Origin and First Appearance, Mace Blitzkrieg
Comics Greatest World: Steel Harbor Week #1, Dark Horse Comics, 1993
Mace Blitzkrieg is a hulking powerhouse of a man and leader of the Prime Movers gang.
He is an intelligent strategist and runs his gang like a business.
His overall goal is to rule over Steel Harbor.
Origin and First Appearance, Mad Harriet
Mister Miracle #6, DC Comics, 1972
Harriet is a New God of Apokolips and member of the Female Furies.
From a young age, she displayed extreme bouts of violence and anger, making her a prime candidate for the group.
Origin and First Appearance, Mad Hatter
Batman #49, DC Comics, 1948
Jervis Tetch was obsessed with Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, particularly the Mad Hatter.
Using his genius intellect, Tetch invents mind control devices that he implants in his hats and gets people to wear them.
Adopting the alias Mad Hatter, Tetch uses his mind control techniques to commit strings of robberies and murders.
Often times, he gets other criminals to work for him.
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Origin and First Appearance, The Mad Mod
Teen Titans #7, January, 1967
The Mad Mod was actually British fashion designer Neil Richards, driven by the boredom of his Carnaby Street existence to a life of non-superpowered crime as The Mad Mod.
He hatched crazy schemes, smuggled various things, spoke in a cartoonish parody of British slang, and dressed outlandishly.
Origin and First Appearance, Mad Thinker
Fantastic Four #15, June, 1963
The Mad Thinker has no superpowers other than his unparalleled mind, which he uses to build robots and androids, and make various plans for world domination.
Obsessed with Reed Richards' technological breakthroughs, he fought the Fantastic Four often in attempts to gain access to the Baxter Building.
Among his creations is Quasimodo.
Origin and First Appearance, Madame Masque
Iron Man #17, Marvel Comics, 1969
Madame Masque was born Whitney Frost, daughter of the criminal Count Luchino Nefaria. However, she was adopted by Byron Frost and raised as his own.
Later, Nefaria reveals that he is her biological father, and Whitney joins him as a criminal strategist.
When her plane crashes, her face is badly disfigured and she begins wearing a golden mask, and going by the alias Madame Masque.
Most often, Madame Masque is a villain battling against the Avengers, but on occasion, she has partnered with them and has been a love interest of Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Origin and First Appearance, Maelstrom
Marvel Two-in-One #71, Marvel Comics, 1981
Maelstrom is the son of an Inhuman and a Deviant, the first hybrid of this combination.
After his father dies, Maelstrom blames the Inhumans and swears revenge upon them.
As a result of his schemes to wipe out the Inhuman population, Maelstrom is often embattled with the Avengers.
Origin and First Appearance, Magenta
New Teen Titans #17, DC Comics, 1982
Frances Kane was Wally West's (the Flash) childhood friend who displayed magnetic powers.
At first, she was unable to control her powers, but with West's help, she learned mastery over her magnetic manipulation
For a time, Kane and West were romantically involved and lived together. However, when their relationship ended, Kane became dark and angry, taking on the alias Magenta.
Since then, she and Flash have been enemies.
Origin and First Appearance, Magneto
X-Men #1, Marvel Comics, 1963
Magneto, born Max Eisenhardt (later going by Erik Lehnsherr), is a Jewish Holocaust survivor who fears that humans will someday do to mutants what they did to Jews.
His powers manifested when his family was captured by the Nazis. As a result, Magneto seeks to gain mutant domination over humans.
Magneto and Professor Xavier were once close friends, but Magneto's brutal views towards humans drove them apart.
On most occasions, Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants battle against the X-Men.
However, Magneto has helped the X-Men and the Avengers several times and as time has gone on, he has reformed.
Magneto has the ability to control magnetic fields, and can lift and move objects as large as asteroids. He also has the ability to create wormholes.
Origin and First Appearance, Manhunter (Dan Richards)
Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. #1, Gold Key Comics, 1963
Based loosely on Tarzan, Magnus is a human in the year 4000, a time when humanity is entirely dependent on robots.
Raised by a robot who understands the dangers of this situation, Magnus was trained to become an expert fighter and martial artist who could break steel with his bare hands. He also acquired a special device that let him listen in on robot-to-robot communications.
He used these powers to stop rogue robots and robots turned towards evil by human villains.
Origin and First Appearance, Magpie
Man of Steel #3, DC Comics, 1986
Margaret Pye, AKA Magpie, is a thief who is obsessed with stealing valuable artifacts and jewels.
Notably, she is the first villain taken down by the Superman/Batman team-up.
Later, she is murdered by the Tally Man.
Origin and First Appearance, Magus (Adam Warlock)
Strange Tales #178, Marvel Comics, 1975
Magus is Adam Warlock's future evil self.
Magus attempts to steer Adam onto the path that will ensure Magus' creation, but Adam kills himself instead, and Magus ceases to exist.
Later, Magus is revived when Adam (who was resurrected) acquires the Infinity Gauntlet.
However, Magus is defeated and imprisoned in a soul gem.
Origin and First Appearance, Magus (X-Men)
New Mutants #18, Marvel Comics, 1984
Magus is an extraterrestrial made up of living, organic circuitry.
He is the ruler of the planet Technarchy, and comes to Earth looking for his son Warlock.
The planet Technarchy is made entirely of males who reproduce asexually. It is customary for father and son to fight to the death, which is why Warlock fled the planet in the first place.
