OPHRAH INDUSTRIES

Membership: Adam, Eve, Gideon, Gideon of Earth-18352;
formerly Evelyn Cranford, Cunningham, Dan, Dr. Glover, Dr. Segismund Joshua, Dr. Leah, Rob, others

Purpose: To secretly control the worldwide economical structure

Aliases: None

Affiliations: A.I.M., Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Blob/Fred Dukes, Phantazia/Eileen Harsaw, Pyro/St. John Allerdyce, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee), Ms. Chaffee, Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), Genetech (Harmon Furmintz, Walter Rosen, others), the IDIC Corporation, Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Psi-Ber Sentinel, Roxxon, the Taylor Foundation;
formerly DaCosta International (Emmanuel DaCosta, Sunspot/Roberto DaCosta, others), Jankos Corporation (Arianna Jankos, others)

Enemies: Armor (Ichiki Hisako), Black Tom Cassidy (Thomas Cassidy), Cable (Nathan Summers), DaCosta International (Emmanuel DaCosta, Sunspot/Roberto DaCosta, others), Doop, Hydra (Cassandra Romulus, others), Jankos Corporation (Arianna Jankos, others), Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Karma (Xi'an Coy Manh), Longshot, Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor), Shatterstar (Gaveedra-Seven), S.H.I.E.L.D. (G.W. Bridge, Nick Fury, Kate Neville, Alexander Pierce, others), X-23 (Laura Kinney), X-Force (Boom-Boom/Tabitha Smith, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, "Domino"/Vanessa Carlysle, Feral/Maria Calasantos, Rictor/Julio Richter, Siryn/Theresa Cassidy, Warpath/James Proudstar), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Jean Grey, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Psylocke/Elisabeth Braddock, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James Howlett)

Base of Operations: A building in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado, USA;
formerly Ophrah Industries Administrative Offices, Denver, Colorado, USA, a research facility in the New Mexico, USA desert and an industrial complex within the Adirondack Mountains, New York, USA

First Appearance: (unidentified company, Gideon, Adam & Eve seen): New Mutants I#98 (February, 1991);
(first mentioned as Ophrah Industries): New Warriors I Annual#1 (July, 1991);
(seen): X-Force I#13 (August, 1992)

History: (Gamer's Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 8: 1992 Character Updates - Gideon entry (fb) - BTS) - After briefly attending Harvard University, the man known as Gideon founded Ophrah Industries, building  it into a corporate giant, with the intent of using its ever-growing financial power to dominate the world through economic means. Developing a reputation for being ruthless and shark-like, Ophrah Industries' Gideon managed several back-stabbing corporate takeovers.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition I#33 - Gideon entry (fb) - BTS) - Ophrah Industries designed various advanced vehicles, which owner Gideon often took advantage of.

(New Warriors I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Ophrah Industries began dealing with the charitable Taylor Foundation.

(New Mutants I#98 - BTS) - Following a training session against Shaw Industries robots, Ophrah head Gideon asked his assistant Adam what was on the Ophrah Industries agenda for the day and Adam informed Gideon that he had a 12:00 meeting with the Taylor Foundation about charity work, a 12:30 lunch with Ms. Chaffee, a 2:00 appointment to go over the DaCosta stock inquiry, a 3:00 with Roxxon Oil regarding their oil leases on the Savage Land and a 4:00 workout session. Gideon informed Adam of his dinner suggestions then asked if Ophrah had anyone in place with Emmanuel DaCosta at DaCosta International, prompting Adam to explain that Eve was in place snugly within DaCosta International. Gideon told Adam to have Eve proceed as planned before leaving the training room of his Vail, Colorado mountain chalet and shortly after, Eve poisoned Emmanuel DaCosta in Brazil.

(New Mutants I#99 - BTS) - Ophrah assistant Adam interrupted Gideon's spying on New Mutants leader Cable to remind him that Roberto DaCosta was in the other room. Gideon met with Roberto and revealed that Emmanuel had left DaCosta International to Roberto, apologizing for not being close to the DaCostas in recent years due to keeping his own business in order following the apparent death of Gideon's "mom." Gideon then offered to handle things in Emmanuel's Manhattan office while Roberto handled things there.

