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Encyclopedia > Madman (Marvel Comics)
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance (as Phil Sterns) Incredible Hulk #363 (December 1989)
(as Madman) Incredible Hulk #364 (mid-December 1989)
Created by Peter David (script)
Jeff Purves (pencils)
Alter ego Phillip Sterns
character of
The Leader
Abilities Super-human strength and endurance

Madman is a fictional supervillain from the Marvel Comics universe. He is one of the Hulk's enemies. Madman's real name is Philip Sterns, and is the brother of Samuel Sterns, a.k.a. The Leader. He first appeared as Philip Sterns in Incredible Hulk #363 (December 1989), and as Madman in Incredible Hulk #364. Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ... The Leader (Samuel Sterns) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics supervillain and the archenemy of the Hulk. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The Incredible Hulk in popular media, see Hulk. ... The Leader (Samuel Sterns) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics supervillain and the archenemy of the Hulk. ... The Leader (Samuel Sterns) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics supervillain and the archenemy of the Hulk. ...

Fictional character biography

A former schoolmate of Bruce Banner, Sterns develops a deranged love/obsession with Banner's "career" as the Hulk. Sterns subjects himself to all manner of weird experiments involving gamma-radiation so as to emulate his "hero". This results in Sterns become a shapeshifting grotesque possessed of super strength.

Calling himself Madman, Sterns hatches a plot to kill the Hulk, poisoning him and putting him in conflict with various members of his rogues gallery, most notably the Abomination. The Leader, Madman's brother, comes to the Hulk's aid and helps him track down Madman and cure the poisoning. He explains that Madman "scares him". During the ensuing battle, Madman suffers a psychological breakdown, and appears to die. Look up abomination in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

In Incredible Hulk #407-409, Madman recruits the creature called Piecemeal and uses him to ambush the Hulk in Europe. Madman once again voices his "love" for Banner during the battle. Both villains appear to die in the resulting combat.

Powers and abilities

Like the Hulk, Madman has superhuman strength. Unlike the Hulk, Madman is unable to become stronger as he becomes angrier, but he is capable of creating great boosts in his size, density and power, making him greatly exceed the Hulk's calm state for very brief periods of time. Allegedly being able to lift at least 200 tons in this mode, and once knocked out the merged Hulk with a single punch to the head, by taking the latter by surprise.

Other media

In The Hulk video game, Madman appears as one of the major bosses. He works with his brother, The Leader, to create a world ruled by gamma creatures. Madman first appears kidnapping Betty Ross, and putting her in a gamma chanber. The Hulk comes to rescue Betty and batttle him. He returns near the end of the game, in the Leader's base, and teams up with Halflife to kill Bruce Banner. However, Banner turns into the Hulk, and battles the duo. Madman flees in the middle of the boss fight, leaving Halflife at the mercy of the Hulk. When the base is collapsing, he tries to battle the Hulk one more time. He is killed in the final fight, after the Leader's base was destroyed, and he was left behind. Hulk is one of the video games. ... Categories: Hulk supporting characters | Comics stubs ... There are two fictional characters in the Marvel Universe that are named Halflife with two distinct origins. ...

He was voiced by Paul Dobson. Paul Dobson, of the brothers Dobson(himself, Michael, and Brian), is an accomplished Canadian voice actor, one of the many who work with Ocean Group, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...

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