Old-school What if? fans may be wondering why 3-D Man didn’t make the cut for the recent (and fun) Agents of Atlas mini-series from Marvel, which revives several pre-1960s Marvel/Timely characters. Jeff Parker explains his absence on his blog:
As for 3D… the What If #9 story was such a neat premise that has been touched upon a few times that it offers a good path for us to connect to Marvel’s past. That’s something we really wanted to do, since Marvel doesn’t make use of its pre-’60′s history much beyond The Invaders. But 3D Man is a completely retconned character who didn’t exist before the 70′s, and it’s confusing to suggest that he was one like Marvel Boy, Venus, Namora and others that Everett, Maneely, Kirby and the Timely/Atlas creators worked on. He was more or less shoehorned in the What If story to be a counterpart for Captain America, and since we’re following what was established since (that this team was never called The Avengers), there’s no need for that.
“3-D Man” just reeks of the 1970s, doesn’t he? The poor guy is probably as low as Vibe, Brother Voodoo and Captain Ultra on the food chain, but I’m not sure you could expect much more when you dress like he does.