Real Name: Pavel Plotnick (legally changed); formerly Pavel P. Rasputin

Identity/Class: Human magic user

Occupation: Sorcerer; former Insurance Claims Adjuster for Sitko Insurance, would-be world conqueror

Group membership: None

Affiliations: Cloak (Tyrone Johnson), Ikonn, S.H.I.E.L.D. (especially Phil Coulson), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Wong;
formerly an unidentified assassin

Enemies: Mys-Tech (Colonel Myrdden, other unidentified operatives);
formerly S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. Stephen Strange

Known Relatives: Unidentified wife, Lamar Plotnick (son), Lavinia Plotnick (daughter);
Grigory Efimovich Rasputin (ancestor), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Illyana Rasputin, Mikhail Rasputin, Nikolai Rasputin, Peter Jr., many others (distant relations)

Aliases: Mr. Plotnick, Mr. Plotnik

Base of Operations: Fernwood, Ohio;
formerly Manhattan, New York City, New York

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#145/2 (June, 1966)


Powers: Mr. Rasputin possesses moderate magical knowledge and ability, enabling him to cast illusions, immobilize others, teleport himself or others, project magical bolts, and form mystic shields. His skills are more than enough to manipulate civilians, but do not compare to those of a master, such as Dr. Strange.
He possesses a handgun and the skill to use it, and is now very experienced in insurance claims.

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 179 lbs.
Eyes: Black
Hair: Bald with white fringe

History: Mr. Rasputin believes himself to be descended from the illustrious Rasputin, of Russian history (see comments). Believing himself to be worthy enough to control the world, he underwent unspecified training in the mystic arts.

(Strange Tales I#145/2) - Mr. Rasputin began to appear at various sites of military or political power and steal documents. The effects of his magic were detected by Dr. Strange, who confronted him. Rasputin attacked Strange, but soon found that Strange's abilities dwarfed his own. Rasputin pulled out a gun and shot Strange, who narrowly managed to escape, and went to a nearby hospital. Rasputin hired an assassin to finish off Strange, but Strange sent his astral self to confront Rasputin anew. Weakened by his gunshot wound, a recent struggle with Tazza, and using only his astral self, Strange was now barely a match for Rasputin. However, attacking on three fronts (using his cloak, his amulet, and his own astral self from three locations), Strange managed to overcome Rasputin. Strange then erased Rasputin's mind of magic, stopped the would-be assassin, and sent both Rasputin and the assassin to confess to the police.

(Cloak and Dagger III#1(fb)) - While in prison, Mr. Rasputin realized that he was "small potatoes" and decided to retire from the world-conquering game. He abandoned his study of the black arts, and instead studied actuarial tables.
When he was released from prison, he moved to a nice, quiet community in Fernwood, Ohio. He took a nice, boring job as an insurance claims adjuster, was married and had two kids. He legally changed his name to Plotnick, so that "my kids wouldn't have to live down that Rasputin thing...and if I ever thought about going back, the thought of a super-villain named Mister Plotnick was enough to stop me!"

(Cloak and Dagger III#1) - Plotnick returned home to find that his son, Lamar, had gotten into his magic books and somehow captured the superhero Cloak. Plotnick freed Cloak, teleported Cloak to Dagger's side, and sent Lamar up to do the dishes.

(New Avengers I#53) - The Eye of Agamotto appeared to Mr. Rasputin as it considered him a possible replacement for Dr. Strange as Sorcerer Supreme.

(S.H.I.E.L.D. III#2 (fb) - BTS) - Rasputin apparently returned to his mischievous ways of sorcery (and wearing onesies). He was captured and put in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.

   When Mys-Tech operatives under the command of Colonel Myrdden invaded Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum Rasputin was brought in for help by Phil Coulson, who promised Rasputin that his debt to S.H.I.E.L.D. would be considered paid after the mission.

(S.H.I.E.L.D. III#2) - Rasputin passed through the Sanctum's magic barrier and dropped some spying charges inside to see the intruders. He accompanied Spider-Man and Coulson into the Sanctum where they were immediately assaulted by Myrdden's agents, but their spell-shooting weapons were no match for Rasputin, who broke their bindings (Sapphire Bands of Storaan) and then helped Spidey and Coulson to defeat them. They fought their way through more agents and a monster. When Spidey led them to the kitchen Rasputin decided to take the lead, but he only returned them to the front door and tried to escape because he was scared. Rasputin casted a spell that summoned living shadows, which pulled Coulson to the sub-basement where he found Wong. Meanwhile Spidey prevented Rasputin's escape and they reached Strange's study. Rasputin sent Spidey's astral form inside to look at the situation inside. Spidey saw Myrddon holding a book shooting magic light through the window. Recognizing it as the Book of Morphesti Rasputin knew how to shield them against the book's effects. Protected by Rasputin's mystic shield Spidey and Rasputin rushed inside, but they were unable to reach Myrddon, whose mutated agents held them in check (Rasputin was cowering on the ground anyway). Coulson arrived and closed the book, ending the threat. Coulson took Rasputin to the sub-basement and asked him to remove the spell that kept Wong unconscious and then asked Spidey to make sure Rasputin just sticked around long enough to get his release papers, which had already been drawn up.

