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|Real name:||William Baker, Flint Marko (Alias)|
|First Appearance:||The Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 1) Issue #4|
|Created by:||Stan Lee; Steve Ditko|
|Place of Birth:||Queens, New York|
|Affiliations:||The Sinister Six, the Frightful Four, the Sinister Twelve, the Avengers, the Wild Pack, the Outlaws|
|Abilities:||The Sandman can alter his body by changing any part of it he desires into sand. He can create many shapes, and weapons out of his body, or make a part of it rock hard.|
"Web-Slinger, ya put me in the stir once too often!"
At first being a villian, he eventually, he reforms and becomes Spider-Man's ally.
William Baker was born in Queens, New York. At three years old his father abandoned him and his mother, a cleaning lady. In these early years she took her son to Coney Island beach. He lost himself happily in sand sculptures, a craft he would use in secondary school under the encouragement of his teacher (and first crush), Miss Flint.
In preparatory school, a boy named "Vic" and his two pals bullied William until he learned to use opponents' motions against them, a technique he performed as if he "slipped through their fingers like sand." Vic and his buddies posed no match to William, who wore them down and whom they even befriended throughout high school.
At this time, William, a football player on his school's team, used football to channel his anger to apply it to what he sensed as a nascent change in himself. Vic incurs a large debt to a mob. In desperation, he begs William Baker to fix a football game he bet onto pay off his debt. William Baker does, but finds himself kicked off the team after the coach discovers his involvement in this corruption. The coach vituperates the young, tenderfoot trickster saying that he would accomplish nothing of import in his life. William Baker soon assaults his ex-coach, resulting in his expulsion from school and segue into a life of crime.
Becoming SandmanEditHis illegal activity increases in depth and scope, turning him into a violent, bitter man. Eventually he ends up in prison on Ryker's Island where he meets his father, Floyd Baker. He is friendly to his father, but his presence ameliorates him. After Floyd is released from prison, William Baker escapes. Immediately, William flees to a nuclear testing site on a beach near Savannah, Georgia where he accidently wanders into a nuclear fusion reactor test site, while on the run from the prison hounds. He is caught in the test, which merges William Baker's molecules with the sand on the beach. Impressed, he names himself the Sandman after his new powers.
When Sandman clashes with Spider-Man for the first time, he is defeated with a vacuum cleaner. He escaped, but was later recaptured by the Human Torch. After a while he resurfaces as a member of the Sinister Six, led by Doc Ock. In time, Sandman discovers, starting with his hands, that his body can transform into glass and that he can reverse that effect. He later allied himself with Hydro-Man to battle their mutual enemy, Spider-Man. An accident merged the two villains into a mud-like monster whose rampage was short-lived when Spider-Man and the police dehydrated the monstrosity. It took months for his molecules to separate from Hydro-Man's.
- Sandman appears in the 1960's Spider-Man episode "The Sands of Crime", voiced by Tom Harvey.
- Sandman appears in the 1970's Fantastic Four episode "The Frightful Four". This version is shown in one of his costumes. He appears as part of the titular Frightful Four.
- Sandman appears in the 1981 Spider-Man cartoon in "The Sandman is Coming". He steals the recently-obtained sand-samples from Mars to increase his power.
- Sandman appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode "Spider-Man: Unmasked!" voiced by Christopher Collins.
- Sandman was the only major Spider-Man villain not to appear in Spider-Man: The Animated Series because the series did not want to interfere with the continuity of James Cameron's proposed Spider-Man movie, in which the Sandman and Electro were supposed to be the villains.
- Sandman appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man, voiced by John DiMaggio. First appearing in "Survival of the Fittest," Marko is a petty crook working for Big Man and consistently is caught with his cohort Alex O'Hirn by Spider-Man.
- In the episode "Competition", Big Man uses Marko as a guinea pig in Oscorp's underground experiments meant to give Marko a super silicon armor, but the experiment goes awry and transforms him into the Sandman.
- In the episode "Group Therapy", where he alongside Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Shocker and Vulture are busted out of jail by Electro and form the Sinister Six.
- In the episode "Reinforcement", Sandman joins the new Sinister Six, Consisting of Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Mysterio and Vulture at Christmas Eve, but is again defeated this time by being first convert to mud then being frozen.
- In the episode "First Steps", Sandman becomes more powerful during his time in prison he learned he could absorb extra sand into his body absorbing the combined sand from a beach and the bottom of the harbor becoming a massive giant, and helps Hammerhead take down an oil tanker to make the "big score" he always dreamed of.
- Sandman appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Snow Day", voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
- In Spider-Man 3, Flint Marko is transformed into the Sandman when he climbs a security fence and falls into an experimental particle accelerator, which fuses his body with the surrounding sand and allows him to shapeshift at will. He is one of the main villians of the film along with Venom.
- In Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, he is fought and defeated by Amazing Spider-Man for the fragment of the Tablet of Order and Chaos.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
- Sandman possesses the superhuman ability to convert his body into sand (some refer to this as a form of shapeshifting). The sand functions identically to normal flesh. However, he can convert all or parts of his body into animated sand at will. His brain has attained subliminal awareness of all granulated particles of his body.
- Through conscious effort, he can affect the degree of molecular cohesion between the numerous adjoining surfaces of his particles and thus cause locomotion of discrete volumes, down to the individual grains. In other words, he is one of the very few individuals who has completee control over every molecule in his body.
- He possesses phenomenal superhuman strength, able to lift up to 85 tons under optimal conditions. He can also compact or loosen the particles of sand that make up his form.
- Consequently, the Sandman can become as hard as sandstone, or disperse his body so that he becomes invulnerable to physical attacks. A favorite tactic of the Sandman is making himself slightly dispersed when an opponent punches him, and then making himself rock-solid again, entrapping his opponent's appendage.
- More recently he has discovered that he can convert common grains of sand around him into constituents of his body to replenish portions he might lose track of during battle. In this manner, he can increase his overall size and volume (to some as yet unknown limit), or that of his limbs.