Edwin Gauss (Folded Man)

Apart from seeing the debut of Null, the last episode of The Flash also offered us a look at the last bus-meta. In Null and Annoyed, in fact, Harry Wells managed to identify the last occupiers of the fated bus, and obtained pictures of them, the last one being Edwin Gauss, portrayed by Arturo Del Puerto. Apparently, Gauss can’t be found as he “vanished in thing air”…and that comes as no surprise, considering how in the comics he possesses one of the weirdest (and coolest) powers ever, that makes him kind of impossible to track. Let’s see together.

Edwin Gauss was an obviously different boy since his childhood: extremely intelligent and gifted, his intellect and knowledge were always far beyond his age, and he finished school much earlier. He enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he became renowned as America‘s smartest man alive, the greatest genius from the times of Mister Terrific. He was the youngest graduate from MIT ever, but he was also a very ambitious young man: his top goal was to best Albert Einstein and complete his unfinished Unified Field Theory. To do so, however, Gauss needed ground-breaking technology property of Devlin Bridges, an electronics mogul…tech that Gauss, who considered himself superior to others because of his intelligence, didn’t have any problem to steal. Edwin escaped with what he needed, and took shelter in a small apartment in Central City, where he hoped to ultimate his work, uniting his theory on dimensions with Bridges’ technology. Bridges, however, wasn’t someone who would just let somebody steal from him unpunished, and had the cops of the whole country hunt Gauss down. Some agents from CCPD found Edwin’s refuge and proceeded to arrest him…but they arrived just when the thief had finished his ultimate creation: a suit that allowed him to travel between at least four dimensions, making him virtually unstoppable. Wearing his suit, Gauss effortlessly got rid of the cops, killing one of them in the process. Due to his unique abilities, he became known as the Folded Man, but to himself, he had just become a god, able to move anywhere between dimensions, proving in practice what Einstein failed to prove in theory. Of course, as inferior as the others may have been, there were consequences for his crime.

The cop he had killed was a close friend of CSI Angela Margolin, who in turn was the love interest of the new Flash. Because of her, Flash got interested in the case, and tracked Gauss’ tech back to Devlin Bridges just as the Folded Man was about to kill him in revenge. The Flash barely understood what the Folded Man was able to do, before the latter took him to the fourth dimension with him, stranding the hero there. Then, Gauss came back to the third dimension, where he proceeded the hunt for Bridges, who this time was protected by Margolin. The woman tried to shoot the Folded Man, but in his 2-D form he was intangible. Just as he was about to get rid of Margolis as well, The Flash managed to come back by vibrating through Gauss’ suit, and took Bridges and Margolies to a construction site. The Folded Man immediately reached them, but this time the hero knew who he was dealing with, and took precautions. He used some of the construction materials to pin him to a single dimension, the third one, where he was completely vulnerable, then proceeded to knock him out. Arrested, Edwin Gauss was entrusted to Devlin Bridges and his scientists, and brought to his labs to have his suit removed. Despite their best effort, Gauss had secured the suit to his own flesh, so they were unable to remove it. As soon as the Folded Man came back to his senses, he escaped, and eventually joined Blacksmith‘s Network, and later the Rogues. He was somehow arrested once again, and this time he ended up in Iron Heights, only to be freed by Gorilla Grodd during a mass breakout. He joined the biggest alliance of criminals ever seen in Central City, ready to wreak havoc.

Edwin Gauss is a genius born, a man characterized by a massive intelligence, as well as by a total lack of humanity. As the Folded Man, his suit allows him to travel freely between dimensions: when he’s 2-D, he’s intangible, and invisible if seen from the sides, and he can cut through matter as a sharp razor blade; in his 4-D form, he’s able to reach any place he can think of, he sees everything in any time and from every direction at once, and he interacts with the 3-D world as if it was 2-D, thus being extremely powerful. Ambitious and greedy, he considers other people inferior to him just because they’re not as smart as he is, and he acts on consequence, taking whatever he likes and killing whoever he doesn’t. Such a brain, and no heart at all.

