When it comes to a rogues gallery, Plastic Man is in kind of a funky gray area. While he’s had a lot (I mean, A LOT) of freaks, geeks and assorted weirdos give him trouble, very few of them have actually made return appearances. Part of this is because … um … many of them died in the course of their escapades (hello, Golden Age!), and most writers seem content to dig up a pun, base a villain on it, and then let them fade away, never to be seen again.
Of course, this isn’t always a bad thing. Plenty of these bad guys were pretty disposable, and even Doctor Dome (the closest thing Plas has to an arch-nemesis) is hardly what you’d consider class-A material. On the other hand, there have been some rogues who have been fantastic and, considering DC’s flexible view of death, are more than due for a comeback.
My personal favorite? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you MADAM BRAWN!
Madam Brawn — a backwoods lady who’s strong as a mule and twice as tough — made her first appearance in Police Comics #4 and could be considered Plastic Man’s first true super villain. She was also the first bad guy to make more than one appearance, coming back for more in Police Comics #5.
More on this cigar-chomping, man-handlin’ mama in future posts!