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Comet Man
Real Name: Dr. Stephen Beckley
Occupation: Astronomer, astrophysicist, former astronaut
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Somewhere in Florida
Marital Status: Widower
Known Relatives: Jack (father, deceased), mother (depicted but name unrevealed), John (last name unrevealed, brother, deceased), Rosemary (sister), brother-in-law (voice depicted but name unrevealed), Ann (wife, deceased), Benny (son)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: COMET MAN # 1

History: Dr. Stephen Beckley was the son of Colonel Jack Beckley of the United States Air Force. Stephen's parents were enraged when Jack went out to the South Pacific as a naval aviator; Jack was unaware that his fiancee was then pregnant with his child. Her family sent her to Florida to have the baby, who was then put up for adoption. Returning as a highly decorated hero; Jack married his fiancee and they had two children, Stephen and Rosemary.

However, Jack remained unaware of the existence of his older son, John, who grew up going from one foster home to another. John eventually became a powerful figure in naval intelligence and developed his own top secret intelligence agency, the Bridge. As head of the Bridge, John was known as the Superior. Tracing his own background, John discovered the identity of his father. John went to see Colonel Jack Beckley and told him he was his son. Jack, however, not knowing the truth, said he had only one son. The vengeful John determined to destroy the Beckley name and arranged an airplane accident in which Colonel Beckley died.

Stephen Beckley had become an astronomer and astrophysicist. He and his wife, Ann, a former astronaut, had a young son, Benny. Stephen and Ann Beckley were also the creators and heads of the Edmond Project, a joint effort by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to investigate comets and related phenomena.

As the culmination of the project, Stephen Beckley piloted a spacecraft that encountered an apparent comet passing through Earth's solar system. Beckley lost directional control of his spacecraft; which was drawn into the tail of the comet. Within the comet, however, was another spacecraft piloted by an alien who called himself Max, a being from the so-called Colony Fortisque. Max claims that his race has "seeded" planets in the Milky Way Galaxy and that it is thus responsible for the origin of human life on Earth. (Claims have also been made that the Celestials created human life on Earth through genetic experimentation, but these assertions are now believed to be incorrect. It remains to be seen how much validity there is to the Fortisquians claims of Earth’s human race. It is definitely known that the Fortisquians played a role in the history of Earth’s Savage Land. Roughly every 77 years a Fortisquian spacecraft concealed beneath the appearance of a comet passes by the Earth to observe it.

When Beckley's spacecraft entered the tail of the comet concealing Max's starship. the intense heat of the comet vaporized Beckley's craft as well as Beckley himself. However, Max employed Fortisquian technology to gather up Beckley's molecules and to reconstruct his body. Max's technological devices do so in such a way as to bestow upon Beckley various superhuman powers, apparently through partially reconstructing Beckley along the lines of Fortisquian physiology and body chemistry.

Using his new powers, Beckley returned to Earth, where he was believed to have died in space. Beckley encountered David Hilbert, a man whom he believed to be his friend and who was chief of Bridge operations. Hilbert was formerly Ann Beckley's boyfriend and had seen Beckley's apparent demise as his opportunity to win her as his lover. Learning that Beckley was alive, Hilbert allowed Ann to continue to believe her husband was dead and he quarantined Beckley, subjecting him to tests of his new superhuman abilities. The Superior decided to keep Beckley captive in order to learn how to duplicate the process through which he had gained superhuman powers. The Superior also decided to capture Max and his ship and launched a secret program to send men into space to do so. Hilbert had Ann Beckley and her son Benny taken captive as well.

Stephen Beckley soon escaped captivity, unaware that his wife and son had also been made prisoners. Ann made an escape attempt, taking Benny with her, but was accidentally killed when she made contact with an electrified fence. Taken back into Bridge custody, Benny was subjected by order of the Superior to a brutal series of tests and experiments in altering his own molecular structure by a scientist named Dr. Fishler in an attempt to duplicate Stephen Beckley's powers within his son.