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Lord Crucifer

This week’s episode of The Flash didn’t move the story any forward, but the side-story had some surprise for us nevertheless. In Null and Annoyed, as an aged Breacher comes to Cisco looking for help in regaining his powers, we learn that he’s been defeated by Lord Crucifer, a pretty badass vampire portrayed by Mikael Vierge. The leader of an army of vampires, he certainly doesn’t look the least like his slender comicbook counterpart, but he has a lot of traits in common, like him belonging to the Tenth Circle. Let’s see together.

Lord Crucifer was born millennia ago, in an unspecified region of Earth. Through unspecified means, he became a vampire, and along with hundreds like him he founded the Tenth Circle, a cult that promised immortality to its members, obviously spreading the plague of vampirism as the promise was delivered. The Tenth Circle expanded all over the world, growing in power and conquering countries, until they found a people who matched their strength and numbers: the Amazons. Lord Crucifer led his people in an all-out war against Queen Hippolyta and her sisters, and despite their might the vampires were defeated. Thanks to the gods’ magic, Hippolyta was able to cast the vampires out of Earth, imprisoning them into another dimension, where they stayed trapped for centuries. From his alien prison, Lord Crucifer tried over and over again to breach the barrier separating him from a world still ripe for conquering, until he found an ancient blood magic that could actually help him: he projected his life force outside the barrier, leaving behind just his heart, obtaining a new physical form on Earth. Finally free to move again, he dedicated his (eternal) life to the purpose of freeing his people, and rebuild the Tenth Circle in all its ancient glory. In the vampires’ absence, humans had grown in number, so surely he wouldn’t have starved in the process. Obviously, however, he had to lay low for a while.

Lord Crucifer claimed a castle, that became his house, and fed on the ones fool enough to accept his invitations. In the meanwhile, he kept studying the blood magic that had freed him, and tried more than once to project the life force of his companions into human bodies drained of their blood. The vessels, however, proved to be too frail, and the body pulverized a few moments after a vampire spirit inhabited it. Then, finally, the solution was born on its own: in the 20th Century, Earth saw the dawn of superheroes, beings with incredible powers who were much more durable and resistant than baseline humans. Fascinated, Crucifer studied them for decades, always acting from the shadows, until he decided that they would have been the perfect hosts for his brothers and sisters. For the task, Crucifer bent to his will a young metahuman, Nudge, and forced her to use her hypnotic powers to enslave also her super-strong friend Grunt and young Doom Patrol member Vortex to kidnap for him a number of metahuman children, whom he prepared to be the living vessels of his brethren. These actions, however, attracted the attention of both the remaining members of Doom Patrol and even of the Justice League of America, who came to the rescue. Lord Crucifer proved to be more than a match for the heroes: he successfully hypnotized Superman, making him a personal slave, and he nearly turned Faith into a vampire as well. He then faced the daughter of his nemesis Hippolyta, Wonder Woman, and bested her in combat, stabbing her with her own sword. He was even able to recognize Martian Manhunter disguised among the children in his castle, and proceeded to bite him. The return of the Tenth Circle was right at hand…

Lord Crucifer is a highly intelligent but cruel vampire, a clever planner and a patient researcher hellbent on freeing his lost brethren from their dimensional prison. As a vampire, he possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability and reflexes, enhanced senses and regenerative abilities; he’s immortal and invulnerable, even more so considering that his heart, his only vulnerable part, is not in his chest; he can hypnotize people and turn humans and metahumans into loyal vampire slaves by biting them; he also has sharp claws and fangs, he can phase and shapeshift, and he’s also a master combatant and swordsman despite his frail-looking physique. A monster that has been growing like a cancer for centuries, Lord Crucifer is able and willing to bring back an era of darkness, blood and torment upon the world: the era of vampires.

