Friday, January 20, 2012

Nerd Facts #2

It's Friday again, which means it is time for another round of nerd facts.

1. Professor Xavier once professed a love for Jean Grey, when she was a teenager.
Many strange things have happened in the X-Men series, but it must be agreed upon that a Xavier and Jean Grey romance would be a little gross. However, it happened. It wasn't more than a thought bubble in issue #3 of Uncanny X-Men (1964) but it gave me the chills. Not only was she his student, she was about 16 or 17. The only slight justification for this attraction was the fact that at this time there were only two female mutants running around, and one of them, Scarlet Witch, tended to hang around Magneto.

2. Squirrel Girl is a surprisingly effective superhero
Some of you may have never heard of this bucktoothed heroine, but she is indeed a real character with a pretty impressive track record. A mutant possessing all the powers and abilities of a squirrel, as well as being able to communicate and command squirrels, Squirrel Girl has fought alongside the Great Lakes Avengers and the New Avengers. Despite never having her own comic, Squirrel Girl has gone toe-to-toe with, and defeated, Dr. Doom, Fin Fang Foom, MODOK, Thanos, Deadpool, and Wolverine. That record is impressive for a C-list character.

3. Arm Fall Off Boy. Yes, he existed.*
Originally appearing DC's Secret Origins #46 (1989), Arm Fall Off Boy attempted to join the Legion of Superheroes. Naturally, they rejected him, but his legacy lives on as the boy who could detach his limbs and use them as clubs.

*This fact is brought to you by my lovely girlfriend Erin.