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Fictional character biographyEdit
Calvin Zabo was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He was a morally abject but brilliant medical research scientist who was fascinated by the effect of hormones on human physiology. One of his favorite stories was Stevenson's 1886 classic, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He was convinced that the experiment in the story could actually be performed and became obsessed with the idea of unleashing his full bestial nature in a superhuman form. However, he needed money to do this so he robbed his various employers systematically. Though too intelligent to be caught, the medical community was suspicious of his tendency to always be employed by organizations which were subsequently robbed.
Zabo eventually sought work as a surgeon in a hospital where Donald Blake was a directing physician, yet Blake would not allow him a job due to his history. Zabo was enraged that Blake would not give him the position (even though he did indeed intend to rob the organization) and swore revenge. He was eventually successful in creating his formula, and turned into a huge, Hulk-like creature he called "Mister Hyde", named after the character in the novel. In this new form, he found he had superhuman strength enabling him to crush cars and tear through steel as though it were made of cardboard. With his new superhuman powers he sought out Blake, who he tried to kill by throwing him from a window, but Blake transformed into Thor by striking his cane on the wall and survived, claiming he had saved Blake. Hyde, hearing of this on the radio, decided to eliminate Thor, and tried to frame him for a bank robbery by using his superhuman strength to tear open a bank vault while disguised as Thor. While Don and Jane were out, Mister Hyde met them and kidnapped them at gunpoint. As Don Blake, Thor was tied up next to a bomb that would explode in 24 hours unless Mr Hyde defused it. However, when attempting to steal a Polarios submarine to roam the seas like a pirate, Hyde was defeated and the authorities, seeing his superhuman strength, realized he must have impersonated Thor, but Thor was forced to allow him to escape, as Jane Foster thought Blake was still in danger.
Hyde went into business as a full-time professional super-criminal and partnered himself with the Cobra to get revenge upon Thor, but they were both defeated despite getting Thor's hammer from him briefly. With the Cobra, he was bailed and employed by Loki to kidnap Jane Foster, and they battled Thor again. Loki doubled their powers to try and help them. Loki showed Thor where Jane Foster was being held. The house had many traps set up for Thor, and Jane Foster was almost killed in an explosion. Thor was able to defeat both villains, Mister Hyde was caught by one of them, a ray which paralyzed him. They were both jailed, and Jane's life was saved by an Asgardian formula Balder sent to Thor. Hyde and the Cobra escaped prison, but were eventually recaptured by Daredevil. They teamed with the Jester to get revenge, but were defeated again. With the Scorpion, Hyde then battled Captain America and the Falcon. Teaming with the Cobra again, Hyde attempted to acquire Cagliostro's serum. While serving in prison following this failed attempt, Hyde was ensnared by the mind-control power of the Purple Man, and forced to battle Daredevil in an arena alongside Cobra, the Jester, and the Gladiator.
Tiring of their repeated failures, the Cobra elected to sever their partnership when he escaped from Ryker's Island, taking the time to taunt Hyde before leaving. Hyde has never forgiven him for the slight. With Batroc, Hyde later blackmailed New York City with a hijacked super-tanker and attempted to destroy the entire city in order to kill Cobra. Eventually, he was defeated by Captain America with Batroc's aid. Hyde again stalked Cobra seeking revenge, and this time battled Spider-Man. He was imprisoned again, but escaped Ryker's Island and battled Spider-Man and the Black Cat during another attempt at Cobra's life. Hyde later battled Daredevil again.
Hyde later became a member of the Masters of Evil IV and invaded Avengers Mansion along with them, torturing the Black Knight and Edwin Jarvis. With Goliath and the Wrecking Crew, he nearly killed Hercules, but was defeated by the Avengers. Hyde later attempted an escape from the Vault alongside Titania, Vibro, the Griffin, and Armadillo, but was defeated and recaptured by the Captain. He later eventually escaped from the Vault alongside the Wizard and others. Hyde was later defeated in combat by the Cobra.
Hyde later fought with the grey Hulk and received head trauma that limited his ability to transform. He was subsequently caught by the police when he coincidentally checked into the same hotel as the one where the Daily Bugle staff were attending Robbie Robertson's retirement party, allowing Peter Parker to defeat him using an improvised costume. Shortly after, Hyde had several run-ins with the Dan Ketch Ghost Rider in which he was defeated with the Penance Stare.
