Rag Doll
Rag Doll
Personal Info:
Real Name: Peter Merkel
Also Known As: No Known Alias
Place Of Birth: Keystone City
First Appearance: Flash Comics Vol.1 #36 (1942) Golden Age Villain
Known Associates: Rag Doll, Mist, Solomon Grundy, Crusher, Icicle, Gentleman Ghost, Neron, Ultra-Humanite
Group Affiliation: The Society, The Injustice Society, Secret Society of Super-Villains II
Base Of Operations: Lake City
Grudges: Flash and the Justice Society
Creators: Gardner Fox and Lou Ferstadt
Gallery: Click
Ragdoll is a highly skilled orator and manipulator who has built himself up a huge cult following.
Contortionist: Ragdoll is a highly skilled contortionist.
Peter Merkel, a native of the Midwestern United States, was born with a unique condition: "Triple-jointedness". Like the more common "double-jointedness", Merkel's condition was characterized by extremely extensible ligaments and tendons, though to a significantly extended degree. The son of a side-show barker, Merkel found work in a small local carnival as a contortionist and eccentric dancer. In the early 1940s, the carnival fell on hard times and Merkel found himself out of work. Wandering the streets, Merkel despaired of having money. Seeing large boxes of toys being loaded into a department store, Merkel hit on the idea of hiding himself in one of the large rag dolls and then robbing the store after closing. Going unnoticed among the toys, Merkel carried his idea one step further: He would rob while still hidden in the Rag Doll suit. In those early days of costumed villains, the idea seemed novel and Merkel decided that no one would believe that a Rag Doll could commit crime.
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