DEVOURER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Possibly Mayan God or Monster (see comments)

Occupation: Servant of Lords of Death

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Bushwhacker, King, Mayan (Ahau) Lords of Death, Harry Webster (host), unidentified second host

Enemies: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Deathlok the Demolisher, Peacekeeper

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil Annual I#9 (July, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: The Devourer possesses sharp claws and teeth, glowing yellow eyes, and enhanced strength and agility. He devours flesh, is capable of swimming long distances, and sometimes wields a Mayan blade. The Devourer could shift back and forth between the form of his host and his bestial form. The host, in this case Webster, was initially transformed when blood struck the Vision Serpent artifact. Later, the Devourer was brought back, seemingly with the same powers, when two humans were slain on an altar the first Devourer had built. (see comments)

Height: 9'2"
Weight: 880 lbs.

History:

(Daredevil Annual I#9 (fb) - BTS) - The ancient Vision Serpent artifact was said to have been used to sacrifice others in the Mayan culture. Those who used the Serpent were purported to serve the Lords of Death, and it was said that blood on the Serpent would bring forth an army of Devourers. The artifact was put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.

(Daredevil Annual I#9) - When thugs were raiding the Mayan display, Daredevil (Matt Murdock) attacked them. One of the thugs grabbed the Vision Serpent as the lights came in and the police rushed in, Harry Webster behind them. Daredevil's billy club accidentally hit Webster's nose, breaking it and causing much blood to spill. The furious Webster threatened to sue as he grabbed the Serpent, inadvertently spilling his blood on it. Daredevil and the cops left with the thugs and the Serpent pulled Webster into a vision, promising he would be the harbinger for a new dawn for the lords of death, and the first of the virgin devourers. Webster transformed into the bestial Devourer and grabbed an obsidian blade. When the cop returned inside, the Devourer slew him. Hearing the voices of the gods in his head, the Devourer traveled through the water and learned that he must sacrifice Daredevil in order to resurrect the other devourers. Devourer slew young Thomas and his girlfriend in the park. Devourer watched from the trees as Daredevil investigated the murders and pursued him across the park. They battled briefly until the police surrounded them, then Devourer switched back to Webster's form (though with red marks on his face) and escaped in the crowd. Daredevil still managed to track Webster, who transformed back into Devourer and returned to the small base he'd established in the sewers. There, he pushed Daredevil beneath the water, but the hero escaped. Devourer pinned Daredevil beneath him and tried to stab him, but Daredevil turned the knife around and it pierced the Devourer's chest. Devourer was overcome in the flames of purification. Daredevil put the flames out, saving Webster's life.


(Daredevil#335) - Another foe of Daredevil's, the King, found the altar the Devourer had constructed. Seeking to revive the Devourer, the King killed two of his allies upon the altar and a new Devourer arose, more monstrous and misshapen than the former and capable of less speech. The King convinced the Devourer to seek revenge on Daredevil. The Devourer soon found Daredevil in another part of the sewer. The hero was in the middle of a battle with the deadly Bushwacker, who was spraying bullets over Daredevil and a crowd of the homeless. Then Deathlok the Demolisher (Luther Manning) got involved in the fight, holding off Bushwacker.

(Daredevil I#336) - Daredevil evaded another attack of the Devourer and struck the beast on the head. When Bushwacker and Deathlok opened fire on each other, Daredevil got distracted, so Devourer got the hero into a bear hug until Deathlok leapt on Devourer's back. While Daredevil escaped, Devourer pinned Deathlok and bit him, but Deathlok's metal body was resistant. The battle grew out of control when the King ordered his men into the fight at the same time the hero Peacekeeper arrived with his men, helping fight Devourer off. Deathlok used a future weapon on Devourer, who was overcome in flames and seemingly killed.








Comments: Created by Greg Wright, John Heebink, and Fred Fredericks.

Devourer's trading card stated that he was possessed by the spirit of a Mayan serpent god. But it also labeled him a super hero, and that is clearly not accurate.

It seemed the Devourer is some monster servant of Mayan death gods.
--Snood

It's not really known what happened to Harry Webster, or who (if anyone) was the host for the second Devourer. Regardless, this is a character that could easily be seen again.

In Daredevil I#335-336, the Devourer emerged from the bleeding (and possibly dead) body of one of King's sewer dwellers. The Devourer was presumably more mindless b/c it lacked a human host, or its host was dead or mind-addled.
--Snood

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Devourer has no known connections to


Harry Webster

He worked as a security officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He was accidentally hit by Daredevil's billy club when he tried to stop thugs from stealing the Vison Serpent. Webster threatened to sue Daredevil, but when he grabbed the Serpent, Webster's blood spilled on it. When everyone was gone, Webster was pulled into a vision by the Serpent and he became the host for the Devourer.

Webster reemerged when Daredevil overcame the Devourer in the flames of purification. Daredevil put the flames out, saving Webster's life. Webster felt remorse for all the evil acts he'd committed.

--Daredevil Annual Annual I#9









Vision Serpent

(Daredevil Annual I#9 (fb) - BTS) - The ancient Vision Serpent artifact was said to have been used to sacrifice others in the Mayan culture. Those who used the Serpent were purported to serve the Lords of Death, and it was said that blood on the Serpent would bring forth an army of Devourers. The artifact was put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.

(Daredevil Annual I#9) - When Harry Webster bled on the Serpent, he was transformed into the first Devourer, though he was later defeated by Daredevil (Matt Murdock).

--Daredevil Annual I#9 (Daredevil Annual I#9 (fb) - BTS, 9







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Daredevil Annual I#9, p10, pan1 (main)

p1, pan1 (2nd)
p25, pan4 (Harry Webster)
Daredevil I#336, cover (new Devourer)
Daredevil Annual I#9, p7, pan3 (Vision Serpent)


Appearances:
Daredevil Annual I#9 (July, 1993) - Greg Wright (writer), John Heebink (penciler), Fred Fredericks (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#335-336 (December, 1994-January, 1995) - Greg Wright (writer), Tom Grindberg (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 02/17/08

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