MAN-MONSTER: ATLAS COMICS HERO

Balladeer’s Blog’s recent look at the short-lived comic book company Atlas-Seaboard was a big hit. As a follow-up here’s a look at an Atlas figure I did not cover in the main article, which can be found HERE

Tales of Evil 3MAN-MONSTER

Secret Identity: Paul Sanders, Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist

Origin: Hedonistic Paul Sanders lives the life of a playboy from his endorsement deals and his resented oil baron father’s vast fortune. After a flirty/ bickering battle of the sexes-style interview with two female reporters from Women’s Lib Magazine Paul boards a motorboat for one of his father’s offshore oil wells.

To show off for the still-watching ladies Paul leaps overboard to swim the rest of the way to the oil drilling platform. As fate would have it, the oil drilling had just churned up some rare, mutated bacteria from the ocean floor. Sanders winds up covered by the bacteria, which causes changes to his body.  

Man Monster 1Paul barely escapes the bacteria and makes it back to shore, where he transforms into a red-scaled amphibious monster. After a brief rampage he becomes human again and the female reporters take him home.

From then on in times of danger the transformation comes over Paul again and he finds himself battling various forces of evil.

First Appearance: Tales of Evil #3 (July, 1975). His final appearance came in September of that same year.

Powers:   

Man-Monster possessed massive super-strength, the ability to withstand the immense pressure of the ocean depths and scaly skin which made him impervious to bullets and other projectiles as well as certain energy blasts.

As Man-Monster, Paul Sanders retained his human mind and ability to speak. Think of him as a hybrid of the Sub-Mariner and the Thing.

Comment: Atlas Comics was frenziedly grasping at straws by this point in their lone year of existence. In their desperation to build the kind of shared fictional universe that Marvel and DC had, they tried jamming in Man-Monster crossovers with other Atlas characters.

Man-Monster battled Hellblazer, a villain who had also fought the Grim Ghost, and his first issue hyped a crossover with Demon Hunter, who mistakenly believed Paul Sanders’ mutated alter ego was one of his infernal foes trying to bring about Xenogenesis.  

FOR MY ARTICLE ON THE MAIN LIST OF CENTAUR COMICS SUPERHEROES CLICK HERE

FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SUPERHERO PANTHEON CLICK  HERE

FOR MY ARTICLE ON THE MEMBERS OF INFINITE HORIZON CLICK HERE

FOR MORE SUPERHEROES CLICK HERE:  Superheroes 

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10 responses to “MAN-MONSTER: ATLAS COMICS HERO

  1. Too bad the character didn’t last.

  2. Like a Thing and Submariner. How come not the Hulk?

  3. This character is better than the Thing. I got sick of Ben Grimm’s self-pity.

  4. Olympic swimmer as a secret identity?

  5. Interesting comments on your article.

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