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Real Name: Cyttorak

Identity/Class: Mystical entity, god/demon, magic user

Occupation: Would-be conqueror;
possibly a former godhead

Group Membership: Octessence (Farallah, Balthakk, Ikonn, Raggadorr, Watoomb, Valtorr, Krakkan)

Affiliations: Crimson, Disciples of Cyttorak, Exemplars, Gaea (see comments), Guardians of the Temple of Cyttorak, Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Xorak the Outcast, creator and master of various elves;
formerly Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Juggernaut (Hongdo Park), Juggernaut (Jin Taiko), Juggernaut (unidentified man), Stevie Wojciehowicz

Invoked by several mystics, including Ancient One, Azrael, Crimson, Demon (Tyrone Lewis), Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Dormammu, Kaecilus, Baron Karl Mordo, Morgan Le Fay, Augustyne Phyffe, Jacob Roark, Umar, Nicodemus West, Zom

Enemies: Ancient One (Yao), Gomurr, Iron Fist (Li Park), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Khonshu, Nova (Frankie Raye), Peregrine Child, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spite, the Serpent (Asgardian), Tar, Thor, Three Mothers (Crawling, Crown, Wyrd), X-Men (Professor X/Charles Xavier), Xun

Known Relatives: the Survivor (daughter)

Aliases: Rage Father, Lord of the Crimson Cosmos

Base of Operations: Crimson Cosmos;
                                  presumably ancient Korea (see comments)

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Strange Tales I#124 (September 1964); (likeness/statue) X-Men I#12 (July 1965); (seen) Dr. Strange III#44 (August 1992)

Powers/Abilities: An immensely powerful magical being, Cyttorak is virtually immortal, millennia, if not millions or billions of years old. Cyttorak typically appears in one of two aspects, a godlike being granting magical power to spelles, or a more violent, demonic form granting physical powers. His godlike aspect generally grants magical energies to others invoking his name in proper fashion, usually via spells, though he has been known to engage in direct combat on occasion. Use of power derived from the principalities is referred to as exocentric magic. Cyttorak's godlike aspect, while seeking worship, appears more aloof, even oblivious to the affairs of the mortal plane. Cyttorak gains mystic power directly from worshippers' belief. Additionally, the act of begin petitioned gives Cyttorak power, often in direct relation to the petitioner's spiritual energy or mystic potential, Cyttorak has been invoked by a wide range of benevolent and malevolent sorcerers, including the Ancient One, Crimson, Azrael, Baron Mordo, the Demon/Demonicus, Dr. Doom, Dr. Strange, Kaecilus, Morgan Le Fay, Augustyne Phyffe and Jacob Roark, and even other powerful mystic entities, such as Dormammu, Umar and Zom.

Those invoking Cyttorak most commonly call on his Crimson Bands, which encircle and trap a target, neutralizing or containing the target's powers and barring astral self transmission. Blocking a mystic talisman's influence from soneone ensorcelled by it, banishing their contents extradimensionally, and/or surrounding and protecting the invoker or another target from other assaults. A combination of seven, non-crimson, wire-like bands may be used, and those trapped within them are destroyed if the bands touch each other. The 7th band can be used to generate a flaming whip of mystic power. Th bands' strength is sometimes affected by their wielder's power and skill, additionally if the wielder is trying to protect the target from mystic injury, the force of the target's resistance may be reflected back upon the wielder. The Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner have each broken the Crimson Bands under such circumstances. The demoness Mephista once conjured magical green flames that swiftly consumed Dr. Strange-conjured Crimson Bands, but Strange had wished to be defeated by Mephista at that time and may have made them falsely weak. The Manidoog (Native American god)'s dog soldier Hotamitanio proved immune to the Crimson Bands. Other manifestations of Cyttorak's power include the Circle of Cyttorak, which encircles enemy sorcerers before expanding into a translucent sphere to entrap them (Umar once shattered this spell before it could fully entrap her). The similar Sphere of Cyttorak, which imprisons an opponent within a translucent sphere, perhaps where the intent is to prevent injury to its prisoner(s). The Crimson Crystals materialized one of the demonic Undying Ones' spirits that had possessed wolverine, and the Scarlet Screen, used to completely surround and protect a target from mystic and physical assaults. Cyttorak has also granted power to others mystic principalities, creating destructive forces, banishing others, disrupting other mystic attacks, activating mystic talismans, repairing damaged talismans, summoning distant or hidden talismans, and generating wind, fire and rains.

Cyttorak's violent aspect empowers his avatar, the Juggernaut, via the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak(aka the Crimson Crystal or Gem), which grants virtually limitless strength and durability, rendering him virtually unstoppable. Non-avatars have occasionally used the Ruby to fire energy blasts, monitor distant events, transmit messages, reflect energy attacks, turn targets intangible and animate inanimate objects and grant them various powers. The Ruby is durable enough to survive the heat of atmospheric reentry, and is inscribed: "Whosoever touches this gem shall posses the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who have read these words, shall become forevermore a human juggernaut!" Cyttorak (or at least this aspect) further gains power from the Juggernaut's destruction and violence. When Cyttorak rebuild his Temple of Cyttorak in Thailand he created several Crimson creatures to guard the temple and test those who sought to retrieve the Crimson Gem.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Variable, generally white, no visible iris
Hair: Variable, generally none


(Amazing X-Men II#19 (fb)) - The elder demon Cyttorak wanted the world of man to worship him. Cyttorak, however, didn't know how to demonstrate his love for humanity, so he showed them his power through magic, destruction and chaos.

(Amazing X-Men II#15 (fb)) - In 736 A.D. Cyttorak found himself on Earth battling Li Park, the Immortal Iron Fist and the great sorcerer Xun. Cyttorak wished to be worshipped but found no takers.

(Amazing X-Men II#19 (fb)) - Cyttorak continued his assault against Li Park and Xun.

(New Excalibur#14 (fb)) - Cyttorak existed as a being somewhere between (or inclusive of both) deity and demon (see comments) who received some worship on Earth.

(Amazing X-Men II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Mankind would not worship Cyttorak and eventually the creature was banished from Earth.

(New Excalibur#14 (fb)) - Under unrevealed circumstances he was banished from Earth. He took up residence in the Crimson Cosmos, where time did not pass.

(New Excalibur#14 (fb)) - Seeking to end his exile, Cyttorak created a gem torn from his own chest (possibly his own heart), the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak.

(Iron Man III#22 (fb)) - Approximately one thousand years ago, a gathering of eight great magical beings took place. These beings-- Cyttorak, Balthak, Ikonn, Raggadorr, Watoomb, Valtorr, and Krakkan-- disagreed as to who had the greatest power. Hence, they settled on the wager of the Octessence. Each being created an artifact with a fraction of their respective power, which would transform the first human who made physcial contact with it into an Exemplar, a living personification of the power. Using outside agents, to construct temples to house the artifacts, the magical beings planned that the first mortal to find the artifact would trigger a spell that would quickly draw others to the remaining artifacts, creating eight Exemplars. Then would come the Ceremony of the Octessence, where a gathering of the Exemplars would attend the construction of a great magical engine, which would overwhelm the wills of all human beings. After the enslavement of humanity, each Exemplar would rule an eighth of humanity, with subsequently a war between all Exemplars in which only one would be left standing. Cyttorak managed to build a temple in a Southeast Asian country. He had a thrall demon named Xorak protect this temple for him.

