Real Name: Elias Wirtham
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Cardiac can control electricity and project it with his staff. His skin is made up of a vibranium alloy which deflects bullets and can also use his staff to fly.
Beta-particle reactor in place of his heart provides him with ability to project beta-particle energy through pulse staff or fists and grants him enhanced strenght, speed, and agility. Uses a beta-particle powered flying disc.
When he was younger, Elias' brother, Josh, died but probably could have been saved if modern medicine practices weren't cost effective. As he grew older, he used his knowledge so what happened to Josh wouldn't be repeated in the future. Elias performed his research on his physical self, which included replacing his natural heart with a beta-particle reactor: a mechanism which supplied energy throughout his entire body. The energy, channeled through his muscles, increased his speed and agility but could also be fired as projectile energy through the power staff he wielded or his fists.
Seeing himself as an instrument of justice, Cardiac set out after a filmmaker named William Gant who was indirectly responsible for a boy who murdered his entire family after watching one of Gant's films. Gant got off and made another film based on the boy's incident. He incidentally ran into Styx and Stone, assuming they were in league with Gant when they attacked him while trying to escape Spider-Man. In mid-skirmish, Cardiac discovered the true identity of Mr. Stone which — through sudden shock of realization — allowed Styx and Stone to escape him as well as Spider-Man. However, Cardiac took some consolation in the fact that Gant's studio had been wrecked in the process.
Cardiac later tracked Stone's physical address and went to pay a housecall. After settling a small domestic dispute just outside the residence, Cardiac made his way inside where a battle between Spider-Man, Styx, and Stone was already underway. Cardiac attacked Spider-Man, proclaiming he wasn't aware of what was truly going on and allowed Styx and Stone to escape, but not before Spidey manage to tag Styx with a tracer. Out of uniform, Elias met Stone and claimed he wanted to help.
Once Stone was convinced, he brought Styx to the meeting place where Cardiac awaited. After Styx was placed in the machinery, Cardiac set the machine to kill him. When Stone realized this, he attacked, but Cardiac overpowered him. Spider-Man found his way there not long after and ended up fighting Cardiac. Their one-on-one dance allowed Stone to recover and release Styx before the machine could kill him outright. The two attempted to escape, but a combined effort of Spider-Man and Cardiac put a stop to that.
Afterwards, it appeared as if Cardiac would surrender when his method of air transportation abruptly arrived and swooped him away before Spider-Man could restrain him.
Created by writer David Michelinie, penciler Erik Larsen.
Debuted as Dr. Wortham in Amazing Spider-Man #342, and as Cardiac in #344.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #342
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Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Die Spinne (1980)
#201 Fear Itself: The Home Front (2011)
- 'Tage der Verzweiflung'#202
- 'Finale im Botanischen Garten'#203
- 'Herz und Macht'#204
- 'Aus Tiefstem Herzen!'#226
- 'Maximum Carnage - Der Entfesselte Carnage'
Felicia Hardy: The Black Cat (1994)
#1 Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992)
- 'Sharp Turns'#2
- 'First Strike'#3
- 'Claws & Effect'
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Marvel Team-Up (2004)
#5 Nightwatch (1994)
- 'Golden Child, Part Five'
#3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Whispers in the Dark'#7
- 'Collision Course'#9
- 'All Roads Lead to Then'#10
- 'Ground Zero'#11
- 'Down to Earth'#12
- 'The Exile's Return'
Spider-Man (French edition) (1991)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
Superior Spider-Man (2013)
#7 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Troubled Mind Part One: Right-Hand Man'#8
- 'Troubled Mind Part Two: Proof Positive'#22
- 'Darkest Hours, Part 1: Beginnings'#23
- 'Darkest Hours, Part 2: Complications'#24
- 'Darkest Hours, Part 3: The Superior Venom'#25
- 'Darkest Hours, Part 4: Conclusion'
#342 The Astonishing Spider-Man (1995)
- 'The Jonah Trade!'#343
- 'War Garden!'#344
- 'Hearts And Powers'#345
- 'Gun From The Heart!'#359
- 'Toy Death'#360
- 'Death Toy!'#376
- 'Guilt By Association'#377
- 'Dust to Dust'#388
- 'The Sadness of Truth'
The Exploits of Spider-Man (1992)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook (2007)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Choice in the Matter'#140
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