Real Name: Aggamon
Identity/Class: Extra-Dimensional (Purple Dimension) magic user
Occupation: Ruler, Slavelord
Group Membership: Lords of the Netherworlds (Tiboro, others unnamed, all associates of Dormammu)
Affiliations: Ruler of the people of the
loose alliance with Clea and Dormammu
Enemies: Clea, Dr. Strange,
Dormammu (as Flyx);
his slaves (possibly including the Minions of Mordo (Adria, Demonicus, and Kaecilius)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Aggamon the All-Powerful
Base of Operations: Castle within the Purple Dimension
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#119/2 (April, 1964)
Aggamon is a sorcerer with a power level on par with that of Dr. Strange early in his career. Much of his power is apparently derived from the gems mined from his home dimension. He can conjure visions and open portals to other dimensions.
He uses a Jeweled-Demolisher Beam which can project beams of mystic force comparable to those of Dr. Strange's first amulet.
Aggamon lacks the strength of will and courage of others, and will surrender before risking life or injury.
He is served by a legion of guards armed with pike-like weapons, and he lords over a group of slaves who mine his gems..
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 234 lbs.
Aggamon's true origins are unknown. He may be a native of the Purple Dimension, or he may just have set it up as his own base. He commented, "In a thousand years, no captive has ever escaped through the Purple Veil!"--which may indicate that he has ruled there for a millennia.
At some point, he began to bring natives of other dimensions to the Purple Dimension, and turned them into slaves, to mine the gems of that dimension. He trades the gems to others in exchange for power for himself.
(Strange Tales I#119/2) - Two men stole the Purple Gem from Dr. Strange's Sanctum, and were pulled through the gem across the Purple Veil, where the were enslaved by Aggamon. Strange traveled to the Purple Dimension in order to free the two men. Aggamon agreed to return them to Earth, if Strange would take their place as prisoner. Dr. Strange agreed, but after the two men were released, he explained he only agreed to take their place, and not to stay there. Freeing himself, Strange challenged Aggamon to single combat. Aggamon used his Jeweled Demolisher Beam against Strange's amulet. The two locked in power for hours, and their very life forces began to weaken as they focused all of their power against each other. Ultimately, it was Aggamon who lost the game of "Chicken," surrendering to Strange rather than risking death. Before leaving, Strange cast a spell over Aggamon, weakening him, and telling him that he could only ever regain his strength by releasing his slaves.
(Strange Tales I#140/2+141/2 - BTS) - Aggamon was one of the "Lords of the Nether-Worlds," summoned to the Dark Dimension by Dormammu to observe his battle against Dr. Strange (as later revealed in Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2/5). The Lords returned to their respective realms after Dormammu's defeat at Strange's hands.
(Dr. Strange II#56-BTS) - Dr. Strange was attacked by the Minions of Mordo: Adria, Demonicus, and Kaecilius. 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.
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2/5) - Clea and Flyx (actually Dormammu in disguise) sought allies against Umar and Baron Mordo. They began their quest to recruit the Lords of the Nether-Worlds with Aggamon. The lord of the Purple Dimension declined, explaining that he must remain neutral in order to maintain his trade of the Purple Gems. He then offered to sell them a gem, saying that they might use it to court the favor of one of his fellow "Lords." Clea and Flyx agreed, but he then entrapped them within the Purple Gem, as punishment for his past defeat by Strange. However, they managed to escape: Flyx called upon his "full Faltinian power"--maintaining his cover-up as Dormammu--and shattered half of Aggamon's domain. They then bluffed Aggamon ("Flyx" had exhausted his stored power) into surrendering, and they agreed to leave them in peace if he would supply them with all of the gems of power they need for the upcoming conflict with Umar.
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#48 - BTS) - Clea and Flyx (presumably utilizing the power of the Purple Gems), alongside Tiboro and five other Sorcerers (whom I can't identify, presumably other Lords of the Netherworlds), traveled to the Dark Dimension to take down Umar and Mordo. They were successful, and Umar conceded defeat and relinquished the throne rather than face the combined power of the sorcerers. However, Flyx than revealed himself as Dormammu, retook his power, and banished Tiboro and the others from the Dark Dimension.
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and "Sturdy" Steve Ditko.
When the Minions of Mordo were pulled into the Purple Gem, it seems likely that Aggamon would have tried and perhaps succeeded in enslaving them, as he does with anyone who enters his dimension. I'd like to see that confrontation.
