Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Uncertain, either a human mutate (native of Mexico), or a robot that believed itself to be human
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mr. Kline/Assassin (employer and director), Doomprayer and the Dark Ones (agents)
Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark), Marianne Rodgers (pawn)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A subterranean base below Washington, D.C.
Appearances: Iron Man I#42 (October, 1971)
Powers: Mikas could draw on the energy of the Earth for a variety of effects, including superhuman physical powers, teleportation, firing powerful energy blasts, forming energy shields, etc. He also possessed psychic powers, enabling him to cast illusions and mentally control some people.
The nature of the beings that served Mikas (such as Doomprayer, the Dark Ones, and a pair of demon-like creatures) is unrevealed; they may have been robots, illusions, or mutated living creatures.
History: Mikas claimed to be a boy found in Mexico and mutated by Mr. Kline.
(Iron Man I#42) - Mr.Kline sent Mikas to take control of Marianne Rodgers, who had foiled the plot of two of his previous operatives, Demetrius and the Slasher. Mikas succeeded in making Marianne his pawn, despite her own formidable psychic powers. Using Marianne as bait, Mikas forced Iron Man to break out of a prison where he was being willingly held for crimes accused by Senator McJavit (actually a robot serving Kline). Iron Man traced Mikas and Marianne to his subterranean base, where he was overpowered.
(Iron Man I#43) - Mikas continued to batter Iron Man to prove his power, foiling his every attempt at an attack. Eventually, seeing the man she loved being beaten re-awakened the mind of Marianne Rodgers, and she broke Mikas' control. Kline made contact with Mikas and instructed him to end the battle by slaying Iron Man. Mikas summoned the Dark Ones to either kill Iron Man and Marianne or throw them to Doomprayer. Iron Man, desperate to save Marianne, released all of his armor's remaining energy (including his life support) in one devastating blast, which brought down Mikas' base, apparently killing Mikas and his allies. The Guardsman (Kevin O'Brian) was following a set of instructions to find and help Iron Man if he didn't report back at regular intervals. He arrived in time to recharge Iron Man's armor and save his life. A fragment of a mechanical hand was seen in the rubble of Mikas' base, indicating that he may have been a robot.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and George Tuska.
Clarifications: The Dark Ones used by Mikas have no known connection to:
The Dark Ones
The Dark Ones appeared to be two large robots, although they could have been men in armor. They presumably possessed superhuman strength sufficient to combat Iron Man, and possibly other abilities as well. However, they were destroyed by the collapse of Mikas' base before they could be observed in action.
Doomprayer was told in legends to have been an immense snake, whose coils wound down to the molten core of the Earth. Whether Mikas somehow enslaved this legendary creature, or if it was just an illusion or another robot was never revealed. It was not seen after the destruction of Mikas' base, and may have escaped or been destroyed.
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Iron Man I#43 (November, 1971) - Gerry Conway (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 04/01/06
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