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Professor Calvin "Cave" Carson is an expert Geologist and skilled cave diver and spelunker.

He worked with his friends Bulldozer Smith, Johnny Blake and Christie Madison. Carson and a team of fellow adventurers engage in various adventures beneath the Earth's surface. Carson had a lifelong fascination with tunnels and caves, but maybe not always of high moral values as when he was young he started his career as a lab-tech for the company E. Borsten & Sons.

There he started the Mighty Mole Project, who were working on developing remarkable digging machine to help in mining-access. However the government's priority was on space shuttle and satellite projects, the funding of the Mighty Mole Project got cut.

Cave would later join the Forgotten Heroes, who help stop the Appellaxian invasion. They help Aquaman and the Sea Devils find an underwater grotto. The others trapped a group of water-polluting "Mercury" aliens inside the grotto. Cave later works with the Time Masters on one of their adventures in time.

Cave later battles Eclipso when working with government liaison Amanda Waller. He leads Mona Bennett and Bruce Gordon through underground passages of the nation of Parador, which Eclipso had conquered. Eclipso breaks both his legs and leaves him for dead on the border.

Carson found he was bankrupt due to funding the Forgotten Heroes. He ran from his creditors, taking refuge deep within the Earth. Learning of the B-13 tech and an interstellar war, Carson ended up meeting with Talia Head, then CEO of LexCorp. He assisted them in finding oil reserves, but met with Clark Kent when he discovered a creature that was mutating and controlling the oil. He wanted Kent to expose the creature's existence to foment public outrage (unbeknownst to Superman and Carson, Talia had used subliminal programming in an attempt to use Carson to destroy Lexcorp via the press).[1]

Cave also worked with the Justice Society of America in retrieving Sand from deep within the Earth's crust. He was mentioned on the news radio about an earthquake in India and in Japan. Cave was later mentioned in a news report with his crew under the New York subway system, finding a way to explore the top of the world.


  • Cybernetic Enhancement: In later years, Cave Carson somehow lost an eye and replaced it with a cybernetic one.


Other Characteristics


  • Mighty Mole: The main equipment he and his team use is the unique underground digging machine known as the Mighty Mole.
    • Thermo-Ray: Thermo-Ray in the Mole's nose is capable of burning through solid rock like a hot knife through butter, while its interior contains adjustable lightning, a recycling oxygen system, a compact lab, and a small arsenal in case of emergencies.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.