Real NameBalthakk

Identity/Class: Extradimensional magic user

Occupation: Mystic entity

Group Membership: Octessence (Cyttorak, Farallah, Krakkan, Ikonn, Raggadorr, Valtorr, Watoomb)

Affiliations: Inferno (Samantha McGee);
    invoked by Doctor Strange and probably other mystics
    presumably Chthon;
    see also the Catalogue of Correspondences for Chthon from Ian McNee's reading of the First Tarot

Enemies: Unrevealed;
    spells used against numerous beings

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Balthaak

Base of Operations: Extradimensional realm;
    possibly active on Earth in what would become the modern Canada.

First Appearance: (Invoked in-story) Doctor Strange II#32 (December, 1978)
    (Seen) Iron Man III#22 (
November, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: The real extension of Baltakk's power remains unknown. Balthakk is an entity who grants magical power to those who invoke him, typically in spells. Balthakk usually grants power to those invoking the Bolts of Balthakk, which generally serve to destructive or killing purposes. He possibly also grants power to the invokers of the Bolts of Bedevilment, but this remain uncertain.

History: Baltakk's origins are unrevealed. He was likely worshipped at some point on Earth, though whether he is closer to god or demon is open to speculation. Its form seems a fiery, glowing, crackling, white-hot energy.

(Iron Man III#22 (fb)) - <Millennia ago> Eight great mystics, including Balthakk, gathered, and a disagreement arose as to which was the most powerful. To settle the argument, they entered into the Wager of the Octessence: Each created a totem, with each totem holding a fraction of its creator's vast power and possessing the ability to transform the first human who touched it into an Exemplar, a living embodiment of that power.

(Iron Man III#21 (fb) - BTS/Avengers III#25 (fb)) - Balthakk's followers built the Temple of Balthakk in his name, in a region that would become the modern Canada. He placed his totem, the Blinding Brazier of Balthakk, within the Temple.

(Iron Man III#22) - <Modern Era> The Blinding Brazier of Balthakk attracted Samantha McGee to the Temple. She touched it and was transformed into Balthakk's Exemplar, Inferno.

Comments: Name and use in spells created by Roger Stern.
    Form revealed by Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern, Sean Chen, Rob Hunter, Rags Morales, Nelson & Eric Cannon..

    Writers say "millennia" all the time, as if they were really an ancient time. It's possible that it was hundreds of thousands of years ago, or even millions or billions.

   What is his real name, "Balthakk" or "Balthaak"? Well, he comes from another dimension where other languages are spoken and alien sounds are used to create words or concepts; probably, on Earth, we are not able to properly pronounce his name, so, none of the two sounds is perfect, maybe it is not even his real name. However, for a sorcerer is enough if Balthakk or Balthaak grants him the power he needs. I used "Balthakk" for the profile because it was the first chronological reference I found (Doctor Strange II#32).

    I'm sure it's just the boy-child in me, but I wonder if it was intentional to give him a gag name as if whoever was saying his name had a lisp.

Per David Sexton:

Mystic beings (such as demons) can gain power in 3 ways...
  1. Entities can steal energy from an unwilling source by consuming the source entirely or by draining a portion of energy from the source. This exchange is one-way. The entity takes energy.
  2. Entities can be given spiritual energy unconditionally in the form of worship. Statements of worship come in the, "I believe..." format. Worshippers may also petition for favors, etc., but this form of prayer is an affirmation of their belief and of the entities existence. The worshippers expect nothing in return. This exchange is also one way. The entity is given energy. 
  3. An entity may grant energy to a petitioner in answer to an invocation or prayer. The mere act of being asked gives the entity power and so to encourage this action, some spiritual beings will grant power to an individual who invokes their name in the proper way. The entity may chose to ignore the request. I would theorize that the spiritual energy or "mystic potential" present in the petitioner plays a part in how often requests are granted. The invocation or prayers of an individual who has large amounts of spiritual energy would provide the entity with a more enticing exchange and they would be more inclined to answer them.

    Here is a list of issues in which Balthakk was invoked by Doctor Strange for his spells. In some ways, Balthakk could be considered BTS of these stories, because he granted his power to the Supreme Sorcerer. I'm rather sure that there are some appearances not included here. Please let us know what I've missed, preferably specifying the issue, the situation it was used in (by whom, against whom, accomplishing what), and then quote the spell exactly.
    Some spells are reported in Italian because I don't owe the original USA book. If anyone has the books in English and has the time and/or ability, please correct the English translations. Thanks.--Spidermay

Doctor Strange II#32: Banish: an Evil Bird

Bird of evil -- hear my call!
By Balthakk's Bolts shall now you fall!

Dottor Strange II#69: Banish: water elementals.

Venti di Watoomb, crescete e roteate,
vorticate al mio comando!
Liberate il terribile lampo della terra senza nome del tempo perduto!
Che attorno a me scorra il potere senza limiti...e si accresca!
Disperdetevi acque malvagie!
E per il volto mai visto di Dyzakk...
sperimentate i terribili lampi di Balthaak!
Allontanatevi da questo luogo!

