Saturday, October 29, 2011
Honestly now, if you were trying to come up with the most disgusting mutant power ever, that was not pornographic, could you do much better than a prehensile tongue? And yet, we have Toad. The tongue is a fairly modern thing, coming up in the movies, but the character is as old as the Silver Age of Comics. Toad was originally, as conceived by Lee/Kirby a hunchback toady for Magneto to push around.
The addition of the tongue has made the character interesting, but there has got to be a better way. I mean real toads do not have prehensile tongues, so why should the mutant Toad. Why not give him a wart giving power? - even that would be less disgusting. Besides, have a power that does somethig takes away all the toady aspects of his character and every big baddy needs a dog to kick when things go wrong, so I kinda liked the old, undisgusting Toad. Once again, I am out-of-step with modern sensibility, because this little bit of ugly is really popular.
One question - where does that appendage go when it's not grabbing stuff?