Mammoth, from Outsiders (vol. 3) #13 (August 2004). Art by Tom Raney.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe New Teen Titans #3 (January 1981)
Created byMarv Wolfman
George Pérez
In-story information
Alter egoBaran Flinders
Team affiliationsInjustice League
Fearsome Five
Secret Society of Super Villains
Notable aliasesThe Terminator
  • Vast superhuman strength, stamina and durability

Mammoth (Baran Flinders) is a supervillain appearing in media published by DC Comics. Alongside his sister Shimmer, he is a founding member of the Fearsome Five and enemy of the Teen Titans.[1]

Publication history

Mammoth first appeared in The New Teen Titans #3 (January 1981) and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.[2]

Fictional character biography

Baran Flinders and his twin sister, Selinda Flinders, are native Australians. Teased for their differences, Baran, a timid but physically imposing child, was often defended by Selinda. They both used their powers against their tormentors, resulting in their expulsion from their hometown by fearful parents. Sent to Markovia, under Dr. Helga Jace's care, they were meant to learn morals, but instead, they turned to a life of crime.

Mammoth is one of the founding members of the Fearsome Five, and became an enemy of the Teen Titans, Superman, and the Outsiders.[3] He is highly devoted to his sister Selinda (a.k.a. Shimmer), also a founding member of the Fearsome Five.[4] A towering hulk of a man with immense physical strength and durability, Mammoth is intellectually and emotionally underdeveloped (so much so that he was once tricked into surrendering to a Superman whose powers had recently been lost thanks to Lex Luthor's use of Mister Mxyzptlk's red kryptonite thanks to Superman simply faking confidence that he could defeat Mammoth), and he lacks skill as a hand-to-hand combatant.

Mammoth at one point retired to a Tibetan monastery along with his sister although shortly thereafter discovered Psimon (himself a former member of the Fearsome Five). Psimon used his mental abilities to subdue Mammoth and turn Shimmer into glass, which he then proceeded to shatter in an act of vengeance.[5] Mammoth subsequently works with former ally Gizmo, apparently unable to comprehend his sister was dead, and believing they were looking for her.

Mammoth later appears in a fight with Booster Gold, which he loses. He is surprised at being found out, as his crime was a spur-of-the-moment deal (he did not understand Gold has access to future information).[6]

Mammoth alongside his Fearsome Five teammates appeared as members of the Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains.

On the cover of Justice League of America (vol. 2) #13, it shows Mammoth as a member of the new Injustice League and is one of the villains featured in Salvation Run. He is one of the villains sent to retrieve the Get Out of Hell free card from the Secret Six.

Mammoth later appeared as a member of Cheetah's Secret Society of Super Villains. He was among the villains in the ambush of the JSA led by Tapeworm.[7]

Mammoth later appeared as a member of the revived Fearsome Five when his older sister breaks him out of jail, while he was trying to read to increase his intelligence, though, this only gives him words that do not fit the sentences they are in. His new-found "intelligence" does not quell his need to kill others, as he frequently suggests killing Wonder Girl while they have her bound in her own lasso.

Mammoth is later shown in the employ of Calculator, and is hired to capture the members of the Birds of Prey while they are celebrating at a male strip club.[8]

The New 52

In The New 52 timeline, Mammoth is reintroduced as a member of the Fearsome Five. The group is shown as part of the Society, which were working with the Crime Syndicate. Mammoth was sent by Grid with the other members of the Fearsome Five, Jinx, Gizmo, Shimmer and Psimon, to team up with Doctor Psycho and Hector Hammond where they had to fight against Cyborg and the Metal Men. He ends up being defeated by Gold.[9]

Mammoth later appears where he is trying to kill Nightwing, Donna Troy and Garth. He is beaten by a teamwork punch by Garth and Donna Troy.[10]

DC Rebirth

In DC Rebirth, Mammoth appeared as part of the Fearsome Five.[11]

Powers and abilities

Mammoth possesses superhuman strength and durability, including a degree of protection from energy attacks.

Other versions

In JLA/Avengers #3, Mammoth appears as part of a group of villains who attack the Vision and Aquaman in Metropolis. He is blasted by the Vision, but is finally knocked out by Thor and restrained by Green Lantern.

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Inline citations

  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  3. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Fearsome Five". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-7566-4119-1. OCLC 213309017.
  4. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 203. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  5. ^ The New Titans #116 (December 1994)
  6. ^ 52 #1 (2006)
  7. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #29 (September 2009)
  8. ^ Birds of Prey (vol. 2) #7
  9. ^ Justice League (vol. 2) #29
  10. ^ Titans Hunt #5-6
  11. ^ Titans (vol. 3) #9
  12. ^ "Teen Titans Go! World - LEGO Dimensions Walkthrough & Guide - GameFAQs". Retrieved 2019-07-28.

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