History BodyHorror / ComicBooks

18th Aug '17 1:08:00 PM narm00
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* In Warren Ellis' writing of ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}, the Island of Gamora launched a watered-down superhuman mutagen upon an English town. Most victims were rendered as horiffically mutated corpses. The unfortunate surivors were fused into a giant mass of flesh whose hands were fused together in a shape similar to that tubular seaform known as a lamprey.

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* In Warren Ellis' writing of ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}, the Island of Gamora launched a watered-down superhuman mutagen upon an English town. Most victims were rendered as horiffically horrifically mutated corpses. The unfortunate surivors were fused into a giant mass of flesh whose hands were fused together in a shape similar to that tubular seaform known as a lamprey.
3rd Jul '17 6:52:12 AM Daedalis
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* Demons in ''ComicBook/CleanRoom'' can permanently mold the flesh of their host. This is used for visceral effect either on bystanders or the host post-possession. Specific examples include folding a man into a human pretzel (and swapping one of his hands), spinning a man's face upside down, and rebuilding a man's head into a semblance of a horse's.
2nd Jul '17 8:09:19 PM WillBGood
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** Kenji Uedo, full stop. Think of what happened to Tetsuo at the end of ''{{Manga/Akira}}'', now give him '''[[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130729040417/marveldatabase/images/f/f3/Kenji_Uedo_(Earth-616).jpg full control over it]]'''. Yeah. Due to his technopathic abilities, he can also force other machines to shapeshift as well, send one way messages through screens similar to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Hermit Purple]], and let him survive extreme damage due to him lacking organs.

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** Kenji Uedo, full stop. Think of what happened to Tetsuo at the end of ''{{Manga/Akira}}'', now give him '''[[http://img1.'''[[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130729040417/marveldatabase/images/f/f3/Kenji_Uedo_(Earth-616).jpg net/marveldatabase/images/f/fc/Kenji_Uedo_%28Earth-616%29_from_Generation_Hope_Vol_1_1_001.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20170611002437 full control over it]]'''. Yeah. Due to his technopathic abilities, he can also force other machines to shapeshift as well, send one way messages through screens similar to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Hermit Purple]], and let him survive extreme damage due to him lacking organs.
29th May '17 9:19:42 PM Daedalis
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* The revivers of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' have a HealingFactor and reduced emotional connections. This allows several of them to engage in self-mutilation for fun and profit to the horror of their loved ones. Examples range from ripping out one's own teeth to severing an arm and sharpening the exposed bone as an improvised weapon.
16th Mar '17 12:39:48 PM CaptainTedium
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* In the two-parter ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', Creator/WarrenEllis writes about a Franchise/MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.

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* In the two-parter ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', Creator/WarrenEllis writes about a Franchise/MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.the Comicbook/FantasticFour end up becoming grotesquely misshapen corpses.
16th Mar '17 12:37:52 PM CaptainTedium
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* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', Creator/WarrenEllis writes about a Franchise/MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.

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* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', Creator/WarrenEllis writes about a Franchise/MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.
8th Mar '17 3:56:01 AM Morgenthaler
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17th Feb '17 1:12:53 PM narm00
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** Later on, around ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' and the New 52 reboot, Alec was brought back from the dead, and it turned out that the plant that thought it was Alec was an accident - Alec himself was supposed to have become Swamp Thing. And since Alec was back and the plant was out of the picture, Alec found himself targeted for the transformation.

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** Later on, around ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' and the New 52 reboot, Alec was brought back from the dead, and it turned out that the plant that thought it was Alec was an accident - Alec himself was supposed to have become Swamp Thing. And since Alec was back and the plant was out of the picture, Alec found himself targeted for the transformation.transformation...



* In a ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} classic issue]]'', one of the teachers of the titular heroine undergoes an experiment which turns him into a repulsive mutated creature: his body is huge and hairless, his eyes are two large, red balls without pupils, his limbs are ridiculously long and thin and his feet have only two fingers each.

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* In a ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} classic issue]]'', issue]], one of the teachers of the titular heroine undergoes an experiment which turns him into a repulsive mutated creature: his body is huge and hairless, his eyes are two large, red balls without pupils, his limbs are ridiculously long and thin and his feet have only two fingers each.




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* The original ''ComicBook/OmegaMen'' series had Kalista get mind-raped by an organism which did so by stealing her shape and memories, leaving her an unrecognisable blob. While this is happening, she starts losing her shape, then her features, then her ability to perceive things, then the ability to ''think''. It's horrifying, and it doesn't help that she begs for it to stop the entire time.



* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', Warren Ellis writes about a MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.

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* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', Warren Ellis Creator/WarrenEllis writes about a MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.



