Dr. Richard Janus was a college student and a research scientist and friend of Reed Richards at State Univeristy in Hegeman. Janus was obsessed with finding a new source of energy, and sought Richards' help to harness this Negative Energy, or "Nega-Power" as he likes to call it.

When Richards moved on to new experiments when results showed no results, Dr. Janus continued his work, and eventually discovered his new "Nega-Power". Dr. Janus was exposed to the energy and was split into two separate beings; Janus and the Nega-Man. The Nega-Man overpowered Dr. Janus, and set out to conquer the planet.

The Nega-Man clashed with the Fantastic Four and developed a module capable of harnessing anti-matter energy. He then attempted to enter the Negative Zone to increase his power. Janus encountered the Negative Zone's ruler, Annihilus, who easily defeated him. Overwhelmed in the face of such power, Janus cravenly offered to guide Annihilus back to Earth, even while knowing the cataclysmic consequences of doing so.

However, Annihilus also allowed Janus on one of his ships to venture out into Negative Zone space to absorb the negative energy he was seeking even as the male members of the Fantastic Four ventured into the Negative Zone themselves to stop him. Janus achieved that goal, only to learn that the crew Annihilus assigned to convey him had subsequent orders to restrain him for Annihilus' own purposes. Janus was easily able to strike them down, but even as Janus steered the ship back to confront Annihilus with his new strength, a dying minion was able to have Janus ejected out of the ship with the last of his strength. Despite the pursuing Reed Richards' best efforts to save him, Janus was instead seemingly killed when he was pulled into an anti-matter interface.[1]

Dr. Richard Janus many years later revealed to have survived the experience and faked his death to continue his experiments. Dr. Janus plotted to siphon the power of the Negative Zone, however he was apparently destroyed this time by an energy disruption.[2]

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