These are the characters that you’re constantly asking to get that thing for you. You know the one that is always really high on the top shelf.
She used to be a Olympic Swimmer, then she became a movie star and after exposure to volcanic gases (silver age comics) she gained amazing powers. These powers she used to aid the Doom Patrol, the weirdest, strangest team in comic books. Her “stretchy” powers are slightly more limited. She can grow and shrink in size and can enlarge one limb at a time. It is weird but that is the Doom Patrol way.
The Element Man! Metamorpho can use all the powers of the elemental table. Sure, he can probably create gases and explosions but writers tend to use him as a shapeshifter. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was Walter White’s favorite character.
3. Elongated Man
This character can stretch all day but would rather solve mysteries. Ralph Dibny was created as a supporting character for The Flash. It is claimed that if Julius Schwartz had known that DC comics acquired the name “Plastic Man”, Ralph may have never been created. Good thing for us that the editorial team for The Flash had know idea what the rest of the company was doing.
2. Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic
I almost didn’t include this character on this list. He is more well known for his intellect then his special powers. In fact if Reed Richards lost his ability to stretch, I am not sure anyone would really mind too much. We want to see him invent stuff, explore alternate dimensions and ignore his family! However, he is an iconic character and a Kirby creation so I had to give him the number two spot.
1. Plastic Man
If you know me at all (If you don’t, you should. I am a really nice guy) then you know that Eel O’Brian a.k.a. Plastic Man is my favorite comic book character. Yet hat is not why he is number one on this list! He is number one because he uses his powers to the utmost ability. This guy goes stretching all over the place. He shapeshifts. He grows in size. He plays pranks on people. Also, he has one of the best origin stories in comics. Former gangster betrayed by his men and becomes a hero to have revenge. His secret identity is even on the Most Wanted list! He’s great. Just great.
Who are some of your favorite stretch, elastic, morphing characters? Let us know!