And... I'm hearing about a load of these "obscure" heroes ever since I read this Avengers profile book I saw in the store. It's great, actually. I don't necessarily collect comics but I love the characters.
...Oh my God. I've been a closet Whizzer fan ever since first seeing him on the old Spider-Man cartoon. Even as a five year-old I knew the concept of a retired old speedster was fekking BRILLIANT.
Still not half as ingenious as a hero gaining his abilities from a mutagenic reaction to mongoose blood, but close -- "When you're full of spirit everyone else looks empty." -Gosalyn Mallard, 'Darkwing Duck'