DR. DANIEL MADROX

Real Name: Daniel Madrox

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Farmer;
    former scientific doctor at Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: James Madrox, Joan Madrox, Professor X (Charles Xavier)

Enemies: Damian Tryp, Sr.

Known Relatives: Joan Madrox (wife, deceased), James Arthur Madrox (later Multiple Man, son)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Kansas, USA;
    formerly Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (February, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Dr. Daniel Madrox had no superhuman powers but he was very knowledgeable in the fields of nuclear physics, being that he was formerly a scientist at Los Alamos, and computer technology, having assisted in the design of his son's teaching computer.

He was also a skilled builder and construction worker, having built an underground fallout shelter beneath his home.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 165 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Gray

History:
(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Daniel Madrox worked as a scientist at Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb)) - James Arthur "Jamie" Madrox was born to Daniel and Joan Madrox on September 7 (see comments) and when the doctor spanked the baby, James created a duplicate of himself.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb) - BTS/Fallen Angels I#2 (fb) - BTS) - After learning about Jamie's mutant duplication powers, Daniel and Joan were afraid to someday send Jamie to a normal school so Daniel Madrox got to know mutant expert Professor X and together, they created a teaching computer to eventually educate Jamie.

(X-Factor III#11 (fb) - BTS) - Daniel and Joan Madrox kept in regular correspondence with Professor X beginning shortly after Jamie was born.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb) - BTS) - Two weeks after Jamie was born, Dr. Daniel Madrox resigned from his position at Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center and moved his family to a Kansas farm at Professor X's suggestion, the academic world never hearing from the doctor again.

(X-Factor III#224.1 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Daniel Madrox built a fallout shelter on the Madrox family farm, located under a trap door in the barn, paranoid about nuclear accidents hurting people.

(Madrox I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Daniel and Joan Madrox kept Jamie isolated on the farm, wearing a special control suit to keep Jamie from uncontrollably creating duplicates of himself every time he hit something or something hit him.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb)) - As Jamie grew, he often wondered why he had to wear a special suit but Daniel would only ever tell Jamie that he would understand when he was older, not yet wishing to reveal that Jamie's special suit helped control his mutant abilities.

(X-Factor III#11 (fb)) - After Jamie had become a teenager, the Madroxes were visited by Damien Tryp of Singularity Investigations, who wished to hire Jamie for his firm. While meeting with Daniel and Joan, Tryp attempted to convince them to let Jamie join Singularity, promising that Jamie's future would be assured if he joined. Daniel informed Damian Tryp that they had been in regular correspondence with Professor Charles Xavier practically since Jamie was born and Tryp responded by suggesting Xavier was not the right person to attend to Jamie's needs. Keeping a cool head, Daniel commented that he didn't think he agreed with Damian's opinion. Admitting that he had come to the Madrox farm to convince the Madroxes to let Jamie join, Tryp remarked that he thought, as learned people of science, the Madroxes would have open minds. Daniel replied that they did have open minds but expressed uneasiness at how Tryp seemingly showed up out of nowhere on their doorstep, apparently knowing everything about their son Jamie and attempting to discredit the foremost expert on mutants, Professor X. When Tryp suggested Jamie wasn't a mutant, Daniel questioned Tryp's comment, reminding Tryp of Jamie's multiplication powers. Tryp reminded the Madroxes of how mutants typically manifest their powers during adolescence not at birth and asked how the Madroxes could explain why Jamie's powers manifested at birth. Tryp then suggested that Jamie was a genetic throwback like himself to a time before the rise of mutants and that the Madroxes should entrust Jamie's care to no one but himself, prompting Daniel to reply that they trusted themselves to do what was right by Jamie. As Daniel thanked Tryp for visiting, Joan asked what Tryp's throwback abilities were and Tryp responded that they were elemental in nature, grimly suggesting he could create a tornado to kill both Daniel and Joan and no one who think it was anything other than an act of God. He then remarked that perhaps they would be right about a tornado and bid the Madroxes goodbye.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb)/Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men#1 (fb) - BTS/X-Factor III#224.1 (fb) - BTS) - Unfortunately, Daniel never had the chance to fully explain to the fifteen-year-old Jamie why he had to wear the suit, as a supposedly freak tornado hit the farm one July afternoon that killed both Daniel and his wife Joan.

(X-Factor III#15 (fb) - BTS/X-Factor III#224.1 (fb) - BTS) - The tornado that killed Daniel and Joan Madrox was actually caused by Damian Tryp.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb) - BTS/Fallen Angels I#2 (fb) - BTS/Fallen Angels I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Following the deaths of Daniel and Joan, Jamie Madrox found himself living alone, his only friends television and the teaching computer designed by Daniel and Professor X.

(Madrox I#1 (fb) - BTS) - After the accident that killed Daniel and Joan Madrox, Jamie Madrox remained alone for months before anyone found out.

(Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 - BTS) - Years later, when Jamie appeared in New York, absorbing energy from the power grid, Professor X met with the Fantastic Four and Jamie, revealing how he had known Daniel years earlier as a friend of the family. The Professor also revealed that Jamie's special suit was designed to neutralize Jamie's duplication abilities and perhaps needed to be overhauled after having not been updated since the deaths of Daniel and Joan Madrox.

(Fallen Angels I#2 - BTS) - While searching for the missing New Mutants Sunspot and Warlock, Jamie Madrox revealed to his friend Siryn how he had lived alone following the deaths of his parents, Daniel and Joan Madrox, and how much he hated the teaching computer designed by his father and Professor X.