(X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak (fb) - BTS) - Centuries ago, in the Temple of Cyttorak that Cain Marko would later visit, that statue held two gems, one in each outstretched hand: an Emerald, and a Ruby.

(X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak (fb)) - Cyttorak managed to touch the minds of some of the younger monks there (the elder monks knew of Cyttorak and guarded against his return, while the younger were uninitiated) and drew a younger monk to try to touch it. One of the elders fought him to keep him from doing so, and in the process accidentally hit the emerald. It exploded, incinerating the monks present and causing the chamber to collapse. The gem itself, while channeling energies from Cyttorak, was shattered into three pieces. One remained in the rubble, and the other two were dispersed into space and time.

(X-Men I#33 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past, the great adept the Ancient One encountered and engaged in battle with Xorak near Cyttorak's temple.

(X-Men Unlimited I#12 (fb)) - "Centuries ago" (possibly before or after the aforementioned battle between the Ancient One and Xorak), a group of renegade monks tried to summon Cyttorak but instead brought his "most destructive aspect" to Southeast Asia. An adept named Gomurr, who served as the apprentice to "one of the most disreputable conjurers on the continent" opposed this avatar of Cyttorak. Gomurr received the aid of Tar, his friendly rival, as well as an "Initiate of the Ebon Vein." Gomurr and Tar, collaborating, succeeded in forcing this aspect of Cyttorak within the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. Tar later attained the title of the "Proctor of the Crimson Dawn", but Gomurr would later hold this office.

(X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak (fb)) - In the 1845, mountain man Albert Jonathan found one of the time/space lost fragments in the Idaho wilderness, and picked it up. Realizing something evil was now living with him in his head, he resisted it and decided to spend the rest of his life alone in the mountains in a cabin there. Thanks to the gem, that life turned very long, and in present day he still lived there.

(New Excalibur#14 (fb)) - A Korean man touched the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak and was transformed into a Juggernaut, Cyttorak's agent on Earth.

(New Excalibur#15 (fb) - BTS) - Jin Taiko became the Juggernaut, presumably by killing his predecessor, and served Cyttorak well for decades.

(New Excalibur#15 (fb) - BTS) - When Taiko's village began to worship a being other than Cyttorak, Cyttorak demanded that Taiko raze the village and slaughter everyone around, but Taiko refused. Cyttorak thus arranged Taiko's replacement.

(X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak (fb)) - In the 1950s, US soldier named Service, was drawn by Cyttorak to find an emerald fragment in the temple. However, a monk in the area had previously warned him of an evil within gems there, and Service never touched it, instead wrapping it in canvas and sealing it in a box.

(X-Men I#12 (fb) - BTS) - During an American police action in Korea, soldiers-- and stepbrothers-- Cain Marko and Charles Xavier met up. The loutish Marko decided to avoid an attack by the Communists by hiding in a cave. Xavier followed him in, not out of cowardice, but in order to convince him to rejoin the struggle, for Marko would face a court-martial should his actions reach the attention of the commanding officers. The learned Xavier recognized that the cave contains the Temple of Cyttorak. Marko saw a ruby, remarking that it appeared to be living. He picked it up, despite Xavier's warning him not to, to read the now famous inscription: "Whosoever touches this gem shall posses the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become forevermore a human juggernaut!" Cain's transformation began as the Communists' constant shelling of the cave caused it to collapse. Xavier escaped, and while Marko did not, he survived due to his newfound power.

(New Excalibur#14 (fb) - BTS) - Cyttorak had actually intended Charles Xavier to become the next Juggernaut.

(New Excalibur#15 (fb) - BTS) - Cain Marko slew Taiko and then slaughtered his village for Cyttorak.

(Dr. Strange III#44 (fb)) - After feeling an odd buzzing in his head-- odd in that while he had been drinking heavily, this buzzing came earlier than most similar inebriating occasions-- Juggernaut returned home to put on the Juggernaut armor. An odd insect-looking thing entered his room, and turned into a large pool of light that drew him into the Crimson Cosmos.

(Dr. Strange III#44) - Inside the Cosmos, Juggernaut met up with Dr. Strange freeing him from a crystal, and related how he had come to be there. Strange informed Marko that he summoned Juggernaut to aid his escape, due to Juggernaut's tie to the Crimson Cosmos. Cain stated that he lost his mystic ability (other than his superhuman strength) at some point earlier (probably due to his having hurled the ruby of Cyttorak into orbit in Marvel Team-Up#150) but that he would try to persuade Cyttorak to allow them all to leave. The two found Cyttorak, who had imprisoned Strange's comrade Nova, forcing her to give him adulation. He intended that Nova would serve as his priestess, as Cytorrak had created ebullient elves to serve as his worshippers. He also intended to press Dr. Strange into service as a priest. Strange confronted Cyttorak, informing him of the mission that he and Nova had before they were drawn into the Crimson Cosmos, as well as the crucial nature of that mission. The Juggernaut hid in a corner, recognizing the ruby affixed to Cyttorak's head. Strange informed Cyttorak as to how he had, by invoking Cyttorak's name, enhanced Cyttorak's renown. Cyttorak decided to let Strange leave as long as he continues to invoke him. However, the Juggernaut took Cyttorak by surprise and ripped the Ruby off of his head, and started attacking him, intending that no one could stop him again with Cyttorak neutralized. He continued his attack on Cyttorak until Dr. Strange attempted to stop him, and then attacked Dr. Strange. Although he started to feel a slight vertigo, Marko continued with his plan, but Nova managed to free herself and blast the ruby from Marko's hand. Strange levitated the ruby away from Marko-- and onto Cyttorak's forehead. Cyttorak revived, and revealed that Marko's plain amounted to pure tomfoolery, as Cyttorak himself served as the ultimate source for the ruby's power, and thus, Marko's power. Despite his brief apparent victory over Cyttorak, Marko simply cut off his own power source. Cyttorak went on to say that, despite the Juggernaut's presumptuous antics, he would allow Marko to continue to wield his power, ostensibly to continue to spread Cyttorak's fame. Cyttorrak returned all the human beings back to their original locations.

(Doctor Strange III#49) - Cytorrak was one of the entities who confronted Strange about his invocation of him for power, seeking to conscript him into service during the War of the Seven Spheres. Strange instead invoked the Enchantment of Emancipation, refusing to serve Cyttorak and any other being in their war. As a result, Strange lost the ability to call on any of these principalities for power.

(Doctor Strange III#89 - BTS) - Having participated in the War of the Seven Sphere, Strange regained the ability to invoke the various principalities for power.

(X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak) - In present day, on his deathbed, US soldier Service showed the emerald fragment to his sons Robert and Gary, and warned them of it. Gary laughed him off, grabbed the gem, and Juggernauted, though to a lesser degree (over 500 miles away, Cain Marko went into serious pain at that moment, but when he faced a certain direction, towards Service, though he didn't know that, the pain lessened). An evil little voice in Robert's head urged him to seek out the other two pieces, one west, one south. He headed west, found Jonathan in Idaho, and took the gem (again Juggernauting a bit larger still), leaving him to die.

    The third gem piece had somehow ended up in New Orleans, in modern day, in the possession of a mob boss, Wingate Toole, who kept it stored (it doesn't appear that Wingate had powers from it, though he he had a mental connection, at least). Sensing something (Robert) coming for him, he sought an alliance with the Assassins Guild there, but Bella Donna killed him, and Robert soon arrived and claimed the last piece, Juggernauting even more to the same size as Cain.

