Real Name: Ebrok

Identity/Class: Human, magic user (Dark Ages)

Occupation: Sorcerer, alchemist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Belasco, Caretakers of Arcturus, Flavius, Helene;
    invoked the powers of Cyttorak, Oshtur

Enemies: Orann, Yanthon

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Sanctum/laboratory, somewhere in Europe

First Appearance: (Hands only) Fear#22 (June, 1974);
    (full) What If I#35 (October, 1982)

Powers/Abilities: Ebrok was a gifted sorcerer and alchemist who could transform animals into intelligent humanoids and open mystical portals. He was also adept at alchemy, and passed on his knowledge to his pupils Flavius and Helene.

History: (Fear#22 (fb)) - Ebrok was a sorcerer who transformed household cats into intelligent humanoids with his magic, simply to amuse himself.

(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#27/2 - BTS) - Ebrok was aided in the success of his spellcasting by the Caretakers of Arcturus.

(What If I#35/2) - The first of the Cat People he created was Flavius. He took young Flavius under his wing and taught him sorcery. However, when he saw that Flavius was lonely, he transformed a female cat into a Cat Person, and named her Helene so that Flavius would have a mate. Helene's studied mainly in sciences, becoming an accomplished alchemist under Ebrok's guidance. Ebrok let three other sorcerers, including Orann and Belasco, see Flavius and Helene, and they became envious of him.

(Fear#22 (fb)/What If I#35/2) - Ebrok finally created more Cat People so that his three friends could have servants. However, the Cat People grew in number so quickly through breeding that they became a threat to the sorcerers and they finally revolted against their masters. The four sorcerers banished the Cat People to another dimension, the Land Within, against Ebrok's wishes.

(What If I#35/2) - Flavius and Helene evaded banishment and used magic to disguise themselves as humans so that they could remain with their friend Ebrok and look after him. As Ebrok grew older, nearing the end of his life, he was observing an experiment in bacteria that Flavius and Helene had made when Orann burst in and saw the two Cat People. Declaring Ebrok a traitor, he slew him with a bolt of mystical energy. Flavius threw their bacteria at Orann and he fled from the lab, spreading what would become known as the Black Plague. Flavius and Helene remained at Ebrok's side as he died, reminding them to never end their quest for knowledge.




Comments: Named and hands depicted by Steve Gerber, Rich Buckler and Luis Dominguez; fully fleshed out by Roger Stern and Steve Ditko.

Belasco was revealed to have been one of the four sorcerers in Fantastic Four I#314.

In West Coast Avengers II#6, Flavius and Helene were depicted under attack by four sorcerers from the sorcerers guild. With Ebrok dead and Orann possibly dead as well, they must have increased their ranks.

Yanthon was named in Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons, and various Monstrosities.

by Prime Eternal

Ebrok should not be confused with:


Orann was a fellow sorcerer and rival of Ebrok. When he received Cat People of his own, he made them sentries at his home, but they adapted to his warlike ways, and became increasingly violent. He and the other sorcerers urged Ebrok to join them in banishing the Cat People to the Land Within. Orann or one of his two fellow sorcerers was responsible for later summoning the first Balkatar from the Land Within to serve them. When Orann found that Flavius and Helene had evaded banishment, he declared Ebrok a traitor and killed him with a mystical bolt of energy. Flavius struck Orann with a flask containing what became the Black Plague, and Orann spread it in the outside world as he fled the lab. Orann presumably died from the Black Plague.

--[Fear#22 (fb)], What If I#35/2

Orann pictured center; other sorcerers on far left and right

Images taken from:
What If I#35, page 18
What If I#35, page 23, panel 1
Orann- What If I#35, page 20, panel 2

Fear#22 (June, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Rich Buckler (penciler), Luis Dominguez (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
What If I#35 (October, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Dr. Strange III#27/2 (March, 1991) - Roy Thomas, Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Geof Isherwood (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Last updated: 10/21/07

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