Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human (see comments)
Occupation: Caretaker, experimental subject
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Known Relatives: "Sonny" (son)
Base of Operations: Cougar Mountain
First Appearance: Iron Man I#158 (May, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Moms was a psionic with the ability to make it rain and nullifying electrical devices within a certain psi-field radius
Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
(Iron Man I#158 (fb) - BTS) - Moms is the mother of an apparently highly gifted scientist named Sonny who used her in his experiments to manipulate control over her subconscious psionic abilities.
(Iron Man I#158 (fb) - BTS) - Moms was apparently rather abusive of her son, Sonny, who stated she used to beat him when his grades were not good enough for her. Sonny stated Moms would lock him in a closet with his schoolbooks to forcibly make him study without meals for eight hours. On another occasion, Sonny stated Moms forgot about locking him in a closet for three days and he almost died.
(Iron Man I#158 (fb) - BTS) - Having attended the Stanky Institute to learn psionics from Professor Stanky. Sonny discovered his mother had the "greatest natural psionic talent in the world. Shortly thereafter, Sonny began to experiment with Moms. The sessions were painful to Moms, but Sonny didn't care, demanding that to use her powers at his command. Using a "hypno-beam", Sonny would take control of Moms, unleashing her subconscious ability to use psionics. Examples of some of their experiments included making it rain, turning lights off, and creating a psi-field to surround a given area which could shut down any electrical system caught within range.
(Iron Man I#158) - While performing some more tests on his mother an unaware Iron Man was caught in the range of her psi-field as he flew through Cougar Mountain. Iron Man's armor immediately malfunctioned, forcing him to nearly crash. After finding no fault in his armor, Iron Man later returned to the area to investigate. Again, Iron Man's armor malfunctioned, with all systems failing except for his ability to move. Removing his helmet for better vision, Iron Man entered a cave for shelter, and found Moms in a hypnotic state within a still operating scientific lab. Sonny attacked Iron Man from behind, stunning him with a rock and throwing him into a pit. The pit began to fill with water, and Sonny covered the opening with heavy machinery to ensure Iron Man could not escape.
(Iron Man I#158) - Without the power of his armor, Iron Man was unable to remove the machinery. Searching for the source of the rising water, Iron Man discovered a gap at the bottom of the pit. Removing his armor, Iron Man was able to squeeze through and escape. Returning to the cave, Iron Man was attacked by Sonny, who was easily subdued. Bereft of Sonny's control, Moms awoke. Finding Iron Man standing over the unconscious Sonny, Moms stated if Iron Man would do her a favor and hit Sonny again.
Comments: Created by Denny O'Neil (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Dan Green, Al Milgrom (inkers).
Despite Sonny's prior abuse at the hands of Moms, and the pain he inflicted on Moms during their experiments, they lived together, and Moms would cater to Sonny, making meals, etc. for him. Moms, who was aware of her psionic abilities, did not seem able to access them without Sonny's prodding and also showed no interest otherwise to do so.
In addition, both Sonny and Moms were able to see Iron Man without his helmet or his armor, but did not seem interested in his (at the time) secret identity, nor did Iron Man seem worried by this exposure.
It is unknown whether Moms was a mutant, mutate, alien hybrid or whatever else could've given her these psionic abilities.
Profile by Hugo V. Negron
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Iron Man I#158, p22, pan7 (main image)
Iron Man I#158, p5, pan2 (scrambled eggs)
Iron Man I#158, p8 pan7 (hurt by her son)
Iron Man I#158 (May, 1982) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Dan Green, Al Milgrom (inkers), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Last updated: 05/08/16
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