Real Name: Karl Lykos
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Group Membership: None;
formerly Weapon X (Agent Zero, Aurora, Chamber, Copycat, Director, Jack-in-the-Box, Brent Jackson, Madison Jeffries, Kane, Marrow, Mesmero, Sabretooth, Washout, Wild Child, Dr. Windsor (Mister Sinister) ), Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Blob, Phantazia, Pyro, Toad)
Brood, Electro (Max Dillon), Garokk
the Petrified Man (Kirk Marston body), Miss
Kaga, Jager, Moira MacTaggert,
Meredith, Morlocks (Masque, Thornn), Professor X, Sabretooth,
Land Mutates (Amphibius,
Stegron, Mr. Tindall, X-Patriots (Lukas,
Pirouette, Prodigal), Zaladane;
formerly Angel (Warren Worthington), Fall People (Nereel, Tongah, Torgah, others), Ka-Zar, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine), Zabu
Flight (Flex, Guardian/James Hudson clone, Manbot, Murmur/Arlette
Trufaut, Puck/Eugene Judd, Sasquatch, Vindicator/James Hudson),
Avalanche, Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain America/Sam Wilson, Iron
Man/Tony Stark, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Spider-Woman/Jessica
Drew), Blob, Darkhawk (Chris Powell), Deadpool, Fall People, Emma
Frost, Ka-Zar, Keeto, Magneto, New Mutants (Cannonball, Cypher/Doug
Ramsey, Karma, Mirage/Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Warlock), Portal,
Rogue, Shanna the She-Devil, Sheenarians, SHIELD (Yelana
Hill, others), Skrulls, Sky People (Tuval,
others), Sleepwalker, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), John Sublime, Billy
Taylor, Mr. Taylor, Mrs. Taylor, Wendy Taylor, U-Men, Underground
(Blaquesmith, Cable, Domino, Maverick (Chris Bradley), Meltdown
(Tabitha Smith) ), Wolverine, X-Factor (Havok, Multiple Man, Polaris,
Strong Guy, Wolfsbane), X-Force (Boom-Boom/Tabitha Smith, Cable,
Cannonball, Domino (Copycat), Feral, Shatterstar, Siryn, Warpath),
X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Armor, Banshee, Beast/Henry McCoy,
Cannonball, Colossus, Cyclops, Ernst, Eye Boy, Emma Frost, Glob, Havok, Iceman, Jubilee,
Maggott, Magnetrix/Lorna Dane, Marvel Girl/Phoenix/Jean
Grey-Summers, Nightcrawler, Rockslide, Rogue, Shark Girl, Sprite/Kitty Pryde, Storm,
formerly Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo/Timberius, Vertigo, Whiteout, Worm)
Known Relatives: Mr. Lykos (father, deceased)
Base of Operations: Savage
formerly New York City, New York
First Appearance: X-Men I#59 (August, 1969)
Powers/Abilities: When fully transformed into Sauron, Lykos has a toothed beak, razor-sharp claws, and a 12-foot wingspan with sharp talons on the end. He possesses super human strength and a hypnotic gaze capable of holding others in his thrall for a period of time and commanding them, or causing others to see illusions. Sauron is capable of flight at super human speeds, though he is susceptible to cold temperatures. Sauron craves energy from others' life forces and can drain these energies with a touch. After he was experimented on by the Weapon X Project, Sauron developed the ability to fire this absorbed energy as energy blasts, to briefly take on the mutant abilities of those whose life energies he has absorbed (such as Wolverine's healing factor), and to breathe fire. Sauron has also utilized various technology to enhance his abilities. Sauron has, at times, shifted into varying forms with varying levels of human intelligence, and sometimes manifesting horns. Genetic material from Lykos was once melded with genetic material from the alien Brood, creating a monstrous energy-draining were-pteranodon, still capable of turning into a beastly human.
5'9"; (Sauron) 7'
Weight: (Lykos) 170 lbs.; (Sauron) 200 lbs.
Eyes: (Lykos) Brown; (Sauron) Red
Hair: (Lykos) Brown; (Sauron) None
(X-Men I#60 (fb)) - Young Karl Lykos and his father took a trip to the frozen "land of fire", Tierra del Fuego, on the southern border of South America with the stern Herr Anderssen and his young daughter Tanya. They pushed on, exhausted, until Tanya went missing, and the other three men scrambled to find her. Hours later, Karl came upon Tanya being attacked by a group of pteranodons, and he killed one with a stick. He managed to fight the others off, but not before being scratched by one, rescuing Tanya. His father rushed him off for medical care and Herr Anderssen stabilized him. Later, Karl tried to pet his dog, Jager, and drained some of his life force accidentally. He felt recovered, and he and Tanya recalled nothing of the incident. Over the following years, Karl occasionally drained the life from others, never telling anyone about his condition. After his father died, Lykos moved in with Tanya and her father, and read his favorite books, such as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Feeling that Anderssen disapproved of Karl, who had grown to love Tanya but had no money, he moved away and enrolled in medical school. He developed a machine that would help him siphon energies from his patients, and cure his ongoing hunger for more life forces.
