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Area Man Has Far Greater Knowledge Of Marvel Universe Than Own Family Tree

October 17, 2009 | Issue 45•42

Josh Sundling (left) and his extended family (right), only half of which he can name.


LA CROSSE, WI—Returning to his hometown to attend a cousin's wedding Saturday, Josh Sundling, 29, reportedly demonstrated on numerous occasions a vast, far more intricate understanding of the fictional Marvel Comics Universe than of his own family's genealogy.

Sundling, who cannot identify his ancestral homeland or the meaning of his surname, possesses extensive knowledge of the creation of superhero teams, the history of imaginary alien races, and the special powers of countless characters.

"We're from Sweden or Norway or somewhere around there," said Sundling, who when prompted can accurately detail the origins of each cartoon member of the X-Men, the Avengers, the Defenders, and the Squadron Supreme. "I don't know for sure. I never really asked about it."

Though Sundling reportedly reread several issues of Moon Knight recently and found himself enjoying the subplot of the hero's romantic involvement with Tigra, it is believed he did not realize his cousin was dating anyone until he received an invitation to the wedding.

"I guess Andy had been engaged for a while," Sundling said of his cousin Tom, whom he has met on 26 separate occasions and once spent two weeks with at summer camp but routinely confuses with other relatives. "One of my aunts was telling me about it. Whichever one used to have the long dark hair and kind of looked like former Alpha Flight member Diamond Lil."

"She cut it, though, and now it's white and curly," Sundling added. "Kind of looks like Daily Bugle editor in chief Joe Robertson's haircut. Especially if you look at those old issues from the '70s, back when Ross Andru was drawing him."

According to family sources, not only is Sundling not familiar with his family's heritage and history, but the 29-year-old also appears more emotionally attached to the fictional characters in his comic books than to many of his blood relatives.

"Josh has always loved those cartoons," said uncle Donald Grier, whom Sundling believes to be one of his father's friends from college. "I remember one time he cried after reading about Captain America, because the Captain's little helper guy had died."

"It was weird because I'd never seen him cry before," Grier said. "Not even at Papa's funeral.

Though Sundling is unaware that his grandmother was the first female valedictorian at La Crosse Central High, or that ancestors on his mother's side narrowly escaped famine by fleeing across the Atlantic with nothing but the clothes on their backs, he has been known to confidently discuss the histories of the Skrull, Kree, and Shi'ar civilizations. Sundling also has a working knowledge of Jean Grey's complex family tree, which contains multiple clones and characters from other realities.

Sources confirmed that Sundling does not know his grandmother's maiden name.

"It's so fascinating that Jean Grey and Cyclops had a child from an alternate future who ends up marrying Franklin Richards, who is the son of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman," said the man who did not recognize his own nephew at the wedding. "And then their kid, Hyperstorm, travels back in time and attacks the Fantastic Four."

"I've always been drawn to superhero pedigrees and how they pass traits down from one generation to the next," said Sundling, completely unaware that colon cancer runs in his family. "It'd just be cool to have something rare in common with your relatives."

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My results.


Take the What superhero am I?

Your Results:

Hulk 100%
Hulk Smash! No one gets in your way. You also look great in purple pants. Good thing they're a little stretchy.
Flash
"Flash - aaaah - saviour of the universe." Wait, wrong Flash. You're the fastest man alive. Let's just hope you're not fast at everything...
86.3%
Thor
You are Thor, the mighty god. You have a big hammer. Watch out where you swing it.
72.5%
Daredevil
You are Daredevil. Whether you're spending your time as a crimefighter, lawyer, husband, kingpin of Hell's Kitchen, etc, there's always fun and excitement in your life.
71.3%

 
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Your Results:

Gambit 25%
Hey chere, you da man. Dat 'tis pretty cool, mon ami. You are able to charge things up...even the ladies.
Black Panther
You are T'Challa, the Black Panther. You are da man. Smart and tough, you rule an entire nation. Oh, and you're married to Storm too. Not too shabby.
25%
Cyclops
You are the ulitmate X-Man. Sure you may be a bit stuffy at times but then again, you can choose from either Jean or Emma. Who cares about stuffiness?
25%
Captain Marvel
You are Captain Marvel, the Big Red Cheese. Just keep in mind that your alter ego, Billy Batson, has barely passed through puberty.
37.5%
  
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Your Results:

Oa 100%
I'm pretty sure that if you hear that stupid "In brightest day... In blackest night" b.s. anymore, you'll murder everyone on the planet. Luckily, you're in the center of the universe, so you have lots of traveling options.
Gorilla City
Gorilla Grodd's hometown. It's like Planet of the Apes but more technologier. Gorilla City is one of those "please don't come here" type of places. Except, I see heroes visiting all the time... What a bunch of dirty hypocrites!
84.3%
Bizarro World
Me love having not to write this non-description. It is so much fun. No one on Bizarro world talks like this. They are all so smart. You should stay here forever and make friends with everyone. Bizarro World is not stupid.
82.9%
Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Haha! You're in school. Pretty people with awesome super powers with a dash of teen angst. You lucked out. Now get to class! Your next class is the Effect of the X-Gene on Microbiology 202. Good luck.
81.4%
  
 
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Your Results:

Hell 0%
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Savage Land
Shhhh! Don't make too much noise! If you ruffle your feathers too much a T-Rex is going to eat you. Ok, so technically you're in Antarctica. Confused? You better be! It's like Jurassic Park in the coldest part of the Earth. Now, continue on with your day while you're hunted by every beast imaginable.
28.6%
Apokolips
Hey, at least it's not Hell! Darkseid rules this place with an iron fist. There's explosions everywhere, slaves crying, and most importantly, no way out. Unless you want to sneak around and try to get into one of those Boom Tubes. Let's face it, you're screwed.
57.1%
Springfield
Duh duhduh duduh duh duh dududududuh. That's how you're supposed to sing the song. Welcome to Springfield, . There's so much stuff to do and see, but I'm sure you probably just hang out with Comic Book Guy and just talk about how everything is the worst thing ever.
71.4%
  
 
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Take the What obscure character am I?

