One "Hit" Wonder? The Miracle Man

From Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky, Stan Goldberg, and Artie Simek

From Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky, Stan Goldberg, and Artie Simek

 Character: Miracle Man (Joshua Ayers)

First (Only?) Appearance: Fantastic Four #3 (December, 1961)

Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Gimmick: A magician who seemed to have limitless powers over reality, but was really just a skilled hypnotist

One Hit Wonder? No

 

From Fantastic Four #138 by Gerry Conway, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Petra Goldberg, and John Costanza 

From Fantastic Four #138 by Gerry Conway, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Petra Goldberg, and John Costanza 

Time Between Appearances: It would be almost 12 years until Gerry Conway brought the character back in the pages of Fantastic Four #138-139 in 1973.

Updated Gimmick: Obsessed with making his sham powers a reality, he learned the art of “mind-of-matter” from the Cheemuzwa Tribe of Oklahoma and gained matter manipulation powers.

Two Hit Wonder? No

Did the Update Work? Somewhat

 

 

Further Appearances:

1975, Marvel Two-in-One #8: Attempted to manipulate his powers into creating life, believing an even more "immaculate" conception on Christmas would ascend him to godhood.

1983, Defenders #120-122: Stole the Darksoul from the Son of Satan, in order to add a demonic flair to his own powers. But, he lost his powers completely when the Darksoul was removed from him.

1985, The Thing #24: Joshua attempted to restore his powers, was killed by a villain-killing vigilante named The Scourge of the Underworld along the way.

2009, The Punisher #5-10: A demonically-powered villain named The Hood resurrected many of The Scourge of the Underworld’s victims as lackeys. Many were re-killed by The Punisher along the way, but Johsua was not one of them.

2013, FF #4: A mostly throwaway gag appearance where he filed a lawsuit against FF member, She-Hulk.

 

Longevity Grade: D
You have to respect a character that can make it from 1961 to 2013, but he’s also only been the headlining villain of a max 3-4 stories. All his other appearances come in the form of side character, lackey, or gag appearance. Still, those 3-4 starring roles are more than you might have initially expected from this particular goofball. 

From FF #4 by Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, Laura Allred, and Clayton Cowles

From FF #4 by Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, Laura Allred, and Clayton Cowles