(X-Men: Deadly Genesis I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Lykos briefly co-owned a piece of property with Xavier and Moira MacTaggert in upstate New York. Lykos and Xavier began their Mutant Genome Project there, but Lykos never saw it to completion.
(X-Men I#60 (fb) - BTS) - Lykos realized that mutants might have the energies necessary to stop his insatiable hunger. He allied with Charles Xavier, a professor who was studying mutants, to learn more about them.
(X-Men I#59) - Lykos took a call from the students of Charles Xavier. They asked if he could tend to an ally of theirs who needed his services. While his patient slumped from a recent energy drain, Lykos told the students to come in at once.
(X-Men I#60) - Lykos dismissed his weakened patient, Mr. Tindall, and decided to increase Tindall' visits to twice a week. He greeted Xavier' students, Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), and their weakened ally, Alex Summers (Havok). Lykos encouraged them to leave Alex in his care for the time being, and quickly dismissed Miss Hodges, his nurse. After ruminating over his origins, he began draining the energy from Alex. He drained more energy than he expected and suddenly transformed into a large pteranodon-human hybrid. He quickly desired to live a life of evil and set out to steal from others, calling himself Sauron after the villain in Tolkien' books. Sauron saw Angel of the X-Men flying through the air and hypnotized him.
(X-Men I#61) - Under Sauron' control, Angel flailed at the air, seeing illusory enemies. Sauron resisted an optic blast from Cyclops and a telekinetic shield from Marvel Girl, hypnotizing her into attacking her teammates. Angel, now himself again, punched Sauron, who grabbed Angel with his talons before Beast punched him down. Weakened by a blast of cold from Iceman, Sauron began to revert to Lykos (while airborne) before he could escape. Before he could fall, he hypnotized Angel again, commanding him to return his human form to Lykos' practice. Lykos commanded Angel to depart, remembering nothing, then was shocked to see Tanya at Alex' bedside. She said she"d rushed to see him despite her father forbidding her not to as she"d had a terrible premonition about him. Alex awoke, feeling refreshed, just as his friends came to pick him up. Tanya told Lykos she wanted to marry him, then her father walked in the room and demanded Tanya come with him. Lykos told the Anderssens that he would not marry Tanya until he had means, and she fled from the room in tears. He dismissed Alex and his friends, saying he"d send them a bill and already planning his revenge. Lykos snuck into the X-Men' mansion and drained the energy from the mutant Lorna Dane, reverting to Sauron, then drained more from the sleeping Angel and Havok. He then flew to get revenge on Anderssen, and Tanya immediately recognized him as Lykos. Beast, Cyclops, and Marvel Girl opposed him, but Sauron fled when he realized how evil he was and how he"d almost hurt Tanya. He flew to Tierra del Fuego again, determined to isolate himself, and landed, exhausted. As Lykos again, he grew weaker over the following days, and was distraught when Tanya found him there. Initially tempted to drain her energy, he came to his senses and fled from her, plummeting off a cliff to his supposed death.
(X-Men: Hidden Years#10 (fb)) - Lykos landed on a cliff, hidden from view of the X-Men. After waiting for a time, he climbed down and found himself in the Savage Land, where he figured he be able to live in peace by feeding off the dinosaur' energies. Not wanting to endanger the humans there, he rowed out to a small island and found a cabin built above an abandoned geothermal energy project. He worked to restore the project, hoping to use it to perpetually feed him.
(X-Men: Hidden Years#9) - Lykos found Bobby Drake (Iceman) washed up on the shores hear his Savage Land home. Drake awoke with no memory, and Lykos saw that he was fed and taken care of.
(X-Men: Hidden Years#10) - Though Drake' memory was still gone, he began to think that Lykos looked familiar to him.
(X-Men: Hidden Years#12) - Lykos continued working on the geothermal equipment with Drake helping him. Drake asked his name, and Lykos told him it was Joe Smith. Lykos soon left on his daily hunt, attacking a baby dinosaur and draining its life. Drake approached, shocking Lykos, just before Magneto destroyed the dinosaur corpse with a blast of power, stating that he needed to kill them both as they were in his way. They both fled into the woods.
(X-Men: Hidden Years#11/X-Men: Hidden Years#12) - Drake grabbed Lykos to see if he was okay, and Lykos, unable to stop himself, drained much of Drake' powers, automatically turning back into Sauron.
(X-Men: Hidden Years#12) - Sauron immediately attacked Magneto and put him in a trance, making him think they were fighting the X-Men, until Drake, now as Iceman with his memories restored, stopped him. Havok and Magnetrix (later Polaris) were also there with him. Sauron then hypnotized Havok into attacking Magneto, but Magneto used the lava from under the station to overwhelm Havok until Magneto' power source was cut off. Magneto fell into the lava and pleaded with Sauron for help, offering an alliance, but Sauron refused. He turned to attack the X-Men again, but a blast from Iceman dissuaded him. He reasoned that if he defeated the X-Men, the other X-Men would come after him. So instead, he hypnotized them into forgetting the entire fight and sent them on their way. Sauron flew to the Savage Land, determined to stay there.
(X-Men I#115 (fb)) - Lykos survived by landing on a lower ledge and slowly climbing down into the Savage Land.
