WENDIGO

Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly not applicable

Identity/Class: Possibly mutated human (supernatural)

Occupation: Spirit guide? (see comments)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Craig Blaze, Emma Blaze, Johnny Blaze, Clara Menninger, Jesse Pinto, Punisher (Castle); Warpath

Enemies: Anung-Ite, Ba'al, Undead MC

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Shaggy One

Base of Operations: Cascade Mountains, Washington;
                                     Multiple plains of reality

First Appearance: Blaze II#4 (November, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: This Wendigo possessed powers beyond those typical for one.  Along with its Superhuman Class 75 strength, it could traverse realities, though how it did so is unknown. It never seemed to feed on the flesh of humans, or even show the desire to, as most Wendigos are apt to do.

Height: 9' 7"  Weight: 1800 lbs.  Eyes: Red  Hair: White

History: (Blaze II#4 (fb)) - While resting at X-Force headquarters, the mutant Warpath had a spirit encounter, in which he saw a Wendigo leading a five-year old boy named Jesse Pinto by the hand.  The two walked through a wall and disappeared.

(Blaze II#4) - Undergoing a spiritual vision of his own, John Blaze too saw the Wendigo, but instead of Pinto, the creature was leading Blaze's own children, who at the time were missing. 
    Later, after meeting up with Warpath and Wyatt Wingfoot, Blaze took the two to his friend Clara Menninger, and the four used a spell to travel to the spirit world, where they saw the Wendigo walking around with a pair of ice tongs belonging to the supernatural killer Ice Box Bob.

(Blaze II#5) - In the real world, Pinto and the Blaze children were trapped in a small room together by Ba'al.  At the same time, Ba'al had possessed a man named Darryl Licht and turned him into the Anung-Ite, which came into conflict with Blaze and Warpath.  When Clara used her mystical eyes to create two rays of eldritch force to pierce a mystic mesa (on which the other side, the heroes battled Ba'al's subject), the rays also appeared in the ice box the children were in.  At one point, the Wendigo emerged from a wall, the rays passing through his own eyes (and out the back of his head) grabbed a nail file Pinto had (which he had taken from the head of the Icebox Bob), and walked through the opposite wall.  Elsewhere, where Blaze and Warpath were still fighting Anung-Ite, the Wendigo emerged with the nail file and handed it to Blaze before disappearing. 

(Blaze II#6 (fb) - The Wendigo returned to the cell where the children were and they grabbed on to him, riding through the wall on his back.  However, this was all planned by Ba'al, and he used their escape to enter a realm outside of reality.  There, the Wendigo and the children witnessed the demon attempt to destroy the Tetrarchs of Entropy.  While the beings were occupied, the Wendigo and the children fled to the real world.

(Blaze II#6) - Going on Warpath's description of the Wendigo and information provided to him by Eve Two Crows using recent Wendigo sightings over the past twenty years, Blaze trailed it to the Cascade Mountains in Washington.  Finding the creature just as it entered back into reality, Blaze hesitated to shoot it when he heard his childrens' voices, but could not see them on the Wendigo's back.  As he chased down the creature, he saw a shadow in the reflection of his bike, and blasted Ba'al with his hellfire shotgun.   Ba'al knocked Blaze to the ground, but before he could deliver a killing blow, the Wendigo entered the fight.  Blaze recovered, and while the demon was preoccupied with him, the Wendigo handed the mystic nail file back to Jesse, who stabbed Ba'al with it. Injured, Ba'al retreated into a dimensional portal.  Pinto, wishing to avenge his dead family, jumped back on the Wendigo's back, intent to follow him. The Blaze children, deciding to do away with the demon as well, followed, leaving Johnny Blaze alone again.

(Blaze II#10) - At some point later, the Wendigo and three children had captured Ba'al, pinning him to the ground (or what passed for ground) in another reality.  Before Pinto could use the mystical nail file to kill Ba'al, the demon showed them that the tool was needed to help Blaze's father, and couldn't be used for both.

(Blaze II#11) - Faced with which to use the file for, the children opted to help Blaze.  The four then proceeded to travel back to Earth, once again encountering the Tetrarchs.  Just then, Clara's eye rays appeared before them again.

(Blaze II#12) - As Blaze and the Punisher battled the Undead MC, a fissure in reality opened, and the Wendigo appeared, with Craig and Emma Blaze and Jesse Pinto on his shoulders. The Wendigo tore into the vampires, but after Jesse used Holden Blevins' magic nail file against one of the vampires, the Wendigo mysteriously vanished again, leaving the children behind on Earth.



 

Comments: Created by Larry Hama, Henry Martinez, and Bud LaRosa.

    So....what the hell was this thing? Was it a regular Wendigo that was just tapped by a higher power to set things right? Was it even really part of the same curse? Maybe it was actually the green Wendigo spirit (see Clarifications), as they both helped children in dire situations.

    Warpath tells Blaze that the Wendigo is a benevolent being living in peace in the forest. Guess he forgot about that one he fought from Weapon: PRIME.  Or any of the ones that would have surely been in the files that he and Siryn stole from the X-Men after the X-Cutioner's Song Affair.

Profile by Madison Carter

Clarifications:

This Wendigo is one of a line of similarly-inflicted beings, which include,

The Wendigo has no known connection to


images:
Blaze II#6, page 11, panel 1 (main image)
             #4, page 12, panel 3 (w/ tongs)
             #5, page 17, panel 5 (w/Clara's eye-beams)
             #6, page 15, panel 1 (w/kids)


Appearances:
Blaze II#4 (November, 1994) - Larry Hama (writer), Henry Martinez (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Blaze II#5 (December, 1994) - Larry Hama (writer), Henry Martinez (pencils), Bud LaRosa, Al Williamson & Hubbs (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor) Blaze II#6 (January, 1995) - Larry Hama (writer), Henry Martinez (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor) Blaze II#10-12 (May-July, 1995) - Larry Hama (writer), Gary Erskine (artist), Marie Javins (editor)


07/06/14

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