Real Name: Phillip Durant
Occupation: Slayer of women
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Former lover of Fah Lo Suee
Enemies: Shang-Chi, Leiko Wu, Clive Reston, Melissa Greville
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Whitechapel, London, England
First Appearance: Master of Kung Fu I#100 (May, 1981)
Powers: The Mad Slayer's mind was reprogrammed, with all traces of the man he was erased. He was overcome with a compelling urge to kill any woman he saw, using the same modus operandi as Jack the Ripper. He was also treated with the Elixer Vitae, granting him an increased lifespan, and a propensity to survive even fatal wounds.
History: (Master of Kung Fu I#100 (fb))- To revenge himself upon his daughter Fah Lo Suee for a past betrayl, Fu Manchu warped the mind of her lover Phillip, so that he took upon mental pathways of Jack the Ripper, of whom Fu Manchu had unspecified intimate knowledge. Fah Lo Suee cut him loose before Fu Manchu could modify the program to ease the madness the process brought about, and Phillip escaped.
(Master of Kung Fu I#99 (BTS))- Years later, with word that a madman in Whitechapel was murdering women in the fashion of Jack the Ripper, Leiko Wu journeyed there to investigate.
(Master of Kung Fu I#100)- Leiko was able to save one of the Mad Slayer's intended victims, but in the course of this, was cut open by him.
Leiko's friends Shang-Chi and Clive Reston decided to bait the Slayer, by using Melissa Greville. The ploy was successful, and Shang confronted him in his lair, filled with the skeletons of past victims. He put up a ferocious fight, but Shang's focused blows managed to defeat him.
Just then, Fah Lo Suee arrived, hoping that she might save her one-time lover by restoring his sanity-- or, failing that, cut him off from the Elixer Vitae so he could finally die. But the Slayer proved unable to control his compulsion to kill women, and attacked her, forcing her to shoot him dead.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Mike Zeck.
Fu Manchu's ability to recreate the Ripper's psychological
state in others suggests he may have done the same to the original, or that the
original might have been an agent of his, though this is not confirmed.
Phillip's last name was revealed in Marvel Atlas#1.
by Prime Eternal
Clarifications: The Mad Slayer should not be confused with:
Master of Kung Fu I#100 (May, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Gene Day (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 03/18/05
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