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DC Comics

Up to date as of February 01, 2010
(Redirected to Martin van Wyck (New Earth) article)

From DC Database

Character Template Character Template
Real Name
Martyn van Wyck
Current Alias

Identity

Affiliation

Relatives
Unnamed father (deceased); unnamed mother

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
6' 1"

Weight
195 lbs (89 kg)

Eyes
, Blue formerly, Orange

Hair

Unusual Features
Flaming eyes, white skin

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Super-villain

Origin
Origin
Granted power by the Controllers

Place of Birth


First appearance
Appearance of Death

(As Van Wyck) Green Lantern #110; (as Effigy) Green Lantern #113
Final Crisis: Revelations #1
(October, 2008)

Contents

History

Raised in Seattle, Washington, by his alcoholic father after his mother had died, Martyn Van Wyck was a bitter and resentful man. He was continuously getting into trouble with authority figures and he tried to make a career as a musician. He couldn't even get a menial job in the music industry.

One night, a female acquaintance kicked him out of her car after an argument. Left 54 miles outside of Seattle, he was about to start hitchhiking back when a bright, overpowering light appeared in the sky.

Van Wyck only had vague images of being in a room with figures standing over him. He was on a table and had the impression the figures were going to hurt him. The figures were the Controllers, an alien race that had originated on Maltus and had split from the Guardians of the Universe some three billion years ago.

Six days later, two men in a pickup truck found Van Wyck in the middle of the road. Van Wyck was naked and confused so the men took him to the nearest emergency room. The doctors could find nothing wrong with him except for his eyes had changed from blue to flickering orange flames.

Meeting with his friends, Van Wyck told them all he knew about his condition. When the owner of the coffee shop they were sitting in asked them to leave, Van Wyck responded with a beast made out of flame. He realized he could do anything he wanted with his new found powers. Outside the coffee shop, an argument with a driver was quickly won by Van Wyck when he torched the man's car. In his anger, Van Wyck had transformed. His skin had turned white while his hair turned to flame and he was dressed in a red costume. He was amazed by what he had become and now possessed the power of flight.

Talking with his girlfriend, Trace, Van Wyck explained how he was sick of being "pushed around" by others and things would change now that he had powers. Trace described the images he made in the flames as burning effigies, an image or copy. Van Wyck liked the word, and took the name Effigy. He decided to leave Seattle and Trace behind. As far as he was concerned, his life as Martyn Van Wyck was over; he was now only Effigy.

Van Wyck traveled to Hollywood, California, where he promptly set out to get attention by causing destruction, just because he could. Burning the famous "Hollywood" sign caught the attention of the media, which in turn caught the attention of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Effigy relished the chance to take on a member of the Justice League and quickly attacked.

Effigy and Green Lantern battled across Hollywood and down to the coastline. Finally, it appeared Green Lantern had overcome the new villain. Suddenly, a bright light appeared above the two combatants. It was the Controllers and they had returned to reclaim Effigy. They had released him thinking their experiments were a failure. Green Lantern attempted to stop them from taking Van Wyck but they were too powerful for the ring wielder. Effigy was taken aboard the ship which left Earth. Inside, the Controllers continued their experimentation, their only reason being that they could.

Rayner next encountered Effigy on his way to confront the Controllers about their psychic tampering of his head. Before Rayner could enter their ship, The Controllers dispatched Effigy whom they had apparently made into their obedient servant but had only succeeded in making a mindless drone. Effigy, sans imagination and willpower, was no match for Green Lantern and was easily dispatched by him. Rayner left him drifting in space while he dealt with the Controllers reasoning that his powers would protect him.

Effigy somehow made his way back to Earth where he had a brief affair/adventure with the second Killer Frost. During this time, they attracted Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, who was quickly immobilized by the new couple. Afterwards, Killer Frost began to lecture Effigy on his poor performance, and insisted that during battle he defer to her expertise and experience when dealing with superheroes. Effigy took offense to this and began to have second thoughts about their relationship.

Rayner eventually caught up with Effigy and Killer Frost. This time however, he buried Killer Frost under a mountain of ice she had created thus interrupting her heat absorbing powers. Effigy was about to dig her out when suddenly he decided to save himself and ditch Killer Frost. He ignited a passing car to distract the Green Lantern and flew away thinking "the only thing worse than a know-it-all superhero is a know-it-all supervillain."

Prior to Kyle Rayner's transformation to Ion, Effigy was discovered by Jade, having apparently suffered a psychotic breakdown. His schizophrenia had manifested through his powers, with the creation of three independent pyrokinetic characters calling themselves Torch, Blaze and Ember. Jade and Rayner defeated the three aspects and Effigy agreed to return to prison.

