Real Name: (First name unrevealed) Twoyoungmen

Identity/Class: Ghost;
    formerly human magic user

Occupation: Mystic

Group Membership: None 

Affiliations: Shaman (Michael Twoyoungmen)

Enemies: None known

Known Relatives: (First name unrevealed) Twoyoungmen (son, deceased), Michael Twoyoungmen (Shaman, grandson), Elizabeth Twoyoungmen (Talisman, great-granddaughter), Katheryn Twoyoungmen (granddaughter-in-law)

Aliases: "Old Father"

Base of Operations: The Sarcee Reserve, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

First Appearance: (skull seen): Alpha Flight I#1 (August, 1983); (fully seen): Alpha Flight I#5 (December, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Grandfather Twoyoungmen had unspecified mystic abilities native to a Sarcee mystic. After his death, his skull emitted a mystic warning of danger that Shaman could sense whenever a threat was looming. He later took on a ghostly form that appeared before his grandson, Michael.


(Alpha Flight I#5/2 (fb)) - Grandfather Twoyoungmen was visited by his grandson, Dr. Michael Twoyoungmen, who announced that he was turning his back on the old mystic ways of the Sarcee. Grandfather tried to remind Michael that he could deny his own heritage and that Michael's path was pre-ordained. Michael shrugged off the attempts to dissuade him, explaining to Grandfather that the present day was an age of science and that he was a doctor with a wife and child. Michael then asked Grandfather if he would have Michael sacrifice all of those things for something that Grandfather alone believed, to which Grandfather replied that Michael must, as the ancient Sarcee knowledge had to be passed from blood to blood. Michael quickly reminded Grandfather that Michael's father had died, freeing Michael of his bond to Grandfather and the old ways. He then said goodbye to Grandfather as Grandfather spoke that Michael knew what he was turning away from. Grandfather then proclaimed that the white man's ways had clouded Michael's wisdom and that a time of great testing way ahead. Grandfather Twoyoungmen later passed away on the same day that Michael's wife Katheryn died.

(Alpha Flight I#1) - When the Great Beast Tundra's arrival on the Earthly plane loomed, Michael (now known as Alpha Flight's Shaman) sensed an approaching danger. Hearing Grandfather's voice, Michael took a box down from his office shelf and opened it, revealing Grandfather Twoyoungmen's skull. Mystically speaking to the skull, Michael bade the skull to speak to him and explained that he awaited the words of his grandfather.

(Alpha Flight I#31) - Michael Twoyoungmen arrived at the cabin he had spent several years at and found his Grandfather's skull. His Grandfather's voice spoke of Michael's rejection of his mystical heritage fueled by personal doubts. The spirit of his Grandfather then appeared and Michael declared that he now sought to reclaim his powers. Grandfather next made them all vanish.

(Alpha Flight I#34) - Now in the barren lands, near the ancient Sarcee shaman cairns, the ghostly form of Grandfather attended his grandson Michael, showing the path where he would be tested in reclaiming his powers.

(Alpha Flight I#35) - Grandfather's ghost told Michael that animal spirits would appear to test him on his spirit journey. Later, once Michael had completed his initial spirit journey, Grandfather passed the sacred relics of the eagle crest and caribou cloak that allowed Michael to reclaim his magical powers. Grandfather told him that his last test was to avenge his ancestors against the Vikings who once stole the ancient artifacts. 

Comments: Created by John Byrne (writer & artist).

Grandfather called Michael the 40th in a long line of Sarcee mystics, marking himself as the 38th in that line.

Grandfather Twoyoungmen's first name was never revealed.

The images show him sitting in front of a fire, hence the yellow glow. 

Thanks to Grendel Prime for adding the AF#31, 34 & 35 appearances.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Grandfather Twoyoungmen has no known connections to

images: (without ads)
Alpha Flight I#5, p18, pan1 (main image)
Alpha Flight I#5, p19, pan1 (headshot)

Alpha Flight I#1 (August, 1983) - John Byrne (writer, art), Denny O’Neil (editor)
Alpha Flight I#5 (December, 1983) - John Byrne (writer, art), Denny O’Neil (editor)
Alpha Flight I#31 (February, 1986) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mike Mignola (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Alpha Flight I#34 (May, 1986) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Alpha Flight I#35 (June, 1986) - Bill Mantlo (writer), David Ross (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Carl Potts (editor)

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Last updated: 12/08/2012

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