Saturday, February 27, 2016

Amazing Man Vs. Absorbing Man



I loved when Amazing Man was introduced in the pages of All-Star Squadron. I always thought that The Absorbing Man had one of the coolest power sets and it was great to see a hero with similar abilities.  There have been a couple of attempts to revive the character in modern times with new versions, but they haven't really stuck.  Hopefully that won't dissuade writers from trying again because I think that Will Everett still has a lot of untapped potential.

18 comments:

Cary Killingbeck said...

Wasn't the All-Star version named for some Golden Age DC artist/writer?

AirDave said...

Roy Thomas proved his genius in creating Amazing Man.

On another note, I would have loved to see Will Everett and Amazing Man on Smallville! With the other All-Stars. Maybe Legends of Tomorrow will be the place...?

David Welsh said...

Also one of the few black heroes who hasn't been given a criminal background.

Alaric Shapli said...

Cary- Not quite, but close. He was named after Bill Everett, a writer/artist best known for having created the Sub-Mariner for Timely/Marvel, but who also created a Golden Age character called Amazing Man for a company called Centaur. I'm not sure if he did any work for D.C./National.

John Platt said...

Now I want to see one of these 'Mazing Man versus Absorbing Man.

Crazy Ivan said...

Thanks for that, John, because now I want to see 'Mazing Man vs Forbush Man!

Anonymous said...

Forbush Man vs. Capt. Klutz!!

Matthew Baugh said...

Amazing Man was a great creation, and Creel is a cool villain. I'd love to see this.

Anonymous said...

Animal, vegetable, mineral superheroes and villains. 1. Animal Man 2. ??? 3. Amazing Man. The closest I could think of for 2 would be Jason Woodrue and he doesn't really fit the description. Any ideas?

Garnet said...

Another great costume design by Ordway.

Simreeve said...

Anonymous said...
"Animal, vegetable, mineral superheroes and villains. 1. Animal Man 2. ??? 3. Amazing Man. The closest I could think of for 2 would be Jason Woodrue and he doesn't really fit the description. Any ideas?"

Back in their original run, didn't the Doom Patrol battle a character called
'the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man'?

Bob Greenwade said...

The only vegetable-based superhero characters I can think of offhand are Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing, and Bushroot (from Darkwing Duck).

Simreeve said...

Other plant-based villains: Ramulus fought against the Golden-Age Sandman, and the All-Star Squadron; Blackbriar Thorn[e?], a druid who'd become rather wooden, fought various DC heroes.

Bob Greenwade said...

Funny thing is other than Bushroot and Absorbing Man we've only come up with DC characters. If we had a zoologically-oriented DC villain, though then those three could make a team.

Anonymous said...

@ Bob Greenwade:

How about that Silver Age LSH foe, Jungle King? He was suppposed to have zoo-empathic powers. Or maybe even an amnesiac Beast Boy (Duplicate Boy's friend and fellow superhero from the planet Llorn)!

Don Berner said...

errr-actually I think Beast Boy and Duplicate Boy were from Lallor. :)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_of_Lallor

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of "zoologically-oriented DC villains": Catwoman, Cheetah (multiple versions), the Hyena, Catman,...

mariic2 said...

Make it happen, screw attack!

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