|First appearance||The New Teen Titans #14 (December 1981)|
|Created by||Marv Wolfman|
|Alter ego||Otto Von Furth|
|Team affiliations||Brotherhood of Evil|
Secret Society of Super Villains
|Abilities||Enhanced strength, speed and endurance|
Burning touch can liquify solid matter
Plasmus first appeared in The New Teen Titans #14 and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.
Otto Von Furth was a mine worker in East Berlin, Germany until an unexpected cave-in trapped him and four fellow miners for seven days. During those days, Otto's co-workers died, leaving him as the only survivor. He and his fellow miners had been mining for radioactive radium and ended up exposed to it and when rescued, he was rushed to the hospital. Otto is later kidnapped by ex-Nazi General Zahl, who mutated him into a blob-like state. His body changed into an unstable protoplasm. He is brought into the Brotherhood of Evil where he took the name Plasmus. He and the Brotherhood of Evil fight the Teen Titans on different occasions. He enjoys these fights, but regrets not being the one to finally kill General Zahl. Later, Plasmus ends up as one of the many metabeings corrupted and brainwashed by a cult-leader. The rest of the Brotherhood of Evil reform into the Society of Sin. He is later recruited into Lex Luthor's Suicide Squad where he apparently dies fighting Imperiex.
Plasmus is featured in Infinite Crisis as part of a small group of villains that bombs the city of Blüdhaven. The creature known as Chemo is dropped from an aircraft and detonates, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
During the One Year Later crossover, Plasmus rejoins the Brotherhood of Evil. He is also seen in Salvation Run. He is used by Lex Luthor as a power source for a teleportation device, and is killed when it self-destructs.
With his radioactive and chemically-converted body, Plasmus' touch can bring a fiery death onto his opponents, reverting them to a protoplasmic state. The touch has no cure and no normal human has withstood it. Plasmus can also loosen his cells so that bullets cannot hurt him. He is also able to gather his body if it is scattered while in its less cohesive state. In a certain sense, he is almost identical to the tragic Preston Payne, the third Clayface. Both can, as noted above, melt people into protoplasmic jelly and have a great deal of control of their gelatinous bodies.
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