Alias










Clayface
Nick Name
|
Civilian ID

Clayface I

Basil Karlo


Clayface II

Matthew "Matt" Hagen


Clayface III

Preston Payne


Clayface IV

Sondra Fuller


Claything

Cassius and Peter Malley


Occupation

Clayface II

Criminal

Fortune Hunter


Clayface III

Scientist


Clayface IV

Criminal


Claything

Monster


Legal Status

Clayface II

Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.


Clayface III

Citizen of the United States.


Clayface IV

Unknown


Claything

Monster


Nation or Planet of Origin

Clayface II

United States


Clayface III

United States


Clayface IV

Unknown


Claything

Gotham City


Group Affiliation

Clayface II

None


Clayface III

Mud Pack


Clayface IV

Kobra

Mud Pack


Claything

None


Base of Operations
Gotham City
Height

Clayface II: 5' 10" - Varies


Clayface III: 6' 4"


Clayface IV: Unknown


Claything: Varies


Weight

Clayface II: 175 lbs. - Varies


Clayface III: 265 lbs.


Clayface IV: Uknonwn


Claything: Varies


Eye Color

Clayface II: Blue - Now Clay


Clayface III: Red


Clayface IV: Green - Now Clay


Claything: Red


Hair Color

Clayface II: Blonde - Now Clay


Clayface III: Black - Now Clay


Clayface IV: Red - Now Clay


Claything: Clay


Known Powers

Clayface II

Normal human who uses a protoplasm to temporarily alter his biology to transform into any shape his mind could conceive. The natural protoplasm gave Hagen his ability for about 48 hours. A synthetic version was effective for about five hours.


Clayface III

Biologically altered human with the ability to reduce flesh to protoplasm via physical touch. Payne possesses superhuman strength, speed and stamina via an exoskeleton used to keep his body coherent.


Clayface IV

Biologically altered human capable of transforming into any shape her mind could conceive.


Claything

Mutation resulting in a creature with the ability to alter its mass and shape at will.


Accessories

Clayface II

Protoplasm capable of altering human biology to take different physical structures for temporary time periods.


Clayface III

Exoskeleton used to contain the physical structure of Preston Payne.


Common Enemies

Clayface II

Batman I

Robin I


Clayface III

Batman I

Robin I


Clayface IV

Batman I

Outsiders I


Claything

Batman I


Regularly Appearing

Clayface II

Detective Comics

World's Finest Comics


Clayface III

Detective Comics


Clayface IV

Detective Comics

Outsiders Vol. 1


Claything

Batman


First Appearance

Clayface II

Detective Comics #298 (Dec. 1961)


Clayface III

Detective Comics #478 (July - Aug. 1978)


Clayface IV

Outsiders Vol. 1 #21 (July, 1987)


Claything

Batman #550 (Jan. 1998)


Creator

Clayface II

Bill Finger & Sheldon Moldoff


Clayface III

Len Wein & Marshall Rogers


Clayface IV

Mike W. Barr & Jim Aparo


Claything

Doug Moench & Kelley Jones


Origin

Matt Hagen was searching for sunken treasure when he discovered an underground grotto that contained a bizarre glowing pool of protoplasm. Accidentally slipping into the pool, Hagen emerged with his skin transformed into a clay-like consistency. Desiring to return into his formerly handsome form he found that he could mentally control the shape of his body. Using his new found ability he engaged in a life of crime as Clayface.


Hagen discovered that his abilities were limited by a 48 hour time period and he returned time and again to bath in the protoplasm. Hagen even developed a synthetic form of the protoplasm, but it began to have deleterious effect on his body.


While in prison after being apprehended yet again by the Batman, Hagen was visited by S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Preston Payne, who desired to use the protoplasm to make himself handsome. Isolating an enzyme in Hagen's blood, Payne injected himself with a serum which made his body malleable. Transforming himself into an Adonis, Payne became quite the ladies man - unfortunately the serum manifested into a nasty side effect which liquefied his body and made his touch reduce others to protoplasm.


Realizing that his condition was contagious, Payne isolated himself within a powerful exoskeleton. To his additional horror Payne discovered that his survival periodically demanded that he unleash his destructive power upon hapless victims as the monstrous Clayface.


Years later in events unrelated to Hagen and Payne, Sondra Fuller had herself biologically altered by the terrorist group Kobra. She used her powers to control the shape of her body to attack the Outsiders I as Lady Clay.


Eventually she joined with Payne and the original Clayface, Basil Karlo, to exact revenge upon Batman as the Mud Pack. Failing in their revenge Fuller and Payne retreated from humanity and bore an offspring which has been dubbed the Claything.