|Plastic Man started as a tongue-in-cheek comic book in the 1940's made to spoof “real” superheroes of the time, and the cartoon did not detour far from this original concept.
The synthetic superhero could stretch his body into any shape necessary to apprehend bad guys or protect intended victims. Together with Penny, who lusted after the hero, and the Hawaiian informant, Hoola Hoola, "Plas" would fight against such villains as The Weed and Mr. Meteor.
Other segments on the show featured Mighty Man, the world’s smallest super-hero, and his dog Yukk. Yukk’s face was so ugly that he had to keep it covered at all times with a miniature doghouse. The only time he exposed his face-though he still never showed it to the audience-was to defeat villains with his ugliness.
Rickety Rocket featured four African-American teenagers working in the Far Out Detective Agency. The quarter taveled and in a talking spaceship which gave the segment its name.
Rounding out the hour was Fangface and Fangpuss, about a crime-fighting werewolf.
When the two-hour show was cut to 90 minutes, Rickety Rocket was dropped, and in the fall of 1980, the show was cut to a slim 30 minutes and re-titled The Plastic Man/Baby Plas Super Comedy Show.
In this version, Plastic Man and Penny were married and had a son, Baby Plas. The first segment featured the whole Plastic family, while Baby Plas-who was just as talented with the stretching as his old man-was the star of the other.