Real Name: Gus Hovannes
Occupation: Security guard at the Metropolitan
Museum Of Art;
former police officer
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Red Sonja (Mary Jane Watson),
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Enemies: None (possibly Kulan
Gath, if Gus could remember the possession)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New
First Appearance: Marvel Team Up I#79 (March, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: Gus Hovannes possessed no
superhuman powers but as an experienced security guard and former cop,
he doesn't scare easily. He also seemed remarkably tough for a middle
aged, slightly pudgy man: only ending up with a sore jaw after
Spider-Man punched him.
Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel Team Up I#79 (fb) ) - Gus Hovannes worked as a
police officer in New York for ten years, before switching careers and
spending the following two decades as a security guard at the New York
Metropolitan Museum Of Art. (see
(Marvel Team-Up I#79) - After an exceptionally busy day at
the museum, Gus made the rounds at night. He noticed suddenly getting
nervous in the giant, empty museum even after twenty years on the job.
When he inspected the ancient Egyptian wing, a beam of moonlight struck
a display case carrying Kulan Gath's onyx amulet. Its reflection caught
Hovannes' eye and Gath instantly controlled Gus' mind. The wizard forced
the guard to smash the display case, an act which caused him to cut his
hand. Bleeding, he put on the necklace and was instantly taken over by
Kulan Gath who used his magic to shift Gus' body into a copy of his own.
Gath used Gus' form to take over the museum, leading to a conflict
between Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Mary Jane Watson, who was
possessed by the spirit of Red Sonja in a way similar to Gath's control
In the end, Spider-Man deduced Kulan Gath's powers were linked to his necklace. He yanked it off him, even as he slammed him across the room. The moment the sorceror lost his amulet, his magics vanished and Gus was returned to normal. He only suffered a headache and a sore jaw, while his experiences as Gath's host quickly vanished as if they were nothing but a bad dream.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks).
The date given for Gus' brief existence as a Hyborean
demon priest was Friday, December 22nd 1978, the night of the Winter Solstice.
The date is topical, considering Marvel's sliding timeline. Gus
apparently started working as as a cop in the late 40s.
Profile by Norvo.
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images: (without ads)
Marvel Team Up I#79, page 2 panel 1 (main image)
Marvel Team Up I#79, page 2 panels 6 through 8 (Gus possessed)
Marvel Team Up I#79 (March 1979) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom & Roy Thomas (editors)
Last updated: 10/17/13
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