Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Microverse/Sub-Atomica) humanoid
Occupation: Conqueror; former supreme commander, scientist
Group Membership: None
Impossible Man (Impy), Membros,
Tenebrae, Quiet Man;
former employer of Ivan Karlovich, Live Wire (Rance Preston), Shellshock (Gary Buser);
former boss of the Fear Army
Enemies: Annihilus, Aron the Watcher, Avengers Academy (Finesse/Jeanne Foucault, Giant-Man/Hank Pym, Hazmat/Jennifer Takeda, Jocasta, Mettle/Ken Mack, Reptil/Humberto Lopez, Striker/Brandon Sharpe), Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers), Champions (Cyclops (time-displaced), Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Nova (Sam Alexander), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Viv Vision) Copycat (Vanessa Carlyle), Domino (Neena Thurman), Fantastic Four (Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Black Panther/T'Challa, Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Richards-Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Thing/Ben Grimm), Fearsome Four (Frankenstein Monster, Howard the Duck, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters), Fredd, Future Foundation (Ahura, Bentley-23, Dragon Man, Adolf Impossible, Kor, Leech, Artie Maddicks, Onome, Alex Power, Franklin Richards, Valeria Richards, Tong, Turg, Vil, Wu), Hope (Esperanza Ling), Inhumans (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystalith Amaquelin, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon, Triton), Garrison Kane, Alicia Masters, Mergence, Micronauts (Acroyear, Biotron, Bug, Jasmine, Marionette/Princess Mari, Microtron, Commander Rahn), Queen Pearla, Psimon, Pseudo Four, Red Hulk (Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Sleepwalker, Warlock, X-Men (Beast/Hank McCoy, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Cecilia Reyes, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Evil one" (nickname used by the Black Panther), "foul parasite" (nickname used by Acroyear), "Orange faced goon", "psych" (nicknames used by Fredd), "Tom Thumb" (nickname used by the Impossible Man)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Counter-Earth (Franklin);
formerly Mirword, Microverse;
formerly his Worldship, mobile throughout the Microverse;
formerly Panther Island in the Caribbean sea;
formerly the planet Traan, Microverse (Sub-Atomica)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four Annual I#5 (November, 1967)
Powers/Abilities: Psycho-Man possesses no known
superhuman powers, though he claims that he derives power from the
negative emotions he causes like a psychic vampire. A brilliant
engineer, cybernetics expert and weapons designer, Psycho Man has
knowledge of technology far in advance of present day Earth's. His
primary weapon is his Control Box that can stimulate three negative
emotions--fear, doubt and hate--in one or more targets. Using the nobs
on the handheld device, Psycho Man can control the type of emotion, its
intensity (from mild to life threatening) and how long the effects will
last. The fear ray frequently causes people to hallucinate a
particularly fearsome image or scenario dredged up from their own
subconscious, which often causes them to be completely paralyzed with
terror. The Control Box's settings can also be reversed, which allows
Psycho-Man to bombard opponents with courage, confidence and love--this
renders them extremely confident to the point of recklessness and overly
sentimental. Psycho-Man has incorporated this emotion altering
technology into larger devices with greater range and effectiveness,
once even influencing an entire planet. Blind or sightless people have
proven immune to his emotion rays. The only known defense against his
mind-altering rays is a Microverse native mineral known as Nuvidia.
Psycho-Man has access to shrinking and enlarging technology which he
uses for a variety of effects. His armor had various weapons systems,
including hand mounted giant fans. He can probe minds to see if people
tell the truth. He has created several giant robot forms of his body
armor that he uses to carry out missions on Earth, which he can either
"pilot" or cybernetically control from the Microverse. For travels
within the Microverse, he relies on a gigantic Worldship. Psycho-Man has
also been seen commanding a fleet of vessels he calls his Death Ships.
He is also capable of easily traveling to Earth and even other
dimensions using technology. He briefly gained some of the powers of his
Control Box. He could also generate solid energy forms to give form to
his illusions--these powers have since vanished. Without his armor or
weapons, Psycho-Man is physically frail and has been seen using
life-support equipment to cope with nerve degradation he claims occurred
when the Invisible Woman exposed him to the effects of his Control Box.
Height: 5'9" (at human size on Earth, though he
wears variably sized armors)
Weight: 135 lbs. (at human size on Earth, though he wears variably sized armors)
Eyes: Pale yellow-green
History: (Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#32/2
(fb) ) - In her unrelenting quest to spread the emotion of fear amongst
the living, Nox traveled to Sub-Atomica, a realm within the Microverse.
On the world of Traan, she took a renegade scientist under her wing and
surreptitiously guided him to unlock the key to controlling fear and
other negative emotions. This led him to develop his first control
equipment and the decision to become the Psycho-Man.
(Silver Surfer III#143 (fb) - BTS) - Psycho-Man had unrevealed but limited dealings with the Mergence, leading him to respect the aliens' power.
(Fantastic Four I#642 (fb) - BTS) - The Psycho-Man met and got acquainted with the Quiet Man, whom he always considered a close ally.
(Fantastic Four Annual I#5 (fb) ) - The Psycho-Man eventually became Traan's Chief Scientist. He was tasked to deal with Sub-Atomica's rapid population growth. In order to make sure his people would have sufficient space, he began looking for a new, bigger world and deemed Earth in the macroverse ripe for conquest because it had no defense against the power of his mind-ray.
(Fantastic Four Annual I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Psycho-Man created a man-sized robotic replica of himself he could cybernetically control to act on Earth. He built a base on a remote island in the Caribbean (unaware it was Wakandan property and that the Inhuman royal family was also roaming there). Because he could not bring the giant-sized mind ray from Sub-Atomica, he decided to recruit humans to construct and retrieve the necessary components. Outfitting Live Wire, Shellshock, Ivan Karlovich and one other with advanced weaponry, he had them obtain the five components required to complete the device. They successfully retrieved four of them, but the unidentified underling accidentally delivered the fifth and final component to Alicia Masters instead of the actual address.
(Fantastic Four Annual I#5) - Angered by his lackey's
incompetence, Psycho-Man subjected him to the full effects of his
Control Box until the man was so scared he jumped out of the window,
landing on a ledge below. When Live Wire, Shellshock and Ivan objected
to being treated like slaves, the Psycho-Man easily brushed off their
attacks and then used his Box to show them who was boss. He then led
them to Alicia's apartment, where he used the Control Box to
incapacitate Masters and her boyfriend the Thing, who impressed the
Psycho-Man with his incredible mental resilience against the fear-based
illusions projected in his mind. Psycho-Man returned with the component
to his island base, where he began final assembly. Just as he was
getting ready to finish, the base was discovered by the Inhumans and the
Black Panther. Psycho-Man managed to stun the approaching heroes with a
shockwave and ordered his men to bring them inside, only to have the
Inhumans recover and attack. During that time, Psycho-Man completed the
mind ray and was ready to manipulate the emotions of everyone on Earth.
