Membership: Adam, Eve, Gideon, Gideon
formerly Evelyn Cranford, Cunningham, Dan, Dr. Glover, Dr. Segismund Joshua, Dr. Leah, Rob, others
Purpose: To secretly control the worldwide
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,
IDIC Corporation, Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Psi-Ber Sentinel,
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,
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/Elizabeth Braddock, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James
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)
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
(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
(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
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
(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.
Ophrah Industries has no known connections to:
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.
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.
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
--Cable III#152 (#153-154,
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
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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X-Force I#13, p12, pan1-2 (Ophrah Industries New Mexico research complex with Gideon, Mr. Joshua & robotic guards, main image)
X-Force I#15, p12, pan1-3 (Ophrah Industries New Mexico research complex with scientists)
X-Men Premium Edition#1, p11, pan2 (Ophrah Industries industrial complex with scientists & Psi-Ber Sentinel & Cunningham)
Night Thrasher: Four Control#3, p10, pan1 (Evelyn Cranford)
Night Thrasher: Four Control#3, p5, pan6 (Dan & Rob)
Cable III#154, p5, pan2 (Gideon of Earth-18352)
X-Men Premium Edition#1, p12, pan2 (Dr. Glover)
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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