Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial energy being
Occupation: Devourer of life energies
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Dr. Doom, Doombots, Fantastic Four, Dr. Gittelsohn, Lyja, Psi-Lord, Servo-Guards
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in outer space
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#379 (August, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: The Hunger is a disembodied creature composed of energy. It can travel through space at unbelieveable speeds, and make itself invisible to detection. Desiring only to devour life energies, the Hunger can kill its victims within seconds of contact with them, and can inhabit their bodies and access their memories. The Hunger seems unable to devour energies from those who do not fear it. After absorbing large amounts of energy, the Hunger can create a physical form for itself, and while on Earth, chose the appearance of a hideous monster to frighten its intended victims. In this form, it could fly, possessed superhuman strength (class 50?), release blasts of magnetic energy or flames, and could lower its body temperature so that anyone making physical contact would be frozen by ice.
History: (Fantastic Four I#379) - The entity known only as the Hunger was found drifting in space by a probe sent by Dr. Doom, who was searching for new sources of alien power. Dr. Gittelsohn, the scientist in charge of Doom's project, recognized that the alien possessed great power, and had it lured back to Earth.
(Fantastic Four I#380) - As the Hunger reached Earth, it made itself invisible to the tracking equipment Gittelsohn had been using, and arrived in Latveria unseen. It proceeded to slaughter patrols of Latverian soldiers sent to locate it, draining the life from their bodies. It also devoured several villagers before making its way to Castle Doom, taking corporeal form by possessing the body of one of Doom's soldiers. Dr. Doom's Doombots (robot doubles) engaged the Hunger, but were destroyed. Doom himself then entered the fray, hoping to siphon the Hunger's energies into his devices, but a stray blast from the Hunger destroyed Doom's device. As it lunged in for the kill, the Thing arrived and plunged two live wires into the Hunger's body, causing an explosion that destroyed part of Castle Doom.
(Fantastic Four I#381) - Escaping from the ruins of Castle Doom, the Hunger took on a physical form to terrify humans, basing it on the memories it had taken from the dead Latverians. It was soon found by Psi-Lord and the Human Torch, but drove them off with a blast of magnetic force. Next it battled the Thing and Mr. Fantastic, taking the brunt of their blows without notice. It attempted to feed upon Mr. Fantastic, but the Invisible Woman caught it in a force field. Lyja attempted to blast it, but the Hunger became noncorporeal to escape. It was then driven off by the arrival of Dr. Gittelsohn, who fired particle bursts at it from a combat craft.
The Hunger soon had to contend against the combined might of the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom. Doom, still desiring to take the Hunger's power, intended to trick Mr. Fantastic into plunging the siphon cables into the Hunger, but the Hunger's power caused a backlash which slew Gittelsohn and destroyed Doom's device. The Thing faced the Hunger in one-on-one combat, resisting its power. This gave Doom enough time to enter the fray wielding power he had earlier taken from the Rogue Watcher Aron. Doom was badly injured battling the Hunger, but managed to return the Hunger to space by activating his transmat device, thus ending the threat to Latveria.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Paul Ryan and Danny Bulanadi.
by Prime Eternal
The Hunger should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#381, page 6, panel 4
Fantastic Four I#380, page 15, panel 1
Fantastic Four I#379-381 (August-October, 1993) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writers), Paul Ryan (pencil), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 11/23/04
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