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Seriously, How Does the Rhino Go to the Bathroom?

This "The Book of Knowledge." In this feature, I spotlight instances where notable revelations that affect comic book continuity were first made in texts outside of comic book stories themselves. In other words, times when stuff like the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe either introduced or resolved changes to continuity.

Today, we answer a question that my pal Avash I. had when I did an article about Rhino a while ago. Avash had the same question that many people have when Rhino comes up. How does that dude go to the bathroom?

The Rhino debuted in one of John Romita's first issues of Amazing Spider-Man, as the first new villain co-created by the artist with Stan Lee...

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When he showed up in the issue, he seemed like a normal enough armored villain...

After Spider-Man defeated him, though, it appeared as though his armor wouldn't come off of him!

This was further explored in the next issue, as he is arrested and taken into custody...

We learned his origin in the next issue and yep, sure enough, the costume is bonded to him...

So how does he go to the bathroom?

When the first Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe came out, the entry on the Rhino (Walter Simonson art) was silent...

A few years later, though, the Deluxe Edition revealed the answer (profile art by Ron Frenz)...

It turns out that there is an almost invisible seam that can be opened to expel waste...

So, well, there ya go!

Thanks for the question, Avash!

Okay, folks, this is something that happens all the time, so if you have any suggestions for future "The Book of Knowledge" features, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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