Real Name: Isaac Christians
Identity/Class: Human magic user (soul transferred into demon body)
Occupation: Super hero and restaurant owner;
former Mayor of Christiansboro, disciple of Vishnu Dass, United States soldier
Defenders (Black Panther (T’Challa), Blazing Skull/Mark Todd, Cloak,
Loa/Alani Ryan, Moon Knight, She-Hulk/Lyra,
Silver Surfer, Son of Satan, Stingray), Heroes for Hire (Black Cat,
Black Widow, Elektra, Falcon, Misty Knight, Paladin, Shroud, Silver
Sable), Initiative (Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady), Bengal,
Cloud-9, Constrictor, Crusader, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Dragon
Hulkling (Earth-A), Justice (Vance Astrovik), Komodo, Melee, Nighthawk,
9, Stature, Stingray, Taskmaster, Thor
Girl (Skrull imposter), Trauma, Triathlon, War Machine (Jim
Rhodes), Yellowjacket/Criti Noll, others);
formerly Defenders, the "3 Musketeers," "They"
Angel (Worthington), Annham,
Aragorn, Sadie and Beatrice Bass,
Beast (McCoy), Bill,
Luke Cage, Vera
Captain America (Rogers), Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Clea,
Cutter, Daredevil, Demeityr,
Devine, Doctor Strange, Dolly
Donahue, Dragon Man, Argyle
Fist, Frog-Man, Gabriel
Ghost Rider (Blaze), Greeneggs,
Grizzly, Hawkeye (Barton), Hellcat,
Henderson, Hulk (Banner), Iceman, Interloper,
Iron Man (Stark), Jack of Hearts, Clarence
(Brian Hibbs), Kubik, Chris
(embodiment of), Man-Bull,
Man-Thing, Alicia Masters, Mentor (and the Eternals of Titan), Mighty
Avengers (Ares, Black Widow
(Natasha Romanova), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers),
Sentry, Wasp, Wonder Man), Mongoose, Moondragon, Nighthawk, Barbara
Punisher (Frank Castle), the
(Al Gentle, Theodore Kroeber, Philip
Guin, Georgia Orr, Ursula
Williams), Quasar, Red Wolf, Rhino, Rom, Sassafras,
Scarlet Witch, Seetah,
Siegel, Silver Surfer, Son
Southern, Spider-Man (Parker), Squadron Supreme (Amphibian,
Arcanna, Cap'n Hawk, Doctor Spectrum, Golden Archer, Hyperion, Lady
Lark, Nuke, Tom Thumb, Whizzer), Starlight,
Swarm, Thor, Thunderbolts (Atlas, Charcoal, MACH-III, Moonstone,
(Parrington), Vishnu Dass,
Vision, Vulture (Adrian Toomes), Wasp, Elaine
Wonder Man, Wong, Xiombarg
aliens, various other super-heroes;
formerly Six-Fingered Hand (Avarrish, Fashima, Hyppokri, Maya, Puishannt, Unnthinnk), Supernalia
Enemies: Attuma/Nerkkod, Brothers
Grimm, Coroner, Cottonmouth,
Cutter, the Dance,
Death, Dire Wraiths, Dracula,
Dragon Man, Dragon
of the Moon, Enchantress, Flashmob
(Calvin Carr), Cheshire Cat, Commanche,
Deadly Nightshade, Mr.
Fish (Bill Norris), Cockroach
Grandmaster, Harpies (Asgardian), Harridan,
Kessler, KIA, Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), Leviathan,
Dog, Mandroids, August
Man, Monster (Brady Breidel),
the Living Darkness, Professor
(Marduk Kurious), Secret Empire, Serpent-Men,
formerly Cloud, Defenders, Doctor Strange, Dolly Donahue, Hellcat, Manslaughter, Moondragon, Over-Mind, Seraph, Son of Satan, Squadron Supreme (Amphibian, Arcanna, Cap'n Hawk, Doctor Spectrum, Golden Archer, Lady Lark, Nuke, Tom Thumb, Whizzer), Valkyrie (Brunhilde)
Known Relatives: Ezekial (father, deceased), Mary (mother, deceased), Jeremiah (brother, deceased)
Place of Birth: Christiansboro, Virginia
Base of Operations: Fire Lake, Massachusetts,
(formerly) Defenders Mansion,
(formerly) Doctor Strange's Mansion,
(formerly) Christiansboro, Virginia
First Appearance: Defenders I#94 (April, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Gargoyle's body came with many powers, though the full extent of them have never been realized. He possesses wings capable of flight, the ability to regenerate lost limbs, durability, super-strength, and immortality. When Christians' soul entered the form, Gargoyle gained the ability to fire life-forcing draining blasts, to feed that life-force energy into blasts, and to channel his own life-force energy into blasts. These blasts appear as black or colored energy, and sometimes as hallucinations (such as monsters or faces). When the Gnostic Wizard controlled Gargoyle through a mystic pentagram and using an ancient cantrip, Gargoyle could grow to giant size, make his hands appear in the air to snatch things, and other powers he has never realized himself.
Gargoyle's original demonic body was mutated and destroyed in the Defenders final battle with the Dragon of the Moon. Isaac then took form in a crystal through which he could possess others and lash out with physical attacks. Later, Cloud created a body for Isaac out of her substance that resembled his old demonic body in appearance and powers. In addition, Cloud gave Isaac the ability to change back and forth between a newly created human form.
Gargoyle has been known to cast various spells, such as the one on Patsy's diary that split her into various forms of her personality until the spell was cancelled. Gargoyle recently showed the ability to breathe fire.
Christians) 5'9'' (as
Weight: (as Christians) 150 lbs (as Gargoyle) 204 lbs
Eyes: (as Christians) Blue (as Gargoyle) Red
Hair: (as the aged Christians) White (as Gargoyle) None
Skin: (as Gargoyle) Orange
History: (Defenders I#103 (fb)) - Young Isaac Christians often spent Sunday afternoons with him mom and brother, Jeremiah, at the town square listening to bands play.
(Gargoyle#1/Defenders I#103 (fb)) – Isaac and his brother Jeremiah were playing on the roof when Isaac pushed his brother and Jeremiah fell to his death. Isaac cried in the church and begged for forgiveness. His father blamed him and his mother pitied him. His friends, Buster Henderson and Elaine Willoughby, pulled him out of his shell. The formed the “3 Musketeers” as kids.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) - Isaac, Elaine, and Buster would often race. Buster earned the nickname 'Lightning' while Isaac was called 'Molasses.'
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Buster and Elaine eventually got married, and Isaac was devastated because he secretly loved Elaine. Buster joined the military when the country went to war.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) – Isaac enlisted in the war also, lying about his age. He befriended Clarence Johnson, who died early in the war and whose brains, when his head was blown off, splattered all over Isaac’s face, causing Isaac to flee. As he ran, a German almost killed him by bayonet, but Buster shot the soldier down. Buster looked crazy, his whole unit had been killed, but Buster had escaped by hiding in the corpses. Buster led Isaac to shelter and the Germans moved in for the kill.
(Gargoyle#4/ Defenders I#100 (fb)) - Buster was killed by the attacking Germans.
(Gargoyle#4) - When Elaine heard the news, she left Christiansboro. Isaac blamed himself for Buster’s death as he had Jeremiah's.
(Gargoyle#2 (fb)) - In 1919, after the war, Isaac went to Paris. Seeking to forget his pain, he sought love in the arms of a prostitute named Germaine, and tried to forget Elaine. He grew angry and violent with other men until Germaine finally left him. He was devastated.
(Gargoyle#3 (fb)) - In 1920, Isaac traveled to England, Italy, Greece, Persia, India, and Nepal. Finally, in Hyderabad, he found Vishnu Dass, a Gandhi-like man who professed service to others. Isaac followed Vishnu all across India. Despite Isaac’s unbelief in a Christian God, he felt drawn to Vishnu Dass and became his disciple for two years. When Isaac received word of his father’s death, he didn’t want to return to Christiansboro, but Dass helped him to obtain peace with the universe. That peace later faded with age.
