MAGNETO'S mutates

Membership: Krystar, Mooneye, Obar, monstrous mutate, others unidentified

Purpose: World conquest, of course!

Affiliations: Agents of Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)

Enemies: Inhuman Royal Family (Black Bolt, Gorgon, Karnak, Medusa), Joey

Aliases: Magneto's new mutants, Magneto's nameless minions

Base of Operations: Magneto's base, beneath the streets of San Francisco, California

First Appearance: Amazing Adventures II#9 (November, 1971)

Powers/Abilities: Other than their bodies having distorted physical appearances, none of mutates (with the exception of those mentioned in the sub-profiles below) displayed any paranormal abilities.

All the mutates had access to Magneto's advanced weapons and technology.

(Amazing Adventures II#9 (fb)) - Following his last defeat (@ Fantastic Four I#104), Magneto was imprisoned in a plastic cell. But through the disciplines of Zen and Yoga, he gained complete control of his body and was able to utilize all the strength buried within his body's mutant cells; with one solidifying burst of his power, he became a living projectile and smashed out of the prison.

(Amazing Adventures II#9 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto embarked on a plot to build his own army of mutates to help him conquer the world. He decided that while Homo Sapiens shape their world, Homo Superior should shape themselves.

   After mutating a small army, Magneto sent them to capture the Inhuman Royal Family, apparently to help him steal "a new source of cosmic  energy," so he could create even more powerful mutants.

(Amazing Adventures II#9) - One group of Magneto's mutates, including Mooneye, went after Gorgon, Karnak, and Medusa, but they were defeated. A second group successfully ambushed an amnesiac Black Bolt and took him back to Magneto's base.

   The remaining trio of Inhumans forced Mooneye to lead them to the base. When they got there, the sight of Medusa restored the restrained Black Bolt's memory, but the three were overwhelmed by Magneto and his army of mutates, and were captured.

(Amazing Adventures II#10) - Magneto created a monstrous mutate, which used its power to deaden Black Bolt's will, and thereby forced him to obey Magneto's commands; the other three Inhumans were then confined inside a magnetic prison cell. The monstrous mutate and a few others accompanied Magneto and Black Bolt in an air-ship, and they all flew to a government research installation (see comments).

   As they flew into the installation's entrance, Black Bolt used the destructive power of his voice to clear a path through the security personnel; then he assisted Magneto by turning a dial so the master of magnetism could obtain a cylinder containing "the fire of a sun" from its containment reactor. With the mission accomplished, they all returned to Magneto's base.

   Meanwhile, Medusa used her feminine wiles to draw one of the mutates to their cage, and then ensnared him with her hair. Karnak took their cage's lock-mechanism from the mutate and destroyed it, enabling the three Inhumans to escape, just as Magneto and Black Bolt returned.

   Black Bolt turned against Magneto upon seeing that the other Inhumans were free. Magneto then directed the monstrous mutate to attack Black Bolt. As Magneto dashed toward his machinery with the cylinder, he was dropped by a single punch from Karnak. Black Bolt used his quasi-sonic scream to defeat the monstrous mutate, while Karnak demolished Magneto's mutagenic equipment.

   Magneto soon recovered and attempted to make his escape with the cylinder... but then his base blew up all of a sudden, and Magneto was gone, with no further explanation.

   The eventual fate of the rest of Magneto's mutates remains unrevealed.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Mike Sekowsky.

These guys are referred to as mutants, but they may actually be mutates. In the Marvel Universe, "mutant" has the connotation of being born with powers not normal to one's race, whereas "mutates" are those who are mutated by some outside force after being born. It could be that they are actually mutants who were chosen for their abnormal appearances, or that Magneto just mutated a bunch of people. Maybe they're mutants that he further mutated.

Doesn't matter, and it's not a great story. Much more interesting is the dangling plot-line of the Trikon, which started in these issues!

Don't pay a lot to buy this story. It is definitely the worst use of Magneto I've ever seen. 'Nuff Said.

While all the others referred to Magneto as "Master," Obar addressed him as "Creator" -- that could imply at least he was truly a mutate.

