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Quote1 Ludgate! I'm not kowtowing and cuddling up to you bloody colonials any more! My name's Anthony Ludgate! Quote2
Doctor Druid[src]

History

Early Life[]

Anthony Ludgate was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He left to further his studies in the United States of America where he attended Harvard University. He earned a MD from Harvard, degree in psychology and became a psychiatrist.[2]

Ancient One[]

Anthony Ludgate discovered that he was was a descendant of the druid Amergin Glúingel, and became obsessed with learning about the ancient druidic religion. Since druidry was only passed down orally, Anthony began travelling the world seeking out those who could teach him. While travelling through Tibet he met the Ancient One, whom took him in as a pupil. Anthony learned many things from the Ancient One, but eventually both mutually parted ways.[8]

Early Adventures[]

In his first recorded adventure as Dr Druid he was hired to investigate a missing ocean liner, the S.S. Luxuria and discovered “The Lost City of Atlantis” and a race of "Atlanteans" (technically Aquaticans, not Homo Mermanus). Here he found the missing ship and hypnotized the entire city into believing that there was no human population on the surface in order to protect humanity and rescue the ship.[9]

He also foiled invasion attempts by a few alien species including, Zamu who was attempting to become governor,[10] an unknown alien race who Druid managed to convince through telepathy that the human race were in fact derricks and too powerful for them to conquer,[11] and Krogg who used matter-transporter technology to steal houses and hold them for ransom to raise money to try and plunder the earth of its resources.[12]

Anthony later briefly assisted some monster hunters that included Makkari against the Deviants.[13]

Joining the Avengers[]

Anthony was fairly successful as a super hero and even became a member of the Avengers. However, his arrogance and weakness for women led him to be seduced and manipulated by Ravonna in her guise as Kang Nebula, or the Temptress. Believing he was acting to preserve the Avengers against a future threat only he could stop, Druid continually undermined the Avengers' chairwoman, Captain Marvel, until she suffered serious injuries in battle. He then psychically influenced the Captain and remaining team members into naming him the replacement chairman.[14]

Soon all of the Avengers fell under Nebula's control, and she guided them in a quest to find the Dreaming Celestial's ultimate weapon by piercing the future Time Bubble. Instead, rival Kangs attacked Kang Nebula and her Avengers. The lovesick Druid and Ravonna were sucked out into the wild timestream, left adrift for months.[15]

Shock Troop & Secret Defenders[]

Druid and Ravonna eventually found their way back into the regular timestream. Anthony finally managed to shake Ravonna's control over him, and even received a new lease on life, restored to a younger and fitter body.[13] Following this, Druid led a group of occult adventurers, the Shock Troop, for a short time.[16]

Doctor Strange pressed Anthony into commanding the Secret Defenders. He had also made a deal for the life of Shadowoman with the demon Slorioth. Eventually he grew tired of leading a team and faked his death after summoning Slorioth.[17]

Death[]

Druid then spent his days drinking and allowing a number of tenants, who happened to be novice magic users, to rent from an apartment he had gained by hypnotizing the previous owner. One of them uttered an incantation from Druid's books. Hellstorm appeared acting as Satan. Druid tried to save the young man, but was beaten and mocked.[18]

Humiliated, Druid recited forbidden Druidic rituals that been in his mind since he first met the Ancient One. With his powers increased, he sought to bring about destruction and rebirth as the last Druid. Hellstorm was still unimpressed and sent Nekra to seduce him. She succeeded and eventually betrayed Druid, shooting him with a Breathing Gun, a magical weapon designed to kill other supernatural forces. Hellstorm then ignited Druid's corpse and threw it into the garbage, as he had promised to do earlier.[19]

Revivals[]

Druid was briefly revived by the Grim Reaper to battle the Avengers, but regained his senses and helped them defeat the Reaper so his spirit could remain at peace.[20]

Druid was completely revived when the Chaos King laid siege on all reality, and the gates of the Underworld opened, allowing any heroes there to escape, such as Druid himself, Deathcry, Captain Marvel, Swordsman, and Yellowjacket. They fought valiantly against the Grim Reaper, but they all perished again in the end of the Chaos War.[21][22]

Weirdworld[]

