Real Name: Necromon
Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Netherworld of Otherworld) demon/magic user
Occupation: Ruler of his Netherworld, Would-be Conqueror
Group Membership: Nethergods
Affiliations: Served by numerous demons, dragons, goblins, and trolls of his Netherworld, Doomwraiths, the Iron Ogre, Mandrac, the evil Walkers (Balor, Cormac, Gurien, Karadoc, Mordred, Scartac), and White Rider;
Enemy of the Black Knight (Dane Whitman), the warriors of Camelot, Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Merlyn, Arthur Pendragon, and the Proud Walkers (Bran, Gael, Gamael, Gwent, Herne, Vortigen)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Lord of Darkness, impersonated Cormac
Base of Operations: Citadel of Necromon, Netherworld of Otherworld dimension
First Appearance: (BTS) Hulk Comic#1/2 (Marvel UK, March, 1979); (seen) Hulk Comics#45/2 (Marvel UK, January 9, 1980)
Powers: Necromon had great mystic powers, although few of them were actually observed. He controlled a vast army of demons, goblins, and trolls. His powers seemed to fluctuate with time. He was evenly matched in a sword fight with Arthur Pendragon (perhaps Merlyn was augmenting Arthur's power to allow him to stand up to Necromon). He was ten feet tall and possessed prodigious strength (enhanced human to Class 10?). He could open portals to other dimensions with effort.
Necromon wore an amulet, the Eye of Necros, enabling him to observe distant events, even across interplanetary or inter-dimensional distances, as well as seeing into the hearts and minds of men.
Weight: 2 tons
History: Necromon's origins are unrevealed, although he does appear to be a demonic being. He is an old enemy of the natives of the neighboring realm of Otherworld, and he sought to overtake that realm, as well as the planet Earth.
Knowing that the forces of Camelot would rally against them, Necromon sought to remove some of their champions as threats. Necromon caused madness and amnesia to overtake Brian Bradock, causing him to leap from a plane, and hide out on a remote cave. He also sent one of his agents Mordred and his Goblins to slay the Black Knight and the amnesiac Braddock. The two were assisted by Vortigen, one of the Proud Walkers, who helped Braddock regain his memory, and explained the nature of the attacks to them.
After numerous battles with many of Necromon's agents, the Black Knight and Captain Britain succeeded in entering Otherworld to join the forces of Camelot. Necromon ultimately led his warriors in an assault on Camelot. While Merlyn, the Proud Walkers, and the warriors of Camelot battled his forces, Necromon scaled the wall of the castle. Arthur Pendragon and the Black Knight confronted and battled Necromon, drawing him into a sword fight. Excalibre proved stronger than Necromon's sword, and King Arthur shattered his blade. The two warriors then backed Necromon into a threshold of the castle, and the Black Knight sent a spiked gate (portcullis) crashing down on him. Necromon stopped the falling gate, but while he was distracted, the two warriors charged forth and impaled him with both Excalibre and the Ebony Blade. Dying, Necromon used the last of his strength to destroy the castle of Camelot, causing it to fall into the abyss on the edge of Otherworld.
As far as I can tell, Mordred (called Modred) in this story is the same man known as Mordred the Evil, the illegitimate son of King Arthur and the nephew of Morgan le Fay.
Comments: Created by Dez Skin, Steve Parkhouse, Paul Neary, and John Stokes.
In Marvel Super-Heroes II#17, Mordred speaks to "...the Nether Gods...They who gave my spirit the power to walk once more amongst men." Although none of them look quite like Necromon, I'd have to believe that these beings were from the Netherworld of Otherworld, and might have connections to him, or perhaps one could even be him, albeit in altered form.
Captain Britain was not present during the final battle. He had been sent back to Earth by Merlyn as his reward for helping to revive King Arthur. Perhaps Necromon used his powers to warp this spell, because Captain Britain ended up the crooked Earth of Mad Jim Jaspers.
This series should be collected in a trade paperback. It's very good, and VERY hard to find. It was a weekly title printed on newsprint style paper.
And yes, in case you're wondering, it was originally in black and white.
The colored images come from Necromon's profile in OHotMU A-Z Hardcover#8.
Necromon has a full entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook.
Clarifications: Necromon should not be confused with:
Hulk Comic#1/2 (March, 1979)
Hulk Comic#3/2-30/2 (March-September, 1979)
Hulk Comic#42/2-46/2 (December, 1979 - January, 1980)
Incredible Hulk Weekly#47/2-55/2 (January-March, 1980)
Incredible Hulk Weekly#57/2-58/2 (April, 1980)
Incredible Hulk#59/2-63/2 (April-May, 1980)
Last updated: 12/08/06
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