But first, he decided to deal with the Inhumans, the Black Panther,
Thing and the Human Torch (the latter
two had been retrieved by Lockjaw, who had sensed they might be
needed). Keeping himself out of sight, Psycho-Man instead
turned the ray on his enemies, which caused them to fight non-existent
monsters. At the same time, the Black Panther crawled unseen through an
air duct until he was on top of the villain; T'Challa's struggle allowed
the others to recover and catch up with the Panther and his mysterious
foe. Black Bolt destroyed the giant mind-ray with one of his electron
blasts, forcing the Psycho-Man to retreat to Sub-Atomica after giving
the briefest of origins; he abandoned his robotic body armor, and the
heroes were stunned to find it empty.
(Fantastic Four I#196 (fb) - BTS) - The Psycho-Man body armor came into possession of the Fantastic Four, who were presumably storing it in their Baxter Building trophy room.
(Fantastic Four I#76) - Traveling the Microverse in his
massive Worldship, the Psycho-Man noticed a confrontation between the
Fantastic Four (minus Sue) and the Silver Surfer--the FF had followed
the Surfer to Sub-Atomica to try and convince him to return to Earth
before his old master Galactus made good on his threat to devour the
planet if his former herald didn't return to his service. The Psycho-Man
decided he wanted to study the Surfer, so he sent his indestructible android to
capture him, unaware the android would fight the FF instead before the
Surfer showed himself again to destroy the automaton.
(Fantastic Four I#77) - Frustrated by losing his android, the Psycho-Man got personally involved and teleported the FF to his Worldship. Initially toying with them by having the heroes fight various robotic constructs of him that were all defeated, he eventually got too cocky and attacked them in person. Ill-equipped to handle the element of surprise, he was eventually buried under a crushing mountain of machine debris. Mr. Fantastic decided it was for the best if they freed Psycho-Man, because without their Reducta-Craft, he was the only one capable of returning them to Earth. Once freed, the Psycho-Man was in no mood to show gratitude, but was persuaded to aid the team after probing Reed Richards' mind and learning of the threat posed by Galactus (...for if Earth were destroyed, his micro-world would perish as well). Declaring their battle was still unresolved, he returned his enemies to Earth with a flick of his armored finger.
(Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#6 (fb) ) - Psycho-Man
continued his studies of realms adjacent to his own, wandering into the
Negative Zone, where he encountered Annihilus and his voracious, warlike
Insectivorids race. To his shock, he learned that they were already
aware of the Microverse and had started an invasion of their own,
conquering world after world. The Psycho-Man tried to fight them, but
the mindless hordes proved immune to his emotion manipulation, which led
the alien insects to invade his realm of Sub-Atomica without much
opposition. Though he continued to fight them with his Worldship, the
insects eventually forced Psycho-Man out of the Microverse altogether.
With no proper source of emotions to feed on, he came to Earth, where he
captured several people he tortured with his Control Box, though their
agony was insufficient. Then he set his eyes on the Silver Surfer again,
whom he figured could supply his Psycho-Manipulator with all the power
he needed. Psycho-Man set out on a complex plot to bend the Surfer to
(Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#5 (fb) - BTS) - The Psycho-Man spent months studying the Silver Surfer from afar. During his stay on Earth, he lived in a run-down hotel room, which he outfitted with his advanced technology. When he went out, he disguised himself as a solemn looking, bald-headed man in a trench coat.
(Silver Surfer I#18 - BTS) - The subtle effects of Psycho-Man's manipulations were starting to influence the Silver Surfer during a disastrous meeting with the Inhumans. Fed up with being constantly persecuted and hounded, the Surfer decided to become evil and pay humanity back in kind.
(Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#4) - Now evil and practically beyond reasoning, the Silver Surfer made his way to New York City, where he went on a rampage. Spider-Man (Peter Parker) was the only hero on hand to try and stop the Surfer. Though he struggled valiantly and even managed to deter the cosmic being from wiping out the city, Spider-Man was brought down. From a distance, the Psycho-Man was pleased to see his manipulations of the Surfer's mental state were working out. Pressing a few choice buttons on his Control Box, he intensified the Surfer's feelings of hatred just as he was getting ready to kill Spider-Man.
(Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#5) - Psycho-Man shut
down his psycho ray moments before the Surfer could strike Spider-Man.
Now free of its effects, the Surfer was horrified by all the destruction
and terror he had caused and took off. A delighted Psycho-Man watched
him go, amused by the fact that shutting down his device actually caused
the Surfer even more emotional turmoil, while incidentally also saving
Spider-Man's life. Some time later, after he returned to the shabby
hotel he called home, the Psycho-Man was suddenly attacked by a
contingent of Insectivorids. Realizing this meant he had been tracked
down, he quickly defeated them and moved on to assure the Surfer's
allegiance. As luck would have it, Spider-Man happened by just as
another contingent of Insectivorids arrived. Spotting the fight as well,
the Silver Surfer came to help out, only to fall prey to Psycho-Man's
Control Box once again. To his surprise, Psycho-Man found that
Spider-Man was affected as well. This fascinated him because Spider-Man
also shared some similarities with the Insectivorids, who were still
immune. After manipulating the Surfer into defeating the insects, taking
out Spider-Man in the process, the Psycho-Man presented himself to the
emotionally fragile Surfer. He sympathized with his plight and offered
him sanctuary in the Microverse, provided he helped him fight off the
Insectivorids. The Surfer accepted, leading Psycho-Man to summon his
Worldship to take them back to Sub-Atomica. He brought Spider-Man as
well, figuring he needed to study the hero to come up with a way to
fight the Insectivorids.
(Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#6 - BTS) - As soon as the Surfer was aboard, Psycho-Man placed him in a contraption and was ready to drain his emotions into the Psycho-Manipulator.
(Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#6) - When Spider-Man came to, he found himself aboard Psycho-Man's Worldship in one of his labs, along with the other humans the mad scientist had abducted previously. Psycho-Man explained the reason for bringing Spider-Man there and apologized for the pain he was about to inflict during the examination. Before he could begin, he was distracted by the Silver Surfer's board, which tried to return to its master. Spider-Man seized the opportunity, hopped on the board and rode it until he was close enough to web up Psycho-Man's face. Disoriented, he tripped and fell, revealing himself to be yet another robot. When the real Psycho-Man showed himself, the fight was interrupted by the arrival of Annihilus and his Insectivorids, who had boarded the Worldship. Even though Annihilus destroyed his Control Box with a well placed cosmic blast, Psycho-Man managed to hold his own. While the two villains duked it out, Spider-Man freed the Surfer, who in turn made sure every one of Psycho-Man's prisoners was safely returned to Earth.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#9 - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways, the Psycho-Man successfully beat back Annihilus and the Insectivorids, once again claiming Sub-Atomica for himself.
(Hulk IV#11) - As part of a convoluted, cosmic game of chance orchestrated by the Grandmaster, a time-tossed Silver Surfer and Terrax found themselves in Sub-Atomica, where they had to fight each other. Their conflict was noticed by the Psycho-Man, who used his Control Box to revert both heralds of Galactus into whimpering, fearful wrecks. He planned to tear through their minds until they begged for mercy, and then he would force them to take him back to the outerworld so everyone could fear him.
