- Soon... all of mankind shall be sightless... unable to stop the Mole Man from conquering the entire planet!
- -- Mole Man src
Harvey Elder's bizarre physical appearance caused him to be shunned and ridiculed since childhood. Believing that total loneliness would be better than the cruelty shown to him by other people, the Mole Man decided to exile himself from humanity. He began searching for the legendary land at the center of the Earth.
Finally, when he was about to abandon hope, his skiff washed ashore on a deserted island, which he named Monster Isle. There, the Mole Man discovered a cavern leading deep underground. His enthusiastic shouts triggered an avalanche, which he survived, but at the cost of most of his eyesight.
Nevertheless, the Mole Man made himself ruler of a wide empire in the underground realm he called Subterranea (Subterranea does not actually lie at the center of the Earth, but instead consists of a seemingly planet wide network of caverns lying miles beneath Earth's surface.) In this underground world he discovered a race of semi-humanoid creatures called subterraneans. The Mole Man controlled the race known as the Moloids, which were distinguished from other Subterranean races by their pale yellow skin color. The Mole Man also found and mastered highly advanced technological devices which had been created and abandoned by the race of Deviants. Furthermore, the Mole Man discovered and learned to control a large number of non-humanoid monsters, which either may have been descendants of beings created through genetic manipulation by the Deviants, or may have been uncivilized, in some cases nearly mindless, highly mutated Deviants themselves. The Mole Man also developed a natural "radar sense" that enabled him to sense things in the subterranean darkness.
The Mole Man first intended to take his revenge on the surface world's population by destroying Earth's power plants and unleashing his monsters. He was thwarted by the Fantastic Four on their first mission after gaining their superhuman powers. The Mole Man next attempted to trigger a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, intending to rule what remained of Earth's population with ray devices, and then have his Subterranean armies conquer the planet, only to be thwarted by the Fantastic Four again. He next took Invisible Girl hostage by drawing a whole New York city block to Subterrania, but was foiled again by the combined forces of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers when the Human Torch started a chain reaction in Mole Man's equipment.
He then created an atomic gyroscope with which he could increase the speed of the Earth's rotation, planning to destroy all life on the surface. Even though he was aided in this scheme by the Red Ghost, he was foiled once more by the Avengers. A next plot to trap the Avengers in their new line-up in a battle against a Minotaur also failed.
Apart from attempting to conquer the surface world, the Mole Man also repeatedly tried make himself sole master of Subterranea. His greatest rival was Tyrannus, another man from the surface world. Both the Hulk and the X-Men served as pawns in the wars between the Mole Man and Tyrannus. Eventually, the Mole Man captured Tyrannus and used drugs to turn him into a mindless slave.
The Mole Man formed an alliance with Kala, queen of the Netherworlders, descendants of surface Atlanteans who now live underground. The Mole Man fell in love with the beautiful Kala, and together they conspired to destroy the surface world's civilizations with magma from deep underground. However, Kala betrayed the Mole Man by releasing Tyrannus from his control, and the two new allies made the Mole Man their prisoner. Tyrannus, intending to rule alone, turned against Kala, but soon was nearly killed in an explosion. Kala and the heartbroken Mole Man parted, each to rule his or her own kingdom.
The Mole Man's lust for vengeance on the surface world eventually receded. He gathered many physically deformed or ugly people from the surface world who had been spurned as he had, and created a peaceful utopia for them in his underground kingdom. He endowed some of them, known as the Outcasts, with superhuman powers.
Later, underground drilling that was part of billionaire Alden Maas's Project Worldcore unleashed magma in the Mole Man's realm, killing many of the people and Subterraneans living there. Believing his dreams of utopia ruined, the Mole Man once again become a dangerously embittered man.
The Mole Man's forces clashed with Kala's on the surface world, and during the battle, Kala lost her protection against the air's effects and swiftly became an elderly woman. Still in love with her, the Mole Man offered the distraught queen companionship, and she accepted. It is not known whether Kala is still living with the Mole Man.
When Terminus began infecting the minds of the Moloids of Subterranea, the Mole Man, the Silver Surfer, and the Fantastic Four worked together to stop this plot and cleanse the Moloids of the infection.
Distraught over the destruction of his subterranean kingdom, the Mole Man once again declared war on the surface world. When the battle with the Mighty Avengers subsided, the Mole Man learned that it was Ultron, not the surface world who was responsible for the destruction. Mole Man's monsters were no match for Ultron, who began killing them.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Radar Sense: The Mole Man possesses heightened senses that have developed naturally to compensate for his poor vision. Primary among these is his "Radar Sense", which may be similar to Daredevil's, although it is not as acute. The Mole Man's brain has several regions which are able to consciously sense that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that his brain constantly generates. The signals emanate from the "sending regions", bounce off objects around him, and return to the "receiving regions" of both hemispheres. In this way, he synthesizes a very close analogue of third-dimensional human sight, which supplements his own weak natural vision. Indeed, the combination of the Mole Man's sight and his radar sense makes his awareness of what is around him somewhat superior to the average human's. He can use his radar sense to detect the presence of objects behind him, or in total blackness.
- Scientific Genius: The Mole Man is a scientific genius, who has mastered the principles underlying the Deviant technology that he discovered in Subterranea and has even made radical improvements upon much of it.
- Fighting Skill: The Mole Man has developed a means of fighting with using his staffs that resembles the martial art of kendo.
- Abnormal Sensitivity (Light): Although the Mole Man has adequate vision in dark places, he is blinded by normal light.
- Visor: The Mole Man wears a protective visor that reduces the intensity of normal lighting to comfortable levels.
- * Staves: His stave appears to be an aid to the visually impaired Elder. However, he is quite skilled in their use as a weapon. On occasion, he has used a stave that launches a concussive blast.
- 161 Appearances of Harvey Elder (Earth-616)
- 13 Images featuring Harvey Elder (Earth-616)
- 6 Quotations by or about Harvey Elder (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Harvey Elder (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Harvey Elder (Earth-616)
- Marvel Universe Vol 1, No. 4-7 September-December 1998; Harvey Elder (pre Mole Man); Featuring: The Monster Hunters
- Fantastic Four #1 (Nov 1961) - First Appearance
- Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #1 (Nov 1998) - Cameo Appearance
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- ↑ Fantastic Four #1
- ↑ Fantastic Four #22
- ↑ Fantastic Four #31
- ↑ Avengers #12
- ↑ Avengers #17
- ↑ Fantastic Four Annual #3
- ↑ Tales to Astonish #80-#81
- ↑ (Uncanny) X-Men 34
- ↑ Fantastic Four #127-#127
- ↑ Fantastic Four Annual #13
- ↑ Fantastic Four #263-#264
- ↑ Subterranean Wars
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol 3 #4
- ↑ Mighty Avengers #1-#6
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 7
- ↑ Power Man and Iron Fist #85
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