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Box (IV)

Real Name: Madison Jeffries
Occupation: Adventurer, machinesmith, former soldier and mechanic
Identity: Known to the Canadian government
Legal Status: Citizen of Canada with no known criminal record
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Unrevealed, but somewhere in Canada
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Lionel (brother, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Alpha Flight, former member of Beta and Gamma Flight
Base of Operations: Formerly Alpha Flight headquarters, Tamarind Island, British Columbia, Canada
First Appearance: ALPHA FLIGHT #10

History: Madison Jeffries and his brother Lionel were Canadians with psionic transmutative powers. Madison's powers enabled him to manipulate metal psionically whereas Lionel could psionically alter and manipulate organic substances. Madison hated his powers for making him different from other people, although they aided him in becoming a highly skilled mechanic and builder of machinery. Lionel, on the other hand, accepted his own powers and used them in his work as a noted surgeon.

Like many other Canadians, Lionel and Madison Jeffries enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Madison, who became a mechanic first class in the army, enlisted in an attempt to forget about his power, but Lionel, who became an army medic, hoped to use his powers to heel those injured in war.

The Jeffries brothers were serving in the same squad on a mission when most of the squad were killed in an explosion. The blast scattered the parts of the soldiers' corpses. Horrified, Lionel Jeffries desperately tried to use his powers to rejoin the pieces of the dead bodies and bring the soldiers back to life. But such a feat lay beyond the scope of his powers, and the frustrated Lionel's sanity snapped. Madison used his power to manipulate metal to create bonds to restrain his now insane brother. Lionel's sanity did not return, and he became the menace known as Scramble, the Mixed-Up Man. Eventually Madison had Scramble confined to a padded cell in Montreal General Hospital. To prevent Scramble from using his powers, he was placed in a special helmet and a straitjacket, fed intravenously, and denied any human contact.

But Madison Jeffries also had psychological problems and ended up in an institution called the Clinic for Socially Maladjusted Super-Beings. The doctors there tried to persuade Jeffries to overcome his feelings of alienation from the rest of humanity due to his powers. It was in this institution that Jeffries first met another patient in the clinic, inventor Roger Bochs, a paraplegic who blamed the world for the loss of his legs. Jeffries and Bochs became friends, and together resisted the doctors' efforts to help them resolve their psychological problems

James MacDonald Hudson, founder of Alpha Flight, learned of Madison Jeffries and Roger Bochs and persuaded them to join Gamma Flight, the first level training program for candidates for entering Alpha Flight, Canada's official team of superhuman operatives. Although Jeffries hated his powers, he, like Bochs, greatly respected Hudson. Jeffries and Bochs both graduated into the second level training program, Beta Flight.

Beta and Gamma Flight were disbanded when the Canadian government closed down its secret "Department H" under which Alpha Flight and its training teams were run. Jeffries, Roger Bochs, who became the adventurer called Box, and Marrina were the sole trainees who did not turn criminal. Other members of Gamma Flight eventually joined the criminal organization Omega Flight, headed by Hudson's enemy, Jerome "Jerry" Jaxon.

Bochs, a brilliant engineer and mechanic who had no legs. had invented a large humanoid robot, which he called "Box" in a pun on his name. James MacDonald Hudson had helped Bochs perfect Box and had recruited him into Gamma Flight. Bochs had graduated into the next training level, Beta Flight, when the Canadian government disbanded Department H. Bochs went to live an ordinary life in Saskatchewan. Alpha Flight continued to operate, although independently of the Canadian government.

Sometime later, Bochs was recruited by Delphine Courtney, the robotic assistant to Jerome Jaxon, to join Omega Flight. Having discovered that Hudson was Alpha Flight's costumed leader, Guardian, Jaxon organized Omega Flight for the purpose of destroying both Hudson and Alpha Flight. Bochs, who was loyal to Hudson, joined Omega Flight intending to sabotage it from within. Jaxon realized Bochs' intentions and seized control of Box himself. Controlling Box through Bochs' helmet, Jaxon sent the robot into battle against Guardian. Guardian destroyed the robot with an electronic blast from his own power pack, causing feedback that killed Jaxon. However, Guardian's power pack then blew up, killing Hudson.

Six weeks later, Bochs met with Madison Jeffries. Bochs felt responsible for Hudson's death since it had been brought about through Jaxon's use of the Box robot. Bochs was determined to track down Jaxon (who he did not realize was dead) and Delphine Courtney and bring them to justice for Hudson's death. Together Bochs and Jeffries created a new, bigger, and stronger Box, which Bochs could control from inside by "phasing" into the robot's body, or "armor."

Madison Jeffries was present when Alpha Flight had its showdown with Courtney, who was wearing a duplicate of Guardian's battlesuit, and the rest of Omega Flight. Jeffries used his psionic powers to destroy Courtney, thereby avenging Hudson's death. Destroying Courtney made Jeffries realize that he could use his power for higher purposes than simply being a mechanic, and he joined Alpha Flight as its resident machinesmith. Working together, he and Bochs repaired Courtney's battlesuit, which is now worn by Hudson's wife Heather in her role as Alpha Flight's leader, Vindicator. When Heather Hudson accidentally freed Scramble, Madison Jeffries seemingly succeeded in inducing Lionel to use his own powers to restore his sanity.