Null

Most of CW super-series are still on hiatus, but some new details emerged on the next week’s episode of The Flash. Barry and Ralph will be trying to outrun DeVoe and reach the remaining bus metas before him, and in Null and Annoyed the one they’ll find first will be Janet Petty, portrayed by Bethany Brown, apparently a super-powered thief. The name doesn’t ring any bell, but her powers and alias surely do: she’ll be the show’s version of Null, a secondary villain able to manipulate gravity with the mere movement of his fingers. Yup, “his”, as the original Null is a male rather than a female…albeit they show a pretty much identical hairstyle. Let’s see together.

Little to nothing is known about the man known as Null, not even his real name. It’s even unknown how he got his powers, if he was born with them, developed them spontaneously during his life, or underwent some kind of lab accident that mutated him. Being it a way or another, he had powers, but he truly didn’t want to use them like most of the people out there did, donning a fancy costume and acting like a super-hero or a super-villain. He just wanted to live differently. In his search for a proper place to stay, away from the annoyance of the “outside world”, he ended up in Chicago, Illinois, where he entered in contact with the perfect place for him: the Netherworld. Located in the old Union Stock Yards in the south of the city, the Netherworld was ignored by any known authority, from the Illinois state to the local police, and was inhabited by the many mutants, metahumans, paranormals and such who, just like him, wanted to live a normal life despite the fact they were not “normal” at all. Taking the name “Null” following his personal philosophy, the man settled in quite well, learning everything he had to from Knowbuddy, a resident of Netherworld who was the keeper of all the costumes, laws and regulations of the place: following only what was written in the Book, Netherworld was a world that didn’t recognize outer society’s rules and laws, and served as its own one and true authority. Exactly the perfect place for Null to begin his new life.

Netherworld was divided in several groups that gathered the inhabitants depending on their characteristics: there were the Hairballs, feral werewolves-like mutates, the Phreaks, whose body had been horribly mutated, and the Nasties, bonded to demons, but Null never recognized himself in any of them. Despite not being a part of a clan, he was still a recognized Netherworlder, and soon became one of the most trusted (and efficient) protectors of the small utopia they had created. The Netherworld, in fact, being the safe house and shelter for many outsiders and freaks, was often the target of extremists and racists, such as the fiery vigilante White Dragon, who only targeted racial minorities. It was battling him that Null and the other Netherworlders first met Hawkman and Hawkwoman, two alien cops who had been sent on Earth as sign of good will from Thanagar. Netherworld didn’t recognize any police force on Earth, and there was no reason why they should accept an alien one, so the presence of the duo was immediately perceived as an unwanted invasion, leading Null and the others to clash with the couple. The two cops resurfaced once again when Count Viper, a meta able to transfer his conscience from a host body to another, settled in the Netherworld and became with his charisma and power some sort of boss there, deceiving the inhabitants to transform them into his personal metahuman army. Null fell for it, and when Hawkman and Hawkwoman came for Viper he sided with the latter, until it became clear what was happening and he let the two winged heroes defeat the Count. Even if he was one of them, nobody would have ever taken away the only thing Netherworlders truly treasured: their freedom.

Null is a self-proclaimed nihilist, who doesn’t give a dime to anything and doesn’t care for anything, apart of course for the safety of the small anarchist utopia he and the other Netherworlders created. Through unknown means, but most likely thanks to the Gene Bomb, he developed the ability to create an artificial gravitational field in a small area, that he can control at will modifying the weight of the ones in it, making them extremely light to the point of floating or heavy enough that they won’t be able to move. With no ideals, no principles and no worries in the world, Null is an anarchist who craves only one thing: freedom, and he’ll fight against anyone, good or bad, to protect it.

Pyro

It looks like The Flash is resuming villains from everywhere these days, as in the promo material for the next episode we meet yet another who had just one comic appearance. In Run, Iris, Run, a metahuman named Melting Pot (an original one, I think) uses his powers to swap the DNA of Barry and Iris…having the latter gain super-speed, just in time to meet yet another meta, Jaco Birch, portrayed by Max Adler. Birch is described as a metal lover with the power of controlling fire, but if his true name doesn’t ring any bell, his alias is another story: he’s supposed to be Pyro, an obscure villain who appeared in 1988 only, then forgotten. No surprise nobody recognized him, as his bio is totally different, apart from his powers: let’s see together.

