Save The World? The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Character Information found on, various DC and Marvel encyclopedias and Jon Morris’ book, The League Of Regrettable Superheroes

Hello fellow comic fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what means! Yes, it’s time to look at some truly strange comic book characters. Now, grab your favorite graphic novel, and get ready to laugh!

  • Bouncing Boy Real Name: Charles Foster Taine Status: Good Publisher: DC First Appeared: Action Comics #276 (1961) Powers: Elasticity, High Intellect(In one version of the character), and Partial Invulnerability

Charles Taine was a scientist’s assistant in the 30th century. He accidentally drank an experimental plastic fluid, and got super powers. Taine then had the ability to inflate his body like a ball, and ricochet off objects. He was rejected twice from The Legion Of Superheroes.This changed, however, after he defeated an electrical villain. (So, he’s basically a human pinball!)


  • WTF!! Ruby Thursday Real Name: Thursday Rubinstein Status: Villain Publisher: Marvel First Appeared: The Defenders #32 (1976) Powers: Shape-shifting Head, Combustable Head,Regeneration, Computer Brain, Seemingly Impossible To Kill

I know what you’re thinking:”Wow, those powers seem awesome”! However, if we take a look at Ruby’s backstory, you’ll see why it’s on this post! Ruby was an incredibly scientist that had the “bright” idea to replace her head with an organic computer. The experiment worked, and now she has super powers. She can have her “head” transform into just about anything, and she can even explode it to knock out people nearby. She joined the equally weird team of “intelligent” villains known as The Headmen. Wouldn’t be a better idea to just create the head, and use it as a weapon instead of decapitating your real one?! Extremely intelligent, my ass!



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