The Villainous adversary of The X-Men, based partly on PETER WYNGARDE, and the characters of Jason King and Sir John Claverly Cartney.
- Name: Jason Wyngarde
- Real Name: Mastermind
- His first appearance: Uncanny X-Men 4
- Death: Uncanny X-Men Annual 22
What is He? A mutant with sophisticated illusionary powers, Jason Wyngarde always appeared to try be more than what he was. He first attempted a shot with Magneto’s original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and later to join the Hellfire Club casting a more handsome disguise for himself. Suffering from low self-esteem and later a bout of insanity brought about by Dark Phoenix, Mastermind was always trying to use his powers for selfish reasons until his death from the Legacy Virus.
His Most Famous Quote: “Teacher’s pets!” A dour Mastermind is annoyed at all the favouritism Magneto is showing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
What Are His Special Powers: Jason Wyngarde was a sophisticated illusionist, able to create images that would appear very real to people, even enough to cause psychosomatic damage. With the help of the White Queen’s Mindtap Mechanism, WYNGARDE was able to put illusions directly into the mind of Phoenix.
His Most Heinous Act: Spending time with Phoenix to corrupt her into becoming the Hellfire Club’s Black Queen is probably Mastermind’s best known dastardly deed. He also was responsible for a series of covert attacks on the X-Men, including inducing Mariko to reject Wolverine at the altar, Storm’s “punk” phase, and Rogue running away from Mystique to join the X-Men.
His Adversaries: As a mutant, Mastermind primarily went up against the X- Men, both on his own and as part of teams. He also once battled Excalibur when he tried to tap into the Phoenix force through Rachel Summers.
His Allies: He got along well enough with Magneto and came close to being accepted into the Hellfire Club. Mastermind was also able to make peace with Jean Grey shortly before his death, genuinely sorry for the misery he had caused. In the Age of Apocalypse timeline, Jason was part of Forge and Nate Grey’s team of traveling performers/rebels.
The New Mastermind: WYNGARDE’s previously unknown daughter, Martinique, has taken up the name Mastermind out of respect for her father. Blessed with similar illusionary powers, she has battled Wolverine, Gambit and Daredevil.
Appearances of Jason Wyngarde in Marvel Comics and their current availability:
Vol. 1 – No.129: ‘God Spare The Child’. Published: January 1980.
Vol.2 – No.130: ‘Dazzler’. Published: February 1980.
Vol.3 – No.131. ‘Run For Your Life’. Published: March 1980.
Vol.4 – No.132: ‘And Hellfire Is Their Name’. Published: April 1980.
Vol.5 – No.133: ‘Wolverine Alone’. Published: May 1980.
Vol.6 – No.134. ‘Too Late The Heroes!’ Published: June 1980.
The Essential X-Men – Book 2.
A black and white anthology of the above mentioned Marvel comics featuring the Jason Wyngarde character. Published in the U.S.A. by Marvel Comics. $14.95 (UK -£10.95).
The Uncanny X-Men – The Dark Pheonix Saga.
X-Men comics featuring the Jason Wyngarde Character. Published in the U.S.A. by Marvel Comics.
$15.95 (UK – £11.95).
OTHER PETER WYNGARDE-INSPIRED COMICS AND CHARACTERS
‘6 And A Half Dozen Of The Other’
Art: Mark Buckingham [pencils], Mark Pennington [inks], Daniel Vozzo [colors]. Cover: Sean Phillips.
Division X have been reformed and are brought to the House of Fun to investigate the happenings there, and to find out what is going on in the Mother of Parliaments. Someone has found some magic matter. They manage to track some paranormal material back to Quimper in Soho. While they are meeting him a woman gives a video tape to Jack Flint. They watch it and it shows a woman who looks like Princess Diana and the Moon Child/Shoggoth in delicate circumstances. Quimper has vanished by now, but he speaks to them through a woman at his club. The conspiracy goes right to the top, and it is up to Division X to go to the top too….
- Jack Flint
- George Harper
- Mr Six
- Moon Child/Shoggoth
It is glaringly obvious that the character of Mr Six as seen in issue No.6 of ‘Division X’ is based on Jason King, as played by PETER in Department S, with Jack Flint and George Harper being inspired by Jack Regan and George Carter as played by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in The Sweeney.
Faithfully adapted by Bruce Jones and supported by amazing art by award-winning Al Williamson, the Flash Gordon comic of the movie would appear in various guises all over the world. Arguably most common Stateside was the softcover album by Western Publishing on newsstands as the film hit theatres – Hardcovers were to follow as the release travelled across the pond to the UK and beyond. The adaptation would last be seen across three issues of the Whitman comic book.
Jason King made a guest appearance in a three-part comic strip entitled ‘Sky-Jackers’, in issues 47, 48 and 49 of the junior TV listings magazine, Look-In in 1972. (See Above).
Televise Favorieten (Volume 6)
Published in Holland in 1969, features four different Department S cartoon strips entitled:
‘De Verwenen Geleeden’ (The Disappeared Scientists),
‘Gouldkapers Aan Boord’ (Gold Stealers On Board),
‘Het Poppenmysterie’ (The Puppet Mystery),
‘Diplomaat Vermist’ (The Missing Diplomat).
Between 1976 and 1979, DC Thompson – publishers of the Beano comic – ran a story called ‘Fireball’ in another publication called Bullet. The hero bore more than a passing resemblance to PETER WYNGARDE!
The Hellfire Club: The OFFICIAL PETER WYNGARDE Appreciation Society: https://www.facebook.com/groups/813997125389790/