1982 seemed to be a good year for Plastic Man.
Not only was he coming off a string of recent earlier appearances in various team-up books — including a year-long run in Adventure Comics and featured roles in Super Friends, All-Star Squadron and a few others —he was a cover boy for the ’82 DC Style Guide! Of course, “seemed” is the key word; except for some sporadic pop-ups in All-Star Squadron (nooo, I’m not going to abbreviate it), Plas would almost disappear from the DCU until he and everyone else walked on for the Crisis on Infinite Earths in ’85.
(I’m planning to get into it for a future post, but man, does the Earth 1/Earth 2/Earth X-ish timelines for Plastic Man get a little confusing.)
Still, there was obviously some love for our Indian rubber man in the DC offices, and he got some repeated play in the style guide from who I’m still pretty sure was José Luis Garcia-López. And that’s never a bad thing.
Here’s the cover, with Plas taking a stretch on the back. (Don’t think I didn’t notice that chump Dibney on the front cover). I’m always amused by the way artists hide Plastic Man in crowd shots, but reward the viewer if they’re paying attention. He’s like a super-powered Waldo.
This black-and-white detail is gorgeous, and somehow looks less crowded (even with the addition of Red Tornado). But now that I think about it, what the hell happened to Plas’ arms?! Is he doing the T-Rex?
And here’s a really well-composed splash page — including arms!
I love, love, love this art and could look at it all day (and have!) I do have one question, though. Go back and look at the covers: What’s the deal with the baby Dynamic Duo? And the Li’l Superman and Wonder Woman? And wouldn’t this have been a perfect time to plant a tiny Baby Plas?!
(Check out Plastic Man’s Pantone appearance in this earlier post!)