Name: Madison Jeffries
Occupation: Adventurer, machinesmith, former soldier and
Identity: Known to the Canadian government
Legal Status: Citizen of Canada with no known criminal
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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)
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.