Real Name: Klonus
Identity/Class: Extradimensional, citizen of Katharta
Occupation: Sorcerer, Would-be conqueror
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mortak the Usurper, Tai the Slayer, Thog
Enemies: Dakimh the Enchanter, Jennifer Kale, Korrek, Man-Thing (Ted Sallis)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Klonus the Wizard
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
formerly the Mountain Temple of Zokk, in the dimension of Katharta
formerly an unnamed world which may or may not be associated with the realm of Katharta
First Appearance: Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (February, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Klonus has a variety of magical powers, from clairvoyance, teleportation, projection of energy blasts, formation of shields, manipulation of inanimate objects, and manipulation of the forces of magic for a variety of other effects. He has extensive knowledge of magical lore.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 145. lbs (by approximation)
(Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (fb) - BTS) - The origins of Klonus are unknown. He comes from a world separate from the landmass of Katharta, and it uncertain if he is from another dimension altogether. He hails from the Kingdom of Mortak.
(Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (fb)) - Klonus assisted Mortak in the destruction and conquering of the city of Katharta. Korrek was captured and held in chains in their prison for one year.
(Giant-Size Man-Thing#3) - While Mortak was happy with ruling Katharta and taking over the ten kingdoms of their own world, Klonus wanted more. There was/is a legend of some unknown cosmic significance behind Korrek that he or whoever rules Katharta is destined for godhood. Klonus waited until for the proper time (some sort of astral alignment sort of deal, most likely) to slay Korrek to gain the full power. Klonus then had Korrek staked out on top of the Mountain Temple of Zokk, and summoned the Serpent Hawks to sacrifice the barbarian prince.
However, Korrek's ally, Dakimh the Enchanter sent the Man-Thing to Korrek's aid. The Man-Thing slew Klonus's warrior servant, Tai, and freed Korrek. Klonus fled with Mortak to avoid the Serpent Hawks who would now be hungry for a different meal. Jennifer Kale teleported the Man-Thing and Korrek to Dakimh's castle to discuss the significance of the recent series of events.
Klonus traveled to Citrusville, Florida, where he drew power from the Nexus of Reality in "The Man-Thing's swamp" and prepared to make his stand against Dakimh and his allies. He animated the stone statue of Sibarthu, the guardian of the Temple of Zokk, and sent it to battle the Man-Thing, while Mortak fought Korrek, leaving him free to engage Dakimh himself. After some struggle, Dakimh entrapped Klonus in a cage of magical energy which began to drain his life force. However, Klonus sent a ring of vapor to choke Dakimh. The elderly Dakimh gave way first, and Klonus choked the life out of him, regaining his own power as Dakimh's energy cage dissolved.
Klonus then attacked the neophyte sorceress Jennifer Kale, who summoned her concentration and prepared to retaliate--instead, she burst out laughing as the Man-Thing, who had destroyed its opponent, smashed Klonus in the head from behind, incapacitating him. Korrek defeated Mortak, and Jennifer formed energy cocoons about the two of them and banished them into space.
(Man-Thing I#21 / Man-Thing I#22) - The demon Thog freed Klonus and Mortak and returned them to Earth to oppose the Man-Thing. Klonus succeeded in weakening the Man-Thing by tapping into his diluted, dispersed brain and bringing out portions of Sallis' mind, which confused the bog-beast. With the Man-Thing incapacitated, Thog arrived and attempted to use his plot involving the Nightmare Boxes to drive the cosmos into insanity. However, the efforts of the Man-Thing, Dakimh's spirit, and even Steve Gerber himself, caused the Boxes to implode, pulling Klonus, Mortak, Thog, and the demons of Sominus into it. Within the box, the Man-Thing destroyed Thog, effectively ending the threat of the Nightmare Boxes. Gerber, Dakimh, and the Man-Thing escaped back to Earth, but Klonus and Mortak's fates were not seen.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber (writer), Alfredo Alcala (pencils/inks).
Katharta is listed as a dimension, yet Korrek sees a village aflame and states that all of Katharta was in flames. Perhaps Katharta is one city within a larger realm, and/or Katharta is the name of the capital city and the dimension, much like Asgard.
It is unclear whether the "one year" of waiting is a topical reference. It seems like a long time to wait, but it is also quite likely that time passes quite differently in the various dimensions involved.
Profile by Snood
Klonus has no known connections to
Tai the Slayer
Tai is a warrior/servant of Klonus, presumably from whatever world Klonus and Mortak are from. He's big and strong, and good with a stone axe, but not as successful against swamp creatures. After a couple fruitless axe-whacks at the Man-Thing, the swamp creature took his axe and smashed his skull in with it. Tai fell off a cliff, breaking most of the rest of his bones in the fall.
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Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p21, pan3 (main image)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p21, pan2 (closeup)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p26, pan1 (battle)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p3, pan4 (Tai, fullbody)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p2, pan5 (Tai, closeup)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (February, 1975) - Steve Gerber (writer), Alfredo Alcala (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
First Posted: 05/12/2002
Last updated: 02/01/2014
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