* Swap Thing's Marvel (sort of) equivalent Comicbook/ManThing. There is virtually nothing left of Ted Sallis's mind in Man-Thing; Man-Thing doesn't need to cope, because most of the time, he's not even sapient. The fact that all those who know fear are horrifically burned more than makes up for that in terms of BodyHorror.

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* Swap Swamp Thing's Marvel (sort of) equivalent Comicbook/ManThing. There is virtually nothing left of Ted Sallis's mind in Man-Thing; Man-Thing doesn't need to cope, because most of the time, he's not even sapient. The fact that all those who know fear are horrifically burned more than makes up for that in terms of BodyHorror.




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* [[BeeBeeGun Swarm the Nazi-Made-Of-Bees]] was a Nazi scientist studying bees who [[ILoveNuclearPower exposed them to radiation]], only for them to mutate and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath devour him down to his bones.]] These bees apparently had a HiveMind, which he became, and lived on as a man made of bees, sometimes wrapped around his human skeleton, sometimes not. This has never really been explored, perhaps because of the absurdity of a colony of telepathic bees with Nazi sympathies, but being devoured and becoming a colony of bees sounds like it would be pretty damn traumatic.
** Venom eventually ate the skeleton, but because you can't keep a good Bee-Nazi down, Swarm can now create new bodies by possessing a queen bee and using her hive. He's gone from horrific to pure ParanoiaFuel, a rather impressive feat for a fairly lame villain.



* The original ''ComicBook/OmegaMen'' series had Kalista get mind-raped by an organism which did so by stealing her shape and memories, leaving her an unrecognisable blob. While this is happening, she starts losing her shape, then her features, then her ability to perceive things, then the ability to ''think''. It's horrifying, and it doesn't help that she begs for it to stop the entire time.



* [[BeeBeeGun Swarm the Nazi-Made-Of-Bees]] was a Nazi scientist studying bees who [[ILoveNuclearPower exposed them to radiation]], only for them to mutate and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath devour him down to his bones.]] These bees apparently had a HiveMind, which he became, and lived on as a man made of bees, sometimes wrapped around his human skeleton, sometimes not. This has never really been explored, perhaps because of the absurdity of a colony of telepathic bees with Nazi sympathies, but being devoured and becoming a colony of bees sounds like it would be pretty damn traumatic.
** Venom eventually ate the skeleton, but because you can't keep a good Bee-Nazi down, Swarm can now create new bodies by possessing a queen bee and using her hive. He's gone from horrific to pure ParanoiaFuel, a rather impressive feat for a fairly lame villain.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}'' mini-series, titular character Ultimate Warrior rips the skin off his opponents' chests, which he turns into armbands to wrap around his arms. Lightning then strikes the Warrior, giving him face-paint, and new pants. One video blog reviewer states [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY2oFfo8SNg "There are only so many ways that I can say, what the [expletive] people!"]]