(Hulk IV#12) - While the Psycho-Man continued to gloat and torture Terrax and the Surfer until one of them would give in and return him to Earth, the Red Hulk arrived in the Microverse (courtesy of the Grandmaster, who sent Hulk to aid his teammate Terrax). Wasting no time, the ticked off Hulk tore the Psycho-Man's robotic armor to pieces. Hiding out in the oversized headpiece, the tiny Psycho-Man tried to escape, yelping that this was only a temporary setback. In response, Red Hulk smashed him with his foot (see comments).
(Fantastic Four I#196 - BTS) - Doctor Doom came into possession of one of Psycho-Man's armors, previously owned by the FF. He had his chief scientist Hauptmann remove the mind-altering technology required to carry out Operation: Coronation (during which Doom planned to mind-control the UN assembly).
(Micronauts I#16 (fb) - BTS) - Perhaps inspired by his fight against Annihilus and his insect hordes, Psycho-Man enslaved three races of semi-humanoid creatures to work for him: the metal eating Antrons, the crab-like Membros and the reptilian Reptos.
(Micronauts I#15 (fb) - BTS) - When the Psycho-Man learned that the FF still owned his armor, he invaded the Baxter Building to reclaim his property, destroying much of Mr. Fantastic's lab. This set the FF on a course to Sub-Atomica with their Reducta-Craft, though Reed Richards sent the Human Torch to check out the recently discovered Prometheus Pit which could theoretically connect to innerworlds as well.
(Micronauts I#15) - Traveling the Microverse in his Worldship, Psycho-Man came across the Micronauts in their microship Endeavor. Without his knowledge or consent, the scavenger-like Antrons swarmed their vessel, ready to feast. During the struggle, the Antrons devoured much of the robotic Microtron, who seemingly died in Marionette's arms. Alerted to the altercation, the Psycho-Man appeared before them, using a gigantic robotic form to tower over the team. He welcomed them to his realm and assured the heroes they would never leave there alive.
(Micronauts I#16) - Eager to feast on the Micronauts' strong emotions, the Psycho-Man subjected them to his Control Box. All the heroes were suddenly overcome with anxiety, doubt and hatred, except for Marionette, who figured she was left alone because she was already experiencing sorrow and grief over the loss of Microtron. She set out to oppose the villain single-handedly, but got help from an unexpected source when three of the Fantastic Four arrived on the Worldship in their Reducta-Craft. However, in spite of Mr. Fantastic's attempt to yank the Control Box out of the Psycho-Man's hands, the villain used his powers to turn the two teams against each other by making them hate. All throughout the fight, he continued to nourish himself on their emotions--curiously enough, this also increased the size of his armored form. At the height of the battle, all the participants were shocked when a giant-sized Human Torch popped up (he had used the Prometheus Pit to reach the Microverse, and as a result, he retained his relative size instead of shrinking like his teammates).
(Micronauts I#17) - The Human Torch's gigantic, flaming figure rapidly consumed all the available oxygen in the Worldship, leading all the heroes to faint except for the villain and the robotic Biotron. Psycho-Man, who proved more resistant to lack of oxygen than the others, defeated the robot by using powerful magnets to pull his metalloid form apart. He then placed all the heroes in his emotion-draining apparatus, convinced all their added emotional traumas would allow him to resume his campaign of conquest: first the Microverse and then on to Earth itself. However, the Micronauts and Fantastic Four teamed up and managed to free themselves from the machines. The others kept the villain distracted long enough for Sue Richards to make Bug invisible so he could enter the Psycho-Manipulator device unseen and mess with the controls. As a result, the Manipulator now drained Psycho-Man of psychic power instead of feeding him additional strength. Within moments, the armor shriveled up like wilted lettuce. Panicked, the Psycho-Man transferred his mind elsewhere. Watching the FF and the Micronauts leave his Worldship, the villain swore they hadn't seen the last of him.
(Fantastic Four I#284 (fb)) - The Psycho-Man continued his conquests in the Microverse, eventually arriving on Mirword, ruled by Fantastic Four ally Pearla. He used his giant armor and emotion-warping technology to effortlessly take over the realm--only Pearla remained unaffected, and although she didn't know it, this was caused by her tiara made of Nuvidian metal. To hide out from the Psycho-Man and her former servants, Pearla fled into the Nuvidian mines.
(Fantastic Four I#281 (fb) - BTS) - Hungry for revenge on the Fantastic Four and the emotional turmoil of an entire planet, the Psycho-Man launched a new scheme to conquer Earth. Creating a hate-inducing, shapeshifting construct he dubbed his Hate-Monger, he sent it to Earth, where it began its work as H.M. Unger. Over the course of several weeks, Hate-Monger used his powers to give countless speeches to all the different ethnic and religious extremists in New York City. Slowly, the levels of hatred and intolerance began to rise. Psycho-Man planned to use the city as a test case before moving on to a global level.
(Fantastic Four I#278) - From the shadows, Psycho-Man watched Johnny Storm admonish one of H.M. Unger's white supremacist followers, who had invited Johnny and Alicia Masters to attend one of their rallies. Pleased by the Torch's frustration, Psycho-Man thought to himself the impetuous hero might get to witness the annihilation of all mankind.
(Fantastic Four I#279) - Psycho-Man was waiting backstage at a white supremacist rally where Unger was speaking. He was pleased by the fact his Hate-Monger had stirred up the crowd so much they violently attacked a priest, believing him to be a "nigger lover" simply because the man pointed out they were all brothers. Psycho-Man then watched as Unger prepared himself for his next two meetings: first he was to speak with the Sons of Zion to fan the flames of their discontent, and then he was scheduled to give a talk at the Black Women's Defense League, shifting his shape and skin-color to fit his target demographic.
(Fantastic Four I#280) - For the next phase of his plan--corrupting the Invisible Girl--Psycho-Man took the Hate-Monger to the streets of New York, where he used his technology to locate her and Alicia Masters. Psycho-Man ordered his underling to carry out the master plan. Obeying his master's command, the Hate-Monger shapeshifted into Reed Richards and went out to approach Sue.
(Fantastic Four I#280 - BTS) - As per Psycho-Man's orders, the Hate-Monger completely reversed the Invisible Girl's love for her family into sheer hatred, turning her into his new ally Malice, mistress of hate. In her first outing, she easily defeated the She-Hulk, which led Unger to commend her, even as all around them the city burned because of all the racial and ethnic unrest he had caused.
(Fantastic Four I#281) - Psycho-Man joined Malice and the Hate-Monger on a skyscraper rooftop overlooking the pandemonium overtaking Manhattan. Unger reveled in his accomplishments, but the Psycho-Man wasted little time complimenting him. Instead, he ordered the initiation of the next phase of their plan: the destruction of the Fantastic Four. Hate Monger sent out Malice to destroy the Fantastic Four, whom the Psycho-Man had made sure were unaffected by the almost infectious waves of hatred sweeping the city. Though pleased, the Psycho-Man warned his underling not to underestimate the FF.
