Moses Magnum in court; art by Stephen Segovia and Marte Garcia
|First appearance||Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 (Apr 1975)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway (Writer)|
Ross Andru (Artist)
|Alter ego||Moses Magnum|
|Abilities||Releasing seismic energy through his fingertips, using it to create earthquakes, shockwaves or otherwise transport earth matter.|
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Moses Magnum is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is an arms dealer and terrorist. According to Phillip Lamarr Cunningham, he is the "closest Marvel has gotten to a true black supervillain."
Moses Magnum first appeared in Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 (April 1975), and was created by Gerry Conway and Ross Andru.
Moses Magnum received an entry in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #6 (2006).
Fictional character biography
Magnum was born in Ethiopia, but sided with Benito Mussolini's occupying army against his own people. Magnum later became a naturalized American citizen.
He became president of the Deterrence Research Corporation (DRC), the world's foremost independent weapons manufacturing firm. As an arms expert, Magnum battled Spider-Man and the Punisher. Magnum surprisingly survived after the Punisher exposed him to chemical weapons. Then, he seemingly fell to his death after a battle with Luke Cage. However, Magnum was rescued by Apocalypse and granted superhuman powers which Magnum dubbed his "Magnum Force". His powers included superhuman strength and geologically-based powers to cause earthquakes and sense disruptions in the Earth.
Tyrannus and his allies, They Who Wield Power, secretly gave Magnum technology which enhanced his superhuman strength and the power to focus vast amounts of energy so as to trigger earthquakes. Magnum next threatened to create earthquakes to sink Japan unless he was named the nation's ruler. His plan was foiled by an assault by the X-Men and Sunfire on Magnum's Kuril Islands headquarters. Banshee disrupted Magnum's earthquake beam, but suffered a long-term loss of his own sonic powers in the process.
Magnum later became an adversary of Deathlok and the Black Panther.
Later, Magnum's efforts to regain control of his power and destroy a floating resort using a stolen experimental seismic cannon were foiled by the combined efforts of the Avengers and future Avenger Triathlon. His own powers opened a fissure beneath him, seemingly sending him falling to his doom.
Magnum somehow survived the fall, though how has not been revealed. At that time. He was present at the Pan-African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans.
He next encountered Spider-Man.
During the Dark Reign storyline, Moses escaped from prison through a plot by Norman Osborn to give Daken good publicity and was almost killed by a massive explosion intended by Osborn to clean up the resulting mess.
Magnum next appeared in Iron Man/Thor attempting to sell a special satellite he invented.
Powers and abilities
Moses Magnum’s body generates seismic force which amplifies his natural strength, gives him an unknown degree of durability and attunes him to seismic vibrations. He can unleash this energy to cause vibratory shockwaves, minor tremors or devastating earthquakes. These waves will emanate from his body in all directions unless he purposefully tries to channel them in a single direction, usually along the length of his arms and through the tips of his fingers.
In other media
- Moses Magnum appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. This version is responsible for T'Chaka's death (thanks to a coup with a group of mercenaries) and does not demonstrate any super powers. In the episode "Panther's Prey", he manages to steal a piece of Vibranium from Wakanda and plans to give it to A.I.M. for them to make into a harness for their MODOK project. This was thwarted by Black Panther and Iron Man. Magnum was later taken back to Wakanda to face justice.
- Cunningham, Phillip Lamarr (2016). "The absence of black supervillains in mainstream comics". Superheroes and Identities. Routledge. p. 40. Retrieved 21 September 2019. Search this book on
- Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 (April 1975)
- Power Man Annual #1 (1976)
- Classic X-Men #25
- X-Men #119 (March 1979)
- X-Men #118-119 (February–March 1979)
- Deathlok (vol. 2) #22-25 (April–July 1993)
- Avengers (vol. 3) #8-9 (September–October 1998)
- Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1
- "Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #577 | Comic Books | Comics". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- Dark Wolverine #78-80
- Iron Man/Thor #1 (January 2011)
- Moses Magnum at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
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