Justice League of America Team Member

Plastic Man
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Real name: Patrick O'Brian[1]
AKA: Eel O'Brian
P.M. (Superman's nickname)
Species: Metahuman
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: Black
Relatives: Penny O'Brian (wife)
Baby Plas (son, later known as Offspring)
Affiliations: SuperFriends (part-time)
National Bureau of Investigation
Voiced/Played: Norman Alden[2]
Michael Bell[3]
Taylor Marks[4]
Plastic Man Gallery

Plastic Man (Patrick “Eel” O'Brian) is a superhero, who's also a part time member of the Justice League of America. He has the ability to stretch all or part of his body to superhuman lengths, as well as change his size and shape.

Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Patrick "Eel" O'Brian was a petty-crook. Orphaned at age 10 and forced to live on the streets, he fell into a life of crime.

As an adult, he became part of a burglary ring, specializing as a safecracker. During a late-night heist at the Crawford Chemical Works, he and his three fellow gang members were surprised by a night watchman. During the gang's escape, Eel was shot in the shoulder and doused with a large drum of unidentified acid. He escaped to the street only to discover that his gang had driven off without him. Fleeing on foot and suffering increasing disorientation from the gunshot wound and the exposure to the acid, Eel eventually passed out on the foothills of a mountain near the city. His body now had all of the properties of rubber, allowing him to stretch, bounce, and mold himself into any shape.

He immediately determined to use his new abilities on the side of law and order, donning a red, black and yellow (later red and yellow) rubber costume and capturing criminals as Plastic Man.

He concealed his true identity with a pair of white goggles and by re-molding his face.

As O'Brian, he maintained his career and connections with the underworld as a means of gathering information on criminal activity.[5]

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Continuity from The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show

In this series, he works for a government agency assigned to tracking down and defeating bizarre criminal organizations. He was partnered with fellow agent and girlfriend, Penny – whom he later married. Later, they were joined by their son, Baby Plas. He also had bumbling sidekick called Hula-Hula

Plastic Man first appeared in the first season of Super Friends, in one episode. Later, Ruby-Spears Productions[6] released a series starring the character in his own solo adventures. The Plastic Man episode "Superstein" is actually directly linked to the Season 4 episode "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein." Dr. Frankenstein's sidekick; Gork, (inspired by assistant to many types of Gothic villains, Igor)[7] appears in both episodes, with the same voice actor and a similar character design.

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In the Comics his weakness is Extreme Temperatures – hot or cold. The Comedy Adventure Show episodes back this up, where he can be temporarily melted by extreme heat.

Because of its pliable nature, it's also been seen that sufficiently strong opponents have been able to stretch and bind Plastic Man with his own body.




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SuperFriends Team Members


SuperFriends Series:

Super Friends comics (1976-1981):

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  1. Plastic Man's real name was never revealed in the series, but the name "Eel O'Brian" was revealed in an episode of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show called The Dangerous Doctor Dinosaur. "Patrick" was never used, however we can assume that it's his name, although there's no canon evidence to support this.
  2. Norman Alden provided the voice of Plastic Man in Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C.
  3. His voice was provided by Michael Bell in The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.
  4. Taylor Marks played Plastic Man in the live action segments of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.
  5. Background Information is from Silver Age continuity.
  6. See also: Ruby Spears Productions at Wikipedia
  7. Go to Wikepedia for more on Igor.
  8. Go to the DC Database for more on Police Comics, Vol. 1 #1 published in August of 1941.
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