Who's Babe?

Who's This? A big baby. Maybe the biggest.
The facts: Though Atari Force does not take place in the DC Universe, each of its members got an entry in Who's Who, because the series was going on at the time. Babe was an odd but sweet character in the group, a giant toddler from the planet Egg, kidnapped by ne'er-do-wells and saved by Atari Force. He was essentially the team's brick.
How you could have heard of him: You're either an Atari Force fan or you're not YET an Atari Force fan. The group has not appeared since 1986.
Example story: Atari Force #14 (February 1985) "A Babe in Arms" by Dave Manak and Klaus Janson
After the first major storyline, the book started doing back-up stories to flesh out some of the team's members. In one such story, we got to see Babe's origin, and at the same time, a little something of his homeworld. Eggites have such big babies, because they grow up to be mountains, and we get a little of that life cycle here, with a brood of "babes" sleeping in the arms of their mother. And sometimes, one of the little tykes rolls off the mountain...
...which is why they're built so tough. Babe eventually falls all the way down and discovers that the world is bigger than he thought. It's filled with plants and... and fighter ships dogfighting and landing on the planet surface. Cannibal aliens flood out from the aggressor ship at their victim. Which is exactly when Babe innocently intervenes.
These "space locusts" just tickle him! Fearing this "monster", they run back to their ship and take off. He's really sad that they don't want to play with him, and further, that he's been separated from his momma. The alien dude is actually a nice guy - so this ISN'T QUITE the origin of Babe as a space-faring hero - and helps carry Babe back up the mountain.
He does call him "Babe", but at this point, all the big baby wants to do is sleep, grow up, and become a mountain. There's no reason to ever leave. Awww. Maybe he dreams of the outside world, who knows? Maybe that small taste will grow to becomes a passion for exploration.

At the end of Atari Force, Babe is not returned to Egg, but instead follows Martin Champion to Earth. I'd like to think he became a mountain here. I'd love to place it on a map. Maybe like in the middle of Saskatchewan where he could be seen for miles and miles around...

Who's Next? The first Outsiders villain.



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