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ALIBAR

Real Name: Alibar

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgard), magic user

Occupation: Prince of Zanadu

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Balder, Fandral, Hermod, Hogun the Grim, Sif, Thor, Volstagg

Enemies: Abu Dakir, Demon-Riders, Jinni Devil, Mogul and his warriors, Mutaurus, Ogur the One-Eyed, Shezada, Sulibeg

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Alibar the thief, Alibar the Vagabond, prince

Base of Operations: Zanadu (the Mystic Mountain), within the Forbidden Land, the border of the lands of Gunderheim, Hindi, and Skornheim, on the periphery of the landmass of Asgard

First Appearance: Thor I#141/2 (June, 1967)

Powers/Abilities: Alibar is a skilled swordsman, horseman, and thief. He has some knowledge of magic, and has access to a variety of magical artifacts from Mogul's stores.

Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 670 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:

(Thor I#474/2 (fb) - BTS) - Alibar stole a magical Lamp from "that ne'er-do-well Alaeddin."

(Thor I#141/2 (fb) - BTS) - Alibar invaded Mogul's kitchen to steal food and was captured.

(Thor I#141/2) - Alibar was brought before Mogul, who ordered his death, then decided instead to have Alibar carry the battle standard of Hogun's people to lead his Demon-Riders against Thor and the Warriors Three. Mogul transformed his clothes into a warriors raiment and gave him a sword and white steed on which to lead the charge. Alibar quickly realized that Mogul was using him, so that he would be slain rather than Mogul. As soon as his charge started, it became clear that he was merely riding in front of the rampaging Demon-Riders, who paid him no heed.

(Thor I#142/2) - Alibar and the Demon-Riders approached Thor, Fandral, and Hogun.

(Thor I#143/2 - BTS) - The Demon-Riders attacked the heroes.

(Thor I#144/2) - His armor and steed having vanished, Alibar joined forces with Thor and his allies against the Demon-Riders. Though they succeeded in driving off the first wave, a new group of forty Demon-Riders soon charged them. Volstagg then arrived and used the Enchanted Rod of Wondrous Wizard Power to banish the Demon-Riders back from whence they had come. The Rod also summoned Alibar, Thor, Fandral, and Hogun into Zanadu.

(Thor I#145/2) - Alibar handed the battle standard to Mogul, and he and his four Asgardian allies stormed Mogul's throneroom, now uninhabited. Hogun instructed Alibar to mouth a spell into Mogul's Enchanted Crystal, banishing Mogul to within the Enchanted Rod. Alibar became the new prince of Zanadu, freeing Hogun's countrymen and vowing peace.

(Thor I#474 (fb)) - After ruling for some time, Alibar was seduced by Mogul's sister Shezada, who persuaded him to send away the guards watching over the Enchanted Rod. As Alibar slept, Shezada used a spell to free Mogul, who summoned Mutaurus to capture Alibar and send him to the dungeons. He was soon joined by Hogun and Hermod.

(Thor I#474 (fb)) - Alibar was freed by Sif and her allies, and he located the Lamp of Alaeddin, with which he cast a spell drawing both Thor and Mogul into its interior. Thor was freed from the Lamp and he and Alibar placed a more permanent seal on the Lamp. Alibar regained his rule and returned the Mystic Mountain, which Mogul had transported to the edge of the city of Asgard, back to its place within the Forbidden Land.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks).

I don't know how long ago the original encounter with Mogul was. It was one of the "Tales of Asgard," and could well have been centuries before the modern era. The Marvel Chronology Project puts is before Thor's 19th Century adventures anyway. Mogul claimed that his flying craft gave rise to legends of the Flying Carpet, but obviously flying carpets do exist in the Marvel Universe. However, perhaps his "Flying Carpet" existed before any others, giving an indication of how old the story might be...not that I know when that was, though!

The characters from Mogul were patterned to some degree after Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, with Alibar have some similarities to Ali Baba.

Alibar supposedly died during the Ragnarok in Thor II#85.

The back-up strips from Journey into Mystery I#97-125 & Thor I#126-145 have beautifully been restored and reprinted in the 2009 Thor: Tales of Asgard.

Profile by Snood

CLARIFICATIONS:
Alibar has no known connections to


Lamp of Alaeddin

  Stolen in the past by Alibar from Alaeddin, it is an item of sufficient magical power to contain Mogul. The proper spell activates the Lamp so that it can shrink others and pull them into its interior. Those on the inside usually cannot escape without outside assistance.

--Thor I#474 ([474(fb)], 474




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Tales of Asgard, p24, pan2 (main image)
Tales of Asgard, p24, pan1 (without armor)
Thor I#474, p20, pan4 (using the lamp)
Thor I#474, p18, pan3 (lamp of Alaeddin)


Appearances:
Thor I#142/2 (July, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor I#143/2 (August, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Bill Everett (inks)
Thor I#144/2 (September, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor I#145/2 (October, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor I#474 (May, 1994) - Roy Thomas (writer), Sandu Florea (pencils), Bob Petrecca (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)


Last updated: 12/22/15

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