Saturday, May 05, 2007
Proof positive that you could get away with almost any name in the golden age of comics is seen above: Doll Man Quarterly #1, by Quality Comics. Doll Man -- there's a name to strike terror in the hearts of evil-doers, eh? Sometimes I think that what's really prevented DC from trying to revive Doll Man (as they did with The Ray and Black Condor, as well as Phantom Lady) in the 1980s and 1990s is that name. (Well, and the fact that the Atom had the whole shrinking superhero thing going for him as well, and had his own revivals happening at the time)
And before you click the "comment" button, I am well aware of the Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters miniseries that just recently ended... and yes, I do think they did a pretty decent job there of dealing with the whole "Doll Man" name.
Anyway, let's face it... if in order to revive a hero (or make him a legacy character) you have to come up with a whole new name for him, it's not much of a revival or legacy, is it?