Doctor Druid later turned up alive when Nighthawk, Tyndall, and Blur were brought to his castle. Doctor Druid revealed to the captives that despite being dead, his soul took on a corporal form when it encountered Weirdworld, and that as long as he remained in the magical realm, he was essentially alive. He furthermore elaborated that Ogeode had built him a massive crystal atop the castle, which amplified his mind control abilities, bringing nearly everyone within this region of Weirdworld under his thrall, though for some reason, possibly related to time travel, Thundra and Tyndall were immune to his grip.[23]

Return to Earth[]

Some time later, Doctor Druid returned to the primary Earth and took a role as a hospital administrator at the McCarthy Medical Institute. When confronted about his return to life by Doctor Strange, who has returned to medicine after his hands were healed, Druid, now going by his given name Anthony Ludgate, refused to explain how he had been returned to life. Instead, he simply explained that he no longer wished to be a superhero and wanted to focus on medicine and gardening.[24] After assisting Strange with a booby-trapped surgery, Druid joined him in investigating a magical weapons arms ring that had been stealing magic materials and weapons from Strange's Mystic Forge.[25] Druid and Strange ultimately discovered that Madame Masque was responsible for the thefts. Druid assisted Strange in defeating her, though she ultimately escaped, and the two sorcerers returned to Earth.[26]

To settle a debt with Doctor Druid, the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), accompanied by Joseph, traveled to the Endless Desert and went hunting for the Lamp of Lucifer, which Druid claimed was hidden in the belly of a Sand Shark. She then returned the Lamp to Druid at the Bar With No Doors who offered to tell her her future, but she declined.[27]

Attributes

Power Grid[33]
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Powers

As Droom, he presented himself as possessing "the wisdom of a lama, the skills of a yogi, the powers of a mystic".[9]

  • Druidic Magic: Druid possessed extensive knowledge of ancient ritual magic practiced by his Celtic ancestors. He was also fluent with Oriental mysticism passed on to him by the Ancient One.
  • Oriental Mysticism powers include voice manipulation (to appear somewhere else) and movement at the "speed of thought."
  • Magic Detection: Druid could innately sense magic.
  • Mesmerism/Hypnotism: Druid could control what others see, hear, and do as long as their minds were less adept than his own.
  • Body Control: Through yoga like practices Druid could control his body functions to a high degree, such as tightening his muscles to better resist bullets.
  • Telepathy
  • Telekinesis: Druid was capable of levitating himself or other objects.
  • Nature Control: Manipulate plants, animals, and the elements with 'all the terrible power' of the Druids.

Abilities

Anthony has extensive knowledge of the ancient Druids, Celts and astrology. He was a veteran medical doctor and psychiatrist. He was well versed in yogic practices.[citation needed] Druid was also a skilled Judo martial artist[9] and is proficient in staff combat.[citation needed] Anthony has an iron will, demonstrated by his vast mental capacity to prevail over more trained minds.

Medical Knowledge: Anthony received his doctorate from Harvard in medical studies and has demonstrated theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of medicine. He is currently director of the hospital where Doctor Strange works.

Indomitable Will: He has absolute control of his body thanks to an iron will, he is capable of overcoming any attempt at physical or mental submission thanks to his simple will. He even managed to command the cells of his body with his thoughts.

Multilingual: He also knew Swahili, though his was "a bit rusty".[28]

Weaknesses

Druidic magic was disrupted by iron.[2]

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Transportation

Formerly Avenger's Quinjet, Monster Hunter vehicles.

Notes

  • The original version of Doctor Druid appeared as Dr. Droom in the inaugural issue of Amazing Adventures in 1961. He appeared in each issue until the comic was rebranded as Amazing Adult Fantasy, making Dr. Droom Marvel's first recurring Silver-Age character. Dr. Droom was a white man who received mystical powers by being physically transformed into an Asian man.
  • When this story was reprinted in 1975, the racial aspect of his origin was edited out, and Dr. Droom was renamed "Dr. Druid," so as to avoid confusion with Dr. Doom.[29]
  • Druid had a condominium in Boston, Massachusetts which appeared contemporary. But upon entrance, visitors viewed that it was replete with arcane artifacts and devices.[30]
  • Anthony Druid was a Buddhist.[citation needed]

Trivia

  • When he had Doctor Druid join the Avengers, writer Roger Stern intended him to "fill the group's Pain-in-the-Ass Quotient," playing a role similar to the character Charles Emerson Winchester III in the TV series M*A*S*H by acting like an "erudite wise-ass."[31]

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