Elastic Lad

© DC Comics / Used without permission
Origin: Transformed
Real Name: James "Jimmy" Olsen
First Appearance: Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #31 [September 1958]
                            Character created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan.


Prowess 4 {Fair}
Coordination 4 {Fair}
Strength 3 {Average}
Intellect 3 {Average}
Awareness 4 {Fair}
Willpower 4 {Fair}

Stamina: 7
Determination: 3




Stretching [Limit: Elongation] 5 {Good}
       Binding Resistance
       Damage Resistance



. "Can't Let My Mentor Down": Superman.
. "Can't Ignore a Call for Help".
. New to this Superhero stuff.

Points: 38


Jimmy Olsen, famous as one of Superman's best friends, has risen over the years from office boy to cub reporter to one of the top reporters for Metropolis' Daily Planet newspaper.

While exploring the reaches of outer space, Superman discovered an old chest and brought it back to Earth. He showed it to his friend Jimmy Olsen, and upon examining the contents, they discovered a vial of green liquid. Jimmy's clumsiness got the worst of him and he spilled the alien liquid onto himself. The fluid temporarily altered Jimmy's genetic structure, giving him great physical elasticity. Excited by his newfound powers, he decided to adopt the heroic alias Elastic Lad.

Upon passing an initiation test, Olsen was inducted as an honorary member of the Legion of Super Heroes, in his role as Elastic Lad.

One of the silliest origins ever, although the power set is a nice addition to the Legion fold. Character revised according to rules presented in ICONS Great Power book. Streamlined, once again, according to ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: The Assembled Edition.


John McMullen said...

Huh. I remember something about a serum that a professor had created. Perhaps that was a later addition so that they could bring back Elastic Lad as needed?

I like the Binding Resistance; it's totally plausible but it never occurred to me.

Fabrício César Franco said...


We never know what sort of (clumsy) ideas DC staff has concocted the past few years... Maybe they want to revive the crazy old 60-70's stories. Maybe it's just to keep the flame of hope alive... Who knows?

Thanks for commenting. It's nice to know my posts are being read and considered.

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