Real Name: Dorian Murdstone
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Imps of Pandora's Box
Enemies: Human Torch (Johnny Storm), neighborhood kids
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A mansion in Glenville Woods, New York, USA
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#109 (June, 1963)
Powers: None. The Sorcerer claimed to possess the world's greatest collection of old books on spells and charms. The only time he actually demonstrated any abilities was when he possessed Pandora's Box. He did possess the proper knowledge to open the box and control it. The Box was the legendary box given to Pandora by the Olympian Gods, and contained "All the evils that flesh is heir to." By releasing the Imps of his choice, he could affect the emotions and behavior of others causing fear, foolishness, forgetfulness, hatred, sleepiness, etc. He could temporarily paralyze others, cause sickness, or release cold, fire, floods, or other elemental conditions. By releasing the Imp of laziness he could cause objects or people to slow down to fractions of their normal speed.
Without the Box, he's just a crotchety old man.
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Dark brown
History: (ST I#109) - The Sorcerer was an eccentric old hermit who lived in a mansion outside New York City. He hated visitors and had been known to threaten curious youths with his pack of guard dogs. When the Human Torch stopped him from threatening the kids, and mocked him, the Sorcerer decided it was time for the whole world to pay. He possessed a library of arcane lore, and had recently managed to obtain the legendary Box of Pandora. His studies enabled him to perform the proper incantations to open the box and control the Imps within it.
The Sorcerer began a career of robbing banks, art museums, jewelry stores, etc. He even doused the Human Torch by causing a flood, but he fell victim to the Torch's plea to allow him to choose which Imp would kill him. The Torch chose flame, which quickly rekindled his own flame, and Johnny snagged the Box and threw it in the deepest part of the ocean. Before he did so, the Sorcerer was affected by the Imp of fear, and he was too terrified to ever threaten anyone again.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, R. Berns, and Jack Kirby.
The Box is just sitting there in the ocean waiting for anyone to get in.
Sorcerer has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook. He received his real name in the Marvel Encyclopedia Vol.6: Fantastic Four (2004)
The Sorcerer has no connection to :
Strange Tales I#109 (June, 1963) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Robert Bernstein (script), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Last updated: 09/09/10
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