Matter Master
Matter Master as seen in Hawkman #23 (March 2004)
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Brave and the Bold No. 35 (April–May 1961)
Created byGardner Fox
Joe Kubert
In-story information
Alter egoMark Mandrill
Team affiliationsSecret Society of Super Villains
The Society
Injustice Society
AbilitiesMatter manipulation via "Mentachem" wand
Genius intelligence

The Matter Master is a DC Comics supervillain and a recurring foe of Hawkman. Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, he first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #35 (April–May 1961).[1]

Fictional character history

Scientist turned alchemist Mark Mandrill is trying to turn lead into gold when the compound he is working on explodes. Instinctively shouting "Stay away from me!", he is amazed when the compound obeys his commands.[2] Dubbing the material "Mentachem", he makes a wand out of it and uses it to begin a life of crime.[3] He fights against Hawkman for many years, as well as the Justice League of America.[4] He is also a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains.[5]

Matter Master later resurfaces in St. Roch, kidnapping the richest people in order to draw Hawkman into a confrontation. The battle lasts only a few seconds, ending when Hawkman uses his axe to sever Matter Master's right arm.[6] Mandrill later returns in league with a team of other villains who had been victims of mind-wipes by the JLA.[7]

Powers and abilities

Matter Master has no innate superpowers, but as long as he is in contact with his "Mentachem" wand he can reshape, transmute, or levitate any matter. The effect vanishes over time or as soon as he loses contact with the wand. He also has a genius level intellect.

In other media



  1. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 211. ISBN 0-8160-1899-5.
  2. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 211. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  3. ^ The Brave and the Bold #35 (April–May 1961)
  4. ^ Zawisza, Doug (July 2017). "Hawkman in the Bronze Age". Back Issue (97): 6.
  5. ^ Secret Society of Super-Villains #7 (May–June 1977)
  6. ^ Hawkman (vol. 4) #23 (March 2004)
  7. ^ JLA #115–117 (August–October 2005)
  8. ^ Batman Beyond #1 (January 2011)
  9. ^ Batman Beyond #2 (February 2011)