    Meanwhile, of course, the X-Men had been chasing the rampaging Cain (and then working with him), and Gambit was involved in the Nawlins stuff, and they all came together at the Service estate in upstate NY, where Robert and Jugs fought for the combined power of the ruby and the emerald (and probably bad news for the world in the form of Cyttorak). In the end, Wolverine's claws broke the restored emerald back into three pieces (Robert Service depowered and died shortly thereafter, by the by), and then the three pieces again dispersed into time and space. One went 200 years into the future into a coral reef near Key West. One went 20 years into the future into the concrete foundation of a Kansas City construction site. One went two weeks into the future, into an NYC trash bin.

(X-Men Unlimited I#12) - The Juggernaut having been attacked by Onslaught earlier (Uncanny X-Men I#322), was placed in the Crimson Cosmos (X-Men II#54). Dr. Strange discovered this. Within the gem, a demoness called Spite showed Marko an illusion where Cain was crippled before he gained the Juggernaut powers, but Gomurr the Ancient freed Marko from this false scenario. Gomurr had Cain relive the latter's past, as a delinquent child and his causing the accident that killed his father, Dr. Kurt Marko. Spite, however, again projected to the Juggernaut illusions to persuade him to stay in the Crimson Cosmos. Spite, however, had simply manipulated Marko. Cyttorak desired to inhabit Cain's body and leave his dimension. Cyttorak and Cain battled each other. Cyttorak brutalized Cain severely, but Cain chose not to surrender. Gomurr and his friend Tar arranged things so that Juggernaut could now utilize Cyttorak's power against him. Cain defeated Cyttorak and exited the Crimson Cosmos with more vitality than before.

(X-Men II#88 - BTS) - When certain charlatans had attempted to steal the Juggernaut's power by using a false second gem of Cyttorak (see Uncanny X-Men#361), the Juggernaut attempted to reabsorb his power from this second gem. However, he somehow was possessed by Cyttorak in the process. A being named Ejulp, dispatched by Juggernaut's confederate Black Tom, teleported the X-Men to aid the Juggernaut. Juggernaut's power was so heightened that he began shearing through dimensional boundaries. In this dimension, when Professor X and Wolverine made physical contact with each other, Xavier merged into Logan's body. Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde returned to find a larger Juggernaut tearing through a dimensional wall.

(Uncanny X-Men I#369 - BTS) - When Wolverine leapt into the mouthpiece of Juggernaut's headpiece, Logan and Xavier separated from one another. They found an entity pretending to be Cain Marko, but discovered the real Cain Marko hiding under the staircase. Xavier attempted to restore Cain's self-respect. The false Juggernaut happened upon them, but, upon this duplicate making contact with the true Cain Marko, Marko had his Juggernaut power returned to him and vanquished the entity controlling his mind.

(Thor II#17 - BTS) - The Juggernaut started to feel his powers mysteriously increasing, and felt an irresistible urge to go somewhere. He easily shrugged off an attack by Thor, but Thor persisted with the struggle.

    Observing this elsewhere, Loki enquired of the Flame of Truth about the Juggernaut. The flame recalled to Loki how Cyttorak empowered Marko, to which Loki responded that he had not heard the name of Cyttorak mentioned for quite some time. The Flame further informed Loki that not only did Cyttorak and his confederates have human followers, but that across the Earth humans had recently begun to receive psychic calls drawing them to artifacts of these entities to become Exemplars. Two of these exemplars, Bedlam and Conquest, arrived to aid the Juggernaut in his battle against Thor. They teleported the Juggernaut away.

(Peter Parker, Spider-Man II#11 - BTS) - Spider-Man discovered the Exemplar Stonecutter creating a large machine underneath the Daily Bugle building. He encountered all the Exemplars, including the Cytorrak-controlled Juggernaut. Parker escaped, and recruits Iron Man, Thor, and Professor X (in astral form) to aid him against the Exemplars. The adventurers managed to destroy the Exemplars' device, but the Exemplars went to the North Pole to construct a new one.

(Juggernaut: The Eighth Day) - The entities behind the wager of the Octessence having decided to implement the creation of the seven other Exemplars, the Juggernaut once again was caught in Cyttorak's machinations, as Cyttorak tormented him in his mind. At the North Pole, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Xavier were trapped, but Xavier managed to delve into Marko's mind to aid him in opposing Cyttorak. This helped to break the mental dominance that Cyttorak had managed to reassert on Marko. Marko then decided of his own will not to serve the Octessence entities and to oppose the other Exemplars. He made sure to neutralize one called Bedlam fast so she could not fell him with her psychic attacks. Cain then broke the Exemplars' engine, the God Machine, freeing the heroes. Cain and the others battled the Exemplars. Bedlam, now revived, took care of Marko, while Stonecutter activated the engine. Cain and Stonecutter locked in a bearhug so tight no external force could affect them, and Cain forced Stonecutter into the God Machine, which hurled the eight Exemplars off to different sections of the Earth, finishing the struggle.

(Avengers III#24,25, Generation X#60-61, X-Men Forever#1-6, Cyclops I#1, X-Men Annual 2001, Amazing Spider-Man II#36, Deadpool III#61, Deadline#1, Uncanny X-Men I#410-413, Chamber#4, Uncanny X-Men I#416-420, X-Men Unlimited I#44, Uncanny X-Men I#421-422, 425-426, 429-435 - all BTS) - As vengeance for opposing his will, Cyttorak caused the Juggernaut's powers to slowly fade.

(Spider-Man: Emerald Mystery) - The green glowing gem fragment in the NYC garbage is seen by one Bobby Miller, who worked for detective Barb Lightner. Its also seen by petty thief Charlie David, who shoots Miller and touches the gem. David pretty much gains the ability to control the mind of anyone who meets his eyes (he will go on to do this with hundreds of people at a time), and begins using random people off the street to commit bank robberies for him; they'd awake with no memory of it afterwards. After Spidey and the police stopped a few (the controllees become popularly referred to as "zombies," though to be clear they're just mind-controlled, not dead), he starts using armed people to do this, and eventually announced himself through letters to the paper, calling himself The Jewel and threatening mass chaos (20 people shooting guns at each other in the Central Park skating rink is the first case). Spidey and the police stopped most of his robberies and his mass chaos effects (including a huge public assault on the Daily Bugle), and eventually figured out (with Barb Lightner's help) that The Jewel had taken over the penthouse of the Crown Plaza hotel as his new home. Ultimately, Spidey stole the fragment, and when the Jewel went after it, Barb Lightner shot the fragment and it went boom, again vanishing off into time and space. The Jewel himself was left screaming and powerless, with eyeless black sockets instead of eyes. Spidey later talked to Xavier and got the earlier backstory. The whole "zombie" terror spree lasted just over a couple weeks from first zombie robbery to the Jewel's defeat.

(Uncanny X-Men I#435, 436 - BTS) - Cyttorak granted the power and form of the Juggernaut to the youth Ed Starkweather. Marko had previously encountered this young boy, who had attracted the attention of the X-Men by torturing animals. This new Juggernaut attacked Cain while he and the She-Hulk were enjoying the afterglow of some sweet love. Marko--who had only half of his original power--fought back savagely against his attacker, who had twice his power. When their brouhaha caused massive property destruction, Jen (She-Hulk) convinced him to use his head instead. Cain ripped off the new Juggernaut's helmet, causing him to revert to his normal form, whom Cain recognized. The message was not lost on Cain, as he saw the Juggernaut for what he was "an angry kid in a muscle suit."