(Secret Wars II#2) - Mr. Fantastic freed his wife from her Malice persona through the use of reverse psychology. Out for revenge, Sue led the FF against Unger, who tried to use his hate-inducing powers to get the crowds to turn on the heroes. Psycho-Man tried to aid his minion by subtly inducing fear in the Human Torch, throwing off his aim. However, when the mysterious, omnipotent Beyonder appeared on the scene to muddy the proverbial waters, the Psycho-Man decided to beat a strategic retreat, leaving H.M. Unger to his fate and effortlessly escaping She-Hulk's grasp. Seconds later, the Hate-Monger was shot and killed by the Scourge of the Underworld.
(Fantastic Four I#282 - BTS) - Aware the
Fantastic Four knew of his involvement in the Hate-Monger affair, the
Psycho-Man kept tabs on the team. He learned that the Invisible Girl
successfully convinced her teammates to accompany her to Sub-Atomica
to have it out with the villain. Seizing the opportunity, he prepared
for their imminent arrival.
(Fantastic Four I#282) - Within minutes of arriving in their Reducta-Craft, the Fantastic Four were besieged by a gigantic Psycho-Man, who easily trapped all of them inside impenetrable test tubes.
(Fantastic Four I#283 - BTS) - Not interested in She-Hulk, the Psycho-Man instilled great fear in her and put her to work as a slave in the Nuvidia mines of Mirword.
(Fantastic Four I#283) - Psycho-Man took great joy in torturing the three remaining Fantastic Four members, terrorizing them with their greatest fears while making the others watch. He confronted them with the fact he'd been eavesdropping on them, calling the team the aggressors for having come to his realm. He then continued to torment the Invisible Girl, allowing Mr. Fantastic to deduce how the Psycho-Man was fooling them. After concluding their surroundings were actually a giant set, Richards used his elasticity to ooze out of the air vents of his cell. Pouring his nigh-liquid form into a crack in the Psycho-Man's armor, he forcibly popped off the robot's head, revealing the true villain inside. Mr. Fantastic captured him and freed the others, leading to the question of just where the She-Hulk was.
(Fantastic Four I#284 - BTS) - The FF whipped up a temporary prison for the Psycho-Man while they used his machinery to locate their missing teammate--it didn't take long for him to escape.
(Fantastic Four I#284) - The FF split up to find the wily Psycho-Man, though the Invisible Girl secretly followed her husband, who soon fell prey to the villain and his Control Box. Making her presence known, Sue grabbed the Box and confined her tormentor to a force-field while she calmly read him the riot act. She then assured him he would be punished for having defiled her by paying him back in kind.
(Fantastic Four I#284 - BTS) - The Invisible Girl subjected the Psycho-Man to the full effects of his Control Box, which had a devastating and presumable lasting effect on his neurological make-up and psyche. Afterwards, she left him to his own devices, assuring her stunned teammates Psycho-Man would never bother anybody again.
(Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular#2 (fb)) - Psycho-Man spent many months in the Mirword mines, consumed by the emotions he once wielded against others as weapons. Over time, fear and doubt were replaced by hatred for what he had become, eventually leading him to sufficiently regain his composure to leave the mines.
(Fantastic Four I#330 - BTS) - Clones
created by Aron the Rogue Watcher and programmed to relive of the
original Fantastic Four's lives sought out and defeated one of the
Psycho-Man's spare robotic forms.
(Fantastic Four I#350 - BTS) - When Doctor Doom returned from an extended interdimensional sojourn, he made it a point to review the affairs of his archenemies, the Fantastic Four. He learned that the team had recently fought and defeated many enemies such as Blastaar, the Wizard, Diablo and Psycho-Man. With a smug sneer, Doom commented, "How heroic".
(Web of Spider-Man Annual#6 (fb) - BTS) - Psycho-Man learned of the existence of the Enigma Force, a source of unlimited power that briefly transforms mortals into the omnipotent Captain Universe. Figuring this would be all he needed to fulfill his dreams of conquest, he began a search for it by tracking down previous hosts, kidnapping them with his shrinking technology and locking them up in a special prison aboard his Worldship.
(Amazing Spider-Man Annual I#24 - BTS) - After learning that Spider-Man was the latest host of the Enigma Force, the Psycho-Man began working on ways to capture the hero. He manipulated events so that Spider-Man was exposed to a gaseous shrinking agent of unknown composition that began to steadily reduce the hero in size.
(Spectacular Spider-Man Annual I#10) - Spider-Man continued to shrink tinier and tinier until he vanished from the Macroworld. The Psycho-Man watched from the shadows, subtly herding the confused hero to him. When Spider-Man got so small he entered the Microverse, the villain was waiting for him. Psycho-Man used his Worldship to intercept and capture the web-slinger before revealing his identity to him.
(Web of Spider-Man Annual#6) - After examining the hero, Psycho-Man was disappointed to find he didn't contain a single trace of the Enigma Force anymore. Now no longer of use, Spider-Man was placed inside a cage in the villain's "zoo". Motivating most of the desperate, beaten-down prison population, Spidey used his web-shooters to manipulate the controls on their cages, staging a jailbreak in the process, Spider-Man led the other aliens against Psycho-Man, eventually fighting a dizzying battle of shrinking and growing until the Psycho-Man was blasted by his vessel's own shrink ray and vanished into nothingness.
(Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular#2) - The ongoing search for one of his missing kids--#4682--took the Impossible Man to the Microverse. In need of some courage, he shifted into the form of the Thing; this confused the Psycho-Man, who had detected his arrival and mistook him for the actual FF member. The villain attacked, but as soon as he realized he was dealing with a shapeshifter, he broke down sobbing, claiming he wasn't ready to deal with that, or anything else, come to think of it. Sympathetic though not exactly qualified, Impy offered to counsel him. His unconventional pep talk worked, restoring some of the Psycho-Man's confidence in himself and his abilities. He even offered to help find Impy's missing child. But when the lead he offered turned out to be a dead end, the Impossible Man resumed his search, leaving a frantic and heartbroken Psycho-Man behind, who desperately desired some more therapy because he would feel so small without it.
(Fantastic Four Unlimited#8 (fb) - BTS) - Learning of Mr. Fantastic's presumed death at the hands of Doctor Doom, the Psycho-Man hatched a new, complicated scheme to have his revenge on Sue Richards and the Fantastic Four. Using technology Dr. Doom left behind when he tried to invade the Microverse years earlier, the Psycho-Man tampered with the footage of Doom and Reed's apparent death so it showed that they might have been shrunk down instead of getting vaporized when Doom's armor overloaded. He used his mind-control technology to take control of Mirword again, bending Pearla to his will even as a faux Doombot--pretending to be the real Doom--was set up as ruler of what was now called New Latveria, along with his very own Castle Doom and trademark servo-guards. At the same time, Psycho-Man began to influence Sue and the other FF members from afar, exposing them to the newly discovered reverse setting on his Control Box--as a result, they grew both overconfident and overly sentimental.
(Fantastic Four Unlimited#8 - BTS) - When Sue Richards and the team's technical adviser Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) discovered the sub-atomic particles planted in the footage of Reed and Doom's demise, they traveled to Sub-Atomica. All the while, Scott Lang sensed his teammates were acting weirdly emotional; his suspicions grew when they met with Pearla, who told them all about Doom's new rule. Ant-Man decided to go out and investigate on his own.
