Real Name: Chip Martin
Identity/Class: Mutant? or Enhanced human
Occupation: Former graduate student at Empire State
Group Membership: Vil-Anon (Big Wheel, Armadillo, Equinox, Hypno-Hustler, Man-Bull)
Affiliations: Phillip Chang, Griffin, Steve Hopkins, Icemaster, Marcy Kane, Lightmaster, Peter Parker (friends, fellow graduate students), Quicksand, Ruby Thursday, Silk Fever, Dean Morris Sloan (faculty advisor), Supercharger
Enemies: Guardsmen, Lectronn, Spider-Man, X-Men (Mimic, Rogue)
Known Relatives: Robert (father, New York Senator) and Rebecca (mother) Martin
Aliases: The other (parent's name for Chip's hostile second personality)
Base of Operations: A prison in Upstate New York;
formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island;
formerly the Riverhead (manor) Long Island, New York;
Empire State University (Manhattan, New York); probably in a Mental Institution for some time
Education: Former biophysics graduate student at E.S.U.
First Appearance: (Chip) Spectacular Spider-Man II#36 (November, 1979); (Schizoid) Spectacular Spider-Man II#38 (January, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Chip possesses a multiple personality disorder. One of the personalities is hostile and acts out his subconscious thoughts and desires. This personality is generally controlled via medication and psychiatric training, but can surface in times of stress. It is this personality that control's Chip's superhuman powers.
Chip is able to levitate himself and other objects. In addition, he can materialize solid objects from thin air. He can create weapons, such as knives, or animals, such as snakes, or even demon-like creatures. These creations are not alive or intelligent. They are created from psychic energy, possibly from extra-dimensional mass, and are controlled either directly by him or by his subconscious. These creations dissolve if he is not actively concentrating on them.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Eyes: (Chip) Blue; (Schizoid Man) Glowing red
History: (Spectacular Spider-Man II#39 (fb) ) - When Chip Martin was born, the doctor warned his parents that the drugs they had used to ease his mother's delivery had entered his bloodstream. It is unclear whether these drugs mutated him to cause him to develop superhuman powers, or if they caused a chemical imbalance which resulted in his personality disorder. His parents blamed this event for all of his differences.
These differences first became apparent when, as an infant, Chip levitated a toy while simultaneously materializing a hammer and smashing it. In his early years in school, simple criticism by a teacher would cause him to materialize snake-like creatures to terrify everyone present. His parents became aware that a second, more hostile personality would seem to possess Chip when he was stressed, and would utilize his powers. His parents consulted numerous doctors, initially trying to control the other personality through medication. As he grew older, his other personality and emotional outbursts became more frequent and more violent. Chip finally made progress at a special school were psychiatric care enabled him to control his emotional states. Chip progressed into college, and continued his education as a graduate student at Empire State University.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#36) - One day at ESU Chip nearly lost control again when Steve Hopkins tossed a scrunched up paper on his desk.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#38-39) - One night, at a costume party held by his parents, he encountered the living vampire Morbius, who had crashed the party in search of a victim. The stress of this encounter caused his other personality to surface and go on a rampage. Wearing the costume from the party, he dubbed himself the Schizoid Man and set out to gain revenge on all he felt had wronged him in his life.
Blaming his parents for attempting to imprison him, the Schizoid Man attacked him, a police squad, and a crowd of others present at Empire State University. At this time, Spider-Man was himself suffering from excessive hostility brought on by exposure to energy from an "Enervator" used to drain the energy from the Lizard. After overcoming Chip's demon-like creations, Spider-Man savagely attacked him, beating him senseless, until Curt Connors, realizing the cause of Spider-Man's anger, managed to stop him. Chip was presumably taken away for psychiatric care.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - Schizoid Man foguht with Lectronn to a standstill over New York in a three hour fight.
(Spider-Man Unlimited II#12 (fb)) - Armadillo, Equinox, Man-Bull, Chip Martin, and Jackson Weele attended a Vil-Anon (Villains Anonymous) meeting.
(X-Men Legacy#275 (fb) - BTS) - Schizoid Man was transferred to a prison in Upstate New York.
(X-Men Legacy#275) - Ruby Thursday, Griffin, Schizoid Man, Icemaster, Quicksand, Silk Fever, Supercharger, and Lightmaster staged a prison break, but were stopped by Rogue and Mimic, as well as Guardsmen.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, John Romita jr, and Jim Mooney.
I am no expert on psychology, so I'm not certain if multiple
personality disorder is the correct term, but I'm going with it.
Per Kyle Smith: Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is now known as Dissassociative Identity Disorder (DID). It was previously distinguished as a neurosis but now falls under the category of dissassociatives, disorders where the normal integration of consciousness, identity, or memory is temporarily and suddenly altered. Several professionals have discounted and contested its existence, but then again there are certain scholars who claim that mental illness does not exist at all since it is a social construction. (and for the record, schizophrenia is a completely separate disorder from MPD/DID, but is often confused with it. Schizophrenia does not relate to the possession of multiple personalities, but rather, the general, and often disruptive, loss of sense of reality. - Madison Carter)
Spider-Man mental changes brought on by the Enervator progressed to a temporarry physical transformation into the Spider-Lizard.
Chip is likely either still under heavy psychiatric care,
or has completed it and relocated to somewhere less stressful. There's no
reason he couldn't return if anyone had the interest in him.
It's worth noting that the Schizoid Man's father, Senator Robert
Martin, returned in the Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives mini-series (#1-3), where
he was offered as a potential suspect to be the original Hobgoblin, since
he still despised Spider-Man for the beating that was given to his son.
Schizoid Man got a full entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook.
Chip's "other" is has no association to any of the several beings or groups that have used the alias The Other, such as:
Spectacular Spider-Man II#39, Cover (Schizoid Man main image)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#36 (November, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#38 (January, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#39 (February, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited II#12 (January 2006) - Christos Gage (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Larry Stucker (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007)
X-Men Legacy#275 (2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (penciler), Jordi Tarragona (inker), Dan Ketchum (editor)
First Posted: 04/20/2002
Last updated: 11/18/2012
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