Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2021 by Barry

Brave and the Bold (1955) 57

Just because there is such a thing as National Periodic Table Day, Four Color Holidays is gonna honor it since that allows us to dust off the little used, much misunderstood Metamorpho.

Let’s start with the hero of the piece; Metamorpho is the love child of Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon. Metamorpho and alter ego Rex Mason first appeared in Brave and the Bold issue 57 in 1965. Mason became a walking periodic table after being cursed by an ancient artifact the adventurer had retrieved.

Brave and the Bold (1955) 57

Brave and the Bold (1955) 57

The morphing elemental man proved popular enough in the beginning to be given his own title. It folded after 17 issues in 1968 and Mason became a wandering guest throughout the DC universe.

His Silver and Bronze Age journeys passed him through the pages of the Justice League of America, Aquaman, and Superman titles. He finally became a founding father of the original Outsiders in 1983 and emerged from Crisis on Infinite Earths as a member of Justice League Europe.

Since then, Mason has continued to make guest appearances with the occasional self-titled mini series tossed in to keep his name copyrighted.

As for the (non)holiday, National Periodic Table Day is celebrated Feb. 7 of each year. It is designed to recognize the first table of elements created in the 19th century. It was first celebrated (?) in 2016 when chemistry teacher and inventor David T. Steineker decided the creation needed to be recognized.

To celebrate, spend some time researching the history of the table or toss around some trivia regarding Johann Dobereiner’s creation.

Yeah, right.

Go find some of Keith Giffen’s and J.M. DeMatteis’s JLEs. These are some of the most fun and funniest comic books ever crafted. The same is true of their entire Justice League catalog that ended all too soon. Metamorpho is one of the inmates and is given a speaking role on the cover to JLE issue one.

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