Real Name: Geoffrey Sydenham

Identity/Class: Human magic user (World War II, 1959)

Occupation: US undersecretary of State Department, sorcerer;
formerly American consulate representative in Madripoor

Group Membership: None;
formerly State Department, Icon (Axis Annie, Baron Blood, Brain Drain, Count von Blitzkrieg, DoctOrangutan, Fräulein Fatale, Geist, Hollow Men, Fritz Krone and his robots, Leopard Woman, Madame Mauser, Penny Panzer, Planner, Dieter Skul, Spider-Queen, Vunderknight, others)

Affiliations: Baron Strucker, Dormammu, the Hand, Senator Sanford Harte

Enemies: Avengers Initiative (Blonde Phantom/Louise Mason, Dominic Fortune, Nick Fury, Kraven/Sergei Kravinoff, Powell McTeague, Namora, Sabretooth/Victor Creed), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Dum-Dum Dugan, General Frank Hill, Japan, Eric Koenig, N'Taka, Ivan Petrovich, Russians, T'Chaka, Wakanda, Wolverine (James Howlett)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Sydenswipe

Base of Operations: Washington, DC (in 1959);
formerly Madripoor (World War II Era)

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#268 (September, 1990)

Powers/Abilities: Sydenham was a talented diplomat and liar. So I guess he excelled at his job.

History: (Uncanny X-Men I#268 (fb)) - In 1941, Geoffrey Sydenham was stationed at the American consulate in Madripoor when the Hand and Baron Strucker attempted to obtain Natasha Romanoff, intending to transform her into their master assassin. The young girl was protected by Captain America and Ivan Petrovitch, who brought her to the consulate hoping she would be safe, but they discovered that Sydenham had made an alliance with Strucker and the Hand, and delivered the three of them over, saying he would inform the home office that they had been killed in action.

When Captain America accused Sydenham of being a traitor, Sydenham ignored this, claiming he was a patriot wanting to aid the Nazis in eradicating the Russians, who he believed to be the true threat to America. Just as the Hand were about to make Natasha their servant, the Canadian adventurer Logan burst onto the scene and set Captain America and Petrovitch free. Sydenham was arrested during the resulting battle.

(Avengers 1959#3 (fb) - BTS) - While in prison Sydenham was visited by Dormammu, who told him to recruit the US' former enemies as aid against a greater enemy, the Russians. Dormammu taught Sydenham dark magic.

(Avengers 1959#1 (fb) - BTS) - Sydenham joined forces with Dieter Skul to found Icon and became an undersecretary in the US State Department.

(Avengers 1959#1) - Sydenham and two Icon agents traveled to Wakanda to allegedly seal a deal for the US State Department with the Wakandan nation, represented by Miss N'Taka, in place of T'Chaka. Sydenham thanked her for doing business with the US and promised to keep the dealings between Wakanda and the US secret. He and his men then left in a helicopter. Sydenham gloated that N'Taka had bought his lies because he wasn't actually there for the US State Department.
  Meanwhile agents of Sydenham's Icon organization tried to assassinate the Avengers all over the world and failed.

(Avengers 1959#2) - Sydenham warned his ex-Nazi allies in Washington DC and set up a trap. Hill was pushed to safety by one of his agents before an explosion slew all of Hill's agents. Sydenham walked off as Hill and Dugan surmised that they've been betrayed by somebody.

(Avengers 1959#3) - Sydenham met with General Hill and Senator Harte in Washington DC. Hill wasn't pleased that his budget had been cut in half to support Sydenham's operations. Sydenham defended himself against Hill's accusations of treachery by telling him that he had attempted to win over Hitler during WW2 to ally with the US against Japan and to save the world from Bolshevism, which was also his current goal. Hill didn't care for Sydenham's pro-Nazi stance.
  Aided by Dormammu Sydenham teleported Baron Blood and Brain Drain to his Washington home after they were defeated by the Avengers in the Pacific Ocean. Sydenham offered them to join his cause to earn the freedom he had granted them.

(Avengers 1959#4) - Sydenham met again with Hill and Harte in a restaurant. Sydenham once again failed to win over Hill for his cause.

(Avengers 1959#4 - BTS) - Sydenham sent a Hollow Man to assassinate Hill, but the Hollow Man was stopped by Gorilla Man, sent to protect Hill by Jimmy Woo.

(Avengers 1959#5) - While Skul and his men failed to pillage Wakandan technology due to the Avengers' interference, Sydenham met with Harte in Sydenham's Washington home with former Nazi operatives behind them as protection. Harte lost faith in Sydenham's Icon operation as a tool against Bolshevism and left before Powell McTeague teleported the Avengers to Sydenham's home. The Avengers defeated the present former Nazi agents including Geist, Baron Blood, Brain Drain, Spider Queen and the Hollow Men, controlled by Sydenham himself. Sydenham's attempt to flee failed when McTeague caught him in magic chains. Nick Fury promised to cripple Sydenham's operation, but Fury's enthusiasm was soon cut short when Senator Harte's subcommitte decided to neither go after General Hill and his Avengers nor Sydenham for treason. Meanwhile Dugan and Koenig freed T'Chaka from his captivity in Latveria and returned him to Wakanda.
&nsbp; Sydenham moved to New York City and took an apartment Greenwich Village's Macdougal Alley where he continued to dabble in the dark arts.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

Profile by Prime Eternal (updated by Markus Raymond)

Geoffrey Sydenham should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Avengers 1959#5, p7, pan3 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#268, p23, pan1 (1941)
Avengers 1959#5, p7, pan2 (head shot)

Uncanny X-Men I#268 (September, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Avengers 1959#1-2 (December, 2011) - Howard Chaykin (writer/artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Avengers 1959#3-5 (January-March, 2011) - Howard Chaykin (writer/artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)

First Posted: 05/31/2004
Last updated: 01/07/2013

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