This is a partial/starter profile to build upon as I progressively review the Dreadstar series

Real Name: Vanth

Identity/Class: Alternate Reality (Reality-8116) extraterrestrial (Byfrexian/Vegan) magical mutate;
    active circa 1980s in the Milky Way Galaxy;
    active 1 million years in the future in the
Empirical Galaxy

Occupation: Warrior, revolutionary;
    former farmer

Group Membership: "Dreadstar and Company" (Syzygy Darklock, Iron Angel/Claudia Zirco, Izak, Oedi, Skeevo Phlatus, Willow);
    formerly the Elsewhere Alliance (Darklon the Mystic, D'jinn the Gargoyle, Kid Cosmos,
Oedi, Raymond Stoner of Earth-21194, the Wayfarer, Wyrd);
    briefly infiltrated Work Crew #7 on Tortorelzor/"The Rock;
    briefly the Monarchy's Royal Palace's Military Liaison Office;
    formerly the Monarchy's Second Royal Division;
    formerly Aknaton's unnamed alliance (
Juliet, Whis'par, Za)

Affiliations: Syzygy Darklock, King Gregzor, Sgt. Milnor, the Monarchy, the People (notably Lectra, Minde', Oedi the elder, Oedi the younger), Joenis Soule;

Enemies: A-Team (Bazkarcyborg assassin, a trio of Nultorian iron men, Xam, among others (approximately 19 in total)), Aknaton, Deacons of Deltor, First Nova Squadron (notably Lt. Sandorz), Hand of Darkness, High Lord Papal, the Instrumentality, King Nellor, snow bears of Byfrexia, Cardinal Spydar, Z, Zygoteans;
    formerly the

Known Relatives: Delilah D-50 (wife, deceased), Kalla Dreadstar (daughter)

Aliases: Captain Dreadstar, the Cold Man, Dreadstar the Starslayer, Vanth Dreadstar, the Protector;
    "Wielder of the Sword," "Slayer of Kings," "Killer of Wizards," Destroyer of Galaxies,"

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the Empirical Galaxy;
    formerly mobile in the
Ship #Delta457 (aka "Big Bundle");
    formerly mobile in the Lightcutter II;
    briefly stationed in the Royal Palace in Jewelcity, Jewelworld;
    formerly Jaxon's Tomb, a satellite of an unidentified world in an unidentified star system;
    formerly the Village, Caldor, Empirical Galaxy;
    formerly mobile in the Light Cutter;
    formerly mobile on Byfrexia (known as Vega to many other worlds), Milky Way Galaxy - the planet of his birth

First Appearance: (As Vanth) Epic Illustrated#3 (Fall, 1980);
    (as Dreadstar)
"The Price," Eclipse Graphic Album Series#5 (1981);
    (adopts Dreadstar as alias) Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (1982)dreadstar-8116-mgn3-vs-cyborgs


radium laser blaster

, Sword of Icy Fire,

Master strategist, pilot, warrior; skilled with economics

Handyman, can fix just about anything

, Light Cutter,

lift 15 tons

Hair: Blond

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - Like every Byfrexian youth, Vanth was taught of his world's limited technology and conditioned to withstand the rigors of the hostile and frigid planet. 
     Vanth's early life was generally free of trouble.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb)) - Upon reaching adolescence, Vanth witnessed his parents being devoured by a pair of snow bears.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb)) - Vanth's mind snapped, and he wandered far into the wilds where he eventually took refuge in a holy place known as the Ice Demon's Lantern.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) <only inferred in this story> - There, Vanth found and took possession of the Sword of Icy Fire, a powerful weapon left there 100,000 years before by Aknaton of Orsiros.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb)) - For years thereafter, Vanth avoided people, but was occasionally spotted roaming the hills, usually naked.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - One day, Vanth returned to civilization just long enough to outfit himself with enough hunting gear to hold off a small army. Seeking to avenge his parents, he nearly decimated (see comments) the entire region's snow bear population.

