University of Kentucky chemistry professors John P. Selegue and F. James Holler are collecting comic book references to chemical elements.
Below are just a few of the many elements that figure into comic book plots:
Above, selenium (Se), with an atomic number of 34, is a nonmetal found in metal-sulfide ores. (It is also contained in the poisonous tail of Stingaree in the comic series Metamorpho.)
The mineral vanadinite contains vanadium (V), atomic number 23, a hard, ductile metal. (When Mr. Element sprays it on a wall, Flash can’t break through.)
Sulfur (S), atomic number 16, has been used to make everything from gunpowder to medicinal balms to insecticides. (It also comes in handy for setting safes on fire in Doom Patrol.)