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Shaggy Man

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


The original Shaggy Man was an enemy of the original JLA, and appeared in 1966.

This profile was part of a series to fish and dust off some DC Heroes RPG stats from Mayfair supplements that had become difficult to find, plus basic context from Who’s Who in the DC Universe.


  • Real Name: N.A.
  • Marital Status: N.A.
  • Known Relatives: N.A.
  • Base Of Operations: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Height: 7’5” Weight: 437lbs.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

The Shaggy Man has superhuman strength. He can survive without food, water or oxygen. It can regenerate any damaged or lost body part, even a head.

After once experiencing a certain kind of attack, the Shaggy Man would “learn” to resist it in the future.


Professor Andrew Zagarian created “plastalloy”, a synthetic substance that closely resembled human tissue. He hoped that it could be used to create artificial body parts.

As an experiment, Zagarian created a huge artificial ape-like being from his plastalloy in an island laboratory. He then hooked it up to a generator. But Zagarian made the wrong power connection, and too much electricity surged into the creature’s body. That caused it to come to life.

Justice League

The creature, called the Shaggy Man, attacked whatever moved. Three members of the Justice League of America tried to stop the Shaggy Man but failed. That was because the creature could rapidly regenerate any body part it lost, and quickly learned how to cope with various forms of attack.


While those Justice Leaguers tried to defeat the Shaggy Man, three other JLA members unsuccessfully tried to stop another menace. It was a sentient creature that was once a tiny asteroid. It had orbited Earth like a moon before finally falling to Earth’s surface.

Now this creature was in northern Chile, threatening Earth’s future by draining important geological resources from the planet.

Two birds with one stone

To solve the problem posed by these two creatures, Flash (Barry Allen) has Zagarian construct a second Shaggy Man. The Justice Leaguers then trapped the two Shaggy Men and the moon creature in a deep pit that they covered up. The JLAers believed that the two Shaggy Men would demolish the moon creature and then battle each other for eternity.

The plan would have worked fine if not for the intervention of Hector Hammond. Hammond used his psionic powers to release one of the Shaggy Men and teleport it to the JLA satellite. There it would battle the JLA and destroy Hammond’s archfoe, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan).

Instead, Green Lantern used his ring to reduce the Shaggy Man to a tiny size an imprison it in a capsule the JLA kept on the satellite.


The other Shaggy Man, naturally enough, escaped. It wrecked havoc in the Soviet Union until the Batman (Bruce Wayne) tricked it into climbing aboard a missile that rocketed into space.

More recently, one of the Shaggy Men was captured by the U.S.Army. It was extensively reengineered and used as a host body for the mad general Eiling.


See illustration.


The Shaggy Man’s built-in instincts make him a relentless killing machine. He’s incapable of speech or reason.

He doesn’t eat, sleep or rest – his mind is permanently focused on destruction.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Shaggy Man

Dex: 08 Str: 18 Bod: 14 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 01 Wil: 01 Min: 10 Occupation: Android
Inf: 01 Aur: 01 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 010 HP: 075

Defensive adaptation: 25, Growth: 02, Invulnerability: 25, Regeneration : 13, Skin armor: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In (-1).

None demonstrated.

Life support (total).

None demonstrated.

Catastrophic Rage.

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats inspired from JLA Sourcebook, history from Who’s Who).

Source of Character: JLA comics (DCU).