(X-Men I#115) - Lykos spent the following months recovering and healing, draining energy from animals as he needed to. He soon came upon a strange procession and witnessed Zaladane leading a group of priests and acolytes in awakening the petrified man, Garokk, by sacrificing Kirk Marston. Lykos watched as Garokk angrily destroyed an extra-dimensional city, placed in the Savage Land by the Sheenarians. Lykos allied with Ka-Zar, Tongah, Nereel, and others, and they opposed Garokk and Zaladane, who"d constructed a city through slave labor and who sought to control the Savage Land.
(X-Men I#114) - Lykos sensed the presence of the X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine) in the Savage Land, feeling their power and seeking to recruit them to his side. He approached Storm later and was taken over by his hunger. He grabbed her and absorbed too much power too quickly. He reverted back to Sauron and prepared to battle the X-Men.
(X-Men I#115) - Wolverine leapt at Sauron, who easily put Wolverine under his influence and turned him against him friends. Banshee knocked Sauron away with a sonic scream, then Sauron was hit by another scream and Cyclops' optic blast simultaneously. Sauron fled, then snuck up on Colossus, quickly draining more energy. When Colossus switched from human to armored forms, however, the energy surge was too much for Sauron, who was knocked aside and reverted back to Lykos. Wolverine nearly killed Lykos, but Ka-Zar and Zabu stopped him. The X-Men initially refused to aid Lykos and his allies against Garokk' forces, but when it started snowing in the Savage Land, they changed their minds.
(Uncanny X-Men#116) - The X-Men managed to defeat Garokk and Zaladane. Lykos bid them farewell, choosing to remain behind.
(Marvel Fanfare I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Lykos appeared in a magazine article about the Savage Land, pictured next to Ka-Zar, Zabu, and the Fall People. Tanya saw this article and decided to go look for him.
(Marvel Fanfare I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Lykos, Ka-Zar, and the Fall People (led by Tongah) heard about Zaladane' cult causing trouble again, this time lead by the Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Vertigo) and they mobilized to find out what was happening.
(Marvel Fanfare I#2) - Ka-Zar and Zabu rescued Tanya, who"d come to the Savage Land, from a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and brought her back to Karl. The two lovers were happily reunited, their doubts about each other put to rest, and she told them of her friends Angel and Peter Parker (Spider-Man) being captured by the Mutates. Just then, the camp came under attack by the cult and a devolved Angel and Spider-Man. Lykos was hit by a swipe from Angel' claws, and Angel soon captured Tanya, returning her to the Mutates. Many of the Fall People were killed, and the survivors moved in to attack. At the citadel, Lykos saw that Tanya had been strapped to a machine and placed in front of a genetic transformer. He leaped in, hitting Amphibius with a stick and drawing a gun as Brainchild activated the transformer and changed Tanya into a cavewoman. Vertigo hit Lykos with a blast, disorienting him, and he fired his gun wildly, grazing her with a bullet. As the Mutates were taken down and the machine was destroyed, Lykos realized that the only way to save Tanya was to absorb the machine' energies. He touched her and did so, despite the risk it presented of turning him back into Sauron, then repeated the procedure on Angel and Parker, reverting all three of them back to normal. Transformed into Sauron again but struggling to remain in control, Lykos fled, promising to have his revenge on Ka-Zar.
(Marvel Fanfare I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Sauron allied with Zaladane and the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Timberius, Vertigo) and built a large citadel, which sapped the will of anyone else who approached it, in the Savage Land, and they planned to rule the Savage Land together. Brainchild constructed another machine, calling this one his mutant energy accelerator.
(Marvel Fanfare I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Tanya and Shanna the She-Devil were captured, devolved, and imprisoned.
(Marvel Fanfare I#3) - The X-Men (Angel, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine) came looking for Sauron, and they were led by Amphibius near the citadel, where their wills were sapped. Sauron revealed himself, hypnotizing them easily into defeat, though Angel escaped by fleeing into the cold upper atmosphere (which Sauron couldn't stand). The X-Men were strapped into Brainchild' machine, and Sauron planned to continually devolve them and absorb their energy, giving him an endless energy supply.
(Marvel Fanfare I#4) - Sauron drained the energies from the X-Men, restoring them to their natural states, and ordered them to be devolved again. He investigated an attack on the citadel and found Ka-Zar and Angel outside. Sauron pursued Angel and easily hypnotized him into defeat. He returned to the citadel to find the X-Men freed and the Mutates and Zaladane defeated. Sauron dropped Angel, making Nightcrawler rescue his teammate, then screamed as Storm hit him with a massive cold front. Falling, Sauron was punched by Colossus and Wolverine, then buried in a rockpile, but he still escaped. However, when Storm attacked him again, he reverted to Lykos, too drained of energy. Lykos was reunited with the newly evolved Tanya, and he worried about his ability to fend off Sauron again. The X-Men returned to their mansion with the pair, who met Cyclops, Shadowcat, and Professor X. Professor X conducted a series of experiments on Karl, and effectively rendered his mutant virus inert. Karl and Tanya embraced, finally having a chance at a normal life together.