Warlock was taken in by the New Mutants, and Magus battles his son and his new allies, but is defeated.
Origin and First Appearance, Major Disaster
Green Lantern (vol 2) # 43, DC Comics, 1966
Paul Booker is just another low life criminal, until he discovers the true identities of both the Flash and Green Lantern.
To aid him in his crime sprees, Booker used man-made devices to cause natural disasters.
Over time, he developed the ability to cause havoc organically. Booker has been shown to be able to command asteroid showers, cause heart attacks, and make someone fall.
Throughout the years, Booker goes back and forth between villain and hero, until his eventual death during the Infinite Crisis storyline.
Origin and First Appearance, Major Force
Captain Atom (vol. 3) #12, DC Comics, 1988
Clifford Zmeck was a prisoner who received pardon for agreeing to participate in a the new startup of the Atom Project.
This project, which created Captain Atom, fuses the subject with an atomically charged alien metal, giving them incredible powers.
After the experiment, Zmeck disappears for a year, but appears later and begins working as a mercenary.
Origin and First Appearance, Malice Vundabar
Hawk and Dove (vol. 2) #21, DC Comics, 1991
Malice is a New God of Apokolips and member of the Female Furies.
Malice controls the spectral demon known as Chessure.
Origin and First Appearance, Mammon
Spawn #87, Image Comics, 1992
Mammon is a smooth-talking, handsome demon, making deals with humans in exchange for their souls.
He seeks the Throne of Creation in order to make the world as he imagines.
For hundreds of years, Mammon has been manipulating history in order to ensure Al Simmons (Spawn) was born.
Origin and First Appearance, Man-Beast
Thor #135, Marvel Comics, 1966
Man-Beast was once just a regular red wolf, until High Evolutionary experimented on him, turning him into a wolf-human hybrid.
As a result of the experiments, Man-Beast possesses super strength, senses, psionic powers, and the ability to use advanced technology.
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Origin and First Appearance, Man-Bat
Detective Comics #400, DC Comics, 1970
Dr. Kirk Langstrom was a scientist studying bats, hoping to develop a serum that would give humans sonar sensing.
Testing the serum on himself, Langstrom is turned into a giant bat, going on a mindless rampage through Gotham.
Batman helps develop a cure for Langstrom, and in turn, Langstrom finds a way to use his new powers for good.
Origin and First Appearance, Manchester Black
Action Comics #775, DC Comics, 2001
Manchester Black was a brutal vigilante and leader of the Elite gang.
He and his gang believed that villains could only be dealt with through death, putting him at odds with Superman.
Black was a gifted telepath and telekinetic, able to create powerful illusions and manipulations.
After an elaborate scheme where Black tries to get Superman to kill him, Black realizes he himself has turned into a villain, and commits suicide.
Origin and First Appearance, Mandarin
Tales of Suspense #50, Marvel Comics, 1964
Mandarin is a genius scientist and expert martial artist, and one of Iron Man's arch enemies.
Born in pre-Communist China, Mandarin was highly trained in science and combat from an early age.
Later, he discovers the wreckage of an alien spacecraft and learns how to use ten powerful extraterrestrial rings he finds.
Using his new powers, Mandarin strives for world domination, coming into conflict with the Avengers, the X-Men, and other super villains.
Origin and First Appearance, Mandarin's Minions
Avengers Annual #1, Marvel Comics, 1967
Mandarin's Minions are a group of super villains, gathered together by Mandarin in order to complete his hopes of world domination.
The group consisted of Enchantress, Executioner, Living Laser, Swordsman, Ultimo, and Power Man.
Origin and First Appearance, Mandrake the Magician
Mandrake the Magician #1, King Comics, 1965 / Mandrake the Magician #1, Marvel Comics, 1995
Originally beginning as a newspaper comic strip, Mandrake the Magician's story has been adapted into radio, films, and a Marvel Comics series.
Mandrake is a magician uses his hypnotism to defeat villains.
Mandrake also possesses psychic and telekinetic powers, allowing him to turn invisible, shape shift, and teleport.
Origin and First Appearance, Manhunter (Dan Richards)
Police Comics #8, Quality Comics, 1942
The first Manhunter was Quality Comics' Dan Richards, a non-super-powered costumed adventurer.
Dan was in the Police Academy when his friend and fellow cadet was framed for murder. Dan became the Manhunter to prove him wrong.
He was agile, tough, and a good detective. Later, he had a canine sidekick, Thor the Thunderdog.
Like many Quality heroes, he was acquired by DC and retconned into their WWII-era DC mythos, along with the DC Manhunter, just to confuse things.
Origin and First Appearance, Manhunter (Paul Kirk)
Adventure Comics #73, DC Comics, 1942
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DC's Manhunter, Paul Kirk, was, like Quality's Manhunter (Dan Richards), a non-super-powered costumed adventurer.
Paul Kirk was a police consultant who decided to fight crime when his friend, police inspector Donovan, was murdered by a super-villain named The Buzzard. He wore red tights and a blue mask, and carried no weapons.
To confuse the matter further, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon created a new identity for Manhunter, as a former big-game hunter named Rick Nelson.
The character was changed back in subsequent issues, but when Paul Kirk was revived in the 1970s, the two characters were combined, and at first not intended to connect to either of the DC Golden Age characters.
Later, this was changed, and now all of the DC Manhunters are one and the same.
