|First appearance||Space Adventures #44 (1962)|
|Abilities||flight, nuclear powers, strength|
In many ways, Mercury Man was similar to other nuclear-powered superheroes of the time, such as Captain Atom, Doctor Solar, and Nukla. He would be more interested in stopping foreign powers (i.e., Communists) than criminals.
Mercury Man would appear in Space Adventures #44 and 45 (February and May 1962), and was the cover feature for #44. The first story was reprinted in AC Comics Men of Mystery #32. Art was by Rocke Mastroserio. The second story had art by Charles Nicholas and Sal Trapani.
In early 2014 Mercury Man was acquired by Tommy G Warren / Spiderwood Productions with all copyrights and trademarks. Plans are being made to re-launch Mercury Man as a new action hero that returns to earth to help fight (with the help of Dr. Erika Penn) for peace in the world where terrorist and criminals want to change the Liberties and Freedoms enjoyed by peaceful Governments. He returns from his former far off Galaxy 'Mercury' ...
Fictional character biography
Mercury Man was actually (in the first story) man from Mercury, the last of his people. The people of Mercury, like the people of Earth in the 1950s, were developing nuclear power, and a nuclear war destroyed them. Mercury Man was a scientist experimenting in metals, and a nuclear blast transformed him into the metallic Mercury Man. As Mercury Man he could fly through space without a space suit, was nearly invulnerable, had vaguely defined nuclear powers, and some mental powers (he came to Earth after telepathically contacting a female American scientist and possible future love interest). He also had wing-like ears and small wings on his ankles like the Roman god Mercury or the Greek Hermes. In the first story, he came to Earth and stopped a nuclear attack on the United States. At the end of the story he was able to be transformed into a normal human, but able to transform back into Mercury Man, leaving the character open to future stories.
The second story (he is just referred to as "Merco"), puts him in a slightly different outfit (now red instead of blue, with an "M" on his belt buckle), but with pointed ears (like Mr. Spock) in his human form (which no one comments about). He has to "transform into his metallic form" to obtain his superpowers. This time he takes a group of warmongers to the devastated planet of Mercury, so they can see the results of nuclear war. And leaves them there when they refuse to mend their ways (and had damaged the space capsule he brought them in).
Mercury Man was not one of the characters purchased by DC Comics. Mercury Man and other comic's Storyworld characters has been aqurired, with all copyrights and trademarks to, Tommy G Warren, Spiderwood Productions.
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