Arthur 'Artie' Maddicks (Marvel)
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Artie is a telepath who can project illusions from his memories and emotions. He also can lock someone's mind to paralyze them both mentally and physically.
Artie is mute. This appears to be a side effect of his mutation.
Artie was raised by his father, Dr. Carl Maddicks, until his eleventh birthday, when he gained his powers. Artie mutated into a lumpy pink form with no nose and large round eyes. Furthermore, the speech center of his brain was altered, rendering him mute. Desperate, Dr. Maddicks forced Dr. Hank McCoy to help him make a cure. McCoy was used as Dr. Maddicks' guinea pig, while Artie watched. X-Factor came to save McCoy and ended up saving Artie as well. Brand Corporation security guards (whom Dr. Maddicks worried would kill his son) arrived as he fired a gun at them. The guards fired back, killing him.
Afterward, Artie became the ward of X-Factor. As a part of X-Factor's group of youthful pupils, the "X-Terminators", he first met his friend Leech, a Morlock boy with green skin who possesses the ability to negate other mutants' superhuman abilities. He also befriends several other young mutants, such as Boom-Boom, Rictor, Rusty and Skids.
For a time, Artie and the personnel of X-Factor live aboard Ship, a massive artificial intelligence with a spacecraft body that dwarfs all skyscrapers. When Ship is overtaken by a booby trap implanted by its old master Apocalypse, it manages to bring Artie deep inside itself, to its own computer brain. Artie manages to translate that there is a bomb attached to the brain. X-Factor, working with the kids, manages to defuse the bomb and it explodes harmlessly far above the island of Manhattan.
Some time later, X-Factor splits their wards between two boarding schools that were about a mile apart. Artie's school recognized that he and Leech were mutants, and more importantly, best friends and were fully willing to work around this. When the events of Inferno began, N'Astirh's demon hordes first went after Artie and Leech, as they were powerful children. It was determined the two were too old but the demon kept them on hand anyway. The other members of the X-Terminators left their new living situations to help rescue him. Artie was forced to witness at least two murders of innocent humans before he was safely away.
After Leech was rescued from Gene Nation by Generation X, he and Artie came to live at the Massachusetts Academy, the home of the teenage mutant team. There they soon met Franklin Richards (recently "orphaned" after the Onslaught incident) who rounded out the trio of "The Daydreamers." They also met Howard the Duck and his two female companions, Beverly Switzler and Tana Nile. When Black Tom Cassidy attacked the school, an extension of his plant form personally attacked the children in the area called the Danger Grotto. Howard, at great personal risk, managed to distract Tom while Artie and the others made a break for it. Tom was seemingly destroyed in an explosion that set fire to the entire grotto. Man-Thing arrived and took the entire group away, into several adventures. When Franklin's family returned from an alternate universe (of his own creation - see Onslaught saga and the Heroes Reborn story arcs for more details), Artie and Leech returned to the school, where they started to take more active roles. They were given image inducers to hide their appearances, and frequently used them to wreak playful havoc.
After Generation X suffered the death of Synch due to terrorist activity, it was decided that the younger members of the team, including the M Twins, Leech, Artie, and the vacant but functional form of Penance, would go to live in Monaco with M's father.
Recently during a mission, the New Avengers viewed a screen of de-powered mutants. Artie was on that screen with other mutants de-powered after the House of M event.
First Appearance: X-Factor (1986) #2
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