Classification: Extra-terrestrial, demonspawn
Location/Base of Operations: Mobile throughout known universe
Known Members: One unnamed (deceased)
Affiliations: Offspring of the Fear Lord Kkallakku, Cold War (created by a fear-eater)
Enemies: Captain (Steve Rogers), Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Thing, Thor
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents#1/4 (September, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: The Fear-Eaters exist entirely off of fear of other beings. They can phase extra-dimensionally, assuming an immaterial form, and merge with a host. Once merged, they can read the minds of their host, determining its greatest fears. The Fear-Eater than can generate hallucinations which cause the host to confront its greatest fear. The Fear-Eater draws strength from this and will continue to cause intense fear until its victim either dies or overcomes its fears. If a Fear-Eater is deprived of fear for too long of a period, it will die of starvation.
The Fear-Eaters appear to be immune to any form of physical attack, and the only way a host can repel them is by overcoming its fears. The Fear-Eaters can survive in any environment, from the vacuum of space to the most hostile of atmospheric conditions. A Fear-Eater teleported the Silver Surfer from deep space to the orbit of Earth. It is uncertain how far a Fear-Eater can travel without using a host form.
Traits: The Fear-Eaters are predatory and parasitic in nature. Their abilities may stem from magic.
History: The Fear-Eaters are the children of the Fear Lord Kkallakkuu. Their age and past activities are uncertain.
(Marvel Comics Presents#1/4) - One Fear-Eater encountered the Silver Surfer and attempted to make a meal of him. It transported him to Earth and terrorized him by trying to trap him within a barrier like the one created by Galactus. When this failed it bound him in shackles, and then caused him to revert to the form of Norrin Radd. However, Norrin overcame his fears, regained his full power and expelled the Fear-Eater, who then traveled to Earth in search of further prey.
(Marvel Comics Presents#2/4) - This Fear-Eater then encountered the Captain (a temporary alias of Steve Rogers better known as Captain America), and confronted him with fears of being frozen again, as he was when in suspended animation for decades. The Fear-Eater even animated a cryogenically frozen man, as the being Cold War, to attack him. The Captain overcame his fears and expelled the Fear-Eater.
(Marvel Comics Presents#3/4) - The Fear-Eater then encountered the Thing and capitalized on his fears of being trapped as the thing forever, and of being alone. Surprisingly enough, the Thing rallied and overcame his fears, expelling the Fear-Eater.
(Marvel Comics Presents#4/4) - The Fear-Eater then attacked Thor, making him believe he was trapped on a sickbed while the other gods fought the final battle, Ragnarok. However, Thor eventually accepted his fate, and overcame his fear, expelling the Fear-Eater yet again. Weakened and starving, the Fear-Eater attacked the next human he found. However, that human happened to be Daredevil, the Man without Fear, and the Fear-Eater died of starvation.
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#39)-A legion of Fear-Eaters were summoned forth from a space warp by their hatch lord, Kkallakku. As part of a plot of the Fear Lords they assaulted the people of Manhattan, generating and feeding off of their fear. Dr. Strange withdrew the collective fear from the Fear-Eaters' victims, and pulled it into himself. The Fear-Eaters all followed Strange, the fear energy drawing them like moths to the flame. Strange opened a portal to another dimension and fled through it, allowing the Fear-Eaters to follow him. He then teleported back to Earth, leaving the Fear-Eaters behind in that unnmaed realm.
Comments: Created by Al Milgrom. Not his best work. The conclusion of the series in MCP was especially corny.
These fear stories (also common with D'Spayre)
are extremely repetitive and uninteresting. Of course the hero's
going to rally his or her courage and overcome the attacker. What
else could happen?
One of the only good uses of fear by villains was the Fear-Lords saga, primarily in Dr. Strange III#38-40.
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Marvel Comics Presents#1, p29, pan2 (Fear-Eater main image)
Marvel Comics Presents#1, p31, pan4 (Fear-Eater head shot)
Marvel Comics Presents#2-4 (September-October, 1988)
Dr.Strange III#39 (March, 1992)
Last updated: 05/06/04.
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