- Real Name: William Baker
- AKA: Flint Marko, Flint Baker, Sylvester Mann, Quarryman, William “Flint” Marko, Agent Sands, Sandy, Scrappy
- Family: Floyd Baker (father); Mrs. Baker (mother); Keemia Alvarado ( daughter); Fred Myers (cousin-in-law); Unidentified cousin
- Base of Operation: Mobile
- Identity: Secret Identity
- Citizenship: American
- Martial Status: Single
- Occupation: Adventurer, bounty hunter, professional criminal; former mercenary
- Education: High school dropout
- Gender: Male
- Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) (Variable)
- Weight: 240 lbs-450 lbs
- Eyes: No Eyes Formerly Brown
- Hair: No Hair formerly Brown
- Unusual Features: Body made entirely of sand
- Origin: Human Mutate
- Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)
This guys get everywhere and I’m not talking about locations. Introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (1962) Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the man born William Baker began doing petty crimes from a young age in order to gain people’s approval. He would later change his name to Flint Marko in order to hide his crime from his mother. During one of his crime sprees, he escape the police but was bombard with radiation and had his body fused with sand. He used his powers to begin another crime spree but was eventually defeated by Spider-man, who used a vacuum cleaner. After fighting Spider-man a few more times, he would be invited to join the Sinister Six as a founding member.
After that he would pretty much battle pretty much every hero at some point. He would battle the F4 and would become a founding member of the Frightful Four. He would also battle the Hulk, which would see him turned to glass. He would eventually lose full control of his powers and had to wear a special suit. He would later team up with Hydro Man to fight Spider-man but they would accidently fused together to become the Mud Monster. They would eventually separate but the trauma of the event cause Marko to question his life choices. After a drink with the Thing, Sandman was convinced to change his ways and would join Silver Sable’s company. He would eventually gain reserve membership with the Avengers. He would remain a hero for many years until Wizard used a device to turn him back to his old self. He would return to crime soon after, even having a death and resurrection event a few times.
As one of Spider-man’s classic villains, Sandman has gotten a few figures over the years. He would receive a figure in the Toybiz Spider-man Classics line, which would see a re-release later. It would be years later when he received his first Hasbro Marvel Legends being part of a SDCC box set that was later repainted and released as a Build-a-figure in the Spider-man subline. He would later receive a standard figure as a Fan Channel exclusive.
Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-man Sandman wave – Sandman OR Fan Channel Exclusive Marvel Legends Spider-man Vintage – Sandman
- Since Marko had his body fused with sandman, his standard clothing also fused with him, becoming part of his body. As such he rarely would change his design. This is considered his classic version, with he can change with his thoughts.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- This is a character that you will need for many collections but primarily for Spider-man. He will also be needed as part of a F4, Hulk, Avengers etc villains shelf. As for teams you will need him for the Sinister Six, Frightful Four, Outlaws, Avengers and a few more. Either figure works as Sandman is a size changer and can be any size. Most think the BAF would work for a powered up version while the Vintage could work for a standard version.
- Does it need a remake?:
Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.