Real Name: Peter Alraune, Jr.
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Group Membership: Presumably a member of certain medical organizations
Affiliations: Marlene Alraune, Jean-Paul "Frenchie" DuChamp, Moon Knight (Marc Spector);
former pawn of Morpheus (Robert Markham), and former physician to Markham
formerly Moon Knight (Marc Spector)
Known Relatives: Peter Alraune, Sr. (father, deceased), Marlene Alraune (sister)
Base of Operations: An office at 52 Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: Moon Knight I#12 (October, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Expert in genetic disorders. He has some degree of medical expertise
A smoker, he likely has decreased endurance and other health issues.
When bonded to Morpheus, Peter was plagued by night terrors but otherwise could not dream normally, and he was also apparently empowered by the resultant build-up of psychic energy.
He could project illusions and/or cause
hallucinations...victims frequently struggled against these visions,
allowing themselves to be harmed by things around them in reality of
which they were unaware; for example, Moon Knight was not aware that he
was underwater and at risk for drowning. Sometimes these hallucinations
were simple things, like a giant snake or monstrous figures; sometimes
more complex scenarios played out, often relating to the subconscious
of the victims, much like real dreams. He could apparently project an
image of himself at least a short distance away from where he really
He could apparently only cause these hallucinations while sleeping (and sometimes sleepwalking).
Beings could overcome these dreams by forcing themselves back awake.
Also while bonded to Morpheus, sometimes donned a solid black costume, and he proved able to fight with great proficiency. He may have been sleepwalking in this state, in which he typically attacked Morpheus' enemies. He had no memory of these events when awake.
Height: Unrevealed; approximately 6'
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 180 lbs.
Hair: Red (with moustache)
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#7: Morpheus entry) - Dr. Peter Alraune became a specialist in genetic disorders.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#7: Morpheus entry) - In severe discomfort, Robert Markham consulted with Dr. Alraune to treat his rare and "completely unknown" viral infection that was causing competitive inhibition (associated enzymes reacted to similarly shaped but inappropriate enzymes) and resultant uncontrolled breakdown of his chromosomal structure.
(Moon Knight I#12 (fb) - BTS) - Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Alraune offered Markham an experimental, untested drug treatment. Desperate, Markham signed a release form in hopes of being cured.
(Moon Knight I#12 (fb) - BTS) <April 21, the same year as the main story> - Peter may or may not have been present when a photograph was taken of Robert Markham by the medical facility prior to the start of the experiment.
(Moon Knight I#12 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#7: Morpheus entry) - The drug deprived Markham of the the ability to sleep and/or dream, which both drove him mad and caused him to mutate due to an accumulation of psychic energy.
(Moon Knight I#12 (fb) - BTS) <June 5, the same year as the main story> - Peter may or may not have been present when a photograph was taken of the mutated Robert Markham.
(Moon Knight I#12) - Peter Alraune reviewed Markham's file, still having a hard time believing Markham's degree of mutation, and considering himself responsible both for the mutation and his disappearance. He worried about Markham's misfortune and misery. Deciding this problem outweighed his professional ethics, Alraune called the police to report Markham as a missing person.
(Moon Knight I#12) - Now calling himself Morpheus, Markham broke into Dr. Alraune's office, interrupting him before he could identify Markham as the missing person. Markham blamed Alraune for his condition and considered making Alraune sleep forever; however, approaching police sirens caused Morpheus to flee, although he first smashed Alraune into a wall, incapacitating him. Morpheus then escaped before the police arrived and called for an ambulance for Dr. Alraune.
(Moon Knight I#12 (fb) - BTS) - Peter was taken to a hospital and treated, and he was exhausted after being interviewed by the police.
(Moon Knight I#12) - The next everning, Peter's sister, Marlene, visited him alongside her boyfriend, Marc Spector (aka Moon Knight), but after briefly explaining what happened, Peter collapsed, lapsing into a coma.
(Moon Knight I#12 (fb) - BTS) - Peter's doctor told Marlene he might remain in a coma for hours, days, or permanently. Soon after, Morpheus assaulted the hospital, seeking to finish off Alraune; ultimately he fled after exhausting his energies against Moon Knight and the police.
(Moon Knight I#12 - BTS) - Moon Knight visited Dr. Alraune's office where he encountered the investigating Det. Flint, who shared the information his office had collected on Morpheus.
(Moon Knight I#12) - Moon Knight incapacitated Morpheus after neutralizing/overloading his energies by causing him to blast a power generator.
(Moon Knight I#12) - Six days later, Peter Alraune awakened and received a hug from an ecstatic Marlene.
(Moon Knight I#23 (fb) - BTS) - Every night, Morpheus dreamed of destroying Peter Alraune.
(Moon Knight I#22 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#7: Morpheus entry) - Realizing they couldn't keep Morpheus sedated forever, the doctors at Seaview Research Hospital" started infusing him with norepinephrine in hopes of causing him to dream, both to keep him calm and ideally to reverse his mutation by diffusing his energies and mental waste via dreams.
(Moon Knight I#22 - BTS) - The norepinephrine strengthened Morpheus' dreams, through which Morpheus channeled his ebon energies until he could link up with the dreams of Peter Alraune. Morpheus' energies tainted Alraune, granting him the power to induce hallucinations in others
(Moon Knight I#22 (fb)) - In a twilight stage before waking and dreaming, Peter Alraune "hallucinated" Morpheus shattering his bedroom window with an eyeblast, and he awakened to find a shattered waterglass that had fallen from the windowsill despite there not being a draft; Peter wondered if it might have been telekinesis triggered by his dream.
(Moon Knight I#22 - BTS) - Suffering night terrors, Peter Alraune awakened, certain that Morpheus was coming to get him.
(Moon Knight I#22) - As Morpheus dreamt, he sent Peter (covered from head to toe in solid-black to assault Moon Knight and push him off a building by duping him with an illusion of Marlene falling over the edge; Moon Knight was stunned but otherwise unhurt, and the black figure fled.(Moon Knight I#22) - A distraught Peter Alraune told Marlene and "Steven Grant" (one of Moon Knight's civilian aliases/identities) of his recent experiences, noting that being deprived of normal sleep and dreams was keeping him constantly on edge and raising his blood pressure.
(Moon Knight I#22 (fb) - BTS) - Doctors doubled Morpheus' dose of norepinephrine.(Moon Knight I#22) - Morpheus remained apparently sleeping as Moon Knight entered his room, but then the black figure (Peter), holding a scalpel, approached from behind and slashed Moon Knight's arm. When Moon Knight kicked him back, the figure fled again.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Profile by Snood.
Peter Alraune should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Moon Knight I#12, pg. 3, panel 1 (upper body, in shadows);
panel 2 (face, on the phone);
pg. 5, panel 4 (blasted by Morpheus);
#22, pg. 1 (night terrors; tormented by Morpheus);
pg. 4, panel 6 (black suit);
pg. 7, panel 8 (unobscurred face);
#23, third from last page, panel 8 (death);
Moon Knight I#12 (October, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (artist), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Moon Knight I#22-23 (August-September, 1982) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (artist), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Last updated: 02/26/15
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