(Fantastic Four Unlimited#8) - Ant-Man discovered that Psycho-Man was secretly manipulating Pearla. After taking her out, he faced the villain who subjected Scott to his fear ray. In a reflex, Scott activated the growth-gas canister on his belt, causing him to become gigantic in the relatively tiny control room--this smashed all of Psycho-Man's emotion-controlling equipment, freeing the FF from his influence. They then discovered the Psycho-Man they'd been facing was actually yet another robot. and that the real villain was actually still crippled, both physically and emotionally. He relied on an artificial neural net to support his devastated nervous system. After explaining why he had gone through the whole charade, Psycho-Man decided to blow up the makeshift "Castle Doom". The FF and Pearla escaped with their lives, but Psycho-Man seemingly committed suicide.
(Cable II#38 (fb) - BTS) - Emboldened by the seeming death of the Fantastic Four at the hands of Onslaught, the Psycho-Man embarked on a new scheme to conquer both the Microverse and Earth. First, he took control of a sector of space that once belonged to the Micronauts' archenemy Baron Karza. Now that he had access to Karza's advanced cloning facilities--the Body Banks--he planned to raise a superior fighting force. His schemes brought him in direct conflict with the Micronauts.
(Cable II#37) - After studying some records from Project: Weapon X, the Psycho-Man concluded that Garrison Kane's body contained incredibly advanced bio-organic technology he could use in concert with Karza's Body Banks to create an unstoppable army, so he set out to capture the mutant mercenary. He caught up with him in San Francisco, just as Kane and his shapeshifting girlfriend Copycat (Vanessa Carlyle) were meeting with Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers) and Domino (Neena Thurman). Using his Control Box to warp the emotions of both the foursome and most of the city's population, Psycho-Man patiently waited for the right moment to grab his target and leave. In the end, Cable used his telepathy to banish the Psycho-Man's influence from his mind and that of Domino and Copycat. Kane appeared to be missing, forcing Copycat to look for him. Moments later, Psycho-Man proudly revealed himself with an unconscious Kane, briefly explaining to Cable what he had come for before vanishing. Seconds after he departed, the Micronauts' ship Endeavor arrived with Kane on board. He explained that Psycho-Man had actually kidnapped Copycat in his form.
(Cable II#38) - While Cable, Domino and Kane teamed up with the Micronauts to assault the Psycho-Man in his fortress, the villain was busy studying "Kane". He was baffled by the fact his instruments showed the alleged bio-organic technology was common organic matter. When he probed deeper, Copycat revealed herself. Only slightly annoyed, the Psycho-Man simply decided to use her in order to lure the real Kane. He savagely beat her and strapped her to a nearby post for Kane to find; when Kane did, Psycho-Man locked in on his love for Vanessa and twisted it into hate with his Control Box. Now convinced Cable was to blame for all this, Kane was determined to make his old mentor pay.
(Cable II#39 - BTS) - Psycho-Man captured the emotionally unstable Kane and began using his body's technology as the matrix for his new breed of soldiers that emerged from the Body Banks and kept Domino and the Micronauts occupied. He placed extreme feelings of doubt on Copycat, keeping her in a near-catatonic state while he had Kane's flying limbs capture Cable himself--the Psycho-Man tried to force his emotions as well, overwhelming the mutant telepath with doubt, though Cable telepathically contacted Domino and the Micronauts and instructed them how to oppose the villain.
(Cable II#39) - Acting on Cable's orders, Domino slapped Copycat back to her old self.--this freed Kane's emotions as well. While the Micronauts distracted Psycho-Man, Cable used his telepathy and telekinesis to merge the minds of Kane, Vanessa and himself and direct all their emotions directly into the mind of the unsuspecting villain. Overwhelmed by the pure sensation of love Garrison and Vanessa felt for each other, the Psycho-Man's still recovering nervous system shut down, allowing the heroes to win the day.
(Silver Surfer III#143) - In the Microverse, Psycho-Man came across the vessel of Tenebrae of the Mergence (she had come to check on her robotic servant Cy-Phyrr-4, sent to guard Alicia Masters in the microrealm as part of a convoluted scheme to force the Silver Surfer to do her bidding). Intrigued, he steered his Worldship to intercept, but he was slightly disappointed when she went into a debilitating psychic shock after she was only slightly subjected to his emotion manipulation.
(Silver Surfer III#144 - BTS) - Chasing Tenebrae's trail led the Silver Surfer to the Microverse as well. There, he eventually ran into the Psycho-Man, who was able to capture him through the use of his Control Box.
(Silver Surfer III#144) - The Psycho-Man had Silver Surfer in a holding cell next to Tenebrae and began to torment him with emotions and visions of his old lover Shalla-Bal. However, the Surfer proved too emotionally mature, and fought back to free himself. He then gave Psycho-Man a taste of his own medicine when he used the power cosmic to let the villain experience his own emotion-manipulating techniques firsthand. Overwhelmed, Psycho-Man crumpled together, unable to deal with the onslaught of emotions. While he tried to compose himself, the Surfer and Tenebrae fought an evenly matched battle of wits and strength. In the end, the Psycho-Man decided to aid Tenebrae and sneaked up behind the Silver Surfer, draining most of his power cosmic and redirecting it to the systems of his Worldship. Finding they shared the same goals and desires, mostly to acquire knowledge, the Psycho-Man and Tenebrae entered into a partnership. They travelled to Earth aboard his Worldship, where he planned to drive humanity over the brink of madness by blanketing the planet with psycho-kinetic rays. Tenebrae was surprised to see her servant Cy-Phyrr-4 return, curious to find out what he'd done with Alicia Masters. Seconds later, everyone was attacked by the Mergence-possessed Coroner, who had come to execute Tenebrae for betraying them.
(Silver Surfer III#145) - Psycho-Man came to Tenebrae's defense by firing his Worldship's weapons at the Mergence, allowing them to run for the relative safety of his ship. At the same time, the newly empowered Alicia Masters arrived back on Earth, courtesy of her cyber-organic sentient armor. She attacked the villains, but Tenebrae ordered Cy-Phyrr-4 to kill Masters. On board the ship, Psycho-Man detected that the Mergence were about to carry out their plan to destroy Earth by generating a null-wave. Turning his emotion-controlling technology against the Mergence's group mind, Psycho-Man succeeded in disrupting their concentration and stopping the null-wave. However, by doing so, they created a feedback loop they were unable to escape, not even by traveling to Sub-Atomica. Both the Psycho-Man and Tenebrae seemingly perished.
(Fear Itself: Fearsome Four#2 (fb) ) - The Psycho-Man learned of the existence of the Man-Thing, a dimensionally unique semi-sentient swamp creature that was a living sponge of fear based emotions. Not daring to engage the "monster" himself, he decided to assemble an army of alternate-reality monsters and freaks, including the Frankenstein Monster. He conditioned to obey him as members of his Fear Army.
