You never know where Plastic Man will pop up next

I’ve been falling behind on my posting (again), but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some Plastic wares to share! Let’s take a look:

First up is this completely amazing Plastic Man statue pointed out to me by NBI agent Charles Ward. (What’s that? There’s a difference between Plasti-fans and Agents of the NBI? Oh, yes, there is.) I honestly don’t know what the original poster was talking about when he called it “bizarre and nightmare-inducing” – this is a thing of beauty.

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According to the author, the statue of Plas pulling off at least six simultaneous shape-changes is about three-and-a-half feet tall and was last seen taking up residence at an unnamed Milwaukee antiques store. According to our old buddy/nemesis Math, this picture was taken sometime in 2012, so it’s anybody’s guess whether it’s still there. But for my money, the $350 asking price is a bargain (and I’d bet you could talk it down to $300, at least).

Going by what little information there is, I’m guessing the artist is Randall Fisher, though a quick Google search turned up nada. Does anyone know the artist, or recognize the store itself? I now have a burning desire to track down this art for the ages.

Meanwhile … a short video produced by DC Entertainment recently went up over at Comic Book Resources that flashes through every member of the Justice League, from the team’s debut in 1960 to the present. And guess who finally shows up in 1998?

Honestly, I was surprised it had taken that long for Plastic Man to join the League – I’m guessing that chump Dibney was blocking his addition to the team from happening sooner, because it really seems like such a no-brainer. Thanks for nothin’, Elongated Man.

Here’s the video, with Plastic Man showing up at the 2:09 mark; feel free to argue about which characters were left out of this “complete” listing.

Charles Ward can be found on Facebook at his Plastic Man Fan Group page, and you can check out more from CBR at the website.

Plastic Man, himself, is strange and unusual …

DC Comics released its latest batch of variant covers a few days ago, and they’re really some kind of wonderful.

Besides being a nerd for comics, I’m also a huge fan of movies — particularly the ones I grew up on — so the movie poster mash-ups the stable of artists came up with push all the right buttons for me. And man, what a stable of artists it is; Dave Johnson (who pulls off several great designs), Cliff Chiang, Bill Freakin’ Sienkiewicz, and several others, who created spot-on homages to movies including Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Purple Rain, North by Northwest, Enter the Dragon, Westworld, and many, many more.

All in all, great stuff, though I was a little disappointed that Plastic Man didn’t seem to rate an appearance. But a closer look, a few magic words (and the realization that the covers were spread over two entries at the DC website), and the pliable paladin appeared!

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This is really a perfect use of Plastic Man and his shapeshifting ability. And who else in the JLA could you imagine dancing to calypso? This cover by Joe Quiñones does bring up a few questions, though: Could this hint at Plas’ return to the DCU? Could he be joining the Justice League, or even Justice League Dark (which would be weird). And poor Blue Beetle — Ted just can’t get a break, can he? (But that shark chewing on Aquaman’s leg is a pretty brilliant shout-out to its Beetlejuice inspiration.)

I haven’t been picking up Justice League Dark, but you can bet that I’ll be getting this issue when it’s released in March. If you’d like to see what else is planned for release during that variant cover month, go check ’em out both here and here.

LEGO loves Plastic Man

While we’re still waiting for our favorite pliable policeman to return to the DC Universe (I’ve got my fingers crossed for a return during the “Convergence” event), it seems as if Plastic Man is becoming a welcome fixture of the LEGO world.

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Planned for release on Feb. 10, 2015 (just a day before my birthday *ahem*), LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Vs. Bizarro League will be Plastic Man’s next appearance in the LEGO Universe following this month’s release of the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game. I’m not sure why other folks — like LEGO and DC Nation — seem to do more with Plas than DC Comics, but I’m not complaining; maybe DC can get some pointers on how to handle the character when they eventually bring him back. (You, uh, will be bringing him back, right, DC?) Plus, the movie looks like a lot of fun!

Plastic Man only has a brief, brief cameo in this trailer for Justice League Vs. Bizarro League, so I’m hoping that he’ll have a larger role to play in the rest of the story. After all, on top of featuring a gaggle of Bizarros this will also be Darkseid’s first LEGO appearance — and who else are you going to throw at the iron-fisted ruler of  Apokolips? Watch the trailer closely, and you’ll see Plas in action as he takes his seat at the famed Justice League meeting table:

Like I said — brief. But it’s still nice to see Plastic Man taking his rightful place in the League, and hopefully we’ll be seeing even more of him in the near future. I wonder what a Bizarro Plastic Man would be like? An accountant?

A no-nonsense librarian?

That chump, Dibney?!

The debut (again) of New 52 Plastic Man!

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Originally published Dec. 17, 2013

Whoa, whoa, whoa. WHOA.

I’m coming late to this since I don’t buy many weekly comics anymore, but I might have to start again because PLASTIC MAN HAS ARRIVED!

Well, maybe. In last week’s Justice League #25, Earth 3-Owlman is wreaking havoc in Earth Prime-Gotham as part of the Forever Evil thing DC is doing. Just before he busts in on a meeting of Gotham’s crime bosses, we’re introduced to a hood named Eel — a dapper guy who likes to play with rubber bands and winds up getting shot in the shoulder and doused with an unnamed chemical.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

The art is by Doug Mahnke, so of course it’s fantastic. If you look closely, you can see little Plastic Man touches here and there; the pin-striped suit, the wavy curl to his hair after he’s been bathed in what I’m hoping is some sort of acid (as horrific as it looks).

I do have some questions, though. Starting with — what happened to Justice League International #1? You might remember that Plastic Man has already made an appearance of sorts in the New 52 when his name and picture are featured as part of the JLI selection process. Is time out of step? Is that a different Plastic Man, like the Plas Jr. of the Silver Age? Or is Johns just straight up ignoring JLI writer Dan Jurgens’ inclusion of Plastic Man altogether?

Personally, I’d be OK with that. It was an incredibly brief, and completely ignorable, appearance in JLI #1, with no mention of Plastic Man again until now. And I like the poetic, “dark mirror” circumstances of this origin; where Batman dunked a crook in chemicals and created a villain in the Joker, Batman’s evil counterpart Owlman does the same thing and — hopefully — creates a hero. (Please, Geoff Johns, please let there be monks.)

On a final note, how cool is it that Skizzle Shanks makes an appearance?! Skizzle was the leader of the crew Eel O’Brian was running with when they hit the Crawford Chemical factory back in Police Comics #1, and showed up again with a plot to hit both Plas and Superman in DC Comics Presents #93. He survived both of those run-ins, but somehow I don’t think Skizzle is going to make it out of this one.

The real question is — will Eel O’Brian? Are we finally seeing the return of Plastic Man to the DC Universe?

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Hat-tip to Bees!