Patrick "Eel" O'Brian is the secret identity of Plastic Man. One of Quality Comics' signature characters during the Golden Age of Comic Books, Plastic Man can stretch his body into any imaginable shape. His adventures were known for their quirky, offbeat humor. When Quality Comics went out of business in 1956, DC Comics acquired many of its characters, including Plastic Man who became a part of the mainstream DC Universe.
Although precursors can be traced back as far as 1828, most comics historians agree that the first real graphic novel was Will Eisner's A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories published in 1978. The book is made up of four stand-alone stories that revolve around poor Jewish characters who live in a tenement in New York City.