Real Name: Unrevealed
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Madcap possesses an immunity to pain. It is not known whether he can regenerate severed body parts, because he usually reattaches severed parts of his body simply by holding them to the correct portion of his body. Apparently he can regenerate brain cells, since he survived a bullet wound to the center of the forehead with no apparent permanent damage. Madcap has even returned to life after being declared legally dead by regenerating damage to his heart muscle, and apparently to his brain since brain cells deteriorate rapidy after death.
Madcap also has the ability to stimulate the inhibition centers in other people's brains, causing them to act in a euphoric, uninhibited manner that verges on or becomes insanity.
Madcap is legally insane.
Madcap's story begins with him as a deeply religious young man headed to a picnic with his church community. On the way, their bus collides with a tanker truck full of Compound X07, an experimental nerve agent developed by A.I.M.. Everyone aboard the bus, including his parents and sister, dies. Only the young man survives. He is taken to a nearby hospital. When he awakes and discovers all other passengers on the bus had been killed the deeply religious man's mind shatters. His belief in a rational universe is swept away
Exiting the hospital, he attempts to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of moving traffic. He is of course injured but the wounds heal almost instantly. This pushes him further over the edge.
After purchasing a toy soap bubble pistol from a dime store and donning a garish clown costume, the newly-christened Madcap set out to convince others that life is entirely without reason.
His first battle was with Nomad, who at the time was Captain America's sidekick. This occurs when Madcap runs rampant through the streets causing mass chaos. Upon first confronting him, Madcap invites Nomad to take a free shot; Nomad does so, dislocating Madcap's jaw. Madcap then pops his jaw painlessly back into place, comically pokes Nomad in the eyes and made his escape. Nomad would later track Madcap down and subdue him. Having gained confidence from the fight, Nomad would then step down as Captain America's partner and venture on a hero career of his own.
Madcap, after a self-monologue in which he stabs himself to no avail, decides he must show everyone that life is a joke. He takes to Grand Central Station and begins by causing a security guard to go mad. The guard, laughing, shoots several people. By the time Ghost Rider arrives, the entire station is rampant with people murdering each other and killing themselves. Ghost Rider saves who he can, including a baby from an incoming train, then beats Madcap and subjects him to the Penance Stare. Madcap feels all the pain he has caused his victims and he likes it. It's the first real sensation he has felt in some time. He vows that the Ghost Rider will continue to do this thing, no matter how many people must be hurt.
His appearance in She-Hulk has a more comical tone. Writer John Byrne was using Sensational She-Hulk series as more of a comedy book, shown by her breaking the fourth wall oft and conversing with her writer/artist. When she got fed up with Madcap in her book, she quite literally rips out a panel where he was featured, and shredded it. The actual continuity of this event is ambiguous.
Silver Sable, leader of the country of Symkaria, hires a team of super-powered heroes to help protect a mad scientist from capture by the group Heroes For Hire. Sable believs that one of her employees is the aforementioned Nomad but soon discovers she has hired Madcap instead. The teams confront each other in the monastery of St. Eboar's, deep in Symkaria. Deadpool and Madcap, each learn that the other is hard to injure and delighted, fight. Deadpool is overwhelmed and teleports out. Madcap, despite his chaotic nature, obeys orders, guarding Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. His bad Monty Python routines are interrupted by Deadpool, who temporarily defeats him with a blow that seemingly snaps his neck. He returns minutes later, to battle Deadpool once again.
The entire incident, plus more, turns out to be engineered by the villain called Master of the World.
First Appearance: Captain America (1968) #307
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Avengers Spotlight (1989)
Captain America (1968)
#307 Captain America Comic-Taschenbuch (1988)
- 'Stop Making Sense'#309
- 'Nomad Madcap Cap...'#442
- 'Broad Stripes and White Stars'
Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
Ghost Rider (1990)
#33 Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire (2009)
- 'What Does It Matter?'
#2 Heroes for Hire (1997)
- 'Are You There, Devil? It's Me, Danny.'#4
- 'Here Comes Hell'#5
- 'Sole Reigning Holds the Tyranny of Heaven'
#10 Marvel Special (1997)
- 'Misalliances (The Conclusion)'
#11 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'Der unglaubliche Hulk'#16
- 'Die Rückkehr der Helden - Leb, Kree, oder Stirb!'#24
#1 Power Pack (1984)
- '1989 The Year in Review'
Secret Avengers (2010)
#29 Secret Avengers (2013)
- 'A Council Of Masters'#32
- 'To Hold Back A Black Hole'
#6 The Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular (1990)
- 'Beaus & Eros, Part 1: I'm With Cupid'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Khoryphos to Magneto'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
Wolverine: The Best There Is (2011)
- 'Contagion: Chapter One: Impulsion and Whim'#2
- 'Contagion: Chapter Two: This Little Curiosity'#2 (Djurdjevic Variant)
- 'Contagion: Chapter Two: This Little Curiosity'#3
- 'Contagion: Chapter Three: Someone They Can Hate'#4
- 'Contagion: Chapter Four: All That Life'#5
- 'Contagion: Chapter Five: Looking for a Way Out'#6
- 'Contagion: Chapter Six: The Tortures of Good Deeds'#11#12
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