Real Name: Hamir
Identity/Class: Human magic users;
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Ancient One, Dr. Strange, Wong
Known Relatives: Wong (son), Kan (ancestor)
Aliases: The Hermit
Base of Operations: The Ancient One’s temple in the
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#111/2 (August,
(identified)Strange Tales I#141/2 (February, 1966)
Powers/Abilities: Hamir possesses some mystical ability, although far below the level of a Sorcerer Supreme. He has been shown, for example, to be able to levitate himself and others. He bears uncommon loyalty and devotion to the Sorcerer Supreme. He may also have received some training in the Martial Arts (see comments).
History: Hamir was the personal servant of the Ancient One, Earth's Sorcerer Supreme before Dr. Strange. The job of servant to the Sorcerer Supreme, is a hereditary position that is passed down from father to son. Hamir's son, Wong is servant to the Ancient One's successor, Dr. Strange
II#43 (fb) - Dr. Strange II#44 (fb)) - The family
tradition of service to the Sorcerer Supreme began 1000 years before, with
Hamir and Wong's ancestor Kan. Kan was drawn into a neighboring dimension, and
fell in love with one of its princesses, Shialmar.
(Dr. Strange II#75 (fb)) - Hamir took his four year old son, Wong to meet the Ancient One.
(Dr. Strange II#75 (fb)) - When Wong was ten years old, Hamir introduced him to a young couple who had agreed that their yet-unborn daughter would be Wong's future wife in an arranged marriage.
(Strange Tales I#111/2) - Baron Mordo placed a mystic spell on Hamir and forced him to drug the Ancient One's meal. Dr. Strange used the Amulet of Agamotto to cure the Ancient One, broke the spell over Hamir, and defeated Mordo.
(Strange Tales I#124/2) - Following a battle with Zota, Hamir brought a plate of refreshments to the Ancient One and Dr. Strange. However, Doc was still in his Astral Form, and might not have been able to enjoy the meal.
I#130/2,#132/2-134/2) – Frustrated by repeated defeats by Dr. Strange, Baron Mordo formed an alliance with Dormammu, and acquired a considerable increase in
power. Mordo and several of his minions, including Kaecilius, then attacked
Strange and the Ancient One, in the Ancient One’s temple in
(Strange Tales I#136/2-137/2) – While he was recovering from Mordo’s attack, the Ancient One slipped in and out of a comatose state. During brief moments of lucidity, he mumbled that Dr. Strange must seek help from Eternity. Strange did not know who Eternity was at this time, so he questioned several mystical adepts, but failed to deduce Eternity’s identity. Strange decided he would attempt a mind probe with the Ancient One. Hamir was concerned that the Ancient One might not survive the ordeal in his weakened state, but he deferred to Doc's judgment and the mind probe succeeded.
(Strange Tales I#138/2) - While Dr. Strange searched for Eternity, Mordo overcame Hamir and abducted the Ancient One.
(Strange Tales I#141/2) – Dr. Strange defeated Dormammu in hand-to-hand combat using the Pincers of Power. Having achieved a partial victory over Mordo and Dormammu, Doc sent his Cloak of Levitation to the secret cave to retrieve Hamir and return him to the Ancient One's temple. Hamir prepared a meal to celebrate. (Hamir's name was first revealed in this story.)
(Dr. Strange I#170 - BTS) – Nightmare disguised himself as Hamir and conjured a Hamir illusion to deceive Dr. Strange.
(Marvel Premiere#11) - In the aftermath of the Ancient One's final battle against Shuma-Gorath, Dr. Strange and Hamir reflected on Doc's memories of the Ancient One.
(Dr. Strange: Shamballa (fb) - BTS) – After he became one with the universe, the Ancient One bequeathed his "spiritual legacy" to Hamir. Hamir continued to dwell in the Ancient One's temple, where he received spiritual pilgrims and trained disciples of his own.
Shamballa) – On the anniversary of the Ancient One’s death, Dr. Strange
journeyed to his master’s temple in
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#84-85) – Dr. Strange traveled to the Ancient One’s temple to try to rediscover his sense of purpose. There, Hamir and Strange journeyed into Doc's subconscious and found numerous suppressed memories, and psychological constructs placed there by Baron Mordo. Mordo placed the constructs in Strange’s mind as a child because he was jealous of Strange for being chosen as the Ancient One’s disciple. Upon returning to the Ancient One's temple, Hamir urged Doc to forgive Mordo, who was dying from cancer, for his past evil deeds.
(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#87) – Baron Mordo’s daughter, Astrid, followed in her father’s footsteps and became an evil sorcerer. Astrid kidnapped Hamir and his disciples from the Ancient One's temple and transported them to Castle Mordo. She attempted to drain their energies to fuel her own sorcerous power, but Baron Mordo killed her, thus freeing Hamir and the disciples. Hamir and the disciples looked on as Mordo succumbed to his cancer, and ascended to join the Ancient One on a higher plane of existence.
(Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#88) - Following Mordo's death, Hamir and his disciples cared for the body.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Hamir was never shown to possess any skill in the Martial Arts. However, his son, Wong, was shown to be proficient in the Martial Arts, and it is reasonable to assume that all servants of the Sorcerers Supreme were required to be trained in self defense.
Mordo was subsequently resurrected during a reality warp in Amazing Spider-Man.
Profile by Clay.
Hamir has no known connections to
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Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#85, p20, pan1 (main image)
Strange Tales I#132/2, p4, pan5 (face)
Strange Tales I#111/2 (August, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks)
Strange Tales I#124/2 (September, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks)
Strange Tales I#130/2 (March, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks)
Strange Tales I#132/2 -134/2 (May-July, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks)
Strange Tales I#136/2 -137/2 (September-October, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks)
Strange Tales I#141/2 (February, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks)
Dr. Strange I#170 (July, 1968) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dan Adkins (pencils/inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Premiere#11 (October, 1973) - Steve Englehart (writer), Frank Brunner (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Dr. Strange: Shamballah (1986) - J. M. DeMatteis (writer), Dan Green (painter), Carl Potts (editor)
Dr. Strange II#75 (February, 1986) - Roger Stern (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Mark Badger (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#84 (December, 1995) - J. M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Buckingham (pencils), Kev Sutherland (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#85 (January, 1996) - J. M. DeMatteis (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Kev Sutherland (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#87-88 (March-April, 1996) - J. M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Buckingham (pencils), Kev Sutherland (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Last updated: 08/19/07
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