Real Name: Necrodamus
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Group Membership: (Necrodamus fascimile only) Legion of the Unliving (Amenhotep, Baron Zemo/Heinrich Zemo, Black Knight/Nathan Garrett, Count Nefaria, Inferno/Joseph Conroy, Nebulon the Celestial Man, Red Guardian/Alexei Shostakov, Star Stalker)
Affiliations: Beleth, Bloodhound, Calizuma, Demon of the Dark, demons, N'astirh, Osiris, Ragnar
the Dark Dwarf, Razan the Night Jackal, Undying
(fascimile only) Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), Lloigoroth
Enemies: Angels (Barachiel the angel, Michael the archangel, others), Aron the Watcher, Blade (Eric Brooks), Defenders (Doctor Strange, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner), Dragon Man, Ebony, Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Ms. Marvel/Sharon Ventura, Thing/Ben Grimm), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Agatha Harkness, Kang, Mantis, Satana (Satana Hellstrom), Scarlet Witch, Son of Satan (Daimon Hellstrom), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Vision
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: His home in Gethsemane Flats;
formerly mobile on Earth
First Appearance: Defenders I#1 (August, 1972)
Powers/Abilities: Necrodamus possessed natural
magical affinity, though his skills greatly increased in accordance to
various masters he had sworn himself to. Necrodamus sought to
slay innocents in the name of
his masters in order to achieve a more youthful and stronger
appearance. Necrodamus could wield numerous spells,
including the casting of an impenetrable barrier, minor mind-control
skills, and teleportation. In his youthful form, Necrodamus had
super-strength capable of matching the Hulk's. Necrodamus wielded
a powerful dagger capable of piercing the Hulk's hide. Necrodamus
once wielded a box of souls granted him by an unidentified
While in the Vision's form, Necrodamus wielded the Vision's powers of
density control, intangibility, flight, and solar beams. As a
disembodied spirit, Necrodamus could travel the Earth freely.
Necrodamus once inhabited the body of a corpse.
Height: 5'; (strengthened) 6'4"
Weight: 120 lbs.; (strengthened) 300 lbs.
Eyes: Black; (strengthened) Solid white
(Defenders I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Necrodamus made a pact with the Undying Ones, who'd been denied entrance into the Earth dimension, and agreed to kill the Sub-Mariner in exchange.
(Defenders I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Necrodamus mind-controlled Namor and placed him in an impenetrable mystic barrier. He then instructed the Silver Surfer, who'd been mentally subjugated by Calizuma, another servant of the Undying Ones, to drop Namor in the Hulk's path.
(Defenders I#1) - Necrodamus retrieved Namor, and briefly mind-controlled the Hulk into informing Dr. Strange of Namor's fate, wanting to best the Defenders, who were the Undying Ones' greatest foes. Necrodamus revealed that when the stars were properly aligned, he would murder Namor, and gloated that the heroes were powerless. Necrodamus gave them one hour to free Namor, then disappeared, knowing Strange's spells and Hulk's strength could not accomplish the task. Necrodamus soon relocated Namor's body to an underground cavern, where the Demon of the Dark protected them. After the Hulk defeated the Demon, Necrodamus was reborn in his youthful form. Necrodamus battled the Hulk briefly, stabbing the behemoth with a dagger that pierced the Hulk's chest. While he was distracted, Dr. Strange helped Namor escape the barrier and the two heroes, joined by the human Bruce Banner, held Necrodamus's blade off long enough for the star alignment to change. His chance for victory passed, Necrodamus reverted to his older form and teleported away, vowing revenge. The spell gone, the Hulk was healed.
(Avengers I#128) – Having made contact with other gods, Necrodamus agreed to kill Agatha Harkness in exchange for his youth. He attacked Harkness at Avengers Mansion, where she’d been training the Scarlet Witch. Necrodamus seemingly defeated Harkness and was reborn in his powerful form. He held a box full of souls and planned to add both women’s souls to it. He battled and defeated Harkness' cat, Ebony, before the Scarlet Witch unleashed an unexpected hex that destroyed the box and swept up Necrodamus in a maelstrom, disappearing.
