Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Criminal Aide
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Ruby Thursday
Enemies: Gramps, Hellcat, Moondragon, Omega the Unknown, Valkyrie (Brunnhilde), Wasp
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Desert Demon
Base of Operations: Las Vegas, Nevada
First Appearance: Omega the Unknown I#10
Powers/Abilities: Dibbuk possesses vast super-strength (claimed by Ruby Thursday to be capable of matching the Hulk), the ability to teleport himself and at least one other person, and could scale walls and sheer surfaces by generating suckers on his hands and feet. He appeared to have a somewhat malleable form as well, shrugging off punches easily.
History: Little is known about Dibbuk, including his origins, the source of his powers, or his motivations.
(Omega the Unknown I#10) – Just outside Las Vegas in the desert, Omega contemplated recent events, when Dibbuk suddenly teleported in behind him and attacked the hero. The two fought savagely until Omega blasted Dibbuk, who managed to teleport away just in time. Dibbuk later waited outside the hotel where Omega and Gramps were staying, smashing through the window when commanded by Ruby, who had already incapacitated the other two. Dibbuk didn’t immediately recognize her, but followed her instructions to gather up Gramps’ winnings and the two scaled down the outside wall, with Dibbuk generating suckers to stick to the wall.
(Defenders I#76) - Dibbuk and Ruby Thursday retrieved the corpse of Omega the Unknown from the morgue and took it to their headquarters, so that Thursday could experiment on it.
(Defenders I#77) - Omega's form switched places with young James-Michael Starling, shocking Thursday. She demanded answers, then determined to simply dissect Starling instead, but an attacking robot, seeking to terminate Starling, burst through the wall. The ensuing fight led to the street where a quartet of heroines, Hellcat, Moondragon, Valkyrie, and Wasp, were waiting. Dibbuk traded blows with Valkyrie before Wasp caused Thursday's head to burst open, exposing circuitry. Dibbuk yelled out, began crying, and teleported Thursday's form away.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes, and Jim Mooney.
Thank you, thank you to Grendel Prime for his aid in the Omega the Unknown issue!
As pointed out by Grendel Prime, Dibbuk is referred to as a "Desert Demon" on the cover of Omega the Unknown I#10, where the cover blurb "Demons pop from solid sandstone" is used. Dibbuk, subsequently, may be a demon or magic-based creature in origin, but it is never clearly stated in the comics. His appearance on the cover of this issue is also altered as he appears to have a beak.
However, Omar Karindu suggests: "It seems likely to me that the Dibbuk is a product of Ruby Thursday's signature technology. His initial appearance in Omega the Unknown I #10 page 10-1 describes his strength as "plasticity," his coloration and malleability resemble the organic plastic computer that provides Ruby her own abilities, and frankly the coloring in the Omega issue renders Ruby's tentacles the same hue as Dibbuk's body. (It isn't until Defenders I #76-7 that Ruby's head and Dibbuk's body are distinctly different in coloration.)"
Dibbuk proved capable of three "words," in Defenders I#77, including "RRRAAGH!!", "GNNAAAGH!", and "GNA-A-A-" Prolific, isn't he?
Dybbuk (Jewish folklore) a demon that
enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
Profile by Chadman.
Dibbuk has no known connections to any "Desert" or "Demon" characters.
Unknown I#10, p14, panel 4
Defenders I#76, p4, pan4
Omega the Unknown I#10 (September, 1976) – Steve Gerber & Mary Skrenes (writers), Jim Mooney (artist), Steve Gerber (editor)
Defenders I#76 (October, 1979) - Steven Grant (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), S. Mitchell (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#77 (November, 1979) - Steven Grant (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Milgrom, Mitchell, & Stone (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
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