Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human magic-user (Pre-Modern era) (see comments)

Occupation: Sorcerer

Affiliations: None

Enemies: the Sorcerer's betrayer

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#16/4 (February, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: The Sorcerer had training in the mystic arts. He could trap a human inside of a painting, and displayed a degree of telekinesis.

History: (Tales to Astonish I#16/4 (fb) - BTS) - After an associate turned against him, the Sorcerer trapped his betrayer inside of a painting.

(Tales to Astonish I#16/4) - The Sorcerer's betrayer found the willpower to escape his imprisonment. Within minutes the Sorcerer exerted his power, drawing his betrayer back to the painting to continue his punishment.

Comments: Created by an unnamed writer and Steve Ditko.

As with many 1950's and 1960's Marvel monster stories, this story is not confirmed as part of Earth-616 continuity, but there's nothing to exclude it either.
    --Leave it in unless something rules it out!--Snood.

The Sorcerer's betrayer wasn't the only one to get trapped in a painting. Simon Squeed in Journey Into Mystery I#71 (August, 1961) 3rd story was trapped in a painting by a gypsy. Plus the sorcerer posing as artist Hendrick Rammp trapped unscrupulous 17th century painter Frans Ruderkerk in a painting in Tales of Suspense I#40 (April, 1963) 2nd story-"Work Of Art", in Suspense#8 (May, 1951) "The Picture" and Mystical Tales#7 (June, 1957) "The Secret Of The Haunted Picture" (artist sells his soul to the devil).

This story was reprinted in Where Creatures Roam#3.


No known connection to:

the Sorcerer's betrayer

Committed unnamed crimes against the Sorcerer. As punishment he was trapped inside a painting which depicted him cowering before the Sorcerer. After some time the betrayer escaped the painting. Disorientated, he fled the gallery where the painting was hanging, and begged passers-by for help. Everyone ignored him, and very soon he was drawn back into the painting to serve out the rest of his sentence.

--Tales to Astonish#16/4






Tales to Astonish#16/4, p5, pan9;
(the Sorcerer's betrayer) Tales to Astonish I#16/4, splash page


Last updated: 07/02/04

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