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The Elongated Man (Randolph "Ralph" Dibny) is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC universe. He is a member of three incarnations of the Justice League. His first appearance was in The Flash vol. 1, #112 (May 12, 1960).

The character has won and been nominated for several awards over the years, including winning the 1961 Alley Award for Best Supporting Character.

He was created by the late John Broome, and the late Carmine Infantio.


Ralph is a close friend of the (second) Flash in whose series he appeared often. Ralph also joined the Justice League in 1970s. Along with Sue he was an important part of the League's more comedic period. Sadly, he's remembered today more for the fact that his wife was both raped and murdered in Identity Crisis.

He died shortly afterwards in 52 while trying to find a way to resurrect her (at least he brought down an evil sorcerer and a major demon in the process). Sadly, the demon escaped later, despite the trap seemingly being absolutely inescapable. They have both reappeared as ghosts since, with the ability to possess people for short periods of time.

Early Life

Ralph Dibny was born in Waymore, Nebraska, and is the brother to Ken Dibny, and has a uncle named Jake. Ralph dreamed of famed and fortune in the big city, and would do anything to get attention, and often showed off and prank others.

Fascinated by the "India rubber-men" he saw at carnival shows, he wanted to elongate himself. He discovered that they all drank Gingold, and he decided to collect some of it himself, and behold, he could contort his body. Moving to Central City, he created a costume for himself, and became the Elongated Man.


Elongated Man had the ability to stretch himself over long distances. After he died, he could possess people temporarily.



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