    As snow bears with their main food source, the people "took on a hanging mood"; Vanth stole a jump ship and departed Byfrexia.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - At some point thereafter, the genocidal Zygoteans initiated an assault on Byfrexia, devastating its people.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb)) - Vanth returned -- armed with off-world weapons, paranormal strength, his sword, and his "blazing killer rage" -- and singlehandedly set the Zygotean invasion back months.dreadstar-vanth-8116-ei3-draws_sword.jpg

    Vanth's previous actions were swiftly forgiven, and soon after he was appointed supreme commander of all Byfrexian defenses.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - Vanth discovered the great caverns in which the Byfrexians hid and operated their air force. He also geared their ships with photonic drive; while unable to match the Zygotean firepower, they could outrun their enemies.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - The Byfrexians checked the Zygoteans advancement with guerilla tactics, but nonetheless found no way to defeat or drive off their foes.

(Epic Illustrated#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton arrived on Vega (which natives called Byfrexia).

(Epic Illustrated#3/3) - On Byfrexia, Vanth observed from a ledge above as a Zygotean A-Team mercenary squad teleported in, slew native Lawt, and prepared to execute Aknaton.dreadstar-vanth-sword-action

(Epic Illustrated#3/10) - As Vanth picked off a few of the mercenaries, Aknaton slew a few others and then ran for the woods as Vanth took out a pair of Nultorian iron men. When a third Nultorian ambushed and knocked down Aknaton, Vanth slew the Nultorian and then summoned his sword, with which he finished off the rest of the A-Team. The presence of the sword confirmed Vanth was the one he wa seeking, and Aknaton introduced himself and revealed he was the sword's creator. 

(Epic Illustrated#5/9 (fb) - BTS) - Upon meeting Aknaton, Vanth sensed death in the air, which excited him to some degree.

(Epic Illustrated#3/10) - Aknaton was surprised that Vanth could absorb the sword into his body and then summon it as well, as that was not something he had planned into it.

    Sharing his plans to rid the galaxy of Zygoteans, Aknaton asked Vanth's aid, as neither of them could stop the Zygoteans without the other.

(Epic Illustrated#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton had Vanth use his ship, the Light Cutter, to transport them to Delloran

(Epic Illustrated#4/2) - On Delloran, a world long devastated by the Zygoteans, Aknaton told Vanth at his request of the Infinity Horn that would end the Zygotean threat, though he avoided the issue of how exactly the Horn would do that. After telling Vanth of Joenis Soule, Aknaton located Soule, who resignedly surrended the key containing the Horn's location to Aknaton.

    After Joenis related the life that led him to accept his fate, Aknaton bade Joenis farewell, but Vanth, not believing Aknaton would leave him there, offered Joenis to accompany them on the Light Cutter, as there was plenty of room. Joenis declined Vanth's offer. Vanth argued that Delloran was dead, and Joenis acknowledged this, telling Vanth he belonged there. 

(Epic Illustrated#4/2 - BTS) - After Aknaton led Vanth away, back to the Light Cutter, Soule shot and killed himself with his radium laser.

(Epic Illustrated#4/2) - Recognizing the sound, Vanth asked "Why?", and Aknaton told Vanth that the artificial Soule had lacked the spirit to face what he knew was coming; Vanth must be stronger, and Aknaton prayed Vanth proved half as worthy as Soule.

(Epic Illustrated#7/7 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton mystically warped Vanth, himself, and the Light Cutter across space to save time and get them back from Delloran. The Zyogteans apparently detected his sorcerous energies and followed them back to that planet. 

(Epic Illustrated#5/9 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton and Vanth arrived on Lartorez and met with Juliet, Whis'par, and Za

(Epic Illustrated#5/9) - With all of his agents were now gathered, Aknaton departed for another plane to decipher the whereabouts of the Infinity Horn from Soule's amulet; though he knew not how long he would be away, he instructed them to await his return.

    Juliet, Whis'par, and Za evaluated Vanth, who realized they'd want to test his mettle and considered that he would have to go easy on them to avoid killing them. Juliet noted how she had expected many protectors, rather than just one, and Whis'par noted how the one was half of Za's size. When Za pulled down Vanth's hood to see if he had hidden features, Vanth had already decided that he didn't want to fight the women, and he was happy that Za had provoked the challenge. Vanth swiftly turned and punched out the giant Za, then told the others he would be over the ridge, keeping an eye on the horizon. 