(Uncanny X-Men and Fantastic Four '98 Annual - BTS) - Psycho-Man was alerted when disgruntled Stark-Fujikawa scientist Bradley Beynon used a spare Psycho-Man robotic armor and Control Box to get back at Reed Richards, whom he blamed for always stealing his thunder (for instance, Richards had copyrighted a shrink ray mere days before Beynon had finished his own Miniaturizer). He went to Earth to see who was abusing his technology.
(Uncanny X-Men and Fantastic Four '98 Annual) - Psycho-Man waited for Beynon at his Stark-Fujikawa lab. When the scientist returned with a broken Control Box (damaged after he used it against Mr. Fantastic during an opera also attended by the X-Men), he confronted Beynon. Before he could make him pay, the X-Men and Fantastic Four arrived and attacked the Psycho-Man. The villain was attacked by Wolverine, who mercilessly stabbed him in the back. Beynon was still determined to have his revenge on Richards and attempted to fire the Miniaturizer, seemingly unaware it was malfunctioning. Before the ray hit, the Thing hurled Psycho-Man into the Miniaturizer, damaging it even further--as a result, both Psycho-Man and Beynon were shrunk back into the Microverse.
(Warlock IV#5 - BTS) - The budding techno-organic
abilities of Hope (Esperanza Ling) inadvertently caused massive tremors
in Sub-Atomica, leading the Psycho-Man to investigate the threat to his
(Warlock IV#5) - Psycho-Man arrived on Earth, tracing her energy signature but found himself under attack by Hope's protectors Warlock, Psimon and the visiting Spider-Man. Scared he might get hurt, Psycho-Man shrunk everyone down to the Microverse, where they emerged on his Worldship. Thinking himself clever by manifesting Hope's greatest fear, Psycho-Man accidentally caused his own defeat because the girl's biggest anxiety involved losing control of the transmode virus and transforming the entire world--as a result of her panic, she began to actually transform the Worldship, leading the heroes to convince Psycho-Man to turn fear into doubt, though that did very little to stop the transmode virus from affecting his equipment. In the end, even his Control Box was rendered inoperable. Fed up by the blows he had been dealt, the Psycho-Man could do little else but send his opponents back to Earth.
(Captain Marvel IV#15 (fb) - BTS) - In the Microverse, the Psycho-Man discovered a mysterious, man-sized cocoon of unknown origin and tremendous power. He took it aboard his Worldship, but proved unable to breach its outer shell.
(Captain Marvel IV#13) - Hoping to use his immense strength to break the cocoon, Psycho-Man approached the latest member of the Micronauts, Drax the Destroyer. Using his emotion-altering technology, he bent the emerald-green powerhouse to his will.
(Captain Marvel IV#15) - After some initial, comical mishaps trying to get the dim-witted Destroyer to follow his commands with only the three basic emotions to work with, the Psycho-Man got Drax to start smashing the cocoon--astonished by his might, deeming it far in excess of his own exo-skeleton or even the FF's Thing, Psycho-Man was even more amazed when the cocoon's inhabitant emerged in a ray of light. The cocoon housed Fredd, who happened to be Captain Marvel's evil-twin clone future-self from an alternate reality. Fredd laughingly repulsed the Psycho-Man's emotion based attacks, forcing the villain to his knees without breaking a sweat. Psycho-Man agreed to a tentative truce, intrigued when Fredd discussed conquering Earth. However, they were interrupted by the arrival of the Micronauts (who had come to look for Drax) and their ally Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell).
(Captain Marvel IV#16) - Psycho-Man asked if Fredd would be needing his help when Captain Marvel and the Micronauts launched their attack against them. Fredd declined the offer, proving he didn't need aid to deal with his counterpart when he defeated Genis in under five seconds. Fredd then had Psycho-Man experiment on Genis-Vell to see if the villain's regrowing chamber could safely return a being with his unique physiology to Earth. Psycho-Man activated his machinery, but both bad guys had forgotten the fact Genis was bonded through the Nega-Bands with the Earth-bound Rick Jones. Having them share the same dimension caused an unexpected, explosive "hiccup" that Fredd mostly blamed on Psycho-Man. As a result, Captain Marvel was returned as photonic energy and absorbed into the machinery of Psycho-Man's ship. Fredd started to draw Marvel out and into his Nega-Bands while Psycho-Man watched. Fredd soon found he couldn't control his younger alternate counterpart, who turned Psycho-Man's emotion-controlling devices against him. Becoming doubtful, afraid and then angry, Fredd lost control and wound up destroying Psycho-Man's ship.
(Avengers/JLA#4) - During a dimension-spanning conflict that saw the Avengers team up with a league of heroes from a Divergent Continuity, the Psycho-Man was pulled from an unknown point in time by Krona to fight the heroes.
(Fantastic Four: Foes#1) - Psycho-Man was one of two dozen supervillains who attended a meeting organized by the Puppet Master on how to best defeat their common enemy, the Fantastic Four. However, when Philip Masters claimed their best chance was to follow his orders, Psycho-Man and the others were so underwhelmed and annoyed they simply left. What they didn't know: the whole reason for getting them all there was to acquire DNA samples from the lot which Puppet Master and Mad Thinker could use to mind-control them into doing whatever they needed done.
(Marvel Knights 4#12 (fb) - BTS) - Psycho-Man discovered he was dying. Instead of looking for a cure, he decided to spend the time left to him to have one final crack at destroying the Fantastic Four, even though he was aware Mr. Fantastic might be able to cure him.
(Marvel Knights 4#9) - Psycho-Man arrived in New York City by bus; on the way there, he had terrorized his fellow passengers with his fear-based powers.
(Marvel Knights 4#11 (fb) ) - Psycho-Man's arrival in the city caused all kinds of fear-based incidents near him because he was slowly losing control over his powers.
(Marvel Knights 4#12 (fb) - BTS) - Psycho-Man finally decided to take up residence in the FF's abandoned headquarters, the Baxter Building (the team was forced to leave their base following unexpected financial difficulties). From there, he began to plan his campaign of terror against New York and the Fantastic Four.
(Marvel Knights 4#10 & 11 - BTS) - Holed up in the Baxter Building, the Psycho-Man began to terrorize the FF and their friends and family. He gave Reed and Sue similar nightmares in which horribly mutated figures asked for their help; he also influenced Alicia Masters to sculpt a statue of him, based on feelings of free-floating anxiety he instilled in her. He then moved on to large scale illusions, blocking the various tunnels in and out of Manhattan, and even tricking people that the sun itself had vanished. As his stay continued, he began hounding ordinary citizens as well, making them believe statues attacked them, as well as seemingly kind dogs.
(Marvel Knights 4#11) - With
Manhattan covered in darkness, the Psycho-Man was thrilled to see
the Human Torch blasting the trademark "4" insignia in the
sky--realizing it meant the FF were on the case, he went inside to
prepare for their arrival. Some time later, Mr. Fantastic located
Psycho-Man at the Baxter Building and summoned his team to deal with
(Marvel Knights 4#12 - BTS) - Aware of how Psycho-Man's powers worked, Mr. Fantastic decided to have Alicia Masters dress up as the Invisible Woman, knowing her blindness protected her from the villain's emotion-altering rays. As soon as the FF entered the building, the real Susan Richards would infiltrate the Baxter Building invisible from the other side, ready to surprise the villain.
