Angle Man is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics publications and related media, commonly as an adversary for the superhero Wonder Woman. His first appearance (''Wonder Woman'' #62, volume 1, published in 1953), written by Robert Kanigher and illustrated by Wonder Woman's originating artist Harry G. Peter, presents him as "Angle" Andrews, a criminal mastermind in a business suit capable of working out every "angle" of a crime caper. He reappeared a year later re-christened as the Angle Man in ''Wonder Woman'' #70, volume 1. The character was re-imagined in the Silver Age as a dashing costumed criminal wielding a triangular weapon called the "angler" which could warp spacial relationships, phase dimensions and teleport objects and people.
The Angle Man was created as a recurring foil for Wonder Woman during the period in which Robert Kanigher took over as writer of the comic book.
In the late 1940s, as the backlog of Marston scripts dried up and his family stopped writing stories, and into the 1950s, Kanigher phased out most of the supporting cast, even, briefly, the Amazons of Paradise Island, presenting Wonder Woman in three short, disconnected stories per issue rather than three chapters of one full-length script. The short form left little room for characterization or elaborate plots and, for a while, typically featured Wonder Woman as a full-time crime fighter frequently targeted by the criminal underworld for elimination.
The Angle Man emerged after a series of tales in which Kanigher presented a desperate underworld turning to experts in designing elaborate schemes to defeat Wonder Woman. After one-shot tales featuring the Plotter and the Brain, Kanigher settled on the Angle Man, a character whose gimmick is designing schemes based on an angle. ''Wonder Woman'' #62 featured "Angle" Andrews, and beginning in ''Wonder Woman'' #70 she was pitted against someone known simply as the Angle Man.
The Silver Age adventures of ''Wonder Woman'' came to feature one-off villains and predicaments, and the Angle Man and the Duke of Deception were for a time the only recurring villains.
The Angle Man was dropped in the 1960s, as ''Wonder Woman'' shifted away from superheroics to feature espionage and urban adventures of the depowered Diana Prince, but he reemerged in the 1970s as a more traditional costumed supervillain, now equipped with a superpowered "angler" device.
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