    Whis'par went to talk to Vanth, both thanking and apologizing while noting she had sensed that he was strong enough to have killed Za several times over with a single blow. She further shared that she could tell Aknaton had chosen him because he was a killer, and Vanth admitted that he had been excited by the death he sensed in Aknaton's plan. Whis'par finally explained that Aknaton's plan involved a mercy killing to a dying galaxy (via the Infinity Horn), as there was no other way to stop the Zygoteans.

(Epic Illustrated#6/6) - Upon Aknaton's return from communing with Ra and learning the location of the Infinity Horn, Vanth confronted Aknaton about his plans to blow up the galaxy. To convince his allies of the wisdom of this plan, Aknaton prepared to show them the true face of Zygoteism.

(Epic Illustrated#7/6) - Vanth listened as Aknaton related the history of the Zygoteans, explaining that galactic destruction was the only way to stop them and the kindest thing for the galaxy; meanwhile, Zygotean mercenaries located and targeted them.

(Epic Illustrated#7/7) - After Aknaton detected the landing and approach of Zygotean cruisers, the group followed Vanth's instruction to get to the Star Cutter. As they took off, Vanth blamed Aknaton's warping space back from Delloran as the means by which the Zygoteans had tracked them. 

    As Vanth used the Light Cutter to destroy the Zygotean cruisers, he explained that the cruisers must have been brought there by a powerful Zygotean dreadnought, which would be waiting for them just above the stratosphere. Aknaton advised against confronting the dreadnought as not even the might of the Orsirosian Empire could stand up to their power, but Vanth told him that was because the Orsirosians didn't study their scannings of the ships closely enough. Correctly predicting that the Zygoteans would see them as a lightweight threat, Vanth waited for the dreadnought to dispatch another 3-4 cruisers to handle them, at which point he turned the Light Cutter's shields to maximum, flew the ship through the hangar entrance (which was unshielded as the cruisers exited), and fired the Light Cutter's lasers within the dreadnought, destroying its power pods. The dreadnought was destroyed, and the Light Cutter's shields held sufficiently for them to escape the dreadnought's explosion. 

    After Vanth explained his strategy and noted how the Orsirosians had failed by trying to match the Zygoteans' fire power, Aknaton admitted that had they hunted up an intellect as dark and scheming as Vanth's and had someone like him in charge of Orsiros' armed forces, they might have destroyed the Zygoteans centuries ago instead of marching the path of destruction they now followed. Vanth countered that someone like him with that much power might have become a greater threat than the Zygoteans; regardless, he noted that "what could have been is long dead, and what is to be cannot be changed."

    With that, Aknaton punched in the coordinates and they departed to their last stop, the planet Dreamsend.

(Epic Illustrated#8/6) - When Vanth told Aknaton they would only have ground troops to wade through when we landed, Aknaton was concerned that he never foresaw Zygoteans at Dreamsend in any of his visions of the future; however, he doubted the Zygoteans could have captured the Infinity Horn, as it was concealed in the virtually indestructable Kaloombrian temple and he believed the Zygoteans were unaware of the Horn's existence, assuming the temple just one of Orsirosians' holy shrines across the galaxy; the presence of a limited number of reserve troops further confirmed this in Aknaton's mind. 

    As they fought their way past the Zygotean ground troops (with Aknaton dispatching at least one via a mystic energy blast), Aknaton noted more Zygotean fighters approaching, and he reasoned they must have been signaled before they had destroyed the two warships. Regardless, he informed the others they had come too far to turn back now, and he instructed them to head for the temple, as it would shield them from the Zygoteans' fire. As they approached and saw no door in the temple, Aknaton mystically opened the portal to steps deep down within the temple, though he had no way to close it as he had never dreamed they would have so many Zygoteans on their tails; he whimsically mused that he would know better next time. As they descended the seemingly endless stairs, Aknaton noted that the "stairs" were actually a multi-dimensional corridor of his own design that would lead them onto a plane of existence to do what must be done; he further explained that the Infinity Horn worked on contradicting laws of science and sorcery which only meshed properly in a place such as this, and that the corridor would transmit the Horn's effects back to their reality. 

