THE PROFESSOR

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Freak-Face, Itch, Man-Bull, Mr. Kline

Enemies: Dia Alec, George Alec, Daredevil (Matt Murdock)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York, USA

First Appearance: Daredevil I#78 (July, 1971)

Powers/Abilities: The Professor was a trained scientist who concocted the serum that turned William Taurens into Man-Bull, as well as a power potion that could be added to drinking water to transform many into mutated human/animal hybrids. It was unrevealed what the depth of his training or experiments were.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: White (formerly blonde)

History: (Daredevil I#78 (fb) – BTS) – A scientist was kicked out of Cambridge for rushing his experiments. He called himself the Professor.

(Daredevil I#78 (fb) – BTS) – Mr. Kline hired the Professor to experiment on others, seeking to give them powers as new operatives. The Professor then hired three thugs, Bull, Freak-Face and Itch, to kidnap subjects for him.

(Daredevil I#78) – Bull, Itch and Freak-Face sought to kidnap newlyweds George and Dia Alec. A fight broke out then Daredevil attacked, resulting in the villains fleeing. At a deadline, Professor instead experimented on Bull, injecting him with a serum, but it all went wrong and Bull was turned into the Man-Bull, a man/bull hybrid with super strength and a cow-like form. Freak-Face and Itch went back out to look for the Alecs, wanting revenge, and they battled Daredevil. Freak-Face injected DD with a knockout drug then Man-Bull attacked. Itch and Freakface found the Alecs.

(Daredevil I#79) – The Professor was shocked by Man-Bull's transformation and asked the villain to back down but Man-Bull angrily pushed the Professor aside and attacked Daredevil. Back at his lab, the Professor reported to Mr. Kline then he saw the Alec couple brought in. The Professor called in to Mr. Kline and prepared to experiment on the Alecs but Daredevil attacked. Daredevil soon defeated the Man-Bull. The Professor, Itch, and Freak-Face presumably either ran away or were arrested in the aftermath.

(Daredevil I#96 (fb) – BTS) – The Professor concocted a serum that would mutate men into monstrous forms as well as an antidote. He planned to poison San Francisco's water supply then require a ransom for the cure.

(Daredevil I#95 – BTS) – After showing Bull a paper that talked about Daredevil (one that also featured a column by Sergius O’Shaughnessy), Itch used a serum made by the Professor to turn the incarcerated Bull back into Man-Bull, who fought his way past the guards including Cunningham.

(Daredevil I#96) – Man-Bull and Itch returned to the Professor's base in Sausalito, retrieving the Professor's new serum as the cops investigated nearby. The Professor's hair was now white. Man-Bull and Itch poisoned the city's water then Man-Bull turned on Itch, pummeling him aside. Man-Bull returned to the Professor, determined to kill him and destroy the antidote so that no one could be cured but Daredevil stopped Man-Bull.

(The Cat I#4 (fb)) – Man-Bull returned to the Professor, knocking him unconscious before stealing a full case of the serum that would transform him into Man-Bull.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Professor has no known connections to:


Cunningham

(Daredevil I#96) – Man-Bull escaped from prison, fighting guards on his way out including Cunningham.






--Daredevil I#96


Freak-Face

(Daredevil I#78 (fb) – BTS) – When Freak-Face got in trouble with the law in Kentucky a few too many times, he was recruited by Bull into a new criminal gang. They joined up with Itch and started working for the Professor and Mr. Kline, tasked with kidnapping civilians for experiments.

(Daredevil I#78) – Itch, Freak-Face and Bull tried kidnapping George and Dia Alec but Daredevil fought back, leaving the villains running for it. The Professor ended up experimenting on Bull, turning him into Man-Bull, and Itch and Freak-Face wanted revenge. They found Daredevil and Freak-Face injected the hero with a syringe impacting his senses then Man-Bull attacked him. Itch then found the Alecs again.

(Daredevil I#79) – Itch and Freak-Face took the Alecs to the Professor for experimentation but Daredevil attacked and battled Man-Bull to defeat. Itch, Freak-Face and the Professor presumably ran away or were arrested in the aftermath.




--Daredevil I#78 (78 (fb) – BTS, 78-79

Itch

(Daredevil I#78 (fb) – BTS) – The criminal known as Itch teamed up with Bull and Freak-Face, and the trio started working for the Professor and Mr. Kline, tasked with kidnapping civilians for experiments.

(Daredevil I#78) – Itch, Freak-Face and Bull tried kidnapping George and Dia Alec but Daredevil fought back, leaving the villains running for it. The Professor ended up experimenting on Bull, turning him into Man-Bull, and Itch and Freak-Face wanted revenge. They found Daredevil and Freak-Face injected the hero with a syringe impacting his senses then Man-Bull attacked him. Itch then found the Alecs again.

(Daredevil I#79) – Itch and Freak-Face took the Alecs to the Professor for experimentation but Daredevil attacked and battled Man-Bull to defeat. Itch, Freak-Face and the Professor presumably ran away or were arrested in the aftermath.

(Daredevil I#95) – Itch visited Bull in jail, informing him that Daredevil was now in San Francisco. Using a serum from the Professor, Itch fired into into Bull's cell, letting him turn back into Man-Bull and escape. In San Francisco, Itch and Man-Bull wired a car to run wild, getting Daredevil's attention, then they sought out Black Widow and Ivan Petrovich. Itch ran them off the road then Man-Bull attacked. Ivan leaped out of the car and knocked Itch out himself. Later, Itch and Man-Bull robbed a jewelry store and when Daredevil and Black Widow arrived, Itch shot Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#96) – Black Widow destroyed the gun in Itch's grip, seemingly breaking his hand, and Itch pleaded with Man-Bull to flee as they heard sirens approaching. They rushed back to the Professor in Sausalito, getting a new serum. Man-Bull and Itch poisoned the city's water supply then Man-Bull shockingly turned on Itch, violently pummeling him aside.

--Daredevil I#78 (78 (fb) – BTS, 78-79, 95-96,


Sergius O'Shaughnessy

(Daredevil I#95 – BTS) – The Daily News announced a new series by Sergius O'Shaughnessy running in their papers called “The Army and the Knight.”

--Daredevil I#95-BTS


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#79, p10, pan5 (Professor with Man-Bull, main image)
Daredevil I#78, p14, pan3 (Professor with syringe)
Daredevil I#96, p8, pan5 (Professor with serum)
Daredevil I#95, p3, pan3 (Cunningham)
Daredevil I#78, p17, pan4 (Freak-Face)
Daredevil I#95, p10, pan4 (Itch)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#78 (July, 1971) – Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#79 (August, 1971) – Gary Friedrich, Gerry Conway (writers), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (editor)
Daredevil I#96 (February, 1973) – Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Ernie Chua (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
The Cat I#4 (June, 1973) – Linda Fite (writer), Jim Starlin, Alan Weiss (pencilers), Frank McLaughlin (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)


First Posted: 06/08/2018
Last updated: 06/08/2018

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