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Dumbest Superhero origins?

Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:41 pm

Who would you say had the dumbest origin of any superhero? By which, I mean the most imaginative, most fun but most unlikely? Personally, I'd nominate either:

The original Blue Beetle (gained a variety of super powers from a vitamin pill he used to buy from the local pharmacy)

The original Black Condor (learned to fly as a result of being lost in the wilderness as a child and raised by a flock of wild condors)

or the Whizzer (gained super speed from a life saving transfusion of Mongoose blood). Razz

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Re: Dumbest Superhero origins?

Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:27 am

Those are all very, very bad, but I've always considered Wally West's origin to be the absolute worst. Even as a kid I couldn't believe how lazy it was. Mark Waid tried to touch it up a bit, as I recall, but all he really wound up doing was making an absurd coincidence into a bizarre paradox. Points for effort, though.

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Re: Dumbest Superhero origins?

Post by tony ingram on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:41 am

I think Waid did a good job on that story but yeah, the original was very lazy writing. I don't think you'd have caught me within a mile of Barry Allen's lab, the place was obviously jinxed!

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Re: Dumbest Superhero origins?

Post by BluesShark on Sun May 27, 2012 12:12 pm

Most of 'em are pretty dumb if you stop and think about them for a minute...

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Post by tony ingram on Sun May 27, 2012 12:50 pm

BluesShark wrote:Most of 'em are pretty dumb if you stop and think about them for a minute...
I guess Batman is the closest to being actually possible, though he'd have to be pretty demented.

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Re: Dumbest Superhero origins?

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun May 27, 2012 1:14 pm

Batman's origin is only possibly if there are no psychiatrists in Gotham.

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Re: Dumbest Superhero origins?

Post by tony ingram on Sun May 27, 2012 1:16 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Batman's origin is only possibly if there are no psychiatrists in Gotham.
Well, there are at least three: Jeremiah Arkham, Harley Quinn and Professor Hugo Strange. But they're all nuttier than Batman...

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