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Tattooed Man

First appearance of The Tattooed Man in Green Lantern #23.
Art by Gil Kane.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance I: Green Lantern v2, #23 (September 1963) II: Skin Graft: The Adventures of a Tattooed Man #1 (July 1993) III: Green Lantern (4th series) #9 (2006).
Created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane
In story information
Alter ego I: Abel Tarrant II: John Oakes III: Mark Richards
Team affiliations I: Injustice Gang of the World, The Society, Suicide Squad III: The Society
Abilities Living tattoos

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Abel Tarrant

The first Tattooed Man first appeared in Green Lantern v2, #23 (September 1963). Abel Tarrant was a sailor based in Coast City who turned to burglary. During one of his heists, he was exposed to a bunch of mysterious chemicals which left him with the mental ability to create actual objects from the chemicals. When he got back from the robbery, he tattooed himself using the chemicals so he would always have the chemicals near him. Some of the shapes he was able to conjure from his tattoos were an axe, shield, cannon, and dragon. The Tattooed Man originally had the advantage against Green Lantern because the chemicals' base was yellow (though the tattoos themselves were usually shown as purple). The Emerald Gladiator eventually beat the Tattooed Man by making him concentrate on more than one of his tattoos. The Tattooed Man would return, however, as a member of the Injustice Gang. While previously he had tattooed only his arms (that he may hide them under a shirt), by this point he has tattooed much of his body, including his face. Tarrant would fall along with the rest of the Injustice Gang, and his activities would remain mysterious for some time. Tarrant was eventually murdered by the Goldface mafia for trying to con them. Apparently surviving, years later he would reform as a tattoo artist, involuntarily being forced to battle Guy Gardner in Green Lantern Vol. 3 #2, and later appearing at the funeral for Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Vol. 3 #81. Still later, he would attend the funeral of former Injustice Gang teammate David Clinton, aka Chronos, in Chronos #6. While Clinton left Tarrant his 1965 Mustang, what he really wanted was Clinton's time travel equipment. Forcing the secret of time travel out of Walker Gabriel, he unsuccessfully attempted to dissuade himself from becoming the Tattooed Man, before Walker dragged him back to the present. He made an appearance in Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special #1 trying to escape from Alcatraz only to be stopped by Arsenal. See also: 1962 in comics, other events of 1963, 1964 in comics, 1960s in comics and the list of years in comics Publications: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Publications This is an incomplete list. ... Coast City was a fictional city that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... The Injustice Gang (also known as the Injustice Gang of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... Goldface is a DC Comics fictional character, originally a foe of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern. ... Guy Gardner can refer to: Guy Gardner (astronaut) Guy Gardner (comics), a fictional character Category: ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Chronos is a DC Comics supervillain who takes his name from the Greek personification of Time and has the ability to time travel and manipulate history. ... Villains United is a six-issue comic book limited series, written by Gail Simone with art by Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger, published by DC Comics in 2005. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Roy Harper is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ...


He resurfaced as a member of the Suicide Squad in Checkmate #6, saying that despite his attempted reform, he couldn't escape his past and was upset the new Tattooed Man had been accepted into the Society. He was apparently killed by Mirror Master and Jewelee when it turned out that he betrayed the Squad to the Society. Suicide Squad is a name for a number of fictional organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ... Checkmate is a fictional covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... Mirror Master is a fictional character, a recurring foe of the Flash with large technical knowledge and skills involving the use of mirrors. ... Suicide Squad is a name for a variety of organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ...


John Oakes

The second Tattooed Man was John Oakes, the main character of the Vertigo series Skin Graft: The Adventures of a Tattooed Man by Jerry Prosser and Warren Pleece. Oakes first appeared in Skin Graft #1 (July 1993). Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... British comics artist, working mainly for DC Comics. ...


A cellmate of Abel Tarrant, John Oakes learned the art of tattoo - with a supernatural edge - from his fellow prisoner. After being released from jail, Oakes learned that his strange tattoos were a curse as well as a blessing as his tattoos now opened arcane 'doors' and could involuntarily trap people as 'tattoos' on his own body. Further studying for the Irezumi master Kobo in Kyoto, Oakes learned to control his strange abilities, and finally defeated both Tarrant and the 'tattoo killer' Mizoguchi Kenji by absorbing them. However, Oakes' beloved Yuko died in the battle as well, which prompted him to make her part of his own self. For other uses, see Supernatural (disambiguation). ... The Japanese word irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文身, 剳青, 黥 or 刺青) refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent, usually decorative mark, in other words, tattooing. ... For other uses, see Kyoto (disambiguation). ...


Mark Richards

The third Tattooed Man first appeared in Green Lantern Vol. 4 #9. Mark Richards was a former U.S. Marine who went missing after his helicopter crashed a few years ago. He was presumed dead until he showed up in Gotham as a hit man. All his victims had tattoos of their sins. He was eventually stopped by Green Lantern and Batman. Look up Gotham in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


In Infinite Crisis, Mark becomes a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains. He appears in Justice League of America #17, as one of a group of villains seeking to avoid being sent to the prison planet. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... The Justice League is a DC Comics superhero team. ...


Similar characters

  • A woman named Tattoo appeared in the comic book Aztek as part of a Lex Luthor-funded group named "Dial V for Villain". She displayed powers similar to Abel Tarrant's.
  • A young girl named Pix appeared in Batman: Gotham Knights. Her powers were virtually identical to those of the Tattooed Man, save her powers were nanotechnological in origin rather than chemical exposure.
  • A character named "Abel Terror" represents a circus tattooed man in the Freakshow expansion of the game Horrorclix.

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Other media

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The Tattooed Man (1534 words)
Tarrant was accosted by a man with tattooes across his body which had the remarkable ability to come alive.
Recently, the Tattooed Man attended the funeral of former Injustice Gang teammate David Clinton, a.k.a.
Tattoo did not have a chance to display her powers before she and the rest of the team were defeated by the young hero.
Staffordshire Police - POLICE HUNT FOR TATTOOED MAN    (17 September 2003) (350 words)
Detectives from Stoke-on-Trent CID are looking for a tattooed man who is believed to have been involved in an unprovoked assault on two school girls yesterday evening.
The attacker is described as a white male aged in his 20's or 30's, with short hair, and was wearing an orange t-shirt with a sports logo on the front, fl shorts and training shoes with possibly a blue logo on the side.
The man had a tattoo of a bird on his arm and another tattoo of an animal on his neck.
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