Doctor Druid (Marvel)
Real Name: Dr. Anthony Ludgate
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Doctor Anthony Druid's powers were based on the mystical development of his own mind and body. He had remarkable control over his body and bodily systems, could communicate telepathically, and could psychically mesmerize others, often casting illusions directly into their minds. He could levitate and perform telekinesis to a small extent. Druid also possessed a high degree of magical sensitivity, in detecting magical energies as well as sensing impending danger.
Druid supplemented these powers with magical spells he has learned over the years. He had a large repertoire of druidic rituals, including one that can bridge dimensions.
More recently, Druid was bonded to nature physically and spiritually by Druidic gods. As such, Druid could mentally control and manipulate plant life, earth, and animals within his vicinity, the full extent and range of which remain unknown.
Anthony Druid got his medical degree from Harvard, then went on to study psychiatry. He retired from his psychiatric practice after several years to devote more time to his growing interest in the occult. He supported himself by writing popular books on psychology and related matters and by lecturing. In the midst of his research for a second book on the occult, Druid was summoned by an ailing Tibetan lama apparently in need of medical aid. The lama put Druid through a series of bizarre mystic and spiritual tests to ascertain Druid's worthiness. Finding him worthy, the dying lama opened Druid's mind to its hidden powers and taught him the mastery of certain mystic arts. (Apparently, the lama was actually the Ancient One, mentor of the Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. Druid was one of the Ancient One's first attempts at giving a disciple a degree of his powers.)
Druid had remained in seclusion for several years, investigating occult matters personally and in secret. At one point, he teamed up with other clandestine "monster-hunters", including Bloodstone and the Eternal hero Makkari, in stopping a threat from the underworldly Deviants. Soon, the Fantastic Four appeared, ushering in Earth's Age of Marvels, and later, Druid would find himself aiding the hero team Avengers against the Celtic monsters known as the Fomor.
Doctor Druid was instrumental in freeing the Avengers Mansion from its occupation by the Masters of Evil, and he applied successfully for Avengers membership shortly thereafter. Not long after joining, Druid fell under the mental control of Ravonna (then called Nebula, later Terminatrix), who used Druid's mental powers to manipulate the Avengers into aiding her search for an ultimate weapon. Druid manipulated the other Avengers into electing him chairman to this end, but the Avengers soon discovered the plotters and opposed them in a conflict that ended with Druid and Ravonna being lost in the time stream.
Druid eventually escaped, free of Ravonna's influence, rejuvenated into a younger version of himself and with a renewed purpose. He renewed his association with the Avengers as an occasional inactive reservist in hopes of mending fences with the group. For a time, he led the occult adventurers called the Shock Troop and later served with the Secret Defenders as the team's puppet leader under the auspices of Doctor Strange.
More recently, Druid embarked on an obsessive quest to augment his magical powers, one which eventually led to his pact with Druidic gods of Celtic lore. The gods performed a grisly spell on Druid, binding him to nature in such a way to allow him to control plants and earth around him. Druid tried to surround himself with loyal followers, including the villain Nekra, who nevertheless supported and seduced Druid. Nekra, however, later summoned her true lord, Hellstorm, the Son of Satan, who battled Druid. Hellstorm mocked Druid, killing him and tossing his burning body in a garbage can.
Druid was briefly resurrected alongside other fallen Avengers by the Grim Reaper, in order to serve in the Legion of the Unliving against the Avengers. He and the others broke free of the Reaperís thrall, however, and returned to the afterlife.
Originally named Doctor Droom in his Amazing Adventures stories. His name was retconned to Doctor Druid in his next appearance in The Incredible Hulk and reprints in Weird Wonder Tales to avoid confusion with Doctor Doom.
First Appearance: Amazing Adventures (1961) #1
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Alpha Flight (1983)
Amazing Adventures (1961)
#10 Avengers Finale (2005)
- 'Pomp & Pageantry'#11
- '...Always An Avenger!'
Avengers Forever (1998)
#12 Avengers Spotlight (1989)
- 'Avengers Assemble!'
#37 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'Interlude in a Peacable Kingdom!'
#4 Captain America (1968)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Captain America: Hail Hydra (2011)
#4 Chaos War: Dead Avengers (2011)
- 'Captain America: Hail Hydra Part 4'
#1 Damage Control (vol. 1) (1989)
- 'Day One - Dead Avengers'#2#3
#1 Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'A Restoration Comedy!'
