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Top Five Marvel Superhero “Head” Nicknames

Oddly enough, Marvel superheroes tend to give each other nicknames on top of their normal superhero names, and even odder, quite often, they involve the word “head.” Here are the top five examples of “head” nicknames of Marvel heroes.

Enjoy!

5. Buckethead

This is a nickname for Nova.

This is because his costume had a helmet that looked like a bucket.

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Marvel heroes aren’t the most creative when it comes to nicknames.

4. Hornhead

This is a nickname for Daredevil.

This is because his costume has a mask that has horns on it.

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Marvel heroes aren’t the most creative when it comes to nicknames.

3. Winghead

This is a nickname for Captain America.

This is because his costume has a mask that has wings on it.

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Marvel heroes aren’t the most creative when it comes to nicknames.

2. Webhead

This is a nickname for Spider-Man.

This is because his costume has a mask that has webs on it.

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Marvel heroes aren’t the most creative when it comes to nicknames.

1. Shellhead

This is a nickname for Iron Man.

This is because his helmet is like a shell.

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I guess that’s a bit more clever than the other ones, no?

That’s why he’s #1

Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

22 Comments

“Oddly enough, Marvel superheroes tend to give each other nicknames on top of their normal superhero names, and even odder, quite often, they involve the word “head.””

Obviously, this is because the Sixties-born Marvel characters are ‘heads’, whereas DC is strictly Squares City.

(But while we’re on the subject, wasn’t the Savage Dragon called Fin-Head on occasion or was that just an affectionate appellation for fans of said awesome superhero?)

Canucklehead? Can we at least see an honorable mention for Wolverine?

It looks like Iron Man decided to wear his extra-squinty helmet for the cover.

As I occasionally/frequently point out, I am Canadian. When talking and chatting with other people outside of my frozen wasteland of ice and snow called Canada, I often refer to myself as a “Canucklehead”. When I do, most people know immediately that I’m taking a shot at myself for being Canadian. Which goes to say that Wolverine’s nickname seems to have seeped it’s way into the global collective conscience.
I’d say (most definitely not because of my nationality and I really don’t care for Wolverine) that “Canucklehead” does deserve the #1 spot.

Shellhead is awesome and all, but I gotta say canucklehead got robbed.

canucklehead totally should have been on the list.

“As I occasionally/frequently point out, I am Canadian. When talking and chatting with other people outside of my frozen wasteland of ice and snow called Canada, I often refer to myself as a “Canucklehead”. When I do, most people know immediately that I’m taking a shot at myself for being Canadian. Which goes to say that Wolverine’s nickname seems to have seeped it’s way into the global collective conscience.”

Are you sure that’s not just because it’s pretty easy to figure out the portmanteau of “Canuck” and “knucklehead”, even if you’ve never even heard it used before? :D

Let’s not forget that the Thing likes to refer to the Human Torch as “Match-head” or “Bic-head,” although I doubt anyone else does. I thought that there must be some appropriate nicknames among the X-Men, but I can’t think of any besides Wolverine…although Xavier did get called “skinhead” once or twice in the 60s, before that term had such negative connotations.

Idran…
I had thought of that after I had posted my thoughts. It does seem a very likely possibility that the connection is quite easily made. However, I’ve heard/read other people using the term besides me.

How about an honorable mention for a nickname which uses only a part of the head? I’m referring to Earth-616’s Nighthawk, who Hulk lovingly dubbed “Bird-Nose.”

I really don’t remember anyone calling Cap winghead. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but it doesn’t ring any bells.

(Now, Dr. Bong’s head — that one rings a bell.)

I think I remember Hawkeye using it in Avengers or West Coast. Only he could get away with such irreverence to Cap! :D.

Wouldn’t Ironman make for a better “Bucket Head”?

I may never stop laughing …

I prefer Hulk’s nickname’s

Shield Man, Claw Man, Bug Man, etc.

SanctumSanctorumComix

February 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Iron Man isn’t called SHELL-head because his helmet resembles a SHELL.

At least not a sea-shell, anyway.

It’s because it resembles a “shell” as in shell casing; bullet, missile, warhead.

~P~
P-TOR

Uhhhh yeah.

Sorry, I got distracted by the Erik Larsen Nova cover. I like Erik and all, but seriously, he just makes up muscles on his characters. Just puts little bulges wherever he wants.

I think I’m going to ship an anatomy book to him for Christmas.

LArseon gives me the impression that he’s trying to out-MacFarlane MacFarlane- if you get my meaning.

ANd he’s got about 10% of MacFarlane’s talent.

And what about DC’s preference for names ending in “-o”, where Marvel tends to go with “-on”?

As a lifelong Vancouver Canucks follower (a challenging and oft-disappointing thing to be, I’ll tell ya), I’ve always thought of Canucklehead as being a pet name used to describe them when they lose or give the freaking puck away YET AGAIN. I usually prefice it with either “stupid”, “damned” or something slightly more profane.
You could maybe call Wolverine Tuft Head instead.

I never knew Nova was called Buckethead. Now I wish he had played guitar for Guns and Roses. That would have been AWESOME.

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