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Doctor Druid (Marvel)
Real Name: Dr. Anthony Ludgate
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Powers:
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.


Bio:
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 Reaper’s thrall, however, and returned to the afterlife.

Notes:
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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Issue Appearances:
Alpha Flight (1983)
Amazing Adventures (1961)
Avengers (1998)
Avengers Finale (2005)
Avengers Forever (1998)
Avengers Spotlight (1989)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Capitão América (Portuguese edition) (1979)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America: Hail Hydra (2011)
Chaos War: Dead Avengers (2011)
Damage Control (vol. 1) (1989)
Die Rächer (1979)
Die Rächer (2000)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009)
Druid (1995)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
Hawkeye (2012)
Hulk (1981)
Infinity War (1992)
JLA/Avengers (2003)
Ka-Zar the Savage (1981)
Marvel (1988)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Deluxe - Tomos Unicos (2009)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Universe (1998)
Marvel: Now What?! (2013)
Marvel: The Lost Generation (2000)
Marvels: Eye Of The Camera (2009)
Mephisto Vs. ... (1987)
Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (1988)
Nick Fury: Der beste Mann von SHIELD (1990)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Golden Age Marvel 2004 (2004)
Power Man and Iron Fist (1978)
Quasar (1989)
Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
Secret Avengers (2010)
Secret Defenders (1993)
Solo Avengers (1987)
Strange Tales (1951)
Strange Tales (1987)
The Age of the Sentry (2008)
The Avengers (1963)
The Avengers United (2001)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The X-Men vs. the Avengers (1987)
Thor (1966)
Thunderbolts (2013)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Weird Wonder Tales (1973)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If? (1977)
What If...? (1989)
Wonder Man (1991)
X-Factor (1986)

Group Affiliation(s):
Avengers (Marvel)(01 - Original Team)
Legion of the Unliving
Monster Hunters
Secret Defenders
Shock Troop

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