Real Name: Richard Dauntless
Identity/Class: (superhuman form) Mutant human; (normal human form) cyborg
Occupation: Schoolboy prior to his death; unknown subsequent to his revival
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Dicky; Young Marvelman (called by his original name in the first few issues of Warrior, but only seen in flashback)
Base of Operations: (prior to his death) U.K.; (after death) Olympus, built on the site of the ruined London
First Appearance: (flashback only) Warrior; (alive again) Miracleman #24 (Eclipse Comics)
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: Dicky Dauntless, like his fellows Mike Moran and Johnny Bates, was chosen by the government to be used as a guinea pig in experiments employing alien technology salvaged from a crashed spaceship. The criterion for picking him was that he was an orphan, who would thus not be missed - as with his fellow victims his parents had been R.A.F. personnel killed during the War. The scientist Gargunza used the alien equipment to grow a mindless superhuman clone of Dicky, and then dropped that clone into hyperspace. Then he implanted a device in the child's brain that could be triggered by a code-phrase (in his case "Miracleman"), allowing the human child to swap places with the superhuman adult. Qualms about the controllability of these new beings stopped them being used in the field however; instead they were placed first in a sophisticated form of virtual reality, allowing them to live out bizarre adventures that checked their response to different situations (see the original version of this character - these were his adventures). Finally the government deemed their new creations too dangerous, and ordered their destruction.
The trio were awakened for the first time, and sent on a mission to stop an alien invader over the Atlantic. This invader was in fact a fake, being a flying facade concealing a nuclear device. When the trio were close enough, it was detonated. Dicky was killed, his two forms forced by the explosion to try and occupy the same spot, fused into one hideous amalgam.
Decades later his friend and one-time partner, Miracleman, who had survived the explosion and subsequently become ruler of the Earth, saw to the resurrection of his dead friend, growing him a new body. However, Dicky found adjusting to a vastly different world extremely difficult.
Comments: Created by Mick Anglo, revived (and instantly killed) by Alan Moore, subsequently revived by Neil Gaiman.
CLARIFICATIONS: Absolutely should be confused with
Young Marvelman, the original version of this character.
Not to be confused with
Marvelman, the 1950's version of his friend and partner Micky Moran
Marvelman, the 1980's version of his friend and partner Mike Moran
Miracle Jnr, another Mike Anglo creation who was created using redrawn versions of his 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
Miracleman, what they called the 1980's Marvelman in his American reprints
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
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