The Peace Monger

Real Name: Dr. Talmadge Cobbleskill

Identity/Class: Mutant

Occupation: Rights activist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: The Knights of Saint Virgil, John and Aaron (his bodyguards), Luis (gang-banger)

Enemies: American Eagle, Joanna Cargill, US Agent, reasonable people

Known Relatives: Michael Sadler (son, deceased)

Aliases: The Peace-Monger (cover spelling)

Base of Operations: Washington D.C.

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#27 (Early September, 1989)

Powers: As he put it, the Peace Monger can "use [his] mutant ability to siphon off [people's] hatred and turn it into physical power!" Attempts to absorb hate from those who have no hate in them will cause the Peace-Monger to lose all his power.

Dr. Cobbleskill

History: (Marvel Comics Presents I#27) - During a fund-raising dinner, Dr. Cobbleskill was attacked by a group calling themselves "the Knights of Saint Virgil". They meant to kill him, yet he stopped his bodyguards from acting. Jason Strongbow, the American Eagle pulled the rug from under the knights. Cobbleskill wanted to punish the men himself, but American Eagle stopped him and left with the newspaper columnist Joanna Cargill . Later, at a rally in front of the Washington Monument, Cobbleskill led the crowd's emotions to a "fever pitch". Cargill appeared, revealing Cobbleskill's forgery of the attack by the Knights of Saint Virgil (the American Eagle had revealed it to her); Cobbleskill attacked her physically. When the American Eagle showed up, Cobbleskill had fully transformed into the Peace Monger. A physical dispute followed, which the Peace Monger lost (the crowd's hatred turned to "betrayal and confusion", as the Eagle put it), as well as an intellectual debate on fighting prejudice and oppression. Cobbleskill's powers depleted, the American Eagle carried him to the police.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#104) - Years later, the Peace-Monger incited riots in Brooklyn, employing gang members to stir up trouble against other ethnic groups, so he could feed off the hate they would generate amongst one another. An assault upon Korean shop-owners was broken up by the US Agent, who followed gang-member Luis back to the Peace-Monger, and fought him. The Peace-Monger attempted to feed off the hate of the US Agent himself in order to power-up, but to his horror, found the US Agent was "above something as trivial as hate"! His own power vanished, leaving him a small, weak man, who the US Agent easily clocked with a single punch.

Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell and Ron Wilson.

Peace-Monger looked considerably younger in his second appearance, sporting a full head of light-colored hair.

...Since when is USAgent above hate? He's quite the bitter man, and usually chock full of anger. Maybe he doesn't hate everyone, but try naming five people he actually, genuinely likes!--Snood.
I think what they mean is his hate is so much that you can't even call it hate, because it's so much more.
--I doubt that's what they meant, but it makes a lot more sense than trying to make him all about peace and love--Snood.

His first name was revealed in American Eagle's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.

by Cisco with Prime Eternal

Clarifications: Peace-Monger should not be confused with:

Joanna Cargill should not be confused with:

  • Frenzy, Joanna Cargil, of the Acolytes, @ X-Factor I#4

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Marvel Comics Presents I#27, p30, pan5 (body shot)

p26, pan5 (head shot)

Marvel Comics Presents I#27 (early September, 1989) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#104 (1992) - Scott Lobdell & Paula Foye (writers), Paul Abrams (pencils), Tim Tuohy (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)

First Posted: 07/09/2002
Last updated: 08/17/2002

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