Marvel Comics’ character Demolition Man goes back over thirty years.
D-Man was created in 1985 by DC’s current Creative Director of Animation at DC Comics Mike Carlin and Ron Wilson for The Thing comic book. Dennis Dunphy was a college football player who was turned into a superhuman by the Power Broker to compete in the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation where he called himself Demolition Dunphy.
Later he would ally with Captain America as D-Man or Demolition Man, before joining the Avengers and getting seriously injured in conflict. He has since knocked around the Marvel Universe, siding with superheroes here, become a pawn of the Grandmaster there, and there, turned into a new Scourge, shot by Sharon Carter, before being revived by demonic ritual.
After Secret Wars, he became a pilot for Captain America, and bought battle armour to look cooler. But in all this time he has revealed little about himself.
That might change in next week’s Captain America: Sam Wilson #15. Which, not only brings back Unlimited Wrestling, and puts Dennis Dunphy on the front cover…
…but goes backstage as Dennis Dunphy prepares for the show.
As for his name, I am reliably informed that “the youth of today have taken to calling dick just “the D” so D-Man would mean…
Yeah, okay, let’s leave that there.
Captain America: Sam Wilson #15 is published next Wednesday from Marvel Comics, by Nick Spencer and Angel Unzueta.
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