Real Name: Kadlec
Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate
Occupation: Royal ambassador, agent
Group Membership: Inhumans
Affiliations: Maximus the Mad, the Unspoken
Enemies: Alpha Primitives (Dkamas, Elisha, others), the Royal Family (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystal Amaquelin, Karnak/Karnak Mander-Azur, Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin, Triton), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Known Relatives: Uys (twin brother, successor as the Seeker), unidentified wife
Base of Operations: The Great Refuge, Worldwide
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#46 (January, 1966)
Powers/Abilities: After undergoing Terrigenesis, Kadlec the Seeker developed the ability to track the Terrigen mists from any distance, able to sense any Inhumans no matter where they hid. He possessed normal Inhuman strength probably equivalent to normal human peak level. He used a great variety of advanced technological weapons: a scanner, a transmitter, a stun-ray handgun, a Universal Control Wand that could be used as matter distorter, to fire crystalizing molecule rays, to fire force blasts and could also be used as a jet transporter.
Weight: 210 lbs.
History: (Fantastic Four Fireworks#1-2 (fb) - BTS) - For Centuries the Seeker tracked Inhumans in the outer world. Then, for years his task was abandoned.
(Inhumans: Once and Future Kings#1 (fb) ) - When the king was harmed by an attack by the Alpha Primitives (led by Dkamas and Elisha), the Seeker tended to the king, making sure the Primitives were punished and that the king healed properly. The Seeker discussed strategies with the king on how to handle the Primitives, and the king realized he needed to show both strength and compassion. The king ordered Seeker to summon Medusa. The Seeker spied on Medusa, recording her private conversation about hating the king. When Medusa appeared before the king, she held her private thoughts back, disappointing the ruler as Seeker watched. Seeker then revealed he had recorded Medusa's words and he tried to seduce her to buy his silence, but Medusa punched him. As she stormed away, Seeker ordered Medusa arrested, but she escaped.
(Inhumans: Once and Future Kings#2) - Kadlec reported in to the king about the escape of the young princes and Medusa, and Kadlec accused them of treason. Advising Kadlec to be careful with his words, the king ordered Kadlec to take the boy Karnak and find the princes. On Earth, Kadlec and Karnak rode the subway, and the Seeker taunted Karnak for his weaknesses. Karnak responded by hitting a weak spot in Kadlec's armor, pushing him through a window, then Karnak rushed away.
(Inhumans: Once and Future Kings#3) - Kadlec assaulted a cab driver and stole his vehicle.
(Inhumans: Once and Future Kings#4) - Kadlec found Spider-Man sparring with Blackagar (who Kadlec phased out of sync with his Universal Control Rod) and Maximus, but Spidey soon stole the Rod. Kadlec was humiliated by Spider-Man, Blackagar, and Maximus as the battle continued, and they sent him defeated back to Attilan to warn the king that there would be a final reckoning.
(Inhumans: The Untold Saga#1 (fb) ) - Barely had Maximus become leader of the Inhumans, when he exiled the Royal Family and ordered to the Seeker to kill the head conspirators of the Alpha rebellion.
BTS - Seeker killed Gorgon's father who lead a jailbreak from the prison where Maximus took some hostages.
Following Maximus' orders, Seeker took Gorgon to see his parents in the prison. Gorgon was informed about his father's death so Seeker stunned Gorgon and transported him far from Attilan. Then Seeker started to track the Royal Family's path, hoping to find Medusa so Maximus could wed her.
Thanks to the transmitter in Gorgon's headband, Seeker followed Gorgon and the rest of the clan for about three years until they arrived in New York.
(Fantastic Four I#46 - BTS) - The Seeker and his men captured Triton.
(Fantastic Four I#46) - While the Royal Family met (and fought) the Fantastic Four, Seeker and his lackeys invaded the Baxter Building and kidnapped Dragon Man, thinking he was an Inhuman they didn't know.
The Fantastic Four found the Seeker's base in NY where they were captured by the Seeker. He told to the Four a portion of the Inhumans history, but Dragon Man awoke, broke its bonds, and fled damaging the base.
(Fantastic Four I#47) - The Seeker and his men left for the Great Refuge, taking Triton with them. Some days later, Seeker received a visit by Maximus (no longer King of Attilan) in the hide-out where they kept Triton prisoner. Maximus activated his Atmo-Gun.
(Fantastic Four I#48) - Black Bolt reached Maximus and Seeker, the latter pleading the King try to clear himself of the onslaught, not knowing that the Atmo-Gun hadn't killed the human race. Maximus activated the Barrier of Negative Zone around the refuge, entrapping all the Inhumans inside.
(Inhumans: The Untold Saga#1 (fb) ) - Gorgon followed Maximus to the hide-out where Seeker and Triton were. Seeker transmitted an electric jolt to Gorgon's head through his band, then Maximus and his lackey ran away. But Black Bolt and Gorgon found them. While Maximus was mind-controlling his brother, Seeker fired at Gorgon. The energy hit Black Bolt's antennae and the blast was channeled to Maximus' brain, driving him into deep madness. Seeker tried to flee, but a shockwave caused by Gorgon buried the two enemies. Gorgon survived, the Seeker died. Gorgon's father was avenged!
Comments: Created by
Stan Lee, Jack Kitby and Joe Sinnot.
Killed by Lou Mougin, Richard Howell and Vince Colletta.
This Seeker's name was revealed in the OHotMU A-Z, vol.5 (update section) (2012).
In Lee/Kirby's stories, Seeker seemed a cold, distant, executor of orders, neither good nor evil. In Mougin's story Seeker seemed more relentless and evil. Seeker declared that he sought Inhumans for all his life, how many Inhumans fled from Attilan before the Royal family?
Many months ago, surfing on the 'net I found a short profile about Seeker. I don't remember where. There it was said that he was born in the Atlantic Ocean (!) and he had an unnamed wife. There was no reference about his appearances (but FF#64), so I have some little doubts about the fact that I have all the Seeker's appearances, so the profile could not be complete.
Thanks to Loki for pointing out additional info from Seeker's Deluxe Edition#6 entry.
Seeker has no known connections to
OHotMU Deluxe Edition#6, Inhumans entry (main image)
Fantastic Four I#46, p8, panel 2 (headshot)
Fantastic Four I#46, p6, panel 1 (walking)
Fantastic Four I#46, p8, panel 3 (flying)
Fantastic Four I#46-48 (January - March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Inhumans: The Untold Saga#1 (April, 1990) - Lou Mougin (writer), Richard Howell (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Fantastic Four Fireworks#1-2 (January - February, 1999) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (pencils), Mark Pennington (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Inhumans: Once and Future Kings#1-4 (October, 2017 - January, 2018) - Christopher Priest (writer), Phil Noto (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
First Posted: 03/09/2005
Last updated: 05/12/2020
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