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Origin

Merryman is the son of two heroes from the Freedom Brigade, Lady Liberty and The Patriot (parodies of Miss America and Uncle Sam, respectively). On his mother's side he is descended from the Crimson Chrysanthemum (a parody of the Scarlet Pimpernel). On his father's side he is descended from Yellowjacket (a parody of the Green Hornet). Merryman went into superheroics at his parents' urging.

Creation

Merryman was created by E. Nelson Bridwell, Mike Esposito and Joe Orlando. His physical appearance is based on Woody Allen

Character Evolution

A comic strip artist by trade, Merryman is the leader of the Inferior Five, and its most intelligent member. As the most intelligent of his colleagues, he is painfully aware of the team's shortcomings. He dresses as a jester because he believes that he is making a fool out of himself participating in the team's adventures, and if he's going to be a fool he should at least look the part. Although he has had martial arts training, he is physically unimposing and weak.
He appeared in Final Crisis, where he was depicted as in Limbo, and acted as the leader of those in Limbo with him, aiding the various Supermen in beating back the attack of Mandrakk

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