Number 1837: A hot time with the Lava Man for Plastic Man
I guess the origin of the Lava Man (he fell into a volcano in Mexico, and lava made him immortal) isn’t any harder to accept than Plastic Man’s origin. As you know, Plastic Man was Eel O’Brien, a criminal who had a vat of acid spill on him during a robbery, and was deserted by his fellow gang members, those “putrid punks.” It changed his outlook on life, going from crook to superhero.
Not so the Lava Man, whose criminal tendencies just go from bad to baddest.
The story is from Plastic Man #2 (1944). I have called this issue one of the treasures of the Golden Age, because the quality of the writing and art is outstanding. It is pure Jack Cole genius. I showed another story from this issue earlier, and you can link to it below.
As promised, another story from Plastic Man #2. Also, the Plastic Man story from Police Comics #30, and a short article where I show a possible inspiration for Jack Cole and the creation of his famous character. Just click on the thumbnails.