Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched To Their Limits [ buy it ] has been my bathroom reading for the past week. I finally finished it. I’m left with an impression about Jack Cole – comic artist – creator of Plastic Man, illustrator for Playboy Magazine – that he was an interesting character in his own right. Makes me want to see more of his work. His work spans gritty realism, fanciful mania, and for Playboy, delightful cheesecake. The book is shorter than it should have been because of Cole’s suicide at the age of 43.