(X-Factor I Annual#6 (fb) - BTS) - Gideon opted to control Earth's economical structure and opted to use his Ophrah Industries company to manipulate A.I.M. into mass-producing the reality-warping mutant Proteus as part of his plan.

(New Warriors I Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Playing a game for the control of Proteus with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' Toad, Gideon had Ophrah Industries hire genetic research firm Genetech to create a DNA matrix for a cellular mix that would become a self-reproducing, self-replicating growth culture.

(X-Factor I Annual#6 (fb) - BTS) - Ophrah Industries also provided an operational stipend to the Idic Corporation, an A.I.M. front, allowing for Idic's recruiting of the Alliance of Evil to act on Toad's behalf as well as the independent agents Harness and Piecemeal to absorb Proteus' dispersed energy matrix. The stipend also allowed Idic to remodel their Brooklyn, New York headquarters.

(New Mutants I Annual#7 (fb) - BTS) - Gideon later played chess with Toad, remarking on how pawns battle so that kings may rule and noting the chess game's similarity to their own business ventures, curious as to which of their own pawns make them rule: Ophrah's Genetech or Toad's A.I.M.

(New Warriors I Annual#1 - BTS) - After the New Mutants attacked Genetech, finding it guarded by the young heroes called the New Warriors, Genetech heads Walter Rosen and Harmon Furmintz appeared to calm the two teams, revealing that Genetech had been hired by Ophrah Industries for the cause of creating a new DNA matrix.

(Uncanny X-Men I Annual#15 - BTS) - Upon realizing the DNA matrix was for the reality-manipulating mutant Proteus, the New Warriors and New Mutants traveled to Muir Island to inform Dr. Moira MacTaggert (at that point possessed by the psychic entity Shadow King) that A.I.M. had hired the Alliance of Evil to absorb Proteus' energy matrix while Ophrah Industries had hired Genetech to do the same energy research biologically through Dr. MacTaggert's experiments on Proteus' cellular replication in an effort to recreate Proteus. While the New Mutants, New Warriors and Moira's Muir Island X-Men received word that A.I.M.'s agents Harness and Piecemeal were in Edinburg, Scotland, Gideon continued his chess game with Toad, remarking on how own agents were nearly completed with their quest and how Proteus would be his to control.

(X-Factor I Annual#6 - BTS) - The Idic Corporation met to discuss closing their Proteus Project after Proteus was reborn in Edinburg, Scotland as a combination of Kevin MacTaggert and Piecemeal's psyches, commenting on how, while they had spent some of their own money on the creation of Harness' armor, their hiring had been paid for by a stipend from Ophrah Industries. Concluding his chess game with Toad on a draw shortly after Proteus' defeat at the hands of X-Factor, the New Mutants, the New Warriors and the Muir Island X-Men, Gideon admitted that he had hoped to have A.I.M. mass-produce Proteus as part of his effort to control Earth's economy and the two shared a toast on a good game.

(X-Force I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Arianna Jankos hired Black Tom Cassidy to help in holding hostage the heads of the various corporations who sought to buy out her family's Jankos Corporation company, including Ophrah Industries.

(X-Force I#1 - BTS) - Following a training session with Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta), Gideon reminded Sunspot that it paid to prepared in business as well as pleasure, commending Sunspot on the progress he had made in business during their six months together and inviting Sunspot to attend the Ophrah Industries three o'clock meeting at New York's World Trade Center for the Jankos Corporation stock buyout, unaware they were going into a trap. Arriving at 2:39pm, Gideon and Sunspot, representing Ophrah Industries, were led into the Jankos business meeting where they were introduced to Arianna Jankos. Arianna then introduced them to Black Tom Cassidy, whom she claimed would be preventing Ophrah Industries' buyout of Jankos. Despite Sunspot's insistence that they should attack, Gideon allowed Black Tom Cassidy to explain that he would be extorting money from Ophrah Industries and other companies to ensure that Jankos was not bought out and that, in order to do that, he was taking Gideon, Sunspot and the others present at the meeting hostage.

