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Membership: Ahpuch (Ahau/Mayan gods), Arawn (Tuatha de Danaan/Celtic gods), Chibiabos (Manidoog/Native American gods), Damballah (Vodu/African-Voodoo gods), Emma-o (Amatsu-Kami/Japanese gods), Ereshkigal (Annunaki/Sumerian gods), Hela (Asgardians/Norse gods), Hina (Akua/Polynesian gods), Morrigan (Tuatha de Danaan/Celtic gods), Osiris (Ennead/Egyptian gods), Pikuolis (Dievas/Russian gods), Pluto (Hades) (Olympians/Greek gods), Seth (Ennead/Egyptian gods), Tawhaki (Akua/Polynesian gods, specially the Maori), Tuonetar (Jumala/Finnish gods), Vichama (Apu/Incan gods), Yama (Daevas/Hindu gods), Yen-Lo Wang (Xian/Chinese gods), likely others

Purpose: To discuss or vote on events involving all of death gods and goddesses from the various pantheons

Aliases: None

Affiliations: Apollo (Olympians/Greek gods), Horus (Ennead/Egyptian gods), Indra (Daevas/Hindu gods) Lords of the Splinter Realms (Brutus Klor, Dormammu, D'Spayre, the Haemovore Kings of the Outer Dark, Hedron the Faceted, the High Seers of Nox, Hippolyta, Malevolence, Mephisto, Molgotha, the Muranai, Nightmare, Phemous, Siffror of the Lifeless, Skarabrous the Stalker, Surtur (Asgardians/Norse gods), Thog, Umar, Viliven, numerous others), Magik (Amanda Sefton/Jimaine Szardos), Mindless Ones, Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Quetzalcoatl (Teteoh/Mexican-Aztec gods) Shango (Vodu/African-Voodoo gods), Tawa (Manidoog/Native American gods), Thor (Thor Odinson) (Asgardians/Norse gods)

Enemies: The Archenemy, Demogorge (Atum), S'ym

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the various realms of the dead

First Appearance: Thor I Annual#10 (1982)

History: (Thor I Annual#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Gods of the Dead were loose cabal of underworld deities belonging to the respective pantheons of Earth, a collective order of extra-dimensional beings who were worshipped as gods by their respective cultures.

(ancient myth) - Each pantheon had a separate deity or "god" whose responsibility was the final destination of the astral spirits (or "ghosts" or "shades") of their worshippers and, in some cases, the persecution of beings who were guilty of great misfortune ("evil") against the living or of offending the gods. Contrary to their public perception, the gods of the dead were not evil or malevolent beings. Many of them were responsible for providing a safe afterlife to the mortals who worshipped them. Many of them also had a counterpart to Elysium (the concept of Heaven of Judeo-Christian religion). Several of the Gods of the Dead, such as Osiris, Arawn, Yama, Emma-O and Chibiabos, ruled over peaceful realms of bliss and even had multi-layered reams for separating the astral spirits of their worshippers as per status and value. However, some of the Gods of the Dead, such as Ahpuch, Tawhaki and Damballah, were known to have malevolent tendencies, often invoking curses or giving into personal whims. Some of the Gods of the Dead even shared their attributes or lost their positions to other deities. Hela shared dominion of the dead with Odin (Asgardians/Norse gods) and Ahpuch had conquered control of the underworld from the Twelve Lords of Xibalba, which became Mictlan to to the Aztecs. In Egyptian religion, Osiris allowed Seth to have dominion over souls rejected into Duat (Celestial Heliopolis) while in Russian lore, the forest-god Veles (Dievas/Russian gods) overthrew Pikuolis, the Slavic god of the dead, for rule of the underworld. In Oceanic myth, Hina-Hau One (Akua/Polynesian gods) replaced the Polynesian god of the dead, Tawhaki, in the Hawaiian pantheon. Under Hinduism, Yama, the Vedic god of the dead, became a judge in the underworld as souls passed through to be judged for the lives they would inherit through reincarnation. However, as many religions lost worshippers over time, many of the Gods of the Dead were no longer allowed to procure more spirits to their realms. Despite their passive jurisdiction over the spirits in their charge, several of the Gods of the Dead had limited full contact with demonic entities. Yen-Lo Wang and Emma-O held control over the demons of their perspective realms, respectively the Yao-guza and the Oni, and Ereshkigal left control of the Utukku to Lilith (Annunaki/Sumerian gods), the goddess of the underworld. Ahpuch and Vichama used demons as servants and allies, namely the Tzitzmime and the Guecufu.