Searching for his missing wife and child, Beckley encountered and nearly defeated the Hulk. Reed Richards, leader of the Fantastic Four, saw Beckley battling the Hulk on television and went to see him in person. The news media dubbed the newly superhumanly powerful Beckley "Comet Man." Richards aided Beckley in controlling his power of self-teleportation by giving him a "psi-amplifier" device. Concentrating on his wife, Beckley teleported himself into her presence only to discover her within a buried coffin. Returning to Richards, Beckley then learned about his older brother John, who was now the Superior, from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Beckley teleported himself into the presence of his son, only to find him seemingly dying in Bridge captivity. Unknowingly, the anguished Stephen Beckley transmitted part of his own life force into Benny, thereby apparently activating superhuman powers given Benny by the Bridge's experiments. Awakening, Benny, enraged and perhaps driven by insanity by the shock of his father's seeming death, his witnessing his mother's death, and the torments he had undergone at Fishler's hands, used his new powers to attack his father and to kill Fishler. Benny blamed his father for abandoning him and his mother to the suffering they had undergone. Benny then fell into a catatonic state. Stephen confronted the now repentant Hilbert, who vowed to take care of Benny.

Meanwhile, men serving the Bridge had reached Max's starship and had gone aboard. They invited Max to return with them to Earth. Comet Man teleported himself aboard Max's starship just as the Bridge's men were about to kill the alien, who had refused to go to Earth with them. The Bridge assassins then attacked Comet Man. Faced with violence for the first time in his life, Max, who was from a pacifistic culture, turned insanely violent, in the grip of emotions stirred in him through observing violence on Earth. The Bridge assassins fled Max's starship. Max told Comet Man that he intended to wipe out the human race on Earth before its violent ways contaminated the rest of the sentient races of the galaxy. Beckley calmed Max down and agreed to accompany him on a visit to the Fortisquian colony.

Back on Earth the Superior triggered a nuclear device to destroy Max's starship and his brother with it. Max sensed the danger, and he and Comet Man teleported away to safety. Max took Comet Man to the Colony Fortisque, where Beckley gained more control over his powers through training. Beckley and Max returned to Earth, where Beckley found his sister, Rosemary, and his son, Benny, living with his brother, John. Comet Man used his powers to free Benny from his catatonic state. Ultimately, Comet Man learned John was the Superior, who then paid for his crimes.

Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

Strength Level: Comet Man possesses superhuman strength that enables him to lift (press) roughly 25 tons.

Known Superhuman Powers: Besides his superhuman strength, Comet Man can project spheres of concussive energy from his hands at will. He possesses telekinetic powers which enable him to levitate objects. He most often employs this power to fly by levitating himself. His resistance to injury has increased to superhuman levels, enabling him to recover with superhuman rapidity from bullet wounds and to survive the heat of re-entry from outer space through Earth's atmosphere without harm.

Comet Man can teleport himself over vast distances, even from Earth to a location in outer space. The limits on Comet Man's teleportational range are as yet unknown. Comet Man's teleportational ability is triggered subconsciously when he is in danger. He can utilize his teleportational power consciously through the use of a "psiamplifier" device given him by Reed Richards. Comet Man can teleport himself into the presence of another person by concentrating on that person, even if Comet Man does not know where that person is. Apparently Comet Man subconsciously psionically scans the area to which he teleports himself to make sure he does not materialize within a solid object.

Comet Man can psionically project a portion of his own consciousness into the mind of another human being or the mind of an animal. In this way Comet Man can read the memories of that other human being or animal and can even influence the thoughts and emotions of that person or animal. Comet Man refers to this power as "thought pitching." As a side effect of receiving psionic abilities, Comet Man's capacity for feeling emotions himself has increased.

The limits of most of Comet Mans superhuman powers have yet to be defined.

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