MORDO's MINIONS

Membership: Adria, Sir Baskerville, Demonicus, Kaecilius

Purpose: Service to Baron Mordo, Defeat of Dr. Strange, Advancement of own magical powers

Affiliations: Baron (Karl Wolfgang) Mordo, Morgana Blessing (pawn), Demon's disciple (former), Dormammu (indirectly), Dormammu's wraiths, unnamed sorcerer and others

Enemies: Dr. Strange

Aliases: Minions of Mordo. see individuals for individual aliases

Base of Operations: The Purple Dimension; formerly Castle Mordo, Transylvania; formerly a base in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City

First Appearance: (As a group) Strange Tales I#141 (February, 1966)

History: The individual origins of Mordo's minions are unknown. His disciple obviously gained some level of mystic training under Mordo himself. At some point, they came to ally themselves with the sorcerer Baron Mordo.

(Strange Tales I#128-140 - BTS) - Baron Mordo gained mystic power from the extra-dimensional sorcerer Dormammu in exchange for vowing to serve him. Dormammu was bound by an oath to not invade Earth himself, so he directed Mordo to capture or slay his enemy, Dr. Strange. Mordo's advanced power proved superior to that of Dr. Strange, and Strange was forced to go into hiding until he could determine some means to overcome Mordo.

To assist him in locating the elusive Dr. Strange, Mordo contacted some of his previous allies and servants. Some of these were able to detain or temporarily capture Strange, but none could successfully keep him long enough for Mordo to bring him to Dormammu. Strange eventually confronted Dormammu on his own terms.

(Strange Tales I#141-143) - After Dormammu was outmaneuvered and defeated by Dr. Strange, he took out his anger on Mordo, banishing him to a dimension of demons. Three of his former servants (his Disciple, the Demon, and the Witch), having lost contact with their master, joined forces to bring in Dr. Strange.

They planted a conventional bomb within his Sanctum, figuring that he would not scan for something so mundane. At the last minute, Strange realized that someone had erased the mystic evidence of the presence of Mordo (and perhaps others) from his Sanctum. Strange performed a scan that detected the bomb, and he levitated into the air and threw it into the sky. As the bomb exploded, he was still only a short distance from it, and was knocked unconscious. Mordo's minions then captured him, mystically bound him, and brought him back to Castle Mordo.

As the Witch and the Disciple investigated Strange's Amulet and Cloak, the Demon was given the task of probing Strange's mind. However, Strange's mental powers were far greater than the Demon's and he took control of his mind, forcing him to begin removing the spells which were binding him. The Witch discovered what had happened and broke Strange's contact with the Demon. Strange fled and attempted to use his astral self to discover a means of freeing his body from the blinding mask and hand restraints it still wore. The Witch located his inert body and brought it back to her, binding it so that his astral form could not return to it, she then trapped his astral from as well. However, as she attempted to explore his Amulet, Strange activated it, enabling him to mesmerize her and force her to free his astral from. Before he could force her to remove all of the spells on his body, the Demon and the Disciple arrived and attacked him. Although his astral from was significantly weaker than the combined power of the sorcerers, Strange used his control over the Amulet and Cloak to defeat the group. He then forced them to completely free his body, and he wiped their minds of black magic.

(Dr. Strange II#56) - Morgana Blessing arranged an interview with Dr. Strange. After inviting the group into his Sanctum and retelling his origins, Strange revealed that he knew the crew was actually the three former minions of Mordo. He explained that he had hoped that his temporary mental block would have taught them the humility and

wisdom to use their knowledge to better themselves. However, they attacked him again, seeking vengeace for their past defeats, and hoping to steal some of his mystic artifacts. As Strange began to overpower the three, Adria located the Purple Gem. Sensing its power, she tried to use it against Strange. However, the Gem served only as a one-way portal to the Purple Dimension, and all three of the minions were sucked away.

COMMENTS: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The name's Mordo's Disciple and the Witch both come from the original Marvel Index series#6 (Strange Tales), @ 1977. Neither of these two characters actually received a name in their appearances in Strange Tales.

For the sake of convenience of description, I am using these names to describe them before they were given their more formal names.

Aggamon, ruler of the Purple Dimension, has been seen since Mordo's Minions were sent to his realm, but I don't believe the Minions were mentioned at that time. (Doc III Annual#2/5)

  • Dormammu's wraiths probably have additional appearances beyond those included here
  • Mordo's Minions have an entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.