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}'' mini-series, titular character Ultimate Warrior rips the skin off his opponents' chests, which he turns into armbands to wrap around his arms. Lightning then strikes the Warrior, giving him face-paint, and new pants. One video blog reviewer states [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY2oFfo8SNg "There are only so many ways that I can say, what the [expletive] people!"]]
13th Jan '17 12:31:33 PM rafi
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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** The ''X-Men'' comics in general feature many cases of BodyHorror. For every two mutants, one of the two is deformed in some shape or form due to their powers. Making things worse was the notion of when these deformities manifest themselves; while some mutants are born deformed, others are born normal-looking until they reach their teenage years, at which point their mutant powers kick in and they find their bodies warping, turning them from being handsome/beautiful to being hideously disfigured freaks. Even then, it's a crapshoot towards the extent of one's body horror: Angel and Wolverine, for instance, only suffered minor deformities, whereas mutants like Marrow (bones growing out of her body, which had to be broken off at regular intervals like one might cut one's hair), Husk (ability to develop and shed layers of skin of various biological compositions), or Mercury (body turning into a liquid metal substance) manifest far more grotesque variations. This led to Chris Claremont conceiving "The Morlocks": an underground community of homeless mutants, most of which were mutants that were too deformed to fit in with normal society.
** Yet another example would be a nameless and hideous mutant who was shot down by the police before he could "transform" into his "final" form, one which was implied to be of incredible beauty and power. Oh and he was a child too. Crying shame, heavy emphasis on crying.
** This is how the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] alien Brood reproduce. They were pretty obviously, ah, ''inspired'' by ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Oddly enough, the Brood had a HiveMind ''first''.
** Masque. A disfigured flesh-warping mutant who got his kicks warping the flesh of anyone who had the misfortune of coming into contact with him? When he took over the Morlocks, following the ''Mutant Massacre'', Masque forced the surviving Morlocks to be his playthings, changing their faces and bodies into such horrific abominations, that the bulk of the community were driven irreversibly insane. Part of this motive was based upon the fact that Masque (originally) was immune to his own powers, which drove him mad because he could alter anyone's face except his own disfigured face. Thought killed off in the early 1990s, Masque returned in ''Xtreme X-Men'' #36-39, where he was given upgraded powers: he could now use his powers on himself, which he used to render himself genderless as far as showing the ability to warp his own flesh to go from male to female. However, he was still insane in the head and then some: he used his powers to turn Callisto (ex-Morlock leader who Masque hated) into a tentacle-limbed freak and (with help from his fellow Morlocks) assaulted a subway train full of innocent people and used his powers to disfigure each and every person on said train as an act of mutant terrorism.
** Chamber is another X-Man with quite a unique form of mutation; he has a psychic furnace where everything between his upper jaw and diaphragm would normally be. That's no lungs, ribcage, digestive system, etc. Granted, eventually he gets better, but when he loses his power to contain the energy, boom- everything south of his jaw is quite graphically vaporised. He still lives!
** Kenji Uedo, full stop. Think of what happened to Tetsuo at the end of ''{{Manga/Akira}}'', now give him '''[[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130729040417/marveldatabase/images/f/f3/Kenji_Uedo_(Earth-616).jpg full control over it]]'''. Yeah. Due to his technopathic abilities, he can also force other machines to shapeshift as well, send one way messages through screens similar to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Hermit Purple]], and let him survive extreme damage due to him lacking organs.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The alien symbiotes.
** Spider-Man himself. All the mutations he's undergone, from gaining more arms, to transforming into a giant spider (with a description of his feelings in the process) and what happened to him when he was killed.
* The Chester Brown underground comic ''Yummy Fur'' has such delights as the author eating his own snot (which he has admitted to doing), a man's hand spontaneously falling off, ComicBook/EdTheHappyClown's [[spoiler:penis growing a miniature talking, thinking Ronald Reagan head at its tip]], a man who shits so much that he suffocates himself and many others, graphic scenes of penis surgery and so much more. Chester Brown himself, by all accounts has a very amiable, mild personality.
* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', Warren Ellis writes about a MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.
** Warren Ellis seems to love this. Remember ''Extremis''? The cyborg virus that enters the brain? And then causes the immune system to reinterpret the entire body as an open wound? ''And then rebuild it, resulting in a cocoon of scab tissue''?

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** The ''X-Men'' comics in general feature many cases of BodyHorror. For every two mutants, one of the two is deformed in some shape or form due to their powers. Making things worse was the notion of when these deformities manifest themselves; while some mutants are born deformed, others are born normal-looking until they reach their teenage years, at which point their mutant powers kick in and they find their bodies warping, turning them from being handsome/beautiful to being hideously disfigured freaks. Even then, it's a crapshoot towards the extent of one's body horror: Angel and Wolverine, for instance, only suffered minor deformities, whereas mutants like Marrow (bones growing out of her body, which had to be broken off at regular intervals like one might cut one's hair), Husk (ability to develop and shed layers of skin of various biological compositions), or Mercury (body turning into a liquid metal substance) manifest far more grotesque variations. This led to Chris Claremont conceiving "The Morlocks": an underground community of homeless mutants, most of which were mutants that were too deformed to fit in with normal society.
** Yet another example would be a nameless and hideous mutant who was shot down by the police before he could "transform" into his "final" form, one which was implied to be of incredible beauty and power. Oh and he was a child too. Crying shame, heavy emphasis on crying.
** This is how the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] alien Brood reproduce. They were pretty obviously, ah, ''inspired'' by ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Oddly enough, the Brood had a HiveMind ''first''.
** Masque. A disfigured flesh-warping mutant who got his kicks warping the flesh of anyone who had the misfortune of coming into contact with him? When he took over the Morlocks, following the ''Mutant Massacre'', Masque forced the surviving Morlocks to be his playthings, changing their faces and bodies into such horrific abominations, that the bulk of the community were driven irreversibly insane. Part of this motive was based upon the fact that Masque (originally) was immune to his own powers, which drove him mad because he could alter anyone's face except his own disfigured face. Thought killed off in the early 1990s, Masque returned in ''Xtreme X-Men'' #36-39, where he was given upgraded powers: he could now use his powers on himself, which he used to render himself genderless as far as showing the ability to warp his own flesh to go from male to female. However, he was still insane in the head and then some: he used his powers to turn Callisto (ex-Morlock leader who Masque hated) into a tentacle-limbed freak and (with help from his fellow Morlocks) assaulted a subway train full of innocent people and used his powers to disfigure each and every person on said train as an act of mutant terrorism.
** Chamber is another X-Man with quite a unique form of mutation; he has a psychic furnace where everything between his upper jaw and diaphragm would normally be. That's no lungs, ribcage, digestive system, etc. Granted, eventually he gets better, but when he loses his power to contain the energy, boom- everything south of his jaw is quite graphically vaporised. He still lives!
** Kenji Uedo, full stop. Think of what happened to Tetsuo at the end of ''{{Manga/Akira}}'', now give him '''[[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130729040417/marveldatabase/images/f/f3/Kenji_Uedo_(Earth-616).jpg full control over it]]'''. Yeah. Due to his technopathic abilities, he can also force other machines to shapeshift as well, send one way messages through screens similar to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Hermit Purple]], and let him survive extreme damage due to him lacking organs.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The alien symbiotes.
** Spider-Man himself. All the mutations he's undergone, from gaining more arms, to transforming into a giant spider (with a description of his feelings in the process) and what happened to him when he was killed.
* The Chester Brown underground comic ''Yummy Fur'' has such delights as the author eating his own snot (which he has admitted to doing), a man's hand spontaneously falling off, ComicBook/EdTheHappyClown's [[spoiler:penis growing a miniature talking, thinking Ronald Reagan head at its tip]], a man who shits so much that he suffocates himself and many others, graphic scenes of penis surgery and so much more. Chester Brown himself, by all accounts has a very amiable, mild personality.
* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', Warren Ellis writes about a MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.
** Warren Ellis seems to love this. Remember ''Extremis''? The cyborg virus that enters the brain? And then causes the immune system to reinterpret the entire body as an open wound? ''And then rebuild it, resulting in a cocoon of scab tissue''?
!!Franchise/TheDCU



