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
Powers/Abilities: Sound Man can control and
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
Due to high-tech listening devices being fused to his nervous system, Sound Man was hypersensitive to sound.
Weight: 190 lbs.
History: (unpublished story)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:
images: (without ads)
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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