    CLARIFICATIONS: Demonicus, aka Demon, is not to be confused with:


    Adria ( )-formerly known as the Witch, she also posed as Sylvia Nettlebaum, a reporter for Independent Video. Her past activities are unknown, and she was not seen before she joined forces with Mordo's others servants.

    (Witch)--Strange Tales I#141/2 (142/2, 143/2; (A)Dr. Strange II#56

     

     

     

     


    Demonicus ( )-formerly known as the Demon, he also posed as soundman Tyrone Lewis. Prior to joining Mordo's quest, the Demon was a sorcerer of some repute based out of New York City.

    (Strange Tales I#128/2) - His disciple fled to Dr. Strange for help to stop him, but the Demon learned of this and recalled his disciple to his base, and imprisoned him. The Demon erased all evidence of his spells to prevent Strange from locating him. However, Strange animated the outer garments of the disciple, which were left behind when he was teleported away, causing them to retrace their steps back to the Demon's base. The Demon ambushed Strange and trapped him within the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak, but Strange sent out his astral form, which read through the Demon's scrolls and learned which spells had been mastered by the Demon. Strange then broke free, overpowered the Demon, and freed his Disciple.

    (Strange Tales I#132/2) - Mordo convinced the Demon to join him, and sent him to Strange's sanctum to await his return. Strange, suspecting a trap in his sanctum, entered in his astral form and narrowly escaped from the Demon. He then purchased a different costume from a shop and posed as a rival of Strange's, challenging him to match his powers. The Demon was put off guard by this, and Strange was able to sucker punch and knock him out.

    (Demon)--Strange Tales I#128/2 (132/2, 141/2-143/2; (Demonicus) Dr. Strange II#56





    Kaecilius -formerly known as Mordo's disciple, posed as cameraman Joe Crocker.

    (Strange Tales I#130/2) - He accompanied Mordo in an ambush on the Tibetan home of the Ancient One. Dr. Strange took the Ancient One and fled, successfully escaping them

    (Strange Tales I#131/2) - He gathered a group of smugglers in Hong Kong to search for the missing Dr. Strange.

    (Strange Tales I#135/2) - He was sent to the home of sir Baskerville to capture Dr. Strange. Mordo took mental possession of his form to allow him to use his Dormammu-enhanced power against him. However, Strange succeeded in duping him, and punched him out, breaking his contact with Mordo. Strange then scanned his mind and learned that it was Dormammu who was giving Mordo his added power.

    (Strange Tales I#136/2) - He alerted Mordo to the fact that they had detected the use of Strange's spells in the temple of the aged Genghis.

    (MD)--Strange Tales I#130/2 (131/2, 135/2, 136/2, 141/2-143/2 ; (K) Dr. Strange II#56


     

    Sir Baskerville--Strange Tales I#135/2

     

     

     

     


    The Demon's disciple had joined the Demon's service just for fun, believing him to be a pretender. However, when he realized the true power fo the Demon, and his potential threat to the rest of the world, he fled to Dr. Strange for help. The Demon recaptured and imprisoned him, but Dr. Strange freed him and sent him away.

    --Strange Tales I#128/2

     

     

     


    Dormammu's wraiths were intangible, mindless creations which could be given a specific mission, such as find and capture a target. They possessed limited mystic powers, including projection of energy bolts, forming of shields, detection of mystic energy, telepathic contact with their master, and the ability to pass through solid objects. They do not tire and can pursue a subject relentlessly. Dormammu lent several Wraiths to Mordo to help locate Dr. Strange. However, due to their limited mental abilities, Strange was able to elude them on several occasions, usually by outwitting them. They were also known as the Spirits of Evil.
    --Strange Tales I#130/2 (131/2, 135/2, 136/2, Dr. Strange II#39

     

     

     

     


    unnamed sorcerer-led an ambush on Dr. Strange while he was in Hong Kong, seeking to delay him until Mordo or other assistance could arrive. However, Strange used illusionary forms to elude several attackers and then bound the sorcerer within the Rings of Raggadorr. The sorcerer mentally contacted Mordo, alerting him of Strange's location

    --Strange Tales I#128/2

     

     

     


    Appearances:
    Strange Tales I#141-142 (February-March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist/plot)
    Strange Tales I#143 (April, 1966) - Roy Thomas (writer), Steve Ditko (artist/plot), Stan Lee (editor)
    Dr. Strange II#56 (December, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Paul Smith (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)


    Last updated: 07/27/07

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