    Aknaton eventually brought them through the other side of Dreamsend's secret corridor: Aknaton's Hall of Death and Mercy, at the mystic heart of the galaxy. As Vanth announced the approach of Zygotean troops, Aknaton opened the mystic portal to his hall, which was also another door he had never planned to close, and revealed to them the Infinity Horn. His agents were underwhelmed by its appearance, but Aknaton told them it did the job it was designed for, and didn't need to look impressive. When Juliet abruptly announced she couldn't go through with destroying the galaxy, and she feared how she was only 15 years but was going to die. Aknaton assured her that she misunderstood her role, and that she would not die; he clarified that she, Za, and Whis'par would be the foundation blocks of tomorrow, their qualities creating a new race of beings who would, hopefully, succeed where "humanity" had failed. Aknaton then bade the trio farewell and departed with Vanth to hold off the Zygoteans long enough for them to trumpet in the future. As he left, Whis'par apologized for anything she might have said against him and asked him to tell Vanth goodbye and that she would miss them. A deeply solemn Aknaton then bade his "children" goodbye.

    Outside the Hall, Aknaton then rejoined Vanth, who had taken out a couple of scouts who had looked out from the temple's stairway. Vanth figured the narrow pathway wouldn't allow them to rush more than four abreast, and he figured their combined firepower could hold the Zygoteans off more than long enough. Confirming they wouldn't have to hold their enemies off for long, Aknaton noted his surprise that Vanth had not come in to see the Horn. Vanth noted that he had been needed outside, and that neither he nor Aknaton belonged in  there, as the trio was tomorrow's hope, while they were yesterday's mistake. As Vanth summoned his sword, Aknaton told Vanth of Whis'par's farewell, noting he thought Vanth had touched her soul, and Vanth admitted she had touched his, too. 

    When Aknaton apologized to Vanth, telling him there just wasn't any other way, Vanth said he wasn't so sure Aknaton was right about that, but that it was too late to talk alternatives. As the Zygoteans prepared to charge, Vanth, said, "Oh well, maybe next time..." And an shaken Aknaton agreed weakly, "Yes...next time...of course." 

    He asked Vanth to please stay close to his side, as after this was all over, he would have one last job for him...

(Epic Illustrated#9) - As the Zygotean mercenaries threatened to overwhelm them, one of their blasts got past Vanth's sword and blew off Aknaton's right arm at the elbow. After Aknaton warned that he couldn't help much longer, Vanth -- taking a radium laser shot into the leg in the process -- told Aknaton he had to cover him better or they were finished. Soon after, Juliet, Whis'par, and Za blew the Infinity Horn. 

    As the energies surrounded them, Aknaton pulled Vanth to his side.

(Epic Illustrated#9 (fb) - BTS) - Aknaton created a mystical sphere to protect himself and Vanth from the forces being unleashed, as well as placing them into a deep state of suspended animation. 

(Epic Illustrated#9 - BTS) - The Horn destroyed the Milky Way galaxy.

(Epic Illustrated#9/2) - Over a million years (as the nature of Aknaton's spell would not allow the bubble to travel as fast as the speed of light), guided by Aknaton's astral ego, Aknaton's sphere carried he and Vanth to the planet Caldor in the star system Chalfalon in the Empirical galaxy, 500,000 light years from the Milky Way. 

    After the sphere crashed on Caldor, Aknaton explained how they had survived and where and when they were, and what had happened to Juliet, Whis'par, and Za, concluding with "the Milky Way sacrificed itself so that they might live." As Vanth began to become irate and noted that they had killed everyone they had ever known, Aknaton countered that they had spared those people the horror of Zygotean slavery and allowed them to participate in the birth of a new race of gods. When Vanth noted that Aknaton didn't stick around for the birth, Aknaton explained that he had the power to save himself and so he did and then further explained that Vanth had to go on, as his work was not yet finished. shooting aknation

    Aknaton detailed how Caldor and its surrounding star systems were chiefly populated with human and semi-human beings and was much like the Milky Way galaxy in many ways; and this space sector had need of a person of Vanth's particular talents and qualities. As Vanth considered that Aknaton wanted him to continue killing, he became enraged to the point of firing a trio of blasts from his pistol through Aknaton's chest, abdomen, and shoulder. 

