Real Name: Professor Anthony Power (now utilizing body of Matthew Aaron Power)
Identity/Class: Human technology user
former armor broker, university professor, historian, diplomat, authority on foreign affairs, presidential advisor, author
Group Membership: Secret Empire
Affiliations: Aiken Garvey High School student body (especially Natsuki Ozawa, Matthew Surman, three other students), Cloud, Fred Duncan, the Fixer, Force Ten, Morgan MacNeil Hardy, Harridan, Iron Monger, Leviathan, Mad Dog, Mandroids/ Mek-Men, August Masters, Mentallo, Mutant Force (Burner, Lifter, Shocker, Slither), the Psychics (Al Gentle, Theodore Kroeber, Philip le Guin, Georgia Orr, Ursula Richards, Mindy Williams), James Rhodes, Chuck Rose, Savage Steel, Secret Empire operatives (including Mercatur and Zevon), Seraph
Enemies: Araña (Anya Corazon), Bucky (Lemar Hoskins), Vera Cantor, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain America (John Walker), Daredevil, Darkhawk, (New) Defenders (Angel, Beast, Cloud, Doctor Strange, Gargoyle, Hellcat, Iceman, Moondragon, Son of Satan, Valkyrie), S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daniels, Kearson Dewitt, Dolly Donahue, Nick Fury, Iron Man, Edna McCoy, Norton McCoy, Nomad (Rikki Barnes) of Counter-Earth, Professor X, the Psychics (Al Gentle, Theodore Kroeber, Philip le Guin, Georgia Orr, Ursula Richards, Mindy Williams), Punisher (Frank Castle), Colonel Razumihin, Sassafras, Scarlet Witch, Candy Southern, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Vision, Wolverine, X-Factor (Forge, Polaris, Random, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane), X-Men (Archangel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey), any mutant affiliated with Charles Xavier
Known Relatives: Sharon Power (ex-wife) and/or Maxine Power (wife, deceased) ( see comments), Matthew Aaron Power (son)
Aliases: Doctor Powers, Number One, the Professor
Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
formerly base in New York City sewer system;
formerly Aiken Garvey High School;
formerly a castle with various locations (sometimes the Adirondacks or in the Virginia Smokies);
formerly his home in Scarsdale , New York;
formerly Norfolk, Virginia (place of birth)
First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up I#117 (May, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: In his original body, Professor Power possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in no regular exercise. In Matthew Power's body, Professor Power possessed the normal human strength of a man of Matthew's age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise. Professor Power's battlesuit amplified his strength to superhuman levels, enabling him to lift (press) 10 tons. Professor Power's battlesuit was an armored, man-amplifying, powered exoskeleton primarily made of a high-carbon tool alloy formed into a chain mail structure that combines flexibility with maximum protection. Weighing 375 pounds, the battlesuit was able to withstand the detonation of 75 pounds of TNT at a distance of 20 feet. The battlesuit amplified Professor Power's strength to superhuman levels. The battlesuit's primary power source was a cold-fusion thermo-electric generator located in the suit's belt. The battlesuit was controlled by a computer-aided negative feedback loop/pressure sensor network that caused the exoskeleton to follow the motions of the body within and to amplify them when necessary. The exoskeleton used electrically-powered linear-induction motors which were able to withstand massive overrated power surges to enable Professor Power to achieve the full level of superhuman strength that the battlesuit made possible. Professor Power's battlesuit had a programmed auto-stop function that halted the operations of the suit in the event that is computers sensed an imminent motor armature seize-up. The battlesuit's major offensive weapon was an implanted alpha-wave sensor-controlled pulsed, laser path guided, high-energy electron beam. The e-beam gun used a high-flux particle accelerator assembly located in his battlesuit's right forearm and a lasing array around the forefinger of his right glove which operated in tandem. (Hence, the e-beam was fired from his right forefinger.) The e-beam developed a maximum concussive force equivalent to the detonation of 100 pounds of TNT. The massive current drain of the particle accelerator assembly allows only a five second e-beam discharge that requires a lengthy recharging time of about 45 minutes between discharges. The battlesuit was also equipped with twin electrically-powered very high speed turbines which compressed incoming air to a high pressure and temperature and used a fine spray of J-4 jet fuel to cause self-igniting combustion. Both engines developed sufficient thrust to allow Professor Power to fly at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and to reach a maximum height of about 500 feet. (the preceding quoted from Power's entry in OHOTMU).