Italian version
Winds of Watoomb grow and blow,
whirl as I command!
Free the terrible glow
of the Lost Time and no-name Land.
Around me, the power flows...
unlimited, it grows!
Evil waters, dispel, I say!
And for the never-seen face of Dyzakk...
feel the awesome Bolts of Balthaak!
From this place, go away!

Attempt to re-translate--Spidermay


Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#40: Conjure: Bedeviling Bolts of Balthakk

[Note: the first clue or link between the two kind of Bolts. Balthakk's ones were defined "bedeviling". Strange tried to attack D'Spayre with the Bolts but the demon was very powerful in that moment, and he didn't feel it. D'Spayre was a little surprised that Strange tried to use an "obscure source" and a so "long neglected form of attack".]

Doctor Strange & Doom Triumph and Torment: Conjure: Bolts of Balthakk and Winds of Watoomb

Bolts of Balthakk, Winds of Watoomb...
sweep back these hordes from Doctor Doom!

[Note: used by Dr. Strange in Mephisto's realm to disperse a group of demons.]

Defenders II#4: Conjure: Bolts of Balthaak

Defenders II#7: Conjure: Bolts of Balthakk

Defenders II#8: Doctor Strange conjure the Bolts of Balthaak to stop the Toad-Men and the Defenders

Mighty Balthaak, hear my plea!
Loose thy bolts from west to east!
Separate these squabblers here!
And let this foolish combat...cease!

The Order I#2: Conjure: Magic Door through solid matter

Fiery Balthakk, dread Krakkan,
Join thy powers now in chorus.
Open wide these works of man--
that those within may quail before us!

The Order I#3: Strange conjured the Bolts of Balthaak which felled Quicksilver

The second, following list specifies other issues where the Bolts of Bedevilment were used. I'm not sure if the Bolts of Bedevilment are the Bolts of Balthakk, or a less powerful version of them, or a different thing. Both of them seem a resource appealing to "Black magic". Everybody could question that a lot of other "evil" entities could grant the power to use "Bolts" with "Bedeviling" purposes and/or effects. However, in Dr. Strange stories, there is a certain recurrence of the use of some powers or elements, associated to an Entity or a Deity: The Winds are usually granted by Watoomb, the Flames comes usually from the Faltines, Vapors and Vipers are associated to Valtorr, the Crimson Band comes from Cincinnati and so on. This is because I wrote this second list. Of course, further stories from authors, ideas and suggestions from the other Masters of the Obscure and the readers could convince me (or Snood) to merge the two lists.--Spidermay

Strange Tales I#152: Bedevilling Bolts were triggered by Strange, who nullified them with the help of the omnipontent Oshtur and the Agamotto's all-seeing eye.

Strange Tales I#156: Umar conjured a Bolt of Bedevilment which passed through Earth to hit the Ancient One.

Defenders I#6: Cyrus Black conjured the Bolts of Bedevilment

[Note: the Bolts of Bedevilment appeared for the first time on June, 1973, five years before the first conjuring of the Bolts of Balthakk. The writer was Steve Englehart and any association with Balthakk didn't exist, yet.]

Defenders I#14: Doctor Strange used Bolts of Bedevilment to weaken Nebulon

Defenders I#16: Doctor Strange blasted Bolts of Bedevilment against Alpha the Ultimate Mutant, with few results.

Doctor Strange II#45: Doctor Strange conjured a Bolt of Bedevilment against a N'Garai.

Moon Knight I#36: Conjure: Bolts of Bedevilment

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth and the light of truth that ever last...
Bolts of Bedevilment banish these fiends of the infernal past!

Marvel Fanfare I#6/2: Ian Mc Nee conjured the Bolts of Bedevilment

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#9/1 (fb) - BTS: Conjure: Bolt of Bedevilment

[Note: the (fb) - BTS describes facts happened during Doctor Strange II#79.]

Strange Tales II#10: Conjure: Bolts of Bedevilment

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#7/2 (fb): Mordo conjured the Bolts of Bedevilment

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#11/1: Conjure Bolts of Bedevilment

May Bolts of Bedevilment these "pumpkins" slow--
and hurl them back to confound my foe!

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#12/1: Conjure: Bolts of Bedevilment

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#38: Rintrah conjured a Bolt of Bedevilment

Marvel Super Heroes III#14: Strange conjured a Bolt of Bedevilment against some ectoplasmic entities

Begone foul whraits!

Defenders II#5: Chondu the Mystic Conjured a Bolt of Bedevilment

[Note: in this series, Strange often used the Bolts of Balthaak, and Chondu used a Bolt of Bedevilment. It is rather weak, but it is a connection.]

The Bolts of Balthakk aren't so common in Doctor Strange stories, so I created a new spell for fun:

By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth,
by the yanking yoke of Yandroth,
by the baleful bolts of Balthakk,
bedeviling blasts to you, CRACK!

Profile by Spidermay.

Balthakk has no KNOWN connections to any other character with a similar name.

Iron Man III#22, p17, panel 5 (Balthakk)
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#40, p17, p1 (Bedeviling Bolts of Balthakk)

Iron Man III#22 (November, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Sean Chen (pencils), Rob Hunter, Rags Morales, Nelson & Eric Cannon (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)

Last updated: 10/22/07

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