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Elias Wirtham (Earth-616).png
Full Name: Dr. Elias Wirtham
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #342 (as Wirtham), The Amazing Spider-Man #344 (as Cardiac)
Created by: David Michelinie, Erik Larsen, Randy Emberlin
Home Universe: Earth-616
Alignment: Good
Status: Alive
Place of Birth: Roslyn, New York
Citizenship: American
Base: Blessing private hospital, New York City
Affiliations: None
Powers/Abilities: High Intellect, Bio-Technics Expert, Skilled Surgeon
Height: 6' 5" (1.96 m)
Weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Unique Features: Vibranium mesh skin; heart is powered by beta particle reactor


Elias Wirtham is a doctor driven by his brother's death to researching life-saving medical practices. His brother Joshua's death was the result of corporate greed, who had a cure for his condition ready, but did not distribute the medicine due to it not being a "profitable" time for them, hence his motivation against corporations. As a part of his research, Elias replaces his heart with a beta-particle reactor, which supplies energy throughout his body, in addition to a vibranium weave mesh under his skin. This energy, channeled through his muscles, increases his speed, agility, and reflexes, and can also be fired through his fists or the power staff he wields. He adopts the moniker "Cardiac" in reference to the source of his power.

Wirtham is a physician and surgeon, and the owner and administrator of a biological research firm.

Cardiac becomes a vigilante, believing himself an instrument of justice. He first encountered Spider-Man while raiding Sapridyne Chemicals, a company owned by Justin Hammer which possessed chemicals vital for the production of cocaine.

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