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Supervillain Origins: The Blob

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Craig Butler They say the bigger they are the harder they fall – but this dude is no pushover. Join WatchMojo.com as we explore the comic book origins of the Blob. As with most comic book characters, there are often re-imaginings and different versions to a character's past. We have chosen primarily to follow the storyline which unfolded in 1964's X-Men #3 and was expanded on in 1996’s X-Force #52. Special thanks to our users Mattyhull1, Germano Pontes, Reece Baker, Gary Mar, Reece Baker, Donathan Rogers, Tyson Turner, jack 123 and Charlie Palmer for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Craig Butler

Supervillain Origins: The Blob


They say the bigger they are the harder they fall – but this dude is no pushover. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we will explore the comic book origin of the Blob.

As with most comic book characters, there are often re-imaginings and different versions to a character’s past. We have chosen primarily to follow the storyline which unfolded in 1964's X-Men #3 and was expanded on in 1996’s X-Force #52.

The massive mutant known as the Blob is one of the X-Men's oldest adversaries. Like many other super-beings, the Blob has incredible strength and endurance. In addition, his sheer mass makes him very difficult to injure – and even more difficult to move him against his will.

The Blob, whose real name is Fred Dukes, debuted in 1964, very early in the X-Men's run.The issue opened with a familiar sight – the X-Men undergoing training exercises under the direction of Professor X. However, the Professor interrupted the proceedings because he received a mental signal that a new mutant was nearby

Changing into street clothes, the X-Men went in search of this mutant. As they didn't know what he looked like or what his powers were, they made a few mistakes along the way. Eventually, however, Cyclops located their target at a carnival.Called the Blob, he turned out to be one of the attractions at the carnival. His immense size, combined with a mutant ability to anchor his gravitational force to the ground, made him nearly impossible to move. In addition, bullets and other weapons tended to merely sink into his putty-like flesh without doing damage.

The X-Men took the Blob back to their headquarters. In spite of his arrogant personality, he was asked to join the team. Much to their surprise, however, he turned them down. Afraid that he would reveal their secret identities, they tried to stop him from leaving but failed.

The discovery that he was a mutant made the Blob even more arrogant. He took over leadership of the carnival and convinced his co-workers that attacking the X-Men would make them famous.
Professor X had foreseen such an eventuality. He had prepared a device that he could use to wipe all knowledge of the X-Men from the carnival workers' minds. He hoped that the X-Men could subdue the carnival workers and then he would erase their memories and send them away with no harm done.

Unfortunately, the X-Men were still a bit inexperienced. They were unable to stop the Blob and his team, who captured them and then advanced on the Professor. Fortunately, Marvel Girl used her powers to escape her ropes and then freed her colleagues. With the element of surprise on their side, they defeated their attackers and the Professor successfully swept away all knowledge of the X-Men and their headquarters.The Blob returned to his life as an attraction of the carnival side show, unaware of how close he came to defeating the X-Men. But he would be back to fight the mutant heroes many more times through the years.

The Blob's powers were enhanced over the years. At one point, he learned how to shift his mass, enabling him to enlarge specific parts of his body as needed. In 2005, he was one of the mutants whose powers were eliminated by the Scarlet Witch – leaving him a normal sized man with enormous excess folds of skin. In recent years, he regained his powers, thanks to special injections of a serum taken from the body of the mutant known as Dazzler.

The Blob has given Marvel's strongest super-heroes a run for the money. He's appeared in media beyond comic books, where his immovability makes him a worthy enemy – and gives his foes the opportunity to demonstrate just how strong and smart they are.

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