Skip to main content

10 Welsh Superheroes

10 Welsh Superheroes

Anthony and I were idly speculating one day how many Welsh superheroes were out there. I said we could get to ten...



Plancton Jones from Hwyl

#10. Plancton Jones

The strip here is from the 1952 Hwyl! annual - I found the scan on the Bear Alley blog. I don't know much about this guy, but either he's a hero, or he's been driven mad by the banality of Radio Wales and attempted to murder someone while under the influence. It's anyone's guess.



Gareth Thomas Red Dragon

#9. Red Dragon

Gareth Thomas - aka Red Dragon - is part of Marvel's SHE (Superheroes of Europe) lineup. There is also a briefly seen Lady Red Dragon, but that's about all Google could tell me. Marvel are, of course, secret #IndyWales fans. They even included a Welsh flag at the UN conference scene in Black Panther.




StingerStinger

#8. Stinger

Stinger - aka Blodwen Reese - is a member of the Marvel Genetix group. According to her Marvel bio, she was abducted as a young girl by a mad geneticist who helped her gain the ability to absorb energy, then shoot it from her hands. It doesn't mention where she learned her gravity defying latex wrap skills.



Captain Bean in the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence

#7. Captain Beany

Wikipedia tells us: "Captain Beany [from Planet Beanus] is a Welsh eccentric and fundraiser." His flat in Port Talbot also serves as the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence. That's commitment. You can keep up to date with all the latest news at www.captainbeany.com!



Scorch, the WRU Dragon

#6. Scorch

Scorch (and his younger incarnation Scorch Bach) is a 'superhero dragon' and mascot of the WRU (Welsh Rugby Union). He features in his own series of online bilingual comics, and in a published graphic novel.



Dan Can the Super Recycler

#5. Dan Can

Anthony argued strongly against Dan Can's inclusion but, he's a superhero and he's Welsh. As we've just seen, there was nothing in the challenge that said these superheroes had to be humanoid, after all. Dan is Torfaen's recycling mascot - because if Dan Can, You Can. (Geddit?) He has lots of different comic strips and other resources which you can check out HERE.



The Choir - Marvel

#4. Captain Wales

Real name, Huw Gruffydd. He was a member of the Captain Britain Corps, appearing in one issue of X-Men: Chaos Engine before being killed off by Doctor Doom. What a guy.

As I couldn't find a picture, have one instead of The Choir, a new Welsh superhero introduced by Marvel in February 2020, long after this post was originally written...



Captain Cymru by StazJohnson on DeviantArt

#3. Captain Cymru

Morwen Powell is the Captain Britain of an alternate timeline where Wales was the preeminent culture of the British Isles. Marvel always likes to keep things believable. (The awesome art is by StazJohnson on DeviantArt.)

Matthew Evans, founder of Ironman Wales and The Long Course Weekend, has also created an alter ego called Captain Cymru who competes in endurance events to raise money for charity.

Captain Cymru - Matthew Evans



Pixie

#2. Pixie

Marvel character Megan Gwynn is a troubled teen from a (fictional) former mining town called Abergylid. Instead of filling diaries with tortured metalcore lyrics, Megan discovers she is actually a mutant with the ability to fly and, later, perform magic. She still comes out with lines like "there's a sliver of darkness that Magik put inside my soul" though, so the potential remains.



SuperTed

#1. SuperTed

SuperTed started life as the titular character of a book series by Mike Young. Young founded Siriol Productions in 1982 to take Ted to the television screen, with the show first airing on S4C in 1983. A defective teddy bear, discarded by a toy factory, Ted gets a whole new lease of life when he's discovered by an alien from the Planet Spot - together they fight crime and strangely effeminate skeletons. There has been speculation that Ted is shaping up for a reboot so, though you snigger, he could be the best known Welsh superhero for a long time to come!


Linking up to:
Life Love and Dirty Dishes





Comments

  1. That's a pretty good list! I've never heard of any of them. Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it took some work to get to ten!

      Delete
    2. That was pretty interesting you are so cool finding that all out!

      Delete
  2. Impressive knowledge lady! I discovered all of them tonight. The last has to be my fave because it will appeal more to my baby #FridayFrolics

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Superted is still quite fun - it was a staple of my childhood! :)

      Delete
  3. Captain Beany!!!! I used to love Superted! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Superted is fab - I hope they do go ahead with the reboot. :)

      Delete
  4. Who knew?? I loved Super Ted when I was little! I personally think Jeff from Coupling should count as a Welsh superhero!

