CADAVER

Real Name: Cody Fleischer

Identity/Class: Human, mystically empowered

Occupation: Avatar of Agamotto

Group Membership: Secret Defenders

Affiliations: Luke Cage, Cognoscenti (Joshua Pryce & Al), Dagger, Deadpool, Deathlok (Michael Collins), Drax, Hulk, R.G. Mathieson, Shadowoman, Silver Surfer, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Sub-Mariner, U.S. Agent, Vishanti, (former) Dr. Druid

Enemies: Dr. Druid, Malachi, Slaymaker, Slorioth, Swarm

Known Relatives: Mr. Fleischer (father)

Aliases: Fist of the Vishanti, Pale Horseman

Base of Operations: Currently, unknown
formerly, Dr. Druid's townhouse, Boston, Massachusetts
formerly, Seattle, Washington

First Appearance: Secret Defenders#16 (June, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Cadaver's body is comprised of a mystical blue flame, which can heal his wounds almost instantly. By drawing one of his ribcage bones out of his chest, Cadaver can transform it into his Sword of Bone, a mystical weapon covered with blue flame and can harm even superhumans such as the Hulk.

Height: (Cody) 5'9"; (Cadaver) 6'2"
Weight: (Cody) 160 lbs.; (Cadaver) 200 lbs.
Eyes: (Cody) Brown; (Cadaver) Black with white pupils
Hair: (Cody) Brown; (Cadaver) Grey

History: (Secret Defenders#16)- Cody Fleischer was hanging out with his friends at a graveyard when the sorceress Malachi appeared, desperate for life energy to empower herself. She kissed Cody, taking his life-force into herself through the Moebius Stone, then set off to find the last fragment of the Moebius Stone she coveted. However, Cody was restored to life by a spell cast by Agamotto, to serve as the guardian of the fragment, his Pale Horseman, Cadaver. Cadaver drew the Sword of Bone from his chest and set after Malachi alongside the Secret Defenders, but found his mind clouded, still believing himself to be Cody. Malachi managed to obtain the final fragment.

(Secret Defenders#17)- Cadaver fought back against Malachi, but was conflicted due to his human memories. Malachi was finally slain by Deadpool, but then Strange, Dr. Strange's servant attempted to claim the Moebius Stone. Cadaver opposed him, and Strange attempted to claim the Sword of Bone as well, but it assaulted him when he touched it. Dr. Druid was able to destroy the Moebius Stone, driving Strange off.

(Secret Defenders#18-19)- Cadaver joined Shadowoman, Dr. Druid and R.G. Mathieson in confronting Swarm, as it attempted to control the Rand-Meachum supercollider. Cadaver was temporarily separated from his sword by Swarm's insects, but Dr. Druid recovered it for him, and he helped hold Swarm back long enough for Dr. Druid to convince Swarm to stand down, lest humanity destroy it.

(Secret Defenders#20)- Cadaver wanted to go home to his friends and family, and was teleported back to Seattle by Dr. Druid. He tried to meet up with his friend Frank, but Frank was terrified by him and ran away. Next, he went to visit his father, but his father suffered a heart attack when Cody told him who he was. Cody called an ambulance for him, then left.

(Secret Defenders#21)- Cadaver was then summoned by Dr. Druid to journey to San Francisco to aid him and Spider-Woman against Slaymaker. Stealing a motorcycle, Cadaver drove off, smashing his way through a toll booth. Onlookers mistook him for Ghost Rider.

Breaking his way into Slaymaker's lair in the sewers, Cadaver clashed with Slaymaker's creations, and was soon joined by the U.S. Agent, come to find Spider-Woman. Dr. Druid set Cody on fire to help him drive off the creatures, and Slaymaker was finally placed in a coma when Dr. Druid altered his Panentropic Engine.

(Secret Defenders#22)- Cadaver was watching television when Shadowoman emerged from the Bride of Slorioth, angered with Dr. Druid. By the time he caught up with her, Dr. Druid had already calmed her, and informed Cadaver and Shadowoman that he was ready to free them all of their respective curses. He then teleported them to Starkesboro.

(Secret Defenders#23)- Cadaver and the others met up with Deathlok, Dagger and Drax, their teammates for this mission. Dr. Druid led them to the Gates of Perdition, where he was to confront the demon Slorioth. However, as Dr. Druid departed, the original Defenders-- Silver Surfer, Hulk and Sub-Mariner-- appeared to oppose the Secret Defenders.

(Secret Defenders#24)- Cadaver reluctantly engaged the Hulk in battle, musing, "Maybe if I'm lucky, the worst that'll happen is I'll be set on fire!" He managed to harm the Hulk with his sword, but the Hulk then struck him so hard that part of Cadaver's body was knocked off. His body managed to heal the wound with the blue flame, and rejoined the battle, slashing Namor in the back as he fought Deathlok. Just then, their battle was interrupted when the demon Slorioth arose.

(Secret Defenders#25)- The two teams of Defenders fought Slorioth, but Sepulcre and Cadaver were taken aside by Joshua Pryce to face the real threat-- Dr. Druid, corrupted by his dark side. Dr. Druid assaulted Cadaver, blasting him through the chest, then melting his body. Ultimately, Joshua Pryce brought in the Vishanti and Living Tribunal, who drove off Dr. Druid and Slorioth. Before departing, Agamotto rose Cadaver back to life (or unlife), noting that he would have need of him until the end of the War of the Seven Spheres-- which would take another five thousand years. Cadaver was angered to learn he would go on existing for so long.

Shadowoman and Cadaver met with Pryce afterward, and decided to go their separate ways, but noted that "if the world ever needs saving...and all the good super-heroes are busy," they would meet again.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Cadaver as a potential Initiative recruit.

Comments: Created by Tom Brevoort, Mike Kanterovich, Bill Wylie and Tony Dezuniga.

Any connection between Cadaver's blue flame and that of the Blue Blaze, the 1940's hero? Inquiring minds want to know.

The War of the Seven Spheres wound up being resolved mostly off-panel (in Sensational Spider-Man#22). What does this mean for Cadaver? Beats me.

Cadaver has an entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cadaver should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Secret Defenders#16, cover
Secret Defenders#16, page 12, panel 2
Secret Defenders#16, page 19, panel 2-3


Secret Defenders#17-25 (July, 1994 - March, 1995) - Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich (writer), Jerry Decaire (#17) & Bill Wylie (#18-25) (pencils), Tony DeZuniga & Hudson (#18) (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)

Last updated: 08/11/04

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