Real Name: Steven Harmon
First Appearance: The Awesome Slapstick #1 (November, 1992)
Powers: Can warp reality to match that of a cartoon. Possesses superhuman reflexes, agility, and durability. Is extremely malleable and nearly indestructible. He also gains enhanced strength when electrocuted.
Affiliation: New Warriors, Counter Force, Merc’s For Money, The Initiative
Did You Know? Slapstick is a lesser-known character created during the 1990s heyday of comics.
A Little History
Created by Len Kaminski and James Fry, Slapstick first made his appearance inside the pages of The Awesome Slapstick #1 back in November of 1992.
The origin of Marvel’s Slapstick is relatively straight forward. As a high school student from Morristown, New Jersey, Steve was well-known for his tendencies to pull practical jokes on those around him. During one of his attempted jokes, one of his classmates, Winston, told the teacher of his intention. Because of this, Steve found himself in some trouble.
Finding himself in trouble didn’t sit too well with Steve and as a consequence, he planned to get revenge on Winston. His hope was to disguise himself as a clown and follow Winston to the local carnival. From there, he planned to get close enough to Winston so that he could throw a pie in his face. This would’ve worked had Winston, his girlfriend,
Steve followed them into
As Steve traveled through the portal, his body began to change. After he landed on
The scientist outfits Steve with two gloves that contain “stabilitroids”. Not only do the stabilitroids permit Steve control over his body, but they also allow him to carry weapons into the deepest depths of space. That is, he can now make weapons appear and disappear out of thin air.
With his new powers, Steve successfully frees his friends. After the group returns to Earth, Steve tells his friend about everything that happened to him. Not one to waste a good opportunity, his friend convinces him that this was his origin story and that he should come up with a superhero name. Agreeing with him, Steve pronounces himself Slapstick.
And that’s it. The origin of Marvel’s Slapstick.