Created in the 70's, set in the 50's, 3-D Man was created by writer Roy Thomas to fill that era's superhero void. Exposure to radiation from a Skrull UFO gave NASA test pilot Chuck Chandler triple the strength and speed of a normal human, but at the cost of being merged with his brother, Hal. It was one of those Sleepwalker situations, where Hal has to go comatose so Chuck (as 3-D Man) can come out and do his 3-D thang. So basically, 3-D Man is three times stronger, three times faster, but the rest of the time, Chuck is resigned to living some other dimension in his brother's subconcious? That sacrifice-to-power ratio SUCKS. That costume is freakin' sweet, though.
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