There's a whole batch of characters from Dr. Strange's adventures that deserve to be brought back. In addition, only two of the Lords of the Nether-Worlds have ever been identified. I'd like to know who the rest are.
In Marvel: The Lost Generation#5, Ralph Macchio reported that Roger Stern believed that all of Dr. Strange's adventures through to Strange Tales I#122 actually occurred in the pre-modern era, which would place Aggamon in that era.
The Purple Gem sat on Strange's shelf from Strange Tales I#119 (1964) to Dr. Strange III Annual#2 (1992), and so is Behind-the-Scenes in every appearance of the Sanctum between those issues. It would have been one of the things seemingly destroyed by Urthona @ Dr. Strange II#80, 81, but was apparently saved by Agamotto. Nonetheless, let me know if you have any other actual appearances of the Purple Gem, and I'll add them.
It seems that some of the Lords of the Netherworld joined part of the Champions of Los Angeles plot against Zeus.
Aggamon has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.
No known connection to:
The Purple Dimension and the Purple Gem(s) have no known connection to:
Type: Mystic Realm
Usual Means of Access:
Magic (most often through one of the Purple Gems)
(it is uncertain whether they are natives, or just colonized it)
Prominent Inhabitants: Aggamon
The realm is chock full of magical gems, which are mined by the slaves of Aggamon, the greedy and domineering ruler of the Purple Dimension. It is also known as the Purple Veil (or perhaps that's the name of the dimensional barrier surrounding it).
(Marvel Tarot) - The Purple Dimension is part of the Consecution of Colors, a group of realms also including the Crimson Cosmos and Raggadorr; they are separated from the Inner Realms by Brona's Barrier, but they are accessed via the Bridge of Asbru.
Huge, surreal geological formations and powerful magic gems are almost common in this realm
(Captain America & the Mighty Avengers#2) - Kaluu banished Redline of the Fast Five to the Purple Dimension without his armor.
--Strange Tales I#119/2 ([Dr. Strange II#56], Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2/5, Captain America & the Mighty Avengers#2
One of the many gems of the Purple Dimension.
This one, in particular, was passed on to Dr. Strange by the
(Strange Tales I#119/2) - It was stolen by two criminals, who were then pulled through the gem to the Purple Dimension, until Strange rescued them.
(Strange Tales I#123/2) - Doctor Strange attempted to use the Purple Gem to entrap the Norse god Loki in the Purple Dimension, but Loki shattered the portal projected by the gem with a single gesture.
(Dr. Strange II#33) - Strange used the Purple Gem to amplify the energies of the Amulet of Agamotto, in order to destroy a nightmarish creation of the Fear-Lord, the Dweller-in-Darkness.
(Dr. Strange II#56) - The sorceress Adria sought to use the Purple Gem against Dr. Strange, but she and her allies (Demonicus and Kaecilius), were instead pulled through the Gem into the Purple Dimension.
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2/5) - Clea used the Gem to bring herself and Flyx to the Purple Dimension.
Aggamon revealed that the Gem held by Strange was just one of the many gems of power originating from the Purple Dimension.
--Strange Tales I#119/2 (Strange Tales I#119/2, 123/2, Dr. Strange II#33, 56, Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual III#2/5
Strange Tales I#119 (April, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Strange Tales I#123 (August, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/plot), George Roussos (inks)
Strange Tales I#140-141 (January-February, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Dr. Strange II#33 (February, 1979) - Roger Stern & Ralph Macchio (writers), Tom Sutton (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (editor)
Dr. Strange II#56 (December, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Paul Smith (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#2 (1992) - Roy Thomas & Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Frank Lopez (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#48 (December, 1992) - Len Kaminski (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils), Bob Petrecca, Barnett & Don Hudson (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel Tarot (2007) - David Sexton (writer/designer), Doug Sexton (technical consultant), Jeff Christiansen (continuity consultant), Michael Short & Cory Levine (assistant editors), Mark D. Beazley & Jennifer Grunwald (associate editors), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Captain America & the Mighty Avengers#2 (January, 2015) - Al Ewing (writer), Luke Ross & Iban Coello (artists), Tom Brevoort & Wil Moss (editors)
First Posted: 11/16/2002
Last updated: 01/22/2022
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