IZANAGI

Real Name: Izanagi

Identity/Class: Japanese god

Occupation: God of the sun

Group Membership: the Kami (gods of Japan); Council of Godheads

Affiliations: Olympian gods

Enemies: Izanami, Mikaboshi

Known Relatives: Awo-kashiki (father), Aya-kashiki (mother), Gaea (estranged wife, alias Izanami), Marisha-Ten (sister/second wife), Ryujin (brother), Oho-tomahiko (grandfather), Oho-tomahe (grandmother), Amaterasu, Uke Mochi (daughters), Ebisu, Takamimusubi, Susanowo, Kagutsuchi, Tsukiyomi, Shinatsuhiko, Emma-O (sons)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Ama (Japanese Heaven); possibly within the Court of Jade

First Appearance: Thor I#300 (October, 1980); (named) What If II#38 (June, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Izanagi most likely possesses the conventional powers of the Japanese gods including superhuman strength (Class 50 possibly), stamina and resistance to injury. He also probably has extra-ordinary ability to tap into and manipulate cosmic energies on a level equal to Zeus or Odin.

History: (Japanese Myth)- Izanagi was historically born on the island now known as Kyushu in modern-day Japan and may have been one of the first Emperors of the land before ascending into godhood. he is the son of the primeval god Inn and Gaea in her form as Yo, the Japanese Mother Earth. Izanagi mated with Izanami, the moon goddess and fathered all the main gods of modern Japan and with her created the islands and lands of what would be Japan. The birth of Kagutsuchi, the fire god, left Izanami so badly burned that she fled with all their children into the land of Yomi, the Japanese Underworld. Izanagi followed them to return their children to the land of the living, but was so frightened of his wife's form as a rotting corpse that he left her and their last son, Emma-0, to rule the land of the dead. He baptised his children from the springs at modern-day Hyuga to make them gods and made Amaterasu Empress of Japan as he returned to heaven.

(Thor I#300 (fb))- Sometime around 1OOO AD, Izanagi met with the ruling gods of Earth's pantheons to dicuss the threat of the Third Host Of Celestials. With Zeus and Odin, they met the Celestials who threatened to sever the dimensional passages of their realms to Earth unless they promised not to interfere with their plans to judge humanity's worthiness.

(Thor I#301-BTS) - In the wake of Ragnarok among the Norse Gods, Thor came to Ama seeking a portion of the life energies to restore the Asgardians. Believing Thor to have defeated a threat to all gods, Izanagi graciously granted the needed energies.

 











(Marvel Universe: The End#2) - A group of Godheads including Izanagi met to discuss the actions of Akhenaten against humanity: However, Akhenaten detected them and attacked, destroying all present, except Thor and Zeus, who managed to flee.

(Marvel Universe: The End#4 - BTS) - Thanos gained the virtually unlimited power of the Heart of the Infinite and altered time so that Akhenaten never gained his power, effectively undoing his actions and restoring those he had destroyed, including Izanagi. However, to those who could understand or even remember what had happened, these actions were seen as the replacement of one threat with another, perhaps even worse.

(Marvel Universe: The End#5, 6 - BTS) - The Godheads joined together with a multitude of heroes and villains from Earth and the rest of the universe to oppose Thanos, who had gained supreme power from the Heart of the Infinite. Thanos easily wiped out every single being in the universe, but later was convinced by Adam Warlock to sacrifice himself to restore the universe to its previous state.

(Ares#5) - The Kami were approached by their messenger god Irani, who brought them a cup of water from the gods of Olympus, presenting it as a gift. Izanagi decided to return this favour by assisting the Olympians against Mikaboshi, unaware that both pantheons had been deceived by Irani and Hermes into forming an alliance. With the aid of the Kami, the Olympians triumphed over Mikaboshi.

 

(Incredible Hercules#116-117) - The Council of Godheads gathered by Athena to prepare a force with which to combat the Skrullian gods. Izanagi released Mikaboshi from Yomi to add him to Hercules' team.

Comments: Adapted by Roy Thomas and R.J. Lofficier.

(What If II#38)- In an alternate reality, the egyptian god Seth conquered Asgard by taking Odin prisoner. To plan a defense against their own realms, Izanagi met with Zeus, Buluku, Vishnu, Quetzalcoatl and Osiris to discuss the threat that Seth represented. The demon Mephisto was also in attendance to represent the gods of the dead and reported that none of them were supporting Seth.

 Izanagi also appeared with Izanami in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #28-29 (Archie Comics, part of Image Comics)

The character I'm naming as Izanagi is not identified in Thor#300.
William took a nice stab at naming all of these guys, and identified this character as Takamumusubi, the son of Izanagi.
Lacking Will's expertise in this area, I'm going to call him Izanagi, mostly because of their similar appearance and his appropriate placement in the Council of Godheads. The head-dress/hair-piece, collar, and hair style look pretty similar. I'm guessing the version seen in Thor#300 was "suited up for battle" and took the yellow-skinned aspect of himself as well (or his liver was hurting pretty bad).
    Similarly, Izanagi is not named or seen in Thor#301, but I'm placing him there as Thot went to all of the godheads, Japan included.

by Will Uchtman , updated by Snood.

Clarifications:
No known connection to:

Izanami, the Moon Goddess and mother of of Izanagi's children has not appeared in the MU. She should be distinguished from
Izanami, a magical warrior of the Hand, who was almost certainly named after her, @ Daredevil I#293


Appearances:
Thor I#300 (October, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#301 (November, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Universe: The End#2 (May, 2003) - Jim Starlin (writer/pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Universe: The End#4-6 (June-August, 2003) - Jim Starlin (writer/pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ares#5 (July, 2006) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Travel Foreman (penciler), Derek Fridolfs (inker), Warren Simons (editor)
Incredible Hercules#116-117 (June-July, 2008) - Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente (writers), Rafa Sandoval (penciler), Roger Bonet (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 12/12/10

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