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Mastermind

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Looking like a shabby version of Vincent Price, Mastermind debuted in X-Men vol. 1 #4 (1964) as a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Created by writer/editor Stan Lee and coplotter/ artist Jack Kirby, Mastermind had the mutant ability to create illusions. Mastermind's principal claim to infamy, however, lies in his key role in Chris Claremont and John Byrne's “Dark Phoenix Saga” in The Uncanny X-Men (1979–1980). The rather ugly Mastermind used his powers of illusion to make himself appear handsome, and, under his alleged real name, Jason Wyngarde, applied for membership in the ruling Inner Circle of the notorious Hellfire Club. (Claremont and Byrne were inspired by the use of the Hellfire Club in an episode of the British television series The Avengers, in which the lead villain was played by actor Peter Wyngarde.) For his initiation test, Mastermind used a device to project his illusions directly into the mind of the X-Men's Phoenix, also known as Jean Grey, drawing out the dark side of her personality. Thus Mastermind brainwashed Phoenix into becoming the Hellfire Club's new Black Queen. But Mastermind had unleashed forces he could not control: she broke free of his mental domination and transformed into the satanic Dark Phoenix. Years later Mastermind succumbed to the lethal “Legacy Virus,” although it's possible that his death may prove to be yet another of his illusions. Mastermind is survived by two daughters: Martinique Jason, alias Mastermind II, and Regan Wyngarde, known as Lady Mastermind. The original Mastermind appeared in X-Men: The Animated Series (1992–1997) and the animated X-Men: Evolution (2000–2003).
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'Regarding land grabbing in Stung Hav, we will definitely enforce the law but our provincial and district authorities would educate them first because some people were deceived into grabbing land by masterminds who lied to them that the state will cede the land to them,' he said.
The sources would not give any indication of whether the masterminds came from the criminal, business or political sectors.
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Borno State, Commissioner of Police Demien Chukwu told newsmen that the arrest of the seven including a mastermind of bombs in the state totalling twenty-two form the largest catch of important insurgents since 2019.
Often, a business will hire unrelated consultants to fulfill a certain need or address a particular concern,' Masterminds cofounder Remulla-Mate said in an e-mail interview.
'Other than insincere promises to nab the culprits, we do not see any serious commitment to get to the real masterminds of the robberies,' the trio said in a joint statement.
MARION The Marion and the Carterville Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to host the first 2018 Mastermind Group on Fridays from 8:15-9:30 a.m., beginning Jan.
Top PPP lawyer Latif Khosa, who is purusing the BB case on behalf of the Bhutto family, believes that the UN report had made clear who the masterminds were.
Incidentally, President Donald Trump's National Security Strategy that coincided with bilateral dialogue here has put a further onus on Pakistan to fight terror groups and alleged masterminds active on its territory.During India PM Narendra Modi's visit to the USA in June, the Trump administration had designated Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist signaling a strong commitment to expanding counter-terror partnership.
The prosecutors on Friday said in a statement carried by the North's state KCNA news agency that outgoing South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Lee Byung-ho and unnamed "masterminds in the CIA" are among those they intend to prosecute, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.
The leader, Rodolfo Edrad Jr., had turned state witness and pointed at the Reyes brothers as masterminds.