(Defenders I#94 (fb)) - At some point, Isaac fought in the second World War.
(Defenders I#103 (fb)) - Isaac began studying the occult.
(Defenders I#94 (fb)) - Isaac became the Mayor of Christiansboro, and did a good job. He was well-loved by the city. Despite his best efforts, though, he watched the town go into an economic depression.
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Isaac grew old in Christiansboro, though he kept tabs on Elaine all through his life, loving her from afar.
(Defenders I#94/ Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Now an elderly man, Isaac locked himself in his mansion and studied books on the occult. He started toying with black magic and looking into ways that he could revitalize Christiansboro. He eventually called up the demon Avarrish, and made a deal that granted Christiansboro prosperity in exchange for Isaac's willingness to serve Avarrish. Isaac's soul was put into a demon's body (Isaac wouldn't learn for years that the body belonged to the demon Gargoyle, Son of Pan, who had displeased the Six-Fingered Hand and was being punished. Isaac also would not learn for years that the Gargoyle's soul had been placed into the body of Isaac Christians). Isaac adapted to his new body and powers, and began doing deeds for Avarrish. Christiansboro, in return, seemed to be thriving and prospering.
(Defenders I#94 (fb)) - Avarrish ordered Isaac to retrieve Patsy Walker, and he did so from her home in Montvale, New Jersey. As he flew away with Patsy's limp form, he noticed Dolly Donahue in the house and blew it up with a blast.
(Defenders I#94) - Isaac flew Patsy to Christiansboro and offered Patsy to Avarrish while the corrupted townspeople chanted him on. When Doctor Strange, the Son of Satan (Daimon Hellstrom), and Valkyrie arrived to get Hellcat, Isaac led the townspeople against them. He battled the Son of Satan, and pled with them to leave before it was too late. When Isaac was ordered by Avarrish to kill the Defenders, he realized he’d gone too far against his principles and couldn’t go through with it. A newly demonic Hellcat (possessed by Avarrish) joined the fight, but she resisted the possession and Avarrish fled the town. The townspeople, now free-thinking, were in a haze, and grew angry when they learned about Isaac's deal. They moved in on Isaac’s home as a mob, where they fond him still in his Gargoyle body –a punishment by Avarrish for Isaac’s betrayal. He realized he had a duty help stop the Six-Fingered Hand, and allied himself with the Defenders to do so.
(Defenders I#95) - Isaac returned with the team to Doctor Strange’s mansion and met Nighthawk. When he heard about Dolly’s injuries from the housefire, Isaac felt terrible. Hellcat lashed out at him. The Six-Fingered Hand sent Dracula to attack the team, but he soon realized that he’d been a pawn and retreated. Strange teleported the team to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania where they battled Gordski and his legions of the undead. Isaac rescued Patsy once during the battle.
(Defenders I#96) - Isaac, Patsy, and Daimon visited the comatose Dolly in the hospital, where Daimon used his healing powers to speed Dolly’s recovery. The Defenders thwarted another Six-Fingered Hand plan in Detroit where, teamed up with Ghost Rider, they stopped Fashima’s possession of Asmodeus Jones.
(Defenders I#97) - With Devil-Slayer, the team next tracked the Six-Fingered Hand to the Middle East. They met David Kessler and battled demons disguised as angels. The demon Hyppokri was defeated when Kessler committed suicide.
(Defenders I#98) - The Defenders joined the Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Wonder Man, and Beast) in Citrusville, Florida, and battled Unnthinnk in the body of Man-Thing. After the demon was defeated, Isaac, Valkyrie, Daimon, Strange, and Devil-Slayer entered the Six-Fingered Hand’s dimension where they found the Hulk, Clea, Namor, and the Silver Surfer held captive by the Hand’s leader, Maya.
(Defenders I#99) - The Six-Fingered Hand quickly discounted Isaac as an unworthy opponent. He realized that his powers actually siphoned off bits of life-force from the people he hit with his bio-blasts, and reasoned that he could reverse the flow. By feeding energy to the four captives, he gave them the power to free themselves. As they battled the demons, Maya revealed that she had planted those thoughts in Isaac’s head. It was soon revealed that the Six-Fingered Hand had been pawns of Mephisto (who had actually been Maya), Satannish, Thog, and Satan (Kurios).
(Defenders I#100) - In
a game set up by the devils,
the team was divided in three and required to participate in different
missions, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Isaac’s group consisted of himself, Nighthawk, and Devil-Slayer, and
they appeared in a great amalgam of all the world’s wars.
Gargoyle, with his WW1 helmet and rifle, fought against growing numbers
of soldiers led by Thog. One of the minions looked just like
Buster Henderson and made Isaac feel guilty for having lived so
long. Nighthawk managed to convince the “soldiers” to lay
arms, but then Thog seemingly triggered nuclear explosions, bringing a
conclusion to the surreal battle.
The heroes woke up over six days later. In final battle, the heroes fed their combined energies into the Son of Satan; while he was still no match for Satan, Daimon reached a truce by agreeing to train under his father. They returned to New York with more questions than answers about the whole experience, leaving Daimon behind.
(Defenders I#101) - Isaac was pleased when Patsy and Valkyrie invited him to go see Dolly with them at the hospital. On the bus, a kid thought Isaac was a spy because of Isaac’s disguise (trenchcoat, hat, and sunglasses). At the hospital, a child pulled off Isaac’s mask, but Dolly did not reject him as a friend.
(Marvel Team-Up I#111) - When ancient Serpent-Men came to earth, they set out to capture seven heroes who they believed would herald their return to glory. They captured Isaac, Doctor Strange, Clea, Hulk, Sub-Mariner, and Valkyrie with little problem, but Spider-man and Devil-Slayer were able to free the captives and the Serpent-Men were defeated.
(Defenders I#102) - Isaac used his powers for Clea to try and help cure Nighthawk's paralysis. At this point (or before) Isaac was staying in Doctor Strange's mansion.
(Death of Captain Marvel Graphic Novel#1/Silver Surfer Annual I#6) - Isaac went to Titan for the passing of Captain Mar-Vell.
(Defenders I#103) - Isaac, feeling depressed, took money from Strange's mansion and disappeared into the streets, expecting no one to care enough to follow him. A week later, some men accosted him and tried to stab him, but he frightened them away. Clea and Devil-Slayer tracked Isaac down and showed him that they cared. Back at the Mansion, Isaac reminisced about his past with Patsy and Valkyrie. Feeling trapped in his new body, and saddened by Christiansboro's fate, Isaac went with the group to his home town, teleporting via Devil-Slayer's Shadow-cloak. Isaac noted the empty streets of the city and went to investigate. At his old home, an apparition of Jeremiah appeared and led Isaac to the roof, where it made Isaac feel guilty for Jeremiah's death all over again. To a portrait of his mother, Isaac apologized for all his life's mistakes. An apparition of his mother appeared and told Isaac he was accepted and understood before disappearing. Despairing, Isaac tried to hang himself, but his new form was too resistant. Apparitions of his father, mother, and brother then appeared, calling Isaac worthless, and Isaac fled. He came across his teammates battling with Null the Living Darkness, a demon who'd driven out the entire population of the town. Isaac flew into the amorphous being and tried to drain its life force to no avail, then expelled his own life force into Null to defeat the villain. Before Isaac could die, the apparitions appeared again and imparted their love to him, giving him the strength to live. Isaac rose, feeling happier than he'd ever been.
(Defenders I#104) - After moving into Nighthawk's new mansion, Isaac, Patsy, and Valkyrie attended a party of Nighthawk's. Some of August Masters' men attacked and gassed the four heroes, capturing them.
(Captain America I#268) - Held captive and kept unconscious at Mt. Charteris, Isaac, Valkyrie, and Hellcat were awakened by two of the Psychics, Ursula Richards and Philip le Guin (Nighthawk had been freed previously). The three heroes battled several Secret Empire Roman-clad soldiers until they were united with Captain America, who surrendered when August Masters threatened the heroes' lives. The heroes were all put back into captivity.
