Sandman (Marvel Comics)

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Art by Mark Bagley
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #4 (September 1963)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter egoWilliam Baker
SpeciesHuman mutate
Place of originQueens, New York
Team affiliationsSinister Six
Frightful Four
Wild Pack
Notable aliasesFlint Marko, Sylvester Mann, the Quarryman
  • Size and mass manipulation
  • Shapeshifting
  • Earth manipulation
  • Superhuman strength, durability and endurance
  • Density control
  • Flight (in sandstorm form)

The Sandman (William Baker, a.k.a. Flint Marko) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A shapeshifter endowed through an accident with the ability to turn himself into sand, he started out as a recurring adversary to the superhero Spider-Man, but has been slowly redeemed over time, eventually becoming an antihero. The Sandman has also been an enemy of the Fantastic Four, and a founding member of the supervillain team, the Sinister Six.

The character has been adapted into various other media incarnations of Spider-Man, including films, television series, and video games. In live-action, he was portrayed by Thomas Haden Church in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). A creature based on the "Sandman" appeared in the MCU film Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), which was actually an illusion created by a series of drones operated by Mysterio. In 2009, the Sandman was ranked as IGN's 72nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[1]

  1. ^ Sandman is number 72 Archived December 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine IGN. Retrieved 10–05–09.

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