(X-Force I#5) - Lykos, who"d settled into a peaceful normal life with Tanya in Manhattan, returned from grocery shopping to find Blob and Toad in his home, holding Tanya threateningly. Blob slammed Lykos into the wall as Toad explained they were there to recruit him for the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants team. They took Lykos and Tanya to an abandoned warehouse and strapped them into a siphoning machine. Toad forced the machine to drain Tanya' life into Lykos, restoring him into Sauron and leaving Tanya dead.
(X-Force I#6) - The Brotherhood (Blob, Phantazia, Pyro, Sauron, Toad) approached Masque of the Morlocks for an alliance. Masque and Thornn agreed to accompany them in a mission to destroy X-Force (Boom-Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Domino (secretly Copycat), Feral, Shatterstar, Siryn, Warpath) to prove themselves. They did so, cornering Shatterstar, Siryn, and Warpath outside. Sauron lifted Shatterstar above the melee in order to kill him.
(X-Force I#7) - Sauron tried mesmerizing Shatterstar, but dropped him when Shatterstar hurt Sauron with his sword. After evading gunfire for a time, Sauron entered the building and slashed Cannonball with his taloned wing, seemingly killing him.
(X-Force I#8) - Sauron held the seemingly dead Cannonball in his hands. Cable shot at Sauron.
(X-Force I#9) - Sauron was knocked unconscious by several of Boom-Boom' time bombs. Recovered, Sauron followed Cable to the med-labs, wondering why Cable thought Cannonball would come back to life. Sauron tried mesmerizing Cable, but Cable held him off with gunfire. Feral then leapt at Sauron, slashing him, and Sauron fell down after repeated shots from Cable passed through him. Masque was killed, and the rest of the Brotherhood fled while Sauron lay defeated.
(X-Force I#10) - X-Force lay the bodies of Sauron and Masque in their morgue, thinking Sauron was dead.
(X-Force I#11) - X-Force dumped the bodies of Sauron and Masque in the Morlock tunnels.
(X-Factor I#82) - Having floated to the harbor in his regenerative state, Sauron was renewed when a vagrant floated by him and he absorbed the vagrant' life force. He surfaced to hear Mr. Coswell talking about a group of mutants. After resting a bit, Sauron retrieved the Brotherhood, and they attempted to recruit those mutants (the X-Patriots, including Lukas, Pirouette, and Prodigal), laying havoc on the docks and killing many. X-Factor (Havok, Multiple Man, Polaris, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane) attacked and Sauron grabbed Wolfsbane off the docks, promising to kill her as he had Cannonball. Infuriated, Wolfsbane lashed at his throat, causing him to drop her, then Polaris defeated Sauron with a magnetic blast. The entire Brotherhood was soon defeated.
(Darkhawk#19) - Sauron, eager for revenge on his enemies, was pleased when Toad had the Brotherhood go after Portal, an ally who could give them teleporting capabilities. They used teamwork to attack several Guardsmen who were trying to capture Portal, and made sure to kill each of the guards. Sauron broke one man' neck after lifting him into the sky. Toad killed one by clogging the man' mouth and eyes with resin. They pursued Portal, who tried to run, but the heroes Darkhawk and Spider-Man attacked. Sauron tried hypnotizing Darkhawk, but Spider-Man kicked him aside. Later in the battle, Sauron closed Darkhawk in his jaws and was slashed in return, then Portal shot Sauron down. Blob and Toad managed to grab their unconscious allies and escape.
(Darkhawk#20) - The Brotherhood tracked down Portal at his tribe' headquarters. Sauron drained the life from a guard, then put Portal under his hypnotic control. Toad instructed Portal to take them to a weapon' facility in Seattle so that they might steal a new laser cannon, but Portal took them to Times Square, New York, instead. Spider-Man, Darkhawk, and Sleepwalker attacked them immediately. Sauron had Portal (who just woke up after being hit by Blob) attack the heroes while he dove at Sleepwalker, who evaded. Sauron then had Portal trap Spider-Man in another dimension. At Toad' order, Sauron created a diversion by throwing billboards at the humans below, then the Brotherhood fled through a portal, pursued by Sleepwalker.
(Sleepwalker#17) - Back at their headquarters, the Brotherhood blamed Sauron for Portal' mistake, but Sauron claimed Portal was still a valuable asset, and grew violent with Blob until Toad calmed them down. They focused on testing Portal' powers for a time until Darkhawk and Sleepwalker attacked them at headquarters. Sauron leapt at Sleepwalker, but accidentally hit Pyro' flames, causing Toad' clothes to start on fire as well. Sauron ordered Portal to take them to their back-up base, and they fled through his portal, but Darkhawk stopped Portal from following them and the portal closed.
(Wolverine II#69 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to take control of the Savage Land, Sauron united the Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Gaza) and a tribe of barbarians to his side, taking hypnotic control of a few of them, such as Brainchild and Gaza (placing mental blocks over Brainchild and rendering Gaza mute). They started working to capture all of the Fall People tribe.
(Wolverine II#69) - Wolverine defeated Amphibius, Barbarus, and Equilibrius in battle, then Sauron revealed himself.
