"Home Improvements": As Cliff Baker walks home, a bully named Buckley mocks him, and calls him "Animal Boy." Afterward, a mysterious figure appears behind him, uttering his name.
- It's beautiful isn't it? It almost reminds me of home. I don't think the human race understands just how precious this planet is. That's why I want you in the Justice League, Animal Man.
Appearing in "Home Improvements"
- Mike Buckley (First appearance)
- James Highwater
- Justice League Europe (Mentioned only)
- Blue Beetle (Mentioned only)
- Mirror Master (Mentioned only)
- Psycho-Pirate (Mentioned only)
- North America
Synopsis for "Home Improvements"
As Cliff Baker walks home, a bully named Buckley mocks him, and calls him "Animal Boy." Afterward, a mysterious figure appears behind him, uttering his name.
In the Baker home, Buddy plays with the family cat, T.C. while his daughter Maxine looks on impatiently. All the while, someone is knocking on the door, and Ellen becomes increasingly frustrated. When she decides to open the door herself, the family is surprised to see the Martian Manhunter standing there.
The Manhunter explains that as part of Buddy's membership in the Justice League Europe, his house will be repaired for free, after it is damaged by a super-villain (such as the Mirror Master, who had done so recently). Ellen and Buddy are pleased, but she pushes him to reveal that his powers are malfunctioning.
Despite Buddy's condition, Martian Manhunter explains that he wants Animal Man on the Justice League because of his reverence and advocacy for animals and the earth. Manhunter suggests that Buddy see a doctor who has been helping other heroes whose powers have been affected by the Gene Bomb, and buddy promises to see him after dealing with a fox hunt in Britain. They then return home.
Cliff comes home in an angry mood, and explains that he has been bullied, and that Buckley has stolen his bike. The Martian Manhunter develops a plan to get it back, in which he impersonates Cliff, and then transforms into a monster, scaring away the bullies.
Somewhere in Africa, a shaman warns that the gods are coming.
- This issue is reprinted in Animal Man Vol. 1 and Animal Man Omnibus.
- Animal Man appeared last in Justice League Europe #3. He appears next in the second story in Secret Origins (Volume 2) #39.
- T.C. the cat's name is revealed in this issue.
- No trivia.
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