(X-Force I#3 - BTS) - Three days following Cassidy's taking hostage heads of corporations such as Ophrah Industries and the return of Cassidy's partner-in-crime Juggernaut, news reports came out about the kidnapping of the heads of Ophrah Industries and other companies by Black Tom Cassidy and his partner Juggernaut. While Siryn battled Black Tom Cassidy and Juggernaut outside, Ophrah head Gideon, DaCosta head Sunpot and the other captive corporate leaders wondered about what moves could be made since their captured status accounted for half of the national GNP of the United States. Gideon and Sunspot soon engaged Black Tom Cassidy as X-Force arrived on the scene and Warpath battled Juggernaut. Spider-Man soon arrived on the scene as well, hoping to assist with the hostage situation involving Ophrah Industries and others.

(Spider-Man I#16 - BTS) - After Black Tom Cassidy set off a bomb at the World Trade Center, many wondered if perhaps the hostage situation involving Ophrah Industries and other corporations but Gideon, Sunpot, X-Force and Spider-Man survived. Gideon tried to goad Cable into a fight but Cable reminded everyone that they had a terrorist to catch and suggested everyone present make up their minds about what to do, commenting that whenever they stopped pouting, they might consider helping the other captive corporate heads present.

(New Warriors I#18 (fb) - BTS) - The New Warriors' Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor) was looking through Taylor Foundation meeting notes and discovered their dealings with Ophrah Industries, which increased Night Thrasher's curiosity, as he recognized the names from the New Warriors' recent encounter with Proteus. His interest piqued, Night Thrasher looked deeper into the dealings, finding that he didn't like what he learned. Looking through five years of Taylor Foundation business dealings, Night Thrasher found not only their illegal activities with Ophrah Industries but seventy-five questionable dealings total, including dealings with Stane International and Hammer Industries.

(X-Force I#5 (fb) - BTS) - After the corporate captives were freed from the World Trade Center, Gideon appeared on television news in his capacity as the head of Ophrah Industries and publicly accused X-Force's Cable of masterminding the recent kidnapping of himself and other corporate heads as part of a smear campaign against Cable.

(New Warriors I#18 - BTS) - After confronting Taylor Foundation head Andrew Chord, who briefly manipulated the other New Warriors into attacking Night Thrasher before attempting suicide, Night Thrasher regrouped with the New Warriors and got Chord to a hospital, where he revealed that the New Warriors would need to take a trip to Vail, Colorado to get answers from Gideon, whose Ophrah Industries had been involved with the Warriors' mission against Proteus as well as dirty dealings within the Taylor Foundation.

(New Warriors I#19 (fb) - BTS) - On the way to Gideon's Vail, Colorado penthouse, Night Thrasher reminded the other New Warriors that Gideon was no supervillain, more a businessman whose Ophrah Industries company was involved with Night Thrasher's Taylor Foundation and the New Warriors' recent skirmish with Proteus. When the arriving New Warriors appeared outside, Gideon's assistant Adam informed Gideon of their arrival but Gideon ordered Adam to see to them, not wishing to be disturbed. Night Thrasher and Speedball eventually made their way through Gideon's defenses to confront Gideon personally and demand to know if he was the owner of Ophrah Industries and what Ophrah's business dealings with the Taylor Foundation were. After defeating Night Thrasher and Speedball, Gideon demanded to know why they had invaded his home and Night Thrasher explained that they wanted answers regarding Ophrah's corporate corruption as the other New Warriors arrived on the scene.

(New Warriors I#19 - BTS) - Upon arriving at Gideon's penthouse, the New Warriors were immediately captured and their powers copied by Gideon, who demanded to know by what right they had to invade his home and question both his ethics and Ophrah Industries' business dealings. After learning why the New Warriors had come there and laughing at how easily it had been to defeat them with their own copied powers, Gideon gave the New Warriors the information they sought about Ophrah's connection to the Taylor Foundation.

