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Real Name: Dr. Pernell Solomon (clone)

Identity/Class: Human clone

Occupation: Unwilling organ donor

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Ant-Man, the Avengers (Beast, Captain America, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, Yellowjacket), Edwin Jarvis, Jocasta

EnemiesCorben, Mulhally, Dr. Pernell Solomon, the Taskmaster, Warren

Known Relatives: Dr. Pernell Solomon (Selbe is a clone of him)

Aliases: "Same" (German translation of his name), "Dr. Solomon"

Base of Operations: The Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane in South Hampton, Long Island, New York

First Appearance: Avengers I#194 (April, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: Selbe had no superhuman powers, but was skilled at raving like a lunatic. During the battle against Taskmaster, Selbe used pieces of debris to bash the heads of his attackers. He also used a ray gun to free the Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Ant-Man.

History:  (Avengers I#195 (fb) - BTS) - Selbe was created by scientists at the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane, so that their administrator, Dr. Pernell Solomon, would have an organ doctor for his weak heart.

 (Avengers I#194) - Upon discovering his fate, Selbe escaped the Institute and caught a cab to Avengers Mansion, seeking the Avengers' help in avoiding his fate. Once he had arrived, he begged the help of the Wasp before passing out in her arms. Seconds later, he revived and attempted to tell his story. Most of the Avengers thought him a lunatic and when Dr. Solomon sent some of his goons to retrieve Selbe using fake government documents, the Avengers unwitting allowed him to go with Solomon. Believing his story, the Wasp stowed away and followed Solomon.

 (Avengers I#195 (fb)) - Selbe was taken back to the Solomon Institute, where Dr. Solomon ordered him prepped for operation. After he was taken to his cell, the Wasp revealed herself to him but was discovered and gassed.

 (Avengers I#195) - Once they had defeated Solomon and his goons, the Wasp and new arrivals Yellowjacket and Ant-Man freed Selbe from his cell, only to be defeated and captured by the Taskmaster, who was using the Institute as a front for one of his training grounds.

 (Avengers I#196) - Selbe watched in horror as the Taskmaster defeated his own goons to show his abilities to the heroes. He then watched as Dr. Solomon died of a heart attack in fear of the Taskmaster. With Solomon dead, the Taskmaster turned to Selbe and announced that they would have to speed up his aging process so that he could pass for the deceased Dr. Solomon as administrator of the Institute. The Avengers soon arrived and battled the Taskmaster. During the battle, Selbe managed to knock out a guard with a piece of debris and then stole a gun, which he used to free Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, and the Wasp. In thanks, he received a kiss on the cheek from the Wasp and aided the team as they defeated the Taskmaster.

Comments: Created by David Michelinie, George Perez, and Josef Rubinstein.

I wonder whatever happened to Selbe after the Taskmaster story? If you ask me, he should be part of the Avengers crew as he seemed pretty inspired to do good after they risked their lives to save him.

This tale closely resembles Parts the Clonus Horror. By the way, if Solomon's heart problem was a genetic defect, the clone would have it too, right? Barring genetic engineering. Of course, perhaps stress/drinking/smoking etc. caused the problem.
--Per Degaton

Profile by Proto-Man.

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Avengers I#196, p1, splash page (Selbe, fullbody)
 p3, pan6 (Selbe, headshot)

Avengers I#194 (April, 1980) - David Michelinie (writer), George Perez (pencils), Josef Rubinstein (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Avengers I#195 (May, 1980) - David Michelinie (writer), George Perez (pencils), Jack Abel, Dan Green (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Avengers I#196 (June, 1980) - David Michelinie (writer), George Perez (pencils), Jack Abel (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)

Last updated: 10/29/06

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