All characters found in various DC and Marvel Encyclopedias, and on comicvine.gamespot.com
Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to go into the bizarre world of comic book characters. Now, grab your favorite graphic novel, and let’s begin!
- Mammoth Real Name: Baran Flinders Status: Villain First Appeared: The New Teen Titans #3 (Jan. 1981) Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength, durability, and endurance; prone to fits of rage due to state of emotional underdevelopment.
Baran was born in Australia along with his sister, Selinda. He was bullied at school until his metahuman abilities developed. The renowned Dr. Helga taught the siblings how to control their powers. From there, Baran became a criminal, and frequent foe of the Teen Titans. Unfortunately, Mammoth is quite dumb, and usually relies on his bulk instead of any real tactics.
- Orb Real Name: Drake Shannon Status: Villain First Appeared: Marvel Team-Up I #15 (1973) Powers/ Abilities: Helmet can cast hypnotic spells and fire energy blasts. Customized stunt motorcycles.
Drake was an amazing stunt motorcyclist that teamed up with Crash Simpson. Due to a freak accident Shannon’s face ended up becoming horribly disfigured. Infuriated and out for revenge, he met with a shadowy organization called Those Who Wield Power. The organization gave Drake an eyeball-shaped helmet with supernatural powers. He eventually met his end when he was “killed” by a runaway train.
Sea Creatures found in DK’s Ocean The Definitive Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more sea creatures. Now, let’s go for a dive!
- Stinging Hydroid (Aglaophenia cupressina) Length: Up to 16 in Depths Found In: 10-100 ft in coral reefs
The Stinging Hydroid is a nasty little creature that’s found in coral reefs. As the name suggests, it packs quite a punch. It can disguise itself as a fern, and captures small planktonic animals. Humans who are stung will develop a week-long itchy rash.
- Eyelight Fish (Photoblepharon palpebratum) Length: 5 in Depths Found: 23-82 ft
The Eyelight Fish is a tiny sea creature with a large bioluminescent receptor. It is located under each eye, and emits a blue-green light. The light both startles predators, and helps this fish find food.
Character info found in various DC and Marvel Encyclopedias, Morris’ League Of Regrettable Heroes, and comicvine.gamespot.com
Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at comic books’ weirdest characters. So, grab your favorite graphic novel, and let’s begin!
- Anarchist Real Name: Tike Alicar Creator: Marvel First Appeared In: X-Force #116 July 1, 2001 Power: Secretes acidic sweat Status: Hero
Tike was a young man when he discovered his superpower. He joined the superhero team, X-Force, when a favorite member, Sulk, was killed. He began to enjoy his new life as a celebrity, however the other members seem to dislike his personality. Along with Doop, Anarchist is the only other X-Force member to survive a rescue mission gone awry.
- Chemo Real Name: Chemo First Appeared In: Showcase #39 August 1962 Creator: DC Status: Villain Powers: Can spew corrosive chemicals out of his mouth; enhanced strength and endurance; extremely low intelligence.
Chemo is sentient vat of toxic waste. He was created by Professor Ramsey Norton as a combatant of all disease. Unfortunately, his experiment grew into a 25ft monster and the poor doctor was killed instantly. Being a mindless monster, Chemo started to reek uncontrollable havoc in the city. He was eventually stopped by the Metal Men, who explode, destroying Chemo from the inside out.
Info about creatures found in Nouvian’s book, The Deep, and DK’s Ocean The Defintive Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some fascinating sea creatures. Now, grab your scuba suits, and let’s dive!
- Crown-of-thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Length: Up to 20 in Depths Found In: 3-65 ft In tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Ocean
These strange species of Starfish are major problems for coral reefs. This creature only feeds on coral, and completes this task in a very strange way. The sea creature will turn its stomach out through its mouth and digest the coral’s tissue. The Crown-of-thorns Starfish is also slightly poisonous. It can inflict a painful wound if handled with bare hands.
