Amazing-Man is the name used by three fictional African-American superheroes published by DC Comics. The first Amazing-Man debuted in All-Star Squadron #23 (July 1983), and was created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway. The second Amazing-Man debuted in Justice League #86 (March 1994), and was created by Dan Vado and Marc Campos. The third Amazing-Man debuted in Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #12 (March 2008), and was created by Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham.
Although a 1980s creation of writer Roy Thomas
, the Amazing-Man published by DC Comics
was placed in the 1940s and made a contemporary of various Golden Age
superheroes. The character was created by Roy Thomas as a tribute to Bill Everett
, a character he created for Centaur Publications
during the so-called Golden Age
Fictional character biography
Will Everett is a promising young African-American Olympian
who had competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics
but whose post-Olympic career devolved into a janitorial profession at a laboratory owned by Dr. Terry Curtis
. During an accident involving the explosion of some equipment he was connected to (developed by the criminal mastermind the Ultra-Humanite
), Everett quickly developed the ability to mimic whatever properties he touched (similar to Marvel Comics
' Absorbing Man
). For example, if he touched steel
, then his body became composed of steel.
At first, he was employed by the Ultra-Humanite as a henchman along with Curtis (as Cyclotron) and Deathbolt
. However, his sympathies soon swayed towards the side of good after repeated exposure to the All-Star Squadron
, a team comprised of both Golden Age characters and retroactive characters like himself, whom he joined and helped to defeat his former employer's machinations. He then served a lengthy stint as a member of this voluminous mystery man organization.
In February 1942, the Squadron helped Everett defeat the bigoted villain in his home town of Detroit, the Real American. During the first great Crisis, Amazing-Man was one of a group of heroes chosen by the Monitor to try and stop the Anti-Monitor's quest for destruction.On a future case, Amazing-Man's powers changed so that now he had mastery of magnetism while losing his ability to mimic matter.
Civil Rights Activist
In the 1950s post World War II his secret identity was revealed to the general public by J. Edgar Hoover
, this act endangered the lives of Everett's wife and family. During the Civil Rights Movement
of the 1960s the murder of his nephew alongside two other civil rights activists spurred his involvement in the Civil Rights Movements of the time. He led marches against segregation
across the United States of America
, and also helped to quell riots in Detroit
. Everett was also responsible for the capture of Martin Luther King
's murderer James Earl Ray
. In the DC Comics Universe he is considered to be the third most important advocate for African American
civil rights, behind acclaimed activists like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X
It was later revealed that his grandson, Will Everett III (a.k.a. "Junior") also developed the same mimicry attributes. He was last seen in the hospital, visited by his grandson and was dying of cancer. The status of his son, the father of Amazing-Man III, is currently unknown. For a brief time his grandson Will Everett III carried on the legacy of Amazing-Man before dying tragically. Later another grandson named Markus Clay would take up the mantle of Amazing-Man.
Will Everett III
Will Everett III carried on his grandfather's heroic tradition, joining the Justice League
at Wonder Woman
's request. As a member, he was instrumental in defeating the Overmaster
alongside the other members of the League and reformed members of the Cadre of the Immortal
. Soon after this, Captain Atom
formed a splinter group of the JLA nicknamed Extreme Justice
. He remained with the team until its end.
Later, Will joined the Crimson Fox's unofficial re-grouping of Justice League Europe. In their single ill-fated adventure, Will was apparently killed by a supervillainess named the Mist, along with the Crimson Fox and Blue Devil. In Amazing-Man's case, Mist tricked him into mimicking glass and then shattered him. The status of his father Will Everett II, is unknown, his cousin Markus Clay is the new Amazing-Man.
The third Amazing-Man is a man named Markus Clay, who operates out of New Orleans. He is Will Everett's other grandson, and the cousin of Will Everett III. Markus is currently helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina
. A recent recruit of the Justice Society of America
, he has helped the team communicate with Gog
Powers and abilities
- Will Everett was originally capable of transforming himself into a living, breathing facsimile of any material that he touched.
- Later Will Everett's powers were altered, and he was instead able to magnetically attract or repel objects with his hands.
- Will Everett III could cause his body to duplicate the properties of any inorganic material he touched from stone to glass. If he touched the pavement, for example, he became a sentient being made of living stone, with all its commensurate strengths and weaknesses.
- Will Everett III could also absorb and duplicate vast amounts of energy, as when he defeated the Overmaster by draining and duplicating its powers.
- Markus Clay appears to possess the same abilities as the first two Amazing-Men.