Real Name: Mike Moran
Identity/Class: Human transformed by magic
Occupation: Newspaper copy boy
Affiliations: Young Marvelman (a.k.a. Marvelman Jnr.), Kid Marvelman
Known Relatives: None known
Base of Operations: U.K.
First Appearance: Marvelman #25 - #370 (L. Miller and Son, February 1954 - February 1963)
Powers/Abilities: Incredible strength (able to lift hundreds of tons), superhuman speed and able to fly at around Mach 3. Invulnerable and able to survive in space without ill effect. Exceptionally intelligent beyond the human norm. Able to cause thunderclaps by clapping his hands.
History: "A recluse astro-scientist discovers the key word to the universe, one that can only be given to a boy who is completely honest, studious and of such integrity that he would only use it for the powers of good." The scientist picks young Micky Moran, newspaper copy boy as the recipient of these powers, and exposes him to the energies of a special machine which will enable him to use the secret. However the scientist is critically injured, and dies just managing to tell Micky the key word, "Kimota". When Micky utters this word he transforms into the powerful Marvelman. He later teamed up with Young Marvelman (a.k.a. Marvelman Jnr.) and Kid Marvelman, battling foes such as the mad scientist Dr Gargunza.
Comments: The original Marvelman ran 346 issues, as well as 9 Annuals. He started in issue 25 of his own comic, with issues 1-24 being Captain Marvel comic. Originally a reprint of the Captain Marvel comic from the US, when DC sued Fawcett Comics for C.M. being too similar to Superman and won, the British company L.Miller and Son who were doing the reprints got artist Mike Anglo to create a new character in the same vein - and Marvelman was born.
Theodoor Westerhof informed me of a Marvelman cameo "in the Slayer of Eriban (Chronicles of Pandarve-4, 1984) a Storm adventure in which we see in one picture Marvelman fight somebody who looks very much like Trigo, in a multi-gladiator fight to the death, which is stopped before the end. Probably just a little joke by Don Lawrence."
CLARIFICATIONS: Should be confused with
Marvelman, the 1980's version of this character
Miracleman, what they called the 1980's Marvelman in his American reprints
Not to be confused with
Miracle Jnr, the redrawn version of Young Marvelman
Captain Miracle, another Mike Anglo creation who was created using redrawn versions of this character's adventures
Miracle Man, Marko, a 1920's character
Miracle Man, a.k.a. Superhombre, yet another Mike Anglo creation
The Miracle Man, from Archie Comics
Kid Marvelman, the 1950's version of his friend and partner Johnny Bates
Kid Marvelman, the evil 1980's revival of Johnny Bates
Kid Miracleman, what they called the 1980's revival of Kid Miracleman in the U.S. to avoid lawsuits
Young Marvelman, the 1950's version of his friend and partner Dicky Dauntless
Young Miracleman, the 1980's revival of his friend and partner Richard Dauntless
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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