Real Name: Edward Morgo

Identity/Class: Human (see comments)

Occupation: Professional entertainer/hypnotist; would-be robber

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Movie theater audience

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "The Great Morgo, Master Hypnotist" (as billed on a poster); "the world's greatest hypnotist" (as called by himself)

Base of Operations: Unidentified American city

First Appearance: Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3 (January, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: A seemingly ordinary man, Morgo was highly skilled at hypnotism--by simply making eye-contact and using the lulling sound of his voice, he could place an individual into a trance.

Morgo once used a projected movie of himself to perform mass-hypnosis, and thus placed a large crowd (including himself) into a trance.

Height: 5' 10" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Bald (with black goatee and mustache)

(Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3) - The past of Edward Morgo is largely unrevealed, but he eventually used his hypnotic skills to perform on stage. Although his act was successful, Morgo decided to use his talent to make himself a fortune by robbery, and he came up with a scheme to commit the perfect crime.

   Using a movie camera, Morgo filmed himself commanding viewers to enter a trance, then awaken later, with no memory of what had occurred.

   Morgo went to a movie theater, sneaked into the projection room, and replaced the regular feature with his own film; then Morgo seated himself in the darkened auditorium, as his prerecorded speech began to play--when the audience members became entranced, Morgo intended to steal their valuables while they slept. On the movie screen appeared an extreme close-up of Morgo's eyes, and his recorded voice compelled the audience members to fall asleep... asleep... asleep...

   Soon, everyone in the theater was slumbering... including Edward Morgo!

   Some time later, Morgo's voice on the film commanded the audience to awaken; the lights came on and the people revived...yet none of them could remember what the movie was about.

   While the perplexed people began to file out of the theater, Morgo also awoke from his trance...and he could only wonder why he was in there.

   As he walked away from the cinema, the bewildered Edward Morgo just figured that he was getting absent-minded in his old age--he was unaware that he was a better hypnotist than he thought, because he had even hypnotized himself.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

This 3-page story--The Eyes of Edward Morgo--was basically just a retelling of of an earlier story--Beware the Eyes of Igor!--from Tales of Suspense I#11 (September, 1960).

Strangely enough, the third page of this story is numbered 5--maybe it was originally done as a 5-pager, but it had to be edited down to fit in the allotted space for this issue.

Morgo's mastery of mesmerism seemed to be far greater than conventional hypnotists--maybe he was really a mutant, or supernaturally-empowered.

Maybe that movie theater Morgo tried to rob was the Bijou, where the criminal hypnotist Miracle Man later animated the Monster from Mars statue.

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

Edward Morgo has no known connections to:

movie theater

A cinema located somewhere in America, it was where hypnotist Edward Morgo planned to rob the entire audience by placing them all in a trance.

Earlier, Morgo had filmed himself reciting his hypnotic commands, then he went to the theater and replaced the regular feature with his own film.

Afterward, Morgo joined the audience and seated himself in the main auditorium, while he waited for his plan to take effect; but Morgo himself fell victim to his own scheme.

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3

movie theater audience

At a cinema located somewhere in America, they were the multitude of patrons (none identified) who went to see an unspecified movie.

But instead of the main feature, they would see a film made by hypnotist Edward Morgo, which put them all in a trance--Morgo intended to rob them of their valuables while they slept.

When Morgo's film ended and the lights came on, the audience members awoke, with no memory of what had transpired.

 The people--still in possession of their valuables--filed out of the theater, unaware that Edward Morgo was sitting amongst them--Morgo had fallen victim to his own scheme, and had been hypnotized by his film as well!

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3

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Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p2, pan4 (Main Image - Edward Morgo, in his dressing room)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p2, pan5 (Headshot - Edward Morgo)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p2, pan2 (Edward Morgo, performing his hypnotism act on stage)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p2, pan7 (Edward Morgo films movie of himself, to hypnotize movie theater audience)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p3, pan9 (confused Edward Morgo comes out of trance)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p2, pan8 (Edward Morgo, carrying his film to movie theater)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, (Edward Morgo, sneaking his film into movie theater's projection room)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p3, pan1 (as his film begins to play on movie screen, Edward Morgo takes a seat with the rest of the audience)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p3, pan5 (as Morgo's film plays, audience members fall into a trance)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p3, pan6 (as Morgo's film ends, audience members come out of trance)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3, p3, pan8 (as audience members file out of theater, seated Edward Morgo comes out of trance)

Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/3 (January, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks), Stan Goldberg (colors), Artie Simek (letters)

First Posted: 03/01/2021
Last updated: 03/01/2021

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