Real Name: Alder Revery
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Occupation: Professor of history & witchcraft
Enemies: all Mutants, Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents#60/3 (1990)
Powers/Abilities: An average, but tricky sorcerer. Uses drugs to weaken his victims and uses mystic force shields to hold them.
He can do a lot more with the help of mystic items like the Enchanted Lens and books like the Text of Tantilova.
Alder Revery was a man who dedicated his life to things of the past. He loved the past and hated everything modern like machines or mutants whom he saw as a perversion of humanity created by the nuclear age. He learned old witchcrafts and used them for his goal.
(MCP#60/3): Alder studied the whole day near the Scarlet Witch in Houghton's Rare Book Reading Room. When it closed, he left with the Scarlet Witch and invited her to his house after some talking about the past. They drank some wine and Past Master told her his extreme thoughts about modernity. Past Master never took a sip from his mug. The clock rang and Past Master used a mystic force shield against Scarlet Witch. She wasn't able to fight against it, because her wine had been drugged. Past Master told her how dangerous she was, because she was a public figure. He put on his enchanted lens, plucked the spirit of Scarlet Witch from her body, and sent it back into time to merge it with an ancestor of her.
(MCP#61/3-62/3 BTS): Past Master brought the Scarlet Witch's body to a hidden room behind a clock and returned to his decadent life, filled with things of the past and a good wine.
(MCP#63/3): Past Master sat on his chair and suddenly felt a cold chill. He wanted to start the closing measures against Scarlet Witch and went through the clock-door into the hidden room in the basement. He called his friend Mr. Hanley to dispose the body of Scarlet Witch, which was still protected by the mystic force shield. Scarlet Witch destroyed the phone and Past Master went to the Text of Tantilova to find a spell on exorcising unwanted spirit presences. The book puffed up in flames and suddenly things around him began to explode. When he saw that the mystical force shield around the Scarlet Witch was sparkling and glowing he dissipated it, because he thought it drew spirits to his house. Past Master left the house to continue his crusade against mutants somewhere else. He was gone when the Scarlet Witch returned her body, and she wanted to put a profile on him into the Avengers' computer.
Comments: Created by Richard Howellby Markus Raymond
Past Master should not be confused with:
The Enchanted Lens allowed Past Master to pluck the spirit from a body and thrust it back into time until it merges with an ancestor. He used it on Scarlet Witch and it worked.
--Marvel Comics Presents#60/3
Text of Tantilova
The Text of Tantilova was the accredited authority on exorcising unwanted spirit presences. Past Master tried to use a spell against the spirit, that was haunting his house, but the book somehow caught fire and burnt.
--Marvel Comics Presents#63/3
Past Master full: Marvel Comics Presents#63, p22, pan1
Past Master face: Marvel Comics Presents#60, p24, pan2
Enchanted Lens: Marvel Comics Presents#60, p24, pan3
Text of Tantilova: Marvel Comics Presents#63, p22, pan1
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