Frog-Man (Ani-Men)

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For the Marvel superhero, see Frog-Man.

Frog-Man is the name of two fictional characters in Marvel Comics. Both have been members of the Ani-Men.

Publication history[edit]

Frog-Man first appeared in Daredevil #10-11 (October, December 1965), and was created by Stan Lee, Bob Powell, and Wally Wood. The character subsequently appears in Daredevil Annual #2 (1971), X-Men #94-95 (August–October 1975), and Iron Man #115-116 (October–November 1978), in which he dies. The character appears posthumously in Iron Man #139 (October 1980) and Classic X-Men #3 (November 1986). Frog-Man appeared as part of the "Ani-Men" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #16, and in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #34.

Fictional character biography[edit]

François Leblanc[edit]

Frog-Man
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Daredevil #10 (Oct 1965)
Created by Wally Wood and Bob Powell
In-story information
Alter ego Francois LeBlanc
Team affiliations Ani-Men
Notable aliases "Frog" LeBlanc, Croaker
Abilities Olympic-level leaping ability
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant
Expert French kickboxer
(Briefly):
Superhuman strength, agility, stamina, and leaping
Frog-like legs

François LeBlanc was born in France, and later became a professional criminal.

Along with Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Cat-Man, François "Frog" Leblanc was recruited for his leaping ability by a man named the Organizer to form the Ani-Men. The Organizer was secretly Abner Jonas, a candidate for mayor of New York City, who sent the Ani-Men on missions to undermine the current administration. Daredevil defeated them, and the Ani-Men and Organizer all went to prison.[1]

Later, the Ani-Men went to work for Count Nefaria. Nefaria's scientists submitted the unwitting Ani-Men to processes that gave them superhuman powers and animal-like forms. The Ani-Men invaded the Cheyenne Mountain missile base for Count Nefaria, and fought the X-Men.[2]

The Ani-Men lost their superhuman powers and reverted to normal. Nefaria sent the four original Ani-Men to kill Tony Stark, however the Spymaster detonated a bomb with which he had intended to kill Stark, and the resulting explosion killed the Ani-Men instead.[3]

Frog-Man II[edit]

Frog-Man II
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Code of Honor #3
In-story information
Team affiliations Ani-Men

During the Secret Wars storyline, a second Frog-Man alongside a third Ape-Man and a third Cat-Man went on a crime spree when the heroes were on Battleworld. They somehow got the equipment of the original Ani-Men and used it to rob a vault wagon only to be opposed by the NYPD.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Originally, LeBlanc had no superhuman powers. He was an athletic man with an Olympic-level leaping ability. He was an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, and an expert in la savate (French kickboxing). LeBlanc was later subjected to an unknown mutagenic process administered by Count Nefaria's scientists which temporarily gave him frog-like legs that gave him superhuman leaping, as well as superhuman strength, stamina, and agility.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iron Man #10-11
  2. ^ X-Men #94-95
  3. ^ Iron Man #115-116
  4. ^ Code of Honor #3

External links[edit]

  • Frog-Man at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe