By Alex Wiggan (Ryan the work experience lad and R.Y.A.N II)
Hey there Comics Coders, we’re back again for the final part of our Creature Feature, but don’t start panicking we’ll still be back next time as we move onto our next section, Animal Magic. In the meantime for today’s excursion myself, Ryan and R.Y.A.N II are outside Salford Cinema on the lookout for ticks. We’re doing this because we’re also looking at the superhero the Tick and his relation to the tiny little terrors!
So let’s get started!
WHO IS THE TICK?
The Tick was created by Ben Edlund in 1988 and first appeared in The Tick published by New England Comics. He’s practically invulnerable, has super strength and...
the ability to not die whilst under water?!
Look all you need to know is the Tick is big, blue and a little bit on the stupid side.
OH. SO WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TICKS?
Well firstly ticks are from the family Ixodoidea and like spiders (discussed in the previous chapter) they’re arachnids. They’re also frickin’ parasites that live on the blood of mammals, birds and reptiles (they don’t seem to discriminate). They hang around, usually in tall grass, and attach themselves to a host which basically acts as a meal ticket until they become full up…
…and then they drop off. It’s kind of like a Boots meal deal, only cheaper.
THAT SOUNDS A BIT DISGUSTING… THE BLOOD, NOT THE MEAL DEAL; DOES THIS MEAN THEY’RE DANGEROUS?
It depends, some ticks can trigger allergic reactions in their host, which can be fatal, however take Paralysis ticks which bite Australian’s all the time, they’re annoying buggers, but being bitten by them is quite common and doesn’t mean instant death! However in general terms ticks can transmit many diseases, including a variety of fevers and even Lyme disease. The symptoms of this include fever, depression and skin rashes; it can affect the heart, joints and central nervous system and in the most extreme cases it can lead to paralysis! Not only that but tick larvae can be deadly as thousands can attach to a single host in one go and they can be very difficult to remove.
OH HECK, SO HOW ALIKE ARE TICKS AND THE TICK?
Erm, not very alike at all. In fact as mentioned earlier the Tick is big, blue and thicker than a McDonald’s milkshake which is a bit different to a tick. Now I’m not sure your average tick is university material, but it does know what it wants (which is blood) and it goes out and gets it which makes its plan of action both simple, yet effective. If a tick was the same size as the Tick then the human race would be in trouble as we’d be like a fun-sized bag of M&M’s to them; only more rich in haemoglobin goodness. Thankfully they’re not, so really they’re just a bunch of pesky little bloodsuckers.
OK R.Y.A.N II, IS THE TICK MORE POWERFUL THAN A TICK?
SCIENTIFIC READOUT: Wasps lay their eggs into live ticks and the ticks die when the eggs hatch.
Eww… yeah thanks for that R.Y.A.N II, I’m not entirely convinced that you’re grasping what you’re programmed to do. I think it might be time for you to retire from the science service as I think you might end up as scrap if you keep coming out with these answers. Anyway that’s all from Creature Feature but join me and Ryan (but probably not R.Y.A.N II) next time as we start our journey of Animal Magic.