Real Name: Marak

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Black Dimension/Dark Dimension, Pre-Modern era) (see comments)

Occupation: Researcher of Earth

Affiliations: Other members of his race

Enemies: Emil Fitch

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Morak, The Thing Behind the Wall

Base of Operations: Black Dimension/Dark Dimension;
Pre-Modern era

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#66/3 (March, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Marak could travel between dimensions, but could only enter the Earth dimension through walls. He could bestow this power to others.

History: (Journey into Mystery I#66/3 (fb) - BTS) - Marak and other members of his race planned on invading Earth, but they knew very little of Earth's inhabitants. Marak planned on bringing back a human specimen to the Black Dimension in order to study it, but wanted to do it undetected, fearing his people would lose the element of surprise if humanity knew of their existence.

(Journey into Mystery I#66/3) - Marak came upon Emil Fitch, a human who had locked himself in a bank vault. Marak gave Fitch the ability to cross dimensions, and started to forcibly drag him into the Black Dimension. Marak got spooked when he heard bank security approaching the vault, and left without taking Fitch. Fitch went to prison, and Marak spent years calling to him across dimensions. He almost caught Fitch once, when the convict accidentally pushed through his cell wall into the Black Dimension.

Comments: Created by an unnamed writer and Steve Ditko.

As with many 1950's and 1960's Marvel monster stories, this story is not confirmed as part of Earth-616 continuity, but there's nothing to exclude it either.
    --Leave it in unless something rules it out!--Snood.

Could Marak's Dark Dimension have a connection to the Dark Dimension of Dormammu or the Dark Dimension of the Dark-Crawler? Why not. There could be an endless variety of races in these chaotic dimensions, and maybe Marak's people had no idea that other denizens of the Dark Dimension had interacted with Earth on occasion.

This story was reprinted in Fear#7.


Marak has known connection to:

Emil Fitch has no known connection to:

Emil Fitch

A gambler who stole from the bank he worked at to cover his debts. One night he snuck into the bank vault before closing time, and was discovered by Marak. Marak gave him the ability to phase from the Earth dimension to the Black Dimension. Fitch was about to be dragged into the Black Dimension when a security guard entered the bank and Marak fled. Fitch was sentenced to five years in prison. Over the years he was plagued by Marak, who called out to him across dimensions. In frustration Fitch pounded against his cell wall, and phased into the Black Dimension. He jumped back before Marak could snatch him, and avoided touching walls from that day forth.

--Journey into Mystery I#66/3



Journey into Mystery#66/3, p3, pan5;
(Emil Fitch) Journey into Mystery#66/3, p4, pan2

Fear#7 (May, 1971)

First Posted: 09/28/2004
Last updated: 09/27/2004

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