(Wolverine II#70) - Sauron, donning a new costume, savagely battled Wolverine over a chasm of fire as Amphibius, Barbarus, and Equilibrius cheered him on. Sauron shrugged off taunts and claw scratches, hitting Wolverine from every side and slowly weakening the mutant, even slashing a tendon and preventing Wolverine from standing momentarily. Wolverine nearly knocked them both into the chasm, but Sauron managed to leap free, then ordered the Mutates to pile rocks on Wolverine, submerging him. He then ordered a stampede of dinosaurs to rush the chasm, burying the hero further.
(Wolverine II#71) - Wolverine managed to use the dinosaurs to climb out of the chasm just as Rogue rushed in to aid him, both frightening the Mutates. Rogue and Sauron had a brief aerial battle until she knocked him aside. Sauron flew at them again but listened to Rogue' plan to aid Sauron. Willing to work with the mutants, Sauron ordered his Mutates to stand down, then Wolverine knocked Sauron out. They took him to the former City of the Sun and strapped him into the genetic machine of Brainchild. They planned to devolve Sauron into Lykos, but Sauron managed to convince them to free him as the Savage Land was a wild place with its own culture.
(X-Men Unlimited I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Still in control of the Mutates (Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo, Whiteout, Worm) and growing more mentally unstable, Sauron sought a stable energy source for his hunger. He ordered Whiteout and Worm to capture Havok and return him to the Savage Land. Sauron had many natives captured and brought before him, so that he could drain their lives. Brainchild, meanwhile, worked to set up an energy draining system for Sauron to place Havok in.
(X-Men Unlimited I#6) - Sauron drained the life of Tuval of the Sky People, then demanded that more be brought to him, but Barbarus told him their captives were gone. Sauron leapt at Barbarus in an attack before stopping himself, then Gaza brought news of Whiteout and Worm' return, informing him that their ship had crashed. Sauron struggled with mental visions of his past, particularly Tanya. Sauron saw Havok returned and was eager to feed, despite Brainchild' reservations about a fast feeding, but decided to use Havok as bait when he sensed the other X-Men (Cyclops, Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers), Polaris) near. When they approached, Sauron knocked Phoenix unconscious, then avoided a blast from Cyclops. Sauron hypnotized Polaris into unconsciousness as well and Cyclops chose to surrender. Whiteout used a Black Lotus flower to make Cyclops fall asleep, and both he and Havok were put into the draining system. Brainchild set up a steady energy drain (both heroes' powers were being blocked) while Sauron gloried in his triumph. Caught in an insane vision of his Lykos self, Sauron drained the energy he needed from the heroes. Sauron drained the energy too quickly, and Brainchild could not shut the machine down. Sauron began to transform with too much power, growing veins and spikes all over his body. Polaris and Phoenix destroyed the machine and rescued their allies, soon departing, but Sauron attacked them again, knocking them from the air. He attacked anew, insanely raving about Lykos, and hypnotized both women into fighting each other. Havok nearly attacked Cyclops as well, but they fell out of Sauron' range and attacked Sauron again. They knocked Sauron into a rock wall and buried him in rubble, and Phoenix began working on him telepathically, aiding the Lykos side of Sauron in asserting itself. In his mind, Lykos and Sauron battled and both seemingly committed psychic suicide, leaving Sauron a mindless beast. They left him in the Savage Land, rejected even by other mindless pteradons.
(Uncanny X-Men#351) - Sauron snuck in a crate being shipped from Antarctica to New York. At the dockyards, he burst free from the crate and flew off.
(Uncanny X-Men#353) - Sauron traveled to the X-Men' mansion and drained power from Wolverine. He then moved to attack the present X-Men (Cannonball, Iceman, Jubilee, Maggott, Storm).
(Uncanny X-Men#355/Alpha Flight II#9 - BTS) - Wolverine drove Lykos to deliver him for containment, keeping him wrapped in canvas and chains on the back of his motorcycle. When a ship passed over, the motorcycle tipped over. Lykos complained that this treatment was inhumane. They were stopped by Alpha Flight (Flex, Guardian (James Hudson clone), Manbot, Murmur (Arlette Trufaut), Puck (Eugene Judd), Sasquatch, Vindicator (Heather Hudson)), but Wolverine talked them down and tried riding away peacefully. Guardian chased them and hit the motorcycle with a blast, sending Lykos sprawling through the snow helplessly. He tried fleeing, but ran into Sasquatch and was batted aside. The X-Men (Cannonball, Maggott, Rogue, Storm) arrived to help Wolverine, and Sasquatch threw Lykos into Maggott, then at Storm. At battles' end, Wolverine found Lykos' broken chains and worried that Sauron had escaped.
(Uncanny X-Men#356) - Still chained, but back at the X-Mansion with Wolverine, Lykos asked to be let free, but Wolverine refused. SHIELD soon arrived to retrieve Sauron, teleporting him away as Wolverine and Rogue watched.
(Ka-Zar of the Savage Land#1 (fb) - BTS) - Sauron and many others mutated due to the effects of the overloading alien machines that kept the Savage Land green. He became more bestial and less intelligent.
(Ka-Zar of the Savage Land#1) - Maddened, Sauron ate a small mammal, struggling with remembering who he really was. While flying, he saw Ka-Zar and pursued him into the depths of the alien machines, where Ka-Zar and Shanna were trying to restore a young child named Keeto into his original form. Sauron attacked, wanting this power for himself, but the machines overloaded and exploded. Ka-Zar and his allies escaped, thinking Sauron dead.
