Schizoid Man

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Attributes
Eyes:

Brown

Features:

Body divided into normal and dark blue halves when manifested powers

Hair:

Brown

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

180 lbs

Powers
Abilities:

Field of study uncertain

Limitations:

Multiple Personality Disorder leads to erratic behavior. Creations dissolve if he is not actively concentrating on them.

Powers:

Levitate, Materialize solid objects out of psychic energy and control them

Strength Level:

Normal for age and size with minimal exercise.

Summary
Citizenship:

USA

Created By:

Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema, Chic Stone

Current Aliases:

the Other (Chip's parents' name for his hostile second personality)

Current Occupation:

Unrevealed, possibly still in treatment or living in a mental institution

Dual Identity:

Secret

Education:

Graduate Student at Empire State University

Former Bases:

Unknown

Former Occupation:

Graduate Student at Empire State University

Known Confidants:

Phillip Chang, Steve Hopkins, Marcy Kane, Peter Parker (fellow graduate students), Dean Morris Sloan (faculty advisor)

Known Relatives:

Robert (father, New York Senator) and Rebecca (mother) Martin

Legal Status:

Record as a patient in a mental institution, crimes likely resulted in "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity" verdict

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man

Marital Status:

Single

Place of Birth:

Riverhead Manor, Long Island, New York City, New York

Real Name:

Chip Martin

Usual Bases:

Manhattan and Long Island, New York

Background

When Chip Martin was born, the doctor warned his parents that the drugs they had used to ease his mother's delivery had entered his bloodstream. It is unclear whether these drugs mutated him to cause him to develop superhuman powers, or if they caused a chemical imbalance which resulted in his personality disorder. His parents blamed this event for all of his differences.

These differences first became apparent when, as an infant, Chip levitated his a toy while simultaneously materializing a hammer and smashing it. In his early years in school, simple criticism by a teacher would cause him to materialize snake-like creatures to terrify everyone present. His parents became aware that a second, more hostile personality would seem to possess Chip when he was stressed, and would utilize his powers. His parents consulted numerous doctors, initially trying to control the other personality through medication.

As he grew older, his other personality and emotional outbursts became more frequent and more violent. Chip finally made progress at a special school were psychiatric care enabled him to control his emotional states. Chip progressed into college, and continued his education as a graduate student at Empire State University. He met Peter Parker when Peter was starting grad school and taking a tour of the facility. Chip was teased by fellow student Steve Hopkins, who tossed a paper ball at him. This minor incident left Chip a nervous wreck, fearing that he nearly "lost control." Later, Chip stayed behind as other students fled for their lives, chased by a cloud of killer bees. These insects were led by Fritz von Meyer, who called himself Swarm. Chip felt a power welling up inside him as he watched the bees in terror, calling the feeling "glorious." (Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #36) He watched the campus security try and contain Swarm, felt the fear of people around him and tried to absorb it. (Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #37)

One night, at a costume party held by his parents, he encountered the living vampire Morbius, who had crashed the party in search of a victim. The stress of this encounter caused his other personality to surface and go on a rampage. Wearing the costume from the party, he dubbed himself the Schizoid Man and set out to gain revenge on all he felt had wronged him in his life. (Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #38)

Blaming his parents for attempting to imprison him, the Schizoid Man attacked him, a police squad, and a crowd of others present at Empire State University. At this time, Spider-Man was himself suffering from excessive hostility brought on by exposure to energy from an "Enervator" used to drain the energy from the Lizard and transferring it to the Iguana. (This happened in Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #32) After overcoming Chip's demon-like creations, Spider-Man savagely attacked him, beating him senseless, until Curt Connors, realizing the cause of Spider-Man's anger, managed to stop him. Chip was presumably taken away for psychiatric care. (Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #39)

Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Nov 1979 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #36
  First appearance of Chip
Jan 1980 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #38
  Manifests powers and identity
Feb 1980 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #39
  Rampages, defeated by Spider-Man

Thanks To

 This profile was completed with information used with permission from the Appendix of Marvel Universe website, mantained by Jeff Christiansen (Snood). If you want to find out about that odd-ball character you've only seen once, or even about that character you haven't ever seen, that's the site you're looking for. An impressive amount of obscure characters await you there!

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.