Pyro wasn’t exactly born, rather he was created, and for a very specific reason. In the depths of the dimensional hell-prison known as Darkworld, in fact, the ancient god once worshiped as The Weaver had finally found a way to exact his millennial revenge against Agon, the Atlantean sorcerer who had imprisoned him 45,000 years before: on Earth, he had spotted one who was believed to be Agon’s granddaughter, sent to a pocket dimension for millennia to save her from the destruction of Atlantis and from the evil sorcerer Garn Daanuth. Flesh and blood of his ancient enemy, the girl was revered as Power Girl, a heroine based in New York City, and The Weaver unleashed all his magic powers from the Darkworld to bring her on her knees before inflicting the finishing blow. The Weaver used his magic to curse everyone close to Power Girl, causing a series of troubling incidents to her friends, and even bringing her company close to being sold by one of its directors, greedy businessman Harlan Brooks. Then, of course, he also challenged her on the physical ground, and crafted a series of magical constructs, super-powered golems with a limited existence, to fight her: the first one was the unstoppable Force, who brought Power Girl to hurt an innocent bystander, then came the water-manipulator Hydra, who ruined the work of her friend, the artist Garth McGarth, and then again the wind-master Hurricane, who ruined a girls’ night out with her friends Carrie Phillips and Liz Joyce. Then, at last, came the turn of Pyro.

Before attacking Power Girl head-on, Pyro paid a little visit to the main offices of Starrware Industries, the woman’s computer company, setting them afire and inflicting a major blow to her private and professional life. Then, he tracked his enemy while she was walking on the streets by night, disguised in her civilian identity of Karen Starr. Thanks to The Weaver’s knowledge, Pyro was able to recognize his target even behind the facade, and attacked her with a burst of flame, burning her clothes and revealing Power Girl’s costume beneath. He immediately noticed that the heroine didn’t fear his flame, since she (rightfully) believed herself to be invulnerable, but he soon surprised her: as his flame was of magic origin, it could hurt her pretty well, and so it did. Power Girl tried to fight back, but she was soon overwhelmed by her elemental foe, just as she had been with his predecessors. Pyro led the dances, and moved the battle up in the sky, where he crushed his foe on a building’s rooftop. Here, he bombed the heroine with all his fire balls, making the building collapse and burying Power Girl under it. Despite the woman was still alive, his mission was now accomplished: he had proved her weak and fed her insecurity, he had made her paranoia and fear grow, and he had weakened her before the final battle with The Weaver, in Darkworld. He disappeared in his flames just before the heroine resurfaced, returning to the void he had been created from.

Pyro is an extremely talkative magic construct, a sentient golem hellbent on a single purpose: to destroy Power Girl as his master, The Weaver, commands. Powered by Darkworld’s magic, he’s able to fly, to generate and control flames, and is durable enough to sustain a Kryptonian‘s blows. Artificial but pretty much real, Pyro responds to his one and only reason for existing, a force of nature impossible to stop…and impossible to shut up, apparently.

Veronica Dale (Hyrax)

