Real Name: Puishannt
Identity/Class: Demon (Class Two)
Group Membership: Six-Fingered Hand
Affiliations: Alexander Gordski and his
legion of vampires, led a group of minor demons
used as pawns by Mephisto, Satan, Satannish, Thog (manipulators);
Enemies: Defenders (Clea, Devil-Slayer, Dr. Strange, Gargoyle, Hellcat, Hulk, Namor, Nighthawk, Silver Surfer, Son of Satan (now Hellstorm), Valkyrie), Dracula
Known Relatives: none
Base of Operations: A realm of Hell;
formerly Castle Dracula, Transylvania
First Appearance: Defenders I#96 (June, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Puishannt can empower other beings, escalating a low level vampire like Gordski to a power level comparable (if not superior) to Dracula. He also uses a legion of minor demons, able to possess even strong-willed beings like Dracula.
History: Puishannt and the other demons of the Six-Fingered Hand would be considered Class Two demons by the standards of the OHotMU, meaning that they are originated from or are closely associated with Earth, but that they come from a much later time period than the Elder Gods. Next to nothing else is known of his past.
(Defenders I#99 (fb) - BTS) - Some of the major demons of Hell--Mephisto, Satan, Satannish, and Thog--decided that by forcing Strange to continue teleporting about the globe, they could shatter the barriers between Hell and Earth and merge the two realms. To this end, Mephisto took the form of the lesser demon Maya, and gathered five other lesser demons-Avarrish, Fashima, Hyppokri, Puishannt, and Unnthinnk--to his side. The major demons told the lesser demons portions of their plan, and led them to believe that they would gain worlds to rule. Maya and the six demons named their coalition the Six-Fingered Hand.
(Defenders I#95 (fb) - BTS) - As part of the above plot, Puishannt thought to make an alliance with the lord of vampires and have him send the vampires across the planet, sowing seeds of decay, turning the seas red, and drenching the land in blood. Realizing that Dracula had too much will to remain a loyal ally, Puishannt had several minor demons possess Dracula and send him to attack the Defenders, hoping that they would slay each other. Puishannt then chose the minor vampire Gordski to act as his agent.
(Defenders I#96) - Dracula attacked the Defenders, but was subdued long enough for the Son of Satan to exercise the demons possessing him. Dracula and the Defenders formed an uneasy alliance, with Dr. Strange teleporting them to Transylvania to confront Gordski and his legions. After some battle, the Son of Satan led the vampires to the roof, gave Dracula a warning--proving their was some honor in Hell, and the used his powers to transport them all through time so that is was daytime. Gordski and his legions instantly perished in the sunlight, and Puishannt was banished from Earth.
(Defenders I#98) - Unnthinnk further damaged the fabric of reality, leaving the nexus in the Man-Thing's swamp in an open position. Strange led the others to probe the nexus, and found themselves pulled into a realm of Hell, where they were confronted by the full membership of the Six-Fingered Hand.
(Defenders I#99, 100) - The Defenders fought against the
Six-Fingered Hand and their demon legions, who were much more powerful in their
home dimension. The struggle went back and forth, until suddenly five of the six
members began to dwindle in size and power, leaving only Maya standing tall.
Maya revealed himself as Mephisto, who siphoned the accrued power of the lesser
demons into himself and his other three allies. Satan, Satannish, and Thog
revealed themselves, and showed the Defenders that their demon legions were
pouring through open portals all over the Earth.
The major demons revealed the merger of Hell and Earth was not yet permanent, and challenged the Defenders to a series of duels: Each of the major demons transported himself, their legions, and a few of the Defenders to a scene similar to a period of one of the Earth's wars. The Defenders were challenged to "find the light in the darkness." The Defenders would seem to grasp the hidden meaning and "find the light" and then the major demon would blow everything up. Ultimately, all were reunited and brought before the four demons again, who revealed that their battles had exhausted enough time that the merger between the realms was nearly complete. However, Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan, found "the light in the darkness" by deciding to stay by his father, Satan's, side. In exchange, Satan reversed the merger and sent the Defenders back to Earth.
Comments: Created by J. M. DeMatteis, Don Perlin, and Joe Sinnott.
In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Gordski as well. We'll have to wait if he resurfaces.
Gordski is pictured in the Six-Fingered Hand's entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
Satan (presumably Marduk Kurios in this case)
A Transylvanian vampire, his weak will made him the perfect pawn for Puishannt, who granted him great power in return for leading vampires to institute a reign of terror across Earth. He was destroyed when the Son of Satan time-warped them into daylight.
He has the standard vampire powers, including enhanced human strength, resistance to aging, disease, and conventional weaponry, weakness to sunlight and religious icons, and the need to consume blood to survive. These abilities were briefly amplified to a level on par with Dracula by Puishannt.
--Defenders I#95 (95(fb) - BTS, 95
Defenders I#99, p12, panel 1 (face)
Defenders I#95, p18, panel 3 (body)
panel 4 (Gordski)
Defenders I#93-100 (March - October 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Joe Sinnott, Al Milgrom (#93-95, 100), Frank Giacoia (#93, 95, 100), Sal Trapani (#96-97, 100) & Jack Abel (#97-98, 100) (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Last updated: 07/20/04
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