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Mercury Man
Space Adventures 44

Real Name

Merco

First Appearance

Space Adventures #44 (1962)

Original Publisher

Charlton

Created by

Rocke Mastroserio

Silver Age Origin

Merco, the Mercury Man, was the last of a race of people from Mercury. His people were much like humans, ruled by greed, hatred, and fear. They developed ever more powerful weapons until they destroyed themselves and reduced their world to a desert. The only survivor was Merco, who had accidentally discovered a way to transform himself into pure mercury. He experimented on himself and the metallic Mercury Man. His powers include flight, the ability to survive in a vacuum, near invulnerability, nuclear powers, and limited telepathy (he could contact Dr. Penn but not determine her gender). He looks different from humans because of his wing-like ears and small ankle wings (similar to the Roman god Mercury or the Greek god Hermes).

The Mercury Man came to Earth to save it from the same fate as his world. He saved the United States from a nuclear attack, and stopped a war in Africa by blowing up the soldiers' weapons. His actions made the world take notice, inspiring the newspaper headline: "Warlike Peacemaker." He also telepathically contacted a brilliant American scientist, Dr. Erika Penn,who he was pleased and surprised to find was female. Dr. Penn gave him the power to transform into a normal human, then transform back into Mercury Man. He could only use his powers in his metallic form.

In his next adventure, Mercury Man took some warmongers to his devastated homeworld of Mercury. He hoped that if they saw the results of nuclear war they would change their ways. However, they refused, so he left them marooned on Mercury.

Mercury Man

from Space Adventures 44

Silver Age Appearances

  • Space Adventures #44-45

Notes

  • Like many Charlton Characters such as Tyro Team and Shape, Mercury Man's pre-1964 appearances are public domain thanks to a lack of a proper copyright notice. This is because any work published without a proper copyright notice between 1923 and 1977 are in the public domain upon publication.
  • Although Merco's Mercury Man form had silver skin in the interior, on the cover he was colored as a Caucasian in a blue bodysuit. In his second and last adventure (drawn by Charles Nicholas) he had a red bodysuit and ears that were pointed rather than winged.
  • Mercury Man, with his metallic skin and his "warlike peacemaker" ways, very much resembles the Silver Surfer. However, he was created several years earlier.
  • The rights to Mercury Man were purchased from Charlton in 1987 and later sold it to Spiderwood Studios in 2014. They currently claim rights to the character even though the copyright had already lapsed prior to their purchase.


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