Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why do the giants stay so small?

In the 70 + year history of the comic book there have been a lot of superheroes and heroines and as such superpowers tend to get reused at lot.

And yet for some reason we see few who have the ability to increase their mass and height, which I think is a little odd what with giants being such a part of myth and fairy tales, two cousins of the comic book, and yet when it comes to star characters they are few and far between.

In the Golden Age there was the Green Giant, which lasted for all of one issue before he left the business and got into frozen peas, while in the 60’s we have Elasti-Girl in the Doom Patrol, who is one of the few supers to die and not come back, Colossal Boy, lost among the crowd of other supers in the Legion of Superheroes, and then there is the whole Hank Pym / Ant-Man / Giant-Man along with all the Goliaths that came after him to be ignored and forgotten quickly at Marvel.

Not an A or B list hero in the bunch.

I wonder why that is.

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