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Real Name: Joshua Lanning, Sr.

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: None known

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Mrs. Lanning, Annie Lanning, Joshua Lanning, Jr.

Enemies: The Atlanta police; formerly Captain Marvel, Mrs. Lanning, Annie Lanning, Joshua Lanning, Jr.

Known Relatives: Mrs. Lanning (wife), Annie Lanning (daughter), Joshua Lanning, Jr. (son)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Atlanta, Georgia

First Appearance: Avengers I#279 (May, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Joshua Lanning had no superhuman powers, but it's possible that in his deranged state, he might have possessed adrenaline-boosted strength. He had in his possession two machine guns and was easily swayed.

History:  (Avengers I#279 (fb) - BTS) - Joshua Lanning began to hear voices due to an unknown mental problem.

 (Avengers I#279) - Deranged by the internal voices, Joshua took his family hostage and held off the police until Captain Marvel arrived on the scene. Once Marvel was given a briefing on the situation, she zapped into the Lanning home and tried to help Mrs. Lanning talk some sense into Joshua. Joshua refused and tried to fire a gun at "Marvel", soon realizing that she was only a hologram projected by the real Captain. At first thinking Marvel a demon, Joshua became disoriented by the hologram and began to think that Captain Marvel was actually an angel. Captain Marvel then led Joshua into police custody, where he was to receive help for his mental problems. After making sure Joshua's children were safe, Captain Marvel left the scene.

Comments: Created by Roger Stern, John Buscema, and Tom Palmer.

Profile by Proto-Man.

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Mrs. Lanning was Joshua's wife and despite Joshua's mental problems, she continued to try to talk sense to her husband while protecting their children, Annie and Joshua, Jr. She and her children were saved by Captain Marvel's arrival and after Joshua was taken into custody, Mrs. Lanning was treated with sedative while Captain Marvel spoke with the children.

(from left to right): Mrs. Lanning, Annie, and Joshua, Jr.

--Avengers I#279

Avengers I#279, p2, pan4 (The Lanning Family)
 p2, pan5 (Joshua Lanning, headshot)
 p2, pan6 (Joshua Lanning, fullbody)

Other Appearances:
Avengers I#279 (May, 1987) - Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (breakdowns), Tom Palmer (finished art)

Last updated: 03/06/07

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