EDDIE PASSIM

Real Name: Edward "Eddie" Passim

Identity/Class: Human mutant?

Occupation: former employee of the U.S. Department of Defense

Group Membership: Project: About Face; former member of ESPer division of Department of Defense (Level 3)

Affiliations: Theresa Bellweather, Daredevil, Nick Fury, SHIELD (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate), Siege
    formerly General Kenkoy

EnemiesErynys, John Garrett, the Hand, Hellspawn, General Harry "TNT" Kenkoy, Morbius, Snakeroot, Venom

Known Relatives: None. Eddie is an orphan

Aliases: None;
    his code in the Pentagon was 001-692-212-TEL

Base of Operations: formerly homeless in Manhattan, New York City.

First Appearance: Daredevil I#319 (August, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Eddie has telepathic powers, usually used only for reading minds and transmitting thoughts. As his sanity faded, his telepathic powers would share the secrets of About Face with others, causing them to seek to physically alter their own bodies. Passim once used his powers to completely destroy the mind of another person, but at the sacrifice of his own mind, as well.

Height: 5'10"        Weight: 180 lbs.         Hair: White        Eyes: Green?

History: Eddie Passim is a telepath of unknown origin.

(Daredevil I#320 (fb) - BTS) - Eddie was orphaned at some point in his life.

(Daredevil I#319 (fb) - BTS) - Eddie became a civil servant in the U.S. Department of Defense, serving under General Harry Kenkoy, who taught him about covert operations.

(Daredevil I#322 (fb)) - Eddie was placed in a tank alongside other telepaths at a Department of Defense ESPer station, where their powers were used to collect the world's secrets and bring them back to the DoD. Eddie formed a rapport with fellow telepath Theresa Bellweather, in the tank beside him. They shared a lifetime of memories in their thoughts and dreamed of a future together.
    Eventually, however, agents of Kenkoy claimed Theresa, intending to use her as part of the About Face virus he was developing.

(Daredevil I#320 (fb) / 321 (fb)/ 322(fb) / 323(fb)) - Aboard an an advanced flying installation (apparent precursor to SHIELD's helicarrier, see comments) General Kenkoy slew telepath Theresa Bellweather, harvesting her tissue to gene splice into the About Face virus to enable it to follow the wishes of its host. Nick Fury learned of his actions too late to stop Kenkoy or save Theresa. Kenkoy taunted Fury with his superior rank, but Fury punched him in the stomach and ordered his men to hang Kenkoy off the flight deck until he learned to "say his prayers."

(Daredevil I#323 (fb) - BTS) - Passim joined Project: About Face to get close enough to Kenkoy to gain revenge for the murder of Theresa. However, when he actually did get close enough to Kenkoy, he lacked the strength to actually act out his vengeance.

(Daredevil I#322 (fb) - BTS) - Kenkoy intended to perform a large-scale test of the About Face virus, using Eddie as the telepathic trigger to dictate changes which would warp thousands.

(Daredevil I#319 (fb)) <June 13, 1963> - Twenty three agents of Kenkoy traveled the subways, hurling 22 glass vials containing the sealed and suspended About Face virus onto the tracks. The vials shattered and the virus suspension medium, a gas, quickly dissipated, and the virus was destroyed soon after. However, Eddie Passim hurled the last vial, which--either by intent or by accident--landed in soft earth and was preserved.

(Daredevil I#320 (fb)) <June 13, 1963> - Kenkoy slew the other twenty two agents to eliminate loose ends. However, Passim's telepathy warned him of the ambush in time for him to escape. Passim started his life on the run at that point, joining New York's homeless in an effort to escape capture by Kenkoy.

(Daredevil I#319 (fb) - BTS) - Over time, eleven homeless people encountered Passim and were mentally deranged by his thoughts of the About Face virus. Daredevil managed to subdue these tortured souls, who told him that they had been affected by "Eddie."

(Daredevil I#320 (fb) - BTS) - A homeless woman, Jess, encountered Passim. She felt the pain from his maddened mind, but did not succumb to it.

(Daredevil I#319 (fb) - BTS) - A homeless man Joe Gettings, Jr. encountered Passim, who was affected by his thoughts of the About Face virus.

(Daredevil I#319) - Gettings went on a rampage, ranting about burning the city to the ground so that is could be remade. Daredevil subdued Gettings and learned he had been affected by Eddie, as well.

(Daredevil I#319 - BTS) - General Kenkoy hired Silver Sable to recover Eddie Passim, posing as Passim's cousin.

(Daredevil I#319 (fb) - BTS) - Passim encountered another man, Phil, who cut off his left arm, his right foot, and and his 3rd and 4th digits on his right hand as a result of being affected by thoughts of About Face.

