Tattooed Man (Character)

Tattooed Man- Mark Richards

Created by:  Ethan Van Sciver and Geoff Johns

1st appearance: Green Lantern Vol.4 #9, 2006

Real Name: Mark Richards

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: The society, Titans-Villains for hire

Legal Status: U.S marine wanted for desertion

Weight: 235 lbs    Height: 6’1

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and Abilities: U.S marine trained in armed and unarmed combat

Powers: In the nation of Modora he learnt the art of “sin grafting” which allows him to take all the evil and wrong that someone has done and remove it in the form of a tattoo which grafts itself to his own skin. These Tattoos can then be turned into three dimension objects much like the constructs of a green lantern ring and used to assist him in battle or enhance his physical powers.

Additionally by using the “sins/Tattoos” in this way he claims the people who he has killed are “redeemed”.



Mark was a U.S marine until his helicopter went down and he was presumed dead. He made his way to the nation of Modora where he was taught “Sin Grafting”. When he returned to society he became a hitman as he went about taking the sins of others onto himself. In this capacity he clashed with Green Lantern/Hal Jordan and Batman/Bruce Wayne. He next shows up joining the society lead by Lex Luther. After this he reunited with his wife and son as the world is conquered by Darkseid. He sides with the surviving heroes to save the world and is one of the few humans immune to the anti-life equation and was even made honorary member of the justice league by Black Canary.

At the end of the conflict he rejoins the society briefly before returning to his home neighborhood and attempts to be a hero. Here he faces his own brother who now wields telepathy and is in charge of the local gangs.

Sometime later he rejoins a life of crime and his son is killed. Mark joins Deathstroke’s “villains for hire” so the murderer can be found. Once found mark kills him and quits the team.


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