(Deadpool III#57) - Sauron was recruited by the Weapon X program. They altered his powers to be able to drain energy from machines as well, and tested him against some fighter planes.
(Deadpool III#60) - Sauron and other Weapon X agents, including Wild Child, were sent to apprehend Deadpool, who was trying to escape. Sauron and Wild Child attacked and were held off by a stun blaster. When Deadpool tried blowing up a section of the headquarters, Sauron absorbed the blast, but was put out of commission. Deadpool later escaped.
(Weapon X II#½ (fb) - BTS) - Sauron began sneaking out of the Weapon X facility to drain the lives of humans he came across.
(Weapon X II#½) - The Director became aware of Sauron's actions even as Sauron killed another young couple.
(Weapon X: The Draft - Sauron#1) - Sauron was manipulated by the Director into retrieving Emma Frost of the X-Men for Weapon X, the Director considering Sauron expendable. Weary of being ridiculed at Weapon X, Sauron attacked Frost at her Manhattan home only to discover that he'd attacked a telepathic projection of her, causing him to crash thought he wall. Frost switched to diamond form to resist Sauron's blows. She then telepathically coerced him into seeking out his secondary objective, a telepathic mutant in Australia who would come to be known as Jack-in-the-Box. Sauron ripped into Jack's trailer only to be knocked down by a few blows to the head. He attacked Jack's car, but Jack exploded the car. Sauron finally explained that he was only recruiting Jack, then accompanied Jack as he said farewell to his dog Ballz and his girlfriend Meredith. On their flight home, Sauron became confused and in a fury confused Jack with the Director. He savagely lashed out at Jack with repeated blows, breaking him into several pieces, though Jack still lived and Sauron returned him to Weapon X in this state. When he returned, Brent Jackson and the Director locked Sauron in confinement.
(Weapon X: The Draft - Agent Zero#1) - Sauron was present alongside other Weapon X recruits Wild Child, Copycat, Kane, Mesmero, and Sabretooth when Agent Zero was brought in.
(Weapon X II#1) - Weapon X (Aurora, Kane, Marrow, Mesmero, Sauron, Washout, and Wild Child) was sent to recruit Madison Jeffries, who'd been captured by Zodiac (Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Taurus, Virgo). They savagely attacked, and Sauron unmasked Gemini during the battle, revealing Jeffries beneath the mask. He was commended for his actions, though he was not allowed to drain the life force from the unconscious Zodiac later.
(Weapon X II#2) - Agent Brent Jackson learned of Sauron's nighttime jaunts, and manipulated Sauron into trusting him when Jackson said the Director would not approve.
(Weapon X II#4) - Sauron was sent with Marrow, Kane, and Washout to Seattle to get information on Sabretooth's whereabouts from his recent associates Blob and Avalanche. Sauron grew impatient with the banter and pressed the attack, quickly apprehending the duo for questioning. Sauron tried using his past working relationship with the Blob to press the questioning, and resorted to force when that failed. They got no information from the captured duo.
(Weapon X II#5) - Sauron and the others captured Billy and Wendy Taylor for Weapon X, two young mutants who were taken to Neverland, a concentration camp where many mutants were being held and killed. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were killed.
(Weapon X II#6 - BTS) - Sauron and the others remained on the Weapon X complex grounds.
(Weapon X II#7) - Jackson and Sauron played on Wild Child's insecurities, trying to gain his loyalty against the Director as well.
(Weapon X II#9) - With Jackson, Marrow, and Wild Child, Sauron watched the Director flirt with Aurora.
(Weapon X II#10) - Sauron, Washout, and Wild Child joined Brent Jackson in forming a coup against the Director. They formed an alliance with the Underground (Blaquesmith, Cable, Domino, Maverick (Chris Bradley), Meltdown), who sought to take down the Weapon X program.
(Weapon X II#11) - Jackson, Sauron, and Wild Child passed the Director, not giving him any clue that they were planning the coup. Washout later died as the Underground stormed the building.
(Weapon X II#12) - Sauron and his allies joined the Underground in fighting the soldiers of Weapon X and the robots of Madison Jeffries, Sauron using his electric guns and flight to disable his opponents. Kane was killed taking down the robots, and the Director and Jeffries fled. Jackson then manipulated Cable' telepathy to take down everyone remaining, including Sauron.
(Weapon X II#13) - Sauron and Wild Child received the news that Brent Jackson was the new director of the Weapon X program.
(Weapon X II#16) - Lykos worked side by side with Doctor Windsor (secretly Mister Sinister) on a patient. When he was introduced to Chamber, new recruit, he transformed into Sauron to show who he was.
(Weapon X II#17) - Sauron and the others attacked the headquarters of the U-Men, humans spliced with mutant body parts, while Chamber snuck inside to fight John Sublime, their leader.
(Weapon X II#18) - During the attack, Sauron drained the life force from several U-Men, feeling refreshed.
(New Avengers#5 (fb) - BTS) - Sauron refused to participate in a Weapon X mission and was locked away in the Raft for punishment.
(New Avengers#1) - Elektra (a Skrull) and the Hand hired Electro to break Lykos out of prison, instructing him to do so as soon as possible. They paid him half the cash then, and promised to send the other half after it was done. He later shut down all power at the Raft, allowing all the super villains there out of their cells.