Your Results:

Bloodhawk 100%
Face it Xi'an, you hit the jackpot! Bloodhawk! YES! Like the future? How about 2099? I hope you answered yes because you have no choice otherwise! You were a member of X-Men 2099 and kind of creepy looking. Luckily, the rest of your team wasn't a bunch of lookers either.
D-Man
Oh, you're one of those "funny" ha-ha characters? Well at least the rest of us aren't ex-wrestlers turned superheroes with no originality in costume design... (Except for J2) You're D-Man. Why you still exist and G'Nort from the Green Lantern Corps doesn't is a question that will never be answered.
78%
J2
Son of Juggernaut? M2 Universe? Grunge music? Teen Angst? Yes to all of them please! You're alot like the old Spider-Man stories, replaced with a beefy guy. In fact, we're pretty sure all the old spidey scripts were changed slightly to become you're book. Enjoy a Soundgarden or Mud Honey album while you solve your "daddy issues!"
76%
Moonraker
You're Moonraker! Like the movie! You were a member of the oh so memorable Force Works! Well, you really didn't join, you forced your way in with your time control ability.
54%
  
 
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Your Results:

Sportsmaster 0%
Lucky you! You're probably the most popular of these obscure characters! Sportsmaster! Well, you don't have any powers, but you were on Batman: Brave and the Bold. Heck, you were even in a recent Final Crisis Aftermath book.... but then you died...
Foreigner
You're Foreigner! No, not the band, but you were married to Silver Sable once, that's pretty awesome. You're a merc with no special powers. Congrats?
40%
The King
The King? Huh? Well, you're buddies with Jay Garrick and insanely rich, like quite a few other heroes. You've also taken on the task of taking on the underworld by pretending to be a criminal. However, you can't say he's a rip-off of other characters since you first appeared in 1940. Way to go old timer!
40%
Unus
You are untouchable, like a Right Said Fred album. One of the X-Men's first villains. A trend setter. You're also dead. The best part was, you died twice! And both times from lack of oxygen! You really got to get that force field fixed before you die again!
40%
  
 

Take the Which Batman rogue are you?

Your Results:

Joker 100%
You're the Joker
Scarecrow
You're scarecrow!
81.7%
Bane
You're Bane
63.3%
Killer Croc
You're Killer Croc
61.7%
  
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Your Results:

Penguin 16.7%
You're the Penguin... wa wa wa
Ra's al Ghul
You're Ra's al Ghul
33.3%
Calendar Man
You're Calendar Man! You're highly under-rated!
50%
Bane
You're Bane
63.3%
3 Comments

Well.... Hmmm....

  1. Bring back the Hulk and de-power Rulk
  2. fire Jeph Loeb.... Perma ban on his Marvel video games too!!!
  3. Joey Q would have to step down but would be given the option of being an artist again, or write a comic book series
  4. Captain America turns out to be alive.... but frozen in Ice (AGAIN!)
  5. Norman osborn is thrown into Cryo-stasis 'till they find a way to kill him
  6. have an expansion in the marvel movie-verse, Dr. Strange & Namor get movies while Ghost Rider gets a re-boot
  7. Have another Marvel vs DC Crossover... this time WWH vs Super-man and Spidey vs Bats
  8. Have a few more games come out
  9. Promote Cheaper ink and cheaper paper with more advertising (Don't worry only one more page!) to bring up funds for the New games and movies
  10. Have the Avengers film re written by Ed Norton and the guy who wrote Iron-man whilst paying for 3hrs and 27 mins of Screen time for the movie
  11. If Avengers is a success have 3 Marvel 2099 Movies one being Spider-man 2099, the other Doom 2099 and the last Exiles
  12. Take Bendis off a few books (he's a great writer but he writes practically everything now!)
  13. Hire Julio Molina-Muscara as a comic book artist
  14. Invest in new and young artists
  15. Hold a Competition every 2 years for writers and artist The 2 winners (from both sides meaning four winners) will be placed in a comic book career ( but if there are to many people writing and drawing either hold the competition for a while or have a whole bunch of one-shots and mini-series)
  16. Promote Marvel in things such as Breakfast Cereals and other things

You think I'm going over-board correct? 
 
Last but not least make sure upcoming movies are wirtten properly and have a Professional next to the Script writers at all times (We don't want another X-men Origins Wolverine that's written poorly, am I right?) what I mean is hire a few of the writers who worked on the characters by the Script so they get their facts straight because every one nows wolverine wasn't born in the 1820's.....

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for some reason when I click battle forums, all of a sudden it transfers me to this page that says:
"500 style me, DAVE!!!!!"
Weird right?!

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