(Thor I Annual#10) - In recent years, Pluto and Seth were approached by Mephisto, one of several demonic lords with interests on Earth. The three respective underworld gods struck a bargain to increase the size of their realms by merging their respective realms. During the course of this endeavor, they even tried luring a few other Gods of the Dead, only attracting the interests of Hela, Ahpuch, Yama and Ereshkigal, and a meeting of the Gods of the Dead was held in Pluto's realm of Hades, where the vote was cast in favor of merging the realms of the dead. However, the occult ritual they attempted either attracted or conjured the primeval spirit Demogorge responsible for the destruction of the Elder Gods in Earth’s ancient past. Suspecting them to be degenerated gods, he attacked the Gods of the Dead present and devoured them but Thor, the Norse thunder-god, led an army of thunder and sun gods to defeat him and protect their perspective realms. Although consumed himself, Thor appealed to Atum, the buried consciousness within Demogorge, and reversed his palate, freeing the consumed gods. Humiliated over the experience, the Gods of the Dead dissolved their scheme and returned to their own respective realms.

(X-Men: Magik#3) - In later years, an entity known as the Archenemy presented himself to sorceress Magik (Amanda Sefton), claiming that all the perspective realms of the dead had been once been one realm and announced his attention to unite them once more. To defeat him, she called upon at least some of the Gods of the Dead and the myriad demon-lords as an army she called the Lords of the Splinter Realms.

(X-Men: Magik#4) - Although many of Gods of the Dead were killed as part of the Lords of the Splinter Realms in the Archenemy's first attack, Magik encouraged them to merge their powers and they destroyed the Archenemy.

(Fearless Defenders I#3 (fb)) - When the threat of the Asgardian Doom Maidens loomed, Asgardian death goddess Hela assembled the Gods of the Dead anew, calling in every favor from the other death gods/goddesses and promising nearly anything for their assistance if the Gods of the Dead would resurrect Hippolya, queen of the Amazons, who had once battled the Doom Maidens. The Gods of the Dead agreed to Hela's terms and resurrected Hippolyta.

Comments: Adapted into Marvel Comics by Alan Zelenetz, Mark Gruenwald, Bob Hall, Rick Bryant, Joe Rubinstein, Andy Mushynsky, Al Gordon and Kevin Dzuban.

Profile by Thor2000.

The Gods of the Dead have no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Fearless Defenders I#3, p5, pan1 (the assembled Gods of the Dead, main image)
Thor I Annual#10, p16, pan2 (Gods of the Dead, headshots with Mephisto)
Thor I Annual#10, p12-13, splash page (Gods of the Dead, meeting in Hades)
Thor I Annual#10, p15, pan2 (Gods of the Dead, hands joined with Mephisto)
Thor I Annual#10, p15, pan4 (Gods of the Dead linking their realms together)
Thor I Annual#10, p16, pan1 (Gods of the Dead, thrown backward by Demogorge's arrival)

Thor I Annual#10 (1982) - Alan Zelenetz (script, plot), Mark Gruenwald (plot, editor), Bob Hall (pencils), Rick Bryant, Joe Rubinstein, Andy Mushynsky, Al Gordon, Kevin Dzuban (inks)
X-Men: Magik#3 (February, 2001) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Liam McCormack-Sharp (art), Mike Raicht (editor)
X-Men: Magik#4 (March, 2001) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Liam McCormack-Sharp (art, digital imagery), Mike Raicht (editor)
Fearless Defenders I#3 (June, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (art), Ellie Pyle (editor)

First Posted: 10/28/2018
Last updated: 10/28/2018

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