(Marvel Knights 4#12) - As expected, Psycho-Man immediately besieged the FF with his mental projections as soon as they showed up in their old headquarters. Sacrificing themselves in order to get "Sue" to Psycho-Man, the male members of the team allowed themselves to be overtaken by Psycho-Man's fear attacks. By the time Alicia reached him in the team's monitor room, the Psycho-Man showed his true, emaciated form. He contemplated the horrors he would inflict upon her only to find he couldn't influence her at all. Confused until real the Invisible Woman revealed her presence, the Psycho-Man was dumbstruck when she sensed he was dying, because they still shared a tentative connection from her time as his minion Malice. The Invisible Woman decided he needed help and made the villain pass out by placing an invisible mass in his windpipe. She promised to have her husband take care of him or place him in stasis until they could come up with a cure.
(Black Panther IV#31 - BTS) - Somehow escaping the FF's care and no longer dying, the Psycho-Man returned to the Microverse.
(Black Panther IV#31) - The Psycho-Man was surprised when the Brass Frogs of King Solomon teleported the "new" Fantastic Four (Black Panther, Human Torch, Storm, Thing) right to his proverbial backyard, the Microverse. He subdued the FF and subjected them to his unique style of emotion-based nightmarish visions, until his systems were short-circuited by electricity subconsciously generated by Storm. Leaving the unconscious Psycho-Man alone, the FF retrieved the frogs and continued on their journey.
(Dark Reign Files#1) - Following Norman Osborn's takeover of SHIELD, the living computer Quasimodo compiled comprehensive data profiles on all available allies, enemies and possible operatives for his new master--the Psycho-Man was listed as a potentially valuable asset because of his connections to the Microverse. Quasimodo also suggested exploiting the villain's hatred towards the Fantastic Four, sending him against them should the heroes ever attempt to oppose Osborn.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#661 - BTS) - At some point, Psycho-Man mastered the ability to regulate emotions without the use of his Control Box, but he still carried it around, albeit in a sleek, updated form, for extra support.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#658) - The Psycho-Man
lured the Future Foundation (Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic,
Spider-Man and Thing) to the Negative Zone to deal with the illusion
of a sentient atom whose very existence had caused a dimensional
instability. Watching the FF deal with the imagined crisis, he used
his technology to register the energy signatures left in the team's
wake. Elated when he received the results, the Psycho-Man now had
uncovered the secrets to Reed Richards' expansion frequency.--this
would allow him to freely "ingress into the heavens above". Cackling,
the Psycho-Man rejoiced in the notion he soon would have an entire
dimension as his personal playground.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#661 - BTS) - Psycho-Man artificially caused Monsteroso to grow into a giant monster on Earth.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#661) - Psycho-Man continued to make incursions to Earth, targeting New York City. He influenced purse-snatchers to attack a female victim with all their hate just as Spider-Man and his pupils from Avengers Academy passed by on patrol. The heroes aided the helpless woman, only for Psycho-Man to reveal himself to be behind the attack. The Avengers in training weren't impressed with either Psycho-Man or his newly updated Control Box, calling it an "iPad on steroids". The young heroes fought the experienced villain, but soon fell prey to his fear-inducing powers. Through a heroic effort, Spider-Man overcame its effects and engaged the enemy, even smashing his Control Box. Thinking this had won him the day, the wall-crawler was unpleasantly surprised when Psycho-Man proved able to manipulate emotions without it. Having shifted the Avengers Academy pupils' affection for Spidey into hatred, he let them attack their former idol.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#662) - Psycho-Man did little else but quietly enjoy himself while watching the Avengers Academy pupils try and kill their substitute-teacher, who attempted to take the battle to the villain, to no avail. In the end, thanks to Reptil's unique half-saurid mutant brain structure, Spider-Man got through to one of his students. Together, they freed the others from Psycho-Man's influence. The team attacked as one, destroying the robotic construct the villain was using. Before it was completely destroyed, it sneered that their reckless, violent actions today proved that they were indeed irredeemably hopeless causes.
(Fear Itself: Fearsome
Four#2-3) - During the time of the Worthy, the Psycho-Man sensed
Earth was positively saturated with fear. He decided it was time to
move in on the Man-Thing himself, convinced he could use the
creature's fear-absorbing nature to construct a fear-bomb that would
bring countless worlds to their knees. The Fearsome Four
(Frankenstein Monster, Howard the Duck, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond,
She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters) opposed him and prevented the mad
scientist from abducting the mystical swamp creature.
(Fantastic Four I#642) - Acting on orders from his old ally the Quiet Man, the Psycho-Man used his mind-warping technology to awaken the Malice personality within the Invisible Woman, which led her to attacking the Avengers.
(Fantastic Four I#645 - BTS) - Sensing the true nature of the Quiet Man's plans (using mutated inhabitants of the Counter-Earth once created by Franklin Richards to invade Earth in a convoluted attempt to discredit his rival Reed Richards), Psycho-Man insisted he didn't need to be paid for his services. Secretly, he planned to take control over the invasion to use it to instill great chaos and fear to feed on.
(Fantastic Four I#644) - Psycho-Man did his best to facilitate the Quiet Man's plans to open several portals from Counter-Earth to multiple locations on Earth to start the invasion. Psycho-Man also offered to act as one of the villains attacking New York City in an attempt to generate even more fear. When the portals opened and the invasion began, he was understandably delighted.
(Fantastic Four I#645) - A little while after the Quiet Man launched his master plan, he was confronted by Mr. Fantastic, who pointed out the Psycho-Man's treachery. At first, Quiet Man couldn't believe his loyal ally would be capable of betrayal, but when he was tempted to manually shut down the portals just to see if it was possible, he was horrified to find he had lost control over them. Now in control of everything, the Psycho-Man was feeling triumphant, even brushing off devastating attacks from the furious Invisible Girl, Sleepwalker and other heroes. Though his gigantic robotic form sustained considerable damage, he was confident in the knowledge he would soon rule everything. That all changed when Franklin Richards overcame his fear and anxiety and, with help from his family, figured out how to close the portals to the realm he once dreamed up. As a result, all the invaders, as well as Psycho-Man, were getting drawn back into the holes. Not ready to let her tormentor go, the Invisible Woman trapped the villain with a force-field so he was forced to face judgment for his crimes.
(Champions III#12) - The
youthful Champions team (Cyclops (time-displaced), Hulk (Amadeus
Cho), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Nova (Sam Alexander), Spider-Man
(Miles Morales), Viv Vision) stopped Psycho-Man from forcing a mob
riot in Boulder, Colorado. Cyclops blasted the Control Box, causing
feedback that seemed to temporarily charge Cyclops with a carefree
attitude. Psycho-Man retreated to the Microverse, but appeared later
at at nearby Quantum Tech labs. The Champions pursued him there with
Cho-designed collars that stopped the Control Box's influence.