(New Avengers#2 - BTS) - In the chaos of the breakout, Lykos slipped quietly away and returned to the Mutates.
(New Avengers#4 - BTS) - The New Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)) thought the Mutates were behind the breakout. To apprehend Lykos, they traveled to the Savage Land, where Wolverine was also.
(New Avengers#5) - The heroes were attacked by a group of mutated primates, then put to sleep by Vertigo. They woke up in the base of the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Lupo, Vertigo, Whiteout, Worm), naked and in restraints. Brainchild greeted them, telling Spider-Man that he was eager to continue his experiments upon him and telling Iron Man that he should be proud of his limited accomplishments. Lykos revealed himself and claimed that he didn"t know that many super villains escaped as he did. He was furious about Weapon X still and ordered the Mutates to kill the heroes immediately, shutting down Brainchild' desires to experiment upon the heroes. Brainchild wanted to send the mutated heroes back to attack SHIELD, and felt that Lykos was ungrateful for denying them. Iron Man managed to summon his armor and blow up Brainchild' machine, then opened fire on the Mutates. Spider-Woman took down Vertigo quickly, and the heroes dressed in their costumes and attacked the Mutates. Captain America punched Worm, Spider-Woman zapped Amphibius, Spider-Man leapt at Whiteout, and Cage shook Lupo off his back. Lykos tried to flee, but Wolverine pursued him, stabbing him in the abdomen. Lykos absorbed much of Wolverine' life force (including his healing factor, a trait that passed to him unexpectedly) and transformed into Sauron. He moved to hypnotize the heroes, but was taken down by a gunshot to the head fired by Yelena Belova, who was leading a rogue SHIELD faction nearby.
(New Avengers#6) - While the heroes fought the SHIELD agents, Sauron healed from his wounds and flew up furiously, unexpectedly blasting a mouthful of fire that struck Belova directly. Iron Man, Captain America, and Cage then quickly defeated Sauron, who reverted to Lykos. They returned Sauron to SHIELD custody, and Maria Hill planned to return him to Weapon X.
(New Avengers#41) - Sauron allied with Ka-Zar, Shanna, Zabu, and tribesmen against the Skrulls invading the Savage Land. When Spider-Man appeared, Ka-Zar explained their predicament. Then Captain America shockingly ran out of the jungle.
(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Sauron for Norman Osborn.
(Rampaging Wolverine I#1/4 – BTS) – Sauron battled Wolverine.
(New Mutants IV#10 (fb) - BTS) - Amphibius, claiming that the sea had spoken to him and that Magneto's Asteroid M had risen to the surface, told his fellow Mutates about this, but they didn't want to go find him. Worm put Sauron, Barbarus, and Lupo under his control, and they commandeered a ship to find Magneto.
(New Mutants IV#10) - When threatened by the military at Kitakyushu, Japan, Sauron destroyed an armed vehicle, creating an international incident. The New Mutants (Cannonball, Sunspot, Warlock) investigated and found the Mutates on the deck of the ship. In the skies, Cannonball attacked Sauron, mindful of what had happened the last time they'd fought. While battle broke out on the boat, Karma realized the Mutates were immune to her powers of psychic possession. Barbarus got Sunspot in a hold while Cypher and Warlock dodged the blows of Amphibius and Lupo, respectively. Worm went scuttling to the bows of the ship. Cannonball defeated Sauron by plowing him through the ship, and the New Mutants swiftly defeated the other three Mutates. Worm spread his slime through Barbarus, soon getting Cannonball and Sunspot under his control. After breaching the hull of the ship, exposing Worm's hiding place, Karma and Moonstar attacked and Moonstar swiftly defeated Worm with a kick, allowing Karma to get the others under her control. Worm battled Karma for control of his mind, but she entered his mind and learned why they were there. Karma convinced a disbelieving Worm that the X-Men were in charge of the Asteroid, and of Magneto, and Worm ordered the Mutates to return to the Savage Land.
(Astonishing X-Men III#34 (fb) - BTS) - A mysterious scientist named Kaga used genetic material from Lykos, mixed it with genetic material from the Brood, and created a deadly monster.
(Astonishing X-Men III#34) - The Brood-Sauron attacked an airship containing the X-Men (Armor, Beast, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Storm, Wolverine), spreading his massive wings and thrusting his beak through the ship at the mutants. Emma Frost entered the Brood-Sauron's brain telepathically and forced his transformation back to human. The Brood-Lykos struggled for breath as the ship flew on.
(Wolverine II#304) – Sabretooth, new underworld leader in Asia, hosted a party of Wolverine’s villains, including Sauron. Wolverine arrived and beat them up.
(Spider-Man and the X-Men#1) - Sauron and Stegron attacked the dinosaur museum in New York and swiftly subdued an attacking Spider-Man and a group of X-Men students (Ernst, Eye Boy, Glob, Hellion, Rockslide, Shark Girl). Shark Girl pretended to join the villains as they announced their plan to attack Staten Island.
