Are we the only ones that think about some of our favorite comic book couples the closer we get to February 14th? Probably not! There are so many great and iconic relationships in comic books that it's hard not to think about and celebrate them, especially around Valentine's Day, right? What about the...strange ones, though?
It's much easier to sit here and list off some of the greatest comic love affairs: Gambit and Rogue, Batman and Catwoman, Sue Storm and Reed Richards...but what about the weirdest comic book romances? Strange comic book romances are actually a lot more common than we may want to admit.In fact, some of them are seriously kind of creepy. No, really. We've compiled a list of a few of the weirdest ones for your entertainment starting with one that dates back to when comics first made it really big.== TEASER ==
Not too long ago we published an article that focused on one very creepy romance between two comic book characters: Supergirl and her horse, Comet. Comet the Super-Horse was actually a pretty prominent comic book character back in the day; with 78 appearances, Comet left a, well, interesting mark on Supergirl's history.
Comet made his very first appearance in ACTION COMICS #292 and in it, Supergirl simply could not stop day-dreaming about her white stallion; this might be because Comet was not your average Super-Horse. Long before he was a horse, Comet was a Centaur named Biron who was transformed into a full horse by Circe, a powerful goddess who eventually became one of Wonder Woman's nemesis. Comet wasn't transformed permanently, however. Each time a comet flew overhead, the horse would change back into a man for a short period of time.
In an issue of ACTION, Comet and Supergirl actually share a kiss and it seems that the two had fallen for one another. At least it was certainly something that the horse felt very strongly about, anyway, based on some of the panels from those issues. Talk about creepy.
Moving on from bestiality, we have Doc Ock and Aunt May. In issue #131 of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Doctor Octopus manipulates Peter Parker's Aunt into falling in love with him and the two almost get married. Can you imagine? Doc Ock, one of Spidey's greatest foes would have also become...his Uncle? What better way to get his hands on Spider-Man than by manipulating the woman closest to Peter Parker? Sure, manipulating Aunt May into falling in love with you might seem like a good idea, but how did she overlook the fact that Doctor Octavius had four additional mechanical arms?
We can't bring up mechanical arms without mentioning another weird romance recently cited in Paul Cornell's ACTION COMICS. Prior to the launch of the 'New 52,' writer Paul Cornell wove a very good (albeit, very weird) story that featured Lex and his partner in crime, Lois Lane. For several issues readers wondered whether the Lois featured in Action Comics was really Lois Lane.
Some thought that the character was from a parallel universe and that she was not the Lois Lane we saw in comics -- that is until Lex literally peeled her face off. In Cornell's ACTION series, Lex Luthor developed a robot version of Lois Lane using the real Lois Lane's DNA and Kryptonian technology taken from Brainiac. The character was used by Cornell to pose a challenge and offer a new perspective for Lex, in turn developing his character. We do have to wonder what he did with the Robot after those romantic dinners, though.
One of the strangest (and most taboo) relationships seen in comic books was a forbidden love alluded to during Marvel's ULTIMATES. In this alternate universe siblings Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver got pretty cozy, and thing got even more heated in THE ULTIMATES III's first issue written by Jeph Loeb.
If there were any doubts about the couple's incestuous relationship prior to that moment, those doubts were squashed.
Love is a beautiful thing -- unless of course it's creepy and weird, and sometimes (let's face it) it can be. Which of the moments above is the weirdest? What weird comic book romances have we left out?