THE MASTER MAN

Master Man is the name of three fictional characters that appear in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The original Master Man (Wilhelm Lohmer) first appears in the title Giant-Size Invaders #1 (June 1975) and was created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins. The second version (Axl Nacht), first appears in Namor the Sub-Mariner #11 (Feb. 1991) and was created by John Byrne, and a third version (Max Lohmer) debuts in “Captain America” #18 (July, 2006) by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.

Wilhelm Lohmer’s was an American Bundist of German descent, and loyal to the Nazi ideal, but he was physically weaker than his comrades. It was precisely for this reason that he was chosen to be subjected to the Nazi version of the Super-Soldier Serum. Although the formula was a derivative of the original Super-Soldier serum that gave Captain America his powers, Lohmer gained abilities exceeding those of Captain America.

Christened Master Man, the Nazi agent became a favorite of Adolf Hitler and he participated in many Nazi campaigns, often the prime adversary of his counterpart, Captain America, and his allies, the hero team Invaders.

Master Man continues to be a perennial foe for the Invaders, battling the team while disguised as the hero the Destroyerand as part of a team formed by the Japanese spy Lady Lotus, the Super-Axis.

It is revealed in flashback in the title Namor the Sub-Mariner that near the end of World War II, Nazi Baron Strucker placed Master Man and Warrior Woman in suspended animation in a hidden laboratory, thereby “preserving” the Nazi dream for use at a later time. Master Man is revived by scientist Axl Nacht, and at Nacht’s direction, the character abducts the original Human Torch and Ann Raymond (Toro’s widow) – their blood being necessary to help revive Warrior Woman, who had suffered brain damage. Nacht betrays Master Man when it is revealed that his father first cared for the two superbeings while in suspended animation, and unknowingly instilled in the younger Nacht an obsession with Warrior Woman. When Namor the Sub-Mariner, former founding member of the Invaders, finds the laboratory, he battles Master Man, until the Nazi loses his abilities and reverts back to Wilhelm Lohmer. Nacht steals Master Man’s abilities for himself, and has apparently also won the affections of the revived but unstable Warrior Woman. Namor rescues the prisoners as Lohmer destroys the laboratory, although no bodies are found in the wreckage.

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