* In Marvel's ''ComicBook/DistrictX'', the mutant Gregor Smerdyakov can't sit anywhere for too long because his feet grow roots that break through his shoes and lash him to the ground. After being [[{{Foreshadowing}} cut away from the pavement]] in an early issue, he later [[spoiler:grows into the wall of a sewer channel and essentially becomes an underground tree]].
* In Marvel's ''Mutopia X'', Agent Popova (after a failed assassination attempt on Daniel Kaufman) was blackmailed into performing favors for Kaufman by having her surgically altered into what many might consider a hideous (or beautiful) mutant appearance.
* Charles Burns' ''ComicBook/BlackHole''. The entire graphic novel centers around teenagers who are tragically mutated and disfigured by a fictional sexually-transmitted disease.
* Played for laughs in several [[TheSimpsons Simpsons]] ''Treehouse of Horror'' comics. Most notable example is "Sideshow Blob", where criminal Sideshow Bob (who has a bad cold) is injected with the wrong vaccine by Dr Nick Rivera and turns into a rampaging blob monster.
* [[BeeBeeGun Swarm the Nazi-Made-Of-Bees]] was a Nazi scientist studying bees who [[ILoveNuclearPower exposed them to radiation]], only for them to mutate and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath devour him down to his bones.]] These bees apparently had a HiveMind, which he became, and lived on as a man made of bees, sometimes wrapped around his human skeleton, sometimes not. This has never really been explored, perhaps because of the absurdity of a colony of telepathic bees with Nazi sympathies, but being devoured and becoming a colony of bees sounds like it would be pretty damn traumatic.
** Venom eventually ate the skeleton, but because you can't keep a good Bee-Nazi down, Swarm can now create new bodies by possessing a queen bee and using her hive. He's gone from horrific to pure ParanoiaFuel, a rather impressive feat for a fairly lame villain.



** His Marvel (sort of) equivalent Comicbook/ManThing is potentially even worse. There is virtually nothing left of Ted Sallis's mind in Man-Thing; Man-Thing doesn't need to cope, because most of the time, he's not even sapient. The fact that all those who know fear are horrifically burned more than makes up for that in terms of BodyHorror.
* ''Stone Island''. Harry's transformation into one of the creatures, which starts with him puking his guts out and doesn't stop until he's a seven-foot-tall monstrosity with no eyelids, a [[SlasherSmile permanent grin]] in a distorted face, and hideously lengthened skull.
* ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'':
** The second issue features a man who has been engineered into a killing machine. His body is half gone. His cock has been connected with the parts of his brain that spark up when he kills things. He's still sentient... but just barely.
** In the ninth issue, a Frequency agent investigates a medical facility dealing in top-of-the-line stem cell research that's cut off all communications to the outside world. Turns out the doctors went insane from the gas leak and decided to build a temple to the wonder of the human body. Using all the patients as bricks, and the stem cell technology as mortar. And they're all ''still alive''.



** ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' saw Superman fly to the edge of Creation fighting Darkseid and, lo, they beheld... an infinitely vast wall of living, breathing, '''screaming''' flesh and faces that act as the "wall" between Creation and the nothingness beyond, the Source Wall. Its current form is apparently made of everyone who's ever tried and failed to pass through it and discover the secrets hidden on its other side.

