Real Name: Darrell Dane
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Affiliations: Golden Age Doll
Girl, Elmo (a German Shepherd he uses as a steed)
Silver Age (D.C. version) Freedom Fighters
Enemies: Angle, the Bearded Lady, Black Gondolier, Bollini, Botanist, the Brain, Cateye, the Druid, Dr. Thirteen, Fat Catt, the Flame, Goon Gibett, Hag, Hand of Horror, the Highwayman, the Image, Iron Mask, King of Beasts, the Knife, Madame Diablo, Mad Hypnotist, Magog, Mandragora, Masked Rider, Master Diablo, Mechanical Man, Mind Monster, Minstrel, Mr.Curio, Mr.Skeleton, Murder Marionettes, the Night, Nite-Owl, Peacock, Phantom Swordsman, Pluvius, Queen of Ants, Radioactive Man, Shawunkas the Shaman, Skull, the Sphinx, Sword Fish; Thrawn, Lord of Lightning; Tom Thumb, the Undertaker, Vibro, Vulture
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Feature Comics #27 (Quality, December 1939)
Powers/Abilities: Able to shrink down to doll size at will while retaining his full strength.
History: Chemist Darrell Dane invented a liquid which could allow a man to shrink down to six inches in height. When his girlfriend Martha Roberts was threatened by gangsters, Darrell took the formula and defeated the criminals as Doll Man. He continued to fight crime as a diminutive vigilante, with Martha eventually joining him as Doll Girl.
Comments: Created by Will Eisner and Lou Fine.
Doll Man ran in Feature Comics #27 through #139 (1939 to 1950). He also gained his own title, which ran for 47 issues between 1941 to 1943, then 1946 to 1053.
Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own. Thanks also to Ben Samuels whose site provided the image of the character used on the right. Check out his site at http://www.samuelsdesign.com/comics
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
The Atom, a DC hero who can shrink in size
Ant Man, either of the two Marvel heroes of that name who can shrink in size
Dollboy, an Australian hero made of rags
Doll Girl, a Golden age heroine able to shrink to tiny size
The Dollmaster, a villain who transferred people's minds into dolls
Dolmann, a hero who used remote controlled doll-like robots to fight crime
Dolmen, a Spanish hero able to turn into a golem
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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