The new episode of The Flash brought to us yet another secondary villain from the comics, albeit this time not a metahuman. In Enter Flashtime, an echo-terrorist named Veronica Dale and portrayed by Bernadette Saquibal decides that the best way to alert the world on the dangers of nuclear energy is to blow up a metropolis in an atomic holocaust, and thus she activates an ARGUS nuke in Central City helped by her group, Eden Corps…and she nearly succeeds, by the way. In the comics, her ideology and M.O. are pretty much the same, but it’s not The Flash the one she clashes with. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Veronica Dale’s early life: she was of American origins, possibly born somewhere on the West Coast, and she had a little brother. Under unknown circumstances, she became an animal-rights activist, first, then a militant feminist, and then again an environmentalist. She saw everywhere in America big corporations destroying the environment for personal gain, with forests and woods razed to create concrete and steel deserts, thousands of animal species pushed to extinction, and women humiliated and frustrated all over the country, and the world. She made one single cause out of all these ones, and she founded the Eden Corps, an echo-terrorist group that operated exclusively in the United States. In the group, every member assumed the name of an animal threatened of extinction by the stupidity and greed of men, and she chose the name Hyrax, while her brother became Bengal. Under her lead, the Eden Corps committed many “demonstrative acts” that had the world recognize their battles, as they bombed dams and destroyed working sites to “defend nature”. Hyrax, however, had something bigger in mind, much, much bigger, but she needed time and resources for her big plan. First of all, she hired Russian thief and assassin Camorouge, and she had her steal a very special “lab accident” from Russia.

Thanks to Camorouge, Hyrax put her hands on the Mutajek 9-9, a new weapon of mass destruction: created by accident, it was a compound that, once released in the atmosphere, fed on the plastics from any manufactured material, being thus able to destroy an entire city in less than an hour. Hyrax wanted to release the Mutajek 9-9 on Metropolis, the world’s biggest city…but she knew that she had a mole within her ranks, a man that turned out to be none others than Green Arrow, the archer hero who was now working as an undercover agent for the NSA. Ironically enough, Green Arrow was the man whom she had started a romantic relation with, and his betrayal was something that deeply hurt her. With the spy exposed, Hyrax had to rush her plan, so she and some trusted agents took a plane and brought it over Metropolis, ready to release the compound…but Green Arrow boarded the plane, and one of her “trusted agents” revealed himself as Ed Pinkwater, another NSA undercover agent. A shoot-out started, and while Hyrax managed to kill Pinkwater, she lost all her men, and she was shot in turn. Just before dying, however, she stuck Green Arrow’s arm into a kill switch: as soon as he removed his arm from the bomb, it would have exploded, releasing the Mutajek 9-9 on the city. When Superman finally arrived, he could do nothing to save his friend but to cut his arm off, something that Green Arrow refused: he detonated the bomb earlier, sacrificing himself to save Metropolis. Maybe Hyrax hadn’t destroyed the city as she had wanted, but she had killed one of the most famous heroes of the country, and the Eden Corps would have lived long on that legacy.

Veronica Dale is a woman who embraces all the good causes, and all the bad methods to fight for them. As Hyrax, she’s the charismatic leader of a national terrorist group, the Eden Corps, and she has at disposal dozens of armed men, weapons and explosives. An idealist and an extremist, she cares for endangered species and environment…only, she forgets to care just as much for people.

Isaac Bowin (Fiddler)

Shows are returning, and The Flash couldn’t miss it. In Subject 9 we meet yet another metahuman created on the bus, a group that Barry and the team are now looking for in order to save them from the Thinker: this time it’s Izzy Bowin, portrayed by Miranda MacDougall, a country violinist who obtained the power to control soundwaves. This is another classic villain from the comics, who however underwent a gender swap in the show: here we’ll see not Izzy Bowin, but Isaac Bowin, the music player better known as the Fiddler…who originally is not a meta at all. Let’s see together.

Isaac Bowin was born the son of a wealthy and aristocratic British family. He was raised along with his twin brother (known only as Maestro Bowin in later years), and they were both taught classical music, but eventually only Isaac’s brother chose it as a profession, while he preferred to spend his time in fun and luxury. All game and no work, however, brought Isaac to end his money soon, and his family stopped financing his life style: alone and broke, he found himself stranded in India, the destination of his last travel. In here, he turned to petty crime to make a living, but his criminal career was quite short-lived: as he tried to rob a merchant, he was spotted and arrested by local police, and locked in jail. It was in prison that he met the man who would have changed his life: an old fakir, who used the music of his flute to enchant a deadly cobra. Fascinated, Isaac convinced the old man to teach him the secret of hypnosis through music, and he learnt it so well that he soon surpassed his master. Using whatever he could find in his cell, he built a chord instrument, and used it to perfect hypnosis on people as well. His first guinea pig was the fakir himself: now useless to him, he executed him with nothing but the sound of his jury-rigged violin, then he used his music to escape from prison. He even tracked down the merchant who had made him arrested, and killed him as well. With the merchant’s money he traveled to the United States, where he was sure he could make a lot of money with his “art”. First, he built a better violin, sensitive to the slightest variation of note, and brought his technique to perfection; then, he started committing robberies by hypnotizing even bank guards and workers, making anyone do whatever he wanted: the Fiddler was born.