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** ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' A ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman'' issue saw Superman fly to the edge of Creation fighting Darkseid and, lo, they beheld... an infinitely vast wall of living, breathing, '''screaming''' flesh and faces that act as the "wall" between Creation and the nothingness beyond, the Source Wall. Its current form is apparently made of everyone who's ever tried and failed to pass through it and discover the secrets hidden on its other side.



* The Basilik's cult cyber-zombie virus from ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' (the New 52, volume 4). One unfortunately cursed woman was turned into a giant, tentacled blob and thankfully killed (as she requested).
* Doppelganger, a villainess introduced in Issue 1 of ''ComicBook/GreenArrow: The Midas Touch'' (Volume 5 of his solo line and the first of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot), is presumably a shapeshifter. Within panels of her first appearance, she [[HulkingOut hulks out]], [[GrowingMusclesSequence bulking up]] and [[ClothingDamage shredding a good portion of her]] [[LittleBlackDress slinky black dress]]. Any {{fanservice}} [[AmazonianBeauty this might have been played for]] [[FanDisservice is immediately thrown out the window]] as she not only grows [[MultiArmedAndDangerous an extra set of arms]], but ''[[MultipleHeadCase a second face]]''--still stuck to the first one as if it were a {{conjoined twin|s}}-- and [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/10/107028/1998771-doppelganger.jpg breaks out into warts.]] Appropriately so, Ollie quips that she's making him nauseated and her accomplice Supercharge refers to her as a freak when Dynamix (the third member of their villainous trio) wonders where she's been taken after they've all been incarcerated.
* The ComicBook/{{New 52}} rendition of ComicBook/TheJoker has a fellow villain slice all of the flesh off his face... then the Joker reattaches the skin to his face with straps sewn into the skin.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTrialOfTheFlash'', Big Sir mutilates Flash's face with an energy mace, distorting it beyond recognition. When a couple of kids unmask the Flash, they scream in terror and run away.
* Some of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Rogues Gallery have this as their schtick, most notably Clayface III, who must stay in a containment suit because his touch disintegrates any living thing he touches, and The Corrosive Man, whose skin releases acid and ''he can feel every bit of it''.
** DependingOnTheArtist, as well as in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', Two-Face's scarring isn't just limited to his face, but also involves his left arm. [[spoiler:In ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'', a hallucination of the Joker wonders if this included ''everything''.]]

