Of all the stock super-powers, having an elasticized body may be among the least respected.  (I’d estimate that only shrinking powers are lower in the hierarchy.)  Stretchable heroes of note include the leader of the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards; Plastic Man, the most powerful member of the JLA; and even cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, whose stretchy powers earned him a coveted slot in the Legion of Super-Heroes.  (Stone Boy and Color Kid are still pretty miffed about it, too.)  There’s also a couple of stretchy X-Men, Bart Simpson’s tenure as Stretch Dude, and perhaps even the malleable Metal Men, leading to today’s amorphous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still wishes that Ralph Dibny, Eel O’Brien and Jimmy Olsen fought crime together as The Rubber Band at least once, asking: Which stretchable hero is the best of all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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4 Comments

  1. August 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    I count shape-shifting as stretchy, so its Chameleon Boy. My favorite Legion character and overall high on my DC favorites.

  2. August 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    No one can top Plastic Man for me. The real question here is, who can stretch the farthest?

  3. August 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    I gotta go with Plastic Man simply because I can understand him more than I can the other stretchy heroes (which might say something about the fragile hold I have on my own sanity).

  4. Kirby
    August 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Elongated Man is my favorite DCU hero. An unabashedly awkward name and proud of it. Fun character and greatly underutilized to all of his awesome skills.

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