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    Default Plastic Man Appreciation!

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    1) No negative comments about the honoree of this thread. It's an appreciation thread, not a non-appreciation one.

    2) No negative discussion about any competitors of the honoree of this thread (i.e. John Stewart in the Hal Jordan thread). No ifs, ands, or buts. Find another non-appreciation thread to do that, just not here.

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    "Eyow! It's Plastic Man"

    All appreciation for the India Rubber Man is welcome here! In the '40s cartoonist Jack Cole was tasked to create a new costumed crime fighter, since they'd become insanely popular (still pretty popular, really). Like most of the heroes back them, Jack was expected to churn out a low-grade ripoff of one of the medium's already popular initial heroes. In this case, he was supposed to create something a bit like Will Eisner's The Spirit. Cole retained the colorful superheroics and the grittiness of the then popular gangster genre, but added something of his own - an absolutely insane comic sensibility best represented by the limitless shape-shifting forms of the pliable title character, who stretched (ha!) the boundaries of comic art!

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    I've been reading the Jack Cole run and really enjoying it. Woozy Winks is hilarious.
    "It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison

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    I can't wait until Plastic Man plays a larger role in the New 52!

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    def want more Plas in the new dcu

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLFan5994 View Post
    I can't wait until Plastic Man plays a larger role in the New 52!
    Same here. Especially since it seems like they scraped the whole horror angle that Simone and Van Sciver were supposedly working on.

    Plas should be fun...


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    Been a fan of Mr. O'Brien since he first appeared on Super Friends 41 years ago.
    A bat! That's it! It's an omen.. I'll shall become a bat!

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    I remember watching a few Plastic Man animated episodes when I was a kid:


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    I`ll admit Jack Cole's (and Baker's) Plasticman has made me laugh out loud. The long-armed punches kill me every time.

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    Was Eel O'Brian the first former criminal to become a superhero?
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    Can't wait for Eel to return as Plas!


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    A few of my favorite splash pages from Jack Cole's Plastic Man

    His first appearance in Police Comics #1



    From Police Comics #11



    From Police Comics #23

    Last edited by Monkey Astronaut; 05-30-2015 at 06:39 AM.
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    Plas needs to return to the Justice League and the DCU in general. add some levity to all the darkness.

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    First discovered Plas through his cartoon show with Plastic Baby, then discovered his feature in Adventure Comics. He is a genuine;y fun character and I hope his new 52 iteration remembers that.

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    Poppycock!

    The Plastic Man appreciation thread has nothing on the Elongated Man appreciation thread.
    It just doesn't have credibility as a thread.

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