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    From Wikipedia:

    Mercury Man was a very short-lived superhero published by Charlton Comics in their Science Fiction anthology title Space Adventures after they stopped publishing Captain Atom stories in the early 1960s.

    In many ways, Mercury Man was similar to other nuclear-powered superheroes of the time, such as Captain Atom, Doctor Solar, and Nukla. He would be more interested in stopping foreign powers (i.e., Communists) than criminals.

    Mercury Man would appear in Space Adventures #44 and #45 (February and May 1962), and was the cover feature for #44. The first story was reprinted in AC Comics Men of Mystery #32. Art was by Rocke Mastroserio. The second story had art by Charles Nicholas and Sal Trapani.

    Fictional character biography: 

    Mercury Man was actually an unnamed (in the first story) man from Mercury, the last of his people. The people of Mercury, like the people of Earth in the 1950s, were developing nuclear power, and a nuclear war destroyed them. Mercury Man was a scientist experimenting in metals, and a nuclear blast transformed him into the metallic Mercury Man. As Mercury Man he could fly through space without a space suit, was nearly invulnerable, had vaguely defined nuclear powers, and some mental powers (he came to Earth after telepathically contacting a female American scientist and possible future love interest). He also had wing-like ears and small wings on his ankles like the Roman god Mercury or the Greek Hermes. In the first story, he came to Earth and stopped a nuclear attack on the United States. At the end of the story he was able to be transformed into a normal human, but able to transform back into Mercury Man, leaving the character open to future stories.

    The second story (he is just referred to as "Merco"), puts him in a slightly different outfit (now red instead of blue, with an "M" on his belt buckle), but with pointed ears (like Mr. Spock) in his human form . He has to "transform into his metallic form" to obtain his superpowers. This time he takes a group of warmongers to the devastated planet of Mercury, so they can see the results of nuclear war. And leaves them there when they refuse to mend their ways (and had damaged the space capsule he brought them in).


    Mercury Man was not one of the characters purchased by DC Comics.

    The winning bidder will receive as well as the entire legal rights to the Mercury Man character.  The winning bidder can do anything he/she pleases with this character, including starting a new comic based on the Mercury Man name and likeness.  This is a unique opportunity to own the full rights to an actual comic book character, who has a small place in comic book history.

    This is the first time the owners of this property have listed Mercury Man for sale since they acquired the domain and IP rights back in 1987.

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