Plastic Man
Nick Name
Civilian ID

Patrick "Eel" O'Brian


Ralph Johns



Former Criminal

Law Enforcement Agent

Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
New York, New York
Group Affiliation

All-Star Squadron

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Freedom Fighters

Justice League

National Bureau of Investigation

Base of Operations

Mammoth City

New York, New York

6' 1" - varies
235 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Chemical accident resulting in an elastic ability to stretch any part of the body to incredible lengths, compress body to paper thin widths and alter physical appearance to appear like any person or object.

Elasticity retards aging to near immortality and provides an ability to reform himself from his base components if he were to become severely injured.

Common Enemies

Dr. Dome

Dr. Forklift

Red Herring

Wizard of Light

Regularly Appearing

JLA Vol. 1

Plastic Man Vol. 1 & 2

Police Comics Vol. 1

First Appearance

Police Comics Vol. 1 #1 (Aug. 1941)

Note: Police Comics was published by Quality Comics, whose stable of characters where acquired by National Periodicals (DC Comics) when the publisher went out of business in 1956.

Jack Cole

Embittered with being abandoned by his parents at a young age to an orphanage, Eel O'Brian fell in with the wrong crowd eventually turning to a life of crime.

During an attempted robbery of Crawford Chemicals, O'Brian was shot by a guard, and accidentally knocked over several vats of chemicals, resulting in the mixture soaking into his wound. Abandoned by his cohorts, O'Brian escaped making his way into the mountainside wilderness. Discovered by an aged monk, he awoke in the Rest Haven resort. Turning away the police, the monk believed the criminal could be reformed. O'Brian decided to mend his corrupt ways and discovered he had gained incredible powers from the chemical spill. O'Brian would atone for his criminal past by using his powers to fight crime as Plastic Man.

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