(New Excalibur#14 (fb) - BTS) - Cyttorak empowered Hongdo Park, a laborer from Seoul -- who had run into a bout of bad luck and was willing to try anything -- as a new Juggernaut.

(New Excalibur#13) - Cyttorak guided Cain Marko, whose powers had faded significantly, to the Temple of Cyttorak, then dispatched the Guardians of the Temple of Cyttorak to confront him.

(New Excalibur#14) - Marko entered the Temple of Cyttorak and attempted to renew his powers by contact with the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak, but Cyttorak formed a mystic barrier around the gem. Cyttorak then summoned his new Juggernaut to challenge Cain, who would either prove his worth or die and be replaced. Cain attempted to avoid the conflict and pleaded with Cyttorak to just let him have the gem, but Cyttorak refused and told him that Charles Xavier was his intended recipient years ago.

(New Excalibur#15) - Cyttorak taunted Cain with the knowledge that Cain had been his second choice but then admitted to Cain that his anger and hatred had made him strong and a perfect agent of destruction. Cyttorak's new Juggernaut then attacked him with a sword, wounding him, but Cain then grabbed the sword in his hand, broke it off, and stabbed the new Juggernaut with it. Cyttorak goaded Cain to kill his would-be replacement and regain his lost status, but Cain paused, and then the rest of Excalibur arrived. Cyttorak shared with them how Cain had killed his predecessor and slaughtered his village under Cyttorak's direction. Excalibur left Cain in the Temple, and Cain -- one way or another -- obtained the Crimson Ruby, taking it with him as he departed.

(World War Hulk#2) - Learning that the Hulk was assault the Xavier Institute, the Juggernaut used the Crimson Ruby to contact Cyttorak, promising rampage and destruction if Cyttorak gave him the means to reach the Hulk. Cyttorak opened a magical portal that sent Marko to the Xavier Institute, but the Hulk made short work of him.

(World War Hulk#3) - Marko contacted Cyttorak again, and Cyttorak reminded him that he was an avatar of destruction and that he was restricting himself, such as by focusing on protecting Xavier. Marko told Cyttorak that he wanted to trash the Hulk and prove to the world that he was still the Juggernaut, and Cyttorak told him he must embrace his true nature completely, and that there would be no turning back.

    Garbed in his full armor, the Juggernaut again confronted the Hulk, matching him blow for blow, but Xavier distracted him, warning that their struggle was undermining the mansion's foundation, at which point the Hulk sidestepped him, and the Juggernaut's forward momentum sent him into the nearby lake.

    The Hulk was gone by the time the Juggernaut returned.

(Captain Britain and MI13 I#3) - When Peter Wisdom opened a mystic vault to free Merlyn, he also freed Cyttorak and several other malevolent demonic creatures.

(Fear Itself: The Worthy#1/2 - BTS) - While fighting alongside the Thunderbolts, Juggernaut recalled how he met Cyttorak noting that everybody would argue what he was, a demon, alien or a god, Juggernaut didn't care either way.

(Thunderbolts I#157 - BTS) - When Juggernaut and the Thunderbolts faced Baron Gothenvald they came under the influence of the telepathic Incarsicus who made them face their fears. As such Marko say the Cyttorak who was disappointed in the Juggernaut for letting them use him.

(Thunderbolts I#158) - Forced to sit out a new mission, Juggernaut was exercising when his growing rage caused him to hear Cyttorak's voice. Cyttorak further enraged Marko, believing he wasn't a valued member of the Thunderbolts. Not long after, Juggernaut found the Hammer of Kuurth, turning into the Breaker of Stone.

(Uncanny X-Men I#542) - Magik transported herself, Colossus and Kitty Pryde to the Crimson Cosmos and stood before Cyttorak. They humbly told him that his Juggernaut, Cain Marko, now served the Asgardian fear god, the Serpent. Cyttorak offered the ruby to the three. Colossus willingly touched it and was transformed into the new Juggernaut.

(Uncanny X-Men I#543) - Cyttorak took away the power he had originally bestowed on Cain Marko, severely weakening him despite being augmented by the Serpent's hammer. The three left the Crimson realm.

(Journey Into Mystery I#627 (fb)) - Cyttorak spoke out fiercely against the Asgardian fear god, the Serpent, at the Devil's Advocacy meeting comprising various demons and powerful entities (including Mephisto, Blackheart, Shuma-Gorath, Dormammu and Marduk Kurios).

(Uncanny X-Men II#15) - Empowered by the Phoenix, Colossus and Illyana appeared before Cyttorak in the Crimson Cosmos. Colossus declared that with the power of Phoenix they had rebuilt the world, knowing Cyttorak's desired only rubble he wished to be excommunicated like Cain Marko. Cyttorak, however, refused, believing Colossus to be his favorite avatar in thousands of years. The Mystic entity reasoned that even as a hero Colossus would still destroy daily in their constant battles, thus offering him an eternal banquet. Upset, Colossus tried using the Phoenix's powers but was easily stopped by Cyttorak who explained he could never face a Demon Lord in his own domain after which he transported the duo back to Earth.

(Uncanny X-Men II#20) - Magik purged the link to Cyttorak's power from Colossus using her Soulsword against her brother in her domain of Limbo.

(Dark Avengers II#182 (fb) - BTS) - Cyttorak sensed Cain Marko's presence via a small portal generated by Man-Thing (aided by Satana) and granted Marko the power of the Juggernaut once again.

(Amazing X-Men II#15 - BTS) - Looking for a new avatar to serve him, Cyttorak magically rebuild his temple in Thailand. He also created several ruby-red demons to guard the gem and test those who sought to retrieve the gem.

(Amazing X-Men II#16 - BTS) - Cyttorak send out the call to those he deemed strong enough, filled with rage, could be controlled and would show the world his powers. Those who heard the call were Crossbones (Brock Rumlow), Mankiller (Katrina van Horn), Jinn (Fahd Alireza), Living Monolith (Ahmet Abdol) Colossus and Cain Marko. However, a team of X-Men had also arrived in the temple to investigate its sudden appearance.

(Amazing X-Men II#17) - From the Crimson Cosmos, Cyttorak enjoyed watching the contenders fight for his gem in the temple. As the fight raged on Crossbones, Mankiller and Jinn were taken out of the equation leaving Colossus and Marko to fight over the gem. But as the two men discovered they each had come to destroy the gem they failed to see Ahmet Abdol had taken the gem for himself much to Cyttorak's amusement. With the gem's power, Abdol changed into a towering 800 feet tall Juggernaut.

(Amazing X-Men II#18) - Cyttorak watched as his new avatar terrorized the people of Thailand when Cain Marko and the X-Men decided to intervene. While part of the team fought Abdol, Marko and Colossus, joined by Rachel Grey and Pixie returned to the temple. Colossus yelled for Cyttorak's attention, prompting the elder demon to take command of Grey and Pixie after which he transported the foursome to the Crimson Cosmos. With a grin on his face, Cyttorak he felt confident in his new avatar to teach humanity of his power prompting Colossus to explain that Abdol would eventually fail him and demanded to once again become is avatar as he would use the gift to kill Cyttorak himself. Intrigued, Cyttorak accepted but instead turned Marko into his avatar, draining Abdol of his new abilities.