Cyclops blasted Psycho-Man's armor while Cho smashed the Control Box
underfoot. Cho thought Psycho-Man's damaged armor prevented further
escape, so they carted him off to Ryker's Island for incarceration.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee
Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Arguably one of the last truly great villains created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the design of the Psycho-Man is pure, uncut Kirby creativity. From the intricate armor to the clunky Control Box, the mind of the King was Marvel's true marvel.
The classic "Fear, Doubt, Hate" lines on his Control Box are actually telepathic representations of the emotions, as shown in Amazing Spider-Man I#661. Everyone reads the words in their own native tongue, which is a clever way of explaining why an otherworldly alien enemy would bother constructing an English language matrix for his weapons. Also, having the clunky Kirbytech Control Box evolve into a smooth, modern iPad-style device might be considered blasphemous to some, it actually is a nice little touch to help modernize a classic villain.
Psycho-Man effectively died in the utterly over-the-top Jeph Loeb's 2008 (Red) Hulk series. Barring unrevealed clones or Ovid-style brain swapping techniques, he really shouldn't be around anymore. But because the Grandmaster teleported the Hulk and the Defenders and Offenders to different times and places, it's well possible the Psycho-Man they fought was actually from the far future and we already saw his death scene. This tale's placement in the Psycho-Man's overall continuity was based on the developments in the Hulk/Jarella storyline published at the time.
Psycho-Man received profiles in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#8, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#10, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#7, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four 2005, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#9 and Marvel Encyclopedia: Fantastic Four#1.
Profile by Norvo.
Psycho-Man should not be confused with
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#10, p30, pan1 (main image)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition#7 (master handbook)
Fantastic Four Annual I#5, p3, pan2 (uses his Control Box)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#5, p11, pans1&2 (in human form)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#6, p6, pan3 (fighting Annihilus)
Hulk IV#12, p7, pans3&4 (stomped on by Red Hulk)
Fantastic Four I#279, p21, pans4&5 (congratules Hate Monger)
Fantastic Four I#284, p11, pan4 (invades Mirword)
Fantastic Four I#283, p21, pan1 (defeated by Mr Fantastic)
Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular#2, p13, pan1 (gets psychotherapy)
Cable II#39, p16, pan3 (defeated by the power of love)
Captain Marvel IV#15, p2, pans3&4 (finds controlling Drax a challenge)
Marvel Knights 4#12, p16, pan1 (dying)
Fantastic Four I#645, p4, pan3 (fighting 'Malice')
Fantastic Four Annual I#5 (November, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Fantastic Four I#76 (July, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#77 (August, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Silver Surfer I#18 (September, 1970) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Herb Trimpe (inks)
Fantastic Four I#196 (July, 1978) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks)
Micronauts I#15 (March, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Howard Chaykin (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks, editor)
Micronauts I#16 (April, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Howard Chaykin (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks, editor)
Micronauts I#17 (May, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Howard Chaykin (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks, editor)
Fantastic Four I#278 (May, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Mike Carlin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#279 (June, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Mike Carlin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#280 (July, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Mike Carlin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#281 (August, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Mike Carlin (editor)
Secret Wars II#2 (August, 1985) - Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Bob Budiansky (editor)
Fantastic Four I#282 (September, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Mike Carlin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#283 (October, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#284 (November, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Al Gordon (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#330 (September, 1989) - John Harkness (writer), Rich Buckler (pencils), Romeo Tanghal (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Web of Spider-Man Annual I#6 (August, 1990) - Stan Lee & Gerry Conway (writers), Gil Kane (pencils), Sal Buscema, Michael Esposito& Alan Kupperberg (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Fantastic Four I#350 (March, 1991) - Walter Simonson (writer & pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular#2 (September, 1991) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Barry Crain (pencils), Ian Akin (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#32 (August, 1991) - Roy & Dann Thomas, Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Larry Alexander (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Fantastic Four Unlimited#8 (December, 1994) - Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Cable II#37 (November, 1996) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Cable II#38 (December, 1996) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Vince Russell, Scott Hanna & Jae Lee (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Cable II#39 (January, 1997) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men and Fantastic Four '98 Annual (September, 1998) - Joe Casey (writer), Paul Pelletier & Leo Fernandez (pencils), Andrew Pepoy, Keith Champagne, Rob Leigh & Ray McCarthy (inks), Frank Pittarese (editor)
Silver Surfer III#143 (September, 1998) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Denys Cowan (pencils), John Floyd (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Silver Surfer III#144 (October, 1998) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), John Muth (pencils & inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Silver Surfer III#145 (November, 1998) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), John Muth (pencils & inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#4 (April, 1999) - Eric Stephenson (writer), Keith Giffen (pencils), Andy Smith (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#5 (May, 1999) - Eric Stephenson (writer), Keith Giffen (pencils), Andy Smith, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Elmer & Rodney Ramos (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man#6 (June, 1999) - Eric Stephenson (writer), Andy Smith (pencils & inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Warlock IV#5 (January, 2000) - Louise Simonson (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Rags Morales, Scott Koblish, Hillsman (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Captain Marvel IV#13 (January, 2001) - Peter David (writer), ChrisCross (pencils), Anibal Rodriguez (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain Marvel IV#15 (March, 2001) - Peter David (writer), ChrisCross (pencils), Anibal Rodriguez, John Livesay, Harry Candelario (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain Marvel IV#16 (April, 2001) - Peter David (writer), ChrisCross (pencils), Anibal Rodriguez (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (December, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Knights 4#9 (October, 2004) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Jim Munz (pencils), Cam Smith & Scott Hanna (inks), Warren Simmons (editor)
Marvel Knights 4#10 (November, 2004) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Jim Munz (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Warren Simmons (editor)
Marvel Knights 4#11 (December, 2004) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Jim Munz (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Warren Simmons (editor)
Marvel Knights 4#12 (January, 2005) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Jim Munz (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Warren Simmons (editor)
Fantastic Four: Foes#1 (March, 2005) - Robert Kirkman (writer), Cliff Rathbum (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Black Panther IV#34 (December, 2007) - Reginald Hudlin (writer), Francis Portella (pencils & inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Hulk IV#11 (June, 2008) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Hulk IV#12 (July, 2008) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Dexter Vines & Mark Farmer (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Dark Reign Files#1 (April, 2009)
Amazing Spider-Man I#658 (June, 2011) - Dan Slott (writer), Javier Pulido (pencils & inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#661 (July, 2011) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Reilly Brown (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#662 (July, 2011) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Reilly Brown (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four#2 (September, 2011) - Brandon Montclare (writer), Simon Bisley, Ryan Bodenheim, Ray-Anthony Height (pencils), Don Ho (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four#3 (October, 2011) - Brandon Montclare (writer), Tom Grummett & Ray-Anthony Height (pencils), Rick Ketcham& Henry Flint (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Fantastic Four I#642 (March, 2015) - James Robinson (writer), Leonard Kirk (pencils), Karl Kesel (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Fantastic Four I#644 (May, 2015) - James Robinson (writer), Leonard Kirk (pencils), Karl Kesel & Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Fantastic Four I#645 (June, 2015) - James Robinson (writer), Leonard Kirk (pencils), Karl Kesel & Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Champions III#12 (November, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 10/03/2015
Last updated: 12/29/2019
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