Origin and First Appearance, Manhunters
Justice League of America #140, DC Comics, 1977
The Manhunters are extraterrestrial androids created by the Guardians of the Universe to act as their police force.
The Manhunters originally sought to combat evil across the galaxy, but soon turned on their makers.
The Guardians squelch the uprising, and most of the Manhunters are killed off.
The few that survive go into hiding, plotting their revenge on the Guardians.
Origin and First Appearance, Man-Killer
Marvel Team-Up #8, Marvel Comics, 1973
Man-Killer is a brutal feminist and mercenary.
She has been a member of HYDRA, the Masters of Evil, and the Thunderbolts.
After a skiing accident that leaves Katrina Luisa Van Horn broken and disfigured, she is fitted with an exoskeleton that enhances her strength and ability.
Blaming fellow skier Karl Lubbings, Katrina adopts the alias Man-Killer and swears vengeance on all males.
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Origin and First Appearance, Man-Thing
Savage Tales #1, Marvel Comics, 1971
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Man-Thing began life as Ted Sallis, a scientist who was working on a new version of the Super-Soldier Serum.
Betrayed to the technological terrorist group AIM by his wife, he destroys his notes and injects himself with the serum, driving away in his car, only to crash into the swamp, where he is transformed into Man-Thing, a large creature made of plant matter with red eyes.
Man-Thing cannot speak, and has only vague memories of his previous life as Ted Sallis, but secretes acid when in the presence of violent emotions.
This happens to his wife, who is scarred by the acid.
Man-Thing has super-strength, and is an empathy, able to sense emotions directly. He can secrete acid when in the presence of violent emotions, and can also secrete a counter-agent to the acid.
Man-Thing is still active occasionally.
Origin and First Appearance, Martian Manhunter
Detective Comics #225, DC Comics, 1955
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DC's Martain Manhunter is J'onn J'onnz, a genuine green-skinned Martian brought to earth accidentally by a scientist working on a teleportation machine.
The scientist cannot send him back, and so J'onn J'onnz uses one of his many powers to change his appearance to that of earthling John Jones, and sets himself up financially by extracting gold from seawater.
He decides to help the earthlings fight crime, which was by then unknown on Mars, as Martian Manhunter.
He later joined the JLA, and has had so many powers and abilities added to his character that it is almost impossible to list them.
Origin and First Appearance, Marvel Girl
X-Men #1, Marvel Comics, 1963
Marvel Girl is the original alias of Jean Grey.
As a founding member of the X-Men, Marvel Girl was often the 'weakest' member of the team.
Later, Marvel Girl undergoes a powerful transformation and becomes Phoenix.
Jean Grey's daughter, Rachel Summers, adopts the Marvel Girl alias on occasion.
First Appearance, Marvelman
Marvelman #25, L. Miller and Son, 1954
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Marvelman was created as an act of expediency in the face of Fawcett's decision to stop producing superhero comics.
He was created to replace Captain Marvel for the British market, and the same numbering was used to continue the series with the new character.
For the new character, young Micky Moran meets an astrophysicist who gives him powers pretty much identical to Captain Marvel's, activated when he says the word "Kimota," which is a phonetically-backwards version of "atomic."
There was a Marvelman family as well.
In the 1980s, Alan Moore revived the Marvelman as Miracleman (lawsuits form Marvel were responsible). He turned the character into a godlike being, and the series into the sort of intelligent and gritty realism that Moore brings to everything he does.
Origin and First Appearance, Marvel Zombies
Ultimate Fantastic Four #21, Marvel Comics, 2005 / Marvel Zombies #1, Marvel Comics 2005
Marvel Zombies began as a Fantastic Four crossover story, where Mr. Fantastic is contacted by his parallel self from another world (Earth 2149).
Mr. Fantastic crosses over into the parallel world, only to find that it's infested with superhero zombies!
While the zombie superheroes mostly retain their personalities and intelligence, they are driven by their hunger for flesh.
Over time, the zombies begin slaughtering each other until only a few remain.
Eventually, the zombies leave Earth, taking their hunger to the rest of the galaxy.
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Origin and First Appearance, Mary Jane Watson
Amazing Spider-Man #42, Marvel Comics, 1966
After dodging her for several years, Peter Parker finally decides to meet Mary Jane.
Mary Jane is very beautiful and intelligent, and she and Peter have an on and off relation for several years before they marry.
After a few years of marriage, Peter and Mary Jane have several issues, mostly revolving around Peter's alter ego Spider-Man, their stillborn child, and her blossoming acting and modeling career.
Later, Mary Jane is kidnapped by a stalker for several months, mentally scarring her.
In a parallel universe, Peter and Mary Jane have two children. Eventually, she and Peter separate.
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Origin and First Appearance, Mary Marvel
Captain Marvel Adventures #18, Fawcett Comics, 1942
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Mary Marvel's arrival completed Fawcett's Marvel Family.
Unlike Captain Marvel, Jr., Mary Marvel turned out to be Billy Batson's long-lost twin sister, who'd been separated from Billy at birth and adopted by other parents.
As a Batson, she was also privy to the powers that Billy was able to access, and when she said "Shazam," she became as Marvelous, although not as hugely muscular, as Captain Marvel himself.
Mary had the same powers as her Marvel relatives, although her origin and her powers were altered somewhat after DC rebooted the Fawcett characters in the 1970s.
