In 1939, scientist Darrel Dane developed a serum that gave him the power to shrink to a height of six inches and grow back to his normal size by willing himself to do so. After using his new power to save his girlfriend Martha Roberts from a murderous blackmailer, Dane decided to fight crime. Since he could shrink himself to the size of a doll, he called himself Doll Man.
In the summer of 1941, the Doll Man and the masked crime-fighter Midnight both tracked the mysterious figure calling himself Uncle Sam to a laboratory just in time to see Sam and six other super-heroes, the first of the Freedom Fighters, vanish within a vortex. Doll Man and Midnight ran into the vortex and were transported to the Nazi-occupied Paris of the alternate Earth called Earth-X. The two heroes aided the French Resistance there until February 1942, when they discovered the Japanese were about to attack California. The heroes returned to their own Earth via one of Uncle Sam's vortices, and Doll Man joined a new band of Freedom Fighters in returning to Earth-X to thwart the invasion.
Doll Man returned to his own Earth afterward, and served in the All-Star Squadron. Later that year, Doll Man opted to permanently relocate to Earth-X with a handful of other heroes to combat that world's Nazi menace. The Freedom Fighters continued to fight for several decades. Finally, with the help of the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America, the Freedom Fighters ended the war. Doll Man and his fellow heroes went to Earth-One to fight crime but, through a misunderstanding, found themselves wanted by the law. This situation was resolved and Doll Man returned to Earth-X to help rebuild it.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Size Alteration: By willing himself to do so, Doll Man can shrink to a height of six inches and proportionate weight, or return to his normal size and weight. At his six-inch height Doll Man retains the strength of a normal size man.
- Aviation: Doll Man could pilot the small "flying saucer" that the duo used, and was able to uses other small vehicles as needed.
- Doll Man's Flying Saucer
The Freedom Fighters were relocated to a parallel world, one called "Earth-X", where Nazi Germany had won World War II. The team was featured in its own series for 15 issues (1976-1978), in which it temporarily left Earth-X for "Earth-One" (where most DC titles are set).
In 1981, some Quality Characters became recurring guest-stars of All-Star Squadron, a superhero-team title set on "Earth-Two", the locale for DC's WWII-era superheroes, and at a time prior to when the Freedom Fighters were supposed to have left for Earth-X. They later appeared with the rest of DC's superheroes in Crisis on Infinite Earths, a story that was intended to eliminate the confusing histories that DC had attached to its characters by retroactively merging the various parallel worlds into one. The Freedom Fighters became a mere splinter group of the All-Star Squadron.
- Three issues of Doll Man containing Quality Comics stories reprinted apparently without authorization were published by Super Comics in 1963-64. They were numbered as issues #11, #15 and #17.
- As Doll Man, Darrel Dane would be 6' inches tall.
- As Doll Man, Darrel Dane would weigh 7 ½ pounds.
- 154 Appearances of Darrel Dane (Earth-Two)
- Images featuring Darrel Dane (Earth-Two)
- 9 Quotations by or about Darrel Dane (Earth-Two)
- Character Gallery: Darrel Dane (Earth-Two)
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