!!Franchise/MarvelUniverse
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** The ''X-Men'' comics in general feature many cases of BodyHorror. For every two mutants, one of the two is deformed in some shape or form due to their powers. Making things worse was the notion of when these deformities manifest themselves; while some mutants are born deformed, others are born normal-looking until they reach their teenage years, at which point their mutant powers kick in and they find their bodies warping, turning them from being handsome/beautiful to being hideously disfigured freaks. Even then, it's a crapshoot towards the extent of one's body horror: Angel and Wolverine, for instance, only suffered minor deformities, whereas mutants like Marrow (bones growing out of her body, which had to be broken off at regular intervals like one might cut one's hair), Husk (ability to develop and shed layers of skin of various biological compositions), or Mercury (body turning into a liquid metal substance) manifest far more grotesque variations. This led to Chris Claremont conceiving "The Morlocks": an underground community of homeless mutants, most of which were mutants that were too deformed to fit in with normal society.
** Yet another example would be a nameless and hideous mutant who was shot down by the police before he could "transform" into his "final" form, one which was implied to be of incredible beauty and power. Oh and he was a child too. Crying shame, heavy emphasis on crying.
** This is how the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] alien Brood reproduce. They were pretty obviously, ah, ''inspired'' by ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Oddly enough, the Brood had a HiveMind ''first''.
** Masque. A disfigured flesh-warping mutant who got his kicks warping the flesh of anyone who had the misfortune of coming into contact with him? When he took over the Morlocks, following the ''Mutant Massacre'', Masque forced the surviving Morlocks to be his playthings, changing their faces and bodies into such horrific abominations, that the bulk of the community were driven irreversibly insane. Part of this motive was based upon the fact that Masque (originally) was immune to his own powers, which drove him mad because he could alter anyone's face except his own disfigured face. Thought killed off in the early 1990s, Masque returned in ''Xtreme X-Men'' #36-39, where he was given upgraded powers: he could now use his powers on himself, which he used to render himself genderless as far as showing the ability to warp his own flesh to go from male to female. However, he was still insane in the head and then some: he used his powers to turn Callisto (ex-Morlock leader who Masque hated) into a tentacle-limbed freak and (with help from his fellow Morlocks) assaulted a subway train full of innocent people and used his powers to disfigure each and every person on said train as an act of mutant terrorism.
** Chamber is another X-Man with quite a unique form of mutation; he has a psychic furnace where everything between his upper jaw and diaphragm would normally be. That's no lungs, ribcage, digestive system, etc. Granted, eventually he gets better, but when he loses his power to contain the energy, boom- everything south of his jaw is quite graphically vaporised. He still lives!
** Kenji Uedo, full stop. Think of what happened to Tetsuo at the end of ''{{Manga/Akira}}'', now give him '''[[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130729040417/marveldatabase/images/f/f3/Kenji_Uedo_(Earth-616).jpg full control over it]]'''. Yeah. Due to his technopathic abilities, he can also force other machines to shapeshift as well, send one way messages through screens similar to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Hermit Purple]], and let him survive extreme damage due to him lacking organs.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The alien symbiotes.
** Spider-Man himself. All the mutations he's undergone, from gaining more arms, to transforming into a giant spider (with a description of his feelings in the process) and what happened to him when he was killed.
* In the two-parter ''Ruins'', Warren Ellis writes about a MarvelUniverse where everything goes wrong. Gamma radiation turns [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] into a green pile of tumors, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] develops a deadly viral rash from his spider bite, {{Wolverine}} is allergic to adamantium, and [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] incinerates himself.
** Warren Ellis seems to love this. Remember ''Extremis''? The cyborg virus that enters the brain? And then causes the immune system to reinterpret the entire body as an open wound? ''And then rebuild it, resulting in a cocoon of scab tissue''?
* In Marvel's ''ComicBook/DistrictX'', the mutant Gregor Smerdyakov can't sit anywhere for too long because his feet grow roots that break through his shoes and lash him to the ground. After being [[{{Foreshadowing}} cut away from the pavement]] in an early issue, he later [[spoiler:grows into the wall of a sewer channel and essentially becomes an underground tree]].
* In Marvel's ''Mutopia X'', Agent Popova (after a failed assassination attempt on Daniel Kaufman) was blackmailed into performing favors for Kaufman by having her surgically altered into what many might consider a hideous (or beautiful) mutant appearance.
* Swap Thing's Marvel (sort of) equivalent Comicbook/ManThing. There is virtually nothing left of Ted Sallis's mind in Man-Thing; Man-Thing doesn't need to cope, because most of the time, he's not even sapient. The fact that all those who know fear are horrifically burned more than makes up for that in terms of BodyHorror.



* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** Widespread in the nuclear war wastelands (known as the "cursed Earth") with rampant radiation-induced deformities.
** It is common in Judge Dredd's Mega City-One where people willingly inflict body horrors on themselves such as The League of Fatties, whose sporting events include extreme eating and fat contests (the fattest person wins 50,000 creds and tons of endorsement deals).
** Explored in Judge Dredd (reprinted in Complete Case Files volume 4): "ugliness products", i.e. skin mold cream, tooth decay gel, dead skunk aftershave, etc., that are popular in a society in which any nonmutated human could achieve beauty.
** There are two Judge Dredd stories dealing with humans being mutated into a giant spider. One is told in a tragic manner concerning a woman. The other is told in a comedic manner with the victim being a man.



* The Warhol virus from Wildstorm: World's End is named so because it keeps the victim alive for about 15 minutes while the victim is turned into a hulking, disfigured maniac.
* In Warren Ellis' writing of ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}, the Island of Gamora launched a watered-down superhuman mutagen upon an English town. Most victims were rendered as horiffically mutated corpses. The unfortunate surivors were fused into a giant mass of flesh whose hands were fused together in a shape similar to that tubular seaform known as a lamprey.
* Similar is the Basilik's cult cyber-zombie virus from SuicideSquad (the New 52, volume 4). One unfortunately cursed woman was turned into a giant, tentacled blob and thankfully killed (as she requested).



