Erik the Red II
White King II
|Master of Magnetism|
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr
Mutant Rights Activist
|Citizen of Germany with an international criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
Savage Land Mutates
|Base of Operations|
Avalon (space station)
Utopia, San Francisco Bay, California
Mutation resulting in ability to manipulate and perceive both natural and artificial electromagnetic fields. Magnetic manipulation can be used to facilitate flight, create magnetic force fields, lift great weights up to 100 tons, manipulate metals into any shape and even effect the iron in the blood of other creatures.
Limited psychic skills capable of creating mental barriers and read minds on a basic level.
Genius level intelligence capable of devising a multitude of scientific devices for magnetic manipulation.
Helmet: Headgear designed to block telepathy and the effects of mind control.
Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1
Excalibur Vol. 2
Magneto: Dark Seduction
Professor Xavier and the X-Men
X-Men Vol. 1 & 2
X-Men: Magneto Testament
|X-Men Vol. 1 #1 (Sept. 1963)|
|Stan Lee & Jack Kirby|
Long before he learned of his mutant powers, the man known as Max Eisenhardt felt the bitter sting of discrimination in Nazi Germany. Interred as a youth at the Nazi death camp in Auschwitz, Poland, he was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. This experience bluntly and irrevocably demonstrated the potential inhumanity of an intolerant majority. After World War II, Max took the name Magnus and married Magda, a Gypsy girl he had rescued from Auschwitz. Their first child, Anya, was born several years later.
When a mob prevented the couple from rescuing their young daughter from a fire, Magnus lashed out with his fledgling mutant abilities. In a white-hot moment of rage and pain, he killed his attackers and several onlookers. A terrified Magda fled, never having revealed that she was pregnant. She would give birth in secret to the twins Pietro and Wanda, who as adults would join Magnus' mutant terrorist group the Brotherhood of Mutants as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. The twins would later reform and join the Avengers.
After the disappearance of his wife, Magnus moved to Israel and worked as a volunteer orderly at a psychiatric hospital that treated Holocaust survivors. There, he befriended Charles Xavier, a young mutant telepath. Xavier held fast to his optimistic belief that Homo Sapiens and Homo-Superior could coexist, while Magnus foresaw mutants as the new minority to be persecuted for their differences. Desperately trying to share his friend's hope, Magnus could not reconcile the injustices he had endured and began planning his campaign against what he perceived to be an inferior species, man. Swearing history would not repeat itself, he was determined to conquer the human race to prevent the oppression of mutant kind, and Magnus became known to the world as the genetic terrorist Magneto.