    Dropping to his knees, Aknaton thanked Vanth and admitted that killing was one of the talents for which he had saved him. Aknaton continued that the people of this galaxy were at a moral crossroads, a point of technological development where they could change their worlds into scientfic gardens of paradise or breed their own race of Zygoteans. Aknaton advised Vanth that he was needed to lead the people down the right road, but that he would not be alone as others would help him, though those people would need Vanth in order to survive. Aknaton explained this was because Vanth had come from the halls of death with a message of life. He told Vanth that he had to make others hear that message or they would suffer the same damnation he now suffered: "You must either be their savior or their destroyer."

    Aknaton told Vanth that the Infinity Horn yet existed, and that Vanth knew where to find it within the former Milky Way Galaxy.

    Vanth stood over Aknaton in silence as Aknaton perished and considered his new existence.

(Epic Illustrated#9 (fb) - BTS) - Vanth dug a shallow grave for Aknaton and buried him under a pile of rocks. 

(Epic Illustrated#9 - BTS) - Vanth wandered away from Aknaton's grave. dreadstar-8116-mgn3-farm&del

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - After leaving his sword in the ground, Vanth collapsed from the radium laser wound he had taken on Dreamsend and was discovered by thegenetically-engineered, pacifist feline humanoids known as the People.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb)) - The People brought Vanth to Delilah, a humanoid woman who lived in their Village. He recovered from what seemed to be a fatal wound, and she helped him recover from the madness and guilt he had suffered from his role in wiping out the entire Milky Way. Rencouncing his violent past, Vanth worked as a farmer and a handyman.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Vanth and Deliliah fell in love and were eventually married. His sword returned to him, and he reabsorbed it. He set up his own forest wheat crop, and they lived in peace and bliss for 30 years. Delilah aged normally, although Vanth remained unaged.

("The Price") - Having gained a vision of the future and beings who would affect it, Syzygy Darklock traveled from Altarix to Caldor. There he set up an encampment and patiently awaited for weeks until Vanth approached, at which point Syzygy identified him and noted that in certain mystic circles unknown to him he was referred to as Dreadstar the Starslayer. Darklock spoke to Vanth of his destiny (noting his awareness of his sword) and his own role as his comrade and mentor, but then sent him back to assure the People that he meant no harm, and the two planned nightly meetings.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - For an unspecified number of star cycles, Vanth met with Syzygy Darklock twice every moon cycle, and the two became friends while Syzygy shared his knowledge with Vanth. Otherwise, life went on as before for Vanth and Delilah.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - When Syzygy tried to convince Vanth to use his powers to fight against the evils of the galaxy, Vanth angrily refused.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - Acting on decades old reports of the People being a race of warriors, Monarchy forces slaughtered the People (and Delilah as well).

(Epic Illustrated#15 / Dreadstar and Company#5: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Oedi) - Only the younger Oedi survived.dreadstar-8116-mgn3-captainds-full

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Encountering crashed soldier Lt. Sandorz of the Monarchy's Imperial Navy's First Nova Squadron, Vanth learned who was responsible and why before killing him. Plotting vengeance, Vanth accepted the title of Dreadstar and resolved to join the Monarchy's army.

dreadstar-8116-mgn3-captainds-upper(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - Vanth spent the next two years rising to the rank of captain in the Monarchy's Second Royal Division. He considered Sgt. Milnor one of the best marines he had ever fought beside.

    On the planet Jaxon's Tomb, Dreadstar's orders led Monarchy forces to retake section seven and send the Instrumentality forces there into full retreat. Monarchy casualties were very light, except First Nova Squadron who led the advanced assault wave and were wiped out to the man.

    As Vanth was being too successful and the Monarchy did not actually want to win the war (due to economics), he was reassigned to be serve in the Royal Palace's military liaison office in Jewelcity, Jewelworld.

