Small House of Everything

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

DOLL MAN #34 (JUNE 1951)

Who's the minuscule marvel who really packs a punch?

Who's the diminutive dynamo of law and order?

Who's the mighty mite in the blue and red suit fighting for justice?

It's Doll Man, a six-inch tall superhero who has the strength of a full grown adult.

Doll Man was created by Will Eisner for a four-page spread in the December 1939 issue of Feature Comics published by Quality Comics.  Doll Man appeared in Feature Comics through the October 1949 issue.  He also had his own title that ran for forty-seven issues, from 1941 to 1953.  After Quality Comics folded, many of their characters were picked up by DC comics.  Eventually DC had the original Doll Man go insane and to this day he remains in an asylum.  No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.

Doll Man's alter ego is research chemist Darrell Dane, who creates a formula allowing him to shrink.  (He is also credited as the first shrinking superhero in comic books.)  Dane is soon able to shrink using the power of his mind.  When he shrinks his day-to-day clothing vanishes and he is wearing his caped Doll Man outfit, a costume sewn by his fiance Martha Roberts..  Don't ask me how.  (Martha, by the way, becomes Doll Girl in issue #37.)  Doll Man's constant companion is a great dane, Elmo the Wonder Dog.  Elmo often serves as Doll Man's steed.  I don't think PETA was around back then so I guess that's okay.

Doll Mam #34 has four stories about Doll Man and one story about Jeb Rivers back in the Mississippi steam boat days.


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