Power somehow developed the ability to maintain his mind as an astral presence, sometimes for months at a time, and to re-enter either he or Matthew's body. Power's mind also animated two robots once. In his most recent appearance, Power's mind occupied a cyborg-powered version of Matthew's body whose full capabilities are unknown. Power also utilized a lot of high-tech equipment, such as Mandroids, a flying castle, a device that allowed he and his son's minds to switch bodies, and a massive tunnel system that allowed his castle to move from one place to another. In addition, when Power first took over Matthew's body, he had an alpha-converter put into Matthew's brain. The effect of this converter is unknown.
Height: (Original body) 5'11"; (Matthew's body) 6'2"
Weight: (Original body) 165 lbs.; (Matthew's body) 220 lbs.; (armored) 220 lbs.
Eyes: (Original body) blue; (Matthew's body) brown
Hair: (Original body) gray; (Matthew's body) brown
(Marvel Team-Up I#118, New Defenders I#127 (fb)) - Anthony Power was a noted politician, historian, author, teacher, and presidential advisor.
(Spectacular Spider-Man I#197 (fb)) - Matthew Aaron Power was born on a cold winter day. Anthony picked him up and immediately felt a tight bond.
(Spectacular Spider-Man I#198 (fb)) - Anthony's (then) wife, Sharon, often accused Power of neglecting Matthew and of putting career before family. Power often argued with Matthew, but Power was secretly proud of Matthew.
(Marvel Team-Up I#118 (fb) - Matthew was a brilliant student who enlisted in the Vietnam conflict and came back brain dead. Power began to lose his faith in the system, seeing what had happened to his son.
(Marvel Team-Up I#118 (fb) - Power decided to drop out of the university and political settings and started making plans that would unite the world as the Romans had, under one common mind.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#19) - “When the most skilled medical talent in the world failed to effect s cure for Matthew, Professor Power began to change his views of himself and his country. Losing faith in the American system, Professor Power soon became convinced that American universities were instilling apathy and cowardice in their students, and that the United States ' leaders were so terrified of worldwide nuclear war that they were deliberately dragging America down in what he believed to be meaningless conflicts like the Viet Nam war. Taking as his models Alexander the Great and the Roman emperors, who dominated virtually the entire Western civilized world of their times, Professor Power decided that worldwide peace could be achieved only if one mind -one power - controlled the entire Earth. Power believed that America must move against what he saw as the enemies of democracy and to annihilate all threats to freedom. Determined to be that one mind that dominated the entire world, Professor Power dedicated himself to this challenge. Receiving almost unlimited funding from supporters, the already wealthy Power began organizing his underground movement of so-called ‘ultra-patriots.'”
(Marvel Team-Up I#117 (fb)) - Anthony Power recruited men from the CIA, FBI, S.H.I.E.L.D., AIM, and other organizations to act as his personal soldiers. He garbed them as Roman soldiers to match his vision of how the world should be.
(New Defenders I#127 (fb)) - Power “assembled a secret networked of super-patriots dedicated to returning America to a position of dominance in the world.”
(Captain America I#264 - BTS) - In a plot to launch a psychic attack on Russia that would drive the world to war, Power backed Morgan MacNeil Hardy in recruiting a group of psychics in order to do this. Because of Hardy's patriotic ideals, and because the psychics were able to resist Hardy's control, Captain America was able to stop this plot.
(Defenders I#102 - BTS) - Power backed August Masters in following through on the plan with the Psychics. Masters set up a faux mental institution that was secretly a front for the Psychics. A new recruit, and the most powerful psychic, Mindy Williams, was mentally unstable, so Masters recruited Nighthawk to help stabilize her. Nighthawk, with Mindy, caused the institution to burn down and stop the plot, but Masters was able to cover it up and reformulate the plan.
