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, barring the one-off “guy who can eat all matter.”)  Stretchable heroes of note include the leader of the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards; Plastic Man, canonically the most powerful member of the JLA; and 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 X-Men in the ranks of the stretchies, as well as 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, out of ALL the stretchies, is the best of all?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    If your answer is anyone other than Helen Parr, a.k.a. Elastigirl, who can do it all, including riding herd on a family of five, then you might want to reflect on your life choices.

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