Real Name: Max Eisenhardt
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September, 1963)
Powers: Limitless Control over all Forms of Magnetism. Can Chape and Manipulate Magnetic Fields. Can Control and Project all forms of Energy part of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
Affiliation: X-Men, New Mutants, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Hellfire Club
Enemies: X-Men, Homo Sapiens
A Little History
Anyone out there have a can opener?
Young Max spent his early life inside the concentration camp at Auschwitz. He was left without parents after they were murdered by the Nazi’s and forced to operate the gas chambers, fire pits and the ovens inside the camp.
Not all was lost for Max, though. It was here that he met the woman, Magda, that he would marry and have children with. It was also shortly after his time in Auschwitz that his mutation manifested for the first time. Coming home to a burning house and an angry mob, Max unleashed his powers on the mob after they would not allow him to rescue his family.
Terrified by what she saw, Magda fled to Wundagore Mountain. Here, she learned she was pregnant with Max’s children, Pietro (Quicksilver), and Wanda (Scarlet Witch). At the time of their birth, Max did not know of their existence.
Afraid to be found, he took up the name Erik Magnus Lehnsherr and made his way to Isreal.
It was in Isreal that he befriended what would become his long-time ally/enemy, Charles Xavier.
The two of them became close, often debating as to what would happen if a race of super-powered individuals rose to prominence. Eventually, they would reveal to each other that each did, in fact, have powers. Presumably, this was just like seeing someone naked for the first time;, awkward.
Unfortunately for the two, they were unable to see eye-to-eye on most matters, which led to their separation.
Max found his solace in his newly created group. Proving that you don’t need to be intelligent to create a good group name, he named them the “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.” This group did not receive much fanfare and rightfully so. If there is to be a lesson in this, it not call yourself the “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.”
From this point on Max’s story becomes a “Lather, Rinse, Repeat” story.
Throughout his history, Max Eisenhardt has been obsessed with creating the perfect home base and there have been 5 versions of it.
- Completed just before recruiting Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for the first of many times to his “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.”
- Completed after the X-Men are imprisoned and reduced to babies, yes, babies.
- Created as a contingency plan in case his work with the Hellfire Club did not work out.
- Used to trap Wolverine and Jean Grey in a honeymoon type environment.
- Proving recycling and reusing exists in the Marvel Community, this version is a resurrected version of Astroid #1 and is used as a haven by the exiled mutants after they are chased from society.
The last thing you may want to know, in the House of M storyline Max rescues Scarlet Witch from certain doom, and it appeared as though Max finally got what he was looking for: the world in which he was pronounced ruler of mutants and humans. Initially, it was thought that Max had his daughter, the Scarlet Witch create this world, but like Roger Rabbit who was wrongfully framed, it was proven that it was Quicksilver who did this. At the end of the storyline, Scarlet Witch utters the words, “No more mutants” and with that, all but 198 lost their powers. This included Max.
Don’t fret, he would get his powers back.
This is the comics after all.
Oh, one last thing! He ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine’s body.
- Literally and Human trapped in a can
- Prisoner of Auschwitz
- Marries Magda
- Magda leaves after seeing his powers and brutality
- Magda gives birth to his twins
- Befriends Charles Xavier
- He and Charles break up
- Creates Super Villain group
- Creates many versions of Astroid M
- Ruins lives
- Comes to power and loses it