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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 semi-retired adventurers in an organization called the Forgotten Heroes.


First Appearance: Strange Adventures (1950) #180

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
52: The Companion (2007)
52/WW III (2007)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
Animal Man (1988)
Aquaman (1994)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Blackest Night (2009)
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps (2009)
Blasters Special (1989)
Booster Gold (2007)
Captain Atom (1987)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Adventure (2007)
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (2010)
Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland (2011)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster (2010)
Day of Judgment (1999)
Day of Vengeance (2005)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
Doom Patrol (1987)
Final Crisis (2008)
Firestorm (2004)
Flashpoint (2011)
Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring The Flash (2012)
Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special (2007)
Green Lantern (2005)
Hawkman (2002)
Hellblazer (2015)
Hellblazer: Garth Ennis Collection (2012)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Homem-Animal (2015)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Invasion (1988)
JLA (1997)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
JLA: The Ultimate Guide to The Justice League of America (2002)
JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (2003)
JLA: Year One (1998)
Justice League 100 Greatest Moments (2018)
Justice League America (1989)
Justice League Europe (1989)
Justice League International (1987)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League Sourcebook (1990)
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Justice Society of America (2007)
L.E.G.I.O.N. (1989)
Outsiders (2003)
Rann/Thanagar Holy War (2008)
Rann/Thanagar War (2005)
Resurrection Man (1997)
Secret Origins (1986)
Starman/Congorilla (2011)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Superman (1939)
The Children's Crusade (1993)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Flash (1987)
The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
The Golden Age (1993)
The Last Days of Animal Man (2009)
The New Titans (1988)
The OMAC Project (2005)
The Vertigo Encyclopaedia (1993)
The Vertigo Encyclopedia (2008)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)
Time Masters (1990)
Totems (2000)
Untold Tales of Blackest Night (2010)
Vertigo Jam (1993)
Vertigo Preview (1992)
Vertigo Rave (1994)
Vertigo X Anniversary (2003)
War of the Gods (1991)
Weird Secret Origins (2004)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
Wonder Woman (1942)
Wonder Woman Secret Files (1998)

Group Affiliation(s):
Black Lantern Corps
Forgotten Heroes
Justice League Europe (DC)
White Lanterns

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