Membership: Agent of Fortune, Belathauzer/BalthazarVera Gemini, nameless demons and humans, (formerly) Devil-Slayer

Purpose: To enact Xenogenesis (the rebirth of the demon race) on Earth

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Deathlok (Manning), the Defenders, Devil-Slayer, Doctor Strange, Hellcat, Hulk (Banner), Marc, Nighthawk, Sharon, Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)

Base of Operations: Ruins in the jungles of Mexico

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#33 (April, 1977)


(Marvel Tarot#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Cult of the Harvester of Eyes was originally formed to hunt down and kill followers of Agamotto.

(Defenders I#58 (fb) - BTS) - Centuries ago the Ancient One defeated with the Eye of Agamotto the Cult of Harvesters of Eyes.

(Defenders I#59 (fb)) - The Cult was reformed in order to enact Xenogenesis, the rebirth of the demon race that once walked the Earth.  Human agents were recruited, and a headquarters was utilized and shielded from discovery in the jungles of Mexico.  Vera Gemini, half-demon and half-human, possessed the power to commit human sacrifices and to resurrect one demon at a time.  The resurrected demon then took on a human form and was integrated into society, from rulers of countries to common muggers.  Eventually, there would be enough demons to rule the Earth once again.

(Marvel Spotlight I#33) - The Cult recruited Eric Simon Payne, a former soldier and hitman, to act as a Reaper of Souls, or assassin.  They helped awaken his telepathic powers, equipped him with a Shadow-Cloak (through which he could teleport to other dimensions and draw forth other-dimensional weapons).  Calling himself Devil-Slayer, Payne acted as their assassin, learned their tactics, and discovered the location of their dark retreat. 

(Marvel Spotlight I#33 (fb)) - When Devil-Slayer defected from the Cult after learning their true purposes, the Cult sent a death squad of demon assassins (and possibly a demogorge) to apprehend him.  After an unrevealed attempt to reclaim him in Jamaica, they pursued him to New York where he planned to say goodbye to his ex-wife, Cory Payne.  The demons arrived there first and replaced the staff at New Grace Hospital where she worked with demon duplicates. 

(Marvel Spotlight I#33) - At the hospital, Devil-Slayer did battle with Deathlok, a future cyborg, thinking Deathlok was a demon. While the two of them continued their battle in another dimension, the demons revealed themselves to Cory Payne and planned on murdering her to get revenge on Devil-Slayer.  Devil-Slayer and Deathlok came back and battled the demons, causing the demons to flee with vows of revenge.

(Defenders I#59 (fb)) - Vera Gemini conceived a plot to speed Xenogenesis.  By using Dr. Strange's Eye of Agamotto, she could open a portal that would allow the demons direct access to the Earth via the astral plane.

(Defenders I#58) - The Cult sent an Agent of Fortune, an operative used to garner possessions, to retrieve the Eye of Agamotto from Dr. Strange, and the Agent was successful.  Meanwhile, Vera Gemini met with Devil-Slayer at a nightclub and tried to re-recruit him though he'd been actively fighting against the Cult.  Devil-Slayer over-reacted and assaulted the seemingly normal Vera, leading the Valkyrie and the Hulk to try to stop him, and Vera escaped.  When two Americans, Marc and Sharon, approached the Cult headquarters in some ruins in the jungles of Mexico, they were captured and used as sacrifices to enact another demon resurrection.  The Agent of Fortune returned with the Eye and was instructed to slay Devil-Slayer.

(Defenders I#59) - Once Belathauzer was resurrected, he took on the human form of an Air Force base commander.  Dr. Strange tracked down the Eye on the astral plane, but Vera had already used it and demons began manifesting themselves.  Caught up in the spell, Dr. Strange's form merged with some of the demons.  Meanwhile, Devil-Slayer arrived at the Cult's headquarters and was attacked by the Agent of Fortune. 

(Defenders I#60) - When the Cult's human agents exhausted themselves with a chant of resurrection, the demons burst forth and killed the humans.  In a game of demonic roulette with the demon lords, Vera Gemini claimed leadership of both demons and humans.  When the Defenders arrived, they separated Dr. Strange from his merged form and defeated the Agent of Fortune.  While Hulk, Valkyrie, and Devil-Slayer battled the demons, Hellcat defeated Vera Gemini and Dr. Strange and Nighthawk successfully retrieved the Eye of Agamotto.  The Xenogenesis plot was reversed, and the Cult of the Harvester of Eyes was no more.

(Marvel Tarot#1 - BTS) - Sorcerer Ian McNee read about the original purpose of the Cult of the Harvester of Eyes.

Comments: Created by David Anthony Kraft (writer), Rich Buckler, Mike Nasser, Arvell Jones (all pencils) & Klaus Janson (inks).

The names 'Vera Gemini' and 'Harvester of Eyes' are songs by the Blue Oyster Cult.

Agent of Fortune is also a reference to Blue Oyster Cult lyrics and it is also an album name. Balthazar too is a reference to BOC lyrics (both are in the song ETI on Agents of Fortune), there might be more, but I'm pretty sure that's it.

  If you care enough, I'd check the Blue Oyster Cult site, I think they have a page on cameos, Marvel used stuff from their songs a couple times
--Jacob Bleier

Slayer (Dave Cox) fought Captain America and Nomad using Devil-Slayer's uniform (including a shadow-cloak) in Captain America I#293-294. Dave was manipulated and mind-controlled into wearing it by Baron (Helmut) Zemo and Mother Superior to strike at Captain America.
--Michael Niosi

Profile by Chadman


No known connection to

Marc and Sharon

(Defenders I#33) - Marc was an archaeologist affiliated with Empire State University who had not had any recent discoveries, and so was sent on a trip to the jungles of Mexico.  Sharon accompanied him, and chided him for going at all.  While the two of them argued in the jungle, they came across ruins that acted for the headquarters of the Cult of the Harvester of Eyes.  The two of them were captured by the Cult and used as human sacrifices to enact Xenogenesis.

--Defenders I#33

images: Defenders I#58, p31, pan1
Marvel Spotlight I#33, p30, pan4-5 (fighting Deathlok and Devil-Slayer)
Defenders I#58, p27, pan5 (Marc and Sharon)

Marvel Spotlight I#33 (April, 1977) - David Anthony Kraft (writer), Rich Buckler, Mike Nasser, Arvell Jones (pencilers), Klaus Johnson (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders I#58 (April, 1978) - David Kraft (writer), Ed Hannigan (penciler), Klaus Johnson, Dan Green (inkers), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders I#59 (May, 1978) - David Kraft (writer), Ed Hannigan (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders I#60 (June, 1978) - David Kraft (writer), Ed Hannigan (penciler), Dan Green (penciler/inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Tarot#1 (2007) - David Sexton (writer/designer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)

02/06/11Last updated: 12/20/05.

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