Chondu the Mystic
|Chondu the Mystic|
|First appearance||Tales of Suspense #9 (May 1960)|
Doug Wildley, George Evans|
(monstrous form): Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema
|Full name||Harvey Schlemerman|
Circus of Crime
|Notable aliases||Nighthawk, Bambi, Chondu the Magician, Chondu the Yogi|
|Abilities||Minor magic manipulation|
Chondu the Mystic, sometimes known as Chondu the Yogi, is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.
Fictional character biography
Chondu was born Harvey Schlemerman in West Kingston, Rhode Island. Chondu was once a sideshow magician before becoming a professional criminal. He can cast minor magical spells and is a minor adept in the mystic arts.
Chondu joined the Headmen, and caused an insanity-inducing "black rain." Dr. Arthur Nagan transplanted Chondu's brain into the body of Nighthawk in the Headmen’s bid to exploit the abilities of the Defenders. Doctor Strange later mystically placed Chondu's consciousness within the body of a fawn. The Headmen then gave Chondu a monstrous, demonic-looking form with eight lampreys for arms, bat-wings, a horn from his skull, a forked tongue, and eagle’s feet. In this form, he had superhuman strength, could fly, and could constrict objects with his tentacle-like arms. This drove Chondu insane, and he battled the Valkyrie. Alongside the Headmen, he later schemed to control the world, but was defeated by the Defenders. With the Headmen, he became involved in a brawl at a "Bar With No Name."
The Headmen later hired the Ringmaster's Circus of Crime to capture the She-Hulk. The Headmen placed Chondu's head onto a clone of her body, and used chemical means to restore his sanity. Chondu regained his sanity but was furious at being given a woman’s body. She-Hulk and Spider-Man battled the Headmen, and in the course of the fight, Chondu's head was knocked free from its new body. Chondu remained alive thanks to life-support equipment attached to his head.
Powers and abilities
Chondu can perform minor magic tricks as he is a minor adept in the mystic arts.
- Tales of Suspense #9
- Defenders #21
- Defenders #31-33, 35
- Defenders Annual #1
- Marvel Comics Presents #97
- Sensational She-Hulk #1-3
- Chondu at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe