January 21, 2022

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Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Heroes Case File #224: D-Man

Earth's Mightiest Heroes are sometimes assisted by Earth's Smelliest Heroes.

Is there a reason so many Marvel heroes at one point in time or another did a stint as a pro-wrestler?  Sometimes these are brief runs, and sometimes they’re part of the character’s backstory.

The sometime Avenger known as Demolition Man, or D-Man, is the latter.

This is not Wolverine.

Dennis Dunphy was a pro-wrestler in the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, a grab-bag of wrestlers from across Marvel Earth, most notably Ben “The Thing” Grimm.  In order to fit in, Dunphy went to a shady character known as the Power Broker and got himself some strength augmentation.  As it is, Dennis, now going by Demolition Man or D-Man for short, does things like refuse to throw fights and stop going for more treatments.  The Power Broker isn’t the kind of drug dealer to take “no” for an answer, so Dennis was kidnapped and forced to have a second treatment that nearly killed him if not for the intervention of Captain America.  The second treatment was reversed, but Cap’s intervention made D-Man one of those guys who is always on standby to be one of Cap’s partners in the Star-Spangled Avenger’s never-ending war against bad guys who may or may not be Nazis.

As it is, D-Man eventually ended up living in the sewers of New York City as a homeless superhero.  He did join the Avengers at one point when a large crisis hit at the beginning of Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s epic run, calling as many available Avengers as possible, Perez always drew shots with D-Man showing at least one or two Avengers standing next to him reacting to the sewer-dwelling hero’s awful smell.

Sometimes it wasn’t very subtle.

And…that’s about all there is to say, I suppose.  D-Man has appeared in other comics since then, even at one point coming out of the closet as a gay man.  There’s only one thing I’m not so sure about.

Did Stan Lee think pro-wrestling wasn’t fixed?

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