* Cla$$War: "''Uh ... it appears my left leg has just '''eaten''' your dog''."
* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Collapsing New Empires]]'' has Luke's [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic right hand]] get infected by an "art virus" that makes it [[http://images.plurk.com/226a6f3f34ebf812cd4a315d1f0d756c.jpg progressively get larger and more ungainly]] until it's a mass as large as his torso and he cuts it off.
* Doppelganger, a villainess introduced in Issue 1 of ''ComicBook/GreenArrow: The Midas Touch'' (Volume 5 of his solo line and the first of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot), is presumably a shapeshifter. Within panels of her first appearance, she [[HulkingOut hulks out]], [[GrowingMusclesSequence bulking up]] and [[ClothingDamage shredding a good portion of her]] [[LittleBlackDress slinky black dress]]. Any {{fanservice}} [[AmazonianBeauty this might have been played for]] [[FanDisservice is immediately thrown out the window]] as she not only grows [[MultiArmedAndDangerous an extra set of arms]], but ''[[MultipleHeadCase a second face]]''--still stuck to the first one as if it were a {{conjoined twin|s}}-- and [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/10/107028/1998771-doppelganger.jpg breaks out into warts.]] Appropriately so, Ollie quips that she's making him nauseated and her accomplice Supercharge refers to her as a freak when Dynamix (the third member of their villainous trio) wonders where she's been taken after they've all been incarcerated.
* ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' combines this with GoryDiscretionShot. EvilAlbino Janus Valker gets hold of a device that allows travel in parallel dimensions, but that one is malfunctioning and manages to materialize ''every'' other Valker in existence ''simultaneously'' inside the body of the first one. We only get to see an arm erupting from Valker's own arm before cutting to Rat-Man and his friends witnessing it. Their horrified faces and the narration are more than enough.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}'' mini-series, titular character Ultimate Warrior rips the skin off his opponents' chests, which he turns into armbands to wrap around his arms. Lightning then strikes the Warrior, giving him face-paint, and new pants. One video blog reviewer states [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY2oFfo8SNg "There are only so many ways that I can say, what the [expletive] people!"]]




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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'': The premise of ''The Visible Man'' is of an ex-soldier who gains partial {{Invisibility}} from a freak accident involving [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear waste]] so that all his internal organs are showing. People shriek in terror at the mere sight of him.
* Charles Burns' ''ComicBook/BlackHole''. The entire graphic novel centers around teenagers who are tragically mutated and disfigured by a fictional sexually-transmitted disease.
* Cla$$War: "''Uh ... it appears my left leg has just '''eaten''' your dog''."



* ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'':
** The second issue features a man who has been engineered into a killing machine. His body is half gone. His cock has been connected with the parts of his brain that spark up when he kills things. He's still sentient... but just barely.
** In the ninth issue, a Frequency agent investigates a medical facility dealing in top-of-the-line stem cell research that's cut off all communications to the outside world. Turns out the doctors went insane from the gas leak and decided to build a temple to the wonder of the human body. Using all the patients as bricks, and the stem cell technology as mortar. And they're all ''still alive''.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** Widespread in the nuclear war wastelands (known as the "cursed Earth") with rampant radiation-induced deformities.
** It is common in Judge Dredd's Mega City-One where people willingly inflict body horrors on themselves such as The League of Fatties, whose sporting events include extreme eating and fat contests (the fattest person wins 50,000 creds and tons of endorsement deals).
** Explored in Judge Dredd (reprinted in Complete Case Files volume 4): "ugliness products", i.e. skin mold cream, tooth decay gel, dead skunk aftershave, etc., that are popular in a society in which any nonmutated human could achieve beauty.
** There are two Judge Dredd stories dealing with humans being mutated into a giant spider. One is told in a tragic manner concerning a woman. The other is told in a comedic manner with the victim being a man.



* The ComicBook/{{New 52}} rendition of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has a fellow villain slice all of the flesh off his face... then the Joker reattaches the skin to his face with straps sewn into the skin.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTrialOfTheFlash'', Big Sir mutilates Flash's face with an energy mace, distorting it beyond recognition. When a couple of kids unmask the Flash, they scream in terror and run away.
* In ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'', the Cybertronian Empire boosts its population via Budding, a long-hidden method of Cybertronian reproduction. We see what the process entails at one point: The surface of the "budder" practically comes alive, and slowly forms into a living mechanical foetus, which tears itself free of the host body. While this is happening, the first mechanoid is writhing in pain and discharging all kinds of energy.
* Some of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Rogues Gallery have this as their schtick, most notably Clayface III, who must stay in a containment suit because his touch disintegrates any living thing he touches, and The Corrosive Man, whose skin releases acid and ''he can feel every bit of it''.
** DependingOnTheArtist, as well as in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', Two-Face's scarring isn't just limited to his face, but also involves his left arm. [[spoiler:In ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'', a hallucination of the Joker wonders if this included ''everything''.]]
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' introduces Empurata, a technique employed by the old and corrupt Senate. Basically, they have the head and hands of the victim removed and replaced with boxy cycloptic heads and claws or clamps for the hands. A few of the big named characters suffered this, notably Whirl [[spoiler:and Shockwave]].



* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'': The premise of ''The Visible Man'' is of an ex-soldier who gains partial {{Invisibility}} from a freak accident involving [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear waste]] so that all his internal organs are showing. People shriek in terror at the mere sight of him.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'': The premise ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' combines this with GoryDiscretionShot. EvilAlbino Janus Valker gets hold of ''The Visible Man'' a device that allows travel in parallel dimensions, but that one is malfunctioning and manages to materialize ''every'' other Valker in existence ''simultaneously'' inside the body of the first one. We only get to see an ex-soldier who gains partial {{Invisibility}} arm erupting from Valker's own arm before cutting to Rat-Man and his friends witnessing it. Their horrified faces and the narration are more than enough.
* Played for laughs in several [[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons]] ''Treehouse of Horror'' comics. Most notable example is "Sideshow Blob", where criminal Sideshow Bob (who has
a freak accident involving bad cold) is injected with the wrong vaccine by Dr Nick Rivera and turns into a rampaging blob monster.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': "Collapsing New Empires" has Luke's [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic right hand]] get infected by an "art virus" that makes it [[http://images.plurk.com/226a6f3f34ebf812cd4a315d1f0d756c.jpg progressively get larger and more ungainly]] until it's a mass as large as his torso and he cuts it off.
* ''Stone Island''. Harry's transformation into one of the creatures, which starts with him puking his guts out and doesn't stop until he's a seven-foot-tall monstrosity with no eyelids, a [[SlasherSmile permanent grin]] in a distorted face, and hideously lengthened skull.
* In Warren Ellis' writing of ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}, the Island of Gamora launched a watered-down superhuman mutagen upon an English town. Most victims were rendered as horiffically mutated corpses. The unfortunate surivors were fused into a giant mass of flesh whose hands were fused together in a shape similar to that tubular seaform known as a lamprey.
* [[BeeBeeGun Swarm the Nazi-Made-Of-Bees]] was a Nazi scientist studying bees who
[[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear waste]] exposed them to radiation]], only for them to mutate and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath devour him down to his bones.]] These bees apparently had a HiveMind, which he became, and lived on as a man made of bees, sometimes wrapped around his human skeleton, sometimes not. This has never really been explored, perhaps because of the absurdity of a colony of telepathic bees with Nazi sympathies, but being devoured and becoming a colony of bees sounds like it would be pretty damn traumatic.
** Venom eventually ate the skeleton, but because you can't keep a good Bee-Nazi down, Swarm can now create new bodies by possessing a queen bee and using her hive. He's gone from horrific to pure ParanoiaFuel, a rather impressive feat for a fairly lame villain.
* In ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'', the Cybertronian Empire boosts its population via Budding, a long-hidden method of Cybertronian reproduction. We see what the process entails at one point: The surface of the "budder" practically comes alive, and slowly forms into a living mechanical foetus, which tears itself free of the host body. While this is happening, the first mechanoid is writhing in pain and discharging all kinds of energy.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' introduces Empurata, a technique employed by the old and corrupt Senate. Basically, they have the head and hands of the victim removed and replaced with boxy cycloptic heads and claws or clamps for the hands. A few of the big named characters suffered this, notably Whirl [[spoiler:and Shockwave]].
* The Warhol virus from Wildstorm: World's End is named
so because it keeps the victim alive for about 15 minutes while the victim is turned into a hulking, disfigured maniac.
* The Chester Brown underground comic ''Yummy Fur'' has such delights as the author eating his own snot (which he has admitted to doing), a man's hand spontaneously falling off, ComicBook/EdTheHappyClown's [[spoiler:penis growing a miniature talking, thinking Ronald Reagan head at its tip]], a man who shits so much
that he suffocates himself and many others, graphic scenes of penis surgery and so much more. Chester Brown himself, by all accounts has a very amiable, mild personality.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}'' mini-series, titular character Ultimate Warrior rips the skin off
his internal organs opponents' chests, which he turns into armbands to wrap around his arms. Lightning then strikes the Warrior, giving him face-paint, and new pants. One video blog reviewer states [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY2oFfo8SNg "There are showing. People shriek in terror at only so many ways that I can say, what the mere sight of him.[expletive] people!"]]
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* There is {{Deadpool}}, whose skin appears to be horrifically burned or surgically removed. At least he has a holographic projector to alter his appearance. It's cancer. All of it. He had a healing factor installed in an attempt to cure his cancer, only to have the cancer ''become'' his healing factor. Dude is a walking tumor.
** While fans hated him mostly for his completely different character, the UltimateMarvel version of Deadpool isn't any better; his face is ''gone'', leaving his head a naked skull, with eyeballs and an exposed brain, wrapped in translucent plastic.

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* There is {{Deadpool}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, whose skin appears to be horrifically burned or surgically removed. At least he has a holographic projector to alter his appearance. It's cancer. All of it. He had a healing factor installed in an attempt to cure his cancer, only to have the cancer ''become'' his healing factor. Dude is a walking tumor.
** While fans hated him mostly for his completely different character, the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of Deadpool isn't any better; his face is ''gone'', leaving his head a naked skull, with eyeballs and an exposed brain, wrapped in translucent plastic.
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