Plastic Man can transform his body into a bewildering variety of distorted shapes, with Monstrous ability. This means that he can regularly imitate such items as ladders, seives, and nets. He also has Monstrous protection against blunt force attacks, and can ignore the effects of landing after a 75-story fall.
Driving * Marksmanship (Pistol) * Detective
The All-Star Squadron * The FBI * The National Bureau of Investigation
When Plastic Man was ten, his parents, the O'Brians, died, leaving him an orphan. Embittered at the loss of his parents, O'Brian finally became a professional criminal known as the Eel.
Together with other criminals "Eel" O'Brian tried to rob the Crawford Chemical Works. O'Brian was shot by a guard and accidentally knocked over a vat of chemicals, including an unknown acid, and the chemicals seeped into his wound. Abandoned by the other thieves, O'Brian made his way to a mountainside and collapsed.
Upon awakening, O'Brian found himself at a monastic mountain retreat called Rest-Haven. Believing O'Brian could become a valuable citizen, an aged monk had turned the searching police away. Impressed by the monk's kindness, O'Brian decided to reform. He discovered that the chemicals had somehow given him stretching powers.
O'Brian vowed to atone for his past by using his new powers to fight criminals. He adopted a costumed identity, as Plastic Man, for which he used his powers to alter is facial features. Plastic Man then captured the thieves who had deserted him at the chemical plant. He maintained his O'Brian identity, too, posing as a criminal to learn about future crimes he could thwart.
Later, a man named Woozy Winks saved a sorcerer named Zambi from drowning. In reward, Zambi gave winks super-powers to protect him from harm. Winks used his new powers to aid him in crime, but Plastic Man persuaded him to surrender. Winks' powers eventually wore off. (However, they may have had one permanent effect, for Winks has aged little if any over the decades.) Winks and Plastic Man became crimefighting partners.
Plastic Man went to work for the F.B.I., and served as its liaison with the All-Star Squadron, to which he belonged. Today, Plastic Man is an agent of another law enforcement agency, the National Bureau of Investigation (N.B.I.), and Woozy assists him, trying to become an N.B.I. agent himself.