(Thunderbolts I#33 - BTS) - Masters set up at a new base at Mount Charteris in Burton Canyon , Colorado
(Defenders I#104 - BTS) - Masters, still needing to control Mindy Williams, kidnapped Nighthawk again, and also took Gargoyle, Valkyrie, and Hellcat captive.
(Captain America I#268 - BTS) - A few of the Psychics rebelled again and Captain America infiltrated the base, and the captive Defenders escaped, but Masters was able to quell them and forced their surrender.
(Defenders I#106 - BTS) - Dr. Strange, Daredevil, the Son of Satan, and the Beast posed as Power's soldiers to infiltrate the base, and overheard Masters mention ‘the Professor.' After a battle, the Psychics and Nighthawk sacrificed themselves to foil the plot.
(Marvel Team-Up I#117 (fb) - Power recognized the need to gain a better understanding of superheroes before he could pursue his plans. He set up an elaborate test to learn more about these heroes.
(Marvel Team-Up I#117) -When Wolverine stalked a deer on Power's castle grounds in upstate New York , he sent his soldiers to apprehend Wolverine; they gassed the hero and brought him into the castle. He sent some of his soldiers to lure Spider-Man back to Power's castle as well. Power placed Wolverine in a makeshift Roman coliseum and tested Wolverine's heroism. When Spider-Man arrived, Power raised his castle in the air (floating with special machinery). Power watched as Spider-Man fought his way through several traps. Spider-Man found Wolverine still battling Power's robots, then a larger robot gave them the options of stopping a plane that would gas and kill the inhabitants of a prison to the south, to stop an army that would take over a small town in the north, or to try and find Power himself. Power did this to test their priorities and decision-making capabilities. Spider-Man chose the prison while Wolverine went to the town. While they were gone, Power rushed his castle to another location via an underground track, and collapsed the tunnel behind him. Power addressed his army, stating his plans would be implemented soon.
(Marvel Team-Up I#118 (fb)) - Seeking to heal Matthew's mind, Power used his political connections to contact Professor X through FBI agent Fred Duncan. Power had somehow learned that Xavier had telepathic powers. Power set a trap for Xavier, which Power believed would force Xavier to heal Matthew. Power broke the Fixer out of a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison (perhaps using his political influence), and brought a comatose Mentallo to his Scarsdale mansion.
(Marvel Team-Up I#118) - Professor Xavier accepted Power's invitation, and was brought to Power's private retreat in Scarsdale , New York . After Power discussed his origins with Xavier, Power showed Xavier Matthew's comatose form, and asked Xavier to help Matthew. Xavier revealed that attempts to help Matthew telepathically would harm Matthew, so Power had the Fixer encase Xavier in a psycho-plastic cage. Power decided to use Xavier to revive the comatose Mentallo so that Mentallo could heal Matthew instead. Power planned to renew his plans for world conquest once Matthew was healed. When Xavier broke through the shielding, Power turned on the psi-drain machine anyway. Spider-Man (who'd stowed away in Xavier's car) beat Fixer, and Xavier beat Mentallo. The fight, and feedback from the psi-machine, left Matthew insane instead of brain dead. With the knowledge that he'd made his son's situation even worse, Power collapsed in deep grief. When the police arrived, Xavier lulled their minds into thinking there was no problem.
(Marvel Team-Up I#124 (fb)) - Power arranged for his release from prison through powerful friends he still had. Feeling guilty over what happened to Matthew, Power came up with a plan to switch minds with his son so that he could use his son's body in his crusade. Power also developed an extreme hatred for Professor X, and vowed to hunt each of Xavier's X-Men down so that Xavier would understand what losing a child was like, then to hunt Xavier down as well. Power had his castle to the Virginia Smokies and carefully prepared certain machine's that would help him achieve his goals. Power had an alpha-converter placed into his son's brain, so that when the switch took place Power would have super-powers.
