Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name


First Appearance

Plastic Man #12 (July, 1948)

Original Publisher


Created by

Bill Woolfolk and Jack Cole

Golden Age Origin

Riverman was a monster who attacked and killed workers on the South River Tunnel because he felt they were invading his territory. The F.B.I. sent Plastic Man to investigate why the workers were disappearing and his sidekick Woozy Winks followed him on the job. Woozy volunteered to work underwater in order to impress Lorraine Miller the engineer in charge of the project. The Riverman tried to attack Woozy, but Plas protected Woozy while he daydreamed about Miss Miller. Plastic Man realized that Riverman was invincible in his element, so he attempted to bring the creature onto land. Riverman escaped however, and Plastic Man and Woozy return to the surface.

Riverman then decided to destroy the tunnel itself instead of taking workers out one at a time. He surfaced and killed a worker to take his clothes to wear as a disguise. This disguise doesn't fool Plastic Man however and the two fight. Riverman tried to blow up the tunnel using dynamite during their confrontation only to be stopped by Plastic Man.

Plastic Man asked the villain why he hated surface dwellers so much and Riverman explained that many years ago because his people were born with gills the Fish-Men were banished from the land and forced to live in the sea. He was the last of his family living alone and isolated until the surface dwellers invaded his domain to build the tunnel. However, as he was explaining this to Plastic Man he suffocated since he had been away from the water for to long. With the threat of the Riverman over, Miss Miller says that they can get back to work and can't wait to tell her husband about it much to the chagrin of Woozy who didn't know she was married.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Plastic Man #12

See Also

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