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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – M

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We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at a Silver Age comic creation that is practically the epitome of the hyphenated word “off-beat”!

Here’s how awesome Bob Haney and Ramon Fradon’s creation, Metamorpho, the Element Man is.


For one, he is so awesome that Ramona Frason actually took a break from her maternity leave to draw his first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #57!


For two, he is so awesome that he was given his own ongoing series after just two issues of The Brave and the Bold!


For three, he is so awesome, Ramona Fradon drew the first four issues (sadly, she did not draw any of the rest of the series, and except for one issue by Joe Orlando and the final issue by Jack Sparling, the other artists weren’t as good)…





For four, he is so awesome, he actually was brought back TWICE when The Brave and the Bold changed to a “team-up” format!



For five, he is so awesome, he actually turned down an offer from the Justice League to be on the team!


For six, he is so awesome, Batman actually picked him out to be part of his own private superhero team, the Outsiders.


For seven, he is so awesome, he came BACK FROM THE DEAD to join Justice League Europe!



For eight, he is so awesome, he had his own Mark Waid-penned mini-series for those fans who were not pleased with Metamorpho’s development in Justice League Europe/International/America during the early-to-mid-90s!


For nine, he is so awesome, a PART of his body split off and joined a new group of Outsiders!


For ten, he is so awesome, he absorbed said dupe and joined the team himself!


For eleven, he is so awesome, when Batman re-formed the Outsiders, he picked Metamorpho for the team!


For twelve, he is so awesome, when Alfred took over the Outsiders after Batman “died,” he kept Metamorpho on the team!


That’s pretty darn awesome.