At first, Mesmero was a small crook. He would go to society parties and use his powers to make guests to give him all of their possesions and forget about them. Magneto found Mesmero and wanted him to make Polaris believe that she was the daughter of Magneto. Mesmero succeeded, but it was revealed by a Sentinel the Magneto that gave the orders to Mesmero was actually a robot. Mesmero attacked and hyponized the X-Men into believing that they were Circus performers. Beast freed the X-Men and stopped Mesmero. Mesmero then was rendered unconsious by Magneto. He was then stranded in South America.
Mesmero later went to England to make money legally as a Hypnotist. The Fenris twins found him and forced him to work for them. Mesmero hypnotised Excalibur into protecting him from Fenris. Shadowcat broke free of Mesmero's control over the team, and Excalibur defeated Fenris. Mesmero then traveled to New York City and he tried to hypnotise the city to do his bidding. He was stopped by Spider-Man. One time he tricked Dark Riders into thinking they threw him off a cliff. At one point he was captured an sent to a special prison. He hypnotised his way out, but Sentinels were sent after him. He panicked and took hostages. Alpha Flight came and defeated both the Sentinels and Mesmero.
First appeared in 1968 in X-Men issue # 49
This was another one of those characters where a certain image appealed to me in my choice of base figurine to use. The pose on the mock magazine cover at the start of this post was the inspiration, plus I found an image from a Spider-Man comic where he was also using his hands in a dramatic way. I used Cosmic Boy from the DC figurine collection, the stance, and body mass, perfect for Mesmero.
This custom took quite some time to complete, lots of layers to the costume. This is a request by a fellow collector of Marvel figurines, and there was a requirement for this Mesmero to have his kilt, whereas later versions removed it. The kilt was the starting point, and everything built up from this point, like so... 1-Kilt, 2-Belt, 3-Belt Buckle, 4-'M' on Belt Buckle, 5-rim around Belt Buckle, 6-Boots, 7-Gloves, 8-Straps under each arm, 9-Cape, 10-Lined Collar, 11-Lined front on headpiece, 12-rear of headpiece, 13-Front Rim of headpiece, 14-Neck Collar, and 15-Ovals on Neck Collar.
Once the sculpting was done it was two basic colour schemes - For the green I used 'Scorpion Green' for the base, 'Dark Angels Green' for the shade, 'Snot Green' to blend the ''Dark Angels Green' in, followed by 'Scorpion Green' to highlight muscle tone. I then mixed ''Scorpion Green, Sunburst Yellow, and Skull White', so I could dry-brush on top of the 'Scorpion Green' to lighten the skin tone slightly. For the Cerise colour I used 'Warlock Purple' for the base, 'Blue Ink' for the Shade, 'Liche Purple' to blend in the 'Blue Ink', with some more 'Warlock Purple' to highlight the costume. 'Skull White' used for the eyes, with 'Dark Angels Green' to line the eyes.
The following photo's are of the various stages used in applying the paint effects on Mesmero.
*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.
*Thanks to Blake Newman for the fantastic mock Mesmero cover at the start of this post.
*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information for Mesmero.