With all the money he “earned”, the Fiddler put together a gang of thugs, tailored himself a costume that could amplify the sound of his violin, and even modified the violin itself, making it capable of many more deeds than just hypnosis; he also built himself a customized, violin-shaped car. His next stop was Keystone City, in Kansas, where he committed yet another robbery…only to be interrupted by The Flash, the city’s protector. The Fiddler defeated and humiliated Flash, catching him by surprise with the power of his music, and fled with the loot. Much to his amusement, after their first battle, The Flash was now after him, and had mistaken his twin brother, now a master musician, for him. In their following fight, it was the Fiddler who made the first move, thinking he could deal with both the hero and his loathed brother at once, but things didn’t go as expected, as this time The Flash knew who he was dealing with: during the battle, Isaac fell into a river, apparently to his death. Obviously, he survived the experience, and came back with a new plan: he hypnotized a number of people in reacting to his own tugs, so that it seemed that The Flash wasn’t needed anymore in a city that could take care of itself. Already weakened in his resolve by his wife Joan Williams who complained about the time that being a hero took from him, The Flash accepted the brainwashed citizens’ suggestion to “take a vacation”, and soon announced his retirement. As soon as he was gone, The Fiddler conquered Keystone, founding a realm of terror in which everything was his to take. Joan felt guilty, as she (rightfully) believed she had a good part in driving The Flash away, so she donned one of her husband’s spare costumes and, with mirror tricks, feigned super-speed to face the criminals: Fiddler made short work of “The Flash”, and when he realized that “he” was a “she”, he decided to execute her in the most classical way, by tying her up on train tracks. Needless to say, this also called for the most classical rescue, and the real Flash arrived just in time to save the day. Of course, this was far from being the last time the two enemies clashed…

Isaac Bowin is a brilliant but also malicious man, a music master with a genius intelligence and an insatiable thirst for money and power. As the Fiddler, he wields a variety of special violins, whose sound is amplified by his own costume and wig: his music can hypnotize people, emit destructive bursts of sound energy, even create force fields compressing air with sound. A robber armed with ancient knowledge and modern technology, the Fiddler is the ultimate fakir, one that can make anyone do whatever he wants them to…usually not good things at all.

Wesley Bernard Dodds (Sandman)

With Lucy W. today we abandon space and come back to Earth, where we meet one of the DC Golden Age superheroes, the Sandman. So far, the character had three live action appearances: in the first one, he was actually a villain in the Batman tv series, portrayed by Michael Rennie, a thief allied to Catwoman who used a special powder to put people to sleep and control them as sleepwalkers. In The Flash 1990s tv series, Sandman is named Nightshade and portrayed by Jason Bernard, but he retains his looks and his sleeping gas gun. A proper version of the character appears in Smallville: this time, the real deal Wesley Dodds is portrayed by Ken Lawson, and we meet him as a retired superhero who has a prophetic dream about the death of his former teammate Star-Spangled Kid, but before he can save him he’s slain by Icicle. In the comics, the character has quite a long history and a glorious past, despite his odd looks and skills. Let’s see together.

