First appearance: IRON MAN #55
Real name: Arthur Douglas
Occupation: Former real estate agent, agent of Chronos
Legal status: Formerly an Amencan citizen with no criminal record
former aliases: none
Place of birth: Burbank, California
Place of resurrection: Outside Las Vegas Nevada
Place of 2nd death: Planet Ba Banis, BA system
Known relatives: Heather Douglas (alias Moondragon, daughter
Group affiliation: The Infinity Watch
Weight: 600 Ibs.
History: Real estate agent Arthur Douglas, his wife Yvette, and daughter Heather, were driving across the Mojave Desert from Las Vegas to Los Angeles when a spaceship carrying the mad Titanian named Thanos passed overhead on a surveillance mission to Earth.Wishing to keep his existence a secret, Thanos destroyed the automobile in case its passengers had seen his ship, and then landed to make certain they were dead. Satisfied that they were, Thanos left. Unknown to the Titanian, his father Mentor had been monitoring, his activities on Earth, to examine his son's latest handiwork. Mentor discovered that Heather Douglas was still alive, and took her back to Titan to be raised. She later returned to Earth as Moondragon Mentor determined that the threat of his son Thanos could no longer be ignored and wanted to create a being of sufficient power to defeat Thanos. Enlisting the aid of his father Chronos, who millennia before had become a discorporate wraith. Mentor had Chronos seize the astral form (living consciousness) of Arthur Douglas before it had completely fled from Douglas's body. Chronos and Mentor then fashioned a humanoid body from the earth's soil, granted it superhuman powers, and cast Douglas' spirit inside it. Thus they created the being who would become known as Drax the Destroyer. Mentor blocked all of Drax's memories of his old life, instilling in him monomaniacal hate for Thanos. For years, Drax served as Thanos's nemesis, thwarting certain of the Titanian's plans, but never crushing Thanos himself. Thanos hired legions of alien mercenaries just to keep Drax away from him. Finally, in Thanos's campaign to possess the Cosmic Cube, Drax in the company of the Avengers. Captain Mar Vell, and Moondragon, saw Thanos destroyed. Suddenly lacking a reason for existence, Drax wandered space in grim contemplation. By the time he learned that Thanos had managed to rematerialize himself, Thanos had once again been killed this time by being permanently turned to stone. Drax, purposeless again, used Captain Mar-vell as a scapegoat upon whom to vent his frustrations. Sometime later, Drax was contacted by his daughter Moondragon and invited to join her in her journey through space in search of knowledge. Drax accepted. The two rode aboard Moondragon's personal starship Sensia, and came upon the planet Ba Banis, a world of humanoid aliens caught in a vast civil war. Moondragon decided to used her mental powers to quell the conflict and then decided to set herself up as the world's goddess Drax recognized that her ambitions were ignoble and so sent their ship to Earth with a holographic distress message The Avengers responded and discovered Moondragon's world of mentally enforced tranquility. Freed by the Avengers from his daughter's mental domination, Drax advanced toward her, seeking to end her menace. In order to stop him Moondragon mentally forced Drax's Iife essence to vacate his artificial body. Later, after subduing Moondragon and returning to Earth, the Avengers placed Drax's body inside Sensia and sent it into space programmed to self destruct, Without Drax's spirit inside it, Drax s body was destroyed when the Sensia exploded.
Powers: Drax possessed a variety of superhuman powers utilizing the cosmic energy bestowed upon his artificial form by Chronos and Mentor. Drax had super-human strength and was capable of lifting (pressing) 40 tons. His body, while possessed by his spirit was totally invulnerable to all forms of physical injury Drax could fly by harnessing cosmic energy as a propulsion source. The maximum rate of speed that Drax could attain is not known: he could, however make interplanetary journeys in a manner of weeks. Drax could also harness his cosmic energy and channel it through his arms for concessive blasts. The maximum amount of force that Drax could wield is not known; he could, however, shatter large ferrous meteors.
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