So, it would make sense that there most dastardly villain, Multi-Man, would be a man who was looking out for himself, gaining powers, but losing the fear of death....becoming an immortal!
The Man Who Conquered The Challengers
To be fair, it started a little earlier than that, as the Challengers were helping archeologist Dr. Charles Ferriss to find an immortality elixir created by ancient alchemists on a small island.
Pramble had made himself immortal!). Pramble started with energy powers, then, after dying twice (and being reborn with new powers each time, first aquatic powers, then aviatory), the Challengers finally capture the villain they have dubbed Multi-Man alive, and have him imprisoned (for though the antidote takes his powers away, it does not remove his ability to be resurrected).
The Return Of Multi-Man
Getting help from a man named Gurk who smuggled explosives into his cell, Multi-Man escapes with a blast, with new powers of strength and invulnerability (which allow him to temporarily defeat the Challengers).
The Challengers are able to defeat him and Gurk, but Pramble is now stuck in this form, being too smart for his own good.
Multi-Man Strikes Again
Multi-Man breaks into a rocket plant, making off with the payroll, as well as building himself a flying device which allows him to escape Rocky and Ace.
The five Challengers are able to stop him before he finishes, vowing to put him away in an escape proof cell.
Multi-Man, Master Of Earth
This time around, Multi-Man has isolated the Element of Change in the formula which changed him, allowing him to take it, and manifest new powers...
Multi-Man is building an energy device which he plans to use to take over the world, but, the Challengers defeat him with a new antidote Prof has made. But, instead of dying this time, Multi-Man only gets a bump on the head, trapping him in a new prison, his own mind, as he now seems to have amnesia.
Multi-Man...Villain Turned Hero
This time around, the Challengers work with Multi-Man, who has no knowledge of his past criminal life, but still possesses his super smarts. The team and Multi-Man work to stop the no longer dormant Okaluna Volcano, activated by a meteor.
It was Multi-Man, gathering the chemicals he needed to create a new ultimate form for himself that allows him to manipulate the spaces between his molecules. This allows him to capture the Prof (to prevent him from creating another antidote). Still, Prof is sneaky, and finds a way to send smoke signals to Ace, which allows him to create the antidote, stopping Multi-Man again.
Multi-Woman, Queen Of Disaster
This time around, Multi-Man creates a magnetic device with which he threatens the United Nations....all to get them to give him his own criminal country.
But, even if they follow his demands, he worries he will be lonely, so he creates himself a giant robot female companion (oh, the innocence of the Silver Age), along with making a new liquid light formula to give himself a new giant form which he feels will be worthy of his giant Multi-Woman.
The Challengers get help from Multi-Man, who creates a vibratory device hidden in a gem. Multi-Woman picks up the faux diamond (even a robot woman thinks diamonds are a girl's best friend), and the heroes use it to vibrate her to pieces! In all the confusion....Multi-Man escapes, ready to plot new evil.
The Spy In Challenger Cave
This time around starts with the Challengers stopping Mr. Voodoo from stealing from an art gallery...
Invasion! crossover in Justice League International #23 (January, 1989), facing the JLI not the Challengers (but the Challengers were in existence before the JLA), he works with these people, even when in prison during Joker's Last Laugh (and, during that, Joker needs a specific power from Multi-Man, so has to kill him again and again to get him to that power)..
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