(Marvel Team-Up I#124) - Power strapped himself and Matthew onto a machine called the psychometer in order to switch their minds. After the transfer took place, Power felt alive with new power. Powered by the alpha-converter in his brain, he immediately flew off for his revenge. Power decided to kill the Beast first, as the Beast had been the first of Xavier's students to strike out on his own. Power battled the Beast in New York City and a battle ensued, using fists and guns. After several minutes the Beast was on the verge of defeat, but Spider-Man intervened. Power, eager to have revenge on Spider-Man as well, crushed one of Spider-Man's web-shooters. Power knocked out the Beast when Beast moved to save a child, and knocked Spider-Man unconscious also. Power prepared to crush Beast under heavy machinery when Edna McCoy (the Beast's mother) plead for the life of her son. Power was touched and decide to let the Beast live. Spider-Man attacked again, but Power just flew away, swearing revenge on both Xavier and Spider-Man.
(New Defenders I#127 (fb)) - Power took time to rethink his goals and decided to put his life's work before his personal revenge scheme. He united the remainder of his organization with the remnants of the failed Secret Empire.
(New Defenders I#129 (fb)) - Power recruited “world-famed men of inestimable wealth and power: master manipulators plucked from the trees of politics, religion, espionage, military, big business, and mass media” for his Secret Empire operatives. They developed Project Sublimate, an elaborate plan to launch a satellite into orbit that would broadcast messages to warring countries, driving them to world war. After millions had died, Power would be left to unite the world's fragments.
(New Defenders I#126 (fb)) - Power developed deep connections within both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Brand Corporation.
(New Defenders I#125 (fb)) - Power possibly arranged for Buzz Baxter to be transformed into Mad Dog. He recruited four members of the Mutant Force (Burner, Lifter, Shocker, Slither).
(New Defenders I#128 and 149 (fb)) - Secret Empire operatives came across on the super-powered Cloud. Professor Power brainwashed her and gave her two sets of false memories, ensuring her allegiance to him and the empire.
(Defenders I#123 - BTS) - Power sent Secret Empire operatives Cloud, Harridan, and Seraph (secretly a Soviet agent who had infiltrated the empire ) to retrieve the Vision. The women failed, and Power immediately arranged for their release from a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.
(Defenders I#125 - BTS) - Power sent Mad Dog and the Mutant Force (Burner, Lifter, Shocker, Slither) to attack the wedding of Patsy Walker and Daimon Hellstrom. The operatives failed and were captured by S.H.I.E.L.D..
(New Defenders I#126) - Nick Fury began to suspect the Secret Empire's infiltration into S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Brand Corporation. Power ordered the Secret Empire council to have Mad Dog and the Mutant Force freed within 24 hours. An operative set Leviathan loose as a distraction (he was later recaptured), and Mad Dog and the Mutant Force were freed.
(New Defenders I#127) - Power stood in the Secret Empire's headquarters (his castle, still in the Virginia Smokies). Cloud escaped his custody when she began to recover her memories, and Power sent Mandroids to apprehend her. Meanwhile, final adjustments were being made on the Mind Ripper, a machine with which he could brainwash anyone (it is possible a prototype of this machine is what brainwashed Cloud). Power engaged in a training session as he reflected on his past. The Mandroids returned with a captured Cloud.
(New Defenders I#128) - Power confronted Cloud and decided his plans for her needed altering. When the Defenders attacked his headquarters, he sent his Roman forces and several of his super-powered minions (equipped with special strength-sapping devices) against them ,. After the Defenders were captured, he lorded over them and explained that they would be his tools with which he would destroy Charles Xavier. He announced that he would use the Defenders to kill the New Mutants, Xavier's children, and would then launch Project Sublimate.
(New Defenders I#129) - Power had the Defenders put into floating cubes and used the Mind Ripper to brainwash them with scenarios of killing the New Mutants, but the brainwashing failed, and after three days of failed attempts, Power focused his attention back on other Secret Empire matters. He aerially lifted his castle to a new location. He confronted the Secret Empire council on their various projects, and received reports that they were putting Roxxon's Nth Command back together, and that Porcupine battle suits were under design (neither of these plans/plots came to fruition). Mad Dog called in to report that the Project Sublimate satellite was ninety minutes from implementation. Power dismissed the operatives and mentally reviewed the Project plans. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Soviet Intelligence were working together to find Power. Power broke operative Number 4's neck when 4 berated Power. Power flew to the satellite launch, forgetting his plot with the Defenders temporarily, and not realizing that the Defenders had escaped.