(Daredevil I#319 - BTS) - Daredevil took Phil to get medical treatment and vowed to locate Eddie to get some answers.

(Daredevil I#320 - BTS) - Daredevil encountered and fought Silver Sable's agent Crippler as they both sought out Passim. Daredevil defeated Crippler and sent him back to Sable with a message telling her to "let it go." Daredevil later encountered Sable directly, telling her that Passim has no relatives and that Kenkoy was manipulating her from evil purposes. She agreed to call of her search if Daredevil could prove it to her.

(Daredevil I#320) - Daredevil located Eddie hiding out in in the Canal Street Antique Yard (in New Orleans or New York?). Daredevil tried to talk him down, but Eddie lashed out with a psychic attack that stunned Daredevil long enough for him to flee. Daredevil did not realize that Eddie had panicked because the Hellspawn was standing above them both.

(Daredevil I#321) - Passim attempted to ambush Kenkoy and killed him with a molotov cocktail, but found his office empty, except for Daredevil, who calmed him down and offered to help him. They were then attacked by the Hellspawn, who Daredevil managed to drive off.

(Daredevil I#322) - As Passim shared the secrets of About Face with Daredevil, they were observed by Siege. After Daredevil left, the Snakeroot arrived and attempted to abduct Passim, but both Siege and Daredevil arrived to stop them. When a sai--hurled by Stick--slew one of the Snakeroot, Daredevil mistakenly thought it to have been thrown by Elektra. The Snakeroot used the distraction to escape with Passim.

(Daredevil I#323) - From the Snakeroot's base in the catacombs beneath Central Park's Belvedere Castle, the Snakeroot's torturer, Genkotsu, prepared to force the secret of the location of the About Face virus prototype from him. Garrett and Erynys watched on.

(Daredevil I#324) - Genkotsu and Kenkoy continued to try to force the location of About Face from Passim.

(Daredevil I#325) - The Daredevil, Elektra, Erynys & Garrett, Hellspawn, Morbius, Siege, and the Snakeroot (with Passim in tow) all sought the About Face virus. Passim continued to resist torture, while Morbius learned that the Transit Authority had torn up the length of track in which the virus had lain. Daredevil and Elektra heard this as well, incapacitated Morbius, and found the virus, only to learn that they had been tracked by the Snakeroot and the other players. Marshalling his will, Passim used his psychic powers to slay Kenkoy, killing himself in the process.

    Meanwhile, Daredevil smashed the vial containing the virus into Hellspawn's mouth, granting the false creation true life, only for it to be slain by Erynys. As Elektra fought against Erynys, Daredevil hurled a sai which skewered Erynys, but also penetrated into Eletkra's body. As Erynys died, her dark essence passed into Elektra, corrupting her once again.

    After the conclusion of the struggle, Daredevil, whose secret identity had been publicly outed by reporter Sara Harrington, used the now human corpse of Hellspawn to fake Matt Murdock's death. Taking the identity of Jack (later Jack Batlin), he prepared to start a new life, and used his new costume to pose as an entirely different Daredevil.

Comments: Created by D. G. Chichester, Scott McDaniel, and Collazo & Candelario.

I am uncertain whether the historical dates given for Passim, the About Face virus, or Kenkoy are, or need to be, topical. Passim and Kenkoy both might have had some exposure to the virus (or some other reason) and thus might age at a slightly slower than normal rate. If they are topical, then they would reference events approximately 30-31 years before the modern story.
    The story also discusses SHIELD being involved in the creation of About Face. They were named SHIELD at least once (DD322), and they did show a Helicarrier and Flying Car, as well as Nick Fury. However, SHIELD did not form until after the start of the modern era, with Tony Stark being involved with its creation AFTER he became Iron Man. However, since it wasn't named as SHIELD and since Fury was active in the 1960s, I think the events could still stand, if detailed as some earlier espionage group or just a division of the Department of Defense.
    Alternatively, if it has to be SHIELD, then, yes, the dates are topical, AND the time scale is wrong, as it could not have been more than 10-14 years before the story in DD319-325.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
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THERESA BELLWEATHER

A telepath in the Department of Defense's ESPer division, she achieved a rapport with fellow telepath Eddie Passim, who fell in love with her. Eventually, however, General Kenkoy had her slaughtered so that he could harvest materials from her brain to enable the About Face virus to respond to its host's wishes.

--Daredevil I#319, 325 (319-325(fb)

 

 

 

 


images:
Daredevil I#320, p29, panel 3
Daredevil I#322, p21, panel 4 (ESPer tank)
Daredevil I#319, p2, panel 6 (hurls away virus)
Daredevil I#325, p21, panel 4 (Theresa)


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Daredevil I#320-325 (September 1993 - February 1994)