(Defenders I#106) - Isaac, Valkyrie, Patsy, and Captain America were held captive and used as batteries to fuel the telepathic assassins Masters (and his leader Professor Power) hoped to use to start a world war. Beast freed the captives, and they were joined by Doctor Strange, Daimon, and Daredevil. They all got out just in time as Nighthawk gave up his life to stop the plot, destroying the villain's base.
(Defenders I#107) - As the heroes left, a soldier seemingly killed Valkyrie.
(Marvel Fanfare I#20) - Doctor Strange summoned Isaac and other Defenders to his Mansion to ask for help in restoring Bruce Banner's mind to the Hulk's body. Strange disappeared before anyone could offer help, though.
(Defenders I#107) - Back at the mansion, Isaac tried unsuccessfully to comfort Patsy, and had a deep talk about the afterlife with his teammates. Isaac attended Nighthawk and Valkyrie's funeral with his teammates, Vera Cantor, and several other heroes. Later, Isaac and others held a sťance to contact the spirit of the Valkyrie, but the Amora the Enchantress appeared.
(Defenders I#108) - The heroes listened to the Enchantress's plan to resurrect Valkyrie, but refused to sacrifice Barbara Norris (Valkyrie's human host body) to save her. The heroes went to Asgard, summoned by the embodiment of Love and helped him rescue Barbara's soul. Joined by the resurrected Valkyrie, they prepared to do battle with the Enchantress.
(Defenders I#109) - Isaac fought off a group of harpies while Valkyrie fought the Enchantress. Isaac used his powers to note an aberration in the harpies' life forces; they turned out to be women under a spell, and Doctor Strange released them. When the group returned home, Valkyrie stayed in Asgard. After the battles' end, Isaac and Spider-Man chose to spend some time together and travel through the city.
(Marvel Team-Up I#119) - While traveling the streets of New York, Isaac told Spider-man about his origins. They rescued Sadie Bass from muggers in Central Park, and Isaac walked her home. Isaac and Sadie talked for a time, but when Sadie's daughter Beatrice arrived, she was scared of Isaac. Sadie and Beatrice argued over Sadie’s health, and Isaac intervened, telling them that there was more than one way to see the world. The women trusted Isaac to fly them over the city, showing them the sanctity of life. When they returned, Sadie went off to bed and Beatrice agreed to just let Sadie pass on. When Isaac met up with Spider-man again, they discussed the strange day they’d each had.
(Avengers Annual I#11 (fb)) - Isaac greeted Valkyrie when she returned from Asgard. Joined by Beast and Silver Surfer, the four heroes were mentally manipulated by the alien Supernalia to believe that the Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp) were being mentally manipulated by the Avengers' new ally Nebulon.
(Avengers Annual I#11) - The Defenders attacked the Avengers at Avengers Mansion and then in the Himalayas. Isaac mostly battled the Wasp, and when he hit her with a blast he picked her up out of concern that he'd hurt her, but she blasted him unconscious. Soon, Supernalia's deception was revealed, and both she and Nebulon seemingly perished.
(Defenders I#112) - Isaac attended a party alongside several heroes. Isaac made jokes, and proposed a toast to his friends. An astral projection of Doctor Strange appeared and teleported the heroes to the Squadron Supreme's world (Earth-712). Several heroes were there, including a suspiciously alive Nighthawk (who turned out to be the Earth-712 version of him). Hyperion told them how the Over-Mind had taken over their world.
(Defenders I#113) - Joined by the astral forms of the telepaths that had 'died' in their battle with August Masters, the heroes battled the Squadron Supreme, Isaac rescued Valkyrie from the Golden Archer. As they defeated the Over-Mind, Null the Living Darkness attacked.
(Defenders I#114) - Joining forces with the no-longer-controlled Squadron, the heroes focused their energies through the telepaths and defeated Null. The telepaths then inhabited Over-Mind's form.
(Defenders I#115) - In leaving the Squadron's world, Isaac, Beast, Valkyrie, and Sub-Mariner were sent to an alternate dimension ("Lesieg") where they helped Greeneggs and Annham of Here battle Thorton and Mayor Easyread of There. They used the Ruby Sneakers to make it home.
(Defenders I#116) - Isaac impressed Dolly Donahue by telling her she was lovelier than the Scarlet Witch. Isaac and Dolly greeted a returning Patsy, and later made cookies (Isaac kept stealing the chocolate chips). Dolly told Isaac that his good soul made up for his frightening appearance, and he told Dolly that in her he'd found a love that ran deeper than passion. Isaac watched a firework display with his teammates.
(Defenders I#117) - Isaac attended a remembrance for Nighthawk. Isaac, Doctor Strange, and Over-Mind went on a quest to allow each of the minds of Chorus, the composite psychic entity inhabiting Over-Mind's form, to make peace with their pasts and say goodbye.
(Incredible Hulk II#277) - Isaac, with Beast, Daimon and Patsy watched the Hulk's capture by the U-Foes on TV. Dr. Strange's efforts to help the Hulk were unsuccessful.
(Incredible Hulk II#279) - Isaac, with many of the world's heroes, celebrated the Hulk's presidential pardon with a parade.
(Marvel Super-Heroes: Contest of Champions I#1-3) - Isaac was transported with the rest of Earth’s superheroes to witness the conflict between Grandmaster and Death.
(Defenders I#118) - Isaac talked to Patsy about her problems.
(Marvel Comics Presents II#4/2 (fb) - BTS/Marvel Comics Presents II#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking help in turning her diary into an entertaining adventure, Hellcat let Gargoyle cast a spell on the diary that would allow her "dreams to come true." Hellcat's attention soon got divided, however, and she forgot all about the diary.
(Defenders I#120) - Isaac and his teammates didn't believe Patsy's premonitions of Daimon being in trouble until Over-Mind confirmed it. Feeling guilty, they traveled by Quinjet to find Daimon in Connecticut.
(Defenders I#121) - Using Daimon's Darksoul, Miracle Man conjured up statues and beasts to battle the Defenders and caused their Quinjet to crash. After confronting them, Miracle Man transported them to Indonesia where he grew more corrupt. They battled, and Miracle Man tricked Isaac into draining Beast and Patsy's life forces. The villain then turned Isaac to stone, but Isaac was restored after Miracle Man's defeat.
(Defenders I#122) - Isaac met Beast’s new dog Sassafras, and congratulated Daimon and Patsy on their engagement (he jokingly told them to name their oldest child after him). Later, Isaac chatted with Beast and newcomer Iceman while taking a bubble bath. Later, Isaac took Dolly out to dinner with several of the other Defenders. While the two of them danced, his wings ripped through his suit jacket. Isaac told Dolly that she was the best dance he’d had since Germaine in World War 1, and Dolly told Isaac that he was the dearest man she’d ever known. Isaac proposed a toast to friendship and better days.
(Defenders I#123) - Isaac, Iceman, and the Beast went to Leonia, New Jersey to visit the Vision and the Scarlet Witch. When Cloud, Seraph, and Harridan attacked, Isaac was hit by a charge from Harridan’s deathstaff. When Harridan tried to drain his life, his immortal body resisted and she was incapacitated by the feedback.
(Defenders I#124) - Isaac was present when the Vision and Scarlet Witch declined Defenders’ membership.
(Defenders I#125) - Isaac ‘chaperoned’ while Beast and Iceman got drunk. Isaac almost attacked Moondragon when Valkyrie brought her to join the team. Isaac also met new teammate, the Angel. The Beast officially organized the New Defenders as a team. At Daimon and Patsy’s wedding in Greentown, Ohio, Mad Dog and the Mutant Force attacked, and Isaac defeated Burner.
((New) Defenders I#126) - Isaac watched Valkyrie and the Beast fight over who should be team leader. He fought with the team against Leviathan.
((New) Defenders I#127) - Isaac argued with a pompous Moondragon. When Cloud arrived asking for help, Isaac battled the Secret Empire Mandroids that followed her with the Defenders, and was knocked unconscious.
