Real Name: Jonathan East
Identity/Class: Human Magic user
Occupation: Extra-Sensory Perception researcher, disciple to various mystics
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Synthetic Man,
Unnamed Hindu, Buddhist, and African priests (trainers)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York City, New York
First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes II#14 (May 1968)
Powers/Abilities: Significantly above average strength for his age. Telepathy, influence over others, telekinesis, clairvoyance, able to practice sympathetic magic (use of a voodoo doll). He was also mechanically gifted, extremely knowledgeable about ESP, as well as many religions and mystic disciplines. He was armed with a psycho-intensifier (which allowed him to project his mind into the body of another).
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Hair: Bald with white fringe
History: (Marvel Super Heroes II#14)- The Man known only as the Sorcerer possessed natural abilities to exert his will over others. Whether he originally possessed this power as a result of genetic mutation, research and training, or other means is unrevealed. He was once one of the world's greatest experts on psychic research and spent every waking hour conducting experiments in ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception).
However, he realized that his own abilities were weak and untrained, and sought further discipline under a guru. He briefly entertained the idea of locating the Ancient One, but decided against it because it would take too much time to find him. After learning all he could through reading and research, he traveled to India where he was trained in Hindu disciplines. After learning all he could through that method, he traveled to Tibet, where he was trained in Buddhist disciplines, and then on to Dahomey, Africa, where he was trained by a witch doctor in the ritual of juju (described as the art of mentally controlling one's enemy).
Having now achieved full mastery of his psychic powers, he returned to the USA where he designed a "Psycho-Intensifier." The Sorcerer now thought to test his prowess by vanquishing the hero Spider-Man, whom he perceived as the most dangerous man of all. He first caused Spider-Man to suffer from weakness and loss of equilibrium. The Sorcerer then used his juju doll to cause Spider-Man to have an intense migraine headache. Wishing to receive proper credit for his planned defeat of Spider-Man, the Sorcerer then mailed the juju doll to "Spider-Man, General Delivery, New York." He realized that eventually the box would be opened by the police, and the world would learn who it was that had defeated Spider-Man.
The Sorcerer then used his Psycho-Intensifier to cause Spider-Man (as Peter Parker) to book a flight to New Orleans. Shortly after arriving, Spider-Man was directed to a warehouse, where he was attacked by the Synthetic Man, into whom the Sorcerer was projecting his mind. Spider-Man, still suffering from the headache and some residual weakness, was unable to stop the Synthetic Man, who overpowered him.
Contrary to the Sorcerer's plans, the post office saw his package as a practical joke and had it returned to sender. Just as the Synthetic Man prepared to deliver the final blow to Spider-Man, a mailman rang the Sorcerer's doorbell to return the package. The shrill ring of the doorbell had changed the mystic pitch of the Sorcerer's Psycho-Intensifier just enough to cause a deadly feedback which destroyed the brain of the Sorcerer. With its guiding force gone, the Synthetic Man turned and walked off a dock into the Gulf waters.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Ross Andru, and Bill Everett
A minor point of interest: I think this story came out when the Comics Code Authority would not let comic books have the word "voodoo" in them: The Sorcerer used a juju doll.
There's no reason to believe the Synthetic Man would be destroyed by sea water, so it may still be wandering around at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sorcerer has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook. His real name was revealed in Marvel Atlas#1.
Profile by Snood (another one of the first I did for Spider-Fan): Adapted by Stunner
CLARIFICATIONS: The Sorcerer has no connection to:
The Synthetic Man
AKA the Hollow Man, the Synthetic man was a giant robot into which the Sorcerer projected his consciousness. It defeated a weakened Spider-Man, but when the Sorcerer was killed, it simply walked into the sea due to lack of a guiding force to give it orders.
The Synthetic Man was 10' tall and possessed Class 25 Strength. It could alter its body from rock hard to a pliable form able to deform with any impact. It could also fire a concussive force blast from the jewel in its head band.
--Marvel Super-Heroes II#14
Marvel Super-Heroes II#14 (May, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Ross Andru (pencils), Bill Everett (inks)
Last updated: 03/10/11
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