(New Defenders I#130) - After the Defenders stopped the satellite's launch and defeated Power's operatives, Power attacked their mansion in New Mexico . He held Candy Southern, Dolly Donahue, and Sassafras hostage until the Defenders arrived. He fired alpha-waves at the team, furious that they had robbed him of his vengeance. He As Power battled the Defenders physically, Moondragon invaded his mind and called up Matthew's consciousness. As Anthony and Matthew's minds battled for dominance, Power collapsed, driven mad by the effort.
(Captain America I#338 (fb)) - Power escaped S.H.I.E.L.D. custody with the help of some of his operatives, and his body was brought back to his castle, again in the Adirondacks . He was preserved there, his mind ravaged with madness, and protected by his soldiers, Mandroids, and Leviathan. The government actively pursued his arrest.
(Captain America I#338) - When Captain America (John Walker) and Bucky (Lemar Hoskins) were sent by the government to retrieve Power. They stormed the Adirondack base and battled Power's operatives, a group of Mandroids, and Leviathan. A group of scientists, including Mercatur and Zevon, were working on Power, possibly trying to restore his mind. When the heroes attacked, the scientists tried to get Power into a escape shuttle, but Captain America derailed it with his shield. Captain America ripped Professor Power out of the vehicle, and Power, completely out of touch with reality, fired a blast at the hero. Captain America became unhinged and beat Professor Power to death.
(Avengers West Coast Annual#7 (fb)) - Professor Power's mind transferred back to his original body, leaving Matthew's body void of life. Power set up shop in Kansas City and started buying large suits of armor (such as Force Ten and Iron Monger) and selling armor to high bidders, possibly in an attempt to re-establish his financial capital.
(Darkhawk Annual I#1 - BTS) - When Iron Man sent James Rhodes undercover to learn more about Power's operation, Power's goons showed off the new armor Force Ten, trying to sell it to Rhodes . Rhodes showed them the Mauler armor in return, which made Power's men suspicious. Savage Steel attacked unexpectedly and beat Force Ten, but was later beat by Iron Man and Darkhawk. Power's men took Rhodes back to Power's headquarter for questioning, but not before Rhodes passed a warning about Power's plans to Stark Enterprises.
(Avengers West Coast Annual I#7) - While Iron Man and Darkhawk learned of Power's location from Savage Steel, Power used force to get information from Rhodes . When Rhodes tried to escape, Power's men used even more force. Iron Man, Darkhawk, the Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Woman (Carpenter) stormed Power's base and stopped some scientists from reformatting the Iron Monger armor and battled an army of Mandroids (renamed Mek-Men). When Power discovered the invasion, he determined to have his revenge on both Captain America (Walker) and Iron Man by electrocuting Rhodes , but Iron Man stopped him with a repulsor ray.
(Iron Man Annual I#13) - Power retreated to AIM headquarters, where he'd sold armor recently. After Iron Man battled Kearson Dewitt, the HQ exploded, killing Power in the process.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#198) - After Power's body was destroyed in the explosion, his mind returned to stasis in his castle. Power somehow instructed some of his operatives to exhume and restore Matthew's body, and then Power's mind was restored to it.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#197) - Power planned to attack the X-Men, and crushed several dolls of them in anger. Thinking about Matthew's birth, he destroyed Matthew's now empty grave. He attacked the Beast, Archangel , Cyclops, Iceman, and Spider-Man just after the heroes had apprehended some bank robbers. Power hit the heroes with alpha waves and traded blows with Spider-Man. He choked the Beast into unconsciousness, slammed Archangel into a wall by his wings, fired finger missiles at Iceman, and turned Cyclops' optic blast back on him. After a final punch to Spider-Man, Power stood over all five unconscious forms.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#198) -When the police arrived, Power fired at them until his floating castle descended and his soldiers picked up the four mutants and took them aboard. Power left Spider-Man behind, stating that he had no quarrel with him. Power planned to take the X-Men to Xavier's mansion so he could watch them die. Power discovered that Spider-Man had stolen aboard and beaten over a hundred of his soldiers. He invited Spider-Man to leave, but Spider-Man would not. Jean Grey came aboard and freed her teammates, and they moved in to battle Power. While they battled, Jean Grey entered Power's mind and forced him to face the guilt of driving Matthew to the war in the first place. Power's body collapsed and his consciousness fled the body.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#199) - The heroes stopped Power's castle from crashing, and defeated the rest of his soldiers. S.H.I.E.L.D. took the castle and Power's body into custody.