(Marvel Team-Up I#130 (fb)) – Necrodamus was swept up in a "screaming gale of souls" for a long period of time, his hatred of the Scarlet Witch anchoring him to Earth. He finally gathered enough strength to return to Earth.(Marvel Team-Up I#130) – Necrodamus disguised himself as the Vision and knocked the Scarlet Witch out. When the Vision and Spider-Man arrived, Necrodamus forced Vision to give up his own body willingly in order to save the Scarlet Witch. Necrodamus transferred his soul into the Vision’s body, then burned his old body beyond recognition. Maddened with power, he released the Scarlet Witch, battled Spider-Man, then began rampantly destroying the city. He continued battling the heroes until a hex from the Scarlet Witch strengthened the Vision’s soul inside his body, and the Vision soon drove Necrodamus’s soul from his form. Necrodamus fled into the nearest lifeform, a puppy, but chose to die rather than inhabit such a weak form. His soul dissipated.
(Fantastic Four I#324 (fb) - BTS) - Necrodamus's soul ended up in Otherplace, where it wandered for some time before making contact with Otherplace's masters, including N'astirh, to be given access to Earth again in return for fealty.
(Fantastic Four I#323/324 (fb) - BTS) – Necrodamus wandered the Earth, looking for an innocent to sacrifice. He spied on Aron the Watcher, Dragon Man and the Human Torch. He found Kang, who was holding Mantis hostage. Sensing the uniqueness of Mantis' life, he chose her as his sacrifice and kidnapped her.
(Fantastic Four I#324) – Necrodamus held Mantis in restraints behind an impenetrable barrier and waited for the planets to line up before he sacrificed her. The Fantastic Four arrived with Kang to rescue Mantis. They tried solar flares, super-strength, and futuristic weapons on the barrier unsuccessfully. N'astirh approached Necrodamus to remind him of his oath of fealty. When Kang and the Human Torch managed to divert the planet Mercury from aligning with the other planets, Necrodamus found himself unable to finish the sacrifice and his form dissipated, seemingly returning to Limbo.(Spirits of Vengeance#3 (fb) - bts) - Necrodamus freed the half-goddess Razan the Night Jackal from her 2000 year imprisonment, knowing she would be beholden to him afterward.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, and Frank Giacoia.
New main image scanned by Markus Raymond.
Profile by Chadman.
I'm not sure exactly when Necrodamus died. His death seemed sure in the MTU appearance, but he came back. I guess he really did die at the end of his Fantastic Four appearance, or perhaps his soul just got snatched up for the Legion's membership. Necrodamus was most definitely singular in purpose.
Necrodamus has an entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.
While many consider
the 2017-2018 Spirits of Vengeance to be volume 2 of the series, the
first series to use that title was actually called "Ghost Rider/Blaze:
Spirits of Vengeance" whereas the 2017-2018 mini was only called
"Spirits of Vengeance." - Proto-Man
Necrodamus has no known connections to
While the origins of the Demon of the Dark are unknown, he acted to protect Necrodamus in an underground cavern and was savagely beaten by the Hulk.
The Demon of the Dark's powers are
likely had some measure of super-strength and endurance.
(Avengers I#353) – Seeking revenge on the Avengers, the Grim Reaper forced a plane to crash and used the corpses to create fascimiles of various dead Avengers foes. Necrodamus animated one of these corpses, still possessing his own superpowers. Christened the Legion of the Unliving, the villains battled the Avengers.
(Avengers I#354) – Necrodamus and Amenhotep attacked the Vision, able to touch his intangible form, but they were waylaid by his solar beams. After the Reaper was consumed by Lloigoroth and the villains returned to their graves.
--Avengers I#353 (Avengers I#353-354
images: (without ads)
Spirits of Vengeance#4, p11, pan6 (main)
Avengers I#128, p10, pan4 (muscle man)
Avengers I#128, p8, pan1 (robed)
Defenders I#1, p11, pan6 (Demon of the Dark)
Avengers I#353, p15, pan1 (fascimile)
Defenders I#1 (August, 1972) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Frank Giacoia (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Defenders I#2 (October, 1972) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), John Verpoorten (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#128 (October, 1974) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Staton (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#130 (June, 1983) - JM DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Tom Defalco (editor)
Fantastic Four I#323, 324 (February, March, 1989) - Steve Englehart (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Romeo Tanghal (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers I#353 (Late September, 1992) - Len Kaminski (writer), M.C. Wyman (penciler), Ariane (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers I#354 (Early October, 1992) - Len Kaminski (writer), M.C. Wyman (penciler), Alexandrov & Ariane (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Spirits of Vengeance#1-5 (December, 2017-April, 2018) - Victor Gischler (writer), David Baldeon (artist), Chris Robinson (editor)
First Posted: 04/07/2006
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