(Amazing X-Men II#19 - BTS) - Cyttorak presumably watched as Juggernaut fought Colosssus and the X-Men. But after the x-Men successfully removed Juggernauts helmet they found Marko had gained more power than any avatar before, enough to kill Cyttorak if he wished. Colossus nonetheless defeated Marko in the end.

(X-Men Black: Juggernaut (fb) - BTS) - Displeased his avatar had been defeated by Thor, Cyttorak ordered a group of loyal followers to dream-bind Cain to Cyttorak so the elder demon could search his mind to see if Cain was still worthy.

(X-Men Black: Juggernaut) - When Cain Marko believed he was able to free himself from the dream-bind, Cyttorak himself appeared and seemingly destroyed his loyal followers for failing him (it was all still part of the dream-bind. Cyttorak then confronted Marko, revealing he'd learned Marko had been holding back for years. Cyttorak then created multiple versions of himself to fight the Juggernaut with, seemingly enjoying the brawl. After Juggernaut “defeated” Cyttorak he unleashed an evil laughter, revealing that the entire ordeal was a test which he'd passed. Enraged, Marko vowed to get his payback, prompting one of Cyttorak's followers to explain he would need to gather all the eight gems to even reach him.

(Juggernaut III#3 - BTS) - Looking for ways to become the Juggernaut once more, Cain Marko traveled to Budapest where he successfully located statues of many deities amongst them Cyttorak in the catacombs of the city.

(Juggernaut III#4) - Cain Marko obtained the remains of the Gem of Cyttorak in a storage facility of the O.N.E. after which he was transported to Cyttorak's realm to once again face the mystical entity. However, just as Cyttorak ordered Marko to unleash destruction in his name, Marko refused. Marko explained he would be his avatar no more, with a new amor made from the Bands of Cyttorak (which existed in the Earthly plane) the Cyttorak would be cut-off from any links to a human host on Earth. Enraged at Marko for his arrogance he was about to stomp the human when Marko revealed he was still on Earth after which he left the mystic realm. Marko finally felt free, done with serving madmen and gods.

(King in Black: Black Knight#1 - BTS) - When Dane Whitman's mind was invaded by Knull the Symbiote God he saw visions of another world-ender, Chiyou, who was akin to Cyttorak, Khonshu and Shuma-Gorath.

(Savage Avengers I#16 - BTS) - When Juggernaut and a group of Savage Avengers fought the Asgardian dragon Sadurang he recognized Juggernaut's smell as that of Cyttorak.

(Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood#2/2 - BTS) - At some point Cyttorak send Juggernaut to conquer Celestial Heliopolis but was bested by Khonshu who told Marko to tell Cyttorak if he truly wanted his realm he would need to do a lot better.

(Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers#1 (fb)) - At an unrevealed point in time, Cyttorak fathered a child. Disgraced and discarded the girl found her tribe among the scattered, ageless inhabitants of the Crimson Cosmos. Daughter of the Cyttorak, the girl discovered she could command the Crimson Bands.

(Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Crimson Cosmos came under attack by the Three Mothers and their monstrous Child. During this war, Cyttorak's daughter used her control over the Crimson Bands to create an army of Cyttorak-like beings to fight the Three Mothers. Losing the war, all those who dwelt in the Crimson Cosmos perished, except for Cyttorak's daughter and her "mother" who used her dying breaths to give her a chance at survival. It's been unrevealed what roll Cyttorak played during this war, he used the last of his magicks to abandon his throne and flee to the flickering realms.

Comments: Named by Stan Lee;
temple created Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Alex Toth;
visualized by Roy Thomas and Geof Isherwood.

Cyttorak's classification remains imprecise. The Ancient One referred to him as a demon in X-Men I#33, but at various times Cyttorak has been referred to as a deity. On the off chance that Cyttorak either exists as a god or a demon who degenerated from godhood, we have listed Gaea as his "mother", due to Gaea's serving as the eventual mother for all the gods.

As to where that temple he erected lies on the map, the original stories stated Korea, but as this may now be a topical reference, the location may be changed.

See the Catalogue of Correspondences for Gaea from Ian McNee's reading of the First Tarot.

The Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak, as it is almost always referred to, is more properly designated the Crimson Crystal of Cyttorak, as revealed during some point in the 8th Day storyline.

The names of Ed Starkweather, Hongdo Park and Stevie's last name were revealed in Cyttorak's profile in OHotMU Update 2010#1.

Mystic beings (such as demons) can gain power in 3 ways...
  1. Entities can steal energy from an unwilling source by consuming the source entirely or by draining a portion of energy from the source. This exchange is one-way. The entity takes energy.
  2. Entities can be given spiritual energy unconditionally in the form of worship. Statements of worship come in the, "I believe..." format. Worshippers may also petition for favors, etc., but this form of prayer is an affirmation of their belief and of the entities existence. The worshippers expect nothing in return. This exchange is also one way. The entity is given energy.
  3. An entity may grant energy to a petitioner in answer to an invocation or prayer. The mere act of being asked gives the entity power and so to encourage this action, some spiritual beings will grant power to an individual who invokes their name in the proper way. The entity may chose to ignore the request. I would theorize that the spiritual energy or "mystic potential" present in the petitioner plays a part in how often requests are granted. The invocation or prayers of an individual who has large amounts of spiritual energy would provide the entity with a more enticing exchange and they would be more inclined to answer them.

Cyttorak received Handbook profiles in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic (June, 2007) and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#1 (February, 2010).

X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak and Spider-Man: Emerald Mystery entries by Mark O'English. Profile has been fully reworked, updated and extended with entries from 2011-2023 by MarvellousLuke

Profile by Per Degaton, Grendel Prime, Mark O'English, MarvellousLuke

Cyttorak has no known connections to

  • Cythani 93, star (or planet in the orbit of the star) from which the Shi'ar warbird/ship "Spirit of the Aerie" refueled before returning to Chandilar, during which an assault by members of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Starjamers ultimately concluded with Gladiator resolving his loyalty to Lilandra--War of Kings#3
  • or any other "Cyttorak" characters

Stevie Wojciehowicz

  A spoiled little boy in the Midwest named Stevie Wojciehowicz also got his hands on the ruby of Cyttorak. The Juggernaut had earlier hurled the ruby into space in Marvel Team-Up#150, to keep it away from his enemies, but the ruby returned to Earth when Nova, in Excalibur#25, bumped it out of orbit. It landed in the Midwest and into Stevie's hands when he went on a geology outing with his class. Acting as if he though of himself as Arcade's son on the wrong side of the sheets, Stevie lured the original Human Torch and Captain America to an amusement park, where they were ambushed by the animated wax statues and the Great Lakes Avengers. After defeating the Great Lakes Avengers the Human Torch and Captain America became aware that the same offender who had lured them to the amusement park had duped the Great Lakes Avengers as well using a faked video of Captain America sent by computer. Although the brat wanted to steal Captain America's shield, the Captain had taken the expediency of switching it for the one found on the wax Captain America when he realized what was up. The last page of the story revealed how Stevie had used the ruby of Cyttorak at some point after his discovery of it, but before his ruse with the Human Torch and Captain America, to defeat the Juggernaut, although Stevie had the aid of the Hulk in defeating Marko.

