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Plastic Man wears a pair of large white glasses over his eyes with black lenses, but they have a blue hue to give dimension, and he has a large smile showing teeth and creases around the mouth. His hair is dark and has a spit curl, identical to Superman's style. His costume is a tight red body suit with a yellow border around a low collar, exposing plenty of his chest. He wears a yellow and black striped belt above his waist with a yellow diamond in the center. He wears black boots, also with yellow lining at the top, and no gloves.
Patrick "The Eel" O'Brian is a common criminal who is left for dead by his gang after he is shot at a failed heist and chemicals enter his wound. Eel survives, however, and begins wandering aimlessly as, unbeknownst to him, he begins to develop shape shifting abilities. The people of the city believe that he is a monster. Using his abilities, Eel escapes the mob chasing him and meets a clinically insane man named Woozy Winks. He and Woozy become involved in a debate about whether there would be more money involved in committing or fighting crime, and unable to decide themselves, flip a coin to select how Eel should use his powers. The coin chooses good. After adopting the name Plastic Man (a reporter having misheard "Elastic Man") Eel and Woozy open up a private detective agency. Plas later joins the Justice League and develops an uncanny friendship of sorts with Batman.
Plastic Man is able to stretch his body infinitely, making him one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. He can also morph the shape of his body parts to transform into virtually anything, but a colour change is usually too difficult to pull off. His stretching powers also make him nearly invulnerable, though he is weak to sudden changes in the temperature.