In March 2019 I gave a talk for the Reading branch of the British Science Association on the subject of the science of superheroes. It's a subject that's been covered a great deal elsewhere and so I wanted to approach it from a different angle. I decided to focus on the science behind some lesser known superheroes. I chose to discuss The Whizzer, Chunk, Matter Eater Lad, and the Red Bee. I looked at their powers and origin stories and tried to find parallels in real world science. I've adapted my talk into a four part article.
Here are links to all four parts, and also the "reading list" I made for attendees of the talk.
The Science of Obscure Superheroes Part One: The Whizzer
The Science of Obscure Superheroes Part Two: Chunk
The Science of Obscure Superheroes Part Three: Matter Eater Lad
The Science of Obscure Superheroes Part Four: The Red Bee
The Science of Obscure Superheroes: Reading List
Here are the illustrations I created for the talk: