MINDSINGER

Real Name: Gregor Buhkarov

Identity/Class: Human (Russian, 18th century to present), mutate

Occupation: Pupil of the Celestials, former poet

Group Membership: Young Gods

Affiliations: Celestials, Gaea, Juniper, Katos, Spider-Man

Enemies: Eternals (Ajak, Ikaris, Legba, Makkari, Sersi, Thena), Gatherers, High Evolutionary, Nauda, Quint

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Celestial Mothership, mobile in space
formerly Kiev, Russia, 18th century

First Appearance: (unnamed) Thor I#300 (October, 1980); (named) Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8 (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Mindsinger possesses telepathy and transubstatiation, allowing him to transform himself into other objects. Forms he has adopted includes spiked balls, mallet-shaped hands, a soft cushion, a giant roller, etc.

History: (Thor I#301 (fb)/Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8/3) - Gregor Buhkarov was a 28-year old poet and student in 18th century Russia when he was contacted by the goddesses of Earth's pantheons, who recruited him into the Young Gods. He was watched over by the goddesses while they awaited the Fourth Host of the Celestials.

(Thor I#300) - Buhkarov joined the 12 assembled Young Gods as they were presented to the Celestials by Gaea, and Arishm the Judge determined that, based on them, humanity should endure. The Young Gods were all taken aboard the Celestial Mothership with the Fourth Host.

(Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8 (fb) - BTS) - Buhkarov adopted the name "Mindsinger" and began his training aboard the mothership under the guidance of Juniper, who favoured a philosophy of offense. He became very protective of Daydreamer, and nicknamed her "Katrinka."

(Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8) - Mindsinger was training aboard the mothership with the other Young Gods when they were spied upon by the High Evolutionary. Daydreamer became determined to halt his plans to reshape humanity's evolution. Mindsinger joined the rest of Juniper's students in deciding to return to Earth and oppose the High Evolutionary, and they fought his agents Quint and the Gatherers alongside Spider-Man. However, Katos came in pursuit of them with his half of the Young Gods and they fought each other. After Daydreamer accidentally harmed Calculus with her powers, the Young Gods all stood down. Mindsinger returned to the mothership with the other Young Gods.

(Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8/2) - Mindsinger joined Harvest, Genii, Brightsword and Varua to Jerusalem, Israel, to investigate an unusual psychic presence Daydreamer had sensed. They discovered a artificial creature powered by the anger found in Israel, and it attacked the Young Gods. Mindsinger joined Varua and Harvest in forming a Uni-Mind and destroyed it by cutting of its access to hatred, forcing it to consume itself. After exmaining the creature's remains, Daydreamer determined it had been created by a god from Earth's pantheons.

(Marvel Comics Presents#101/2) - After Sea Witch had a dream which was invaded by an evil spirit, Mindsinger and the other Young Gods heard her distress and came to help her. Varua and Daydreamer became convinced it was tied to the creature they had fought in Israel. They decided that they would have to return to Earth to investigate, but Katos and Juniper told them they would have to bring their petition to the Celestials.

(Marvel Comics Presents#102/2) - Juniper and Katos led the Young Gods to the Celestials to present their request. They were granted 3 days on Earth in which to investigate the matter.

(Marvel Comics Presents#104/2-105/2) - Mindsinger, Daydreamer, Genii and Harvest investigated the evil threat at Central Bend, Wisconsin. Mindsinger and Daydreamer searched at a shopping mall, and were attacked by shoppers possessed by the evil spirit. They ultimately uncovered a mystical stone, and contacted the four Young Gods in Ireland to arrange a rendezvous with the other four in Sri Lanka.

(Marvel Comics Presents#107/2-109/2) - Caduceus, Moonstalker, Sea Witch, Highnote, Genii, Harvest, Mindsinger and Daydreamer journeyed to Sri Lanka, and found a stone which enabled them to contact Nauda, who demanded that they bring him the stones from Ireland and Wisconsin in exchange for the other Young Gods' lives. They tried to fight their way through Nauda's forces, but were overwhelmed. Daydreamer seemingly granted Nauda's wishes, but she actually gave him illusionary stones. The Young Gods were reunited, and joined in a Uni-Mind to destroy Nauda.

(Eternals Annual II#1 (fb) ) - Ignored by the Celestials the Young Gods slowly went mad. To get the Celestials' attention the Young Gods fought each other in vicious battles and had decadent bacchanals. Eventually Varua thought they were empowered to turn Earth's populace into a new Celestial. The Young Gods led by Varua returned to Earth and created an ever-growing Uni-Mind from the minds of Madripoor, which soon expanded ot other islands, consuming the minds of citizens in Indonesia and Singapore to its mass.

(Eternals Annual II#1) - Alerted by the growing Uni-Mind the Eternals Ajak, Ikaris, Makkari, Sersi and Thena went to Madripoor. Brightsword, Highnote, Genii, Mindsinger, Moonstalker and Sea Witch attacked them when the Eternals arrived. Mindsinger morphed his body to entangle Ikaris and enable Brightsword to knock Ikaris out. He lost consciousness due to his telepathic connection to Varua after Legba had killed Varua. The Young Gods' plan had failed.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, Keith Pollard and Gene Day; fleshed out by Gerry Conway, Mark Bagley and Keith Williams.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Mindsinger should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8, page 56


Appearances:
Thor I#300 (October, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#301 (November, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8 (1988) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Keith Williams (Story 1) & Mike Esposito (Story 2 & 3) (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#101-102 (1992) - Gerry Conway (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#104-105 (1992) - Gerry Conway & Eric Fein (writers), Tom Sutton (pencils), Jonathan Holdredge (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#107-109 (1992) - Gerry Conway & Eric Fein (writers), Scott Kolins (pencils), Jonathan Holdredge (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Eternals Annual II#1 (January, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Pascal Alixe (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)

Last updated: 03/14/05

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