Origin and First Appearance, Massacre
Adventures of Superman #509, DC Comics, 1994
Massacre was a brutal alien who killed hundreds of people across different worlds.
Eventually, he comes to Earth, meeting Superman in battle.
However, before a victor can be decided, Massacre is captured by Tribunal and killed for his crimes.
Origin and First Appearance, Mastermind
X-Men #4, Marvel Comics, 1964
Mastermind was a powerful illusionist and telepath, and one of the founding members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Little is known about Jason Wyngarde before he became Mastermind.
During his many collaborations with Magneto and other villains, Mastermind became a fierce adversary of the X-Men.
After his death, Mastermind's legacy is carried on by his daughters.
Origin and First Appearance, Master Mold
X-Men #15, Marvel Comics, 1965
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Master Mold is a giant Sentinel capable of creating other Sentinels.
These Sentinels are programed to kill mutants.
Master Mold was created by Dr. Bolivar Trask, who sought to put an end to the mutant kind.
Origin and First Appearance, Master of the World
Alpha Flight #2, Marvel Comics, 1983
Eshu was a caveman who was abducted by aliens.
For thousands of years, the aliens horrifically experimented upon him.
Over time, Eshu became more intelligent and powerful, developing amazing psionic powers, superhuman strength, and immortality.
Calling himself Master of the World, Eshu seeks to make his name a reality and conquer Earth.
Origin and First Appearance, Master Pandemonium
West Coast Avengers #4, Marvel Comics, 1986
After Martin Preston loses his arm in a car accident, he makes a deal with Mephisto.
Instead of replacing his arm, Mephisto steals Martin's soul and removes all of his human limbs, replacing them with demon limbs.
Seeking to find his fragmented soul, Martin, now Master Pandemonium, comes into battle with Firebird, the Thing, and the West Coast Avengers.
Origin and First Appearance, Masters of Evil
Avengers #6, Marvel Comics, 1964
The Masters of Evil is a group of super villains bent on world domination.
Over the years, eight different groups have used the name. The original group was formed by Baron Heinrich Zemo.
Later, Ultron, Doctor Octopus, and the Crimson Cowl all become leaders of the group.
Origin and First Appearance, Matter Master
Brave and the Bold #35, DC Comics, 1961
Scientist Mark Mandrill was attempting to turn lead into gold, when his concoction explodes and creates a form of matter than can be controlled.
Turning the new mater into a wand, Mandrill gains the ability to manipulate matter into anything he chooses.
Using his new powers for a life of crime, Mandrill becomes the Matter Master and enemy of Hawkman and the Justice League.
Origin and First Appearance, Maxie Zeus
Detective Comics #483, DC Comics, 1979
Maxie Zeus is a deranged criminal who believes he is the Greek god Zeus.
Using his genius knowledge of criminal strategy, Zeus quickly climbs the ranks of the Gotham Underworld, pitting him against Batman several times over the years.
Origin and First Appearance, Maxima
Action Comics #645, DC Comics, 1989
Maxima is from the royal family of the planet Almerac.
She comes to Earth seeking a mate to sire her children, who would be heir to the Almerac throne.
Maxima meets Superman and believes he would be the perfect match for her. However, he thinks otherwise and turns her away.
Furious, Maxima joins the Superman Revenge Squad.
Origin and First Appearance, Maximus
Fantastic Four #47, Marvel Comics, 1966
Maximus is an Inhuman who possess psionic powers and mind controlling abilities as a result of genetic manipulation.
Because of his schizophrenic behavior, Maximus is sometimes called Maximus the Mad.
Maximus stole the Inhuman leadership position from his brother Black Bolt, and allied himself with several villains to help remain in control.
Origin and First Appearance, Medusa
Fantastic Four #36, Marvel Comics, 1965
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Medusa is an Inhuman and cousin of Maximus and Black Bolt.
Early in her life, she and Black Bolt become lovers after she releases him from his imprisonment.
Later, they marry and they have a son named Ahura.
Medusa is able to telepathically control her hair to lift heavy objects and use it as a whip.
Origin and First Appearance, Menace
Amazing Spider-Man #549, Marvel Comics, 2008
While Lily Hollister was dating Harry Osborn, she finds a secret journal of his that details the location of one of Green Goblin's secret hideouts.
Entering the hideout, she breaks several vials of a new Goblin Serum, mutating her horrifically.
Taking on the alter ego Menace, Lily goes on a rampage through New York City.
Origin and First Appearance, Mephisto
Silver Surfer #3, Marvel Comics, 1968
Mephisto is an evil demon who harvests souls from the people he makes deals with.
Over the years, Mephisto has his hands in several evil plots, including stealing Dr. Doom's mother's soul, creating his "son" Blackheart, and driving Scarlet Witch insane.
Mephisto claims that he was created when the "supreme being" committed suicide, resulting in the creation of all demons, the Marvel universe, and the Infinity Gems.
Origin and First Appearance, Merlyn
Justice League of America #94, DC Comics, 1971
Merlyn is the archer who inspired Oliver Queen to become Green Arrow.
After many years, Merlyn shows up as a member of the League of Assassins, attempting to kill Batman.
Green Arrow stops him.
Later, he sells his soul to Neron and joins the Killer Elite.
Origin and First Appearance, Metallo
Action Comics #252, DC Comics, 1959
Metallo is a cyborg and enemy of Superman.
