"Plastic Man": The criminal known as Eel O'Brian is with his gang of underlings, and after he breaks into and attempts to rob the Cole Chemical, the police arrive on the scene. While Eel and the others flee, he is shot by a cop and is exposed to a unknown acid. He manages to make it outside, but
Appearing in "Plastic Man"
- O'Brian's former gang
- Officer Mike McNulty (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Plastic Man"
The criminal known as Eel O'Brian is with his gang of underlings, and after he breaks into and attempts to rob the Cole Chemical, the police arrive on the scene. While Eel and the others flee, he is shot by a cop and is exposed to a unknown acid. He manages to make it outside, but stumbles down unconscious with the pain. When he awakens, Eel finds that his flesh is now elastic, and he has no control over it, taking strange and frightful forms. He scares everyone in his way: cops, drunks, and even his own gang, who were considering him already dead, and shot him at first glimpse of his new form. Eel goes to a bridge to commit suicide, but he is stopped by Woozy Winks, a former asylum inmate. Together, they decide to use O'Brian new-found powers to fight the crime. After expose a circus outfit to the same acid which gave the powers to O'Brian, he and Woozy thwart the attempted robbery of his former gang. When the press begins to interview him, Eel says he intends to call himself Elastic Man, which a reporter misunderstood as Plastic Man.
- Seems as this story is out-of-continuity; This issue infers that Plastic Man begun his career in modern times, when in Young All-Stars Vol 1 27, July, 1989, shows Plastic Man as an All-Star Squadron member during the 1940s.
- Notably is the absence of Brother Willis and Rest Haven in Plastic Man origin, replaced by Woozy Winks.
- It is revealed that Woozy Winks is an Arkham Asylum former inmate.
- Woozy decides if himself and Plastic Man would be heroes after a flip of coin. His Golden Age counterpart also had flipped a coin, but firstly he became a criminal.
- The chemical factory where Plastic Man gained his powers is refered as Cole Chemical, an obvious homage to Jack Cole, Plastic Man creator. In the original stories, the building was named Crawford Chemical Works.
- The name originally intended by Eel O'Brian as his heroic identity was Elastic Man. Interestingly, In Brazil, the Plastic Man Cartoon name was adapted as "Homem Elástico" (Elastic Man) while his comic book counterpart was named "Homem-Borracha" (Rubber Man). Elongated Man was adapted as Homem Elástico, so there was some confusion about the two heroes for some time in that country.