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Real Name: Ikonn

Identity/ClassExtradimensional being (Demon?/principality);
    active circa
1000 AD; modern era;
    magic-user / mystic principality

Occupation: Mystic Entity

Group Membership: Octessence

Affiliations: Bedlam (Olisa Kabaki), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Ian Fate, Mister Rasputin, Monks of Ikonn, Mary Elizabeth;
    some association with Set; see also the Catalogue of Correspondences for Set from Ian McNee's reading of the First Tarot

EnemiesJames Norcross;
    Octessence (Balthakk, Cyttorak, Farallah, Krakkan, Raggadorr, Valtorr, Watoomb) - adversaries

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Lord of Illusions

Base of Operations: Extradimensional realm

First Appearance: (Named) Strange Tales I#145 (May, 1966);
    (fully seen) Doctor Strange II#47 (June, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Ikonn's primary power is to create and destroy illusions. Ikonn can control people by inserting a fragment of his own substance in them. He can fly or levitate with ease. The longer he maintains his presence on the Earthly plane, the greater his control above matter and reality, the nearer the disruption of the time-space continuum.

head shotHistory: (Iron Man III#22 (fb)) - Approximately 1000 years ago, Ikonn and seven other mystic entities quarreled about who among them was the most powerful. They organized the Wager of the Octessence. Ikonn and each of the others created a totem in which a fraction of his power was contained. The first human being who had touched the Totem would have been transformed in a living incarnation of that power. The Totems were hidden in Temples in various parts of the World.

(Thor II#17 (fb) - BTS) - The Ivory Idol of Ikonn was buried in the Temple of Ikonn in the location corresponding to the present Kenya.

(Doctor Strange II#47 (fb)) - In the 19th century (see comments), a group of Tibetan Monks worshipped Ikonn in their Temple. They forged a Bell with which they evoked Ikonn.
    James Norcross stole the Bell of Ikonn, killing some adepts of the cult, Ikonn perceived the pain of his worshipper's death and sought vengeance against Norcross.

(Strange Tales I#145 - BTS) - Mister Rasputin created illusions using spells with Ikonn's name.

(Doctor Strange I#174/176/183/Marvel Premiere#8 - BTS) - Dr. Strange used Ikonn's name in his spells. 

(Doctor Strange II#47) - Many years after Norcross' death, a student named Mary Elizabeth played the Bell of Ikonn, unwittingly granting the demon limited access to the Earth. Still not completely linked to the Earthly plane, Ikonn could introduce some particles of his own substance in the young people who attended the University of Norcross, starting his revenge against Norcross and his successors, and driving the University into chaos and rebellion. Doctor Strange and Clea stopped the students, after which Ikonn confronted the Mystic. The supernatural being easily broke the Chains of Krakkan and the probe of the Eye of Agamotto which Strange imprisoned him with. However, his link to the Earth-plane depended from the sound of the Bell. Strange neutralized the sound, and Ikonn had to go back to his dimension.

(Doctor Strange II#48/50/51 - BTS) - Ikonn was invoked by Strange.

(Defenders I#104 - BTS) - Ian Fate fooled Devil-Slayer with the Images of Ikonn.

(Doctor Strange II#57/64 - BTS) - Ikonn was invoked by Strange.

(Doctor Strange III#48 - BTS) - As many other omnipotent beings, Ikonn was involved in the War of the Seven Spheres, a cyclic conflict between magic entities which will endure for 5000 years.

(Doctor Strange III#49) - Ikonn was evocated by Dr. Strange and appeared as a multi-copied orange-skinned giant being. He wanted to enlist Strange as a weapon in the Pan-Cyclic conflict, appealing to the Protocols of Servitude. The interference of Cyttorak, Seraphim and other beings drove Strange to pronounce the Enchantment of Emancipation, refusing to serve Ikonn and any other being in their war. 

(Thor II#17 (fb) - BTS) - Olisa Kabaki touched the Ivory Idol of Ikonn in Kenia and became Bedlam, replying to the call of the Octessence.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer);
    graphically created by Gene Colan (pencils) and Dan Green (inks).