(X-Factor Annual I#9 (fb)) - Power's mind floated in a non-corporeal state for months. He influenced some of his S.H.I.E.L.D. contacts to rebuild and cybernetically augment Matthew's body. Power was going to enter the new body and fly away, but then he heard that the government-sponsored X-Factor would be transporting his body soon. Not wanting to miss an opportunity for revenge against some of Xavier's team, Power put together an elaborate scheme that would trap them, and put his consciousness into two prepared robot forms.
(X-Factor Annual I#9) - S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Daniels and Chuck Rose (who was secretly one of Power's operatives) loaded Matthew's body in a canister and met X-Factor, who were assigned to guard the canister during transport. Power, in a robot body, sent an energy wave through the transport van that caused it to crash. The robot battled Strong Guy and was soon defeated. A second robot attacked Random, but was defeated by Forge. Power's mind then entered Matthew's newly powered body. He identified himself, then attacked the group. He successfully repelled attacks by Random, Wolfsbane, and Polaris, then traded blows with Strong Guy for a time. Power felt the strain of being without a body for so long and began to weaken. He crushed Forge's cybernetic hand, then Polaris held Power in a field. Chuck Rose revealed his allegiance to Power then by holding Agent Daniels hostage and demanding Power's release. Power used the distraction and fired off a powerful alpha-blast. He flew away and escaped.
(Punisher War Journal II#4) - Professor Power (back in his original outfit) attended the wake for Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day), who had recently been killed by the Punisher. He and the other attendees at the bar the wake was being held in were secretly poisoned by the Punisher, who was disguised as the bartender. As the villains realized what was happening, the Punisher blew up the bar.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3 (fb) - BTS) - Power somehow survived and employed by the Secret Empire used brainwashing technology to condition five suffering Aiken Garvey High School students selected from different sections of society and tasked them to find the proper candidate for student body presidency to influence and support as part of a public beta for the Secret Empire's plan to control society through young people.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#1) - Professor Power went undercover at Aiken Garvey High School where he taught political science under the fake identity of Doctor Powers. His students included Rikki Baines (actually Rikki Barnes/Bucky of Counter-Earth).
Doctor Powers was among the officials attending the speeches given by the candidates for student body presidency. After the speech of candidate Desmond Daniels a group of unrelated students (the ones conditioned by Power) heavily supported Daniels.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#1 - BTS) - After the strange incident Rikki followed the group around and watched them bully other students. She eventually followed them to a secret base under the school where she was attacked by Professor Power's aid Mad Dog.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#2) - Doctor Powers talked about Flag-Smasher after an incident involving him nearby. Doctor Powers "tried" to stop his students, including Surman (one of the group of students), when Natsuki Ozawa (another one) rushed into the class to tell them to join her listen to another speech by Desmond Daniels. He went after them to interrupt Daniels' speech and while Surman remained hostile, Daniels agreed that Doctor Powers was right and everyone needed to return to their classroom. Rikki watched the whole situation.
Professor Power later met with his five conditioned students in his secret base under the school and congratulated them for converting hundreds of fellow students into followers of Desmond Daniels. He told them it was not enough yet because the end result had to be a landslide win for Daniels. Joining Mad Dog in his headquarter Professor Power warned him of the possible punishment by the Secret Empire if their plans were interrupted by the young heroine Nomad. Watching footage of her fight with Flag-Smasher Power recognized her as his student Rikki Baines.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3) - Matthew Surman reported to Professor Power that Rikki Baines was on to them. When Surman started to remember his mother's cancer Power used a ray to calm him down and relax his mind again.