((New) Defenders I#128) - Isaac stormed Secret Empire headquarters with the Defenders to rescue the captured Cloud. They battled Leviathan, Mad Dog, the Mutant Force, Seraph, and Harridan, and the entire team of Defenders was defeated and captured.
((New) Defenders I#129) - When Professor Power tried to brainwash the team, Isaac and the others were successful in resisting him. He used his powers to drain life force from the other Defenders and to feed that life force into Moondragon, who then used her boosted psychic powers to free the team. They battled the Empire’s operatives again, but were too late to stop the Empire from a launching a satellite that would mean world war.
((New) Defenders I#130) - Isaac helped the Defenders stop the satellite and defeat the Secret Empire and Professor Power (rescuing a captive Dolly Donahue and Candy Southern).
((New) Defenders I#131) - Isaac relaxed by the pool with the team.
((New) Defenders I#132) - Isaac fought Ephraim Soles alongside the team. He was concerned for Dolly, who was present during the battle.
((New) Defenders I#133) - Isaac went to San Francisco with the Defenders and fought drug dealers with Cutlass and Typhoon.
((New) Defenders I#134) - While the Defenders battled Manslaughter, Isaac unexpectedly disappeared in a pentagram of flame.
((New) Defenders I#135) - The Gnostic Wizard who’d captured Isaac kept him trapped in the pentagram. He revealed his plan to use Isaac as his instrument of justice.
((New) Defenders I#136) - Isaac begged the Wizard to let him go, but then the demon side of Isaac took over. The Wizard wished for gold, so Isaac conjured gold. The Wizard then used Isaac to destroy attacking Soviet helicopters and to kill several men, all within a giant burning pentagram of control. Isaac manifested as an enormous gargoyle completely subject to the Wizard’s will. Later, the Wizard forced Isaac to brutally murder a Soviet general. From the back of his mind, the human side of Isaac developed a plan. He played on the Wizard’s greed and convinced him to go to America for gold, hoping that the Wizard would be detected by Doctor Strange. The Wizard and Isaac went to the Rocky Mountains, where the Wizard placed another giant pentagram. When the Defenders attacked, the Wizard thought they were fellow demons sent to test them and Isaac was commanded to attack.
((New) Defenders I#137) - Isaac formed a garden to imprison the Defenders, but they escaped and he was forced to do battle. He crushed Cloud then batted Valkyrie from the air after she cut him with her sword, Dragonfang. He also struck down Moondragon when she tried to reach him telepathically. When the Angel tried to seize the control pentagram from the Wizard, Isaac caught the Angel, then moved to crush the Defenders. While Valkyrie held off the giant, Beast used Dragonfang to slice off Isaac’s right hand. The hand then turned into a demon, which Cloud slew. The human side of Isaac, still fighting for control, was able to reveal to Moondragon that the Wizard was blind in one eye. While Isaac battled Valkyrie, the other Defenders blinded the Wizard’s other eye, so the Wizard took over Isaac’s sight and realized the Defenders weren’t really demons but something much more frightening (including a space nebula (Cloud) , an ancient evil (the Dragon of the Moon in Moondragon), and an Asgardian death goddess (Valkyrie)). The Wizard fled, breaking the pentagram. A delirious Isaac warned Moondragon of the Dragon of the Moon’s influence on her, which he had seen inside her mind.
((New) Defenders I#138) - The Defenders took the Wizard into custody and got Isaac medical attention, where they bandaged his right wrist (his hand still missing). Dolly doted on him with food and attention. Isaac and Cloud agreed that something had to be done about Moondragon. Candy Southern was later proclaimed as Defenders team leader.
((New) Defenders I#139) - Isaac helped fight a Dragon of the Moon-made manifestation of Mantis from Moondragon’s mind. His hand began to regenerate, but with five fingers rather than four. He helped the Defenders and Red Wolf fight the “Jicarilla Trolls.”
(Rom I#65-66) - Isaac, along with many other heroes, participated in the final conflict against the Dire Wraiths alongside Rom.
(Sub-Mariner II#3) - Isaac and the Defenders watched Namor address the United Nations on television.
((New) Defenders I#140) - Isaac relaxed with the Defenders, struggling to eat with one hand. He stayed behind when the others left on a mission.
((New) Defenders I#141) - Isaac bonded with Iceman as they battled the Gamma Spores, and was shocked to learn Chris Larmouth had been infected. After a long battle, Moondragon entered the Spores telepathically and interfaced with them. She invaded Isaac’s mind and used his powers to defeat the spores. She apologized to Isaac, but he stated that the experience had allowed him to touch true beauty.
((New) Defenders I#142) - Isaac told Dolly that his experience with Moondragon had left him lovestruck. When she acted surprised, Isaac comforted her, stating what a surprise she was for him every day.
((New) Defenders I#143) - Isaac was awakened by Moondragon’s battle with the Dragon of the Moon. He was prepared to take action, but Valkyrie convinced him to give Moondragon time to handle things on her own. Isaac, Angel, and the Valkyrie moved in to attack the Dragon after a short while. The Dragon made Isaac’s newly grown hand grow larger and begin to strangle Isaac; struck Angel blind; and seemingly killed the Valkyrie in a blast.
((New) Defenders I#144) - Away from the attack and with his hand back to normal, Isaac consoled the sightless Angel. Gargoyle watched the Dragon fight a manifestation of Valkyrie in a giant form, and told the Angel what was happening. He then watched as Cloud managed to defeat the Dragon, temporarily.
((New) Defenders I#145) - Isaac was reunited with Dolly as General Argyle Fist and his troops arrived to help clean up the disaster. A revived Valkyrie discussed Moondragon with Isaac.
((New) Defenders I#146) - Isaac vacated Defenders Mansion with the team, ordered by General Fist, and went to stay at Doctor Strange’s mansion. He reflected on his unfamiliar body, and how he kept losing control of it.
(Gargoyle#1) - Isaac heard that Elaine Willoughby, his childhood friend, had died, and rushed to the funeral home to see her body. He mourned for her alone at the church in Christiansboro and reflected on his life. Magical forces seized him and he battled spirits while images of Elaine looked on. The human body of Isaac Christians entered and led Isaac back to his family mansion, where a young Elaine was waiting.
(Gargoyle#2) - Isaac discovered that the previous occupant of his demon body, Gargoyle the Son of Pan, was now occupying his mortal form. Isaac listened to the Gargoyle’s origins, and was disgusted. Remembering Germaine, Isaac fled and battled other ancient Gargoyles until Elaine convinced him to stop. To keep Elaine from going back to death, Isaac agreed to switch bodies with the Gargoyle, knowing that it was a trap and that he’d be unleashing an ancient evil on the world. After the bodies were switched, Isaac, now in his human form, watched the Gargoyles depart. Only then did he learn he had actually saved Germaine disguised as Elaine, and not Elaine herself.
(Gargoyle#3) - Isaac fell to his knees in shame. Germaine chided him and tried to seduce him, but Isaac cast her aside and attempted to use his powers on her, forgetting that he now had none. Germaine slapped him. Derwyddon arrived and healed Isaac before sharing his origins and his ties to the Son of Pan. Derwyddon stopped Germaine from fleeing. Isaac agreed to stop the Gargoyle’s with Derwyddon. The three of them followed the Son of Pan to Blackston, Virginia, where Gargoyle had set up headquarters. Isaac wanted to free Germaine, but Derwyddon said she would be needed.
(Gargoyle#4) - Isaac saw that Gargoyle had transformed the humans of Blackston into demon-like creatures with the Pipes of Pan. As Derwyddon battled Gargoyle’s minions, Isaac found he was frightened to intervene and fled to a church. Isaac was overcome with visions of war, and Derwyddon collapsed. Recovered, Derwyddon went out for final battle, and Isaac followed. Gargoyle drained Derwyddon’s life force, so Isaac attacked Gargoyle, and their forms were switched back due to the feedback. Isaac murdered his own mortal body, and Gargoyle, Son of Pan, was left as an inert stone form. After Derwyddon departed, Isaac gave Elaine’s real soul a long hug and watched her spirit depart. He carried his own mortal body away, and presumably buried it.
