Real Name: Dezan

Identity/Class: Alien/Outcast

Occupation: Outcast

Group Membership: Skrull Royal Family (legal heir to the throne)

Affiliations: Avengers, former ally of Myrn and Zabyk

Enemies: Most of the Skrull Empire, the Kree, Zabyk

Known Relatives: Emperor Dorrek VII (older brother, deceased), Empress R'Klll (sister-in-law, deceased), Princess Anelle (niece, deceased), Dorrek VIII (Hulkling, aka Theodore "Teddy" Altman, great-nephew), S'Byll, Talos (distant relatives)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Klarr The Prison Planet; Kral IV

First Appearance: Avengers Annual#14 (1985)

Powers/Abilities: Like all Skrulls throughout the universe, Prince Dezan possesses the ability to change his shape and form, to anything he may desire; he also has a long lifespan as other Skrulls-- a Skrull can be around 210 years old. Unlike most other Skrulls, Prince Dezan is a non-militaristic Skrull, wanting peace instead of war.

History: BTS - Dezan was born as the younger brother of the later emperor of the Skrullian empire, Dorrek.

(Avengers Annual#14 (fb)) - Prince Dezan was seen talking with Zabyk and Myrn, about ways to change the imperial society. The three of them used to be inseparable but Zabyk and Dezan had a falling out, and their friendship fell apart.

(Avenger Annual#14 (fb)) - Prince Dezan was imprisoned for his radical ties, and his face was hidden in an inhibitor mask, which also made sure his shape-changing powers were held in check.

(Fantastic Four I#257 - BTS) - After Galactus came to the "throneworld", killing Empress R'Klll and Princess Anelle, Prince Dezan was now the only living member of the original royal family, but since he was still considered a traitor to the Skrullian race, he wasn't named as the new emperor.


(Avengers Annual#14) - Raksor, Baryn and a third unnamed Skrull came to the Skrullian prison world Klarr to free Prince Dezan, believing that the Skrulls needed him. Baryn and the third Skrull were killed in the rescue operation, but Raksor managed to free the prince and took him to Kral IV, a Skrullian colony, where the Skrulls there had taken forms resembling human beings from the 1930's. When Major Syrro and the Avengers arrived at Kral IV, Raksor introduced them to Prince Dezan, and told them the reason why he had freed the infamous prince. Dezan's former partners-in-crime, Zabyk and Myrn, were about to change the entire Skrullian empire by setting off a bomb which would strip all Skrulls of their powers. Before Zabyk detonated the Hyper-Wave Bomb, Dezan decided he wanted to die with his normal face, and changed his appearance, looking as he used to. But the Hyper-Wave Bomb didn't kill the Skrulls, it only stripped them of their powers; Dezan was now a free man, and the Avengers departed. Captain America was asked by one of his teammates why Prince Dezan was considered a threat to the Skrulls, and Captain America answered that in a militaristic regime, anybody wanting peace is a traitor to the cause.

Comments: Created by Roger Stern, John Byrne, and Kyle Baker.

Several people have written me to tell me that Dezan also appears in F4 An19. It's worth a mention, I guess, but his appearances in F4 An19 are panel for panel, image for image, word for word duplicates of those from AvAn14, so it's almost like a reprint.

I always loved the Skrulls, and "The Man In The Iron Mask" so what better than to do a "The Skrull In The Iron Mask"...

by The Beetle ...images by Proto-Man

Prince Dezan should not be confused with:

Avengers Annual#14 (1985) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Kyle Baker (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Fantastic Four Annual#19 (1985) - John Byrne (writer/artist), Michael Carlin (editor)

Last updated: 09/30/13

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