Professor Power and Mad Dog attacked Nomad while she was patrolling the streets. Surprising her on a roof they managed to capture her.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3 - BTS) - Professor Power used his brainwashing technology on Rikki.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3) - The next day Doctor Powers approached John Barnes, who had been skipping his class the last couple of days. Powers convinced John to attend his class again by inferring he needed to know more about politics since he was so involved in the cause of Desmond Daniels. He also promised John to help find out why Rikki Baines was not attending school at all the last couple of days.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3) - Professor Power and Mad Dog watched Rikki break under Power's brainwashing equipment. Even though his public beta was sure to be a success he planned to use Rikki and humiliate her in public.
Doctor Powers watched Nomad arrive during a speech of Desmond Daniels and endorse him as student body president before revealing her true identity to the whole school. When Desmond asked Doctor Powers if he knew what this was all about Powers claimed to have none.
Professor Power later reported the status of the beta test to his Secret Empire superiors, who asked him to expand the program to all five boroughs. The Secret Empire were concerned about Nomad and asked Power to kill her even though she had been neutralized as a threat.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3 - BTS) - After Daniels won the election his followers, led by Matthew Surman, started a riot.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#3) - Doctor Powers revealed himself as Professor Power to Nomad while telling her about his program and that he had to kill her.
(Nomad: Girl Without A World#4) - Professor Power saw footage of the ongoing riots and considered it a failure of the whole program. His superiors didn't consider it the most desirable outcome, but they were sure the program could be adjusted on the fly when they expanded the program. Power feared the riot could lead to investigations, which could compromise the secrecy of the Secret Empire. When Nomad escaped her restraints she managed to knock out Mad Dog and Professor Power.
Power tried to convince his superiors not to expand the program, but they wouldn't listen and instead ask him to incinerate the facility as soon as they had cloned his system and then come in with Mad Dog to the Secret Empire's island to get punished for allowing Nomad to escape and the threat to the secrecy of the Secret Empire caused by the riots. Power had enough and allied with Mad Dog to destroy the base and all data before the Secret Empire could get their hands on it.
On the run from the Secret Empire Power, as Doctor Powers, got caught by Secret Empire operative at Stan's Easy/Go gas station.
(Captain America V#603/2 (fb) - BTS) - Professor Power was allowed to prove himself once again to the Secret Empire from a prison in his former sewer base. Guarded by a Secret Empire scientist Power was put in charge of capturing Mad Dog and taking out Nomad.
(Captain America V#602/2) - Number One of the Secret Empire informed Professor Power of Mad Dog's location and that Nomad and Araña were in pursuit of him. Power promised to retrieve him within an hour.
(Captain America V#602/2 - BTS) - Drones were sent out to capture Mad Dog. After knocking him out they were confronted by Nomad and Araña.
(Captain America V#603/2 - BTS) - Despite taking down two of the drones, the two remaining retrieved Mad Dog and brought him back to the sewer hideout.
(Captain America V#603/2 - BTS) - After the battle Power leaked information that would lead Nomad and Araña into a trap.
(Captain America V#603/2) - Power watched from his cell as the scientist sent in by the Secret Empire mutated Mad Dog even further in the most painful manner. The scientist warned Power Number One would not tolerate another failure by Power without repercussions. Power assured the scientist he had already set plans in motion to end Nomad.
(Captain America V#604/2) - Following a lead a reporter colleague of Araña had found she and Nomad went to an ad agency, which paid a monthly stipend to Mad Dog's wife. While Nomad looked through the financial data Araña left the office to keep a lookout. The door to the office shut closed and trapped Nomad inside. Professor Power appeared on a screen to inform Nomad she was going to die while Araña would be unable to come to her aid because she had to deal with Mad Dog. Poisonous gas was pumped into the office and eventually Nomad collapsed. Araña still managed to save her.
(Captain America V#605/2) - Professor Power and his guard discussed Nomad's status, unaware whether she was alive or dead. Number One ordered them to stop hunting Nomad because going after her threatened to expose them more than doing nothing. Number One then informed the scientist that Professor Power would be promoted, but needed one of the scientist's particular upgrades for his new position.
Comments: Created by J.M. DeMatteis, Herb Trimpe, and Mike Esposito.
Professor Power was one of DeMatteis' originals. A thought-provoking, human character with a lot of depth, who met a tragic defeat at Gruenwald's hands in Captain America . DeMatteis, not to be undone, brought Power back, killed him, brought him back, killed him, and brought him back again. I'm thinking Power needs a long dirt nap. Let the poor man rest.