(Fallen Angels I#3 - BTS) - As one of Jamie Madrox's duplicates helped a woman with her luggage from the Port Authority bus terminal to her home, he related how he'd been to Manhattan once before and thought about the lonely days on the Kansas farm after Daniel and Joan Madrox had died. The woman, thinking that Jamie and the duplicate helping her were merely twin brothers, asked if Daniel and Joan had left the two "brothers" alone but the duplicate assured there were a lot of them around.

(Madrox I#1 - BTS) - Jamie's former teammates Wolfsbane and Strong Guy met up at Lefty's Bar in Mutant Town and when Wolfsbane expressed misgivings at Jamie's recent decision to become a private investigator, Strong Guy reminded her about Jamie's isolated upbringing and the deaths of his parents Daniel and Joan.

(X-Factor III#15 - BTS) - While being mentally tortured by the terrorist organization Hydra, Jamie Madrox was forced into a virtual reality scenario in which Daniel and Joan Madrox abused and blamed him for their deaths. In the scenario, they eventually freed him from his bounds, having manipulated him into punishing himself for "being bad."

(X-Factor III#224.1 - BTS) - Jamie Madrox visited Daniel and Joan's former farm and found it inhabited by a mother, Sally, and her son Terry, whom Jamie told of how he used to live there and how Daniel and Joan were killed there by a tornado.

(X-Factor III#262 - BTS) - Damian Tryp confronted Jamie Madrox's wife Layla Miller at the old Madrox family farm during a time in which Miller and a demonically-transformed Jamie were staying there and Tryp warned that the farm might have once belonged to Daniel and Joan Madrox and their family but Miller and Jamie were now there illegally, which would eventually attract the police. When the police inevitably arrived and claimed that Miller didn't have a right to be on the property, Miller insisted that her husband and his family once owned the home.

Comments: Created by Len Wein, Chris Claremont, John Buscema, Chic Stone and Joe Sinnott.

    James Madrox's birthdate is listed as September 7, 1953 in Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4. Due to Marvel's sliding time scale, the year would be topical but the month and day could still be the same.

    Dr. Daniel Madrox was never seen too clearly in his few appearances. In his first appearance in Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4, he's only shown in two panels, one from behind and another lying on his death bed, shown from far away and with a blue hue to the panel. In X-Factor III#11, we see closeups of his face in several panels but the only full body image of him is at a weird angle and sitting in a chair with his head down (see main image above). Better images of what he looks like are in X-Factor III#15 but these are not of the actual Daniel Madrox but rather, just visions inside Jamie Madrox's mind. In all other appearances, Daniel Madrox is only mentioned and not seen.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Dr. Daniel Madrox
should be distinguished from:


Joan Madrox

Joan Madrox was the wife of Dr. Daniel Madrox and mother to their son Jamie. After Daniel moved the family to a Kansas farm on the suggestion from Professor X, Joan helped raise Jamie until he was fifteen. Around that time, Joan and Daniel met with Singularity Investigations' Damian Tryp, who attempted to recruit Jamie into Singularity. Joan and Daniel both decided to keep working with Professor X instead of Tryp and not long after, Tryp summoned a tornado to the Madrox family farm that killed by Joan and Daniel.

--Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb), Fallen Angels I#2 (fb) - BTS, X-Factor III#11 (fb) - BTS, Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb) - BTS, Madrox I#1 (fb) - BTS, Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb), X-Factor III#11 (fb), Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb)/Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men#1 (fb) - BTS, X-Factor III#15 (fb) - BTS/X-Factor III#224.1 (fb) - BTS, Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (fb) - BTS/Fallen Angels I#2 (fb) - BTS/#3 (fb) - BTS, Madrox I#1 (fb) - BTS, Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 - BTS, Fallen Angels I#2-3 - BTS, Madrox I#1 - BTS, X-Factor III#15 - BTS, X-Factor III#224.1 - BTS, X-Factor III#262 - BTS,

images: (without ads)
X-Factor III#11, p1, pan2 (Daniel Madrox sitting in a chair, main image)
X-Factor III#11, p2, pan2 (Daniel Madrox, headshot)
Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4, p10, pan8 (Daniel with teenage Jamie)
X-Factor III#11, p2, pan4 (Joan Madrox)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four I Giant-Size#4 (February, 1975) - Len Wein (co-writer, editor), Chris Claremont (co-writer), John Buscema, Chic Stone, Joe Sinnott (art)
Fallen Angels I#2 (May, 1987) - Jo Duffy (writer), Kerry Gammill (pencils), Tom Palmer (finishes), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Fallen Angels I#3 (June, 1987) - Jo Duffy (writer), Marie Severin (pencils), Tom Palmer (finishes), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Madrox I#1 (November, 2004) - Peter David (writer), Pablo Raimondi (pencils), Drew Hennessy (inks), Andy Schmidt (editor)
X-Factor III#11 (November, 2006) - Peter David (writer), Renato Arlem, Roy Allen Martinez (art), Andy Schmidt (editor)
X-Factor III#15 (March, 2007) - Peter David (writer), Pablo Raimondi (art), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men#1 (November, 2010) - Peter David (Madrox page writer), Pablo Raimondi (Madrox page art), Sebastian Girner, Daniel Ketchum, Jody LeHeup, Nick Lowe, Jake Thomas, Jeanine Schaefer (editors)
X-Factor III#224.1 (November, 2011) - Peter David (writer), Valentine de Landro (pencils), Pat Davidson (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Factor III#262 (November, 2013) - Peter David (writer), Neil Edwards (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Jordan D. White (editor)


First posted: 10/08/2022
Last updated: 10/08/2022

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