Originally beginning life as John Corben, Metallo was created by Professor Emmet Vale after Corben was nearly killed in a car accident.
Metallo is able to use Kryptonite weapons against Superman, as well as morph into nearly any machine imaginable.
The easiest way to defeat him is by removing his head.
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Origin and First Appearance, Metamorpho
Brave and the Bold #57, DC Comics, 1965
Metamorpho started out as Rex Mason, a man hired to retrieve an artifact from an Egyptian pyramid.
Betrayed by his employer, he was knocked out ad exposed to radiation from the Orb of Ra, which transformed him into Metamorpho, capable of transforming himself into any element found in the human body, or any compound combining those elements.
The change also rendered him inhuman in appearance, because of which, Metamorpho regarded himself as a freak.
He is still active, although always troubled. He has died and been reborn several times since.
Origin and First Appearance, Midnight Sun
Special Marvel Edition #16, Marvel Comics, 1974
Midnight Sun is the protégé of the evil Fu Manchu and is a trained assassin.
While attempting to kill Shang-Chi, Midnight Sun is nearly killed, until Kang the Conqueror rescues him.
Kang enlists Midnight Sun into his army to fight against the Avengers, but after being defeated, Midnight Sun joins the Kree.
Because of severe facial scaring, Midnight Sun always wears a mask.
Origin and First Appearance, The Mighty Crusaders
Fly-Man #31, Archie Adventure Comics, 1964
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The Mighty Crusaders was Archie Comics' answer to the super-teams of Marvel and DC, consisting at first of The Shield, The Fly, The Black Hood, and The Jaguar, later joined by Flygirl and The Comet.
The team lasted less than a year, but were rebooted 20 years later, and then again in the 1990s by DC.
Origin and First Appearance, Mimic
X-Men #19, Marvel Comics, 1966
One day, Calvin Rankin was exposed to a dangerous chemical concoction, giving him the ability to temporarily absorb another person's powers.
Seeking to make the ability permanent, Calvin and his father built on a machine that would allow this, but his father died before it was finished.
Taking on the persona Mimic, Calvin joins the X-Men to steal their powers, but Professor Xavier wiped his memory.
Later, Calvin regains his memories and his powers.
Origin and First Appearance, Miracle Man
Fantastic Four #3, Marvel Comics, 1962
Miracle Man is a stage magician who uses his tricks and illusions to perform amazing criminal feats.
He is one of the Fantastic Four's earliest enemies.
Miracle Man is one of the villains killed by the Scourge of the Underworld, but is later resurrected by Hood.
Origin and First Appearance, Mirror Master
Flash #105, DC Comics, 1959
Sam Scudder was a small-time criminal who became obsessed with getting inside of a mirror.
Finally discovering how to become one with mirrors, Scudder develops the ability to use hypnotism, invisibility, holograms, physical transformations, communications and travel into other dimensions.
He and Flash would fight many times over the years.
Origin and First Appearance, Misfit
Birds of Prey #96, DC Comics, 2006
Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe first appears as an imitation of the original Batgirl, using a nearly identical costume.
Using her amazing abilities of teleportation, superhuman strength, and healing factor, she becomes a Gotham City vigilante.
After meeting Barbara Gordon and Oracle, Charlie stops using the Batgirl persona and develops her own – Misfit.
Origin and First Appearance,Miss America (Joan Dale)
Miliatary Comics #1, Quality Comics, 1941
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This Miss America (no relation to the Timely heroine of the same name) was a young reporter named Joan Dale.
One night, she dreamed that the Statue of Liberty gave her the power to transmute elements and instructed her to use these powers to combat crime. Upon waking, she found that she actually had that super-power.
Joan threw together a red, white, and blue outfit and decided to call herself Miss America.
The character only lasted seven issues before disappearing. After DC acquired her, she was retconned into the Earth Two All-Star Squadron.
Origin and First Appearance, Miss America (Madeline Frank)
Marvel Mystery Comics #49, Timely Comics, 1942
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Timely Comics' Miss America was a mainstay in their superhero comics until 1948.
She began as young Madeline Joyce, niece of a scientist who had acquired super-powers when a device he had built was struck by lightning. Young Madeline was inquisitive, and tinkered with the machine herself, and when it was struck again by lightning, gave her the powers of super-strength and flight.
She fought crime from then on as Miss Liberty, dressed in a modest patriotic costume and wearing glasses, one of the only superheroes to do so.
Later, she married Robert Frank, aka The Whizzer, her teammate on the All-Winners Squad. She died in childbirth bearing their second child.
Origin and First Appearance, Miss Martian
Teen Titans (vol. 3) #37, DC Comics, 2006
Miss Martian is a White Martian whose real name is M'gann M'orzz, but she simplifies it to Megan Morse while on Earth.
Miss Martian is a member of the Teen Titans, during the year between Infinite Crisis and the One Year Later stories.
Origin and First Appearance,Mr. America (Americommando)
ActionComics #33, DC Comics, 1941
Tex Thompson was a blond-haired Texan who left his life as the son of an oil millionaire to pursue adventure. When he saw some Nazis sink an American ship, he decided to become a mystery man and fight for justice.
He dyed his hair black, put on a red, white, and blue outfit, and carried a bullwhip.
Mr. America had no superpowers, but for a time had a flying carpet which he also wore as a cape.
Later, in the 1980s, Roy Thomas brought him back as Americommando to join the All-Star Squadron.