    Thanks so much for linking with #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, yes! Either that, or Nessa from Gavin & Stacey. :D

      Delete
  5. Thanks for sharing this article.

    ReplyDelete
  6. A great read! I think superted might have been the first show on S4C if i'm not mistaken?

    ReplyDelete
  7. i knew about the marvel ones and i used to watch reruns of superted but at the timei did not know he was welsh

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

I love to hear from you, so please don't be shy!

Popular posts from this blog

Free Magazine Scans

Click the pictures below to find full cover guides to various teen magazines (primarily collated to make scale miniature magazine covers but I figure they'll also be useful for collectors and anyone into media history) and scans from my own magazine collection. I've also got a couple of kids' books I didn't want to part with - The Squirrel and Little Owl Book of Pets . The unwieldy size of my bookmark folders convinced me I needed a reference post for online magazine archives. Or, more accurately, free online magazine archives. Whether you're looking for leisure reading or research avenues, you're bound to find something useful in this list. :) ☆ Archive for the Unexplained - UFO mags galore. ☆   The Magazine Rack - over 140,000 digitised magazines! ☆   Lantern - thousands of vintage film magazines. ☆ FANZINES  - a number of online archives now exist for these including  FANAC  (SF), ScoTpress  (Trek), Sandy Herald Collection  (media fandom, major

50 Free Welsh Language Resources

Unlike literacy and maths, Welsh really isn't a subject we'll be using everyday without a concerted effort to do so. Every morning we've been doing three Duolingo lessons with Marianna - challenging for me and repetition of basic words and concepts for her - and then watching a couple of Welsh language cartoons to listen to the rhythm of the words and so on. Here is a list of free Welsh language resources from around the web, ranging from GCSE revision guides to adult basics to children's cartoons uploaded to YouTube. Hopefully you'll be able to mix and match to suit your own needs over the next few weeks and months. (I'd normally direct people to places like Sain Wales to buy hard copy media, but they're closed for the duration and we should try to lighten the load on the postal service to essentials besides.) Apps . Handy rundown of Welsh language kids' apps from Montgomery Church in Wales School. Atebol . Welsh language story time on Yo

Simply Cook Review

I kept seeing ads and deals for Simply Cook everywhere, so as there was a special offer on at OhMyDosh! Rewards (£3 for the box and £3.50 cashback) I figured I had nothing to lose by giving it a try. What Is It? Recipe kits packed into boxes which fit through your letterbox. The usual price is £9.99 for a kit of 4, with each one serving 2-4 people depending on your serving sizes. All you need to do is buy the fresh ingredients required and follow the instructions. Here is Simply Cook's own helpful diagram: Does It Work? For me, as the person just eating it, it was awesome. Everything tasted great - the mushroom penne in particular was so good I went back for seconds - and I liked that the sauces weren't as rich as Anthony would usually make them. For Anthony, who cooked them, they weren't as impressive. He complained that the food was bland and that it was actually quite a lot of faff, as Lidl didn't stock everything we needed which meant another trip ou

Free Fabric Samples x 200

Choosing upholstery and soft furnishings can be a nightmare - especially if it arrives and isn't quite what you expected. Fabric samples are a great way to avoid costly mistakes, as well as providing a fab source of material for your crafts box. Here are over 200 places offering completely free fabric samples in the UK:

Welsh UFO Sightings 2016

Welsh UFO sightings from 2016. For sightings from other years please click HERE . UK UFO Sunday 3rd January, 01:25 Gwent Witness saw a 'typical space ship' through their bedroom window. It had blue and red lights, and appeared to be moving towards them. They watched for a few minutes and the next day reported the sighting to UK UFO. FM: " I was up really late and i needed to use the bathroom so i got up and my side of the bed is by the window, so i had a look out. i saw an object shaped like a typical space ship would look, but it had blue and red lights and appeared to be coming towards me. i watched it for a while and then left to use the bathroom and by the time i had returned (5 minutes later) the mysterious lights had almost disappeared into the distance. " SUFON Tuesday 5th January, 09:20 Bevan Close, Waunarlwydd, Swansea  Broken cloud. Brian Harry was at home in Bevan Close, Waunarlwydd and had just let his dog out the back