    By this point, Vanth had resolved that while he would kill King Nellor, he would then manipulate his successor, then Prince Gregzor, to end the Instrumentality-Monarchy War.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Vanth gave his condolences to Sgt. Milnor, who had suffered a terminal wound from a radium laser.

    A few days later, he arrived at the royal palace. One inside, he changed into his previous fighting outfit, destroyed a pair of robots, took out a number of Royal Cyborg Guardians (after giving them a chance to step aside), and then brutally slaughtered Nellor.

    Later that evening, via Syzygy's spell of molecular transport, Dreadstar accessed the chambers of now King Gregzor and convinced him to secretly follow his plans of adjusting the economy and ending the war.

    Vanth subsequently met with Syzygy, agreeing to join his crusade to end the war but insisting that they would follow his lead. They also discussed that others would join their struggle.




dreadstar-vanth-8116-ei15-workcrew7-mask(Epic Illustrated#15/4: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - With the Instrumentality gaining the edge in the war against the Monarchy, Vanth and Syzygy resolved to institute Plan M, the first step of which involved their acquiring a massive cargo ship. Syzygy noted that they could steal one from the Instrumentality Mining Company on Tortorelzor. Vanth and their ally Oedi traveled to the Instrumentality mining planet Tortorelzor to acquire the ship.

(Epic Illustrated#15/4: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - Their heads covered with full masks, Oedi and Vanth infiltrated Work Crew #7.

(Epic Illustrated#15/4: Dreadstar) - Via the secret maps, Oedi and Vanth evaluated the mining operations' equipment, after which they slipped away on Sub-Level #9, heading down a tunnel that would lead them to a ladder to the hangar deck. Glimpsing a woman resembling his deceased wife, Delilah, Vanth briefly paused, and they were confronted by a quintet of Deacons of Deltor (the local security). The pair made short work of the Deacons, but a stray shot from one of their batons hit a support beam and caused a massive cave-in.



    Both Oedi and Vanth avoided injury, but they found the previously-observed woman to be trapped under a massive boulder. Vanth's first effort to lift it failed, but Vanth -- believing that if he could not save one person that he could not save the whole galaxy -- psyched himself up, repeating his power and his nature, and he lifted the boulder long enough for Oedi to get the woman to safety.

    Figuring someone would be along to help the woman, Vanth and Oedi left her behind. They subsequently encountered and incapacitated a trio of deacons, unaware that the woman had followed them?

    They subsequently departed in Ship #Delta457 (or something like the delta symbol, with a small break in the center of the bottom/horizontal portion of the triangle), which they renamed "Big Bundle," Vanth and Oedi allowed Syzygy to dock the Lightcutter II within the cargo ship, and they began making steps for the next step in Plan M.


('Breed III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Ten years prior to the main story (see comments), Oedi "got stuck" in the interdimensional nexus-realm Elsewhere

('Breed III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Vanth employed Darklon the Mystic to help in retrieving Oedi from Elsewhere, and the two arrived in Elsewhere together. 

('Breed III#6 (fb)) - Upon reuniting with Vanth (see comments), Oedi powered up his blasters off of Vanth's Sword of Icy Fire. 

('Breed III#5 (fb) - BTS) - Wyrd recruited Vanth, Oedi, and Darklon (along with D'jinn the Gargoyle, Kid Cosmos, and the Wayfarer) to assist Raymond Stoner in Elsewhere against an assault by a demon race.

('Breed III#5) - As Raymond Stoner prepared to face the demon forces, Wyrd introduced him to the "Elsewhere Alliance."

('Breed III#6) - Stoner silently questioned the value of Dreadstar as "some old space bum with a glowing sword." 

    After Stoner had Oedi drop a bomb on the demons and sent the others out on missions, he instructed Dreadstar to watch his back and stay out of the way. As the demons rushed in, Dreadstar instead sliced the largest of the demons in half with his sword, leading Stoner to instead recommend that he watch Dreadstar's back. Stoner subsequently explained that the plan was to kill so many demons that their leader would be forced to make a personal appearance.