(X-Force I#10 - BTS) - Gideon took an Ophrah Industries helicopter to the Swiss Alps, where he shed his facade of Gideon the business tycoon in favor of Gideon the immortal External to meet with the other Externals to discuss the newest External to awaken, whom Gideon remarked was in the care of Cable.

(X-Force I#12 - BTS) - Six hours after recruiting the External Crule against Cable, Gideon took an Ophrah Industries Helijet back to the penthouse apartment he had above Ophrah Industries' Denver administrative offices. Once inside, Gideon attacked Sunspot, claiming he had wasted much time on him and knocking Sunspot out.

(X-Force I#13) - Gideon traveled to an Ophrah Industries research facility in the New Mexico desert, where he with Mr. Joshua and asked if the preparations were made for their experiment. Joshua assured Gideon that the preparations were made but that he could not guarantee the experiment's success. Gideon reminded Joshua that the attempt itself was what mattered and, after passing the biometric security, Gideon was led into the experiment room, where Joshua warned that whether the experiment succeeded or failed depended on whether or not the unwilling participant, Sunspot, lived or died.

(X-Force I#14) - Ophrah Industries' Dr. Leah visited Sunspot's experimental chamber and expressed concern that Sunspot could not withstand any more solar absorption and Mr. Joshua agreed but nonetheless proceeded to Phase Two of the experiments, not wishing to inform Gideon about their concerns. Joshua then flipped a switch to increase the solar energy being fed into Sunspot.

(X-Force I#15) - Learning of the danger Sunspot was in, X-Force traveled to Colorado, where Gideon offered to tell them where Sunspot was in exchange for Cannonball staying out of External business. Once Cannonball had agreed, Gideon revealed that Sunspot was preoccupied with a series of experiments at an Ophrah Industries research facility in New Mexico. In New Mexico, Sunspot was still being fed solar energy by Ophrah Industries scientists, who wondered how much longer their equipment or Sunspot himself would hold out. A short time later, X-Force arrived at Ophrah Industries and began destroying the facility with Cannonball rescuing Sunspot by flying him into the air to explosively release his absorbed solar energy. After confirming Sunspot was ok, X-Force departed Ophrah Industries for the Camp Verde Apache Reservation in Arizona, where Sunspot officially joined X-Force.

(Night Thrasher: Four Control#3) - Night Thrasher broke into the Ophrah Industries administrative offices in Denver, Colorado using suction cups to scale the outside windows. Busting into the offices of Eve Magdalene, CEO of Ophrah Industries and board member on the Taylor Foundation, Night Thrasher found no files or even a computer, which he found odd for a CEO, especially one who answered to Gideon. Hearing mechnical noise upstairs, Night Thrasher decided to investigate further in an effort to find out who had kidnapped his guardian Andrew Chord and who was trying to takeover the Taylor Foundation. Soon finding Eve Magdalene and learning she was an LMD created by Gideon, Night Thrasher realized Gideon created all of his most trusted "employees" and decided to access Ophrah Industries' hard drive while Eve was out of commission. Uploading a virus "time-bomb" into Ophrah's servers, Night Thrasher soon overheard to approaching security guards and departed. Later visiting Genetech, Night Thrasher learned that Ophrah Industries had initiated a hostile corporate takeover of Genetech and gave Genetech a check from the Taylor Foundation to buyout the remaining stock to keep Ophrah from acquiring Genetech. Later returning to Ophrah Industries in Denver to observe a joint shareholders meeting between Ophrah Industries and Genetech, Night Thrasher witnessed Ophrah's Evelyn Cranford stand-in for the computer virus-ridden Eve Magdalene then interrupted the speech in his civilian identity of Dwayne Taylor, head of the Taylor Foundation. Taylor then announced the unwarranted corporate attack on Genetech, and as a result, the Taylor Foundation, at the hands of Gideon and Ophrah Industries. Gideon then stood up and challenged Taylor's accusations but Taylor reminded Gideon that he had used the holdings of Ophrah Industries in an attempt to buyout Genetech. Gideon admitted that he had done as Taylor said but claimed it was for the good of the Taylor Foundation and that he had the backing of both the boards of the Taylor Foundation and Genetech for such an acquisition. Gideon then warned Taylor not to put his interests against those of Gideon lest he tear apart the Taylor Foundation but Taylor angrily exclaimed that he would rather see the Taylor Foundation destroyed than to fall into Gideon's hands. Gideon then suggested Taylor leave the acquisition up to a shareholders' vote and Taylor instead suggested he let the stockholders of both Ophrah Industries and the Taylor Foundation decide. Thirty minutes later, Ophrah's Evelyn Cranford announced the results of the vote, with Gideon's side winning 44% of the vote and Taylor's side winning 47%, thereby allowing Taylor to assume a controlling interest in Genetech. As Taylor then left the Ophrah Industries offices, Gideon warned that their conflict was not over. Night Thrasher later confronted Gideon in his own home and defeated the External so that he could access Gideon's files and find out who was assisting Gideon in Ophrah's attempted takeover of the Taylor Foundation. Learning that the Taylor Foundation's Gai no Don had aided Gideon, Night Thrasher uploaded a virus to crash Gideon's computer systems before spreading into Ophrah Industries' systems worldwide to delete any information pertaining to the New Warriors or the Taylor Foundation, thereby eliminating any proof Gideon might have to blackmail them.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition I#33 - Gideon entry (fb) - BTS) - Following Eve Magdalene's exposure to Night Thrasher's computer virus, Ophrah Industries owner Gideon took over as acting CEO of Ophrah Industries in Eve's absence.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. III#46 (fb) - BTS) - S.H.I.E.L.D. sent spies to infiltrate Ophrah Industries' business interests.

(Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. III#46 - BTS) - S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury was informed of a Hydra strike team headed for the Denver, Colorado offices of Ophrah Industries. When Fury asked what was so special about Ophrah Industries, G.W. Bridge interrupted, explaining that Ophrah was run by the immortal Gideon, whom Fury thought perhaps Hydra's Baron Strucker would want to either recruit or eliminate. Deciding to stop Hydra, S.H.I.E.L.D. busted into Ophrah head Gideon's home as the Hydra strike force was also attacking. When Nick Fury tried to explain that he had no beef with Gideon, only Hydra, Gideon revealed that he was aware of S.H.I.E.L.D. spies that had been sent to infiltrate Ophrah Industries in both the past and present.

(X-Men Premium Edition#1 (fb) - BTS) - Gideon had Ophrah Industries restore a Sentinel robot that was to be endowed with psychic energy. When Ophrah captured "volunteers" to endow the Sentinel with psychic energy, only for the "volunteers" to perish during the psychic energy siphoning process, Gideon arranged to have the stronger psychic X-Men members (Psylocke, Professor X and Jean Grey) captured by manipulating the former New Mutant Karma in hopes that the psychic X-Men would be stronger and more able to survive the siphoning process.

(X-Men Premium Edition#1) - When the other X-Men tracked Gideon to an industrial complex in New York's Adirondack Mountains, Gideon had Ophrah scientist Dr. Glover activate the Ophrah Industries Sentinel Mark IV, dubbed the Psi-Ber Sentinel. Following the Psi-Ber Sentinel's defeat, Gideon gloated about how he had used Ophrah Industries to restore the Sentinel and when he prepared to leave, Gideon remarked that the X-Men could not touch him legally, as it was his word vs. theirs. Gideon then claimed that the entire scenario could be blamed on Ophrah Industries' Dr. Glover exceeding his authority while conducting the Sentinel experiment and that the only evidence the X-Men had against him was Karma's testimony and she had been the one to allow Deadpool and the others into the Xavier Mansion to begin with. Dr. Glover overheard Gideon's gloating but Wolverine responded by cutting a main support beam for the Ophrah Industries complex and the complex began to fall apart. The X-Men then fled the scene as the Adirondack Mountain Ophrah Industries industrial complex exploded with Gideon promising the X-Men they hadn't seen the last of him.

(Cable III#152 (fb) - BTS) - Following Gideon's supposed death at the hands of his fellow External Selene, nearly every Ophrah Industries building was either sold or demolished over the span of several years.

