from Big Names to Small Ones
By Matthew Arcilla
This week sees Ant-Man and his friends return to the silver screen, and what better time to take a look at other costumed folk who change size. Let’s take a trip into the annals of comic book history to discover all the supers that can grow tall and get smol. Here’re eight size-changing superfolk!
8. Elasti-Girl (DC Comics)
Not to be confused with the Incredible of the same name, Rita Farr is an athlete and actress who was exposed to volcanic gases while filming in Africa. When she recovers, she discovers that she can expand or shrink at will, and can even enlarge one limb at a time. Initially, she had no control over her size changes, and became a recluse. She goes on to join the misfit group known as the Doom Patrol.
7. Maul (Wildstorm Comics)
A brilliant biochemist, Jeremy Stone was unaware he had extraterrestrial heritage until he discovered his power to grow in strength and size. Stone joined the WildC.A.T.s; where he fought against reptilian aliens known as Daemonites. Though one of their most powerful operatives, Stone’s powers often came at the cost of his intellect and entered a child-like state when he grew to three hundred feet.
6. Bumblebee (DC Comics)
Credited as DC Comics’ first female African American superhero, Karen Beecher was a stalwart member of the Teen Titans. Like other insect-themed heroines, the Bee can shrink down to the size of her namesake and sting her foes. At one point, Bumblebee was stuck in her shrunken form and had to take medication lest her heart give out.
5. Stature (Marvel Comics)
Cassandra “Cassie” Lang is the daughter of the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang, and has always been around since her first appearance in 1979. She’s had her own misadventures here and there as a child, but it wasn’t until she was a teenager that she acquired size-changing abilities of her own. As Stature, she frequently orbits the world of the Avengers, and is a founding member of the Young Avengers.