Zabo was being held in The Raft (the Ryker's Island Prison complex) 6 months after the events of Avengers Disassembled. When a prison break was caused by the villainElectro, Zabo emerged in his Hyde persona, fought with Daredevil, and was knocked unconscious by Luke Cage.
Zabo grafts abilities similar to the powers of Spider-Man to homeless teenagers. After Spider-Man revealed his identity during the Civil War, Zabo sought to recreate the circumstances of Spider-Man's "birth", by taking in orphans off the street, imbuing them with spider-powers, and seeing whether or not the teenagers would give in to their darker impulses. During the ensuing battle with Spider-Man, Hyde pulled webbing off his face, taking his eyelids with it, and was hit in the face with hydrochloric acid, courtesy of one of his own guinea pigs. He was stated by Spider-Man to have been left blinded and had his face ruined as a result. Dr. Curt Connors was later seen aiding Spider-Man in a cure for Calvin, one of Zabo's test subjects.
Hyde's daughter is Daisy Johnson, who is a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.; her mother was apparently a prostitute with whom Calvin Zabo regularly had 'business', with the girl being put up for adoption after birth. Daisy subsequently manifested superpowers due to Zabo's mutated genetic code being passed on to her.
Mister Hyde worked with Boomerang, Tiger Shark, and Whirlwind to manipulate Venom III into procuring Norman Osborn's fortunes. This was thwarted by Venom and Green Goblin as Norman threw a bomb into Mister Hyde's mouth causing him to spit out blood. Norman Osborn then warned Mister Hyde and the villains that if they cross him again, he will kill everyone that they ever loved before they are tortured to death.
Mister Hyde appears as member of Hood's crime syndicate, during an attack on the New Avengers.
Powers and Abilities
The process that transforms Dr. Calvin Zabo into his Mr. Hyde persona is a hormonal transformation caused by ingestion of chemical formula. As his body adjusted to its new form, Mr. Hyde's strength, stamina, durability, and resistance to physical injury all increase to superhuman levels. Hyde's powers are sufficient to stand toe to toe with the likes ofThor and survive. He has been shown tearing apart steel in a bank vault with ease. Through further experimental procedures over the years, his strength has been increased beyond its original limits. Mr. Hyde must ingest his special chemical formula periodically to maintain his ability to transform himself from one identity to the other at will; mental fatigue or injury can impair his ability to transform himself into Mr. Hyde. He employs a device that resembles a wristwatch that contains a supply of the formula that he can use to deliver it directly into his bloodstream, enabling him to transform at the push of a button.
Dr. Calvin Zabo is a brilliant medical research scientist with a Ph.D. in medicine with extensive knowledge of biochemistry, although these skills are lost on his Hyde persona.
Age of ApocalypseEdit
In the Age of Apocalypse timeline, Mr. Hyde (as well as the Cobra) is a near-feral and cannibal "Scavenger". He is known to prowl graveyards and attack anyone entering his territory.
Mr. Hyde appeared in the Elseworlds Batman/Daredevil crossover book. Two-Face partnered with Hyde for a series of technological robberies. In truth, Two-Face had implanted Hyde's brain with the material needed to "grow" an experimental "organic" computer chip, and fed Hyde pills to keep him enraged. Once grown, the chip would kill Hyde, its current growth also weakening Hyde's strength as his energy is diverted to support the chip (Batman noting during the fight that Hyde should normally have a punch that could knockSuperman into orbit). Hyde berates Two-Face, proud he has abandoned his past as Zabo and insults Two-Face for hanging onto his Harvey Dent side, as well as using a coin to decide between right and wrong. Two-Face is glad the process will kill Hyde. In the end, Daredevil uses his past friendship with Dent to talk Two-Face into supplying the antidote for the chip, which saves Hyde's life.
House of M
Mister Hyde appears as a member of Hood's Masters of Evil. Before the Red Guard attacks Santo Rico, Mister Hyde leaves the team alongside Cobra, Crossbones, and Thunderball. Mister Hyde was later seen as an Army scientist.