Afterward, he was not seen until appearing among the ranks of The Society, working with other fiery villains such as Heat Wave. It can be assumed that his recovery was caused by Despero (similar to how he probably awoke Scorch from her coma).

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One Year Later

One Year Later, Effigy was once again set against Kyle Rayner (going again by the name of Ion) by a mysterious enemy, bent on the Guardians destruction, after the failure of Alexander Nero. Defeated, was unable to remember the name of his contractor, his orders have been given in a subliminal way and later expunged from his mind.

Final Crisis

He is a member of Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains, where he aided in the death of the Martian Manhunter. Later Effigy is killed by the Spectre, who melts him down and traps him in a lantern resembling a Green Lantern ring's power battery.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Pyrokinesis: Effigy's powers were similar to that of a Green Lantern in that he could create flame-based constructs including battle-armor, weaponry, fiery creatures, and anything else he could imagine. His powers allowed him to fly, fire flame blasts, and to apparently protect himself from the vacuum of space.

His powers had several advantages and disadvantages over the rings wielded by members of the Green Lantern Corps. He did not need to recharge his powers, and he could affect any substance.

Flight: Effigy can fly by way of his own willpower.

Weaknesses

Effigy could not translate other languages, search for energy signatures, manipulate sub-atomic particles, or have access to a database from which he could draw information. Also, he did not possess the raw willpower and focus that Green Lanterns do and could be easily distracted.

Water: Effigy was vulnerable to water.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Special costume

Notes

Agent Orange has stated that the Controllers, in their quest to create a peace-keeping force they could control, made the "Effigy Corps", in copy of the Green Lantern Corps. Since that time, the Controllers have switched to the Orange Lanterns, but the possibility of other characters named Effigy exists.

See Also

Links and References

Wikipedia This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Effigy (comics). The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with DC Database, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Footnotes

Green Lantern Villain(s)

This character is or was primarily an enemy of the Green Lantern of Earth, or the Green Lantern Corps as a whole. This template will categorize articles that include it into the category "Green Lantern Villains."


This article uses material from the "Martin van Wyck (New Earth)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Marvel Database

Up to date as of February 09, 2010
(Redirected to Velmax (Earth-616) article)

From Marvel Database

Character Template Help
Real Name
Velmax
Current Alias

Aliases
Deep Throat, Jacob Scott

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation
First Line, National Security Agency, formerly 21st Observation Corps

Universe

Base Of Operations
Carmody Institute, Maine; formerly Colorado, mobile in outer space

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 8" (Effigy), 5' 10" (Jacob Scott), 5' 4" (natural)

Weight
156 lbs (71 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Skin

Unusual Features
Pointed ears and furrowed chin, naturally pink eyes and no hair

Status
Citizenship
Skrull , American

Marital Status

Occupation
Adventurer, NSA operative, former interstellar scout

Origin
Origin
Velmax was a lieutenant in the Skrull Observation Corps. (Alien)

Place of Birth

Place of Death
Skrull battlecruiser in Moon orbit

First appearance
Last appearance

Marvel: The Lost Generation #12
(March, 2000)
Marvel: The Lost Generation #12
(March, 2000)

Contents

History

A Skrull who defended Earth from his own kind. He masqueraded as a human injected with Skrull DNA to explain his powers.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Shape-shifting; normal powers of all Skrulls

Power Grid [1]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 3

Abilities

A trained government operative.

Strength level

Normal Skrull male with intensive regular exercise. Effigy can increase his strength by transforming into a stronger form.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Skrull Scoutship.

Links

Discover and Discuss

  1. OHOTMU Book of the Dead 2004

This article uses material from the "Velmax (Earth-616)" article on the Marvel Database wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Runescape

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape

Effigy
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Release date 19 February 2007 (Update)
Race Human
Members NPC? Yes
Quest NPC? Yes - Tower of Life
Location Tower of Life
Sells items? No
Skill requirement? No
Quest requirement? No
Gender Male
Examine He knows anything is possible.
Notable features Alchemist


Effigy is an alchemist who starts the Tower of Life quest. During the quest, he and the other alchemists, Transmute and Currency summon the Homunculus, but they torture it and threaten it. In the end, they are scared off by the creature. After completing Dream Mentor and casting a "random" NPC contact, Homunculus may say that alchemists eventually returned, but Homunculus transformed 2 of them into unihuman and chickalchemist.

Trivia

Possible shadow of a Zamorak unholy symbol

This article uses material from the "Effigy" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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