Who the fudge is 3D Man? That’s what I would of said about a month ago if you asked me about him. But one day while out searching for comic books with my broham Punkpal I discovered issue 36 of Marvel Premiere in Lilipad Antiques in Tacoma WA.
What got me to buy this comic was the mention of rock n roll being the devils music on the cover. I got home and looked at it again and decided to check out 3D Man online, he’s not a massively famous character and I doubt we will ever see him in a movie but people should know about him.
- Real Name: Charles Chandler & Hal Chandler
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 200 lbs.
Through concentration, Hal could merge the images of his brother imprinted on his glasses and thus cause his brother Chuck to reappear as a three-dimensional man, clad in an altered version of his experimental flight suit and endowed with physical abilities roughly three times greater than those of an ordinary human. Hal would fall into a trance-like state when Chuck appeared, and Chuck could only exist in the three-dimensional world for three hours at a time, after which Hal had to revive.As the 3-D Man, Chandler possessed roughly three times the physical abilities and sensory acuity of an ordinary human in peak condition and is capable of slightly superhuman strength and speed. His stamina, durability, agility and reflexes are also estimated to be superhuman, namely roughly triple that of a human in peak physical condition. He could also sense Skrulls no matter what form they took.
That is pretty sad for super powers when you see what is out there in the Marvel Universe, But it’s a pretty strange idea for a character and that makes it cool in my book. Here is more of the back story.
Brothers Chuck and Hal Chandler were born in Los Angeles, California. As a test pilot for NASA in 1958, Chuck was piloting the experimental XF-13 rocket plane when he was captured by Skrull invaders. They attempted to interrogate him, but Chuck escaped, damaging the Skrulls’ warp drive in the process. The Skrull saucer exploded as Chuck flew away, exposing him to strange radiation. He crashed the XF-13 in the Mojave Desert, and when his younger, crippled brother Hal attempted to rescue him, Chuck disappeared, believed to have been killed. Hal, a research scientist, discovered that Chuck’s image had been imprinted on the lenses of his glasses, and that Chuck had been transformed into a two-dimensional being. When Hal wore the glasses and concentrated, he triggered a dimensional shift that caused Chuck to materialize into a three-dimensional existence. In his new form Chuck wore a green and red bodysuit, and his normal strength, speed, and durability had been tripled. As the costumed 3-D Man, Chuck fought another group of Skrull agents. He battled more Skrull infiltrators, and then battled the Cold Warrior.
At some point after his 1950s adventures Hal Chandler decided to stop functioning as 3-D Man and left his brother floating around in another dimension. Hal married Peggy Clark, and they had two children, Chuck Chandler II and Hal Chandler, Jr. Hal later encountered a down-on-his-luck Bruce Banner and, afraid that the Hulk might show up, used the glasses to summon 3-D Man once more. After this encounter, 3-D Man returned into his brother’s glasses, determined never to return. However, alongside many other costumed heroes, he was summoned briefly by the Grandmaster.
Seriously not the greatest of stories but darn it I still like it and it’s weird, I like weird so that is why I’m getting all of 3D Mans appearances, I have What If issue 9 coming in the mail as I type this. So that’s one not so well known character I am into, what are some lesser known characters you dig?