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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Flash vol. 1, #112 (May 12, 1960).
Created by John Broome

(writer)
Carmine Infantino (artist)

In-story information
Alter ego Randolph William "Ralph" Dibny
Species Metahuman
Team affiliations Justice League

Doom Patrol
Black Lantern Corps
Secret Six

Partnerships Sue Dibny

Flash (Barry Allen)

Abilities Superior deductive reasoning

Finite ability to stretch and shape his body
Enhanced agility, and olfactory sense
Greatly enhanced durability
Talented chemist

As a teenager, Ralph Dibny was fascinated by contortionists, or people who displayed feats of agility and suppleness. He learned that all of the body-benders he spoke with drank a popular soda called "Gingold." Ralph set to work learning chemistry and developed a super-concentrated extract of the rare "gingo" fruit of the Yucatan, which gave him his elasticity.[8] In his first appearance, the Flash suspects the Elongated Man is behind several crimes, but the Elongated Man helps capture the criminals, who reveal they used a helicopter to frame him. Ralph Dibny was one of the earliest Silver Age DC heroes to reveal his secret identity to the public, and also one of the first to marry his love interest. After teaming up with several other superheroes like Batman, Green Lantern, the Atom, Zatanna and the Justice League of America, he became a member of the team. Eventually, his wife became a member as well. The couple was also notable in having a stable, happy, and relatively trouble-free marriage—an anomaly in the soap operatic annals of super hero comic books.

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