In OHOTMU, Power's wife is named Maxine and listed as deceased. This was never mentioned in the comics. In SSM, she was named as Sharon , not deceased however. He coulda been married twice, I guess!
Professor Power has profiles in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#8 (August, 1983), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#19 (December, 1987), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#6 (1991) and Captain America: America's Avenger (August, 2011).
Profile by Chadman.
Updated by Markus Raymond (Nomad & Captain America V).
Professor Power has no known connections to:
Matthew Power was born to Anthony and Sharon Power. Matthew grew up with his mother, his father often being gone. Matthew felt pressured by his father to be better. He was a good student. He eventually enlisted in a war in Viet Nam , and was unable to deal with all the strain that war brought. He came back catatonic, and his body was preserved by his father. When Anthony attempted to force Professor X to heal Matthew's mind through Mentallo, Matthew was driven to the brink of madness. Soon, Anthony used a machine to transfer his mind into Matthew's body, and Anthony, in battle armor, tried to start a world war. Moondragon later called up Matthew's mind again, and the merge of Matthew and Anthony's minds drove them to madness again. Captain America (John Walker) later beat Matthew's body to death. Much later, Anthony (as a disembodied consciousness) had Matthew's body exhumed and took control of it. After another ‘death,' Anthony had Matthew's body cybernetically enhanced, then Anthony took control of Matthew's form again.
--Marvel Team-Up I#118 ( 118, 124, (New) Defenders I#126-130, Captain America I#338, Spectacular Spider-Man I#197-199, X-Factor Annual I#9
Chuck Rose was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was at some point recruited by Professor Power. He was assigned by S.H.I.E.L.D. to transport Power's body to a facility in Southern Utah alongside Agent Daniels and X-Factor. Rose crashed the van when an energy wave passed through it, and watched a revived Power (first in two robot bodies, then in the body being transported) battle the heroes. When it looked as though Power would be defeated, Rose held Agent Daniels at gunpoint and allowed Power to escape. Wolfsbane defeated Rose after Power left.
--X-Factor Annual I#9
and Zevon were
two scientists that worked to restore Professor Power to health and
sanity while Captain America (John Walker) and Bucky (Lemar
Hoskins) battled Mandroids. They loaded
Power into an escape pod, but the heroes were still able to stop it,
and Captain America beat Power to death.
-- Captain America I#338
Captain America: America's Avenger, Professor Power profile (main image)
Marvel Team-Up I#118, p12, pan3 (head shot)
Marvel Team-Up I#124, p4, pan2 (armore head shot)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#19, p14, pan1 (original armor)
X-Factor Annual I#9, p26, pan1 (silver & blue armor, Matthew's body)
Nomad: Girl Without a World#1, p10, pan2 (Doctor Powers)
Marvel Team-Up I#118, p21, pan4 (Matthew Aaron Power)
X-Factor Annual I#9, p8, p4 (Chuck Rose)
Captain America I#338, p17, pan2 (Zevon & Mercatur)
Marvel Team-Up I#117-118 (May-June, 1982) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#124 (December, 1982) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Kerry Gammill (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Defenders I#123 (September, 1983) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#125 (November, 1983) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#127 (January, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Alan Kupperberg (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Defenders I#128 (February, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Mike Mignola (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#129 (March, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#130 (April, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Captain America I#338 (February, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Tom Morgan (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Darkhawk Annual I#1 (1992) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Mike Manley (artist), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Avengers West Coast Annual I#7 (1992) - Roy Thomas (writer), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Tim Dzon & John Tartaglione (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Iron Man Annual I#13 (1992) - Len Kaminski (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#197-199 (February-April, 1993) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Rob Tokar (editor)
X-Factor Annual I#9 (1994) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mat Broome (pencils), Steve Moncuse & Terry Austin (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#4 (April, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Nomad: Girl Without A World#1-4 (November, 2009 - February, 2010) - Sean McKeever (writer), David Baldeon (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America V#602-605 (March-June, 2010) - Sean McKeever (writer), David Baldeón (pencils), Sotocolor's N. Bowling (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 09/20/2005
Last updated: 06/06/2018
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