Real Name: Richard Lawrence Easton
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Professor Camperton, Doctor Efford (employers); Carmichael
Enemies: The Great Beasts; (as Tundra) Alpha Flight (Aurora, Marrina, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman, Snowbird, Vindicator (James Hudson))
Known Relatives: Narya/Snowbird (daughter)
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Canada
First Appearance: Alpha Flight I#7/2 (February, 1984) (chronological); Alpha Flight I#1 (August, 1983) (actual) (see comments)
History: (Alpha Flight I#7/2 (fb) - BTS) - The Great Beasts created a metal headband and sent it to the realm of Earth for the purpose of one day raising Tundra on the earthly plane.
Nothing is known of the past of Richard Easton.
(Alpha Flight I#7/2 (fb) ) - Years ago, at a Canadian archeological dig in the tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Richard Easton found a metal headband. He showed it to his supervisors, Professor Camperton and Doctor Efford, but neither recognized the culture that created the unusual artifact. They had Easton take the headband to log in and file away in the storage tent.
That night as he slept in his tent, Easton awoke and felt compelled to go to the storage tent to retrieve the headband. As he placed it upon his head, Easton was visited by a trio of the native gods, including Hodiak and Nelvanna. The gods warned Easton of a great evil that threatened the world -- the very headband he now wore was a symbol of that terrible power.
As the gods were trapped in their own realm and unable to stop the threat directly, Nelvanna wanted to have a child with Easton -- a demi-god champion with ties to both Earth and the godly realm. Nelvanna's appearance was altered to appear more pleasing to Easton, and the two conceived a child together -- a child who would one day be known as Narya, Snowbird of Alpha Flight.
Later, Easton returned to the dig and found the site covered over. He next encountered his former associate Carmichael, who was shocked to see Easton still alive -- it had been nine years since Easton was last seen. Easton was greatly confused -- from his perspective, he had only been in the realm of the gods for one night! Thinking Carmichael to be an agent of the Great Beasts, Easton ran off like a raving lunatic and was never heard from again.
(Alpha Flight I#1) - Driven to insanity by his unearthly encounter, Easton was left a dishevelled, emaciated hermit living in a small tent in Canada's Northwest Territories. Easton left his campsite and, using his foot, he scraped a furrow in the snowy topsoil. When he finished, the furrow formed the outline of a man-like shape. Returning to his camp, he found the headband and placed it on his head, then began a mystical ritual to bring the Great Beast, Tundra, to Earth; Easton's life force was consumed in the process. Alpha Flight battled this incarnation of Tundra and destroyed it by erosion. Easton's remains (and the headband) settled at the bottom of the small salt lake that formed where Tundra once stood.
Comments: Created by John Byrne.
As stated in the flashback story in Alpha Flight I#7, the events of Easton's meeting with the gods took place about 15 years prior to his summoning of Tundra.
I don't believe that it's ever been confirmed that Easton was the hermit who summoned Tundra -- that's something that I inferred from reading the stories -- but they do resemble each other. However, it could some day be revealed that Easton and the hermit are not the same person.
The Great Beasts Entry in OHotMU Update 89#3 does
that Richard Easton was the hermit who raised the Great Beast in
Profile by John Kaminski
Richard Easton has no known connections to:
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Alpha Flight I#7, p16, pan3 (main image)
Alpha Flight I#1, p5, pan1 (crazy Easton)
Allpha Flight I#7 (February, 1984) - John Byrne (writer/artist), Linda Grant & Denny O'Neil (editor)
Last updated: 07/26/06
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