MADAM MACABRE

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, technology user, Chinese citizen

Occupation: Art Thief, would-be world conqueror

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Gogo (servant), Kalya, Mandarin (former mentor)

Enemies: Giant Man (Henry Pym), Wasp

Known Relatives: father (unnamed)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: a "strange laboratory" in Manhattan, New York City; formerly a Lamasery (presumably in Tibet)

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#66 (April, 1965)

Powers: None. Madam Macabre used a series of circuits which allowed her to mentally change the size of objects fashioned from a certain form of plastic. She concealed this circuitry under her wig so as to make herself appear able to perform these acts of her own power. Among these objects seen were tractors and other forms of transportation, and a pre-fabricated room. Motorized objects were completely functional at reduced or enlarged sizes. She also had a number of Chinese men who served her will.

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Dark brown
Hair: Black

History: (Tales To Astonish I#66 (fb))-According to Madam Macabre, she was chosen as a toddler by the Mandarin to receive an education. She and her father had been nearly crushed by falling packages while pulling a rickshaw, but they were saved by the Mandarin. He was impressed when he saw the young girl carrying an abacus instead of a doll. He had her taken from her family, and sent to a Lamasery where she studied for years. Her training involved the ancient arts and skills of the Far East. She designed (or perhaps was given by the Mandarin or another) the technology to allow her to alter the size of objects made of a certain type of plastic fashioned by her servant Gogo.

(Tales To Astonish I#66)-Now operating in Manhattan, Madam Macabre had her servant, Gogo, design miniature equipment, which she could change to whatever size she pleased. She was allied with other agents in a plot to steal valuble paintings from a museum. Her ultimate goal was to throw the USA into chaos, in hopes that she might come to take it over. However, she felt limited by her ability to only change the size of certain objects, and she sought out the super-hero Giant-Man, in hopes that he would either teach her to change the size of other objects and living things, or would join forces with her. Giant-Man was initially intrigued by her, but sent her away after learning her true motivations.

On the advice of Gogo, Madam Macabre had some of her manservants ambush the Wasp and knock her out with choloform gas. Giant-Man tracked down and rescued his partner, but walked into a trap, and was imprisoned within a room that Madam Macabre shrunk around him. The Wasp revived, and after some struggle, knocked off Madam Macabre's wig, revealing it as the source of her powers. She used the wig to free Giant-Man, and the two sent Madam Macabre to prison. Madam Macabre told Giant-Man that he had won their first encounter, but that the final victory would be hers.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Bobby Powell.

Madam Macabre also claimed to have learned to mentally change the size of objects in the Lamasery, which she was later shown to be using technology to do. Her origins remain questionable.

She is apparently waiting a long time to gain her revenge, just when he least expects it!

Madame Macabre has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.

Clarifications:

Madame Macabre has no known connection to:

Gogo should not be confused with:

Kalya should not be confused with:

  • Kayla, Wolverine character @ Marvel Comisc Presents#132
  • any other character named Kayla

Gogo was the designer of Madam Macabre's equipment. He may have discovered or designed it, as well as the circuitry she used to alter it. He was fiercely loyal to her. He apparently suffered from dwarfism, and was often ridiculed by her other servants.

 

 

 

 


Kalya was one of Madam Macabre's field agents. He would drop off some of her creations in strategic locations, where she might use them later. He often antagonized Gogo.

 

 

 

 

 


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Last updated: 05/06/04

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