Characters Appearing: Master Man
Marvel Comics Presents #123 (Master Man)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #123 (Master Man story only)
Actually, the story is from the perspective of a nurse at a hospital in Berlin where Master Man has been treated since he lost his powers and was caught in a fire in Namor #12. Until now, the Master Man had not been identified, but the nurse has suddenly had a vision causing her to see Master Man's delusional memories.
This scene seems to imply that Master Man feels guilty about being a Nazi, and it ends with him seemingly dying.
It might have been a good idea to retire the Master Man at this point, but he will return in a story in Cable that ignores this completely. In fact, the Marvel Chronology Project put a question mark next to Master Man's appearance in this issue, which is the only time i've ever seen them do that.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: When Master Man next appears in Cable, a flashback will show that he survived the fire by being thrown into Berlin's sewers. "What little of the super-soldier serum that remained in my body kept me alive. However, my true age soon became apparent." Master Man is an old man in his next appearance. But it's possible that after being thrown into the sewers he was found and put in the hospital for a while. Maybe his seeming death was when the remnants of the super-soldier serum burnt out, and after he was brought to the morgue he woke up (and started aging). The good news is that the Cable story shows Master Man still feeling guilty and ashamed, which broadly fits with the resolution here.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Why the silly font? It's so difficult to read.
Posted by: JSfan | April 6, 2017 9:23 AM
Maybe his seeming death was when the remnants of the super-soldier serum burnt out, and after he was brought to the morgue he woke up (and started aging).
fnord, when I read the issues of Cable where Master Man appeared, I had this image in my head of him clawing his way out of an unmarked grave following the events of this MCP story. So, yes, I agree it's awkward but not impossible to reconcile these two stories.
One way or another, after this story what little was left of the derivative Super Soldier Serum in Wilhelm Lohmer's body must have somehow revived him from a death-like state, but when he emerged he was now an elderly, non-powered man. If he was vague or contradictory about the details in explaining his survival to Cable, it would be because the trauma and horror of nearly dying affected his memories.
Posted by: Ben Herman | April 6, 2017 1:06 PM
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