SANDMAN
(of Earth-8107)

Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-8107) human mutate

Occupation: Criminal/thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Sally-Ann Beaumont, NASA, Spider-Friends (Firestar/Angelica Jones, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Mrs. Stevens, "Flash" Thompson

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Sandman is Coming" (October 10, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: The Sandman's body was composed of sand that he could shift, harden and shape to his will. He also had superhuman strength (presumably by hardening his sand body) equal to Spider-Man. When in contact with more sand, he could grow to a height of at least several stories with added strength to match. He could temporarily control the radiation his body emitted following exposure to Martian soil.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History: (Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Sandman is Coming") - The Sandman waited, disguised as an isolated beach in Florida, for the NASA Mars probe to land. Once the probe touched down, he waited until the Mars soil sample was secured in a container before he attacked, knocking away the NASA scientists and stealing the sample. Two guards tried to arrest him, but their hands passed through him. Spider-Man subsequently arrived on the beach and tried to stop the Sandman with a fly swatter made of webbing but it too failed to stop the Sandman. He easily swatted Spider-Man aside and when Spider-Man took over a radar truck to blast the beach with high frequency radar waves, the Sandman was blasted to particles. The Sandman reformed quickly and batted Spider-Man away again, tearing his mask off in the process. With Spider-Man in retreat, the Sandman tore open the canister and absorbed the Martian soil into himself.

Now radioactive, the Sandman made his way to New York City. Blinding some guards, he slipped into the back of an armored truck. Dumping out the cash, he slipped into the sack and shortly after brought into the bank, he slipped out and started to rob the bank. Walking out with money in hand, the Sandman increased his radiation, driving the police back. When Spider-Man tried to attack, the wall crawler passed out from the radioactive heat. Seeing a nearby power plant, the Sandman tossed the dazed hero towards the power lines before leaving. From there, he made his way to Broadway and Main Streets. Turning into sand particles, he slipped into the subway, but the money was taken by an arriving Spider-Man. Inside the tunnel, the Sandman disguised himself as sand. When Spider-Man walked over him, he reformed and knocked the web spinner down. Tearing a piece of the track away, he tied Spider-Man to the tracks before leaving.



Moving on to higher targets, the Sandman stole a pallet of gold bars from a helicopter. He was shocked when Spider-Man dropped in on him. He threw the gold and Spider-Man off the roof before escaping. When he saw Spider-Man seemingly trying to escape with the gold, the Sandman followed him, right into a nearby car wash. Ignoring the water that pelted him, the Sandman spotted Spider-Man apparently trying to hide inside a cement mixer. The Sandman gloated and jumped in after, unaware that Spider-Man had jumped out seconds before. Once inside the mixer, Spider-Man tossed in a bag of cement and water. The Sandman promised to end Spider-Man, unaware that his body was hardening. He stalked Spider-Man across the construction yard, slowly coming to a halt as his body turned to concrete.

(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "Spider-Man Unmasked!" (fb) - BTS) - Via unrevealed means, the Sandman escaped his stony fate and was later incarcerated at Sun State Prison.

(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "Spider-Man Unmasked!") - The Sandman's escape from Sun State Prison was reported over the radio (see comments). While Sandman was hiding out on a public beach disguised as a sand castle, Peter Parker rushed behind a dune to change into his Spider-Man costume and the Sandman witnessed his enemy's real face. When Firestar called out Parker's real name, Sandman had a name to go with the face and once Parker left to join his friends, Sandman reformed and plotted revenge. Following the Spider-Friends to the Crest Theater, the Sandman disguised himself as a piece of modern art. When Parker called his Aunt May, the Sandman eavesdropped and gathered more information.

Later, as the team was enjoying the local zoo, the Sandman disguised himself as a bench and when Parker laid his camera down, the Sandman swallowed it. After the hero gave up his search for the missing camera and walked off, the Sandman changed back to human form, the camera in his hand, promising that Parker would "get the picture soon." That night, the Sandman lay in the street disguised as a thin layer of sand and when an armored truck crossed over him, he solidified, bringing the truck to a standstill. He quickly covered the truck and forced his way inside. Tearing the doors off, he searched for the Stevens sapphires. He stole the gems but was nearly tripped by Iceman. Shifting his feet into globs of sand helped him regain his footing but he was quickly surrounded by a wall of flame thanks to Firestar. When Spider-Man swung by as well, the Sandman called out to Parker and identified him by name as well as pulling out Parker's camera and blinding him with the flash. Changing his hand into a battering ram, he knocked off the top of a nearby fire hydrant, spraying Firestar with a blast of water. When Iceman retaliated, he sand-blasted the frozen mutant hero off his ice path, through a brick wall and directly into a waiting pizza oven. With all three heroes downed, the Sandman left.

