Hamster Hombre
Power: Able to understand the language of hamsters
Notable accomplishments: Despite repeated offers on Craig’s List, Hamster Hombre is not picked up for serious crime fighting duty. Doubts about the utility, and even the veracity, of his signature superpower lead to his famous “defection to evil,” also posted on Craig’s List, although no evil is apparently committed.
Power: Able to make a convincing otter sound
Notable accomplishments: In issue #1 of Outdoor Fish and Crime, a short-lived free comic published by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Otter Boy leads a pair of rogue trapper poachers into the hands of federal Fish and Game authorities. Later in the same issue, Otter Boy teaches schoolkids the importance of observing game regulations.
9. Beaver Lad
Notable accomplishments: Lukewarm reception to Otter Boy in issue #1 of Outdoor Fish and Crime lead to Beaver Lad’s dramatic debut in issue #2 as “vigilant colleague of the beaver” as the furry gnawers evade illegal trapping. Due to meddling by federal supervisors, there was no issue #3 of Outdoor Fish and Crime.
Mere footnotes in a genre of literature that lacks footnotes, these lesser comic book superheroes probably should not be forgotten.
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Fabulous external links for lame superheroes that made it into comic book history:
Check out the classic Top Ten Lamest Superheroes of All Time and Sarcastic Cartoon of a Realistic Superhero Funeral
And the sequel The Next Ten