Comics have certainly given us characters with some strange abilities. Seriously, just take one look at The Doom Patrol for proof. Today we’re going to focus on powers based around food, because I was feeling some writer’s block (hence the long break between posts) and asked someone whose opinion I trust to help me come up with a topic. In what can only be considered a joke, she said “bananas”. But taking it as a challenge, I decided to give it a go. This is destined to be one of the weirdest posts I ever make. So, let’s take a look at some of the random food-related super powers.
Anyone that watched Danger Mouse on Nickelodeon back in the 80’s will remember the companion series of Bananaman. But few probably realize that it was based on a British comic book character of the same name. Whenever ordinary boy Eric Wimp eats a banana, he is transformed into ultra strong but equally dimwitted crime fighter, Bananaman.
Easily one of the strangest, and at times disgusting, food-based powers is that of Tony Chu, protagonist of the Image Comics series Chew. He is a cibopath. Meaning he gains a psychic reading off of anything he eats (with the unexplained exception of beets…sorry Dwight Schrute), including human flesh. He uses this ability to help solve murders and other crimes…many times by eating a piece of the victim.
One of several characters, like notably Harley Quinn, that first appeared in the fantastic Batman: The Animated Series, that were later adapted into Batman comics. Not one of Batman’s more well known (or threatening) villains. Mitchell Mayo (yes, even his real name is condiment joke) uses various condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and relish to attempt to commit crimes while spouting off condiment puns. Always easily taken down by the Dark Knight, Condiment King is nothing more than a silly comic relief villain.
Too Much Coffee Man
Dressed in long johns and sporting a giant coffee mug for a hat, the character doesn’t have any actual super powers, nor does he fight crime. Unless you consider existential banter and musings a super power. Too Much Coffee Man is simply a means of social commentary and satire, but is also one of the oddest looking characters in comic books.
It had to have been hard to see the X-Men and all their amazing powers out there making a difference in the world, while you’re a mutant with the ability to transform your body into…any flavor of ice cream. You read that correctly. Appearing in only one issue, Eye-Scream used this useless power to attempt to sabotage the Danger Room, hoping it would malfunction and kill the X-Men. He failed miserably and thankfully was never seen in Marvel Comics again.
When people point out the absurdity and ridiculousness of comics, it’s hard to defend them when characters like Egg Fu exist. Originally designed as a “Yellow Peril” stereotype villain (complete with cartoonish Asian features and speech patterns) to take on Wonder Woman. Over the years, DC Comics has realized the racist undertones of the character and have given it several reboots, redesigns, and new backstories. Regardless, it’s difficult to get past the utter silliness of a talking giant egg being considered a serious threat to a half-Amazon/half-god warrior like Wonder Woman.