((New) Defenders I#148) - Beast and Isaac helped Daimon and Patsy recover a relic called the “Lesser Grey God.” The four of them had been chosen to participate in this task because of their previous involvement with the Six-Fingered Hand. During this mission, they came into contact with Cutlass and Typhoon again.
((New) Defenders I#147) - At Doctor Strange’s Mansion, Isaac found and pocketed a gem. At Candy Southern's request, Isaac joined the Defenders in battling Hotspur. Hotspur caught the team in a massive hallucination where they almost killed innocents, but Isaac snapped them out of it. He used Cloud’s pain (due to Moondragon’s betrayal), and fed that pain into Hotspur, defeating him. Their new ally, Andromeda, joined the team.
((New) Defenders I#149) - Isaac joined the team in investigating Cloud’s origins. When their plane almost crashed, Isaac helped the still blind Angel steady it. After Cloud recovered her memories, she teleported the team into space.
((New) Defenders I#150) - The Defenders battled the Star Thief alongside Kubik, Seraph, and the Xiobahn aliens. Isaac’s powers proved ineffective during the battle. Cloud returned to her home in space.
((New) Defenders I#151) - Back at Defenders Mansion, Manslaughter attacked again. Isaac and Andromeda freed Sassafras, then got ambushed by Manslaughter, who put Andromeda’s trident through both of Isaac’s hands. Manslaughter set fire to the Mansion, but Interloper stopped him and put out the flames. Moondragon then returned, and the Dragon of the Moon attacked again.
((New) Defenders I#152) - The Dragon of the Moon told Isaac he would be destroyed for calling Moondragon evil. While Interloper held the Dragon off, Isaac poured demon-energy and demon-fear into Manslaughter, who fed the madness into Moondragon, making her lose control. Moondragon fled, giving the Defenders time to regroup. Later she returned, claiming to be free of the Dragon, and Isaac trusted her. She betrayed him, though, and cast his soul out of his body, then mutated his body into a more monstrous creature under the Dragon's control. After a long battle with the Dragon and with Gargoyle's mutated body, during which Andromeda stabbed the body with her trident, the Valkyrie and Interloper used Andromeda and Manslaughter as familiars and cast a mighty spell that seemingly killed the four of them as well as Isaac's body and Moondragon. Their six forms blew away as ash on the wind.
(Solo Avengers#18/2 (fb)) - Isaac’s soul took refuge in the crystal from Doctor Strange’s mansion. He gained certain powers, including the ability to possess another's form through the crystal, and to strike out physically from the crystal.
(Solo Avengers#16/2 (fb)) - A soldier who'd been cleaning up in the aftermath of the Dragon battle donned the crystal, and Isaac took over his form. Isaac went looking for the still surviving Moondragon.
(Solo Avengers#16/2) - Sensing Moondragon's return in the body of her cousin, Pamela Douglas, Isaac attacked her. Moondragon pled with him to journey to Titan with her, where she could get a new body and start anew. Isaac, Heather, and Pamela left for Titan.
(Solo Avengers#18/2) - While awaiting the growth of Moondragon's new cloned body, Pamela wore Isaac's crystal around her neck (he presumably let the soldier go free). Isaac played chess with Mentor to pass the time. Isaac agreed to be responsible for Moondragon's future actions if the Eternals let her go. As Isaac, Pamela, and the infant Moondragon flew from Titan, they were apprehended by the Dance, who helped awaken Pamela's powers (Isaac briefly possessed Pamela's form).
(Solo Avengers#20/2) - Joined by Demeityr, Isaac, Moondragon (now in an adult body), and Pamela were briefly reunited with Cloud. When Moondragon struggled with turning evil again, she ignored Isaac's pleas and cast both he and Pamela (who became Sundragon) into outer space, but Cloud rescued them. The crystal was now destroyed, but Cloud gave Isaac a new body from her substance, and gave him the power to change back to Isaac Christians at will. Isaac, Pamela, and Demeityr departed with Cloud, leaving Moondragon to her own fate.
(Quasar#19-20) - Isaac joined up with a convoy of refugees (most of them recently freed captives from the Stranger's homeworld) led by Jack of Hearts and trying to return to Earth. Near Earth, Quasar came to investigate and battled Jack of Hearts briefly. During the battle, Isaac was propelled into space, but rescued by Quasar. Quasar helped the convoy land on Earth (in Siberia) and parted ways with them.
(Hellstorm#3 (fb)) - When Dolly Donahue passed away due to natural causes, Isaac sought out Dr. Strange for a place to stay. When that didn't work out, Isaac contacted Daimon and Patsy and they invited him to stay with them at Daimon's mansion in Fire Lake, Massachusetts. For weeks, Isaac posed as the Hellstrom's butler and made them dinner when Daimon unexpectedly collapsed. Doctor Strange explained that Daimon was dying without his dark-soul, causing Patsy to despair. Isaac agreed with Strange that Isaac should stay with Patsy and help her through her difficult time. When Patsy used a tome of Daimon's to summon the devil (Daimon's father), the devil used his power to reunited Daimon's two sides, and the sight of it drove Patsy insane. Isaac stayed on at Fire Lake to watch over Patsy while Daimon, now very different and chilling, spent more and more time away.
(Hellstorm#2) - Daimon returned from a meeting with Doctor Strange, startling Isaac, who'd been busy keeping the place clean and watching over Patsy. Isaac asked if Strange had asked about him, and Daimon said no.
(Hellstorm#3) - As Daimon visited with Patsy, Isaac was concerned for the both of them.
(Hellstorm#7) - As Isaac was washing dishes, he heard Patsy cry out and rushed to comfort her, realizing that his demonic appearance might frighten her more.
(Marvel Swimsuit Special#2) - Gargoyle was transported to Monster Island for the Monster Island Party after the Infinity War.
(Hellstorm#8) - As Isaac questioned whether his motives in remaining in Fire Lake were for himself or for Patsy, Daimon teleported into the mansion with a group of displaced spirits on their way from Hell to Heaven.
(Hellstorm#9) - Isaac watched as Daimon summoned his fiery chariot to escort the souls on their mission. Avram Siegel played a game of chess with Isaac at the Mansion. When Patsy came out, ranting madly, Isaac caught her as she collapsed and explained what had happened to her to Avram.
(Hellstorm#12) - Isaac confronted Daimon about isolating himself, and convinced Daimon to get out and do something. Daimon was impressed with Isaac's bluntness.
(Hellstorm#13) - Isaac asked Daimon if Avram Siegel's killer had been found, and gave Daimon crucial information about Anton Devine, leader of the church of Lucifer. Isaac showed Daimon how Patsy had started speaking more, and Daimon instructed Isaac to transcribe whatever Patsy said.
(Hellstorm#14) - Isaac used a tape recorder to gather Patsy's words, then watched television. Daimon returned and introduced Isaac to Anton Devine and Jaine Cutter. Anton Devine engaged in a philosophical discussion with Isaac at Fire Lake Mansion. Meanwhile, Patsy died.
(Hellstorm#15 (fb) - BTS) - Isaac called in a doctor to revive Patsy, but it was too late. Her family came to collect her body.
(Hellstorm#16) - Isaac answered the door for Stephen Loss, who claimed to have a message from the beyond from Patsy for Daimon. A skeptical Isaac told Daimon.
(Hellstorm#18) - Isaac played poker with Jaine Cutter, and admitted that he looked at her relationship with Daimon as a betrayal to Patsy. After some time talking, Isaac and Jaine formed a tenuous friendship.
(Hellstorm#19) - Isaac and Anton Devine drank coffee and watched a marathon of old British TV shows. Isaac admitted that he hadn't left because he had nowhere better to go. Later, Jaine joined him in front of the TV.
(Hellstorm#21) - Isaac was asked by Daimon to act as a caretaker for the invalid Gabriel. Daimon admitted that Isaac had been a good friend.
