Bizarre Animal Superheroes

Jun. 30 2009, Published 10:30 a.m. ET

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Sure, you've heard of Mighty Mouse, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even the Biker Mice from Mars (ok, maybe you haven’t hear of that one).  But there are lots more bizarre animal superheroes you probably never heard of and they deserve their recognition for all their good deeds!

So courtesy of Jeff Rovin, author of the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals, brings you the 12 most bizarre animal superheroes, counting down the the strangest, although they are all pretty weird.

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12. Ace the Bat Hound

  • Ace is Batman's German shepherd, who the Caped Crusader rescued from drowning. There's actually a little rig in the Batcave so this comic book canine can slip into his black mask and bat-symbol collar.

11. Dynomutt

  • The bumbling pooch sidekick to the superhero Blue Falcon, the  1970s cartoon hero is described as "stronger than a train with a so-so brain...scareless, a little too careless."  His powers derive from a strength power pack in his belt. (“Scareless, a little too careless” – we love that!)

10. Captain Carrot

  • A super-powered bunny from another dimension -- he can "bunny hop" great heights, among many other powers -- this DC Comics character from the 1980s is the leader of the Zoo Crew, which includes the speedy turtle Fastback, magician kitten Alley-Kat-Abra, the stretchable Rubberduck, and the magnetically charged Yankee Poodle.

9.  Video Victor

  • Victor Bumble is a bee who is allergic to pollen. Using his stinger to fix a faulty circuit in an arcade videogame -- so  that a hard-playing kid won't lose his score -- he becomes zapped with super strength...but only as long as the game is being played.  The comic strip  appeared in Videogaming Illustrated magazine in the 1980s.

8. Batfink

  • It was probably inevitable: a crime fighting bat. No, not a batman but an  actual winged rodent. In  addition to super-sonar, the 1960s animated TV character possessed martial arts skills and,  of course,  he could  fly. Oh, and he drove around in the Batillac, which was actually a Volkswagen.

7. Fearless Fly

  • Another animated TV character from the 1960s, this bad bug was timid Hiram Fly who dons supersonic glasses to become the costumed Fearless Fly -- who can fly faster than light and has super-strength. Super for a fly, anyway.

6. Congorilla

  • This 1950s DC comic book character is actually explorer-ecologist Congo Bill who, for trying to save the life of  a witch doctor, is given a ring that allows him to transfer his brain, for one hour at a time, into the body of the tribe's deity, a golden gorilla. Two drawbacks:  Congorilla can't speak and, worse, the ape brain enters Bill's body during the switch.

5.  Spider-Ham

  • More than 20 years before Homer Simpson got his pet Spider-Pig, Marvel Comics published the adventures of Peter Porker, a walking, talking pig version of Spider-Man. Also appearing in the strip were the ferocious Hulk Bunny, Deerdevil  -- the Cloven-hooved Mammal Without Fear -- Croctor Strange, and Nick Furry, Agent of S.H.E.E.P., among others.

4. Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos

  • No, we're not kidding. These comic book characters from the 1980s are five Australian exchange students who are caught in an explosion at a bio-genetic lab, which turns them into kangaroos. Former soldier Rootin Slagg trains them to use their kangaroo skills for good.

3. Alien Ducklings

  • These comic book heroes from the 1980s are actually alien  beings who land on a farm and,assuming that water fowl are the dominant species, use most of their energy to assume duck forms.  One of them has enough power left over to become the costumed Aquaduck, who possesses super powers  thanks to a psychic link with the metawaves of fish.  Whatever that means.

2. Beppo the Super Monkey

  • Jor-El may have been a great Kryptonian scientist, but when he sent his son Kal-El toEarth as a baby he didn't notice that a monkey stowed away on the rocket ship. On earth, the wiry Beppo has the same powers as his master Superman.  The monkey is a member of  the Legion of Super-Pets along with  Krypto  (who was sent  to earth in a test rocket), Comet the Super-Horse (a centaur who was turned all-horse by a wizard), and Streaky the Super-Cat (who gets superpowers from the mysterious X-Kryptonite).

1. Wonder Wart-Hog

  • The winner by a snout!  By swallowing a power pill, this underground comics character from the 1960s turns into a super powered wart hog. When he isn't fighting crime, he wears a human mask and poses as reporter Philbert Desenex.

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