Real Name: Xander
Identity/Class: humanoid "alien" (nature unknown) magic-user
Occupation: Warrior, Herald of the Creators
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Agent of the Creators
Enemies: Ancient One, Clea, Dr. Strange
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Xander the Great, Xander the Merciless
Base of Operations: Quadriverse
First Appearance: Dr. Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts#19 (October, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Xander is a highly adept sorcerer, claiming to be master of every method of combat, as well as a master of the "sixteen sorceries of the Creators themselves." He possesses sufficient magical power to overwhelm the defenses of Dr. Strange (who was not fighting at full strength, however). He does appear to have an over-inflated opinion of his physical prowess.
History: The origins of Xander are unknown. He was recruited by the Creators, who are human sorcerers from a variety of temporal periods on Earth. However, they have access to a number of different dimensions, and it appears that Xander does not originate from Earth. He is referred to on one occasion as an "alien." The Creators trained Xander to be their herald, teaching him mastery of various forms of magic, as well as a number of forms of combat.
(Doctor Strange#19, 20, ) - The Creators
summoned Xander to send him against Dr. Strange, whom they saw as
a threat to their goals of Universal domination. Xander (and the
Creators) manipulated the Ancient One, causing him to strip the
title and power of Sorcerer Supreme from Dr. Strange.
Xander attacked Dr. Strange and Clea. He instantly rendered Clea unconscious, while simultaneously placing a spell on her to manipulate her future actions. Xander battered Strange with a relentless onslaught of magical attacks, which Strange just barely managed to survive. Xander realized that he would need to call on his full power and prepared to summon power directly from the stars themselves. As he was focusing his powers, Strange ran up and punched him out. The Creators recalled their defeated warrior.
Clea lost her memory as a result of Xander's assault and ended up going on a rampage through Manhattan. Strange was called away on another mission, but returned home and dispersed Xander's spell, restoring her to normal.
Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman and Alfredo P. Alcala.
Xander certainly has the power to be a recurrent foe for Dr. Strange. 26 years is long enough to wait!
Could he [Xander] have been abducted, by the so-called Creators, from a parallel-Earth version of...Sunnydale, California? Yours truly: Carycomix@aol.com
Profile updated/edited by Kyle Sims
CLARIFICATIONS: Xander, warrior mage of the Creators, has no known connection to:
Dr. Strange II#19 (October, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Alfredo Alcala (penciler/inker)
Dr. Strange II#20 (December, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Rudy Nebres (penciler/inker)
Dr. Strange II#21 (February, 1977) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dan Adkins (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 10/13/03
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