The Headmen are a group of criminal masterminds, each
of whom has undergone an experiment or accident that gave
him or her a radically abnormal physical appearance, who
have banded together for mutual gain.
Each member of the Headmen believes that his or her intellectual
talents qualify him or her to rule the world, but that
those talents have been scorned by society at large. Hence,
Dr. Arthur Nagan organized the Headmen, so that, combining
their abilities, they could take control of the planet
through peaceful means, entailing secret political and
Besides Nagan ("Gorilla-Man"), the members
of the Headmen are Dr. Jerold "Jerry" Morgan
("Shrunken Bones"), a biologist, Harvey Schlemerman,
alias Chondu the Mystic, a minor practitioner of the mystic
arts, and scientist Thursday Rubinstein, alias Ruby Thursday.
Of the four, only Chondu had a normal human appearance
when he first joined the Headmen.
Seeking to exploit the superhuman abilities of the group
of adventurers called the Defenders,
Nagan transplanted Chondu's brain into the body of Defender
Kyle Richmond, alias Nighthawk. Richmond later regained
his own brain through surgery performed by Dr. Tanya Belinskaya,
while Chondu was given a new, inhuman body by his fellow
First Collective Appearance: DEFENDERS #21.