Thanks to Catherine Yronwode and her THE LESSER BOOK OF THE VISHANTI web-site, I was able to easily find some occasions in which Ikonn's name was used by Dr. Strange for his spells:

I suppose that Strange used Ikonn's name other times, for example:

  • Doctor Strange I#183: Strange conjured the Illusions of Ikonn, the room was filled with multiple mirror images of Dr. Strange, easily shattered by a spell from a demon.
  • Doctor Strange II#48: Illusions of Ikonn
  • Doctor Strange II#50: 

    Rather strange that Ikonn let Strange's invocations operate after he was defeated by the Mystic.

        Ikonn specifically references Norcross' adventure as taking place "in the previous century as your race perceives time." Due to the sliding timescale, it IS theoretically possible that Ikonn was referring to the 20th century, rather than the 19th, but it seems much less likely.
    --Thanks to John McDonagh for looking up this missing information.

    Profile by Spidermay.

    Ikonn has no known connections to

    Dr. James Norcross

        James Norcross was a normal human. He was a University teacher and researcher.

        During one of his voyages in the 19th century, Norcross found the Tibetan temple where the Monks worshipped Ikonn.
    He decided that it was a pagan cult unworthy to exist, so he stole the Bell of Ikonn, but in doing so he shot at the Monks, killing some of them.

        Norcross went back in the USA and founded the University of Norcross. He hid the Bell in a casket which remained closed until it was found many years after his death.

    --Doctor Strange II#47 (47 (fb)


    Mary Elizabeth

        Mary Elizabeth was a normal human. She lived in Norcross and was a student at Norcross University.

        Mary Elizabeth and one of her colleagues, Donald, were called by Mrs. Wellesley to witness the opening of James Norcross' casket. They found the Bell of Ikonn and, unfortunately, Mary Elizabeth played the Bell, triggering the spell for calling Ikonn on the Earth.
        The enchantment of the Bell put Mary Elizabeth in trance and obliged her to keep playing the Bell over and over.
        The Doctor Strange used a time-
    dilatation spell to slow Mary's playing and break Ikonn's grab on the Earth plane. When she stopped playing she fainted and Ikonn disappeared. 

    --Doctor Strange II#47


    Doctor Strange II#47, p19, pan3 (Ikonn, demon form)
    Doctor Strange II#47, p16, pan5 (Ikonn, head shot)
    Doctor Strange II#47, p17, pan4 (Temple)
    Doctor Strange III#49, p14, pan1 (Ikonn, human form)
    Doctor Strange II#47, p18, pan1 (Dr. Norcross)
    Doctor Strange II#47, p10, pan5 (Mary Elizabeth, the Bell of Ikonn, Donald and Mrs. Wllesley)

    Strange Tales I#145 (June, 1966) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
    Doctor Strange I#174 (November, 1968) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
    Doctor Strange I#176 (January, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
    Doctor Strange I#183 (November, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
    Marvel Premiere#8 (May, 1973) - Gardner F. Fox (writer), Jim Starlin (pencils), Frank Giacoia & David Hunt (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
    Doctor Strange II#47 (June, 1981) - Roger Stern (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jo Duffy (editor)
    Doctor Strange II#48 (August, 1981) - Roger Stern (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
    Doctor Strange II#50-51 (December, 1981 - February, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
    Defenders I#104 (February, 1982) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Joe Sinnott & Al Milgrom (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
    Doctor Strange II#57 (February, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer), Kevin Nowlan (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
    Doctor Strange II#64 (April, 1984) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Tony Salmons (artist), Carl Potts (editor)
    Doctor Strange III#48-49 (December, 1992 - January, 1993) - Len Kaminski (write), Geof Isherwood (pencils), Bob Petrecca, Barnett (#48) & Don Hudson (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
    Thor II#17 (November, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
    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)

    First posted: 02/17/2007
    Last updated: 12/28/2018

    Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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