Comments: Created by Dennis O'Neil and Steve Ditko.
Revamped by Terry Austin and Dan Lawlis.

Here's a capsule summary on the original Rasputin. It's taken from a 9th Grade Social Studies report, but it's good enough for me.

Cloak commented that if his encounter with Lamar were told in a 1950s horror book, it would have been called:
"I was trapped on the Terrible Pool-Table of Plotnick!"

In Giant-Size Defenders#1, Clea performed a spell to project the pasts of the Defenders (Dr. Strange, Hulk, Namor) in order to teach the Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) about them. This spell summoned shadowy versions of their old enemies to fight them. Dr. Strange was attacked by a false version of Mr. Rasputin, but he summoned the other Defenders to his side. Namor shattered the false Rasputin's form.

  In the recent X-Men: Colossus Bloodline series, it was revealed that Colossus, his son Peter, Magik and Mikhail Rasputin are all descendants of Grigori Rasputin, through his relationships with his lovers, or 'celestial wives', who had been genetically modified by Sinister with the 'Essex Factor'. In X:CB#1, their cousin Larisa reveals that all the descendants of Grigori Rasputin have been murdered (by Mr. Sinister). The only ones remaining alive were Colossus, Mikhail, Larisa, their uncle Vladimir, and Peter (Larisa and Vladimir were dead by X-Men: Colossus Bloodline#5).

  Mr. Rasputin, as well as his children Lamar and Lavinia Plotnick, as descendants of Grigori, may have also been slain (although this was never mentioned in X:CB). The 'where are they now' section of Marvel Legacy: 1960s confirms the relationship with Colossus. It is possible that the murdered family members referred to by Larisa includes them. If so, a BTS appearance with the death of Mr. Rasputin may be considered.

  Alternatively, Mr. Rasputin may be descended not from one of the 'celestial wives' of Rasputin, but rather his historical marriage to Praskovia Federovna Dubovina (which predates his lovers), and through his legitimate children Maria, Dmitri, or Varya. The last two kind of faded into history, it is possible they are his ancestors. For a continuation of the Rasputin name, the descent would possibly be legitimate, although it is known Elena (the 'celestial wife' who is the great-grandmother of Colossus) gave her son the surname of Rasputin in honor of Grigori.
--Wolfram Bane

Mister Rasputin has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.

Profile by Snood. S.H.I.E.L.D. update by Markus Raymond

No known connection to:

Lamar Plotnick

Heis the son of the man who was once the supervillain known as Mr. Rasputin. After serving his time, Rasputin retired, changed his name to Plotnick, and had a family. One day, Lamar, now around age 5, dug into his father's old books of magic. He drew a pentagram on his pool table and cast a spell to summon a demon to do his bidding. Lamar somehow screwed up the spell, so that instead of a demon, he actually summoned the superhero Cloak. Cloak was trapped within the pentagram and tried to persuade Lamar to set him free so he could aid his partner Dagger, who was in the middle of a battle against the forces of their enemy Mister Jip. Lamar believed Cloak to be a demon, and so assumed he was lying to him. Lamar contemplated the best use for his new demon-slave, such as turning his sister bald, or drinking his yucky milk. Fortunately, Mr. Plotnick eventually returned home, discovered Cloak, and set him free. He told Lamar to stay away from his books of magic, and sent him up to do the dishes...the old fashioned way.
--Strange Tales II#17 (Strange Tales II#17-18, Cloak & Dagger III#1











Strange Tales I#145, p1 (main image)
Strange Tales I#145, p2, pan2 (head shot)
Cloak & Dagger III#1, p16, pan5 (Mr. Plotnick)
S.H.I.E.L.D. III#3, p12, pan3 (new onesie)
Strange Tales II#17, p11, pan4 (Lamar captures Cloak)
Cloak & Dagger III#1, p14, pan4 (Lamar)

Strange Tales I#145 (June, 1966) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Cloak & Dagger III#1 (October, 1988) - Terry Austin (writer), Dan Lawlis (pencils), P. Craig Russell (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
New Avengers I#53 (July, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
S.H.I.E.L.D. III#3 (April, 2015) - Mark Waid (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort & Ellie Pyle (editors)

Last updated: 11/22/15

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