Subsequently catching Parker walking alone on the beach, the Sandman attacked, dragging him down and batting him around the beach. Chasing him onto a lifeguard tower, the Sandman threatened the life of Aunt May unless Spider-Man left him alone. Sometime later, the Sandman went on a crime spree. When Iceman and Firestar tried to stop as a duo, he used his sand powers to cancel their attacks. When the police tried to blockade the street, the Sandman turned into a battering ram and busted his way past. After listening to news about the Stevens family throwing a costume ball to show off their sapphires, the Sandman broke into the First National Bank that night, easily entering the building as a wave of sand and slipping through the locks of the vault, unaware that Spider-Man was watching. When the web spinner set off the alarm, the Sandman was confused by the siren and fled the bank before the police arrived. Breaking into the hotel where the costume party was being held, the Sandman entered via the basement window. Finding the fuse box, the Sandman caused a blackout with a well-placed punch. Once in the dark, he slipped into the ballroom and snatched a sapphire strand right off Mrs. Stevens' neck, running off down a corridor. Coming into a lobby, the Sandman froze when he saw Spider-Man hanging from the ceiling, unaware that the person in the costume was actually a very confused "Flash" Thompson and some well-aimed webbing. Ignoring the panicked athlete's cries, Sandman fired a blast of sand. Unseen by the Sandman or "Flash," Peter Parker was hiding across the room and he fired off a glob of webbing that destroyed the sand, the crook reminded Thompson that he knew Spider-Man's secret and left.

Going down another corridor, the Sandman spotted the disguised "Flash" sitting atop a large statue. Without a word, he toppled the artwork, sending the terrified youth falling to the floor. Ignoring "Flash"'s screams, he failed to see Parker snag the impostor with his webbing and send him crashing into the Sandman's path. From there, a brief fight ensured. From the Sandman's perspective, Spider-Man was in full form and dodging all his attacks but in reality, "Flash" was being dragged, hovered and bounced by the Spider-Friends to simulate the true Spider-Man. Chasing after the fleeing "Flash," the Sandman stumbled onto "Spider-Man" standing next to Peter Parker. Doubting his senses, the Sandman swore to destroy Spider-Man, whoever he was, and followed the panicked "Flash" into the night. Seeing the real (unknown to him) Spider-Man on a lamppost, the Sandman unleashed a sandstorm to blind the hero. When Iceman arrived, the Sandman was driven off by the mutant's mini blizzard. Fleeing the heroes, the Sandman broke into a construction site and jumped into an open sand pit, becoming a giant and attacking the Spider-Friends. Ignoring the attacks of heat and cold from Firestar and Iceman, the Sandman tried to swat the heroes with a ripped girder. Spider-Man, tearing a wrecking ball free from its cord, threw it at the Sandman, who blocked the projectile with the girder, but the resulting vibrational ringing proved powerful enough to shake him apart. Dazed, the Sandman was helpless as Iceman and Firestar flew his sandy body into a nearby cement mixer, where Spider-Man added the needed ingredients to turn Sandman into a concrete statue once again. 

Comments: Created by Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott and Marvel Productions, Ltd. (see Appearances list for list of artists involved).

No origin was given in any episode and there was nothing to suggest to his name was Flint Marko or even William Baker.

The radio report says the Sandman as escaped from Sun State Prison. Presumably, he was taken there after he tried to steal the Martian soil or maybe some unrelated charge. Also, the beach looks like Miami circa early 80's but it isn't identified as such.  

Also, the costume shop "Flash" and Firestar visit have costumes for Elektra (in white), Dr. Doom, Firebird, Daredevil, Dazzler and Dr. Strange.
Firebird was an interesting choice, considering that she had only appeared in a handful of issues by September 1983. - Proto-Man

According to a few online sources, the Sandman was voiced by Neil Ross in the '81 Spider-Man series and Chris Latta in the Amazing Friends series.

"Spider-Man Unmasked!" was written by Michael Reaves and was the first episode of the third season.

Profile by David Lawrence.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Earth-8107's Sandman has no KNOWN connections to:


Sally-Ann Beaumont

Sally-Ann Beaumont was the first choice for Empire State University's science committee to see NASA's Mars probe landing, a fact she didn't let Peter Parker forget. She was quick to blame Peter Parker for the Sandman's theft and when the Sandman opened the radioactive canister, she remarked that Parker could take care of himself as she ran away. Once back in New York, she reported him to the school's discipline board, claiming that Parker deliberately endangered her. At the school board's hearing, she stuck to her story right up until Spider-Man arrived and cleared Peter Parker, returning the stolen soil. Peter had taken photos of the theft, one of which showed Sally-Ann shoving NASA personnel out of her way. The board promised to drop charges against Parker but then promised to bring charges against Sally-Ann for her conduct.








--Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Sandman is Coming"

Mrs. Stevens

Mrs. Stevens was the owner of the Stevens Sapphires. When the Sandman failed to steal them, she threw a costumed party to celebrate. When the disguised "Flash" Thompson and Angelica Jones arrived, she didn't recognize them but was swayed with some flattery from Angelica. When her jewels were stolen, she panicked.







--Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Spider-Man Unmasked!"

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Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Spider-Man Unmasked!" (Sandman main image, Sandman battling Spider-Man, Sandman disguised as modern art & Mrs. Stevens)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Sandman is Coming" (Sandman posing w/hands on hips, Sandman irradiated image, Sandman turned to concrete, Sally-Ann Beaumont)


Appearances:
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Sandman is Coming" (October 10, 1981) - Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott (writers), Lyle Beddes, Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Larry Huber, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Keith Sargent, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bill Wray (layouts), Mario Piluso (layouts, storyboards), Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Henry Tucker (storyboards), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Kay Wright (animation directors)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Spider-Man Unmasked!" (September 17, 1983) - Michael Reaves (writer), Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Tom Tholen, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bob Foster (layouts), Jan Green, Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Will Meugniot, Dick Sebast, Bob Schaffer, Don Shepard, Hank Tucker, Warren Tufts (storyboards), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Arthur Vitello (animation directors)


Last updated: 08/23/17

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