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Weather Wizard(pop culture)
A blowhard in both powers and personality, the Weather Wizard stormed into the life of the Fastest Man Alive in The Flash vol. 1 #110 (1959–1960). In “Challenge of the Weather Wizard!” by writer John Broome and penciler Carmine Infantino, low-rent crook Mark Mardon is on the lam and seeks refuge at the laboratory of his estranged brother Clyde, whom he finds dead. Mardon discovers that his scientist brother was developing a weather-control device—a wand—and follows Clyde's notes to complete the project. Donning ostentatious green gear, Mardon, as the Weather Wizard, wreaks meteorological mayhem with his Weather Wand, threatening lives and property by creating a flash flood that is stopped, appropriately enough, by the Flash II, who whirls his arms into a super-windmill to force back the torrent. The Weather Wizard's weapon enables him to, with a mere gesture, project “eolic energy,” creating from nothingness any climactic pattern he can imagine, from tornadoes to electrical storms to blizzards. He can minimize his inclement attacks— causing a curtain of rain to envelop the Flash, for example—or cast broad meteorological patterns, such as blanketing a town with snow. With the power of the elements in his very hand, Weather Wizard has been known to be quite boastful. Mardon was not among Flash's assembled rogues' gallery during their earliest unions (but joined them later), instead pummeling Kid Flash and the Elongated Man (in Flash #130, 1962) and Batman and Robin (Detective Comics #353, 1966) with his weather assaults, as well as the Flash, whom he fought with a hurricane's ire in numerous vengeful return bouts. Weather Wizard even stormed onto television in 1979, in the campy live-action Legends of the Superheroes NBC special, with comedian Jeff Altman hamming it up in the role. When the Flash died in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 (1985), Mardon temporarily retired, but later resumed his weather warfare against the Scarlet Speedster's successor, the third Flash. Weather Wizard and four other Flash foes died and were given a new, soulless lease on “life” in Underworld Unleashed #1 (1995), but their humanity was later restored by the fleet-footed hero they so frequently battled. In the 2000s the Weather Wizard, sporting a sleek new costume of olive and gold, has become a regular member of the Flash's Rogues' Gallery, confessing in Flash vol. 2 #220 (2005) that he, like the biblical Cain, had actually killed his sibling Clyde, a retroactive alteration of the villain's origin. The Weather Wizard made animated-television appearances in a 1997 episode of the WB's Superman, guest-starring the Flash, with real-life comicbook fan Miguel Ferrer voicing the villain; and in the 2003 “Hereafter” episode of the Cartoon Network's Justice League (2001–2004), voiced by Corey Burton.
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