|Citizen of China considered to be an enemy of the state.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
|Palace of the Star Dragon, Valley of Spirits, China|
|Bluish - Black|
Normal human with mastery of the martial arts.
Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant.
Genius level intelligence with a mastery of the alien science of the Makluan race.
Makluan Rings: Ten devices used as a near-limitless energy source for their starship warp-drive engines by the dragon-like alien race called the Makluan.
List of Rings:
|Iron Man I|
Iron Man Vol. 1 & 2
Tales of Suspense Vol. 1
|Tales of Suspense #50 (Feb. 1964)|
|Stan Lee & Don Heck|
Apparently a descendent of Genghis Khan, the man that would become known as the Mandarin was the son of a wealthy Chinese man and a British noblewoman. When both of his parents died soon after his birth, he was adopted by his father's sister. Displaying a scientific aptitude at an early age he used his inheritance for education in various sciences. As an adult he became a high government official renowned throughout China for his administrative brilliance.
With the success of the Communist revolution, the Mandarin lost his wealth, home and government position. Finding a means of restoring himself to power he explored the forbidden "Valley of Spirits," where no one had dared to enter in centuries. Within this inhospitable land he found the remains and starship of the dragon-like Makluan known as Axonn-Karr. Over the next few years the Mandarin studied and mastered Makluan technology, learning how to use the ten rings he found within the starship to attempt world domination.