Unofficial Biography PRINCE RA-MAN [Mark Merlin]
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Real Name: Mark Merlin
Aliases: Mind Master
First Appearance: (as Mark Merlin): House of Secrets #23 (August 1959)
(as Prince Ra-Man): House of Secrets #73 (July-August 1965)

See Mark Merlin

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  Although Prince Ra-Man was created from the body and mind of Mark Merlin, the two of them were actually different beings (see separate Mark Merlin entry). Mark had been a famed "occult detective" in the town of Cloister for years when one of his old foes, the Gargoyle (I), kidnapped his fiancé Elsa Magusson and apparently dematerialized Mark. In fact, Mark had been transported to the subatomic world called Ra, where a native scientist named Kranak explained that this new world rendered Mark immortal, but incapable of leaving without losing body and soul. However, with Kranak's help, Mark was transformed into a being modelled after a legendary ruler of ancient Egypt. Mark Merlin was now dead, but in his place stood Prince Ra-Man, a powerful entity that was able to return to Earth and rescue Elsa.

  Prince Ra-Man had a long career as a supernatural hero, fighting threats such as Helio the Sun-Demon, Doctor Seven, and Eclipso. He also revisited the world of Ra on two occasions. For a time, he was mystically stuck in the body of the cat Memkata, but returned in recent years. Shortly thereafter, Ra-Man sacrificed his life in battle against the Anti-Monitor's Shadow Creatures during the Crisis.

  Following the death of Prince Ra-Man, his Mark Merlin persona was apparently returned to life. An aged and somewhat bitter Merlin was recently seen in a home for old people in Gotham City, taking on an assignment from the Penguin to communicate with the dead.

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