Real Name: Karl Maddicks
Occupation: Research scientist, geneticist, former employee of the Secret Empire, Brand Corporation (a subsidiary of Roxxon), and Ryan Biochemicals
Group Membership: Former agent of Secret Empire
Affiliations: Employed Tower, former co-worker of Linda Donaldson and Hank McCoy (Beast)
Enemies: Beast (Hank McCoy)
Known Relatives: Arthur "Artie" Maddicks(son), ex-wife(deceased)
Base of Operations: Ryan Biochemicals in Georgia, formerly the Brand Corporation
First Appearance: Amazing Adventures II#11 (March, 1972)
Powers/Abilities: Maddicks is a brilliant geneticist and biochemist, although his abilities are below those of Henry McCoy.
History: (Amazing Adventures II#11) - Maddicks was secretly a member of the second Secret Empire while employed at the Brand Corporation. While there, another worker, Henry McCoy, secretly the mutant Beast, isolated the chemical compound responsible for mutation. Maddicks' superiors in the Secret Empire sent him to steal the formula, but McCoy, fearing such action, took the formula himself both to make it unavailable and to investigate the theft without being recognized. McCoy succeeded in defeating Maddicks, but ended up trapped in the mutated form which is his current state.
(Amazing Adventures II#11, Captain America#175, X-Factor I#2-3 (fb)) - Maddicks' superiors punished his failure by shooting him and leaving him for dead. However, he survived and made it to a hospital to recover. The Secret Empire was eventually uncovered and defeated by Captain America. Maddicks relocated to Georgia, where he was hired by Ryan Biochemical. After his ex-wife died, he was given custody of his son, Artie. Artie was a mutant, whose was horribly deformed when his powers surfaced, in addition to gaining mental projection abilities.
(X-Factor I#2-3) - Maddicks, secretly using Ryan's facilities, attempted to reverse the physical mutation, but was unable to fully perfect the process. He then hired the mutant known as Tower to kidnap McCoy. He showed McCoy his calculations, knowing he would mentally evaluate them, and had his son Artie project McCoy's thoughts, so he could learn what modifications were necessary. When the process was complete, he tested it on McCoy himself, who narrowly survived, but returned to his original, more human form.
(X-Factor I#3) - However, Tower revealed the location of Maddicks to X-Factor, who tracked him to his laboratory. X-Factor overcame Ryan's formidable defenses and located Maddicks. However, the guards followed as well. Fearing that his inhuman-appearing son would be injured, Maddicks sent him away with X-Factor. When the guards arrived, Maddicks shot at them, causing them to return fire, presumably killing him. Artie witnesses his father's death via mental projection.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, revisited by Bob Layton and Jackson Guice
Excellent use and follow up on an older character.
Artie was trained by X-Factor and later Generation X.
Amazing Adventures II#11 (March, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain America I#175 (July, 1974) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
X-Factor I#1-3 (February, 1986) - Bob Layton (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils), Bob Layton, Jackson Guice & Joe Rubinstein (inks), Mike Carlin & Michael Higgins (editors)
X-Factor I#2 (March, 1986) - Jack Guice & Bob Layton (writers), Jackson Guice (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#3 (April, 1986) - Bob Layton (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Last updated: 11/20/02
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