SPHERE OF SARA-KATH

Classification: Mystic item

Creator: Unrevealed

User/Possessors: Brotherhood of the Technomancers (Maegis Gunther Senreich, Master Om, Neomancers), Buel, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Stegron

First Appearance: Sensational Spider-Man I#21 (November, 1997)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Sphere of Sara-Kath's purpose is to augment the magical abilities of its possessor a hundredfold. Its near limitless energies can energize portals of any kind.

History:
(Sensational Spider-Man I#22 (fb) - BTS) - The true origins of the Sphere of Sara-Kath remain a mystery, but it is known among mystics as one of the most powerful objects in the known dimensions.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#21 (fb) - BTS) - For years Gunther Senreich and Master Om of the Technomancers searched for the Sphere of Sara-Kath. Master Om finally found it.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#21) - Om delivered the Sphere of Sara-Kath inside a box to the Aleister Building, owned by the Technomancer Corporation. He reported to Senreich, who was ecstatic about acquiring the near-infinite energies the Sphere of Sara-Kath offered and was sure it would grant him a seat within the Technomancers' Dark Chamber. Senreich and Om left to tend to the sphere.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#21 - BTS) - Senreich left the program in the Babylon Portal running when he left because there was no way it could activate as he lacked the energy to even open the smallest dimensional doorway. Unbeknownst to him the Babylon Portal tapped into the vast energies of the Sphere of Sara-Kath and activated itself allowing Buel and his army of Gremlyn's to enter Earth.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#21) - Senreich and Om looked at the Sphere of Sara-Kath while it was kept in place by an energy beam. Senreich hoped he could soon tap into the unlimited energies of the sphere and use it in international financial development and arcanic corporate takeovers. They were shocked when a guard entered the room to warn them that the Babylon Portal had opened and something had come through. They rushed to the portal to find Buel and his army.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#22 - BTS) - Buel felt the presence of the Sphere of Sara-Kath. Spider-Man was drawn to the Aleister Building by something he felt was good. Doctor Strange, who had been drawn to the Aleister Building by the interdimensional rift, used the Eye of Agamotto to learn the Technomancers were in possession of the Sphere of Sara-Kath, which he felt had accidentally activated an interdimensional portal built by the Technomancers. This meant the Aleister Building was in a constant state of flux, which would make it hard for Strange and Spider-Man to just retrieve the Sphere of Sara-Kath. Led by Doctor Strange's astral form Spider-Man fought his way through the building and faced off with Buel.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#23 - BTS) - Spider-Man tossed Buel into an interdimensional portal before he could get his hands on the Sphere of Sara-Kath. While Strange talked with Senreich and Om about what they had caused by calling upon the Sphere of Sara-Kath, Spider-Man was drawn to it.

(Sensational Spider-Man I#23) - After going through several more portals Spider-Man and Doctor Strange's astral form finally reached the Sphere of Sara-Kath's location in the Aleister Building. Buel was hot on their trail and when Spider-Man got distracted by the voice that was calling him the whole time Buel got his hands on the Sphere of Sara-Kath. Doctor Strange came to Spider-Man's aid and Buel dropped the Sphere of Sara-Kath when he was tackled from behind by Master Om. Spider-Man took the Sphere of Sara-Kath and used it to destroy the Babylon Portal by throwing the Sphere of Sara-Kath at it and wishing the portal just wasn't there anymore.

(Spider-Man Family II#7 (fb) - BTS) - The Sphere of Sara-Kath somehow ended up in the Savage Land powering a portal in Stegron's domain.

(Spider-Man Family II#7) - The Sphere was at the top of a temple in an area of the Savage Land ruled by Stegron. When Looter asked Stegron for it because he believed the item was the twin of his meteorite, Stegron got mad at him because humans always just wanted to take things from Earth and animals. Spider-Man, Human Torch and Thing saved Looter from Stegron and his dinosaurs. When Looter reached the top of the temple the other heroes and Stegron were already there due to them using the Fantasticar. Spider-Man recognized the Sphere of Sara-Kath and explained it was a powerful mystic item and not the twin to Looter's meteorite. Looter distracted the heroes by claiming Chtylok had returned and ran through the portal the Sphere of Sara-Kath had kept open. It led him right to Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. Spider-Man, Human Torch and Thing followed him and ended up at the Sanctum Sanctorum as well.

Comments: Created by Todd Dezago (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils) & Rob Stull (inks).

What is the story behind the Sphere of Sara-Kath?
Todd Dezago had this to say in an interview the Spider-Man Family story: "The Sphere of Sara-Kath is from the Doctor Strange/Technomancers story Mike (Wieringo) and I did in Sensational Spider-Man I#21-23. At the end of the tale, Spidey is supposed to encounter the "spirit" of...someone who had helped him throughout the story. We had just recently lost Marvel Editor Extraordinaire, Mark Gruenwald, and while some were led to believe that the spirit was the clone, Ben Reilly, others thought that it was Mark. We left it ambiguous. The Sphere was named for Mark's daughter and wife, Sara and Katherine, respectively.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Sphere of Sara-Kath has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Sensational Spider-Man I#21, p16, pan1 (main)
Spider-Man Family II#7, p22, pan5 (in Savage Land)


Appearances:
Sensational Spider-Man I#21 (November, 1997) - Todd Dezago (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils), Rob Stull (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Sensational Spider-Man I#22 (December, 1997) - Todd Dezago (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils/co-plot), Rich Case & Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Sensational Spider-Man I#23 (January, 1998) - Todd Dezago (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils), Rich Case (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Spider-Man Family II#7 (April, 2008) - Karl Kesel (plot/pencils/inks), Todd Dezago & Mark Waid (plot), Nathan Cosby (editor)


First Posted: 06/04/2018
Last updated: 06/04/2018

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