Real Name: Wandor

Identity/Class: Extra-Dimensional

Nature of abilities: Magic user

Occupation: Magician

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Two other unnamed wizards at the Den of Shadows; Grogronk of Gronk

Enemies: Doctor Strange; Augustyne Phyffe

Known Relatives: Unrevealed.

Aliases: Wondrous Wandor

Base of Operations: unknown;
    only observed at the Bazaar at the End of Unreason

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes III#12 (January 1993) 
    aka Winter Special 1992

Powers/Abilities: Young, hotheaded wizard whose ambition to make a name for himself was far greater than his powers



History:  (Marvel Super-Heroes III#12) - Wandor was having a drink with two other unidentified young extra-dimensional wizards at the tavern of the Den of Shadows located on Gryphon's Lane at the Bazaar at the End of Unreason when Doctor Strange and Augustyne Phyffe entered, seeking a Grogronk of Gronk. Wandor compared Augustuyne to a dung beetle and a brief clash ensued, but Strange, seeking to not attract attention, took Augustyne away. Wandor, however, recognized the Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, and eager to make a name for himself, challenged him to a magic duel. Even though Strange was diminished by the Curse associated with the Diary of the Aged Genghis, he was able (with some help from Augustyne) to soundly trounce Wandor. Wandor fled, begging for mercy.




Comments: Created by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Roy Thomas (writers) and Brian Postman (penciller) and Armando Gil (inks).

The "saga" of Augustyne Phyffe has a rather unusual backstory. Mike Rockwitz and Rob Tokar, then respectively editors of Doctor Strange and Marvel Super-Heroes, located two complete Doctor Strange stories in inventory, pencilled and inked but not scripted, which had been commissioned in the past (no one knew by whom), presumably paid for, but had never been used. The first story had a plot attached by a Stuart Hopen; the second story had no such credit. There were no art credits and these had to be guessed by the editors. Wanting to use the stories, Tokar asked Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier if it was possible to script them. Lofficier came up with the idea of linking the two otherwise unconnected stories through the appearance of a bearded young man in both of them -- that character became Augustyne Phyffe -- and certain thematic similarities. None of the characters from the original Stuart Hopen plot survived during the rewriting necessary to script the new concept, except the name "Bazar at the End of Unreason".

"Profile by" Jean-Marc Lofficier (yes, that Jean-Marc Lofficier!--Snood).


Wandor should be distinguished from:


Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special 1992 Vol. 2, No. 12, p.19, panel 2
Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special 1992 Vol. 2, No. 12, p.13, panel 2

Last updated: 04/16/04

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