DEIMOS and PHOBOS

 

Real Name: Deimos and Phobos

Identity/Class: Olympian Gods

Occupation: (Deimos) God of Terror, (Phobos) God of Fear

Affiliations: Indirect agents of the Dweller-in-Darkness and the other Fear Lords

Enemies: Clea, Dr. Strange, Hercules, Rintrah, Thor

 

 

Known Relatives: Nox (mother), Ares (father)
Half-siblings (by Ares) Alcippe, Antiope, Diomedes' mares, Harmonia, Hiera, Hippolyta, Lysippe, Melanippe, Orithya, Otrera, Penthesilea (half-sisters)
Alexander Aaron (Phobos, half-brother), Diomedes, Kyknos, Monstro the Mighty, Oenomaus, Phlegyras, Thestius (half-brothers)
(By Nox) Charon, Eros, Keres, Momus, Hypnos, Thanatos, Aether (half-brothers), Nemesis, Hemera (half-sisters)

Aliases: The Sons of Night; <Terror and Fear> (Greek translations)

Base of Operations: currently unknown; formerly an unnamed pocket dimension; Mt. Olympus

First Appearance: Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#32/2 (August, 1991)

Powers: Deimos and Phobos presumably possess the classic powers of a god, including superhuman strength (Class 25), durability, etc., as well as immunity to the effects of disease and aging. They may have had some ability to generate fear in their victims.
Since being slain, Deimos and Phobos exist as semi-living creatures, created from a Darkforce-like material, and they require high levels of fear to maintain their physical presence.

History:
(Dr. Strange III#32/2(fb))-Deimos and Phobos are the children of Nox and Ares, although Nox posed as Aphrodite to seduce Ares.

(mythology)-Deimos and Phobos always followed their father in battle and were charioteers of his war wagon so Ares could focus on the war. When Ares was injured by Diomedes in the Trojan War, they carried him from the field.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dr. Strange III#32/2(fb))-Deimos and Phobos were slain in battle against Hercules and Thor.

 

 

 

(Dr. Strange III#39)-A plot by the Fear Lords generated widespread fear and terror across the planet. Drawing on this energy, Nox recreated her children out of a Darkforce-like substance. Deimos and Phobos assisted in battle against Dr. Strange and his allies. They captured Clea and Rintrah, and followed Nox to a pocket dimension, where she planned to execute them. However, Strange sent his allies a symbol that inspired their courage, and allowed them to throw off the restraining holds of the two gods. As the heroes fought back against them, Deimos and Phobos reverted to nothingness. Nox claimed that she could reconstitute them at another time.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier.

In real world mythology, Deimos and Phobos are indeed the children of Aphrodite, not Nox, by Ares.

A confusing statement from the source notes of Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#32. "Phobos and Deimos are the Greek-mythological sons of the war god Ares, who first appeared in Thor @129, though their defeat by Thor and Hercules has yet to be recorded elsewhere." I (and others) took that to mean P+D first appeared in Thor#129. I re-read the issue and didn't see them. I looked at the original Marvel Comic Index to Thor, and saw no mention of Deimos or Phobos for #129, or any other issue up to 266. Ares appears first (in the modern era) in Thor#129--which is what I believe the above statement refers to--not Deimos and Phobos who first appear in Doc#32/2. If I'm wrong, and you spot the Sons of Night in some panel of Thor, let me know.

Thanks to Will U for all of the background mythology.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Deimos is the namesake for Deimos, the moon of Mars. In the timeline of Earth-Ultravision/Cosmic Avengers, this is the base of the Ultravision, @ What If? II#19

His name is Greek for Terror, but he has no known connection to:

Phobos is the namesake for Phobos, the other moon of Mars.
He has no known connections to:

Diomedes, son of Ares, has not been seen in the MU;
    He was given a set of man-eating horses from Ares. Passed down from Oenomaus, these horses were one of the labors of Hercules.
    He is not to be confused with:

Thanatos, the son of Nox, has no known connections to:


Appearances:
Dr. Strange III#32 (August, 1991) - Jean-Marc Lofficier, Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Larry Alexander (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Dr. Strange III#39 (March, 1992) - Jean-Marc Lofficier, Randy Lofficier, Roy & Dann Thomas (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)


Last updated: 09/05/13

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