Real Name: Kaleb Lux

Identity/Class: Human mutate (fringe character)

Occupation: Adventurer, private investigator

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), X-Men

Enemies: Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius), Hair Man

Known Relatives: Savannah Lux (wife), Kaylee Lux (daughter)

Aliases: "Investigator to the Heroes," "Private Investigator to the Superheroes," Soundman

Base of Operations: Mobile within his 1969 Cadillac Deville

First Appearance: Spider-Man Magazine I#4 (August, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Sound Man can control and manipulate sound waves for a variety of effects, including preventing others from hearing conversations from a distance of up to 100 miles away, hearing underwater by utilizing sound waves for echolocation and projecting sonic blasts.

Due to high-tech listening devices being fused to his nervous system, Sound Man was hypersensitive to sound.

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black

History: (unpublished story) - Kaleb Lux was a brash and sarcastic private investigator specializing in the usage of high-grade listening devices and bugs for corporate espionage and intel. Operating out of his 1969 Cadillac Deville, Lux argued that he worked out of his car so that he could travel where he was needed but secretly admitted to close friends that he simply felt more important while behind the wheel of his car. Hired to investigate the hidden laboratory headquarters of the villainous Doctor Octopus, Lux broke into the lab, inadvertently triggering a trap that caused a large explosion. The explosion fused Lux's listening devices and bugs to Lux's nervous system, mutating the investigator. After Spider-Man pulled the mutated Lux from the laboratory explosion, Lux found over a period of months that he had become hypersensitive to sound but quickly sought to return to his life as a private investigator, albeit in a somewhat different capacity. Hesitant to get directly involved in altruistic heroics, Lux felt his natural sarcasm made it somewhat difficult for him to form allegiances with other heroes and that his power set was very limited compared to other more prominent heroes. Deciding instead to make his investigative services available for hire to the superhuman community, Lux adopted the heroic identity of Sound Man, "private investigator to the superheroes." Remaining on friendly terms with Spider-Man, Sound Man worked with several different superheroes including the heroic mutant X-Men.

(Spider-Man Magazine I#4) - Sound Man became an enemy of Doctor Octopus.

(Spider-Man Magazine I#9 - BTS) - Sound Man became an enemy of the villainous Hair Man.

Comments: Created by Kent Payne.

Sound Man was the product of the 1994 Spider-Man Magazine "Create Your Own Super Hero or Super-Villain" section that ran in most every issue of the magazine. In Sound Man's case, he was created by (then) 7-year old Kent Payne of Cassville, Missouri.

Since Sound Man is a kind of a fringe character, there is no evidence that states him as a native of Earth-616 but there is also no evidence to say he isn't native to Earth-616...

HUGE thanks to (now adult) Kent Payne himself for providing all sorts of new, never-published background info on Sound Man including his origin, real name and several stats!!

Sound Man's concept is quite interesting. I'd love to see him show up somewhere in a future Marvel comic...perhaps he could work with Jessica Jones, a similar "reluctant hero private investigator" character, on a case!

Interesting how 12-year-old Emily Cuthbert further utilized Sound Man (albeit with the misspelled codename of "Soundman") as an enemy of her creation, Hair Man, in Spider-Man Magazine I#9.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Sound Man has no known connections to:

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Spider-Man Magazine I#4, p15, splash page (Sound Man, main image)

Spider-Man Magazine I#4 (August, 1994) - "Create Your Own Super Hero or Super-Villain: Sound Man" - Kent Payne (writer, art), Michael Teitelbaum (editor)
Spider-Man Magazine I#9 (January, 1995) - "Create Your Own Super Hero or Super-Villain: Hair Man" - Emily Cuthbert (writer, art), Michael Teilelbaum (editor)

First Posted: 12/07/2019
Last updated: 03/01/2020

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