(Cable III#152) - When someone began messing with the timestream, the present-day Cable traveled back in time a few years and learned that someone was killing the resurrected Externals, prompting Cable to investigate the only Ophrah Industries building still standing in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado. Cable led a team of heroes into the building and were greeted by Ophrah A.I. Eve, now no longer possessing a human-like body and fully aware that they were there to check on Gideon's condition. As Eve led Cable and his team past a group of captive telepaths that announced Cable's arrival, Eve assured Cable and his team that the telepaths had willingly signed up for their captivity in exchange for immense compensation. Eve then led Cable and his team to Gideon, who was supposedly being held in stasis following the prior attempt on his life by Selene, and explained that she felt it easier to allow Cable inside rather than fight him. When Cable asked to look around, Eve remarked that both Ophrah Industries and Gideon had many trade secrets that would be compromised by Cable's snooping and that compromising those secrets would conflict with the interests of Ophrah's investors. Cable quickly responded that he had not been able to find a single Ophrah Industries business transaction within a span of several years but Eve only answered that Ophrah had its secrets. Cable's ally Doop soon knocked on Gideon's stasis tube, inadvertently lowering it into another room, where Ophrah assistant Adam, now possessing a cybernetic upgrade, threatened to kill the heroes if they did not leave. Before Adam could attack, however, a time-traveling Earth-18352 Gideon revealed himself, proclaiming that he had traveled back in time to stop an External from wiping out mutantkind. Gideon then incapacitated Cable's group using his captive telepaths but Doop threw up a psychic shield, allowing Cable to attack Gideon and X-23 to slash Adam to pieces. Gideon then departed, leaving Cable and his group to be destroyed by futuristic creatures Gideon had brought with him from his future. When Doop was downed by one of the creatures, the captive telepaths were unleashed to attack Cable and his group.

(Cable III#153) - While Cable and his group battled the telepaths and mutates, Eve awakened the Gideon in stasis and X-23 eventually managed to reawaken the unconscious Doop, who threw up a psychic shield that bought the heroes time to catch their breath. Doop soon fell back unconscious and Cable picked him up as the heroes escaped Ophrah Industries. As they departed, Ophrah Industries' self-destruct protocols were put into play after the computer system detected Cable's security breach and Cable had his allies huddle together as the last surviving Ophrah Industries building exploded. Saved with a force field generated by Armor, Cable and his allies emerged from the wreckage a short time later to find Gideon had taken their Blackbird jet. Cable's group were soon met by Selene and her ally Blink, who offered to assist against Gideon.

(Cable III#154) - Following an attack by an External-empowered Gideon that resulted in Gideon's beheading by Blink, Cable suggested his allies search the wreckage of Ophrah Industries for some sort of containment device to house Gideon's corpse and restraints to hold the External Absalom. While his allies searched the wreckage, Cable thanked them for assisting against Gideon and subsequently asked Blink to teleport them all home.

Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Identifed by Fabian Nicieza, Mark Bagley and Jeff Albrecht.

In most of Ophrah's early "appearances," we only see Gideon mentioning his business (rarely by name, even) so many of these "appearances" would be considered behind-the-scenes, though his company was first identified during the "Kings of Pain" storyline that ran between the X-book annuals in 1991. It was, however, still not seen in those "appearances," just identified by name. We don't really "see" (in the sense that we see one of their research facilities & several scientist) Ophrah Industries until X-Force I#13, over a year after Gideon and his company first appeared.

Humorously enough, Ophrah Industries is misspelled "Oprah Industries" in X-Men Premium Edition#1. One has to wonder how Oprah Winfrey might have felt about that, haha...

BIG thanks to writer Ed Brisson for confirming that Earth-18352's Gideon was revived in the 5300s!