(Strange Tales: Dark Corners#1/3) - In a deep depression, Isaac posed as a real stone gargoyle for months on a church roof in Virginia. He remained there until the other-dimensional Seetah called to him and gave him the higher calling of helping her people enlighten mankind. She transported Isaac to her dimension, 'the Land,' where Isaac went through a series of seeming hallucinations that pitted his demonic and human natures against each other. With Isaac feeling revitalized, Seetah sent him to Earth to seek the 'heart of silver' with a tablet that said 'one heart can change the world.'
(Silver Surfer III#139) - Sent by Seetah to seek out the Silver Surfer, Isaac was corrupted by the Coroner and enticed to battle the Surfer instead. He destroyed the flying car the Surfer and Alicia Masters had been traveling in, and battled them until the Coroner's influence was driven out of Isaac. Isaac joined Surfer and Alicia in an abandoned town where they came across the Coroner. Isaac attempted to draw the evil from the Coroner with his biomystic blasts, but was turned to stone instead. After the battle's end, Seetah restored Isaac and sent him off on a mission to protect the world from an ancient evil.
(Thunderbolts Annual 2000) - Back at Hellstorm's Fire Lake Mansion, Isaac and Cutter greeted the Thunderbolts, who were there to pick up Hawkeye.
(JLA/Avengers#4) - Gargoyle saved citizens alongside Defenders members Nighthawk, Starlight and Valkyrie from the disasters caused by the merging of the DC and Marvel Universe.
(She-Hulk II#11 (fb) - BTS) - Gargoyle hired attorney Augustus "Pug" Pugliese for unspecified purposes. Pug obtained reference material from the "Queen and Castle" occult store.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - Gargoyle became a trainee of the Initiative.
(Avengers: The Iniative#8 (fb)) - Gargoyle appeared in Stamford, CT, with several heroes (Ares, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Sentry, Wasp, and Wonder Man of the Mighty Avengers, Invisible Woman and Thing of the Fantastic Four, Nighthawk, and Justice) behind Yellowjacket, Iron Man, and Mister Fantastic to demonstrate the power of the new Initiative.
(Avengers: The Initiative#2) - Having joined the Initiative in Stamford, Connecticut for training as a super-hero (a new policy required by the government for all super humans), Gargoyle responded to a terrorist threat by Hydra alongside several other superhuman operatives.
(Avengers: The Initiative#3) - Gargoyle adn the Initiative returned to Camp Hammond.
(Marvel Comics Presents II#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - Isaac turned back into his human form and decided to pursue one of his fondest wish, owning a restaurant. He purchased Yum's Chinese restaurant in New York City and continued to dabble in the occult.
(Marvel Comics Presents II#3/4) - Isaac investigated a confrontation customers were having in his restaurant, and found four aspects of Hellcat in an argument. He immediately realized the spell he'd cast on Hellcat's diary long ago had been activated and he rushed to the kitchen to find a cure. There, his employee chastised Isaac for his poor business sense. To shut her up, Isaac briefly turned into the Gargoyle. As he found the key that would close the diary and cancel the spell, another Hellcat burst through the window, making him drop the key in the soup.
(Marvel Comics Presents II#4/2) - Isaac's employee rushed out to tell the others about the key in the soup and it was soon found. Isaac explained to the Hellcats what had happened and the spell was cancelled when they placed the key in the diary. Isaac bonded with Hellcat before she left on her date with Bill. He then returned to the kitchen, where his employee had somehow been split into four, so he ordered them all back in the pot.
(Punisher War Journal II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Gargoyle was captured by Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff) alongside Rhino, Bushmaster, Mandrill, Tiger Shark, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Aragorn, Vulture (Adrian Toomes), Mongoose, Man-Bull, Dragon Man, Frog-Man, and Grizzly. The animal-themed villains (and Gargoyle) were kept in cages aboard a ship with bombs around their necks to keep them from escaping. Kraven was a cruel keeper, feeding them only occasionally.
(Punisher War Journal II#14) - Kraven killed Aragorn and fed the horse to the prisoners, who refused to eat. Later, Kraven used his skills and potions to drive all the captives into bestial rages. He set them loose on his sinking ship to attack the Punisher (Frank Castle).
(Punisher War Journal II#15) - Enraged, Gargoyle breathed fire through the insect-formed body of Swarm until Punisher ran past. Gargoyle then hit Punisher with a blast of fire until the hero ran away.
(Avengers: The Initiative#8 (fb)) - Gargoyle was present when a bus of new recruits arrived at Camp Hammond. He watched as the rogue Dragon Man was taken down, then commented to Stature that he didn't trust new trainer Taskmaster. Soon, Taskmaster broke up a battle between giants Yellowjacket, Stature, and Ant-Man.
(Avengers: The Initiative#10) - Gargoyle teamed with Nighthawk, Stature, Stingray, Hellcat, Triathlon, Cloud 9, Hardball and Komodo to confront the rampaging clone KIA on Camp Hammond, but KIA used its Tactigon weapon to blast a hole in one of Gargoyle's wings, taking him out of the fight.
(Avengers: The Initiative#11 (fb)) - As the battle with KIA continued, Gargoyle lay unconscious. KIA was later defeated.
(Last Defenders#1) - Nighthawk and Gargoyle attacked the Brothers Grimm at the Grand Coulee Electric Power Station in Washington State when the villains sought to destroy the facility with explosives. The heroes defeated both villains soundly. Gargoyle confessed he was thinking of leaving the Initiative and return to Christiansboro, but Nighthawk convinced him to wait it out, seeking to include Gargoyle on a new Defenders team.
(Avengers: The Initiative#14) - Gargoyle was among members of the Initiative who heard 3-D Man claim there was an invasion of some kind on the base.
(Avengers: The Initiative#15) - 3-D Man panicked and made a hasty retreat.
(Avengers: The Initiative#20) - Gargoyle attended a meeting alongside Baron Von Blitzshlag, Hellcat, Tigra, Taskmaster, Physique, and Gauntlet after the Skrull invasion. They determined that Gauntlet should be in charge of the base for now.
(Avengers: The Initiative#21) - After hearing Norman Osborn had taken over the Initiative, Gargoyle turned in his retirement papers, and informed Gauntlet he did so.
(Avengers: The Initiative#23) - Gargoyle helped with the cleanup in the area around Camp Hammond after the battle with Ragnarok.
(Heroes for Hire IV#9) – Misty Knight called Gargoyle in to help Paladin fight the Serpent-possessed Thing on Yancy Street. Gargoyle narrowly saved Paladin from being crushed, then held the Thing back with a laser blast.
(Heroes for Hire IV#10 (fb) – BTS) – Despite Gargoyle’s powers screening he and Paladin, Yancy Street was devastated. Gargoyle was drained.
(Heroes for Hire IV#10) – Gargoyle and Paladin checked in with Misty, then moved in to help the civilians. He tried calming the citizens by taking away their fears, but they were afraid of another Monster (Brady Breidel) nearby. As they tried determining what the monster was, or if the civilians were merely addled by their traumas, Gargoyle saw the beast and it reflected his worst fears of rejecting God for evil. Isaac was left turned to stone.
(Heroes for Hire IV#11) - Gargoyle shed off the stone once the Monster had moved away. Misty Knight arrived, and he learned she was control, and she went after the Monster despite their warnings, sending Gargoyle and Paladin off to help civilians. Gargoyle and Paladin later returned to Misty after Monster had left and they went to help the city.
(Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire#1) – The Heroes for Hire (Black Cat, Black Widow, Elektra, Falcon, Gargoyle, Misty Knight, Paladin, Shroud, Silver Sable) battled a group of spider-powered civilians and the Flashmob (Chemistro, Cheshire Cat, Commanche, Deadly Nightshade, Mr. Fish, Cockroach Hamilton, Spear) plus Cottonmouth. Later, they were overwhelmed with the civilians and couldn’t get a hold of Misty to coordinate the attack.
