Metamorpho 1 (second series), August 1993
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Penciler: Graham Nolan
"Like Father Like Son"
Script and Co-Plotter: Mark Waid
Metamorpho was created by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon, first appearing in The Brave and the Bold 57, December 1964 – January 1965. After one more solo appearance in The Brave and the Bold 58, Metamorpho's own title lasted a mere seventeen issues, ending in March – April 1968. Ramona Fradon was the artist for the two tryout issues and Metamorpho 1–4, creating a unique look for this "freak" superhero. Metamorpho possessed the ability to change his body into any chemical element. Some writers set the limit at any element contained in the human body, and others allowed him to change in to simple compounds as well. He continued to guest-star and appear in team book, including the revived Justice League (America/ Europe/ International) titles that ran from 1987 to 1996. It was during that latter run that this four-issue miniseries appeared, further developing a storyline for Rex (Metamorpho) Mason, his wife Sapphire (Stagg) and their son Joey.
Graham Nolan's cover does a great job of indicating Metamorpho's element-changing abilities. He stands fused to the rare-earth (lanthanide) element Europium and the actinide element Americium, with the rest of the periodic table in the background. Is this a visual pun by the artist, reflecting Metamorpho's changing membership in both Justice League Europe and Justice League America?