Animal Man (DC)
Real Name: Bernhard 'Buddy' Baker
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While near any animal Buddy Baker somehow absorbs its special abilities; he can fly like a bird, swim like a fish. He can race as fast as a jaguar or hop like a kangaroo. The longer Animal Man is in the presence of an animal, the longer he retains its natural powers.
Ability to gain the attributes of nearby animals such as flight, speed and faster healing.
Not far from his home, stunt man Buddy Baker watched in awe as an alien spaceship crashed to Earth. Investigating, Buddy found himself bathed in a unique radiation which altered his body forever. When animals from a nearby zoo escaped, Buddy discovered, much to his pleasure that whenever he was near any animal, he somehow absorbed its special abilities. After several short adventures, Buddy decided to fashion himself a special costume and began using the name Animal Man (or A-Man) whenever he used his powers in public. Time after time Buddy's abilities came in handy in solving one problem or another, and although he did not originally intend to use his animal-adapting powers to fight crime, he nevertheless was repeatedly drawn into battle. Buddy later married Ellen Frazier and retired his Animal-Man identity for several years, while continuing to work in the movies. Buddy and Ellen now have two children, Cliff and Maxine, and to date neither has shown any latent powers of their own. Recently, Buddy was found by a mysterious being who called himself only the Immortal Man. He once again donned his Animal-Man uniform and joined the stranger and several other semiretired adventurers in an organization called the Forgotten Heroes.
First Appearance: Strange Adventures (1950) #180
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