Plasmus
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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe New Teen Titans #14 (December 1981)
Created byMarv Wolfman
George Pérez
In-story information
Alter egoOtto Von Furth
Team affiliationsBrotherhood of Evil
Suicide Squad
Secret Society of Super Villains
AbilitiesEnhanced strength, speed and endurance
Burning touch can liquify solid matter
Superhuman durability
Super-regenerative capabilities

Plasmus (/ˈplæzməs/) is a fictional DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of the Teen Titans.[1]

Publication history

Plasmus first appeared in The New Teen Titans #14 and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.[2]

Fictional character biography

Otto Von Furth was a mine worker in East Berlin, Germany until an unexpected cave-in trapped him and four fellow miners for seven days. During those days, Otto's co-workers died, leaving him as the only survivor. He and his fellow miners had been mining for radioactive radium and ended up exposed to it and when rescued, he was rushed to the hospital. Otto is later kidnapped by ex-Nazi General Zahl, who mutated him into a blob-like state. His body changed into an unstable protoplasm. He is brought into the Brotherhood of Evil where he took the name Plasmus.[3] He and the Brotherhood of Evil fight the Teen Titans on different occasions. He enjoys these fights, but regrets not being the one to finally kill General Zahl. Later, Plasmus ends up as one of the many metabeings corrupted and brainwashed by a cult-leader.[4] The rest of the Brotherhood of Evil reform into the Society of Sin. He is later recruited into Lex Luthor's Suicide Squad where he apparently dies fighting Imperiex.

Plasmus accepts an invitation to join the Secret Society of Super Villains in the Countdown to Infinite Crisis series Villains United.

Plasmus is featured in Infinite Crisis as part of a small group of villains that bombs the city of Blüdhaven. The creature known as Chemo is dropped from an aircraft and detonates, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

During the One Year Later crossover, Plasmus rejoins the Brotherhood of Evil. He is also seen in Salvation Run. He is used by Lex Luthor as a power source for a teleportation device, and is killed when it self-destructs.[5]

Plasmus appears in Blue Beetle #1 from The New 52 (a 2011 reboot of the DC Comics universe). He is one of the villains looking for the scarab with Phobia and Warp for the Brotherhood of Evil.[6]

Powers and abilities

With his radioactive and chemically-converted body, Plasmus' touch can bring a fiery death onto his opponents, reverting them to a protoplasmic state. The touch has no cure and no normal human has withstood it. Plasmus can also loosen his cells so that bullets cannot hurt him. He is also able to gather his body if it is scattered while in its less cohesive state. In a certain sense, he is almost identical to the tragic Preston Payne, the third Clayface. Both can, as noted above, melt people into protoplasmic jelly and have a great deal of control of their gelatinous bodies.

In other media

Television

Miscellaneous

Plasmus appears in the comic companion to Justice League Unlimited.

References

  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  3. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 268. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  4. ^ Birds of Prey #69-72 (September–October 2004). DC Comics.
  5. ^ Salvation Run #7. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Blue Beetle vol. 8 #1 (September 2011). DC Comics.