A pilot working for NASA, Brice Rogers was hurled into space as part of a mission to investigate man's endurance. During his trip around the moon he was bathed in kryptonite radiation by a passing comet, and was physiologically altered, becoming the superhuman criminal Moonman.
Brice Rogers was created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang. He made his first appearance in World's Finest Comics #98.
The Silver Age introduced the character's presumed current origins and powers. During this Age his criminality was temporary, and he was reformed.
The character was reintroduced, apparently having returned to a life of crime.
Major Story Arcs
The Menace of the Moonman
When bathed by the moon's light, Moonman is driven to commit crimes. Attempting to steal a silver chariot, he is confronted by Superman, Batman and Robin. Due to his radiation he easily defeats Superman, and is able to hold Batman and Robin off using his enhanced strength. Rogers attempts to seek help from the heroes, but transforms into the Moonman, defeats the heroes and returns to crime. Distraught by his inability to control his nighttime actions, he attempts to turn himself in, but is kidnapped by a pair of crooks hoping to use him for their own gain. The next morning he turns himself over to the heroes, who discover that the effects of the radiation are temporary. He helps them capture the crooks who kidnapped him, and returns to his life.
The Last Laugh of Lady Lunar
Living in Gotham, Rogers is approached by Superman and Batman, who are being troubled by Lady Lunar, a villain with similar powers to his own as the Moonman. He is unable to assist
Moonman is among the prisoners who are held and abused at Stryker's Island. He gets pneumonia twice, and has a lung collapse as a result of his second illness.
Powers and Abilities
Rogers had his physiology altered by a kryptonite comet, and whenever he is bathed in moonlight he is driven mad, becomes superhumanly strong, gains control over magnetism and the tides, and emits low-level kryptonite radiation.
Weapons and Equipment
Moonman rides a stolen silver chariot.