(Fear Itself: the Deep#4 (fb) – BTS) – A loose team of Defenders (Dr. Stephen Strange, Loa, Namor, She-Hulk (Lyra), Silver Surfer) moved for final battle against Nerkkod (Attuma) and his powerful armored Atlantean army. Dr. Strange sent out a magic call that gathered several heroes to aid them.
(Fear Itself: the Deep#4) – Cloak transported the loosely formed Defenders (Black Panther, Blazing Skull, Cloak, Cloud, Dagger, Devil-Slayer, Gargoyle, Hellcat, Moon Knight, Son of Satan, Stingray) to aid in the final battle. The army was soon defeated and Nerkkod fled.
(Defenders V#10) – Gargoyle was asked his opinion on the Defenders in the Daily Bugle.
Comments: Created by JM DeMatteis, Don Perlin, and Joe Sinnott.
Thanks to Jeff Christiansen for help with Incredible Hulk 277, and to Prime Eternal for help with Quasar 20. Isaac's presence in the Marvel Universe has been a fairly short one (compared to other superheroes), but he managed to find a unique niche -an old man in a demon's body. There are several plots left dangling around Isaac, with Gabriel still mad, Seetah still calling, and Gargoyle, son of Pan, still a stone statue. Gargoyle's powers after his resurrection by Cloud seem to function the same, though it has never been clarified one way or the other. Whether he still drains life forces and channels them as bio-mystic blasts, is still immortal, or still retains the never-seen-being-used-except-once power of being able to change to human form is unknown.
The story in Defenders I#94 noted that Isaac was 78 years old when he
sought out Avarrish. With that story being published in 1981, it would
mean that Isaac would have been born around the turn of the century,
which fits with him fighting in World War I. However, we can figure
Defenders I#94 couldn't have taken place more than 5-8 years ago,
Marvel time, which would make him too young to have been in WWI and
still be 78 (or slightly older) in Defenders I#94. I'd have to guess
that Isaac was born around the turn of the century (making him about
100 years old in Defenders I#94), but pretty soon we'll have to accept
that his investigations into the occult started long before Defenders
I#94. Or maybe he learned some mystic stuff from Vishnu Dass.
The placement of the Marvel Comics Presents
II flashback is questionable. I chose to place it
directly after Hellcat started focusing on writing her
book, while she was still teammates with Gargoyle,
after Defenders I#118.
I was thinking more likely that it would be closer to the time when Isaac was living with Patsy at Fire Lake.--Snood
Gargoyle had an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#4, Deluxe Edition#5, Master Edition#14 and All-New OHotMU#6.
Gargoyle has no known connections to
Ezekial and Mary Christians
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Mr. and Mrs. Christians were the wealthy parents of Isaac and Jeremiah Christians, and lived in Christiansboro, Virginia, a town that Mr. Christians had helped to establish.
(Defenders I#94 (fb)) - The Christians lived in the home where their ancestors had lived for generations.
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - When Isaac and Jeremiah were playing on the roof, Isaac pushed Jeremiah off, and Jeremiah died in the fall. Mr. Christians blamed Isaac for the mishap, and Mrs. Christians pitied her surviving son. Isaac left for several years, first as a soldier, then as a wanderer throughout Europe and Asia. When Mr. Christians passed away in the early 1920s, Isaac returned to Christiansboro.
(Defenders I#103) -
Both of them long
dead, Mr. and Mrs. Christians appeared as apparitions before Isaac (now
the demonic Gargoyle) when he returned to Christiansboro.
with an apparition of Jeremiah, the three likely gained the power to
appear due to Null the Living Darkness's influence over
Christiansboro. Mrs. Christians let Isaac know he was loved
accepted, then all three of them watched Isaac try to hang
himself. After Isaac almost died vanquishing Null, the three
imparted of their love to Isaac, giving him the strength to live.
-- Defenders I#94 ( 94
(Gargoyle#1/Defenders I#103 (fb)) - Jeremiah grew up with his brother Isaac in Christiansboro, Virginia. When Jeremiah and Isaac were young, they were playing on the roof and Isaac pushed Jeremiah off, causing Jeremiah to fall to his death.
(Defenders I#103) -
Long dead, Jeremiah
Christians appeared as an apparition before Isaac (now the demonic
Gargoyle) when he returned to Christiansboro. Along with
apparitions of his parents, the three likely gained the power to appear
due to Null the Living Darkness's influence over
Jeremiah reminded Isaac of his guilt over Jeremiah's death, then all
three of them watched Isaac try to hang himself. After Isaac
almost died vanquishing Null, the three imparted of their love to
Isaac, giving him the strength to live.
--Defenders I#103 ( Gargoyle#1, Defenders I#103 (fb)
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Elaine Willoughby grew up in a very wealthy family in Christiansboro, Virginia. She and her friends, Buster Henderson and Isaac Christians, formed the '3 Musketeers' when they were kids, and Elaine helped pull Isaac out of his shell after Isaac accidentally killed his younger brother, Jeremiah.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) - As kids, Elaine would often race Buster and Isaac.
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Elaine and Buster fell in love, got engaged, and were married. When the country went to war, Buster lied about his age and got into the military.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) - Buster was killed during World War 1, devastating Elaine. She left Christiansboro and never went back.
(Gargoyle#1-4 (fb)) -
Elaine died, and Isaac (now Gargoyle) went off for her
Elaine's soul was held on Earth by a plot by Gargoyle, Son of Pan,
against Isaac. He created a clay form of Elaine and inhabited
with a soul of one of Isaac's lovers, Germaine. After the
was over, Elaine was able to silently bid goodbye to Isaac, and she
headed off for her final rest.
--Gargoyle#1 (1 (fb), 4
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Buster Henderson grew up in a poor family in Christiansboro, Virginia. He and his friends, Elaine Willoughby and Isaac Christians, formed the '3 Musketeers' when they were kids, and Buster helped pull Isaac out of his shell after Isaac accidentally killed his younger brother, Jeremiah.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) - As kids, Buster would often race Isaac and Elaine. He earned the nickname 'Lightning.'
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - Buster and Elaine fell in love, got engaged, and were married. When the country went to war, Buster lied about his age and got into the military.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) - Isaac ended up enlisting in the war after Buster. Early in the war, Buster's entire unit of soldiers was slaughtered, and Buster only escaped death by hiding in the corpses, an act which drove him slightly mad. Later, Buster rescued Isaac by gunning down an attacking German soldier. Buster and Isaac quickly found shelter.
(Gargoyle#4/ Defenders I#100 (fb)) - Buster was gunned down by the attacking Germans, killing him.
(Defenders I#100) - An
Buster Henderson was used by Thog to make Isaac (then the Gargoyle)
feel guilty during a battle.
(Gargoyle#1 (fb), 4
(fb), Defenders I#100 (fb)
(Gargoyle#2 (fb)) - Germaine was a prostitute in Paris, France, after World War 1. She met an American man named Isaac Christians, and fell in love with him. He pined after another woman, Elaine, and grew violent with any man who looked at Germaine. She eventually left Isaac, leaving him devastated.
(Gargoyle#1 (fb)) - After Germaine's death, her soul was used in a plot against Isaac by Gargoyle, son of Pan. Gargoyle made a clay form of Elaine, and put Germaine's soul into the form.
(Gargoyle#1-4) - Isaac
(now in a
Gargoyle's body) agreed to give the Gargoyle his body back in exchange
for Elaine's soul. When he discovered it was Germaine he had
saved, he was disgusted and ashamed. Germaine tried to seduce
Isaac, but he scorned her and she slapped him. Germaine tried
flee, but the Druid Derwyddon stopped her. After the whole
was over, Germaine's soul was cast from the clay form, assumedly going
on to its final rest.
--Gargoyle#1 (2 (fb), 1
(Gargoyle#3 (fb)) -
Vishnu Dass was a
Gandhi-like teacher and wanderer through the country of Hyderabad, who
professed peace with oneself and the universe and service to
others. An American wanderer, Isaac Christians, followed Dass
two years. When Isaac prepared to leave back to America, Dass
helped Isaac obtain peace with the universe before his
These events took place in the early 1920s.
