Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human, magic user
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of Australia
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Aquarian, Daredevil, Darkstar, Dr. Druid, Dr. Strange, Gaea, Invisible Girl, Moonglow, Roma, Shaman
Enemies: Death, Grandmaster, Maelstrom
Known Relatives: None
Place of Birth: Somewhere in Australia
Base of Operations: Mobile in Australia
First Appearance: Contest of Champions#1 (June, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Talisman's powers are derived from the "Dream-Time" (Altjeringa), another dimension which he can send his astral form to by whirling his bull-roarer or entering a trance. In the Dream-Time, time passes at a different rate, and he can communicate with the spirits of his dead ancestors. When he departs the Dream-Time, he can re-emerge on Earth's plane anywhere within 10 miles. Outside of the Dream-Time, Talisman can communicate with dead spirits, and his mystic senses are acute enough to detect those who are invisible, or even microscopic. His bull-roarer can also unleash energies which disorient his opponents.
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs.
History: (Contest of Champions#1)- While meditating in a trance, Talisman was whisked away by the Grandmaster to participate in his game against Death, in an attempt to revive his brother the Collector. Talisman was chosen to serve on the Grandmaster's team, and while he attempted to evade the Grandmaster's force field, he found that he was unable to shift into Dream-Time.
(Contest of Champions#2)- Talisman was placed on a team with Daredevil and Darkstar, against Iron Fist, Invisible Girl, and Sunfire, to find 1/4th of the Golden Globe of Life at the North Pole. As Daredevil and Darkstar introduced one another, Talisman answered their queries with, "To give one's name is to risk one's soul, young woman. But I may be called Talisman, from among the Aboriginal people of Australia." Darkstar then set after Sunfire, and Talisman began meditation while Daredevil went into battle against Iron Fist. The Invisible Girl attempted to sneak past Talisman's entranced form, but he revived, and was able to sense her despite her invisibility, and then unleashed the power of his bull-roarer, disorienting her. She managed to escape by creating a force field that cracked the ice Talisman was standing upon, breaking his control. Talisman then set after the Globe, but his ally Daredevil obtained it first.
(Contest of Champions#3)- As Grandmaster prepared to have the Collector revived, Talisman determined that because reviving one life-force must lead to the death of another, Death would have to slay someone else to revive the Collector. He shifted into the Dream-Time, and contacted the Invisible Girl to assist him in unmasking Death to the Grandmaster, in the hopes that he would back down. Grandmaster refused to back down, despite learning that he must die in the Collector's place. Death then returned Talisman and all of the other heroes to their respective homes on Earth.
(Quasar#23)- As Maelstrom halted the rotation of the Earth, Talisman was among those with acute senses who detected what was transpiring.
(Quasar#24-25)- Talisman joined with other mystics in assisting Dr. Strange in saving the Earth from Maelstrom's power. Deathurge attempted to kill Dr. Strange to prevent the success of their spells, but he was thwarted by the Whizzer (Stanley Stewart). Ultimately, the Earth's rotation was restored when Maelstrom was defeated by Quasar.
(New Avengers I#53) - The Eye of Agamotto appeared to Talisman as it considered him a possible replacement for Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, John Romita Jr. and Pablo Marcos.
Talisman was revealed as one of the mystics seen in the Eye of Agamotto's vision in New Avengers I#53 in Avengers, Thor & Captain America: Official Index to the Marvel Universe#15 (2011).
Profile by Prime Eternal
Talisman should not be confused with:
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OHOTMU I#11, p9 (Talisman main image)
Contest of Champions I#3, p20, pan2 (Talisman's power)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions#1-3 (July-August, 1982) - Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo & Steven Grant (writers), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Quasar#23-25 (June-August, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Len Kaminski & Howard Mackie (editors)
New Avengers I#53 (July, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 05/29/17
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