A zombified Mister Hyde appears in Marvel Zombies 4. He is seen attacking the new Midnight Sons, trying to bite one of them, but he is quickly killed by Man-Thing when he rips zombie Mister Hyde apart and holding a huge boulder and dropping it down on him, severely crushing the zombie Mister Hyde to death instantly.
Thor the Mighty Avenger
Mr. Hyde is the antagonist of the first two issues of this alternate universe retelling of Thor's origin. Thor, confused and partially amnesiac, stops Hyde from hassling an innocent woman. This drives Hyde into an obsession with Thor's new friend, a museum employee named Jane Foster.
Role in Ultima
In Ultima, this version of Mister Hyde from Marvel Comics is currently a member of the Organization's Neo Masters of Evil, primarily being used as brute force. His design for the series is based on the Avengers EMH/Yost Universe character style. There are many more incarnations of Jekyll and Hyde in the Ultima Universe, but thanks to Padro Lodo and Chernabog the Lesser, they have all been merged into Calvin Zabo's consciousness, giving his Mister Hyde form the strength of over 200 men combined! But there's more to Zabo Hyde than meets the eye...
"Ah, Mr. Hyde. What's not to like, right? There's the literary connections, the snazzy neo-Victorian duds, the unremitting psychopathy. I'm not normally a fan of that last one there in my villains, but Hyde is the pitch-perfect ax-crazy megalomaniac. If there's one villain who should scare the crap out of the heroes, it should be him.
Unlike a lot of the other villains I write about, Hyde actually gets used quite a bit. He pops up fairly regularly, and gets used in pretty much the same fashion every time. Either he's playing 'tank' for another villain (the Cobra, Baron Zemo, the Hood, etc.) or he's selling drugs (because he's a chemist, see?).
Now, the latter is interesting, because it really illustrates just how unpleasant Hyde is, in either persona.
Let's take it by the numbers. Calvin Zabo, mild-mannered sociopath and polymath, creates a chemical solution which will, ala Robert Louis Stevenson, unleash his inner psychopath, so that he can indulge his warped fantasies to the fullest. Zabo gets the capital to create this wonder-drug via theft and murder, so right there we know that this isn't just a spin on the Hulk or even the literary origins of Hyde's moniker. Zabo is bad, but Hyde is worse. Where Zabo is calculating, amoral and quite intelligent-sort of like a low rent Henry Pym-Hyde is impulsive, sadistic and violent-basically, an evil version of the Gray Hulk. So, essentially, what we have here is two villains in one, and most writers to-date seem to get that...Hyde wrecks things and Zabo acts creepy, strung-out and unpleasant.
But that's it. That's as far as they go. And that's short-sighted.
Yeah. Not my usual line at all, but frankly, this works well. See, Hyde, like his namesake, is supposed to be the basest desires of an already terribly unpleasant example of a human being given form. He is the twisted fun-house mirror of humanity, and no perversion, calumny or crime should be under his radar. Hyde is pure, capital 'E' evil. He's nightmare fuel. For other villains, you have to twist them and their backstory a bit to make them 'scary' (Dr. Light as a rapist, for instance). With Hyde...well, the nastiness, the adult situations, it's built right in.
Think about this...Hyde isn't a brute in the traditional sense. He's not dumb but his goals should be relatively fluid and chaotic. He's not a bank robber or a world-beater. He's a destroyer and a corrupter. The ultimate anarchistic sybarite, one who wants to light the world on fire and watch it burn and feel the flames on his own skin. He wants to break down society intimately, obviously and eternally and indulge every vice that has so long been denied him. And he wants you to join him.
But Zabo isn't like that. Despite his desire for what Hyde offers, his addiction to it, he's not that kind of monster. Zabo wants hedonism without the heresy. Zabo is the bank-robber, the drug-dealer, the planner, the thinker. He's petty and materialistic and slightly afraid of the thing he's created.
What if, all this time, the Hyde we've been seeing, the one who partnered with the Cobra, who joined the Masters of Evil, who does super-villain-y things...what if that was Zabo indulging himself, even as Henry Jekyll did when he first turned into Hyde? And what if, slowly, bit by bit, Hyde was (even as he did in the book) becoming his own seperate identity? Getting stronger and stronger, even as Zabo becomes weaker and weaker. What if, one day, Zabo found out that he couldn't control Hyde anymore?
What would happen then?" (Cited from Villains with Potential: Mr. Hyde)