B'GON the SORCERER
Real Name: B'Gon
Identity/Class: Magic user; nature uncertain
Occupation: Would-be world conqueror
Group Membership: None
Allies: Commanded an army of dragons
Enemies: Gilgamesh, Sprite (Eternal)
Known Relatives: Possibly related to other dragons
Base of Operations: An unspecified subterranean cavern
First Appearance: Avengers Spotlight#35 (August, 1990)
Powers/Abilities: B'Gon can control dragons. It is unclear whether this applies to a specific race of dragons, all dragons of Earth, etc. He can transform into a ten foot tall dragon-like creature with superhuman strength (Class 10-25?) and durability, and possessing claws and a semi-prehensile tail. He possesses certain other abilities, such as teleportation, and he has created a potion that allows him to exist in suspended animation for many centuries.
He rides astride winged dragons capable of winged flight. The dragons vary in size, but appear to be about 25' in length and have fangs and claws. Some of the dragons can breathe flames of such intensity that they could pain even the Eternal Gilgamesh. Their strength level is uncertain, but Gilgamesh, who is Class 100 strength, could knock them out with a single punch (or an eyeblast). The dragons hatch from eggs and take centuries to grow to maturity.
History: B'Gon's origins are unknown. He claims a kinship to the dragons (closer to them than to humanity (or at least than to an Eternal)) and he refers to humanity as mortals.
(Avengers Spotlight#35 (fb) - BTS) - Millennia ago, the young B'Gon discovered his power to control dragons. He had one very powerful dragon with which he intended to takeover Europe, but Gilgamesh slew the dragon. B'Gon then decided to bide his time until his new dragons could be hatched and grow to maturity. He induced a deep sleep via special potions and waited.
(Avengers Spotlight#35 (fb) - BTS) - Reviving in the modern era, B'Gon was furious to discover that Gilgamesh was active on Earth once again.
(Avengers Spotlight#35) - After Gilgamesh recovered from his injuries at the hands of the Avatar of Cha'sa'dra, B'Gon confronted him in Paris, assaulting his companion Sprite as well. Gilgamesh fought back, taking out several dragons, at which point B'Gon sent the rest to slaughter the people on the streets below. After stopping several more dragons, Gilgamesh confronted B'Gon himself, who transformed into his dragon form and fought back. Gilgamesh dropped him with a punch, then used his whip (and his own herding techniques learned from Buffalo Bill Cody) to round up the dragons and drive them away from the city. B'Gon revived and teleported himself and his dragons away, vowing to one day destroy Gilgamesh.
Comments: Created by Danny Fingeroth, Jim Valentino, and Jeff Albrecht.
I wonder if he has a brother named G'Way?
Gilgamesh was apparently slain by agent of Immortus during the Crossing, but since he is an Eternal, it would seem very likely that he could be revived at some point. I like him, anyway, even if no one else does!
It's worth noting that his Europe-conquering
dragon was Anacalagon, who Tolkien named as the greatest dragon who ever lived.
Here in the real world, Tolkien named many of his characters from mythology...
perhaps he did the same with Anacalagon?
Well, the source of the Anacalagon name comes from A Guide to Middle Earth, written by Robert Foster. He was unleashed upon the world by Morgoth in the first age of Middle Earth, and was slain by the hero Earendil. Tolkien told the tale in either Unfinished Tales or the Simarilion, neither of which I've personally read yet. :) B'Gon names his mighty dragon as Anacalagon in the panel showing Gil as slaying the beast, IIRC. Perhaps Tolkien in the MU named his dragon after the one slain by Gilgamesh. (I have no idea if there really is a mythological connection to the beast's name in the real world, but Tolkien took a LOT of names from Norse myth, including Gandalf and Gimili.)
I question this, as there is no name given in Avengers Spotlight#35 that I saw. I asked TJ for confirmation and received none. Anyone?
No known connection to:
Avengers Spotlight#35, p10;
Avengers Spotlight#35 (August, 1990) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Jim Valentino (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Last updated: 10/17/13
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