(Gargoyle#4 (fb)) -
was an American soldier in World War 1. He befriended another
soldier, Isaac Christians. Clarence was killed early in the
his head blown off and his brains splattered across his friend's face.
--Gargoyle#4 ( 4 (fb)
Sadie and Beatrice Bass
(Marvel Team-Up I#119 (fb)) - Sadie Bass had a husband named Jack and a brother named Isaac. Jack passed away, and Sadie lived on her own for years. Her daughter, Beatrice, would come to check on her often. As Sadie's eyesight got worse, she watched the city deteriorate. She was prepared to embrace death, but Beatrice wanted Sadie to hold on to life as long as possible.
(Marvel Team-Up I#119)
- Sadie was saved
from muggers by the Gargoyle and Spider-Man. The Gargoyle walked her
home and they talked until Beatrice arrived and was frightened of the
Gargoyle. Beatrice argued with Sadie about Sadie wanting
but Gargoyle interrupted their fight, reminding them there was more
than one way to see the world. He took them on a flight over
city, allowing them to see a new perspective on life. When
returned home, Sadie went to bed, and Gargoyle convinced Beatrice to
let Sadie pass on, which Sadie did.
--Marvel Team-Up I#119
( 119 (fb), 119
(full body) Official Handbook of the Marvel
Deluxe Edition#5, p2, pan1
(Isaac) Gargoyle#1, p22, pan1
(face) Marvel Team-Up I#119, p12, pan1
(mutated) (New) Defenders I#152, p21, pan1
(Crystal form) Solo Avengers I#16, p29, pan3
(Initiative) Last Defenders#1, p5, pan1
(Mr. and Mrs. Christians) Defenders I#103, p18, pan5
(Jeremiah) Defenders I#103, p12, pan6
(Elaine) Gargoyle#1, p18, pan3
(Buster) Gargoyle#4, p13, pan6
(Germaine) Gargoyle#2, p14, pan2
(Vishnu) Gargoyle#3, p13, pan6
(Clarence) Gargoyle#4, p12, pan5
(Bass) Marvel Team-Up I#119, p13, pan2
Defenders I#94-101 (April-November, 1981) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#111 (November, 1981) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Tom Defalco (editor)
Defenders I#102 (December, 1981) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Joe Sinnott (penciler), Sam Trapani & Jack Abel (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Death of Captain Marvel Graphic Novel I#1 (1982) - Jim Starlin (writer, penciler, inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#103-104 (January-February, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Captain America I#268 (April, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Mike Zeck (penciler), John Beatty (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Defenders I#106-107 (April-May, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Sam Trapani, Rick Magyar, Jack Abel (inkers), Al Milgrom (inker/editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#20 (May, 1985) - Jim Starlin (writer), James Novak (penciler), Christie Scheele (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#108 (June, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Sam Trapani, Rick Magyar, Jack Abel (inkers), Al Milgrom (inker/editor)
Defenders I#109 (July, 1982) - Mark Gruenwald & JM DeMatteis (writers), Don Perlin (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#119 (July, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Kerry Gammill (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Tom Defalco (editor)
Avengers Annual I#11 (1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Jack Abel (& crew, inkers), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Defenders I#112 (October, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin, (penciler), Mike Gustovich (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#113-114 (November-December, 1982) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (writer/penciler), Mike Gustovich (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#115 (January, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Hilary Barta (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#116 (February, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), 'Diverse Hands' (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#117 (March, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Jack Abel (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Incredible Hulk I#277 (November, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Incredible Hulk I#279 (January, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mark Gruenwald (penciler), Greg Larocque (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Super-Heroes: Contest of Champions I#1-3 (June-August, 1982) - Mark Gruenwald, Steven Grant, Bill Mantlo (writers), John Romita, Jr. (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker), Tom Defalco (editor)
Defenders I#118 (April, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Andy Mushynsky (inker), Al Milgrom (inker/editor)
Defenders I#120 (June, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Jack Abel, Kim DeMulder, Andy Mushynsky (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#121 (July, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (writer/penciler), Jack Abel, Andy Mushynsky, Alan Kupperberg (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#122 (August, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#123-125 (September-November, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#126 (December, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler/inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#127 (January, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Alan Kupperberg (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
(New) Defenders I#128 (February, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler), Mike Mignola (inker) Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#129 (March, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#130 (April, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Mike Zeck (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#131 (May, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (plot), Peter B. Gillis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler/inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#132 (June, 1984) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#133 (July, 1984) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#134-139 (August, 1984 - January, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Rom I#65 (April, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), P. Craig Russell (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Rom I#66 (May, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Sub-Mariner II#3 (November, 1984) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Bob Budiansky (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom Defalco (editor)
(New) Defenders I#140-144 (February-June, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#145 (July, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Art Nichols (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#146 (August, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Luke McDonnell (penciler), Art Nichols (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Gargoyle#1-4 (June-September, 1985) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Mark Badger (penciler/inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#148 (October, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Art Nichols (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#147 (September, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Art Nichols (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#149 (November, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Art Nichols (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#150 (December, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Alan Kupperberg & Randy Emberlin (inkers), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#151-152 (January-February, 1986) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Dell Barras (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Solo Avengers I#16/2 (March, 1989) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Jack Abel (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Solo Avengers I#18/2, 20/2 (May, July, 1989) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), James Brock (penciler), Roy Richardson (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Quasar I#19 (February, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Quasar I#20 (March, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Len Kaminski (editor)
Hellstorm I#2, 3 (May, June, 1993) - Rafael Nieves (writer), Michael Bair (penciler/inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Marvel Swimsuit Special#2 (1993)
Hellstorm I#7, 8 (October, November, 1993) - Len Kaminski (writer), Peter Gross (penciler/inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Hellstorm I#9 (December, 1993) - Len Kaminski (writer), Peter Gross (penciler), Mark Badger (inks), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Hellstorm I#12, 13 (March, April, 1994) - Warren Ellis (writer), Leonardo Manco (penciler/inker), Marie Javins (editor)
Hellstorm I#14 (May, 1994) - Warren Ellis (writer), Peter Gross (penciler/inker), Marie Javins (editor)
Hellstorm I#15, 16, 18, 19, 21 (June, July, September, October, December, 1994) - Warren Ellis (writer), Leonardo Manco (penciler/inker), Marie Javins (editor)
Strange Tales: Dark Corners I#1/3 (May, 1998) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Mark Badger (penciler/inker), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Silver Surfer III#139 (May, 1998) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Roger Cruz & Joe Bennett (pencilers), Manny Clark & Joe Bennett (&co inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Thunderbolts Annual I#2000 (2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Norm Breyfogle (penciler/inker), Kurt Busiek (plot assist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)
She-Hulk II#12 (November 2006) "Remember the Titans" - by Dan Slott (writer), Rick Burchett (penciler), Cliff Rathburn (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007)
Avengers: The Initiative#2 (June, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Stefano Caselli (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#3 (August, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Stefano Caselli (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#3/4, 4/2 (January-February, 2008) - Kathryn Immonen (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade von Grawbadger (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#13 (January, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Cory Walker (penciler/inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#14-15 (February-March, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Scott Wegener (penciler/inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#8 (February, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#10-11 (May-June, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last Defenders#1 (May, 2008) - Joe Casey (writer), Jim Muniz (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#14 (August, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#15 (September, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos Gage (writers), Harvey Talibao (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#20 (February, 2009) - Christos N. Gage & Dan Slott (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Drew Hennessy (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#21 (March, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#23 (June, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Heroes for Hire IV#9-11 (September-November, 2011) – Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Kyle Hotz (penciler), Bob Almond (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Fear Itself: The Deep#4 (October-November, 2011) – Culllen Bunn (writer), Lee Garbett (penciler), David Meikis, John Lucas (inkers), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire#1 (December, 2011) – Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Kyle Hotz (penciler), Bob Almond (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Defenders V#10 (April, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Marquez (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 12/21/2005
Last Updated: 03/01/2018
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