Ralph Dibny: 1977 - 1999 Edit
Ralph Dibny grew up in Waymore, Nebraska. He was always an awkward boy, spending more time in his head than the real world. His imagination kept him occupied with adventures and fanciful dreams and less with boring, humdrum of life in his small Nebraska town.
When forced to get out of his daydreams, Ralph would do anything to get attention, as a showoff and a prankster. He was eventually diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Once properly medicated, Ralph found himself able to focus on his studies and discovered he had a real knack for sciences. Ralph went from troublesome weirdo to the talk of the town in short order as he was noted for having "Sherlock Holmes"-like perception.
As a teen, this continued and when he graduated from Waymore High School, he was able to attend Midwestern University on a scholarship. While majoring in chemistry, Ralph allowed his roommate Barry Allen talk him into pursuing a minor in Criminal Justice.
Ralph became fascinated by his new friend's investigation into his mother's murder and the two would often stay up at night working out the problems and conducting tests of all sorts. When the two graduated, they both put in for the same internship spot at Central City Police Department's Forensics Unit and when the captain saw how good of friends they were and how promising their grades were, he decided to find room in the budget to hire both.
While attending the opening of the new S.T.A.R. Labs Headquarters facility (a generous contributor to CCPD's Forensics Unit), Ralph let himself get bullied by Barry and his girlfriend Iris into going up and talking to a young woman who Ralph was obviously infatuated with. Of course, this gal turned out to be Sue Dibny and the two hit it off right away and Ralph walked away from that event with Sue on his arm.
After spending the rest of the night and most the early morning walking around Central City and just talking. Ralph worked up the nerve to ask Sue on a date for that very evening. According to Barry, Ralph came home giggling like a loon and exclaiming he had met his future wife. Turns out, young Ralph's powers of deduction were right.
Elastic Man: 1999 - Present Edit
Trivia and Notes Edit
- His address is a nod to his first appearance and creators: The Flash #112, John Broome and Carmine Infantino.