Real Name: Dr. Leonard Mynde
Identity/Class: Human cyborg, mad scientist
Occupation: Would-be World-Conqueror; former weapons developer for US military
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Madame Synn; former colleague of Dr. Benjamin Savannah
Enemies: Captain Mar-Vell; Rick Jones, Benjamin and Lou-Ann Savannah, US Government and Army
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Android-Man (on the cover of Captain Marvel#24)
Base of Operations: an estate in Northern Virginia
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#24 (January, 1973)
Powers: Dr. Mynde possesses a robot/android body attached to his human head. He has superhuman strength (Class 5?) and durability (in his body--his head is otherwise normal). He can fire energy blasts from his wrist cannons, and has powerful gripping claws for hands. He sometimes poses as being paralyzed, uses a wheelchair, and covers himself with a cloak, to disguise his true nature.
He also controlled an army of paramilitary soldiers, armed with conventional and unconventional weaponry, such as the Helio-Jets.
History: (Captain Marvel I#24 (fb) ) - Some time ago, Dr. Leonard Mynde worked alongside Professor Benjamin Savannah, designing weapons of warfare for the Pentagon. Mynde learned that their weapons were being stored in some hidden basement--an arsenal powerful enough to destroy the world. He searched the files for the location of the hidden weapon supply, but just as he learned it, he was caught.
Mynde was dismissed from his post and warned never to speak of his discoveries. However, he soon found he was dying of radiation poisoning from one of his experiments. He built a new body out of steel, and he had his human head transplanted onto it.
BTS - At some point, Mynde became allied with Madame Synn.
(Captain Marvel I#24) - Four years after his time at the Pentagon, Mynde decided to raid the Pentagon to take the weapons he and Savannah had designed. After taking over the weapons, his army would then takeover the USA, and then the world. He obtained Rick Jones' long-abandoned Avengers ID card, and determined to use it to gain access the Pentagon.
Reuniting with Savannah, Mynde offered to cure his friend Rick Jones from the troubles he'd been having with photon energy. Rick went with Mynde, but learned of his true plans. Madame Synn subdued Rick, and then Mynde showed him that they had taken Professor Savannah and his niece Lou Ann hostage. Mynde used this leverage to coerce Rick into using his Avengers ID to get into the Pentagon.
Once inside the Pentagon, Mynde directed his troops to use the Helio-Jets to assault the military HQ. Rick took advantage of the chaos and transformed into Mar-Vell. Mynde and Synn held their own against Mar-Vell, until Synn accidentally got in the way of one of Mynde's blasts, and was killed. Despondent, Mynde lost his marbles, and put his blaster to his head and killed himself, as well.
Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman and Wayne Boring
Dr. Mynde's name is almost certainly a tribute or in-joke to the name of Mr. Mind, who was an enemy of DC's Captain Marvel (SHAZAM).
Other disemboed heads in the Marvel Universe: the Brain, the Head, Chondu the Mystic, Cameron Hodge and Frost
CLARIFICATIONS: There are way, way, way, way too many Doctor this and Madame that to get into this. This is the only appearance of these two, so all others are not them.
The connection and history between Synn and Mynde are unknown, although he does refer to her as "My Dear." She is highly skilled in armed and unarmed combat. She's a master marksperson, and has been seen using bolas. She is presumably skilled with other weapons as well. She's sufficiently talented in combat to take out Rick Jones (trained by Captain America), and to do a judo-type flip on Marv. She did not demonstrate any superhuman abilities.
--Captain Marvel I#24
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Last updated: 08/02/02
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