Type: Alien World

Environment: Aquatic (or at least the portion seen; it may be that there is a surface world with another civilization on it)

Usual means of access: Vibrational attunement often via psychic power

Dominant Life Form: Atlantean variants?
    The People of the Black Sea are a race of telepaths who are amphibious, able to breathe both air and water.

Significant Inhabitants: Turalla, Tuval, Lady Tuvia

First Appearance: (Tuvia) Daredevil I#77 (June, 1971);
    (Black Sea Dimension) Sub-Mariner I#40 (August, 1971)



(Sub-Mariner I#40 (fb) - BTS) - In the past, the people who would come to live in the Black Sea were as one with the kings of the Homo mermani. Eventually a plague of religious persecution drove them from the land of the Homo mermani and into exile. The people relocated to the Black Sea dimension, while the came to realize that they owed the People of the Black Sea a terrible debt for their mistreatment.

(Sub-Mariner I#40 (fb) - BTS) - Lady Tuvia's father, the King of the People of the Black Sea, was executed by Turalla, who usurped his position of power and demanded Tuvia as his bride.

(Sub-Mariner I#40 (fb) - BTS) - Tuval traveled to Earth, where he posed as the human Steven Tuval, aged significantly

(Daredevil I#77) - Lady Tuvia appeared on Earth where she recruited Namor and Spider-Man to come to the Black Sea dimension to defeat Turalla.

(Sub-Mariner I#40) - Tuvia brought Namor and Spider-Man to the Black Sea, where she shared the history of her people. Tuvia confronted Turalla, forcing him to accept the challenge to his right to lead; a challenge which allowed two challengers to fight as one against him, and which also forbade Turalla to use his psychic powers. Namor and Spidey teamed up against Turalla, managing to topple the giant, who then unleashed his psychic powers, heedless of the rules. However, Turalla's psychic powers were detected across the dimensional gulf by Tuval, brother of the former king, who then unleashed his own powers, incapacitating Turalla.
    Though she knew the assault had come from Earth, Tuvia did not realize that it had been her uncle who had sent it. Tuvia returned Namor and Spider-Man to Earth with gratitude.



Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan, and Sam Grainger.

    It is not clear how long ago the people of the Black Sea were exiled from Atlantis. Tuvia asked if it was before Namor's time, which might mean that it would have been in the last century or so, or it could have been much longer ago and she was just mocking him.

    Banishment from Atlantis for religious belief, combined with the serpentine figure associated with the statue showing the gods worshipped by their people, makes me think there might be some connection to the worship of Set or perhaps Dagon. They also remind me of the Ancients and the Old Ones (Suma-Ket's group).
    However, the People of the Black Sea lived in both air and water.

    They really like names that start with "Tu" in the Black Sea, huh? Maybe Tunal was the name of Tuvia's father?

Profile by Snood.

No known connection to:



    Born to a a pair of mutant telepaths, born with the seeds of both greatness and terror--he who is the Chosen One--He who is Turalla! He found full madness upon coming of age and slew the ruler of the Black Sea dimension, usurped his rule, and tried to claim his daughter as his bride. He was challenged by Namor and Spider-Man, who managed to physically overcome him, but he then lashed out with his psychic powers. However, his powers were then sensed by Tuval, who assaulted and incapacitated him from across the dimensional plane.


--Sub-Mariner I#40 (40(fb), 40











    Princess of the People of the Black Sea, she was the daughter of the former king and the brother of Tuval. After her father was killed and Turalla attempted to claim her as his bride, she journeyed to Earth and recruited Namor and Spider-Man against him. After Turalla was defeated, she returned Namor and Spider-Man to Earth.


--Sub-Mariner I#40








Sub-Mariner I#40 cover (Turalla)
    p5, panel 6 (Gods of the Black Sea)
    p7, panel 3 (city)
    p6, panel 2 (Tuvia face)
Daredevil I#77, p19, panel 1 (Tuvia body)


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Last Updated: 07/15/04

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