Weather Wizard

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Weather Wizard
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Weather Wizard. Art by Scott Kolins and Doug Hazlewood
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Flash #110 (December 1959)
Created by John Broome
Carmine Infantino
In-story information
Alter ego Mark Mardon
Clyde Mardon
Team affiliations Secret Society of Super Villains
Rogues
Abilities Weather manipulation
Limited magnetic manipulation
New 52:
Use of weather wand

Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon) is a fictional DC Comics supervillain, normally portrayed as an enemy of The Flash. The Weather Wizard first appeared in Flash #110 (December 1959-January 1960).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Escaping a prison transport by leaping from the window, Mark Mardon fled to his brother's house only to find him dead. Mardon's brother, Clyde, a scientist, had just discovered a way to control the weather before dying of a heart attack (although recent evidence implies that Mardon murdered his brother and either lied about or blocked out the memory of finding his body[1]). Mardon took Clyde's notes and used them to make a wand to generate weather and embarked on a criminal career as The Weather Wizard, sometimes using his powers on a small scale (such as zapping someone with lightning) and sometimes a larger scale (imprisoning a town in winter), almost always facing defeat by The Flash (Barry Allen). In his first appearance he tried to get revenge on the policemen who imprisoned him, allowing the Flash to predict his target and defeat him.

After Barry Allen's death during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Weather Wizard went into semi-retirement for a while, until, during Underworld Unleashed, he teamed up with other Rogues which included Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Captain Boomerang, and Mirror Master, as part of a ploy for greater power. Ultimately, it ended with their deaths and the release of the demon Neron. They were later resurrected as soulless demons, by Neron to use against Barry Allen's successor Wally West, who manipulated Neron to return the Rogues' souls. The Weather Wizard and the others, save Heat Wave, returned to a life of crime.

Weather Wizard joined up with Blacksmith and her rogues. Through her, he learns he has a son from a one night stand with Keystone City police officer Julie Jackham. Their son, Josh, had exhibited internalized weather-controlling abilities and Mardon wanted to have the same ability without the use of his wand. He tried to kidnap Josh from Wally's wife, Linda and dissect him to understand out how his son gained that ability, but hesitated to harm the child when he noticed that the child had "my eyes...my brother's eyes." He was stopped by Flash and sent to Iron Heights, but escaped. After Blacksmith's group disbanded, the Weather Wizard, along with Mirror Master and Trickster, joined up with Captain Cold, who declared himself the leader of the Rogues. Mardon was also the representative of the rogues for the Secret Society of Super Villains.

One Year Later[edit]

One Year Later, he and several other Rogues are approached by Inertia with a plan to kill the Flash (then Bart Allen). Inertia destroyed Weather Wizard's wand and used 30th century psychological therapies to remove the mental blocks which prevented him from using his powers without it. Though Inertia is eventually defeated, the other Rogues beat Bart to death, Weather Wizard using his control over lightning to electrocute him. After Allen's identity was revealed, Mardon was surprised and horrified to discover that the Rogues had "killed a kid".[2]

Salvation Run[edit]

Weather Wizard is one of the exiled villains featured in Salvation Run along with his fellow Rogues: Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, and Abra Kadabra.

Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge[edit]

He was seen as the member of Rogues who joined the Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains. In "Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge" series, however, Weather Wizard and the rest of the Rogues reject Libra's offer, wanting to stay out of the game (Captain Cold even berates Mirror Master for working with scum like Dr. Light). Before they can retire, they hear of Inertia escaping and decide to stick around long enough to get revenge for being used.[3] In retalliation, Libra kidnaps Josh and tries to get Mardon to join the Society, threatening to kill the boy if he does not. To which Mardon responds "If I killed my brother, Libra, if I electrocuted the only person who ever cared about me, what makes you think I care anything about that child?" Libra then taunts Mardon to prove him wrong. Mardon is hesitant to make a move when Inertia kills the boy himself, and Mardon joins his fellow Rogues in defeating and killing Inertia.[4]

The Flash (Vol. 3)[edit]

Weather Wizard and The Rogues visit Sam Scudder's old hideout and unveil a giant mirror with the words In Case of Flash: Break Glass written on it.[5] Afterward, Mardon is still on the run with The Rogues.[6]

The New 52[edit]

In this timeline of The New 52, while Weather Wizard's past with Barry Allen remains almost unchanged, his origins are slightly different. Now called Marco Mardon he and his brother, Claudio, are Latino and the heads of a Mafia family. After their father's death Marco runs away, eventually becoming the Weather Wizard, but is called back after Claudio's murder. The Flash, looking for Patty Spivot who had been kidnapped, later attacks and submits Mardon forcing Elsa, his brother's widow, to reveal she as the kidnapper and also Claudio's killer. This revelation drives Marco to the edge, making him attempt a suicide-murder by calling lightning to strike himself and Elsa; however, he survives and is approached by the Golden Glider for an unknown plot.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Weather Wizard originally wielded a wand that enabled him to control weather patterns. Weather Wizard has used it to produce blizzards, summon lightning bolts, fly using air currents, produce fog and generate winds. Essentially Weather Wizard can produce any type of weather pattern imaginable, as well as other phenomenon such as tornadoes. Recently Inertia destroyed his wand, using 30th Century psychological therapies to remove Weather Wizard's mental blocks. He can now control the weather without his wand. Weather Wizard has also shown limited control over magnetism.

