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Metamorpho Pt. 3: Metamorpho #1


Title: Metamorpho

Issue #: 1

Cover Date: July-Aug. 1965

On Sale Date: May 27, 1965

Writer: Bob Haney

Penciller: Ramona Fradon

Inker: Charles Paris

Editor: George Kashdan

He’s back! The most fantastic hero in or out of the world – the amazing chemical “accident” who defies your imagination and rips the lid off comics thrills! Yes, it’s Metamorpho, the Element Man, living a thousand incredible forms – and risking oblivion with every change, as he hurls himself against a creeping, fiery doom!

Attack of the Atomic Avenger

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Although he’s wearing the disguise that Sapphire made for him, the patrons at a fancy restaurant seem to know that the funny-looking man dining with her is Metamorpho.

He’s fantabulous!

After foiling a bank robbery, Metamorpho traces the source of the energy discs.

Vornak listens as Simon Stagg tells Metamorpho he has a gadget in his lab to return him to normal. This is good news to Vornak because Metamorpho will be out of his way. However, he’s impatient and breaks into the lab.

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Interrupted by Java, Vornak talks his way out of trouble by promising to help him win Sapphire. However, an explosion in the lab causes “some chemical force formed from those unstable elements.”

As the force heads toward town, our heroes determine that it is Vornak himself transformed, so it has an intelligence to outwit Metamorpho at every turn. To stop him, Metamorpho must transform into an atomic missile…

The controlled nuclear reaction destroys Vornak/the force; however, it also seems to destroy Metamorpho, leaving us with a cliffhanger.

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Notes

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In the first three pages, Metamorpho prevents Sapphire from being flambeed like her dessert, saves a school bus from toppling over the edge of an elevated highway, and demonstrates his powers in a series of family-friendly transformations. This causes Sapphire to mention having children of their own one day.

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If that thought doesn’t lead to a path best not travelled, skip the panel on page 11 where Sapphire says:

If the characters were more popular, perhaps this panel would become a meme:

It’s followed by an example of the sense of humor found in the writing. Metamorpho says:

If you two sweethearts are done playing patty-cake, we’re in trouble!

I didn’t care for this story as much as the first two in The Brave & the Bold. Vornak goes to such extremes simply to rob a bank. But the fundamental character relationships and humor continue to entertain me.

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The story ends with Simon sucking the remains of Metamorpho into a vacuum cleaner and Java hanging from a helicopter after being turned into a block of stone. If that’s not incredible, I don’t know what is!

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Oh, and there's Silly Putty! Remember Silly Putty?

Looks like it could be Metamorpho himself!

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