Buddy Baker, a.k.a. “The Man with Animal Powers,” is a second-rate superhero, devoted father, and animal activist. There isn’t much money in the hero game, and with a wife and kids to support, Buddy soon finds himself torn between trying to make a living through traditional super-heroics and getting more deeply involved in the questionably legal world of animal rights activism. But in today’s world with real-life issues, who really needs Animal Man’s protection? Is it humankind or the animals? Or is it Buddy himself.
This first of two new trade paperback editions collects ANIMAL MAN #1-13, the character’s dimension-spanning creation tale from SECRET ORIGINS #39, an introduction by Grant Morrison, and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes artwork.