Comments A footnote explained that no published story has depicted the incident where the Hulk aided Stevie in defeating the Juggernaut. Presumably, the Juggernaut retrieved the ruby from Stevie at some point before Uncanny X-Men I#322 (where he was attacked by Onslaught), as Marko remained in the X- Men's care as a result of the events in that issue until X-Men II#54, which showed him somehow having the ruby in his possession.

--Avengers West Coast II#64



Thanks to Catherine Yronwode and her THE LESSER BOOK OF THE VISHANTI website, I was able to easily find some occasions in which Cytttorak's name was used by Dr. Strange for his spells. The invocations which produced an effective spell could mean that Cyttorak was BTS. I added many other spells invoking the Cyttorak to Yronwode's list; nonetheless, the list is not complete, and some spells have been translated from Italian to English. Feel free to let us know what is missing or incorrect, specifying the issue, the caster, the effects of the spell and all the information useful to describe and understand it. Unless otherwise specified in this list, the spellcaster was Dr. Strange.

Strange Tales#124: Strange banished Zota's spell on Cleopatra invoking the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

And now, by the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak...
let your spell be lifted...
let the veil of ages fall away!

Strange Tales#125: Mordo imprisoned the Ancient One conjuring the Crimson Circle of Cyttorak

The Crimson Bands of Cyttorak conjured by Dormammu imprisoning and insolent lackey.Strange Tales#126/Doctor Strange II#3 (fb): Dormammu conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and imprisoned one of his lackeys.

Strange Tales#128: Conjure Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

I call upon the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak to encircle the intruder--
in a trap of doom!

[Demon created a polihedron which imprisoned Strange's body without astral self.]

Now may the Crimson Bands grow smaller--smaller--
dwarfing all that exist within their fatal embrace!!

[and so the Bands did, Strange's body became as little as a head.]

Strange Tales I#132:
Kaecilus, Mordo's disciple, conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Let the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak surge forth,
seeking the one who is near.
... then banished them
Let the Crimson Bands thus be dissolved!

Strange Tales I#133: Exclamation:

By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak...

Strange Tales I#135: Control: To Teleport Another

By the seven rings of Raggadorr --
By Cyttorak's Crimson Bands!
I send thee through the unseen door --
Go thou where my spell command!

Strange Tales I#142: Exclamation thought in astral form by Strange

The Vishanti be praised!...
Each passing second is more precious than the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak themselves!

Strange Tales I#143: Conjure: Cloak or Amulet

Cloak or amulet, wherever ye may be --
May the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak
Reveal thee to me!
Strange Tales I#150: The Ancient One banished Marduk's Sacred Griffin
By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak,
by the shadowy shades of the Seraphim,
I command thee -- begone!
Strange Tales I#151: Conjure Visions of the Past
Flaming Lamp of Lucifer!
By Cyttorak's Crimson Bands!
Reveal the image I do seek --
Umar so commands!

[Note: Umar used the spell with the Lamp of Lucifer.]

Strange Tales I#152: Banish Hostile Demons

By Raggadorr's Seven Rings!
By Cyttorak's Crimson Bands!
Let yon demons feel Valtorr's Stings --
So Dr. Strange commands!

Strange Tales I#152: Exclamation: By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak...

Zom tries to ensnare Strange with the Seven Bands of CyttorakStrange Tales#157: Zom conjured the Seven Bands of Cyttorak. The seven, long, parallel wires (see picture) surrounded Strange and Ancient One. Should the Bands have met and touched, the two would be doomed. The Bands were tightened by Zom, but Strange managed to severe them with a spell invoking the Shades of the Seraphim, gaining some seconds of breath. Zom used the wires mutating the Bands in a Spell of Distortion: the Mystic Maze of Madness.

Strange Tales I#158: Restore Cloak

By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak --
by Hoggoth's Hoary horde --
by the dreaded demons of Denak --
my cloak now rise -- restored!!

Strange Tales I#165: Conjure: Flaming Whip

By Cyttorak's seventh crimson band --
Let this flaming whip ensnare your hand!

Doctor Strange I#171: Strange conjured a Scarlet Sphere of Cyttorak encircling a phantom created by Dormammu. Without effect, the Crimson Globe had to render the fantasm helpless, but he shattered the sphere with its fiery sword.

Doctor Strange I#175: Banish: Rings of Negativistic, Nihilistic Force

By the seven Bands of Cyttorak --
by whom all things are held --
by the dark-souled Demons of Denak --
now be these bands dispelled!

Defenders I#1: Strange conjured the Bands of Cyttorak to protect Namor's defenseless body

Marvel Premiere I#8: Conjure a Spiral of Demon-Destroying Energy

Now do I name Raggadorr and Cyttorak as well!
Let Ikonn & Watoomb join their ranks and thus shall the growing spiral swell!
'Round and about me let it whip gathering matter in its grip! Stab out, spiral, lash out force!

Now shall these energies take their course!

[Note: Dr. Strange created of an illusion of himself, which Dagoth attacked and seemingly strangled, but then the real Strange bound Dagoth in the Rings of Raggadorr as Strange escaped with Gordon and Blondine.]

Defenders I#13: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#7: Conjure The Circle of Cyttorak

In the name of the Eternal Vishanti, grant me the Circle of Cyttorak!

Doctor Strange II#9:
Strange conjured Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and captured Orini

Seven rings has Raggadorr --
indigo to deepest black --
but Oshtur grant me something more --
Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

... then banished them

Vanish away now, Bands of red --
the need for you has likewise fled!

Doctor Strange II#12: Exclamation: By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

Tomb of Dracula#44: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#15: Exclamation: By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak...

Defenders I#38: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#23: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#25: Exclamation: By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

Doctor Strange II#26: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#27: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#28: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Defenders I#57: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#34
Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Strange conjured the Crystals of Cyttorak

Defenders I#119 ((fb) = before Defenders#69): Strange conjured the Sphere of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#40: Azrael conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#42: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Defenders I#82: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#45: Strange conjured the Bands of Cyttorak

Defenders I#105: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#55:
Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Seven rings has Raggadorr --
indigo to deepest black --
but Oshtur grant me something more --
Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

[Note: already used in Doctor Strange II#9.]

Strange conjured the Bands of Cyttorak to banish D'Spayre

Stringetevi Bande di Cyttorak, e uditemi.
Raggruppatevi tanto strette.
Che, per volere del Dr. Strange, possa questo D'Spayre svanire!!

Italian version

Heed me Bands of Cyttorak, and ensnare.
By Doctor Strange's voice's sound,
group so tightly bound,
that have him vanish: D'Spayre!!

Attempt at retranslating

Defenders I#109

Per le Scarlatte Bande di Cyttorak
che tennero incatenato Polymeth.
Io evoco elementi di lotta primaria
per mantenere contenuto questo scontro.

Italian version

By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak,
which bounded Polimeth to chains.
I conjure winds, fire and rains
to hold this battle back.

Attempt at re-translating the spell-- Spidermay

Doctor Strange II#57: Strange conjured a Sphere of Cyttorak imprisoning a cursed wand inside it. The floating sphere kept the wand at distance from Margali Szardos, enabling her to be free from its evil influence. Passing from a plane of the existence to another didn't affect the sphere which was estinghushed by Strange leaving a floating, fading, unharming crimson flame around the wand.