In The New 52 reality, Marddon returns to using his wand, but reveals that the device drove him crazy.

Other versions[edit]

Earth-33[edit]

A version of Weather Wizard exists on Earth-33, a world of magicians.[8]

Flashpoint[edit]

In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Weather Wizard was imprisoned in Iron Heights. Weather Wizard is then confronted by Mirror Master, who assembles the Rogues.[9] Weather Wizard then escaped from Iron Heights and pursued revenge against Citizen Cold for murdering his brother, Clyde.[10] Citizen Cold killed Weather Wizard revealing that his brother, Clyde hired Citizen Cold to kill him, but Citizen Cold also tells him that to do it for free.[11]

Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew[edit]

The 1980s series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew presented the parallel Earth of "Earth-C-Minus," a world populated by funny animal superheroes that paralleled the mainstream DC Universe. Earth-C-Minus features the villainous "Weather Weasel," a weasel counterpart of the Weather Wizard, who battles his nemesis, the hero known as the Crash.[12]

25th Century Weather Wizard[edit]

A futuristic version Weather Warlock is a heroic Weather Wizard as part of the 25th Century cops known as The Renegades from Professor Zoom's future.[13]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Live-action[edit]

  • Chad Rook portrays Clyde Mardon on the pilot episode of The CW's The Flash.[14] Mardon who, with his brother Mark, are bank robbers that are caught in a plane crash when the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explodes. It is unknown what happens to Mark, but Clyde survives, and discovers the energy from the explosion has given him the ability to create and control the weather. After rampaging throughout the city with his new powers, he is stopped by Barry Allen during his debut as The Flash, and is shot by Allen's foster father, Detective Joe West.

Animated[edit]

  • Weather Wizard was introduced in Superman: The Animated Series episode titled "Speed Demons" voiced by Miguel Ferrer (and resembles him). He is a former extortionist from Central City who tracks Superman and the Flash's coordinates as they competed for the title of 'fastest man alive'. Also in that episode, Mark's brother (here called Ben) was not dead and Mark siphoned the energy off Superman and Flash through the monitoring arm bands, which he gave to them with the intention of using their race to generate the necessary energy to work his weather-manipulating machinery. With Ben's help, Superman and The Flash defeated him.
  • Weather Wizard appeared in Justice League voiced by Corey Burton. Weather Wizard was a member of the Superman Revenge Squad. During battle, Wonder Woman deflected a lightning bolt back at Weather Wizard with her metal bracelets (Flash pointing out that there was a large number of reasons why it shouldn't have worked). He gave cover to Kalibak by conjuring a tornado. Batman managed to disarm Weather Wizard and knock him out.
  • Corey Burton reprised his role as Weather Wizard in Justice League Unlimited. Weather Wizard appears as a member of Gorilla Grodd's Secret Society. He was also seen as a background character and a display in the episode "Flash and Substance". Later on, Weather Wizard sides with Grodd in the mutiny against Luthor. He is frozen by a turncoat Killer Frost; none of the frozen villains are seen escaping prior to Darkseid blowing up the Secret Society's station.
  • Weather Wizard is featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. He makes a cameo in the episode "Night of the Huntress!" where Calculator informs him that Flash will be out of Keystone City for a few days allowing him to commit his crime there. In "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!", he assists Captain Cold and Heat Wave in a crime spree. He is also seen in the opening for "Triumvirate of Terror", where he is on the baseball team of the Legion of Doom.

Video games[edit]

Parodies[edit]

  • Weather Wizard appears in the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise voiced by Matthew Senreich. He is seen with the Legion of Doom when they head to Spring Break so that Lex Luthor can look for Lena Luthor. When Joker comments about the beautiful weather, Weather Wizard quotes "You're welcome." As Weather Wizard walks away, Joker asks if Weather Wizard is going to keep making that joke every day.

Miscellaneous[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #2
  2. ^ All Flash #1
  3. ^ Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #1
  4. ^ Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #3
  5. ^ Flash Secret Files and Origins (2010)
  6. ^ The Flash (vol. 3) #1 (April 2010)
  7. ^ The Flash (vol. 4) #10 (June 2012)
  8. ^ Countdown to Adventure #3
  9. ^ Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 (June 2011)
  10. ^ Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2 (July 2011)
  11. ^ Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #3 (August 2011)
  12. ^ Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #14, April 1983
  13. ^ The Flash (vol. 3) #1 (April 2010)
  14. ^ Starnes, Joshua (2014-07-27). "Comic-Con: Recap of DC Entertainment Night Featuring Arrow, The Flash and Constantine". Superhero Hype. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  15. ^ Justice League Unlimited #38

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