Mr. Miracle, (aka Scott Free) Jack Kirby’s otherworldly escape artist, has got to be one of my favorite comic book characters, and I think it’s mostly because of his costume. There’s nothing else quite like it.
Interestingly, Kirby partly based Mr. Miracle on a fellow comic book artist, Jim Steranko. Before becoming an illustrator, Steranko had briefly attempted a career as a real-life escape artist.
And then there’s Metamorpho, the Element Man. Aka Rex Mason, and spawned by the bizarre mind of the one and only Bob Haney (also the creator of DC’s Metal Men and the Doom Patrol).
I confess that I’m not too familiar with Metamorpho. I know him mostly from Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred’s recent strips featuring him in DC’s Wednesday Comics, and he seems like a delightfully bizarre creation. I mean, an adventurer for hire (under contract to an eccentric business tycoon with a Neanderthal for a bodyguard) who is given the ability to transform into any element found in the human body? It’s one of those high-concept ideas that few can pull off.