Elhias Starr the original Egghead
|First appearance||Tales to Astonish #38 (Dec 1962)|
|Created by||Stan Lee
|Alter ego||Elihas Starr|
|Team affiliations||Emissaries of Evil
Masters of Evil
|Notable aliases||Carl Stricker|
Egghead is the name of two fictional Marvel Comics villains. The original first appeared in Tales to Astonish #38. He is also the arch-nemesis of super-hero Henry Pym. The second first appeared in Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1.
Fictional character biography
Elihas Starr was born in Queens, New York. A gifted government research atomic scientist, Starr was dismissed for espionage and resolved to use his intellect as a criminal mastermind. He was dealt a humiliating initial defeat by Ant-Man (Hank Pym) when he tried to create a device to take control of ants, although Ant-Man tricked him into thinking the ants obeyed him before capturing Egghead, whom he was sent to battle on behalf of underworld figures. He had captured the Wasp to try luring Hank into a trap involving several creatures like an anteater, but this failed. Egghead divided his remaining years between attempted world conquest and seeking revenge on Pym, often hiding out in the Bowery section of Manhattan in between.
Egghead allied with the Mad Thinker and the Puppet Master in a plot to use a laser satellite to blackmail the United States government. He caused the death of Barney Barton, brother of Hawkeye, who was aiding the Avengers, hired the Swordsman to kidnap Henry Pym, and battled Clint Barton who had recently adopted Pym's previous identity of Goliath.
Egghead later kidnapped his niece, Trish Starr, in order to test a device which allowed him to steal other people's intelligence, and wound up battling Henry Pym, as Ant-Man again. He would later cause her car to explode, causing her to lose an arm. He then formed the Emissaries of Evil in an attempt to gain possession of the mystic artifact the Eye of Capistan. This team consisted of the Rhino, Cobalt Man, and Solarr. Egghead and the Emissaries battled the Defenders. Egghead also fought Spider-Man on different occasions.
Egghead was obsessed with Hank Pym, and engineered his disgrace. Egghead approached Pym, who was operating as Yellowjacket at the time, with a prosthetic arm that he wished to give to Trish in order make amends for his previous deeds. After the arm was installed, Egghead informed Pym that the arm contained a bomb that would be detonated unless Pym complied with Egghead's commands. Egghead had Pym attempt to rob a national treasury of adamantium, and Pym was caught and arrested by the Avengers. With Pym apparently out of the way, Egghead then formed the third Masters of Evil as part of a plot against the Avengers.
Egghead then sent his Masters of Evil to kidnap Pym from his trial, making it appear as if Pym himself had staged his rescue. The attempt was successful, and Egghead instructed Pym to construct an anti-aging device. Subsequently, Pym goaded Egghead into letting him test the machine himself. However, the device turned out to be a weapon system, and he single-handedly defeated the assembled Masters. The Avengers arrived too late to be of assistance, but Hawkeye arrived at the laboratory in time to see the defeated Egghead about to shoot Hank in the back out of spite with his energy blaster. Hawkeye shot an arrow into Egghead's gun barrel. The gun misfired, causing an accidental explosion of the energy pistol which killed Egghead, ironically and inadvertently avenging the death of Hawkeye's brother by Egghead's hands years ago.
A new Egghead appears as a member of the new Young Avengers. This version is a robot. Although his original programming was "to respect all human life," a female neo-Nazi named Big Zero (who seems to have a relationship with this Egghead) has reprogrammed him to hate several minorities.
Powers and abilities
Although he had no superhuman powers of his own, Egghead's incredible genius intellect made him a formidable foe. He was particularly skilled in the fields of robotics and engineering, and could absorb new ideas and knowledge at a seemingly superhuman rate. He had a degree in atomic science, and extensive knowledge in a wide variety of scientific and technological disciplines. Starr designed a wide variety of sophisticated weapons and technological paraphernalia.
As of Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1, Egghead II's powers have not been fully revealed. He has so far demonstrated the ability to fly and the power to phase his hand through a person's skull.
In other media
- Egghead appeared in The Avengers: United They Stand episode titled "Egg-Stream Vengeance" voiced by Robert Latimer. Disguised as a long-legged clown at a Thanksgiving Day Parade, Egghead tampered with Hank Pym's "Pym Particles" by blowing special bubbles at him while he was fighting a brought to life dinosaur float. When he arrives at Avengers Mansion with the press, he used a countermeasure to restore Ant-Man to his rightful height but later caused him to shrink. While Wasp stays behind to watch over Ant-Man, the other Avengers went out to hunt Egghead. After Scarlet Witch deactivated the security system around Egghead's house, the other Avengers managed to apprehend Egghead and bring him to Avengers Mansion. When Ant-Man was cured by Wasp, he sprayed Egghead with his own serum with half-life Pym Particles that will leave him small for a few hours. Hawkeye manages to trap Egghead in a jar and give him to the arriving police officers as Scarlet Witch gives them Egghead's recorded confession.
- Egghead appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "This Forest Green" voiced by Wayne Knight. After MODOK and Abomination botched up the recent Infinity Fractal retrieval, Doctor Doom assigns Egghead to help them get into the Helicarrier in Egghead's shrinking pod. In the episode "Election of Evil", Egghead runs in the election against the Mayor of Super Hero City and wins using a mind-control device hidden in his tie. He then sets up rules that end up causing problems for the superheroes. Doctor Doom tells Egghead to work on the bills that will unlock the gate to Villainville only to be defeated by Wolverine. In the episode "Too Many Wolverines", Egghead has been using Doctor Doom's abandoned base to make clones of Wolverine and sending them into the city. He tried to abduct Reptil and Firestar's science teacher Professor Wyndham (who was also an expert on DNA) only to be thwarted in this attempt by Reptil and Firestar. Upon being joined by Wolverine, Reptil and Firestar find Egghead's hideout and fight the mutated clones of Wolverine that Egghead unleashes on them. After Reptil and Firestar hit a button that destroys the Wolverine clones, they help Wolverine apprehend Egghead.
- Tales to Astonish #38
- Sanderson, Peter (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. New York City: Pocket Books. p. 18. ISBN 1-4165-3141-6.
- Avengers #63
- Avengers #64
- Avengers #65
- Marvel Feature #5
- Giant Size Defenders #4
- Defenders #42-43
- Avengers #217
- Avengers #222
- Avengers #228-229
- Deadpool Vol. 3 #0
- Fall of the Hulks: Alpha
- Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1
- Dark Reign: Young Avengers[volume & issue needed]
- Vengeance #6
- "Comics Continuum". Comics Continuum. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- Egghead at Marvel.com
- AlphaFlight.Net Alphanex Entry on - Egghead
- Egghead at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Egghead at the Marvel Database Project