Since the cylinder Magneto stole supposedly held "the fire of a sun" (as per Magneto), I'm guessing that it had something to do with developing nuclear fusion as a new power source, so maybe that government research installation was somehow affiliated with Project: PEGASUS. -- Ron Fredricks

Profile by Snood. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.

Magneto's mutates, aka his new mutants, have no known connection to:

Krystar has no known connection to:

Mooneye has no known connection to:

The monstrous mutate has no known connection to:


Seen only in the background, he encouraged Magneto to tell the story of his escape from the plastic prison to the captive Black Bolt.

Any paranormal abilities he may have had were undefined.

--Amazing Adventures II#9 (10-BTS


He guided a squad of the mutates in a mission to capture the Inhuman Royal Family, but was instead captured himself. The Inhumans then forced him to lead them to Magneto, after which Karnak knocked him out and left him behind.

The right side of his face had a melted appearance, and he possessed certain clairvoyant powers. His mind was powerful enough that Medusa was able to open her own mind and pick up images that the unconscious Mooneye's brain projected.

--Amazing Adventures II#9 (10-BTS


Clearly seen only in a single panel, Obar excitedly begged Magneto to allow him to "change" Black Bolt, perhaps indicating he had some mutagenic powers (...or perhaps a bizarre fetish, never mind).

--Amazing Adventures II#9 (10-BTS

monstrous mutate

This creature was created by Magneto while the Inhumans were his prisoners, presumably to demonstrate his prowess. It accompanied Magneto and Black Bolt on the mission to obtain an energy source to further empower Magneto's mutation device, and it forced Black Bolt's cooperation. Ultimately, Black Bolt released his quasi-sonic scream against the mutate, burying it under a few tons of rubble and possibly destroying it.

The mutate, in addition to being about 10 feet tall and U-G-L-Y, could project bolts of psychic energy, which dampened the will of its targeted victim.

--Amazing Adventures II#10

government research installation and cylinder

Hidden within the interior of a mountain in southern Washington state, it was apparently a facility that was experimenting with a new source of energy (see comments). The energy was contained inside a small cylinder, which was at the bottom of an open pool reactor.

The installation was invaded by an aircraft carrying Magneto and a squad of his mutates, along with the enslaved Black Bolt. Magneto ordered Black Bolt to use his destructive voice against the installation's security personnel, then had him operate the machinery to raise the cylinder from the reactor -- apparently the machinery was too delicate for Magneto to risk using his power to raise it himself.

With their objective completed, Magneto and the others returned to his secret base in San Francisco, where Magneto apparently planned to use the cylinder to power his mutagenic equipment. But Black Bolt and his three cousins battled and defeated Magneto's army of mutates and destroyed his machinery; Magneto attempted to escape with the cylinder, but it apparently exploded.

--Amazing Adventures II#10

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Amazing Adventures II#9, p10, pan1 (mutates surrounding Magneto; restrained Black Bolt (foreground))
Amazing Adventures II#9, p8, pan5 (three of the mutates capture Black Bolt (wearing civilian clothes), while the fourth strikes Joey)
Amazing Adventures II#9, p14, pan4 (Krystar)
Amazing Adventures II#9, p6, pan1 (Mooneye (wearing helmet))
Amazing Adventures II#9, p7, pan2 (Medusa reacts to unconscious Mooneye with his helmet removed)
Amazing Adventures II#9, p10, pan1 (Obar)
Amazing Adventures II#10, p3, pan1 (monstrous mutate)
Amazing Adventures II#10, p3, pan2 (monstrous mutate projects bolts of psychic energy)
Amazing Adventures II#10, p9, pan1 (Magneto and Black Bolt inside government research installation)
Amazing Adventures II#10, p2, pan2 (Magneto holding cylinder)

Amazing Adventures II#9 (November, 1971) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mike Sekowsky (pencils), Bill Everett (inks), John Costanza (letters), Stan Lee (editor)
Amazing Adventures II#10 (January, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mike Sekowsky (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Sam Rosen (letters), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 11/28/2002
Last updated: 02/15/2023

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