ZYKLON

Real Name: Heinrich Himmler

Identity/Class: Deceased, soul-enhanced by magic

Occupation: Agent of Satannish; former Nazi official, head of the S.S. and the Gestapo, German minister of the interior 

Group Membership: Lethal Legion
formerly the Gestapo (commanded them, defunct); the Schutzstaffel (AKA the Black Shirts or the S.S., commanded them, defunct)

Affiliations: Adolf Hitler (former commander, legally deceased), August Hirt, Oculist, Kristall Starrer, School for Spies and Saboteurs (including Von Schmeer), Von Bacht; Hangman (field director); Satannish
former possession of Mephisto

Enemies: Avengers West Coast (Hawkeye, Mockingbird/H'rpra, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman, US Agent, War Machine), Mephisto, Heinrich von Brenner

Known Relatives: See comments

Aliases: None known (to me)

Base of Operations: Satannish's hell, formerly Mephisto's Hell, formerly Germany @ World War II Era

First Appearance: (Himmler; Timely) Captain America Comics#25 (April, 1943); (Himmler; Marvel) Sergeant Fury and His Howling Commandos#58 (September, 1968); (Zyklon) Avengers West Coast#98 (September, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Himmler's physical abilities were all enhanced by Satannish.  He could fly and project lethal gas from his mask or gauntlets.  This gas was presumably similar to the Zyklon-B gas he used during World War II.  His powers could be augmented or drained by Satannish as the demon saw fit.

History: (Blaze II#9 (fb) ) - Just before World War II in 1938 when Austria had joined the Third Reich, the Oculist was a young boy working as a lab assistant for the Kristall Starrer. One day Heinrich Himmler stopped by to see what progress the scientist had made and was so impressed that he granted him 10,000 additional Reichsmark to the grant that had already been given to the Kristall Starrer by Adolf Hitler.

(Historical) - Heinrich Himmler was notorious for his role as one of Adolf Hitler's head assistants in the Third Reich of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was particularly known using the deadly Zyklon-B gas to murder prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.
See comments for further history of Himmler.

(X-Men Legacy I#249 (fb) ) - In October, 1941 Himmler was approached by biologist August Hirt, a fanatic biologist afraid it would be difficult to prove the inferiorirty of inferior races after they had been exterminated by the Nazis. He asked Himmler for a chance to choose 100 specimens among the undesirables in Auschwitz. After killing the subjects he wanted to preserve their skeletons and organs for future research. Himmler liked the idea and gave Hirt the opportunity to find his subjects in April, 1942.

(Captain America Comics#25/2) - When Himmler learned a Russian prisoner had escaped from a concentration camp with a movie about the atrocities committed at the camp Himmler ordered to notify Von Bacht in the US to destroy the movie tapes. Von Bacht succeeded, but got captured by the Human Torch and Toro a short time later.

(Sub-Mariner Comics#10/3) - Heinrich Himmler taught some men at his infamous School for Spies and Saboteurs and was impressed with Von Schmeer, whom he sent to the US on an infiltration mission almost immediately. Von Schmeer was caught by Namor the Sub-Mariner.

(Men's Adventures#24/2) - Visiting the concentration camp Kesselwald Himmler informed Commandant Heinrich von Brenner that a traitor was among them. When an American flag and a medal fell out of Brenner's pocket Himmler and his adjutant believed him to be the traitor and made him a prisoner in his own camp unaware the items were slipped to Brenner by some of his victims. Brenner was killed in camp.

(Avengers West Coast#100 (fb) - BTS) - After his death he was consigned to Hell, specifically a branch controlled by the demon Mephisto.

(Avengers West Coast#98) - Another demon, Satannish, stole his soul, along with four others to create his Lethal Legion in effort to gain vengeance on the Avengers West Coast for their previous defeat of him. Satannish imbued him with power, transforming him into Zyklon, and promised him and his allies they could return to true life if they could bring him the souls of the Avengers West. Zyklon participated in a brutal beating of US Agent.

(Avengers West Coast#99) - Zyklon and Coldsteel attacked Mockingbird and US Agent at Sunset Medical Center. He abducted Mockingbid and returned with the Lethal Legion to Satannish's realm.

(Avengers West Coast#100) - As Satannish had planned this drew the Avengers to his realm, where the Legion and Hangman defeated them.  However, Mephisto had sneaked into Satannish's realm within the form of Hawkeye, and attacked Satannish, demanding the stolen souls back.  Himmler and the other members had their powers drained by Satannish to return himself to full power to battle Mephisto. Powerless, they were easily rounded up by the Avengers.  However, Himmler and the rest of the Legion had the souls destroyed as both Mephisto and Satannish struggled to obtain them.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and David Ross.

I think either Mephisto or Satannish could have duped the other and hidden the souls somewhere for future use.

Adolf Hitler's soul was also consigned to a Hellish realm following his death.  Whether this was Mephisto's version of Hell or another demons (See Satan) is not known.  Based upon the info provided in Hitler's entry, it can be hypothesized that Der Fuhrer was not sent to Mephisto's realm, as he went around Hell looking for somebody to vouch for his worthiness, but wasn't able to find Himmler, who would have probably attested for his former commander.  Then again, the demon could have been Mephisto torturing Hitler with a pointless quest--demons are like that.--Kyle

Background history on the real Himmler, courtesy of Per Degaton:
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http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Himmler,+Heinrich
Heinrich Himmler was survived by his wife and daughter Gudrun, who still lives in Germany and is rumored to be connected with neo-Nazi groups.
IMDb mini-biography by Anthony Hughes <
husnock31@hotmail.com>

Spouse
'Margret Boden'  (1926 - 23 May 1945) (his death)
One daughter: Gudrun Himmler Burwitz (marriage name), born in 1929.

But, I keep waiting for Juan Peron, Francisco Franco, Doctor Salazar (he already has the doctor in his name!), Pinochet (after he dies), and Battista to return as El Aguila villains............"

According to Alex Gunther: The insecticide used as a killing agent known as "Zyklon-B" is the German word for "cyclone" and was named because its killing effect when observed "went through like a cyclone."


In 1937, Himmler wrote a letter to all licensed German drivers warning them about drunk driving.

In the Life of Pope John Paul II, on page 11 there is somebody wearing glasses near Hitler while he gives a speech. This may be another appearance of Himmler.
--Per Degaton.

Thanks to Dagda for pointing out Himmler's appearances in Captain America Comics#25 (April 1943) and Sub-Mariner Comics#10 (Summer 1943).

Profile updated/edited by Kyle Sims and Luis Dantas.


images: (without ads)
Avengers West Coast#98, p15, pan1 (main image, as Zyklon)
Blaze II#9, p9, pan1 (Heinrich Himmler)


Appearances:
Captain America Comics#25/2 (April, 1943) - Harry Sahle (pencils), Gustav Schrotter (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Sub-Mariner Comics#10/3 (Summer, 1943) - Carl Pfeufer (artist), Vince Fago (editor)
Men's Adventures#24/2 (November, 1953) - Russ Heath (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos#58 (September, 1968) - Arnold Drake (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), John Severin (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers West Coast#98-100 (September-November, 1993) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dave Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Blaze II#9 (April, 1995) - Larry Hama (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks)
X-Men Legacy I#249 (July, 2011) - Mike Carey (writer), Rafa Sandoval (artist), Daniel Ketchum (editor)


Last updated: 04/01/16

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