Origin and First Appearance, Mr. Freeze (originally Mr. Zero)
Batman #121, DC Comics, 1959
Dr. Victor Fries was working on an experimental ice gun when an explosion kills his wife.
As a result of the explosion, Fries must wear a cryogenic suit to keep his body temperature below freezing in order to survive.
Swearing revenge on those who caused the explosion, Dr. Fries becomes Mr. Freeze and uses his ice gun to freeze both heroes and villains he comes into contact with.
Although he is first named as the Batman villain Mr. Freeze in Detective Comics #373 in 1968, his first true appearance was as Mr. Zero in Batman #121 in 1959.
Origin and First Appearance, Mister Hyde
Journey into Mystery #99, Marvel Comics, 1963
Calvin Zabo was a medical scientist who was fascinated by the book the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Like the story, Zabo was convinced that through experimentation, he could release his full bestial form.
After years of systematically robbing various companies and industries for money to fund his experiments, Zabo succeeds in creating a serum that turns him into a hulking beast.
Origin and First Appearance, Mister Mind and the Monster Society of Evil
Captain Marvel Adventures #26, Fawcett / DC Comics, 1943
Mister Mind is a two-inch alien worm of high intelligence.
Mister Mind uses his villainous Monster Society of Evil to carry out his evil plans.
Over the years, membership in Mister Mind's organization has changed dramatically.
At one time, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Black Adam, and Captain Nazi were all members.
Origin and First Appearance, Mister Miracle
Mister Miracle #1, DC Comics, 1971
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Scott Free was the son of Highfather of New Genesis, who was traded to Apokolips where he became Darkseid's adopted son in exchange for Darkseid's son Orion.
He was raised in Granny Goodness' orphanage on Apokolips, but was helped to escape by Big Barda (whom he would later marry) and then traveled to earth, where he became the escape artist Mister Miracle.
Scott possesses genius-level intelligence, has superhuman strength, speed, and endurance, understands the anti-life equation, and can control the Alpha Effect.
He spent some of his later years living in the suburbs with Barda, in an attempt at living a quiet life. He is also functionally immortal.
Origin and First Appearance, Mister Terrific; Origin, Wonder Woman
Sensation Comics #1, DC Comics, 1942
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With a green, yellow, and red costume bearing the legend "Fair Play" on his chest, Mister Terrific was the costumed alter-ego of Terry Sloane, a millionaire renaissance man with a photographic memory, martial arts mastery, and athletic skills par excellence.
A prodigy, Sloane had graduated from college at age 13, and soon after made his first million. Bored and suicidal by the time he reached adulthood, he was snapped out of his depression by an opportunity to save someone's life. Doing so made him feel good, and he decided to become Mister Terrific to fight evil and combat juvenile delinquency.
He joined the Justice Society of America, and was a member for many years, eventually dying at the hands of the Spirit King.
This issue also features a detailed origin of Wonder Woman.
Origin and First Appearance, Mr. Mxyzptlk
Superman #30, DC Comics, 1944
Mr. Mxyzptlk is a trickster and joker in the classical sense, often creating havoc for Superman until he himself is tricked.
On most occasions, he can be defeated by saying his name backwards, which sends him back to the 5th Dimension.
Origin and First Appearance, Mister Sinister
Uncanny X-Men #221, Marvel Comics, 1987
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Mister Sinister is one of the greatest X-Men villains.
He originally began as Dr. Nathanial Essex, a genius biologist and geneticist who studied the increasing number of mutations in humans.
Dr. Essex meets Apocalypse, who transforms him into an all-powerful being, capable of immortality.
Over the years, Essex studies and manipulates mutant children, including Scott Summers (Cyclops).
Origin and First Appearance, Mr. Twister
Brave and the Bold #54, DC Comics, 1964
When Bromwell Stikk was exiled from his hometown of Hatton Corners, he goes to live on Goat Island.
There, he discovers a Native American shaman staff that gives him the ability to control nature.
Returning to Hatton Corners, Bromwell becomes Mr. Twister and summons a tornado to hold the town hostage.
Kid Flash, Robin, and Aqualad show up and put an end to Mr. Twister's terror.
This also becomes the start of the Teen Titans.
Origin and First Appearance, MODOK
Tales of Suspense #93, Marvel Comics, 1967
George Tarleton was a member of the organization Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), who was subjected to experimentation via the Cosmic Cube.
As a result of the experiments, Tarleton becomes incredibly intelligent and psionic, but his head is so large that he requires a hover chair.
MODOK stands for Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing.
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Origin and First Appearance, Mole Man
Fantastic Four #1, Marvel Comics, 1961
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Harvey Elder was a nuclear engineer and explorer who believed in a Hollow Earth theory.
Elder was not well-liked, due to his abrasive personality and his dwarfish appearance.
One day while exploring, Elder fell into a hole that led to Subterranea, deep below the earth's crust.
Elder eventually became the ruler of the Moloids, who help him attack people and places on Earth's surface.
Origin and First Appearance, Molecule Man
Fantastic Four #20, Marvel Comics, 1963
One day while working in the lab, Owen Reece accidentally activated an experimental particle generator which exposed him to a new form of radiation.
As a result of the radiation, Reece found that he could manipulate all forms of matter and energy.
However, the generator also opened a portal which allowed the Beyonder to travel to Earth from its dimension.
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Origin and First Appearance, Moloid Subterraneans
Fantastic Four #22, Marvel Comics, 1964
The Moloids are a Subterranean race created by the Deviants.
