|First appearance||New Teen Titans #3 (January 1981)|
|Created by||Marv Wolfman
|Alter ego||Baran Flinders|
|Team affiliations||Injustice League
Secret Society of Super Villains
|Notable aliases||The Terminator|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability|
Fictional character biography
Mammoth is one of the founding members of the Fearsome Five, and became enemy of the Teen Titans, Superman, and the Outsiders. He is highly devoted to his sister Selinda (a.k.a. Shimmer), also a founding member of the Fearsome Five. 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. 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).
On the cover of Justice League of America #13 (Vol. 2), 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 the revived Fearsome Five when his 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.
The New 52
In The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe), Mammoth first appeared as a member of the Fearsome Five. The group is shown as part of the Secret Society, which were working with the Crime Syndicate. Mammoth was sent by Grid with the other members if the Fearsome Five, Jinx, Gizmo, Shimmer, Psimon, among Doctor Psycho and Hector Hammond where they had to fight against Cyborg and The Metal Men. He ends up defeated by Lead.
Powers and abilities
Mammoth has superhuman strength and endurance. He has some degree of protection from physical and energy attacks.
Mammoth makes appearances with his fellow students in the Teen Titans Go! comic book series.
In other media
- Mammoth appears in the Teen Titans animated series, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, as a member of the former H.I.V.E. Academy. Mammoth is depicted as a class bully, and not very intelligent. He later forms The H.I.V.E. F.I.V.E. with the Jinx, Gizmo, See-More and Private H.I.V.E. He appears in episodes including "Titans Together".
- Mammoth appears in Young Justice. In "Drop Zone", he and his sister Shimmer are reimagined as enforcers for Kobra's drug-producing operations. Unlike the comics where Mammoth is described as having been born with his abilities, here he is portrayed as a scrawny teenager who gains his monstrous strength and appearance from a combination of the Venom steroid and the Blockbuster formula being injected into his body. Though he is shown to be powerful enough to easily trounce Bane and Superboy in combat, he is ultimately defeated after being electrocuted into unconsciousness by Aqualad. He later appears in the episode "Terrors" where he is shown as an inmate at Belle Reve, acting as a bodyguard for Icicle Sr. and other high ranking prisoners. He assists in a breakout attempt orchestrated by Mr. Freeze, but is defeated by the combined efforts of Superboy and Icicle Jr. He later appears in "Usual Suspects", "Beneath" and "Intervention".
- Kevin Michael Richardson reprises his role as Mammoth in the Teen Titans Go! series. He debuts in the episode "Gorilla" where the Titans are fighting him. Robin asks Beast Boy (in his gorilla form) for help, but refuses and Mammoth escapes. In the episode "H.I.V.E. Five," Mammoth is shown doing some breakdancing at the time when the H.I.V.E. Five are taking a day off from their evil activities. Upon being defeated in a dance-off, Mammoth briefly say "Beast Boy" in anger. His next speaking appearance isn't until the episode "Scary Figure Dance".
- Mammoth is also a boss in both Teen Titans video games: the console version and the GBA version.
- Mammoth appears in DC Universe Online as part of the "Sons of Trigon" downloadable content.
- Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Fearsome Five". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 120. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. OCLC 213309017.
- New Titans #116 (December 1994)
- 52 #1 DC Comics. 2006
- Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #29 (September 2009)
- Birds of Prey (vol. 2) #7
- Justice League Vol. 2 #29
- Titans Hunt #5-6
- Mammoth at the Comic Book DB