Dr. Michael Twoyoungmen was a skilled surgeon who had rejected his grandfather's urging to learn the mystical teachings that ran in his family. When Twoyoungmen' failed to save his dying wife, his daughter, Elizabeth, grew angry and blamed him for the loss. She left home, causing Twoyoungmen to roam the wilderness alone. There, he was visited by the spirit of his grandfather, who taught him the mystic arts.
Shaman was created by John Byrne and Chris Claremont. Shaman first appeared in the Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #120 (1979) written by Claremont, drawn by Byrne (pencils) and Terry Austin (inks). Claremont and Byrne co-plotted the story line together.
Major Story Arcs
Joining Alpha Flight
Twoyoungmen assisted in the delivery of the young goddess who would become known as Snowbird. When Snowbird was asked to join the newly formed Alpha Flight, Twoyoungmen joined as well, to keep an eye on Snowbird and ensure she wasn't exploited. He took on the alias Shaman and became one of the team members others would listen to. Shaman's daughter, Elizabeth, eventually reconciled with him and drew a magical talisman out of Shaman's mystical pouch. This led her to Alpha Flight under the name "Talisman"
Shaman has served with multiple incarnations of Alpha Flight, both as Shaman and occasionally taking up his daughter's mantle as Talisman, and has subsequently trained the young Earth-Mover to be his replacement on the team.
During a battle with the Collective, it appeared all the members of Alpha Flight were either seriously hurt or killed. Shaman was one of the teammates to have died. Sasquatch was all that remained of the original team. He then made a new team called Omega Flight to keep the legacy of his fallen team-members alive.
During the events of the Chaos War, many deceased characters from the Marvel Universe were brought back to life by an ancient God for a short period of time. This included Shaman and his perished teammates from Alpha Flight. However, when the evil god was defeated, some of the resurrected teammates were released and brought back to the land of the living. Shaman along with Marrina and the rest of the team remained alive. The group re-assembled again and started working as a superhero team again, with renewed strength and happy they got a second chance in life.
Powers & Abilities
Dr. Twoyoungmen is a highly skilled shaman educated in the use of nature-based magic. He possess a mystical pouch, containing a void that stores the many objects and magical items he uses in his spellcraft. Some of the primary magical abilities he has demonstrated include: shape shifting , element control, communing with animals and spirits, teleportation, and most notably his ability to heal the wounded.
Shaman is also telepathically connected to his daughter, Talisman. He also possesses several totems that can change his abilities depending on the particular situation.
Shaman is a gifted intellectual, skilled in acrobatics and hand to hand combatant. Using his mystical abilities he can strengthen the blow of his attacks.
X-MEN: The Animated Series
Shaman appeared in episode #18 of the X-men animated series (1993) entitled Repo Man and was later seen in episode 33, tiled Child of Light, during the Phoenix Saga.