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Real Name
Current Alias

The Living Pharaoh; The Living Planet



The Twelve, Cult of the Living Monolith




5' 11" (180 cm) as Abdol; 26'0" to 41' (8 meters to 12.5 meters) as Living Monolith

170 lbs (77 kg) as Abdol; 68.4 tons (62 metric tons) as Living Monolith



Unusual Features
Grey Skin


Marital Status


Place of Birth
Cairo, Egypt

[[Arnold Drake. The transformation into the Living Monolith from the Living Pharaoh was under the direction of Roy Thomas and Neal Adams however.]]

First appearance

X-Men Vol 1 #54 as Living Pharaoh, X-Men Vol 1 #56 as Living Monolith, Marvel Graphic Novel #17 as Living Planet



Ahmet Abdol was a professor of ancient Egyptology who discovered he had the ability to manipulate cosmic energy, mainly by absorbing it and projecting it as energy blasts. Deciding to use his powers for his own personal gain, Abdol created a cult around himself and set about his plan to rule the world. Abdol was the Living Pharaoh while in his normal appearance, but once he obtained enough cosmic energy, he would increase in size, mass, and power, thus becoming the Living Monolith.

Abdol discovered that another mutant, Havok (Alex Summers, brother to Scott Summers also known as Cyclops) could absorb and project cosmic energy more easily then Abdol could. Abdol kidnapped Havok and used him to increase his power. Abdol has mainly been an X-Men villain, usually using Havok to become the Living Monolith. He has also used other superheroes, including the Fantastic Four (who gained their super powers from exposure to cosmic rays). He even killed his own daughter to achieve his goal.

Though he is usually the one pulling the strings, another X-Men villain, Apocalypse, wanted to use the Living Monolith to drain the powers of other superbeings. Abdol went on a rampage, and several Marvel heroes attempted to stop him. Eventually Abdol grew so large that Thor had to throw him into outer space, where the Living Monolith eventually became a Living Planet, similar to Ego.

The Living Monolith's history was later retconned. It was revealed that Abdol's powers did not spring from an inherent mutation, but rather from a procedure performed on him by Mister Sinister. Sinister spliced certain x-genes from Alex Summers into his genome, thus giving Abdol the ability to absorb cosmic energy. Since his powers were genetically similar to Havok's, this explained why their abilities interfered with one another.

Abdol was then found by Deathbird and Bishop floating in space, and Deathbird revealed she'd been betraying Bishop for some time, as it was later on revealed that she was in fact working for Apocalypse. She then knocked out Bishop and Abdol was brought to Apocalypse, who used Abdol's body as merely an energy container during the "The Twelve" story arc. This finally led to Apocalypse's merging with Cyclops. The Monolith was seen breaking up because of an excess of power absorbed, and then fled.

Powers and Abilities



As the Living Monolith he had the ability to emit cosmic energy as blasts of concussive force from his eyes. Abdol could only utilize his mutant powers as the Living Monolith and could transform into the Living Monolith only when cosmic radiation was channeled into his body through a focusing medium, such as the Cheops Crystal, or when cosmic radiation was prevented from reaching his counterpart, Havok.

The Living Monolith has been genetically altered by splicing his own mutant genes with those of the mutant X-Man Havok. This modification allows him to absorb large amounts of cosmic radiation - although as Havok absorbs the same radiation, the Living Monolith's powers can be limited when Havok absorbs background radiation (or other suitable energy sources) that might otherwise be used to fuel the Living Monolith.

Although Havok projects absorbed radiation as energy blasts, the Living Monolith had a broader range of powers. He is able to project energy as intense heat, a concussive force, or sonic vibrations. Stored energy also affects his physical form - increasing his size, mass, strength, and resistance to injury, and granting him an indefinite lifespan. Although there appears to be no clear upper limit to the amount of power he can absorb, it is also possible to overload his powers.

The Living Monolith has additionally demonstrated low-level telepathic abilities enabling him to read minds and take complete mental control over small crowds of people.


Abdol has a gifted intellect, and is an expert archeologist and Egyptologist, with a Ph.D. in archeology. He is also an advance student of genealogy, human mutation, and the effects of cosmic radiation.



Abdol wore body armor of unknown materials.


As the Living Pharaoh, he wielded a hand-held ankh capable of projecting bursts of concussive force.


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[[Category:Arnold Drake. The transformation into the Living Monolith from the Living Pharaoh was under the direction of Roy Thomas and Neal Adams however./Creator]]

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