Wesley Dodds was born in Manhattan, New York City, around the 1910s. He was the son of the rich industrialist Edward Dodds and his wife Marina, but he lost his mother when he was still a child. When his father came back from World War I, he had his son accompany him in his many travels, especially in Asia. Between China, Japan and India, young Wesley learnt a variety of things, from origami to martial arts, and he came back to the United States only to attend college. Intrigued by literature and philosophy, brilliant Wes wanted to become a professional writer, but his father’s sudden demise forced him to take the reins of the family business, and he became a businessman just like Edward. He also served his duty as a naval pilot during the 1930s, but during this period something more serious started happening to him: he became suddenly haunted by extremely vivid, horrific dreams in which he witnessed several crimes, always with a lot of details. Dodds at first believed it to be just stress, but the cause was much weirder: Dream of the Endless had been imprisoned on Earth, and to balance his forced inactivity fragments of his soul (and powers) had been splintered among several living beings, Wesley Dodds included. It didn’t take much for Wesley to realize that the crimes he saw in his dreams actually took place not much time after, and he took this unexpected gift of prophecy very seriously. He built a laboratory underneath his estate, and he resumed his Oriental teachings by practicing martial arts again, and by using his knowledge of herbalism to synthesize a number of gasses of different uses, from sleeping ones to hypnotic ones. He then collected among his father’s tokens a World War I gas mask, provided himself with a gas gun, and created a masked identity to fight crime. From that moment, he started hunting down the criminals he saw in his dreams, knocking them out and leaving them with a poem enclosed in an origami, as a signature. The Sandman was born.

During one of his early exploits, as someone was controlling the robot Elektro to try and kidnap the British Royal Family, Sandman crossed paths with the Crimson Avenger, the world’s first masked hero: after a brief fight, the two realized the real enemy was the Phantom of the Fair, and joined forces to take him down. The Crimson Avenger gave the Sandman some useful tips, and helped him perfection his design for the gas gun. While the Sandman kept earning a victory after the other, stopping a series of foes like the brutal vigilante Scorpion, the poisoner Doctor Death and the serial killer Tarantula, also Wesley Dodds went on with his life, and he made the acquaintance of Dian Belmont, a wealthy socialite who was the first one to discover his dual identity. Albeit they never got married, Wes and Dian fell in love and stayed together for their entire life. In the following years, as World War II erupted, President Roosevelt called all the Mystery Men to help their country, and Sandman answered the call, becoming a founding member of both the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron, participating to war actions across the ocean and stopping and exposing spies and foreign agents on American soil. The most bizarre adventure he had with the JSA involved a unique terrorist, Ian Karkull, a time-traveler who was targeting the men who would have become Presidents of the United States in the following fifty years. The Justice Society confronted the mad scientist and destroyed him, but upon dying Karkull released a huge amount of chrono-energy that affected all the heroes nearby, mutating their metabolism and having them age much slower than any normal human being. Back home, Wesley continued his activity as a vigilante, and took with him a sidekick, Sandy Hawkins, the orphaned nephew of Dian. With Sandy the Golden Boy by his side, Sandman knew a new, brighter time…until an accident mutated Sandy into an uncontrollable monster and forced Sandman to put him in a coma. Guilt-ridden, Wesley Dodds retired from action, dedicating his time to Dian and to find a cure for Sandy. But the dreams would have soon come back to call for him…

A brooding genius who walks between two worlds, Wesley Dodds is a brilliant philosopher and a poet, a skilled engineer and a resourceful inventor, an accomplished chemist and an infallible detective. As the Sandman, he has the gift and curse of prophetic dreams, erratic and cryptic visions that only his superior intellect can properly interpret; he also ages much slower than normal people, looking in his fifties while touching the nineties; his equipment includes an experimental silicoid gun, that can shoot sand in any known form, including glass and cement, a wirepoon gun, a modified Plymouth, and of course his trademark gas gun, that emits gasses of his own creation with a variety of effects, from simple sleeping gas to a “sleeptalking truth serum”, from one that inspires night terrors to one that puts an adult man into a permanent coma. A disciplined martial artist whose body is just as honed as his mind, Sandman inhabits both our world and Dreamworld, a citizen of two realities who walks daily on a dangerous border.