Ned Creegan

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Ned Creegan
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman #195 (September 1967)
Created byGardner Fox
Sheldon Moldoff
In-story information
Alter egoNed Creegan
SpeciesMutated Human
Team affiliations100
Notable aliasesBag O' Bones
Cyclotronic Man
One Man Meltdown
AbilitiesAs Bag O' Bones:
Electrical Blast
As Cyclotronic Man:
Energy Projection
Force Field

Ned Creegan is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Batman #195 and was created by Gardner Fox and Sheldon Moldoff.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ned Creegan is a crook who was tipped off by Billy Blabbermouth about valuable jewels that are being used for scientific experiments. He breaks into the house of a scientist named Nevil Long, steals the jewels, and takes them to a fence. The sale is interrupted by Batman and Robin who battle the two. As Robin takes down the fence, Batman sees that Ned is becoming transparent because of the jewels leaving him a skeleton. After Robin refers to him as "Bag O' Bones," Ned defeats Batman and Robin with his electrified touch. Ned then returns to Nevil Long's house and has him determine what is wrong with him. Nevil reveals that he has been experiment with surviving the nuclear war. After giving the temporary antidotes to Ned, Nevil reveals that his Bag O' Bones form loses a day in his life for every time he is in that form. Agreeing to work with Ned, Nevil sends him out with some antidote pills to test the outcome. As Bag O' Bones is robbing a museum, Batman and Robin attack where he loses the antidote pills in the scuffle. When he starts to get weaker, Bag O' Bones surrenders and states that the jewels were being experimented on by Nevil Long. Batman and Robin go to confront Nevil. After a scuffle with irradiated animals, Batman and Robin apprehend Nevil and have him give the antidote pills to Bag O' Bones. After he agreed to sell his secrets to the United States government to avoid legal trouble, Nevil is present at Bag O'Bones' trial where he is sentenced to 20 years in prison. When Bag O' Bones states to Nevil that he won't survive the sentence with his condition, Nevil stated that he wouldn't be in this position if he hadn't broken into his laboratory in the first place.[1]

Ned Creegan returns with new powers as Cyclotronic Man where his hired by Tobias Whale of the 100 to kill Black Lightning and Superman. He lures them out by capturing Jimmy Olsen.[2] Cyclotronic Man was defeated by Black Lightning and Superman.[3]

At Gotham State Penitentiary, Warden Brewster informs Ned Creegan that his parole request has been denied. Having become One Man Meltdown, he goes into a frenzy and escapes from Gotham City Penitentiary. This causes Warden Brewster to call for Batman. After tying in the thefts for the radioactive items, Batman brings along the Outsiders to help track down One Man Meltdown. During the fight at S.T.A.R. Labs, One Man Meltdown takes Halo as a hostage while using her aura abilities to his advantage. Katana defeats Halo as it is revealed that Warden Brewster has been experimenting on him. Returning to Gotham State Penitentiary, the Outsiders and One Man Meltdown prevent Warden Brewster from destroying Ned Creegan's medical records and hand him over to the police. Batman tells One Man Meltdown that he will be there when his parole request is approved.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

As Bag O' Bones, Ned Creegan had an electrical blasts with the side effect causing him to lose a day in his life.

As Cyclotronic Man, Ned Creegan can perform electromagnetic attacks, project "electron blasts," create a force field, and age objects past it's time.

In other media[edit]

Ned Creegan in his Cyclotronic Man alias appears in the Black Lightning episode "The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird," portrayed by Chase Alexander. While he maintains his force field abilities, this version also has telekinesis and was part of the same program that gave Commander Carson Williams his power-mimicking powers according to Peter Gambi's research. When Cyclotronic Man attacked the A.S.A. facility that Anissa Pierce and Reverend Jeremiah Holt were given a tour of, he destroyed a wall and took down some guards until Carson arrived. When Carson fought Cyclotronic Man, he fought him to a standstill as Carson started to copy his abilities. The fight ends when Carson wraps his legs around Cyclotronic Man's neck and snaps it. In the episode "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream," it was suspected by Lynn that Cyclotronic Man was the carrier for a man-made virus that the Markovians used to infect the metahumans in the A.S.A.'s custody.


  1. ^ Batman #195. DC Comics.
  2. ^ Black Lightning #4. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Black Lightning #5. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Batman and the Outsiders #4. Marvel Comics.

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