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Frank Dean is a Majesdanian criminal posing as a human actor, the father of Karolina Dean, husband of Leslie Dean, and a founding member of The Pride.


Quote1 Intriguing. But what's in it for us...other than the usual entertainment value of wasting Earthlings, of course? Quote2
-- Frank Dean src
 

Origin

The Majesdanian known as Frank Dean was exiled from his homeworld, along with his wife, because of their criminal activity.[3] After their conviction, the couple came to Earth,[3] adopted human names and identities,[4] and began working as actors in Hollywood.[5][1]

Leslie Dean (Earth-616) and Frank Dean (Earth-616) from Runaways Vol 1 13 001

Frank and Leslie Dean being summoned by the Gibborim

The Pride

While working on as actors on the daytime soap opera General Hospital, Frank and Leslie were summoned by the Gibborim to be the "The Colonists" in the Pride with promises of power, wealth, and eternal life.[1][2]

Three years after the formation of the Pride, Janet Stein became pregnant and the other Pride members decided to conceive children and pass the Gibborim's reward of eternal life to their children.[1]

Leslie Dean (Earth-616) and Frank Dean (Earth-616) battling Namor McKenzie (Earth-616) from Iron Man Legacy Vol 1 10 001

Frank and Leslie Dean battling Namor the Submariner

As members of the Pride, the Deans assisted in ruling the Los Angeles underworld, sacrificing to the Gibborim, protecting their turf, and disposing of threats to their power for a quarter of a century.[6][1][7][8]

The Deans were often tasked with managing extraterrestrial matters.[9][10][2] Fifteen years before their deaths, the Deans prevented a Skrull invasion of Earth led by Prince De'zean. In exchange for sparing Earth, the Dean provided the Skrulls with the coordinates to Majesdane. To seal the pact, the Dean offered their only daughter's hand in marriage, believing that the Skrulls would never be able to collect. With the information about Majesdane, the Skrulls began a fifteen-year-long war that resulted in the destruction of Majesdane.[3][11][12]

Alice Hayes (Earth-616), Gene Hayes (Earth-616), Frank Dean (Earth-616), and Leslie Dean (Earth-616) from Runaways Vol 1 14 001

The Hayes' and Deans conspiring together

Eighteen months before their deaths, Frank and Leslie began to conspire with Gene and Alice Hayes to betray and murder the other Pride members. As mutants and aliens, they had a shared disdain for humans.[13][14] It was the discovery of this plot that led Alex Wilder to begin scheming to save his parents and the Minoru family that eventually led to his death and the deaths of the Pride.[15]

Frank and Leslie died in the Marine Vivarium with the other members of the Pride during the failed Rite of Thunder.[14]

Posthumous

After their deaths, Karolina met Prince Xavin, who revealed her parents' scheming with the Skrulls. Karolina chose to wed Xavin in hopes of ending the war her parents start.[3] Unfortunately, a small disagreement at Karolina's wedding quickly escalated and resulted in the complete destruction of Majesdane.[11][12] Because of the destruction of Majesdane, the Light Brigade came to Earth seeking vengeance on Karolina for her parents' war crimes.[16]

After their deaths, a former Pride associate, Marcus Roston, began selling an addictive street drug called Heat Pills to the elites of Hollywood. Heat Pills were synthesized using Majesdanian blood samples from Frank and Leslie Dean. Daken, the son of Wolverine, became addicted to Heat Pills when he came to L.A. planning to fill the power vacuum left by the absence of the Pride.[17][18]

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  • Frank and Leslie are vegan.[6][21]
  • Frank and Leslie are familar with the Shi'ar Empire.[2]
  • Frank was a fan of the actor James Dean, and this is likely why her parents chose the surname "Dean" after arriving on Earth.[4]
  • Frank was a fan of the Beatles and shared this music with his daughter.[22]

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