Celebrate Plastic Man’s 75th anniversary with Comixology!

Guys. GUYS. I usually try to avoid shilling for any particular distributor or company, but Comixology (a service I actually both use and enjoy) just announced a weeklong sale in honor of Plastic Man’s 75th anniversary!

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It’s a pretty good sale, offering 50 percent off a nice selection of comics hitting all the highlights from Plas’ long and storied history. Any of the comics listed would be a good choice (with a possible exception, your mileage may blah blah), but if you want to focus on one run in particular, I’d wholeheartedly recommend the Kyle Baker issues. And the entire 20-issue series is available, so get to it!

(You can’t go wrong with the Phil Foglio/Hilary Barta four-issue mini series, either. Or the Adventure Comics books. Or the original Golden Age stories by Plastic Man creator Jack Cole. Or … hell, get ’em all!)

Speaking of the Golden Age, it may be surprising to some that Plastic Man has been around long enough to celebrate a 75th anniversary. It’s always worth remembering that Plas hit the stands on May 14, 1941 (cover date August 1941), in Police Comics #1. This was only three years after Superman’s debut, but Plastic Man was already a wholly original creation, and a nearly instant hit for Quality Comics.

Since then, Plastic Man has enjoyed an almost constant presence, in comics, cartoons, figures, and various DC marketing efforts. Even when the character doesn’t have his own ongoing series or featured spot in a team book, he’s never too far away. The titles being offered by Comixology are a good way to see how Plas has developed over time, and why he remains a favorite of fans and creators alike.

The sale ends May 9, so don’t miss your chance to pick up some great Plastic Man titles!

Will this copy of Plastic Man #9 get another nibble on Ebay?

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Somewhere in the frozen North, a wily Canadian was cleaning out his garage and saw a chance to turn garbage into cold, hard cash when he uncovered a beat-up copy of Plastic Man #9.

“Beat-up” might be generous. “Plague-ridden” is probably more accurate since this comic’s most defining characteristic is that it’s been gnawed on by rats. But if that’s not a deterrent to you hardcore collectors out there, this copy can still be had on Ebay for the next couple of weeks for the whopping price of $21.60 (rat not included). To be fair to the seller, he does make it very, very clear in his listing that the comic has been, and I quote, “chewed on by a rat.” And also, it’s “impossible to read.” In case you’re wondering, I’ve included a picture of what the cover is supposed to look like for comparison.

If anyone decides to buy this comic, for the love of God let me know.

h/t to Bleeding Cool

Where’s Plas?!

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from Plastic Man #64 (Quality)

artist/writer uncredited (art sometimes attributed to Jack Cole)

It’s Woozy Wednesday!

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From Plastic Man #54 (Vol. 1)

artist/writer: uncredited

It’s Woozy Wednesday!

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from Plastic Man #10

artist/writer: uncredited

It’s Woozy Wednesday!

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from Plastic Man #49 (Quality)

artist/writer: uncredited

It’s Woozy Wednesday!

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From Plastic Man #25

Note: OK, can we talk for a second about the genius shown in the way the handles of the cup mimic a smile on Woozy’s face?

With some of the later issues of Quality’s Plastic Man, it gets hard to tell what was done by Jack Cole and what was the work of ghost writers and artists. But Cole briefly came back to do a few issues of the title himself around 1949-1950, and this falls smack in the middle of that period.

And just look at that! That is classic Cole.