While we are getting the umpteenth version of Superman, Batman and some color or other of Lantern, there are still oh so many more or less popular characters out there that are still waiting impatiently for their Heroclix debut.
Today I will be talking about a little guy who made it big-- Titano!!
Back in the crazy days of the Silver Age, I imagine some editor's meeting went like this:
Writer: We should have Superman fight King Kong! Editor: We don't have the rights. We'll have to create our own. Writer: No problem. We'll call him "Titano!" Editor: But Superman could beat King Kong with no trouble. Writer: We'll give him Kryptonite Vision! Editor: Perfect!
And thus, I imagine, Titano was born. A harmless but extremely bright ape, exposed to radiation (or course!) named Toto grows to tremendous size, gains Kryptonite vision, and goes on a rampage. Lois Lane, who bonded with Toto before the accident, is the only one who can calm him down.
Post-crisis Titano showed up in a couple of less-innocent incarnations, with darker storylines, but the essentials are the same-- Giant Ape, Kryptonite Vision.
Why clix him? DC needs Colossal Figures! Also, it never hurts to inject a little of the light-heartedness of the Silver Age into clix. Plus, who doesn't want a colossal ape figure in clix?
Who would he play with?
As a colossal, he might well play alone. However, he'd also make a great centerpiece to an all-ape-family team. You could do it universe-specific and have Mallah, Congorilla, Solivar, Grodd and Gorilla City Warriors. Or go cross-universe and include Ken Hale and the Super Apes!
He'd also fit into all manner of Animal teams in general.
And of course, he could also be a pawn of a gaggle of Superman enemies.
Likely keywords: Metropolis, Animal, Brute
What would his dial look like?
I imagine some of the following Here he comes! (Charge)
Revert to Toto (Earthbound)
Massive strength (Super Strength)
Too big to fall (Impervious)
Hard to hurt (Invulnerable)
Tougher than you (Toughness)
I would give him a special power for the Kryptoniote Vision. Either a trait that effects Kryptonians, or a special power that gives him range, but only to affect Kryptonians.
I wouldn't give him any TA, and certainly not Superman Enemy-- he's not that smart!
What would your Titano dial look like? Share it here!
And then join me in two weeks when I showcase another Unclixed DC character-- the pride of Detroit!
Very cool article! I'm a huge fan of DC's golden and silver age. A colossal from this era would be mint! Maybe now that they're introducing vehicles like the batmobile, we might see a brainiac skull ship.
I'd go with colossal rather than Giant and I don't see the point of Battle Fury (why not let him throw objects?). I'd also go with a trait or Special Power that gives him eight range Penetrating/Psy Blast against Kryptonians/figures named "Superman".
I'm sure we could also get a bit more creative too.
They were clearly mimicking King Kong swatting at planes, how about giving Titano a bonus against anyone who can use the Flight ability if he occupies elevated terrain?
Speaking of un-clixed giants who tangled with Superman...Where's my Jimmy Olsen as Turtle Boy?
Or any dadgum Jimmy Olsen?!?!
Isn't that the Hulk dial from the Target Avengers clix? (I would lose the Supes ally TA)
It is in fact, the dial for the AVM/"Target" Hulk, with "Superman Ally" subbing for the "Avengers Initiative", and I hid the special white movement power by only listing the part of it that allows the use of Charge.
It's a perfectly fine substitute dial as far as I'm concerned. Sure it misses anything like 'Kryptonite eye beams', and has the eternal drawback of Battle Fury preventing the throwing of objects, but until we get an actual version of the character (I've been asking for one since the 2002 Sentinels appeared) I think this dial is great for Titano.
I want these clixed: Doc Savage, Fu Manchu, Tarzan, The Shadow, The Green Hornet & Kato, Conan, Solomon Kane, The Phantom, King Kong, Killraven, Black Orchid, Manhunter (Paul Kirk), Xemnu the Titan, unclixed Kirby Fourth World characters, and Lilith, Daughter Of Dracula.