The Moloids are the physically weakest of the Subterraneans, and serve the Mole Man.
Origin and First Appearance, Molten Man
Amazing Spider-Man #28, Marvel Comics, 1965
Mark Raxton is a scientist who develops an experimental liquid metallic alloy from a radioactive meteor.
When he attempts to steal it from his employers, Raxton spills it all over himself.
As a result of the exposure, Raxton's skin becomes a slick metal, but also capable of turning into molten lava.
In the beginning, Molten Man and Spider-Man often battle, but they later become friends after Spider-Man saves him from Green Goblin.
Later, Spider-Man helps find a cure for Raxton's condition.
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Origin and First Appearance, Molten Man-Thing
Tales of Suspense #7, Marvel Comics, 1960
Molten Man-Thing is a creation of the Deviants.
It lives inside of a Volcano on the island of Napuka.
The early pre-Iron Man Tales of Suspense were not Superhero books. They usually featured creature stories or soft horror, science fiction etc.
Tales of Suspense #39 introduced Iron Man to the world, and the series changed direction to become all hero.
Origin and First Appearance, Mongal
Showcase '95 #8, DC Comics, 1995
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Mongal is the daughter of tyrant Mongul I and brother of Mongul II.
Like the rest of her family, she is interested in domination over others.
After Maxima's death, Mongal was chosen as the ruler of Almerac.
Later, she is killed by her brother Mongul, when he punches her in the head, decapitating her.
Origin and First Appearance, Mongul
DC Comics Presents #27, DC Comics, 1980
Mongul was the ruler of the planet Warworld, until he was exiled following a revolution by the planet's population.
Later, he was imprisoned in the Slab, a prison for super villains.
When Neron approached Mongul offering enhanced powers in exchange for his soul, Mongul refused, and Neron killed him.
Origin and First Appearance, Mongul
Showcase '95 #8, DC Comics, 1995
Mongul, also known as Mongul II, is the son of the first Mongul.
Following in his father's footsteps, Mongul II becomes a tyrannical leader, forcing dozens of people into doing his bidding.
Later, he forces himself into the leadership position of Sinestro Corp, but is killed when a Sinestro throws him into the Central Power Battery.
Origin and First Appearance, Monica Rambeau
Amazing Spider Man Annual #16, Marvel Comics, 1982
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Monica Rambeau became a new Captain Marvel, although she was unrelated to Mar-Vell. Later, she would be known as Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum.
Monica was working in the New Orleans harbor patrol when she was blasted by "extra-dimensional energy," and gained the ability to transform her body into any type of energy on the electromagnetic spectrum.
While in her energy form, she can travel at the speed of light as well as through the vacuum of space. She can also generate, absorb, or control any form of energy.
After many name changes, Monica is still around, using her super-powers for good.
Origin and First Appearance, Monocle
Flash Comics #64, DC Comics, 1945
Jonathan Cheval is the owner of an optical shop, until a crime boss causes him to lose his business.
Seeking revenge, Cheval invents monocles that can emit beams of energy.
He uses his invention to kill a number of criminals, but is eventually jailed by Hawkman.
Later, Monocle goes on to join the Secret Society of Super Villains.
Origin and First Appearance, Monsieur Stigmonus
The Spectre (vol. 4) #6, DC Comics, 2001
While Hal Jordan was coming to terms with his role as the Spirit of Vengeance, he begins to question whether vengeance is really necessary, and began considering the role of the Spirit of Redemption instead.
From nowhere, Monsieur Stigmonus shows up and begins tormenting Hal, attempting to cast doubt upon Hal's new direction.
Later, Hal realized that Stigmonus was a reflection of pain, misery, doubt, despair, and hopelessness, and that the only way to truly fight him was with hope, love, and forgiveness.
Stigmonus appears later as Sinestro.
Origin and First Appearance, Moondark
Marvel Team-Up Comics #12, Marvel Comics, 1973
Moondark is a sorcerer posing as a stage magician.
He is able to create powerful illusions and fire energy beams.
After battling with Spider-Man, he is killed, but mysteriously resurrected by the Dark Beings, whom Moondark worships.
Origin and First Appearance, Moon Girl
Moon Girl and the Prince #1, EC Comics, 1947
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Clair Lune was the alter ego of Moon Girl, who appeared in seven issues of a comic with an ever-shifting title from EC Comics.
She was a princess in a far-off fictional land called Samarkand, and had a moonstone which made her invincible in battle and gave her super-strength.
Like Wonder Woman, she had a telepathically-controlled plane called "the Moonship".
EC abandoned the idea of superhero comics as the 1940s went on, and Moon Girl ended up in the public domain.
Origin and First Appearance, Moon Knight
Werewolf By Night #32, Marvel Comics, 1975
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Moon Knight made his first appearance battling Jack Russell, the werewolf by night, but his origin would be told later.
Moon Knight is Marc Spector, son of a Rabbi who traveled the world as a mercenary, training along the way in boxing and savate.
While in Egypt, he was betrayed by Raoul Bushman, the gangster he was then working for, and left to die in front of a statue of the Egyptian moon goddess, Khonshu.
Spector's heart stops, and he has a vision in which Khonshu promises to spare his life if he becomes her champion on earth.