    After Oedi returned to Stoner and Vanth, Vanth decided that Oedi could watch Stoner's back and went in for deeper mayhem. Vanth generated a devastating power blast with the sword, destroying many demons and making Stoner wonder if the sword was nuclear-powered; Oedi noted it to be like magic and that Vanth gotten a lot more deadly with the sword since they ran together.

    Vanth then advised Darklon he would pay him double if he would "get serious" and stop holding back, leading Darklon to unleash an even greater power blast.

    Eventually the vast numbers slain -- mostly by Darklon and the Wayfarer -- resulted in the appearance of the massive demon leader, with the warrior demons retreating. When Stoner instructed the others to depart while he confronted his father, Vanth countered that he and Oedi didn't run away from fights. After Darklon noted that he sensed that Stoner was right in that the battle was for him alone, Vanth accepted this, and he and Oedi departed through Darklon's mystic portal. As he stepped into the portal, Vanth told Stoner, "May the stars aid you in your noble struggle, warrior. Farewell."

Comments: Created by Jim Starlin.

Dreadstar / Reality-8116 primer

'Breed appearance chronology/rambling...

    So, I think ultimately it was that Oedi was trapped there for 10 years, while only a short period of time passed in Reality-8116; Oedi is either long-lived, or perhaps Elsewhere is a timeless limbo, and he didn't age. And, again, maybe Oedi just thought it was a decade or it just seemed like a long time and he was exaggerating.

    Decimation means reducing by 10%, although it seems most people use it as if it meant reducing to 10% (or reducing by 90%).

    BIG THANKS to MarvellousLuke for cleaning up the main image from the front cover of Dreadstar: The Beginning!

    Spring 2030 marks the 50th anniversary of Dreadstar's reality. Fall 1980 is the 50th anniversary of Dreadstar's creation.

Profile by Snood.

Vanth Dreadstar
should be distinguished from:

The Dread Pirate Roberts


--Dracula Lives#12/3

images: (without ads)
Dreadstar: The Beginning main image - Jim Starlin art, cleaned-up by MarvellousLuke
Epic Illustrated#3/10: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter VI: The Meeting, pg. 5, panel 1 (Vanth first shown with the sword);
        pg. 6 (with Sword in action vs. A-Team mercs);
Chapter XIV: Aftermath, page 5 (fatally shooting Aknaton)
Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar back cover (with sword);
    (wheat field farmer & with Delilah);
    (Captain Dreadstar, full);
    (Captain Dreadstar, upper);
    (vs. royal cyborg army);
Epic Illustrated#15/4: Dreadstar, story pg. 7 (2nd part, pg. 1), panel 4 (boulder);
       pg. 21 (3rd part, pg. 9), panel 4 (de);

Epic Illustrated#1: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter I: Aknaton  (Spring, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Epic Illustrated#2: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter IV: Whis'par (Summer, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#3: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter V: Vanth & VI: The Meeting (Fall, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#4: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter VII: Delloran Revisited (Winter, 1980) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#5: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter VIII: Sunrise on Lartorez (April, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#6: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapter IX: Absolution (June, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#7: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters X: Requiem & XI: Nightfire (August, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#8: Metamorphosis Odyssey chapters XII: Dreamsend (October, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
Epic Illustrated#9: Metamorphosis Odyssey, Chapter XIII: Doomsday & XIV: Aftermath (December, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)
"The Price," Eclipse Graphic Album Series#5 (1981) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist); I don't know who edited it; reprinted in Epic's Dreadstar Annual#1 (1983) it credited Jo Duffy (associate editor) and Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (1982) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist), Archie Goodwin & Jo Duffy (editor)
Epic Illustrated#15/4: Dreadstar (December, 1982) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor), Jo Duffy (associate editor)

Dreadstar and Company#3: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Vanth Dreadstar (September, 1985) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist), Archie Goodwin (editor), Jim Shooter (consulting editor)

Dreadstar and Company#5: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Oedi (November, 1985) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist), Archie Goodwin (editor), Jim Shooter (consulting editor)

'Breed III#5-6 (September-October, 2011) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Robert Kirkman (chief consulting editor)

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