The Element Man
The Human Chemical Factory
Man of a Thousand Forms
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
|Los Angeles, California|
|6' 1" - varies|
|200 lbs. - varies|
|Brown, now None|
|Caucasian, now Multicolored|
Mystically or radioactively altered human with an ability to transform into any combination of chemical elements and forms derived from those elements.
Extensive knowledge of chemistry, used to transform into complex chemical compounds.
Orb of Ra: Egyptian artifact containing a meteor which transforms those it comes into contact.
Note: Fragments of the same type of meteor, composed of an element dubbed Staggium, have a weakening effect upon those transformed, and may result in death when overexposed.
Justice League Europe
Metamorpho Vol. 1 & 2
Outsiders Vol. 1, 2, & 3
|The Brave and the Bold Vol. 1 #57 (Jan. 1965)|
|Bob Haney & Ramona Fradon|
Hired by millionaire Simon Stagg, Rex Mason went to Egypt in search of the Orb of Ra, reputed to have great mystic powers. Mason's intent was to use Stagg's payment to marry the millionaire's daughter, Sapphire.
Aware of Mason's feelings for his daughter, Stagg plotted to have the mercenary abandoned within the hidden dessert pyramid of Ahk-Ton by his servant, Java. Attempting an escape, Mason was exposed to the mutagenic rays of the Orb of Ra, transforming him into a being capable of converting himself into any element he could conceive.
Lesser men would have lost their minds from such a grotesque metamorphosis, but instead Mason became the adventurer Metamorpho.