Friday, April 22, 2016

S: Sandman



Here's the new entry for my A-Z Challenge. My theme, "Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

DC comics has had a few characters called Sandman since the 1940s. The first, pictured above and below this paragraph, initially appeared in Adventure Comics #40, 1939. He was Wesley Dodds, and he ended up changing his uniform in Adventure Comics #69, to odd yellow and purple superhero togs.


I can't show any of the more recent DC Sandman characters, because that would be breaking my own rules about using updated characters for the A-Z Challenge! Instead, let me list Marvel Comic's villainous Sandman, who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #4, 1963! Flint Marko (a/k/a William Baker) was a criminal who'd escaped from prison. He wound up on a beach that had been a nuclear testing sight. Marko's body bonded with the radioactive sand, and since this is comics, he didn't die. Instead, he gained the power to turn himself into sand! (Marko later reformed, by the way.)


Thanks for your time.

24 comments:

  1. Just noticed how they are all male! (I know! I am a tubelight!) Is that simply your preference? Were there any superwomen characters in the 1940's? Just wondering..

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    1. There were several women superheroes and supervillains in the 40s. However, very few of them had names that were later used in the modern age, and that's the rule I set for myself. If I were just making a list of modern OR Golden Age heroes/heroines, I'd have much more diversity.

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    2. Ahh I see! Thanks for clearing that up..

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  2. Great Blog, first time I've been able to find it.
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    1. Thanks for the compliment and the visit. I've been following your blog since you left an earlier comment (on Theme Reveal Day, I think), but it automatically lists me under my real name, David M. Lynch, rather than the Silver Fox. I only thought to leave the link with my latest comment.

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  3. The only Sandman I know is the song, so it's interesting to see that there were comic book characters too.

    Susan A Eames from
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  4. The only one I knew was the Spider Man one. And the dude the creeps into your room at night and puts sand on your head lol

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    1. Ha. Cute. The first DC Sandman could put people to sleep with his gas-gun.

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  5. I always thought the Marvel Sandman's powers were super cool... :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  6. The original Sandman is kind of weird in his gas mask and suit but then he changes into purple and yellow...the evil scientist is probably saying "Oi Vay" and thinking he just came from La Cage Aux Folles

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    1. Haha. Wait until you see tomorrow's Golden Age hero.

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  7. The original Sandman was included for a bit in the newer reincarnation of the hero. He also appeared in one of my favorite graphic novels, KINGDOM COME. :-)

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    1. I've always loved the Golden Age heroes.

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  8. interesting how the two companies have characters with the same name. thankfully, they have different characteristics. turning into sand would be kinda weird. well, unless you were imhotep in mummy. his sand storm was cool

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    1. They can't get trademarks on names alone. There have to be differing characteristics. (See my spiel on Captain Marvel, Golden Age and Modern Age. http://silverfoxlair.blogspot.com/2016/04/c-captain-marvel.html)

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  9. And I'd thought the Sandman was just a character who helps people fall asleep.

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    1. The first one actually did, with a gas gun.

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  10. This is another character that sounds vaguely familiar...

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  11. Well what do you know... The Sandman was a reboot!

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    1. There are so many of them out there...

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    2. I own a million comics and I'm still ignorant...

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