Real Name: Omar Karindu
Identity/Class: Human magic user;
Apparent citizen of Pakistan
World War II era, Pre-Modern, and modern eras
former keeper of the Star of Capistan
Group Membership: Former leader of the Cult of the Unliving Four
Affiliations: Bundu, Defenders (Clea, Hellcat, Hulk, Nighthawk, Power Man (Cage), Red Guardian (Tania Belinsky), Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)), Dr. Strange
Enemies: Kris Keating, Red Rajah
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Formerly London, England;
First Appearance: (completely Behind the Scenes)
Strange Tales I#136/2 (September, 1965);
(true appearance) Defenders I#42 (December, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Omar Karindu has unspecified occult knowledge and power. He held the Star of Capistan for a length of time.
(Defenders I#44 (fb)) <1933> - The Star of Capistan was found in the ruins of Dashetal by an unfortunate man who became possessed by the Star and was transformed into the Red Rajah. However, as the host was powerless, he was easily subdued by Omar Karindu, who shot the man and took control of the Star for the Cult of the Unliving Four.
(Defenders I#42 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Strange and Omar Karindu encountered each other in the past, coming to regard each other as friends. One of these encounters was described as "the day of darkness in the city of New Dehli."
(Defenders I#42 (fb) - BTS) <1971> - During the Bangladesh War, Karindu relocated the Star of Capistan to London, England.
(Strange Tales I#136/2 - BTS) - Dr. Strange encountered Omar Karindu while fleeing Baron Mordo and seeking the secrets of Eternity.
(Defenders I#42 (fb) - BTS) - Karindu's knowledge, both of self and of the universe, continued to expand. He became the Brahmin in the Four Cult.
(Defenders I#42 (fb) - BTS) - In the modern era, as the Star of Capistan grew out of the Four Cult's control, Karindu brought it to Manhattan to seek the aid of Dr. Strange.
(Defenders I#42) - Omar Karindu, via his friend Bundu, summoned Dr. Strange to the Americana Hotel in which he was staying. However, Strange himself was possessed by the Star and transformed into the Red Rajah.
(Defenders I#43 - BTS) - When the Rhino and Solarr came to steal the Star of Capistan for Egghead, the Red Rajah easily overpowered them both.
(Defenders I#44) - When the Hulk, Nighthawk, and Power Man (Cage) sought out Karindu in an effort to locate Dr. Strange, Karindu informed them that Strange had fallen victim to the Star of Capistan. Eventually, Karindu joined the growing crowd of people under the mental domination of the Star, and the trio of Defenders were overcome by the Red Rajah and his followers.
(Defenders I#45 - BTS) - As Hellcat, Red Guardian, and Valkyrie fought the male Defenders and the Rajah's followers, Clea was able to make contact with Dr. Strange, and their combined efforts forced the Rajah to retreat back into the Star of Capistan, freeing all those formerly under its sway, including Karindu. The Star of Capistan was destroyed by Strange, and Omar Karindu's subsequent fate is unknown (see comments).
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Keith Giffen, and Klaus Janson.
When I first read Defenders II#9, I thought it was revealed that AIM was slaying or had slain everyone who had ever touched the Star of Capistan, including Omar Karindu (there is a guy in Middle Eastern garb pictured). However, Donald Campbell told me it was only people who had touched the stone idol known as the God from Beyond who were slain. I checked the issues AND CHECKED WITH KURT BUSIEK, and confirmed that Donald was right. There is no evidence that Omar Karindu was killed, or even involved in the Headmen's quest for the God from Beyond, or the reformation of the Star of Capistan.
Tania Belinsky (the Red Guardian) described Omar Karindu as among the world's most learned scholars of the paranormal sciences.
Omar Karindu described Dr. Strange as his "dear old friend" and mentioned the Strange Tale encounter as their "last" meeting. Egghead described Karindu as "perhaps his (Strange's) closest friend."
Given Omar Karindu's magical powers, I have no reason to believe that the dates given above are topical.
Karindu references his journey towards Nirvana, which I took to mean that he was Hindu, but I may just be ig'nant.
Profile by Snood.
Not to be confused with:
Omar Karindu, the mysterious and occasionally seen Master of the Obscure, who took his name from this character
The Cult of the Unliving Four has no KNOWN connections to:
Cult of the Unliving Four
Little is known about this secret Pakistani group, a.k.a. the Four Cult, except that they held sacred the Star of Capistan. Its origins remain a secret, existing prior to 1933, but at some point Omar Karindu became the Brahmin (leader) of the Cult. The Star is referred to as the "key" to the Cult. The Star was relocated from Pakistan to London in 1971, and the Cult may have moved with it. Their fate following the destruction of the Star by Dr. Strange (and the later reformation by the Headmen) is unknown.
It is unclear whether Bundu was a member or a servant.
It is also unclear just who or what the Unliving Four are.
--Defenders I#42 (44(fb) - BTS, 42
Either a member of the Cult of the Unliving Four or just a personal friend or servant, he summoned Dr. Strange for a meeting with Karindu.
Defenders I#42, p23, panel 6
p22, panel 7 (Bundu)
p23, panel 1 (Bundu face)
p22, panel 1 (Cult)
Defenders I#44, p22, panel 2
Strange Tales I#136 (September, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Defenders I#42-43 (December, 1976 - January, 1977) - Gerry Conway (writer/editor), Keith Giffen (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks)
Defenders I#44-45 (February - March, 1977) - Gerry Conway, Roger Slifer & David Kraft (writers), Keith Giffen (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Gerry Conway (editor)
Defenders II#9 (November, 2001) - Kurt Busiek, Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Defenders II#10 (December, 2001) - Kurt Busiek, Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (writers), Erik Larsen (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 08/02/04
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