#2 Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009)
- 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being!'#33
- 'The Alexandria Quatrain'#34
- 'Is There a Doctor NOT in the House?'#35
- 'To Hela and Back'#36
- 'Footnote to Infinity'#46
- 'Strange Bedfellows, Part I'#47
- 'Strange Bedfellows, Part II'#55
- 'World Enough, And Time...'
#1 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Sick of This'#2
- 'Mind to Meat'#3
- 'Dream to Me'#4
- 'Sick of It All'
Annual 25 Ghost Rider (1973)
- 'In Kang's Clutches!'#338
- 'Kangs For the Memories!!! or, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner!'#341
- 'The Ultimate Solution'#370
- 'Forever Evil'
#26 Giant-Size Man-Thing (1974)
- 'A Doom Named Dr. Druid!'#27
- 'At the Mercy of the Manticore!'
#3 Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
- 'The Blood of Kings!'
Annual 03 Hawkeye (2012)
- 'There is No Future - Only the Past Happening Again and Again'Annual 04
- 'Wrath of a Woman Scorned'#31
- 'Prelude To A Kill'
#6 Infinity War (1992)
- 'Six Days in the Life of'
#3 JLA/Avengers (2003)
- 'Nefarious Rhapsodies'#4
- 'Mortiferous Artifice'#6
- 'The Animus Engagement'
#3 Ka-Zar the Savage (1981)
- 'Strange Adventures'
#34 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'Savage In A Strange Land'
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Rarities (2014)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
#1 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Universe (1998)
#4 Marvel: Now What?! (2013)
- 'Monsters on the Loose!'#5
- 'Creature on the Prowl!'#6
- 'Return to Midnight Mountain!'#7
- 'Monsters Attack!'
Marvel: The Lost Generation (2000)
#2 Marvels: Eye Of The Camera (2009)
- 'After..., ...and Before'
#5 Mephisto Vs. ... (1987)
- 'Chapter 5: A Whole Lot Of Paper'
Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (1988)
#2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Book Two of Six: Into the Depths'
HC vol. 03 Power Man and Iron Fist (1981)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'TPB vol. 03
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
#23 Saga of the Sub-Mariner (1988)
- 'Prolog V: The Stillness of the Earth'#24
- 'Prolog VI: Maelstrom Manifest'#25
- 'All -- or Nothing!'#28
- 'Mating Dance'#38
- 'Whose War Is this Anyway?'#45
- 'Battleground Earth'#46
- 'We are the Shock Troop'#50
- 'Horizon of Holes'#51
- 'The Conservation of Angular Momentum'
#12 Secret Avengers (2010)
- 'Triumphs and Tragedy'
Secret Defenders (1993)
#15 Secret Warriors One Shot: Who's Your Daddy? (2009)
- 'Part the First: Stranges and Other Lovers'#16
- 'Part the Second: Resurrection Tango'#17
- 'On Borrowed Time'#18
- 'A Tiny Little War'#19
- 'Survival of the Fittest'#20
- 'Death and the Art of Living!'#21
- 'The Aesthetic Imperative'#22
- 'Part One: Shadowboxing Helena'#24
- 'Part Three: The Eleventh Hour'
Solo Avengers (1987)
Squadron Supreme (2016)
Strange Tales (1987)
The Age of the Sentry (2008)
The Avengers (1963)
The Avengers United (2001)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#209 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'The Absorbing Man Is Out For Blood!!'#210
- 'And Call the Doctor... Druid!'#211
- 'The Monster and the Mystic!'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'C-D: From The Collector to Dracula'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Golden Age (2004)
- 'Cloak to Doctor Octopus'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The X-Men vs. the Avengers (1987)
#1 Thor (1966)
- 'Justice For All!'#2
- 'Uneasy Allies'#3
- 'The Soviets Strike Back!'#4
- 'Day of Judgement!'
Annual 17 Thunderbolts (2013)
- 'Citizen Kang, Part 2'#381
- 'Ye Olde Shelle Game!'#390
- 'The Hero and the Hammer!'
Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
#8 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'The Dilemma'
Weird Wonder Tales (1973)
#19 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'I Am The Fantastic Dr. Droom!'#20
- 'The Madness!'#21
- 'Behind The Dreadful Door!'#22
What If? (1977)
#18 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If Dr. Strange Had Been A Disciple Of Dormammu?'
#1 Wonder Man (1991)
- 'What If the Avengers Had Lost The Evolutionary War?'#6
- 'What If...The X-Men Had Lost Inferno?'
#13 X-Factor (1986)
- 'Into Infinity'#14
- 'Infinite Memory'
- 'Unnatural Selection'#32
- 'The Carbon Copy Avengers'
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