Ophrah and its surrounding storylines/associates are rooted in Biblical lore. For example, Dim I Nticoudis had this to add about the Biblical references: ""Ophrah" (meaning a fawn)  is the name of a city mentioned in the Biblical Book of Judges."Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites," a city of the Tribe of Manasseh, 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Shechem, the residence of Gideon (Judges 6:11) (Judges 8:27,32). After his great victory over the Midianites, he slew at this place the captive kings (Judges 8:18-21). He then assumed the function of high priest and sought to make Ophrah what Shiloh should have been. This thing "became a snare" to Gideon and his house. After Gideon's death, his family resided here until they were put to death by Gideon's son Abimelech (Judges 9:5). It is identified with Ferata.Gideon (with the aliases "Gedeon",  " Jerubaal" and "Jerubbesheth") is a major character in the Book of Judges as one of the Judges of the Israelites, who defeated his enemies primarily through deception. Gideon is the 5th "Judge" mentioned in the Book of Judges, following Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar and Deborah (the only female Judge). In the Book's narrative, Gideon is followed (succeeded) by Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon and Samson, with Samson being the last Judge. In the continuation of the narrative in the First Book of Samuel, Samson is succeeded by two more Judges, Eli and Samuel, with Samuel being the last Judge, followed by the monarchs of the Kingdom of Israel.Adam and Eve are two major characters from the Book of Genesis, the first man and woman in the book's creation myth."

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Ophrah Industries has no known connections to:


Evelyn Cranford

Evelyn Cranford was an employee of Ophrah Industries who was tasked with replacing Eve Magdalene at a shareholders meeting between Ophrah Industries and Genetech, which Ophrah was attempted to buyout. Before Crawford could say much, however, the Taylor Foundation's Dwayne Taylor interrupted the speech and gave one of his own about Ophrah's corporate raiding and attempt to buyout the Taylor Foundation as well.





--Night Thrasher: Four Control#3

Cunningham

Cunningham was one of the many scientists operating out of Ophrah Industries' Adirondack Mountains industrial complex. He was tasked with working on Ophrah's Psi-Ber Sentinel under the supervising eye of Dr. Glover, who ordered Cunningham to adjust the Sentinel's vertical motivator so it would not rupture again.

--X-Men Premium Edition#1

Dan

Dan was a security guard employed by Ophrah Industries who investigated a disturbance when Night Thrasher broke into Ophrah's administrative offices in Denver, Colorado.



--Night Thrasher: Four Control#3


Gideon of Earth-18352

Following an attempt on his life by his fellow External Selene, Gideon was awakened by his LMD assistant Eve in the 5300s and the two secretly traveled the world for years, ultimately finding themselves in a desert circa 5352 A.D., where they were attacked by bloodthirsty mutates. Bending the mutates to his will, Earth-18352's Gideon continued his travels until he came across an abandoned X-Mansion in Central Park circa 5361 A.D. While raiding the Mansion for supplies, Gideon discovered the former cybernetic arm of Cable and used its components to travel into the past of Earth-616. Knowing that one of his resurrected Externals would eventually eradicate mutantkind, Gideon located the lone surviving Ophrah Industries complex in Colorado and used its resources to mastermind a plot to kill each of Earth-616 resurrected Externals, absorbing their power into his own. When an equally time-traveling Cable traced Gideon's temporal anomaly into his own recent past, he assembled a group of heroes and investigated the Externals' deaths, soon coming across the Ophrah Industries complex where Earth-18352's Gideon revealed himself. After trapping Cable and his allies inside Ophrah Industries, Gideon managed to kill all Externals except Absalom, whom he promised to put of his misery after his servitude, and Selene, who aided Cable and his allies against Gideon. Upon emerging from the self-destructed Ophrah Industries complex, Cable and his allies met Selene as a super-powered and giant-sized Gideon attacked, only to be teleportationally beheaded by Selene's ally, Blink. Knowing that a beheading would not keep the External out of commission for long, Cable had allies search the Ophrah Industries wreckage for something to place Gideon's corpse in stasis.

Gideon had the ability to absorb the powers of others, drawing power from the abilities he copied. As he killed Externals and absorbed their power, his own power grew to the point where he became giant in stature. He also possessed the Earth-18352 cybernetic arm of that reality's Cable, which Gideon used to travel through time.