- Stoplight Loosejaw (Malacosteus niger) Length: Up to 9 1/2 in Depths Found In: 3,300-13,000 ft In deep tropical and temperate waters worldwide
The Stoplight Loosejaw is a very fearsome creature of the deep sea. The fish is black in color, and has a huge mouth. The mouth has no floor, and a ribbon muscle is used to close it. This fish has two special photophores, which are located under each of its eyes. Despite that many bioluminescent lights are blue-green, this fish has an unique red light. Red lights are never seen in the deep, so this fish has the advantage of finding red prey undetected.
Info about creatures found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep, and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more amazing sea creatures. Now, let’s begin!
- Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus) Size: Up to 24 in Found: In shallow water on coasts and reefs (Parts of the Tropical Indian Ocean)
The Spanish Dancer is an incredibly beautiful creature of the sea. It is the largest type of sea slug, and comes in various colors. The creature gets its name from the undulating movements it makes in the water. Their diet consists mainly of sponges, and they are all hermaphrodites. When in danger, the Spanish Dancer will try to swim away, exposing its brightly colored body.
- Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyallarus) Size: Up to 6 in Found: In Indian and Pacific Oceans
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a very bizarre creature with immense strength. This type of shrimp is named for its brightly colored body and long legs. When prey wanders too close, the Mantis Shrimp will strike with its legs at speeds up to 75 mph! This is combined with force 100 times the shrimp’s weight! Because of this feat, the Mantis Shrimp can easily take on prey larger than itself. That’s Insane!
Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for me to share some more art pieces with you wonderful people! I hope you guys are ready for some interesting pieces. Now, grab a paintbrush, and let’s get started!
- Riddle Me This, Batman by Jean-Michel Basquiat 1987 Acrylic and oil paintstick on canvas: I absolutely adore this fantastic piece! It’s one of Basquiat’s more unique pieces, and I love how he uses pop culture to his advantage. The piece has 2 main figures; a sinister looking Joker, and an inebriated Riddler. The close attention to the detail of these figures really makes this painting stand out. I’m also very impressed at the way he uses The Joker’s signature laugh. I can’t give this piece enough praise, and I’d love to hear what you guys think of it in the comment’s section below.
- Toke Kilowatt by Larry Carlson Digital Surreal Photography (info about medium from Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com) This has got to be one of Carlson’s funniest pieces, and boy do I love it! The background of the piece is very colorful and filled with abstract snowflakes. The main figure in this piece appears to be a extremely high anthropomorphic idol that’s smoking a collage of pipes. There also appears to be lightning and two arms popping out of its head. The figure reminds me a lot of Magritte’s piece, The Cripple, in that it uses multiple pipes. I would love to hear what you guys think of this piece, and I hope that you find it as funny as I did.
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at some interesting sea creatures. Now, grab some scuba gear, and get ready to dive!
- O_O California Lizardfish (Synodus luciocepsis) (sci name from en.wikipedia.org) California Lizardfish are incredibly creepy creatures that can be found in the waters of the California coast. (en.wikipedia.org) They can grow up to 63.9cm in length, and can weight up to four pounds. (en.wikipedia.org) This abomination gets its name from its elongated cylindrical body, and lizard-like head and mouth. (en.wikipedia.org) Their mouth is filled with sharp teeth, and they’re said to taste like iodine. (en.wikipedia.org)
- Once Again O_O Wolf Eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) The Wolf Eel is a very fearsome looking creature that can be found in the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Aleutian Islands. (en.wikipedia.org) It can grow to a whopping 80in in length and weigh up to 41 pounds. (en.wikipedia.org) While they normally feed on fish, sea urchins, and clams, they can inflict a painful bite to humans. (en.wikipedia.org) Luckily, they’re usually curious and friendly creatures. (en.wikipedia.org) (I still wouldn’t mess around with it. I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT IT!)