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Real Name
Harvey Rupert Elder
Current Alias



Ruler of the Moloids; Consort to Kala; Former leader of the Outcasts; Former ally of the Red Ghost

Kala (Consort)


Base Of Operations


4' 10"

165 lbs (75 kg)



Unusual Features
The Mole Man is short in stature, overweight, and extremely nearsighted. His posture is very poor, and his unusually large nose gives him a grotesque, almost mole-like appearance.


Marital Status

Ruler of Subterranea; Former Nuclear Engineer

First appearance

Fantastic Four #1
(November, 1961)



The Mole Man vs the FF

According to the Mole Man himself, his bizarre physical appearance caused him to be shunned and ridiculed since childhood. Believing that total loneliness would be better than the cruelty shown to him by other people, the Mole Man decided to exile himself from humanity. He began searching for the legendary land at the center of the Earth.

Finally, when he was about to abandon hope, his skiff washed ashore on a deserted island, which he named Monster Isle, located within the Bermuda Triangle. There the Mole Man discovered a cavern leading deep underground. His enthusiastic shouts triggered an avalanche, which he survived, but at the cost of most of his eyesight.

Nevertheless, the Mole Man made himself ruler of a wide empire in the underground realm he called Subterranea (Subterranea did not actually lie at the center of the Earth, but instead consisted of a seemingly planet wide network of caverns lying miles beneath Earth's surface.) In this underground world he discovered a race of semi-humanoid creatures called subterraneans. The Mole Man controled the race known as the Moloids, which were distinguished from other Subterranean races by their pale yellow skin color. The Mole Man also found and mastered highly advanced technological devices which had been created and abandoned by the race of Deviants. Furthermore, the Mole Man discovered and learned to control a large number of non-humanoid monsters, which either may have been descendants of beings created through genetic manipulation by the Deviants, or may have been uncivilized, in some cases nearly mindless, highly mutated Deviants themselves. The Mole Man also developed a natural "radar sense" that enabled him to sense things in the subterranean darkness.

He was among the many costumed menaces assembled by Doctor Doom to disrupt the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm.[1]

The Mole Man first intended to take his revenge on the surface world's population by destroying Earth's power plants and unleashing his monsters. He was thwarted by the Fantastic Four on their first mission after gaining their superhuman powers.[2] The Mole Man next attempted to trigger a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, intending to rule what remained of Earth's population with ray devices, and then have his Subterranean armies conquer the planet.[3] The Fantastic Four foiled both of these schemes.

Apart from attempting to conquer the surface world, the Mole Man also repeatedly tried make himself sole master of Subterranea. His greatest rival was Tyrannus, another man from the surface world. Both the Hulk and the X-Men served as pawns in the wars between the Mole Man and Tyrannus. Eventually, the Mole Man captured Tyrannus and used drugs to turn him into a mindless slave.

The Mole Man formed an alliance with Kala, queen of the Netherworlders, descendants of surface Atlanteans who now live underground. The Mole Man fell in love with the beautiful Kala, and together they conspired to destroy the surface world's civilizations with magma from deep underground. However, Kala betrayed the Mole Man by releasing Tyrannus from his control, and the two new allies made the Mole Man their prisoner. Tyrannus, intending to rule alone, turned against Kala, but soon was nearly killed in an explosion. Kala and the heartbroken Mole Man parted, each to rule his or her own kingdom.

The Mole Man's lust for vengeance on the surface world eventually receded. He gathered many physically deformed or ugly people from the surface world who had been spurned as he had, and created a peaceful utopia for them in his underground kingdom. He endowed some of them, known as the Outcasts, with superhuman powers.

The Mole Man's forces clashed with Kala's on the surface world, and during the battle, Kala lost her protection against the air's effects and swiftly became an elderly woman. Still in love with her, the Mole Man offered the distraught queen companionship, and she accepted. It is not known whether Kala is still living with the Mole Man.

Recently, underground drilling that was part of billionaire Alden Maas's Project Worldcore unleashed magma in the Mole Man's realm, killing many of the people and Subterraneans living there. Believing his dreams of utopia ruined, the Mole Man has once again become a dangerously embittered man.

Recently the Mole Man left his Moloid followers to explore the inner caves. Chaos ensued when Tyranoids took over the Moloids and formed an army to defend themselves from the Lava Men. The Mole Man was himself kidnapped by the Lava Men.

Powers and Abilities



  • Radar Sense: The Mole Man possesses heightened senses that have developed naturally to compensate for his poor vision. Primary among these is his "Radar Sense", which may be similar to Daredevil's, although it is not as acute. The Mole Man's brain has several regions which are able to consciously sense that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that his brain constatnly generates. The signals emanate from the "sending regions", bounce off objects around him, and return to the "recieving regions" of both hemispheres. In this way, he synthesizes a very close analoque of third-dimensional human sigh, which supplements his own weak natural vision. Indeed, the combination of the Mole Man's sight and his radar sense makes his awareness of what is around him somewhat superior to the average human's. He can use his radar sense to detect the presence of objects behind him, or in total blackness.


  • Scientific Genius: The Mole Man is a scientific genius, who has mastered the principles underlying the Deviant technology that he discovered in Subterranea and has even made radical improvements upon much of it.
  • Fighting Skill: The Mole Man has developed a means of fighting with using his staffs that resembles the martial art of kendo.


  • Abnormal Sensitivity (Light): Although the Mole Man has adequate vision in dark places, he is blinded by normal light.



  • Visor: The Mole Man wears a protective visor that reduces the intenstiy of normal lighting to comfortable levels.




Recommended Readings

Discover and Discuss

  1. Fantastic Four Annual #3
  2. Fantastic Four Vol 1 #1
  3. Fantastic Four #22

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