He agrees, and rises, wrapping himself in the silver shroud he found on the altar. He finds and vanquishes Bushman, and returns to America with his sidekick, Frenchie, to begin a career as Moon Knight, with a silver costume based on the shroud of Khonshu.
Moon Knight is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, a gifted gymnast, a top-notch athlete, an experienced aviator, and a deadly marksman. Moon Knight remains active today.
Origin and First Appearance, Moonstone
Incredible Hulk #228, Marvel Comics, 1978
Karla Sofen was a psychologist tired of her normal daily life.
To escape, she became a partner of Doctor Faustus and learned about Lloyd Bloch and his amazing Kree moonstone.
Seeking more power, Karla convinces Lloyd to hand over his moonstone.
In turn, Karla gains the ability to fly, become intangible, and shoot energy beams.
Using her new powers, she becomes Moonstone and a member of the villainous Thunderbolts.
Origin and First Appearance, Morbius the Living Vampire
Amazing Spider-Man #101, Marvel Comics, 1971
Michael Morbius was once a biochemist who attempted to cure himself of a blood disease with an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshock therapy.
The experiment went horrifically wrong and he instead became a human-vampire with vampire powers and a thirst for blood.
Although Morbius is mostly a Spider-Man villain, he has displayed his own penchant for crime fighting.
Origin and First Appearance, Morgan Edge
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #133, DC Comics, 1970
Morgan Edge was the president of the Galaxy Broadcasting System, and one of the wealthiest men in Metropolis.
Edge had strong ties to Apokolips-based Intergang, and he swore allegiance to Darkseid.
Origin and First Appearance, Morgan le Fay
Black Knight #1, Atlas Comics (Marvel Comics), 1955
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Morgan le Fay is a half-faerie, trained in the ways of magic by Merlin himself.
During Medieval times, she aspired to rule over Britain, but was repeatedly stopped by King Arthur.
Later, le Fay comes into contact with a time-traveling Doctor Doom, who attempts to help her, but they are stopped by Iron Man.
Several centuries after being defeated, le Fay reincarnates herself using various people.
Origin and First Appearance, Morlun
Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 2) #30, Marvel Comics, 2001
Before Morlun appeared, Spider-Man met a man named Ezekiel, who explained to him the spider that had bitten Peter Parker did so to pass its abilities on before it died.
This made Spider-Man a "totem," a bridge between man and beast.
Ezekiel warned Spider-Man that someone would show up to feed on the totem. This would be Morlun.
Little is known about Morlun, expect that he exists only to feed on totems to steal their life force. He is an incredibly powerful foe who is seemingly immortal.
Later, Morlun beats Spider-Man to near death.
Origin and First Appearance, Mortalla
Orion #6, DC Comics, 2000
Mortalla is a New God of Apokolips and member of Darkseid's Elite.
Mortalla is also the wife of Darkseid, and mother of Orion.
Origin and First Appearance, Mortician
Batman: Gotham Knights #28, DC Comics, 2002
Porter Vito was a funeral director in Gotham.
However, on the side, he was engaged in a disturbing practice: bringing people back from the dead as zombies.
After one of his zombies commits murder, Batman and Robin investigate and discover the Vito's plans.
Most recently, Vito was an Arkham Asylum inmate.
Origin and First Appearance, Moses Magnum
Giant-Size Spider-Man #4, Marvel Comics, 1975
Moses Magnum is an arms dealer and weapons expert.
After a near death battle with Luke Cage, he is rescued by Apocalypse, and granted superhuman strength and the ability to cause earthquakes.
Since then, he has been an enemy of the X-Men, the Avengers, and Daken.
Origin and First Appearance, Mud Pack
Secret Origins (vol 2) #44, DC Comics, 1989
The Mud Pack was a team formed from every Batman villain who had called themselves Clayface.
Their goal is to succeed where the other Clayfaces failed, and defeat Batman.
The Mud Pack was created by Sondra Fuller, AKA Lady Clay, with three other Clayfaces, including the original, Basil Karlo.
Origin and First Appearance, Murmur
Generation X #11, Marvel Comics, 1992 / Alpha Flight (vol. 2) #1, Marvel Comics, 1997
The original Murmur was a mutant who was an Emplate minion and battled against Generation X.
He had the ability to create portals, but was depowered after M-Day.
Another mutant named Murmur appeared as a member of Alpha Flight.
She had mind control and psionic powers, but these were stripped by Decimation.
Origin and First Appearance, Mysterio
Amazing Spider-Man #13, Marvel Comics, 1964
Quentin Beck was a special effects artist and stuntman who went by the name Mysterio.
Fearing his career was coming to an end, Mysterio begins using his mastery of illusion to begin a life of crime.
Mysterio uses a special suit and helmet to his advantage.
Over the years, he is seen using advanced weaponry and technological advancements, such as his smokescreen cape, his boots that allow him to leap great distances, and various powerful gases.
Later, two other people use the Mysterio alias.
Origin and First Appearance, Mystique
Ms. Marvel #16, Marvel Comics, 1978
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Mystique is a powerful shapeshifter with the ability to become any person (or mutant).
She is said to be over 100 years old, and is the mother of Nightcrawler and Grayden Creed.
Mystique has acted as both an ally and X-Men villain.
To help squelch anti-mutant hostility, she helped found the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with Magneto.
Later, she goes on to join the X-Men.
Mystique and fellow mutant Destiny were romantically involved for many years. After Destiny's death, Mystique nearly goes insane and has never fully recovered.
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