ASTI the ALL-SEEING
Real Name: presumably Asti
Identity/Class: Extra-Dimensional (Dark Dimension) Magical
Occupation: servant of Dormammu
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The ruler of the Dark
at one time Dormammu, Umar, and presumably served Clea as well
Enemies: the Ancient One, Clea, Dr.
Strange, Rahl and underground rebellion of the Dark Dimension;
any of Dormammu or Umar's enemies;
The Avengers (Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Swordsman, Thor, Vision),
The Defenders (Hawkeye, Hulk, Namor, Silver Surfer, Valkyrie)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Omniscient One,"
"You Mindless Floating Mask"
(loving comments by Dormammu);
"Stupid Floating Face"
(courtesy of Rahl)
Base of Operations: The Dark Dimension
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#144/2 (May, 1966)
Powers/Abilities: Asti's powers are uncertain. It can fly at great speeds, absorb magical energy, and travel between dimensions. Given its name, it presumably has great abilities to observe, detect, and locate items, beings, etc. It also may or may not have precognitive or clairvoyant abilities. It has not demonstrated any offensive powers to date.
History: Asti's origins are unknown. It was first seen in the Dark Dimension, but it is not known if this is its place of origin, or if it was just relocated there. Similarly, it may have been captured and enslaved, or created by Dormammu.
(Strange Tales I#144/2) - Asti appeared before Dormammu, updating him on the Ancient One's progress on his mission to reach Eternity. It then left to set a trap for Dr. Strange.
(Defenders I#10) - After the Defenders and the Avengers had gathered the fragments of the power item known as the Evil Eye, Asti suddenly swooped down out of nowhere, gobbled up all of the pieces, and took off again. The heroes went after it, but it teleported away and gave the pieces to Dormammu.
(Dr. Strange II#67) - Asti was "going forth in the service of Umar" when he (it?) was captured by Rahl, a member of Clea's rebellion. Rahl literally put the bag on Asti, and told the "stupid flying face" to tell his mistress that she couldn't stop the rebellion, and the rebellion wouldn't end until she was overthrown.
(Dr. Strange II#73) - Asti appeared before Umar--the acting ruler of the Dark Dimension--warning her that the palace was being invaded by a horde of Outcasts, led by Dr. Strange.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Steve Ditko.
Thanks to Michael Fischer and Robert McKinney, who pointed out the appearance in Dr. Strange II#73 and 67, respectively. hmmm...50% ain't too bad, I guess...not.
No known connection to:
Strange Tales I#144 (May, 1966) - Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & Roy Thomas (writers), Steve Ditko (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Defenders I#10 (November, 1973) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Frank Bolle (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Dr. Strange II#67 (October, 1984) - Roger Stern (writer), Steve Leialoha (artist), Carl Potts (editor)
Dr. Strange II#73 (October, 1985) - Roger Stern (writer), Paul Smith (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Last updated: 09/18/13
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