--Cable III#152 (#153-154,


Dr. Glover

Dr. Glover was a scientist working for Ophrah Industries on the Psi-Ber Sentinel project, managing subordinates such as Cunningham. During a particularly rushed day in which Dr. Glover was spouting orders to his subordinates, he was confronted by Gideon, who announced that he was checking up on Dr. Glover, who was running late on the project. When Gideon mentioned that he didn't like wasting money and time, Dr. Glover agreed that Gideon's remarks were crystal clear and he nervously continued his work until the X-Men arrived to free their captive teammates. Feeling as if he was aiding Gideon, Dr. Glover activated the Psi-Ber Sentinel, scaring many of Gideon's allies in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants into fleeing, and when Gideon himself was defeated, Gideon proclaimed that the X-Men had no evidence and that he could always claim that Dr. Glover had exceeded Gideon's authority by unleashing the Psi-Ber Sentinel. Dr. Glover nervously watched as Wolverine responded by cutting a support beam, collapsing the Ophrah Industries complex atop Gideon, Dr. Glover and his other Ophrah employees.

--X-Men Premium Edition#1

Rob

Rob was an Ophrah Industries security guard at their Denver, Colorado administrative offices. When Rob and another guard, Dan, heard noises in the offices of Ophrah CEO Eve Magdalene, Rob, Dan and another guard rushed inside to see what was going on, unaware that the commotion was caused by the vigilante Night Thrasher.




--Night Thrasher: Four Control#3

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Appearances:
New Mutants I#98 (February, 1991) - Rob Liefeld (plot, art), Fabian Nicieza (script), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#99 (March, 1991) - Rob Liefeld (plot, pencils, inks), Fabian Nicieza (script), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I Annual#7 (1991) - "Kings of Pain, Part 1: Pawns of Senescence" story - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Guang Yap (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
New Warriors I Annual#1 (July, 1991) - "Kings of Pain, Part 2: Errant Knights" story - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I Annual#15 (1991) - "Kings of Pain, Part 3: Queens of Sacrifice" story - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Raney (pencils), Joe Rubinstein & Company (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I Annual#6 (1991) - "King of Pain" story - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#1 (August, 1991) - Rob Liefeld (plot, art), Fabian Nicieza (script), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#2 (September, 1991) - Rob Liefeld (plot, art), Fabian Nicieza (script), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#3 (October, 1991) - Rob Liefeld (plot, art), Fabian Nicieza (script), Bob Harras (editor)
Spider-Man I#16 (November, 1991) - Todd McFarlane (writer, pencils, inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
New Warriors I#18 (December, 1991) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Larry Mahlstedt (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
X-Force I#5 (December, 1991) - Rob Liefeld (plot, art), Fabian Nicieza (script), Bob Harras (editor)
New Warriors I#19 (January, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Larry Mahlstedt (finishes), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Gamer's Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 8: 1992 Character Updates (1992) - Scott Bennie, John Elliot, David Pulver (writers), Mark Heike, John Statema (interior illustrations), Caroline Spector, Steven E. Schend, Karen S. Boomgarden (editors)
X-Force I#10 (May, 1992) - Rob Liefeld (plot), Fabian Nicieza (script), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#12 (July, 1992) - Rob Liefeld (plot), Fabian Nicieza (script), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#13 (August, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#14 (September, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#15 (October, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Night Thrasher: Four Control#3 (December, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils, inks), Jimmy Palmiotti, Keith Williams (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. III#46 (April, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Don Hudson (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
X-Men Premium Edition#1 (1993) - Eric Fein (writer), Craig Brasfield (pencils), Bill Anderson (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition#33 (August, 1993) - Peter Sanderson, Murray Ward, Glenn Herdling (writers), Keith Pollard (Gideon entry pencils), Josef Rubinstein (Gideon entry inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Cable III#152 (February, 2018) -
Ed Brisson (writer), Jon Malin (art), Darren Shan, Mark Paniccia (editors)
Cable III#153 (March, 2018) - Ed Brisson (writer), Jon Malin (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Cable III#154 (April, 2018) - Ed Brisson (writer), Jon Malin (art), Darren Shan (editor)


First Posted: 02/24/2019
Last updated: 03/02/2019

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