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Information-silkReal NameUnknown
Information-silkCurrent AliasMerlin
Information-silkAliasesMad Merlin, Warlock, Maha Yogi, Merlin Demonspawn
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipNordheimr Vanir
Information-silkOccupationWould-be conqueror, (former) professional criminal, mentalist, chairman of the board of Merlin Industries
Information-silkHeight6' 2"
Information-silkWeight245 lbs (111 kg)
Information-silkOriginMutation induced by the Caretakers of Arcturus, immortality due to possession of a fragment of the Bloodstone. Has also been named as a human mutant at times.
Information-silkPlace of BirthAn unrevealed location in central Europe of 10,000 years ago
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Joe Sinnott
First Appearance
Journey into Mystery #96
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Distant Past

Towards the end of the Hyborian Age, civilizations broke apart and great migrations took place. The Cimmerians (ancestors of the Gaels) and the Nordheimr (a people who resided in what now is Scandinavia, and even worshiped earlier incarnations of the Asgardian gods, as well as Ymir and his daughter) migrated to the Vilayet Sea (later the Caspian Sea). Those people who settled there in time became the Aryans.

Also during this time many extraterrestrials came to Earth. Among these were the Caretakers of Arcturus. The Caretakers created the first werewolf and also mutated humans to create special specimens. One human that they mutated rebelled against them. Later, he witnessed as another alien, Ullux'yl Kwan Tae Syn, battled a Vanir tribesman (Ulysses Bloodstone). This battled shattered the magical Bloodgem, which broke into fragments granting the wearer immortality. Taking one of these fragments, the man who would become known as Maha Yogi gained elongated life.

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Mad Merlin

"Maha Yogi" later traveled to Egypt to see the erection of the pyramid, stood by unfazed as Julius Caesar died, and most notoriously, impersonated Merlin when latter went with the Black Knight to face Morgan Le Fay in the Fifth Century A.D. He was attacked by Kang during this time. "Maha Yogi" then demanded that a young sorcerer named Modred serve him as an apprentice, an act with dire consequences for Modred, who foolishly sought the Darkhold against Maha Yogi, whose odd behavior did not go unnoticed. Modred was placed in suspended animation due to his abuse of the Darkhold, while Maha Yogi placed elementals at Stonehenge to retrieve him when he awoke. In time, the Eternal Sersi and the returning true Merlin defeated Maha Yogi, placing him in suspended animation.

Modern Times

Over a thousand years later, Maha Yogi's crypt was discovered in England, mistakenly believed to be the tomb of the one true Merlin. Maha Yogi came out of suspended animation and tried to take over the world. His plans were halted by Thor, who convinced him to return to his crypt, where he went back to his sleep[1]. As it turned out, however, Maha Yogi had only pretended to go back to sleep. He returned again, now calling himself Warlock, taking mental control of Marvel Girl and removing Professor X's psy-powers. He was defeated by the X-Men.[2] He then reappeared as a successful stage mentalist, the Maha Yogi, only to be defeated by the Beast and Iceman, and apparently sent to jail.[3] He has since clashed with the Hulk and Dr Druid[4] amongst others.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


Maha Yogi is virtually immortal, and has a physically malleable body.

Superhuman Mental Powers: Ability to cast illusions, control other's minds, project psionic force-bolts, create force fields, levitate, and teleportation.

Power Grid [5]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Teleporter


The Maha Yogi's psionic powers have a limited range.



Possesses a fragment of the Bloodstone which grants him immortality.

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