In: Characters
 Posted: 2001
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Sometimes appears multiply




5' 11"


195 lbs


Expert in holographic technology.


Holograph generating suit.


Create false optical versions of himself in various locations. Can cause his original self to be invisible, and can cause himself to appear in various outfits, similar to the Chameleon's power.

Strength Level:

Normal for age and size


Mirage used a handgun as his only offensive weapon.



Created By:

Len Wein, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito

Current Occupation:


Dual Identity:

Known To Police


College Education

Former Bases:

New York

Former Groups:

His own gang

Former Occupation:

Holographic Technician, Criminal

Known Allies:

His own gang

Legal Status:

Deceased (Held Criminal Record)

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man, Captain America, The Thing

Marital Status:


Place of Birth:


Real Name:

Desmond Charne


Mirage, or rather, his alter-ego Desmond Charne always wanted to be a super-villain. To this end, he studied electronics, specifically optics and laser technology - in order to create the suit he would use for his crimes.

His ultimate aim was to develop a mechanism of commiting crimes which would allow him to challenge and defeat Spider-Man - an event which occured all to quickly. His first battle, and his first defeat, was at the hands of his ideal opponent.

Desmond started his career by embarking on a series of bold daylight robberies. His targets were weddings, and society events. In one such raid, he targeted the six weddings which were being held in New York's "Morgan's of Malverne" hotel. One of those weddings was that of Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant to Investigative Reporter Ned Leeds. One of the guests was, of course, the photographer Peter Parker, and the the story unfolded as per Amazing Spider-Man #156.

Mirage and his men were defeated and captured by the police. He subsequently fought The Thing, and was again defeated and captured. Finally, his ignomious career came to an end when he was one of the many villains who were killed by "The Scourge", as detailed in Captain America 319.

There is one coda to the story. Captain America borrowed Mirage's costume, in a successful attempt to make The Scourge believe that one of his victims had escaped. This trick enabled Cap to meet, and eventually defeat Scourge.

Of course, the Mirage name was subsequently adopted by the lovely Danielle Moonstar, of the New Mutants - but that's another profile altogether.

”Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy”

Years later, he was cloned by the Jackal (Ben Reilly), who was using Spider-Man’s guilt over past deaths to control him. Reilly promised that the criminals had taken therapy from Ashley Kafka and were no longer a danger. Reilly also said he could clone Uncle Ben, which Peter refused. Jackal then told the criminal clones to kill him.


Cover Date Appearance Information
May 1976 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #156
  Origin and first appearance.
Feb 1983 App: Marvel Two-In-One #96
Jul 1986 App: Captain America (Vol. 1) #319

Thanks To

 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.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2001
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)