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Doll Man is a fictional superhero from the Golden Age of Comics, originally published by Quality Comics and currently part of the DC Comics universe of characters. Doll Man was created by cartoonist Will Eisner and first appeared in a four-page story entitled "Meet the Doll Man" in Feature Comics #27.
Using his scientific know how, research scientist Darrel Dane used a formula he discovered to became a super hero who had the power to will his body to reduce in size to six inches. In his origin he did this to save his fiance. Martha Roberts in some stories was the only person who knew the secret of Doll Man's identity, while at times she was as clueless as the rest of Darrel's friends. The reduced size allowed him to get into places a full grown man could not, and he was very strong for his size. Through his career, Doll Man used several unique methods to get around. Early he had a dog (Elmo, the Wonder Dog) trained to carry him like a horse, and later he had a miniature flying saucer (disguised as a model airplane in his study).
Powers and abilities
Doll Man is a superb athlete and hand-to-hand combatant. By willing himself to do so, Doll Man can shrink to a height of six inches and proportionate weight. He can also will himself back to his normal size and weight. He wears a special costume that changes size as he does. Doll Man has aged little over the years, perhaps due to the mystic presence of Uncle Sam during his time in the Freedom Fighters.
- A version of Doll Man and Doll Girl about whom little has been revealed briefly appeared in Titans Secret Files #2.
- DC has another unrelated character called Doll Man, a non-powered criminal who encounters Batgirl.
- A super-villain called "Dollman" made a one-shot appearance in the 1968 Filmation cartoon series featuring Batman and Robin (Dick Grayson). He was, however, more reminiscent of the Puppet Master (a Golden Age Bat-foe from Detective Comics v.1/#212).
In the final issue of 52, a new Multiverse is revealed, originally consisting of 52 identical realities. Among the parallel realities shown is one designated "Earth-10". As a result of Mister Mind "eating" aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-X, including the Quality characters. The names of the characters and the team are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear, but a character visually similar to the Darrel Dane Doll Man appears.
In other media
- The Darrel Dane version of Doll Man appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Cry Freedom Fighters" voiced by Jason C. Miller. He is shown as a member of the Freedom Fighters and was distrustful toward Plastic Man when he said he had no knowledge of patriotism.