Sfera di Cyttorak, trattieni entro di te questo oggetto maligno.
E salva la posseduta!

Italian version

Sphere of Cyttorak, restrain inside you this evil wand.
And save the possessed one.

Attempt at re-translating

Doctor Strange II#58: Strange conjured the Crimson Shield of Cyttorak to protect Morgana Blessing. A crimson sphere surrounded Morgana while Strange battled Hannibal King, then he banished the sphere when he understood that King was not evil.

Doctor Strange II#60: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange II#62:
Strange conjured the Bands of Cyttorak. A crimson ring held back Dracula only for some moments.

Che le possenti mani di Oshtur e le bande di Cyttorak mi concedano il potere e la furia di forzare indietro il mio nemico!

Italian version

By the mighy hands of Oshtur,
by the Bands of Cyttorak,
give me the fury and power
to force my enemy back.

Attempt at re-translating

Strange conjured the Crystal of Cyttorak because Dracula had shattered a Shield of Seraphim with only one blow. The Crystal resisted some moments more, then Strange let the Crystal fade.

Moon Knight#36: Banish Demons

Let the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak encircle thee with sorcerous might...
then bear thee to oblivion...beyond the darkest void of night!

Doctor Strange II#77: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Strange Tales II#19: Banish demon

In the name of the Hosts of Hoggoth I cast you out!
Cyttorak's bands bar your way--
and the Seraphim shield the innocents here!

[Jacob Roark, trying to defend his grandsons.]

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#1: Dormammu conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Thor Annual#14: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#6: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak to defeat Mephista, but her counter-spell created a green fire which easily burned the Bands away.

In this dark plane,
unknown to men,
where mansion flew,
beyond's Earth's ken,
may Devil's Child be now held back--
by the Crimson's Bands of Cyttorak!

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#7/1
Strange banished Agamotto invoking Cyttorak

By Faltine and Ikonn and dark Valtorr,
by Seraphim, Denak and Raggadorr--
by Dormammu, Watoomb and Cyttorak--
Agamotto be now hurled back!

Mordo conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak (fb)

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#17/1: Banish

Out of the light--to battle the black--
come, Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!
Drive this creature, fierce and Stark--
back into the outer Dark!

Black Knight II#3: Morgana conjured the Circles of Cyttorak and enwrapped Strange and the Black Knight. The Circles were broken by the Ebony Sword

Black Knight II#4 Banish: Fomorians

Mentre lo scudo protettivo di Seraphim trattiene le legioni delle cose-demoni...
che questi Fomor dinanzi a me siano incatenati...con i rossi legami di Cyttorak...
e che la mia magia possa scagliarli per sempre nei reami oscuri del terribile Denak!

Italian version

While the protective shield of the Seraphim holds the demon-things' pack...
let these Fomorians before me be chained...with the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak...
and let my magic hurl them in the dark realms of the dreadful Denak!

Attempt at re-translate--Spidermay

[Strange sent the Celtic god-demons back in the portal from which they came.]

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#20/1

May the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and Raggadorr's Roving Rings--
bind up the shattered amphora which once was the prize of kings!

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#21/1

May the three Vishanti and crimson Cyttorak
now grant me power o'er these Dark Hordes--
that they all be hurled back!

Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual#1: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Marvel Super Heroes III#14: Augustyne Phyffe conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#25: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak hurling them against Hotamitanio, but he was unharmed.

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#27/1: Strange banished a Possessor from his own body

May the Crimson shaft of Cyttorak pierce my mortal frame from without!
Yet harm it not, but merely drive--the interloper out!

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#37: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#40: Strange created a sphere made of Crimson Bands and entrapped D'Spayre.a scarlet sphere of Cyttorak

May the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak encircle D'Spayre around--
till he be cut off from human sense--from sight and touch and sound!

[Note: in meaning and receiver, it is similar to the one in Doctor Strange II#55.]

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#41: Strange conjured a Scarlet Sphere of Cyttorak (see picture) to congeal an evil N'Garai essence.

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#48: Banish

Creature che la vista ripugna senza indugio,
erraste nel lasciar della notte il rifugio.
Prima che nel vuoto le vostre grida vengano udite
per Valtorr, Cyttorakk e Satannish vi ordino sparite!

Italian version

Creatures utterly repelling the human sight,
you did err leaving your hideouts in the night.
Before the void could hear from your shouts a single tone
by Valtorr, Cyttorakk and Satannish I say begone!

Attempt at re-translating the spell

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#49: Emancipation Incantation

Satannish, Watoomb e Raggadorr
Ikonn, Seraphim e Cyttorak
Agamotto, Oshtur e Munipoor
Hoggoth, Faltini, Valtorr e Denak!
Voi che ho nominato e voi che ho omesso
voi che minacciate la mia amata libertà udite questa sentenza: ciò non sarà permesso.
Le vostre pretese su di me rigetto
le richieste di servitù devo rifiutare
per la vostra saggezza ho grande rispetto
ma per essa è troppo alto il prezzo da pagare!
Il sentiero che percorro deve essere solo mio.
Ascoltate queste parole: che il mio destino lo decida io.

Italian version

Satannish, Watoomb and Raggadorr
Ikonn, the Seraphim and Cyttorak
Agamotto, Oshtur and Muniporr
Hoggoth, the Faltine, Valtorr and Denak!
Those whom I named plus other I'v omitted
whose who threatened my cherished liberty
hark to this irrevocable decree:
such enslavement will not be permitted
your claims on my person I now reject
all demands of servitude I must deny
for your wisdom and might I've the utmost respect
but the price for its use is far too high
better the path I walk be mine alone
hear now these words: let my fate be my own!

Original version

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#54/1: The Ancient One conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4/2

Let this way be proof 'gainst all attack
by the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

Doctor Strange & Doom Triumph and Torment: Doctor Doom conjured the Bands of Cyttorak

Defenders II#6: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and restrained Hulk

Defenders II#7: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and restrained Hulk (again)

Defenders II#10: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and imprisoned Rhino

Juggernaut: Eigth Day#1: D'Spayre hurled a draining magic strike at the Juggernaut, focusing it with the Crimson power of Cyttorak.

Defenders III#1: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak to bind Wong who was possessed by Nightmare

Crimson Bands of Cyttorak bind my assailant.

Defenders III#5 (fb) - BTS: Strange conjured the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak using them against wicked Strange under Dormammu's control

Fantastic Four III#7: Strange conjured a Cyttorak's Cage

Stan Lee meets Doctor Strange#1 (fb)

Per le bande cremisi di Cyttorak,
ti ridurrò a un uovo alla coque!

Italian version

By the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak,
I'll turn you into an egg a-la-coque!

Attempt at re-translating the spell-- Spidermay

She-Hulk II#16/17: Crimson conjured the Bands

Mighty Avengers#9: Doctor Doom entrapped Iron Man using the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak. The Bands corrupted Iron Man's armor energetic stream. A mighty ram of Sentry had Doom break the spell.