After suffering from the bends in the course of a mission with Alpha Flight, Bochs could not leave the Box armored body without serious risk to his life. In despair at the idea that he might be trapped within the robot forever, especially considering he was in love with his fellow Alpha Flight member Aurora, Bochs went wild aboard the Alpha Flight Omnijet. Madison Jeffries restrained Bochs by using his powers to alter his robotic body.

Alpha Fright brought Bochs to Lionel Jeffries, who, although no longer licensed to practice medicine had established a clinic (the New Life Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia) and secret research laboratory, both financed by an unidentified benefactor. Lionel Jeffries used his powers to separate Bochs from the Box armor safely and to cure him of the bends. Then Lionel Jeffries used his powers to give Bochs a new pair of legs, secretly utilizing flesh from corpses to do so.

The disembodied spirit of an Alpha Flight member whose physical body had been killed, Walter Langkowski, the original Sasquatch, transferred itself into the Box robot in order to Battle Alpha Flight's enemy Pestilence, which had taken possession of the former body of another Alpha Flight member, Snowbird. Pestilence was defeated by Alpha Flight, and Langkowski took over Snowbird's body, which now can take the form of Sasquatch. Aurora was overjoyed that Langkowski, her former lover, had returned. She told Bochs that he had merely served as a "distraction" for her after Langkowski's physical death.

Again maddened by despair, Bochs turned against Alpha Flight. To stop Bochs's rampage, Madison Jeffries used his powers over metal to force Bochs out of the Box robot and to enter into it himself. (Previously only someone with Bochs's genetic structure could phase inside the Box armor, but Jeffries had secretly modified Box so that he could enter it as well as Bochs.) Bochs felt betrayed. Moreover, his new legs were quickly withering away.

Lionel Jeffries was still insane and had plans for Bochs. Bochs agreed to merge with Lionel Jeffries into a new being who would combine Jeffries' transmutative powers with Bochs' inventor's imagination for new shapes into which to transform. This composite creature, called Omega, dominated by Lionel Jeffries' mind, battled Madison Jeffries, who was now inside the Box armor, and the rest of Alpha Flight. Jeffries had used his powers, to alter the design of the Box armor. Horrified by what was happening, Bochs' own mind reasserted itself, but Lionel Jeffries used his own powers to lobotomize Bochs psychically, removing Bochs' capacity for independent thought and retaining only his faculty for invention. A new Alpha Flight trainee, the Purple Girl, used her power to control minds to put Omega under her influence. However, she was unable to cause Omega to restore Bochs's mind, for it was beyond repair. Madison Jeffries transformed part of Box into a Cannon, with which he destroyed Omega. With Omega's death, both Bochs and Lionel Jeffries died as well.

Madison Jeffries remains a member of Alpha Flight, utilizing the Box armor to become an active participant in their battles. There has been a growing romance between him and the team's leader, Heather Hudson.

Height: 6 ft. 1 in. (in Box 10 ft.)
Weight: 195 lbs. (in Box 520 lbs)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

Strength Level: When not inside the Box robotic body, Madison Jeffries possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. The Box robot possesses superhuman strength and at its normal size can lift (press) roughly 85 tons. Jeffries can cause the Box robot to grow to enormous size, thereby increasing its strength. The uppermost limit of Box's strength is unknown.

Known Superhuman Powers: Madison Jeffries possesses psionic powers that can affect metal, plastic, and glass. He can psionically levitate objects made of any of these three substances. Jeffries can psionically rearrange parts of machinery into various forms, and he is particularly skilled at psionically restructuring machinery into duplicating the form and functions of parts of the human body. Jeffries can also psionically manipulate metal on the atomic and molecular levels. Madison could psychically sense the presence of his brother Lionel.

The origin of the superhuman powers of the Jeffries brothers is unknown. Presumably they are mutants.

Other Abilities: Madison Jeffries is a highly skilled mechanic and builder of machinery.

Jeffries received training in hand-to-hand combat and the use of firearms in the United States Army;

Weapons and Paraphernalia: Through an act of will, Madison Jeffries can "phase into" the humanoid robotic body called Box in order to control it from within. The Box robotic body is principally composed of a "lining metal," whose exact nature has not been revealed. Jeffries mentally controls Box from within its body, and he can perceive whatever its sensors perceive. Although Jeffries cannot actually feel physical pain while within Box, his psychic link with Box is so strong that he can feel psychic pain of enough force is inflicted upon Box.

The Box robot has vast superhuman strength and is highly resistant to physical damage. Powerful jets in the soles of its feet enable the robot to fly.

Box also contains many different devices to fill various functions. In fact, Jeffries can use his psionic powers to create new equipment for Box, or to modify existing devices within Box, or to alter Box's shape, in any way that he can conceive that is physically possible. For example, he has caused part of Box's body to become a cannon. When Box flies, he causes its arms to become wings and a rudder to appear on its feet. He has caused a drill to emerge from Box's feet.

Jeffries can also psionically add metal from outside sources to Box's body, causing it to grow enormously in size. There is no known limit to the size to which Box can thus grow.

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