X-Factor Annual #3 (1988):
“The Gift”
by Mark Gruenwald, Paris Cullins, Tony DeZuniga

X-Factor Annual #3

Title: “The Gift”

Medium: comic

Cover date: 1988

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Mark Gruenwald
Art by: Paris Cullins, Tony DeZuniga

8 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
High Evolutionary High Evolutionary (Herbert Edgar Wyndham)
(lead character)
CBR Scale: M Transhumanist
Animutants (founder); Knights of Wundagore (founder)...  Marvel 108
Arnim Zola Arnim Zola villain
CBR Scale: M Nazi
Skeleton Crew (ally) Marvel 73
Jonathan Drew supporting character scientist
  [Spider-Woman's father] Marvel 16
Phaeder villain scientist
CBR Scale: R Inhuman religion
Inhumans; Inhuman
[Maelstrom's father]
Marvel 4
Dempsey supporting character
CBR Scale: I uplifted animal
[1st successful subject of High Evolutionary's accelerator]
Marvel 3
Crucible Wladyslav Shinski villain scientist
  Enclave Marvel 20
Mrs. Wyndham supporting character scientist
  [High Evolutionary's mother] Marvel 1
Centurius Centurius (Noah Black)
villain scientist
CBR Scale: U nihilist
black; Hood's Army... 
[attempted to destroy all life on Earth]
Marvel 4

This is a flashback story detailing Herbert Edgar Wyndham's past and his route to becoming the High Evolutionary. There is some disagreement among fans and commentators regarding the identity of the mysterious man who gives the human genetic blueprint to Wyndham. Some say the man was the outcast Inhuman geneticist Phaeder. Others believe the mysterious man was Mr. Sinister.