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Juggernaut III#4, p15, pan1 (mainimage)
Amazing X-Men II#19, p1, pan1 (elder demon)
New Excalibur I#14, p3, pan2 (creating the Crimson Gem)
X-Men I#12, p15, pan4 (Cain Marko and Charles Xavier finding the Crimson Gem)
Dr. Strange III#44, p13, pan1 (Cyttorak trapping Nova)
X-Men Unlimited I#12, p39, pan2 (punching Juggernaut)
New Excalibur I#14, p15, pan4&5 (wondering if he needs a new Juggernaut)
Uncanny X-Men I#542, p13, pan1&2 (Discovering Cain served another god)
Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers#1, p22, pan4 (disappeared from the Crimson Cosmos)
Avengers West Coast II#64, p22, pan5 (Stevie Wojciehowicz)

Strange Tales I#126/2, p5, pan3 (the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak conjured by Dormammu imprisoned and insolent lackey)
Strange Tales I#157/2, p3, pan3 (Zom tries to ensnare Strange in the Seven Bands of Cyttorak)
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#41, p7, pan3 (a Scarlet Sphere of Cyttorak conjured by Strange)

Strange Tales I#124/2 (June, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Dikto (pencils), George Bell (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#12 (May, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby, Alex Toth (pencilers), Vince Colletta (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Men I#33 (June, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Werner Roth (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers West Coast II#64 (November, 1990) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Chris Wozniak (pencils), Dan Bulanadi (inks), Howard Mackie (editor) - Stevie only
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme I#44 (June, 1992) - Roy Thomas (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils, inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme I#49 (January, 1993) - Len Kaminski (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils), Bob Petrecca & Don Hudson (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#12 (September, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Steve Epting & Ariel Olivetti (pencils), Kevin Conrad & Ariel Olivetti (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
X-Men: The Jewels of Cyttorak (December, 1997) - Dean Wesley Smith (writer)
X-Men II#88 (May, 1999) - Alan Davis & Joe Casey (writers), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#369 (June, 1999) - Alan Davis & Terry Kavanagh (writers), Adam Kubert (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Iron Man III#22 (November, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Sean Chen (pencils), Rob Hunter, Mark Morales, Mark Nelson & Eric Cannon (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Thor II#17 (November, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Peter Parker, Spider-Man II#11 (November, 1999) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Juggernaut: The Eighth Day (November, 1999) - Joe Casey (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Avengers III#24 (January, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey & Dick Giordano (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#25 (February, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Generation X#60 (February, 2000) - Jay Faerber (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Generation X#61 (March, 2000) - Jay Faerber (writer), Kevin Sharpe (pencils), Craig Russell, Rodney Ramos & John Czop (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Spider-Man: Emerald Mystery (October, 2000) - Dean Wesley Smith (writer)
X-Men Forever#1-6 (January-June, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Kevin Maguire (pencils), Andrew Pepoy (inks), Mark Powers & Ralph Macchio (editors)
Cyclops#1 (October, 2001) - Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Mark Texeira (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men Annual 2001 (2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Ashley Wood (artist), Mark Powers (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#36 (December, 2001) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Deadpool III#61 (February, 2002) - Frank Tieri (writer), Jim Calafiore (pencils), Jon Holdredge (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Deadline#1 (June, 2002) - Bill Rosemann (writer), Guy Davis (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#410 (October, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#411 (October, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#412 (November, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#413 (November, 2002) - Chuck Austen (writer), Sean Phillips (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Chamber#4 (January, 2003) - Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Lee Ferguson (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Raicht (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#416 (February, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#417 (March, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#418 (April, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#419 (May, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#420 (May, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Kia Asamiya (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#421 (June, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#422 (June, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#44 (May, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Romano Molenaar (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Brian Smith (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#425 (August, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#426 (August, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#429 (October, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#430 (October, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#431 (November, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#432 (December, 2003) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#433 (January, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Philip Tan (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#434 (January, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Takeshi Miyazawa (pencils), Craig Yeung & Scott Elmer (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#435 (February, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#436 (February, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Mark Morales & Dan Green (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Defenders III#5 (January, 2006) - Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis (writers), Kevin McGuire (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)
New Excalibur#13 (January, 2007) - by Frank Tieri (writer), Jim Caliafiore (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Nick Lowe & Mike Marts (editors)
New Excalibur#14 (February, 2007) - by Frank Tieri (writer), Jim Caliafiore (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Nick Lowe & Mike Marts (editors)
New Excalibur#15 (March, 2007) - by Frank Tieri (writer), Jim Caliafiore (penciler), Mark McKenna (inker), Nick Lowe & Mike Marts (editors)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic (June, 2007) - Chris Biggs, Stuart Vandal, Madison Carter, Michael Hoskin, Eric J. Moreels, Ronald Byrd, Chad Anderson, Al Sjoerdsma, Mark O'English (writers), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
World War Hulk#2 (September, 2007) - Chris Gage (writer), Andrea Divito (artist), Will Panzo (assistant editor), Andy Schmidt (editor)
World War Hulk#3 (October, 2007) - Chris Gage (writer), Andrea Divito (artist), Will Panzo (assistant editor), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Captain Britain and MI13#3 (September, 2008) Paul Cornell (writer), Leonard Kirk (penciler), Jesse Delperdang (inker), Will Panzo (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#1 (February, 2010) - Jeff Christiansen, Stuart Vandal, Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Mike O'Sullivan, Rob London, Kevin Garcia, Madison Carter, Markus Raymond, Ronald Byrd, Chris Biggs, Gabriel Shechter, Eric J. Moreels, Jacob Rougemont, Mike Gagnon (writers), Gus Vazquez (pencils, inks), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Thunderbolts I#157 (May, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (pencils), Declan Shalvey (pencils, inks), Jason Gorder (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#158 (June, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (pencils, inks), Jason Gorder (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fear Itself: The Worthy#1/2 (July, 2011) -Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (pencils, inks), Rachel Pinnelas (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#542 (October, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#543 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Journey Into Mystery I#627 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Richard Elson (art), Ralph Macchio (senior editor)
Uncanny X-Men II#15 (July, 2012) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Daniel Acuna (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men II#20 (October, 2012) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers II#182 (December, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Amazing X-Men II#15 (January, 2015) - Chris Yost (writer), Jorge Fornes (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)
Amazing X-Men II#16 (January, 2015) - Chris Yost (writer), Jorge Fornes (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)
Amazing X-Men II#17 (February, 2015) - Chris Yost (writer), Jorge Fornes (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)
Amazing X-Men II#18 (March, 2015) - Chris Yost (writer), Jorge Fornes (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)
Amazing X-Men II#19 (April, 2015) - Chris Yost (writer), Jorge Fornes (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)
X-Men: Black - Juggernaut (October, 2018) - Robbie Thompson (writer), Shawn Crystal (pencils, inks), Darren Shan, Chris Robinson (editors)
Juggernaut III#3 (November, 2020) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Ron Garney (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Chris Robinson, Annalise Bissa (editors)
Juggernaut III#4 (December, 2020) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Ron Garney (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Chris Robinson, Annalise Bissa (editors)
Savage Avengers I#16 (December, 2020) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Patch Zircher (pencils, inks), Martin Biro, Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort (editors)
King in Black: Black Knight#1 (February, 2021) - Simon Spurrier (writer), Jesus Saiz (pencils, inks), Tom Groneman (editors)
Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers#1 (November, 2021) - Alex Paknadel (writer), Ryan Bodenheim (pencils, inks), Kat Gregorowicz, Darren Shan (editors)
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood#2/2 (June, 2022) - David Pepose (writer), Leonardo Romero (pencils, inks), Martin Biro, Annalise Bissa, Tom Brevoort (editors)

First Posted: 07/20/2002
Last Updated: 05/01/2023

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