Elongated Man - Publication History

Publication History

He was partially created by editor Julius Schwartz, who wanted a new supporting character for the Flash. Despite inker Murphy Anderson, and penciller Carmine Infantino stating that Schwartz never acknowledged any relationship to Plastic Man, it's commonly claimed that he said that if he had known that DC owned the name "Plastic Man" (acquired in 1956 along with other Quality Comics properties), he'd never have chosen Elongated Man as the name for his own character. In further appearances with the Flash, he makes a fortune in show business, marries Sue Dearbon and it is revealed that he gave away his secret identity.

Due to the character's popularity, he got a solo backup feature in Detective Comics, where he was redefined as a detective who loves odd mysteries and travels the United States in a convertible with his wife searching for them. Sometimes they would travel the world or meet other DC superheroes like Batman, Green Lantern, the Atom and Zatanna. This feature became sporadic during the late 60s and throughout the 70s. However, in 1973 he became a member of the Justice League of America, so he's mostly seen in that title from 1973 to 1995.

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