Miracle Man (Marvel)
Real Name: Joshua Ayers
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The Miracle Man was a master hypnotist, able to mesmerize others with a glance and then cause them to experience whatever he wished them to. He could cause a variety of illusions, and those under his influence would see, hear, touch, and presumably even taste or smell the effects of these illusions. He could seemingly perform a number of superhuman feats or resist a variety of attacks via his illusions.
On occasion, he has had access to much greater power, including telekinesis, animating inanimate matter, and restructuring matter, beyond simple illusion casting.
The Fantastic Four first encountered the Miracle Man when attending one of his performances. It wasn't clear whether or not his "magic" was illusion or if he possessed real super-powers, but regardless, Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards, commented "...it is fortunate for us and for the world, that the Miracle Man is not a criminal! For if he were...he might be the one foe we could not defeat!!" His words proved prophetic because soon after, the Miracle Man declared war on the human race and committed a jewel heist. This put him squarely into conflict with the Fantastic Four and the battle ultimately ended when the Human Torch blinded him with his flame. His mysterious powers suddenly vanished and Mr. Fantastic explained the source of them as nothing more than hypnotism.
After a stint in prison, he would go on to acquire more powerful abilities and go up against the Fantastic Four again, as well as Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Daimon Hellstrom and the Defenders.
The Miracle Man was later killed by the Scourge of the Underworld in The Thing #24.
As with many other victims of the Scourge, Miracle Man was resurrected by the Hood with purpose of killing the Punisher. Miracle Man worked with the others in disguising as members of the Avengers in the plot. When the ruse failed and the Punisher fought back, Miracle Man was able to escape in the chaos and survived.
Later, he sued the Future Foundation after being assaulted by She-Hulk. The outcome is unknown.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #3
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Fantastic Four (1961)
#3 Fantastic Four (2018)
- 'The Menace of the Miracle Man'#138
- 'Madness is... the Miracle Man!'#139
- 'Target: Tomorrow!'
Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
#1 FF (2013)
- 'When Titans Chuckle!'
FF: Fifty Fantastic Years (2011)
Ghost Rider (1973)
#12 Giant-Size Super-Stars (1974)
- 'Phantom of the Killer Skies'#13
- 'You've Got a Second Chance, Johnny Blaze!'
#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'The Mind of the Monster!'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
#8 Punisher (2009)
- 'Silent Night...Deadly Night'
The Defenders (1972)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#18 The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
- 'Book of the Dead (Hyperion to Nighthawk)'#19
- 'Book of the Dead (Nuke to Obadiah Stane)'
#53 The Thing (1983)
- 'Death Becomes Her'
Deadly Dozen (Marvel)(02 - Villains)
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