(Spider-Man and the X-Men#2) - Sauron and Stegron, using dino DNA stolen from the museum, transformed humans into dinosaurs with a machine, and turned the dinosaurs on the captured heroes, who surrendered. After Sauron confessed his love for Shark-Girl, he used the machine to turn Glob into a dino, then the heroes escaped and attacked. Shark Girl turned Stegron and Sauron against each other and the Avengers (Captain America (Sam Wilson)) came in to contain the event.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams and Tom Palmer.
Sauron received an entry in the OHotMU Master Edition and New Avengers: Most Wanted Files handbook. Toad's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants appeared on X-Force's top ten list in X-Force Annual#1.
One of the images above is the cover of Classic X-Men#20. In this issue X-Men I#114 was reprinted.
Sauron also appeared on the cover of Weapon X II#20, but not in the story.
Sauron appeared in David
Smeds' novel "X-Men: Law of the Jungle." This novel's plot entails
Brain-Child finding a copy of Three Faces of Eve in Magento's
laboratory and deciding to revive Sauron, but this time mold him
psychologically so as to diminish his impulsive and tactically
indiscreet tendencies. After he succeeded, Sauron ordered Brain-Child
to began raids on Tongah's tribe and other Savage Land tribes. The
Savage Land Mutates have no initiative due to Magneto's psychological
conditioning, so they readily followed Sauron. Sauron ordered these
raids to draw the X-Men to the Savage Land to feed on them.
Profile by Chadman.
Sauron has no known connections to
(X-Men I#60) - A patient of Karl Lykos, Mr. Tindall noticed amazing recovery from his hypertension challenges after a session with Lykos, though he did feel very weak. He agreed to increase his appointments to twice per week, and to eat lots of iron in his diet.
(X-Men I#60) - The nurse for Karl Lykos' practice, Miss Hodges was dismissed early in the afternoon one day.
(X-Men I#60 (fb)) - An ex-sailor turned explorer' guide, Mr. Lykos took his young son, Karl, on an expedition to the frozen "land of fire", Tierra del Fuego, on the southern border of South America with the stern Herr Anderssen and his young daughter Tanya. He encouraged Karl to push on, wanting to earn enough money for Karl' education. When young Tanya went missing, the other three men scrambled to find her. Karl saved her but was mysteriously injured and Herr Anderssen managed to see Karl stabilized. Years later, Mr. Lykos died and Karl went to live with the Anderssens.
--X-Men I#60 (X-Men I#60 (fb)
(X-Men I#60 (fb)) - The dog of Karl Lykos, Jager approached his master only to have his life force drained. He limped away, weakened.
--X-Men I#60 (X-Men I#60 (fb)
New Avengers#6, p9, pan1 (main)
X-Men: Hidden Years#12, p18 (transforming)
Classic X-Men#20, cover (beaked)
Ka-Zar of the Savage Land#1 p34, pan2 (mutated)
Weapon X: The Draft - Sauron#1, p4, pan1 (in red costume)
New Avengers#5, p13, pan1 (human form)
New Avengers#6, p9, pan2 (fire-breathing)
Astonishing X-Men III#34, p8 (Brood-Sauron)
X-Men I#60, p5, pan2 (Mr. Tindall)
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X-Men I#114-116 (October-December, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Roger Stern (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#1-2 (March, May, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Michael Golden (penciler/inker), Allen Milgrom (editor)
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Sleepwalker#17 (October, 1992) - Bob Budiansky (writer), Bret Blevins (pencils), Mike Manley (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Wolverine II#69 (May, 1993) - Larry Hama (writer), Dwayne Turner (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#70 (June, 1993) - Larry Hama (writer), Dwayne Turner (pencils), Richard Bennett (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#71 (July, 1993) - Larry Hama (writer), Dwayne Turner (pencils), Richard Bennett, Hilary Barta & Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#6 (September, 1994) - John Francis Moore (writer), Paul Smith (storyboard), Mandel Alves Flor, Fabio Laguna, Al Rio & Eddie Wagner (pencils), Ralph Cabrera, Keith Champagne, John Lowe, Mark McKenna, Al Milgrom, Joe Rubinstein & Tim Townsend (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Ka-Zar of the Savage Land#1 (February, 1997) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Frank Teran (penciler/inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#351 (January, 1998) - Steve Seagle (writer), Ed Benes (artist), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#353 (March, 1998) - Steve Seagle (writer), Chris Bachalo (penciler), Tim Townsend (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men: Law of the Jungle (March, 1998) - David Smeds (writer)
Alpha Flight II#9 (April, 1998) - Steve Seagle (writer), Roger Cruz (penciler), Chris Carlson (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#355 (May, 1998) - Steve Seagle (writer), Chris Bachalo (penciler), Tim Townsend, Beatty, Smith (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
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Deadpool III#57 (October, 2001) - Frank Tieri (writer), Georges Jeanty (penciler), Jon Holdredge (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Deadpool III#60 (January, 2002) - Frank Tieri (writer), Georges Jeanty (penciler), Jon Holdredge (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
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Weapon X: The Draft - Sauron#1 (October, 2002) - Buddy Scalera (writer), Karl Kerschl (penciler/inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Weapon X: The Draft - Agent Zero#1 (October, 2002) - Frank Tieri (writer), Killian Plunkett (penciler), Terry Austen (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
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