“Sometimes life is unfair. This is true for even the almighty Superhero. Not everyone can be a Superman, or Captain America. Sometimes they absolutely shouldn’t be. But, are there some that deserve a little time in the limelight? I think so. I wrote this list to give credit where credit is due, and maybe give these well deserving Heroes a few new fans. This is my 5 most Underrated Superheroes.“
5. Elongated Man
- Real Name: Randolph William Dibny
- Created By: John Broome & Carmine Infantino
- First Appearance: The Flash #112
The Elongated Man can stretch his limbs and body to super-human lengths and sizes. These stretching powers grant the Elongated Man heightened agility, flexibility and coordination far beyond standard human potential. He can contort his body into various positions and sizes impossible for ordinary humans, such as being entirely flat so that he can slip under a door, or using his fingers to pick conventional locks. Elongated Man can also use it for disguise by changing the shape of his face, although this is painful and difficult for him Elongated Man is a well established detective, who’s abilities are second only to Batman himself [who is only better because of his logical mindset].
Dibny is a heavily underrated hero, especially when He has to compete for attention from other stretch powered heroes like Plastic Man [DC] and Reed Richards [Marvel]. It doesn’t help that His hero name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. The New 52 has yet to re-introduce the Elongated Man, which I personally hope is I’ve always found Elongated Man to be the most like-able out of the 3 stretching Heroes. Reed Richards is an overly logical jerk, who’s intellect makes him incredibly difficult to get along with or even understand at times. Nobody likes a know it all.
On the other side of the stretch spectrum, Plastic Man is more a comedian than a Hero. Plastic Man’s heroics usually involve slapstick gags and obnoxious jokes. Elongated Man tends to meet somewhere in the middle of the stretch spectrum. While not a super genius, Dibny has a strong analytical mind due to his years of working as a detective. His kind attitude and general likability make him extremely popular with the Hero community. I love this guy. Want to get to know the Elongated Man? Check out DC’s “Identity Chrisis’ arc and follow it up with “52” [not to be confused with ‘New 52’].