Sandman. Wesley Dodd is a millionaire who is sickened by crime, and so he builds himself an underground lab, invents a sleeping gas, and then goes to work putting the bad guys to sleep. He is helped by his girlfriend Dian Belmont and later by Sandy the Golden Boy, his child sidekick. (Sandy: “Ever since I can remember, I’ve admired the way you fight criminals. I’ve been training and studying hard that some day I could help you”). In time Sandman changes from a pulp-style overcoat and gas mask into a superhero-style costume. He is a member of the Justice Society of America. He has no powers but is good in a fight and uses a gas gun. His Rogues Gallery includes the Crime Carnival, Dr. Death, the Doll Man-like Dr. Doombie, the Moreau-like Mad Scientist Dr. Faversham, the plant-controlling Nightshade, and the Queen Bee, who has given bees thyroid injections to make them giant and super-intelligent. He appears in stories with titles like “To Hammer The Earth,” “The Menace of the Metal Gun,” and “The Unseen Man.”
First Appearance: New York World’s Fair #1 (DC), 1939. 100+ appearances, 1939-1946. Created by Gardner F. Fox and Bert Christman.
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