PHAEDER

Real Name: Phaeder

Identity/Class: Inhuman

Occupation: Geneticist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dr. Hydro, the High Evolutionary, Maelstrom, Dr. Wladyslav Shinski, Miles Warren, Arnim Zola

Enemies: Agon

Known Relatives: Maelstrom (son), Morga (wife, deceased), Ransak (grandson)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Various underground laboratories around the world; formerly Attilan

First Appearance: Marvel Two-In-One#72 (February, 1981)

Powers: Phaeder apparently possessed no superhuman abilities, but was gifted at genetic engineering, including the creation of clones.

History: (Marvel Two-In-One#72 (fb)) - Roughly one century ago, the brilliant Inhuman geneticist Phaeder was conducting genetic experiments that other Inhumans, including their ruler Agon, did not approve of. Cast from the Council of Genetics, Phaeder made a clone of himself and killed it, protecting his anonymity. For a time, Phaeder lived in Lemuria, where he fell in love with a Deviant woman, Morga. She bore him a son, Maelstrom, but when her fellow Deviants killed her, Phaeder and Maelstrom left Lemuria to establish their own base. Over the many years that followed, they pioneered advancements in genetic engineering, including the discovery of how to transfer one's mind into a newly cloned body.

(X-Factor Annual#3/3) - In 1928, Dr. Herbert Wyndham visited Geneva, Switzerland, to attend a lecture on genetics. Afterwards, he was approached by a mysterious figure, who imparted papers detailing how to crack the genetic code.

(Silver Surfer Annual#1/4) - Two years later at Mount Wundagore, Transia, the mysterious figure contacted Wyndham again, and delivered to him an army of Subterraneans to serve as slaves in building his Citadel of Science. Ultimately, with the mysterious figure's aid, Wyndham became the High Evolutionary.

(Marvel Two-In-One#72 (fb) - BTS) - The villainous Dr. Hydro transformed people into amphibious creatures using a chemical derived from the Terrigan Mist, and supplied to him by Maelstrom and Phaeder.

(Defenders I#15 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto discovered one of Maelstrom and Phaeder's former bases. With the equipment he discovered, he was able to create Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#6 - BTS) - Among other scientists, Maelstrom and Phaeder shared their secrets with Wladyslav Shinski of the Enclave, Miles Warren, and Arnim Zola.

(Marvel Two-In-One#72) - Their base invaded by the Thing and the Inhumans Black Bolt, Karnak, and Gorgon, Maelstrom ordered Deathurge to kill him, while Phaeder passed away in his sleep.

 

 

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald and Ron Wilson.

Arnim Zola's connection to Maelstrom and Phaeder comes from Avengers Annual#13, where it was observed that his creations decomposed in the same manner as Maelstrom's had in Marvel Two-In-One#72. Wladyslav Shinski and Magneto's connection comes from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#6, and has not yet been proven. It also claimed the Jackal was one of those they benefited, but since later stories made him a protege of the High Evolutionary, that's probably less canon than the others.

The identity of the benefactor in Silver Surfer Annual#1 and X-Factor Annual#3 has not been revealed, but given that Mark Gruenwald authored those stories, he likely intended it to be either Maelstrom or Phaeder. Since they lived in underground labs, it also stands to reason they would know of the Subterraneans. Mr. Sinister is also a popular candidate for this role, but it is unlikely he would take such a keen interest in the High Evolutionary's life at that time.

On page 2 of Fantastic Four Index#5, it notes that the Citadel of Science of the Enclave was formed by the four Enclave members with the aid of Phaeder and Maelstrom.
--Per Degaton

In Quicksilver#9, the first meeting between Phaeder and Wyndham (High Evolutionary) was retold, but the location was changed from Geneva, Switzerland to Alexandria, Egypt. The retelling was probably false because Wyndham wasn't in good shape at the time.
--Markus Raymond

by Prime Eternal

Clarifications: No known connections to:


Other appearances:
Defenders I#15 (September, 1974) - Len Wein (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
X-Factor Annual#3 (1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paris Cullins (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Ralph Macchio (editors)
Silver Surfer Annual#1 (1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paris Cullins (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Ralph Macchio (editors)


Last updated: 11/28/04

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