Forgotten Marvel Superheroes

Despite a flamboyant costume and a series of recurring appearances in Ant-Man comic books of the mid-1960’s, readersΒ did not warm to “The Pollinator,” whose superpowers were limited to the ability to telepathically control swarms of angry bees.


Dayflower (Tinantia anomala), by Anne Worner, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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34 thoughts on “Forgotten Marvel Superheroes

  1. Faye December 10, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I laughed based on the title and pic. Then I read on… And the hover!

    One question. Who was the sidekick?

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 3:33 pm

      Just as Captain America had his Bucky, The Pollinator had his sidekick Buzzy.

      • Faye December 10, 2015 / 9:10 pm

        Ahhh Buzzy. Didn’t he have a “little nectar problem” at one point?

        • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 9:11 pm

          Yes, but he spent some time at the Buzzy Ford Clinic, and he’s much better now.

          • Faye December 10, 2015 / 9:15 pm

            Oh god.

          • Saffron December 11, 2015 / 8:36 am

            OMG, I’m dying πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. Smartypants December 10, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    I think there was also the Masked Stamen, but only for one or two issues.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      I guess he didn’t have much (wait for it)…

      STAMENA! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (Thank you, I’ll be here all week.)

      • Smartypants December 10, 2015 / 5:45 pm

        Bwa ha ha! πŸ˜€

    • Faye December 10, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Weren’t they both killed off by their nemesis Hedge Clipper? It took the powers of Miracle Grow to resurrect them in a new plot line.

      • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 9:21 pm

        “we can replant him… we have the technology…”

        • Faye December 10, 2015 / 9:27 pm

          I give up! I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe.

          • Deb December 10, 2015 / 10:59 pm

            Faye, I believe you keep up with NTMTOM very well! Such delightful banter!

          • Faye December 10, 2015 / 11:18 pm

            Aw shucks. 😊

        • Haha December 11, 2015 / 4:26 am

          Insert bionic movement sounds here. Szuzhhh szuzhhh szuzhhh szuzhhh

          • Faye December 11, 2015 / 7:31 am

            Cut to scenes of extremely fast plant growth and tendril grasping.

    • Saffron December 11, 2015 / 8:38 am

      The Masked Stamen was famous for shooting criminals with his mighty pistil.

      • Haha December 11, 2015 / 9:37 am

        Stories perennially appear with the bumbling escapades of The Pollinator and his plucky sidekick Buzzy.

        • Faye December 11, 2015 / 10:23 am

          I just got it, HaHa!

      • Faye December 11, 2015 / 10:15 am

        Perfection. 😜

  3. fkaWaldenPond December 10, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Wait, I was away and just came back and the ‘votes’ are back up on the main page.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Yeah, some folks said they liked them there, so I put them back.

      • fkaWaldenPond December 10, 2015 / 9:01 pm

        My humble opinion is– to make us work for it. It will eventually encourage more conversation as we must click more to get into the article. But, not knowing (truly) how this stuff works, whatever gets your site more ‘hits’ I guess is the way to go.

        • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 9:03 pm

          Well, actually, that’s one of the things that prompted me to make the change in the first place. I certainly do welcome readers who just want to skim the main page, but I was thinking that maybe the “audience participation” elements should be reserved for readers willing to click in a little deeper. Darn it, now you’re making me think I was right the first time.

          • Faye December 10, 2015 / 9:13 pm

            I couldn’t find them. I like the original placement. Please.

          • fkaWaldenPond December 10, 2015 / 10:01 pm

            I dunno, throw us a learning curve for a week. Faye, are you up to being patient for a week or so to see if it works out better in the long run?

            • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 10:04 pm

              Let me think about it. One thing I did learn from the experience of another site was that changing an interface that readers had gotten used to is not to be done lightly.

          • Faye December 10, 2015 / 11:15 pm

            If someone shows me where they went to I’m fine. But I couldn’t find them in the new format.

            • Not That Mike The Other Mike December 10, 2015 / 11:23 pm

              It’s OK, the new format is back to the old format.

          • fkaWaldenPond December 10, 2015 / 11:32 pm

            Fair enough dear people, truly and really valid points. Just thought of putting it out there and I am with honour and respect team playing this. Not that I have or expect any say, really, just giving counter points; group think and all. Thank you for considering and listening. πŸ™‚ * I just spent time trying to find a cute animal picture to insert here and well, I can’t, plus I need to get to bed*

  4. kodalai December 11, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Honestly, given some of the heroes and especially villains Marvel has run through in the past, this would be no surprise.

  5. Sandy December 11, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the great spirit.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike January 24, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Yes, I shall keep up the Great Spirit. I am Ye-ha’a, Grand High Shaman of the tiny island of Whambozo. Our fertile island is rich with the mango, the coconut, and most important of all, the banana. For it is with the peel of the banana that we appease the Great Spirit that shelters and nourishes my people.

      After the harvest, island maidens carry the banana peels to the temple and arrange them on the great stone steps that lead to the altar. As the sun sets and torches light the path, I sound the conch horn and our fastest warriors race to the top. There is much slipping and sliding and bonking of heads. This amuses the Great Spirit, makes it soar like the bird in the sky.

      As we feel the warm wind against our faces, we know that the Great Spirit is happy, and the year ahead will be prosperous. Then it is time for the ceremonial feast and pie-throwing contest.

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