Real Name: Ikthalon
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Boreas) demon
Occupation: Ruler of Boreas
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: served by the Legions of Boreas
Invoked by Ian McNee and others
Enemies: Son of Satan (Daimon Hellstrom/Hellstorm), Katherine Reynolds
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Lord of Boreas, Keeper of the Icy Wastes
Base of Operations: Boreas dimension; briefly acted at Gateway University, St. Louis, Missouri
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#14 (March, 1974)
Ikthalon symbolizes stagnation and resistance to change. He is composed of an ice-like substance and can generate ice and freezing winds. Within Boreas, he and his icy creations are immune to flames, and even to those of a mystical nature, such as hellfire. He can travel out of his own realm only when summoned, and can be contained by magical wards, such as an ankh. He can enter the form of a human and take possession of its will. His powers are greater within the dimension of Boreas. On Earth, he is vulnerable to mystic and conventional flames.
He can apparently grant mystic power to those who invoke his name in spells.
His minions, the Legions of Boreas, are demons (and possibly offspring) much like himself. They possess similar, although lesser, powers.
The realm of Boreas is immensely cold. By its very nature, it will nullify flames and other sources of warmth. It weakens those native to warmer realms.
History: Ikthalon is an extra-dimensional demon of unknown origin. Daimon Hellstrom commented that he had been active on Earth around medieval times, but his past history has not been detailed.
(Marvel Spotlight I#14 (fb) ) - A faculty member at Gateway University, displeased with the changes occurring in the process of modernization, made a pact with Ikthalon to resist those changes. Ikthalon first made his presence felt in the Communications Building (from which the pact had been made), causing levitation of inanimate matter, and other poltergeist-like phenomena. These progressed over several weeks, and then Ikthalon and his legions caused the entire, newly-installed heating system to freeze solid. A janitor then saw one of the Legions of Boreas stalking the building at night. Next Ikthalon caused the building to be engulfed in icy blue flames, which did not burn.
(Marvel Spotlight I#14) - Dr. Katherine Reynolds contacted the exorcist Daimon Hellstrom to investigate the possession of the Communications Building at Gateway. Hellstrom agreed and investigated the building as the Son of Satan. He placed a mystic ankh on the doorstep of the building to prevent any demons from leaving the building. As he explored the building, he was ambushed by one of Ikthalon's Legions, who grabbed him and pulled him into a portal which brought him to Boreas. Hellstrom's trident was knocked from his grasp as he was attacked, and without it he was overpowered and imprisoned by Ikthalon. Ikthalon and his Legions then opened a portal to Earth, but found they were unable to escape the building due to the presence of the ankh.
However, Katherine Reynolds, along with the building's janitor, defied Hellstrom's instructions and decided to see what was going on in the building as well. The janitor mistook the ankh for some type of graffiti, and erased it. This allowed Ikthalon and his Legions freedom to travel outside the building, and they emerged and attacked Dr. Reynolds and the janitor. Seeking some means to defend herself against the demons, Dr. Reynolds picked up Hellstrom's trident. Her contact made a connection to Hellstrom, who was able to use it to return to Earth and attack the demons. Ikthalon took Reynolds hostage and forced Hellstrom to give an oath not to fight him. However, as soon as Ikthalon released Reynolds, Hellstrom, destroyed Ikthalon with a burst of hellfire, claiming it was his right to lie as the son of the great deceiver.
(Dr. Strange II#33 - BTS) - Ikthalon has been invoked in spells since that time, indicating he still existed in some form. During a dream sequence under the control of Dream Weaver, Clea was bound by "the Icy Tendrils of Ikthalon."
(Marvel Fanfare I#6/2 - BTS) - Ian McNee invoked Ikthalon in a fight against an unnamed sorcerer by using the Wrath of the Chill Ikthalon.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Jim Mooney.
No one dies forever in Marvel Comics, and certainly a demon could always reform.
The OHotMU Deluxe edition Appendix to other dimensions lists Ikthalon's realm as the Ice World of Ikthalon, but its correct name, as given by Ikthalon, is Boreas.
Marvel Spotlight I#14 (March, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Dr. Strange II#33 (February, 1979) - Roger Stern & Ralph Macchio (writers), Tom Sutton (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#6 (January, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer9, Charles Vess (artist), Al Milgrom (editor)
Last updated: 08/17/02
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