AERIVAR THE 18TH
Real Name: Aerivar XVIII
Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate (World War I era, at least through the pre-modern era)
Occupation: King of Sky-Island
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Red Raven
Known Relatives: Aerivar I-XVII (ancestors)
Base of Operations: The Aerie/Sky-Island
First Appearance: Red Raven Comics I#1
Powers/Abilities: Aerivar was the ruler of the
Aerie, also known as Sky-Island, with the resources and technology of
his winged race at his fingertips. It is unrevealed if he underwent
Terrigenesis or simply was born with wings but he had large feathered
wings and was capable of flight.
Hair: Grey (see comments)
History: (Thor I Annual#12/2 (fb) – BTS) –
King Aerivar the 18th became the king of the Aerie, a floating island
winged Inhumans that had seceded from the Inhuman primary society in
Attilan thousands of years before. Aerivar became aware of the mistakes
of his prior kings, including when the former King Kylus
all Inhumans in the Aerie who did not have white feathery wings to be
put to death. The Inhuman Cheiros,
killed 3000 years before, who had red bat-like wings, became the face
of that movement and was considered a martyr.
(Thor I Annual#12/2 (fb)/Red Raven Comics I#1/1) – After
the Aerie remained free from contact with humans for generations, a
plane crashed in their city in the 1920s and they found one survivor
aboard, an infant human. Aerivar saw the child as a gift of fate,
though his advisors believed the child should be killed. Aerivar
determined that that the child should eventually wear motorized wings,
styled after Cheiros, to honor the winged race and redeem it. He
planned to raise the child as the strongest and wisest human.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/1 – BTS) – For nearly two decades,
Aerivar raised the boy as his own, teaching him the secrets of his
(Red Raven Comics I#1/1) – On the boy's 20th birthday,
Aerivar commended him for his strength and intelligence. Telling the
boy he was as brave as a raven, he gave him the red bat-like wings and
officially named him the Red Raven, and then told the boy that he
should return to his people and "devote your life to eradicating the
elements that make for unhappiness in their world." Days later, Red
Raven returned, telling Aerivar of his adventures against the villain
Zeelmo. Seeking to help Red Raven, Aerivar tasked his scientists with
the creation of an element detector, which would help Red Raven in his
Comments: Created by Joe Simon and Louis
Aerivar appeared in the years 1940, 1968/70 and 1984.
There is clearly a lot about his life left to reveal and explore.
Things with Red Raven got a bit convoluted. Aerivar is
largely a background character. He first appeared in Red Raven Comics
he was given a name and more of his history. Red Raven seemingly showed
up in X-Men I#44 and then in Sub-Mariner I#26, and he discussed having
put the Bird-People in suspended animation because they wanted to
attack humans but this Red Raven was later revealed to be a construct.
Aerivar was shown as both very benevolent toward
humanity and also as wanting to attack them and conquer the planet. I
think the former is likely the true version and the latter is due to
the tainted memories of the Red Raven construct.
The circumstances of
Aerivar's death (or if he ended up in suspended animation) are
The legacy of the Bird-People was expounded in later
series, with characters like Dania the Red Raven, Condor and the
Bi-Beast being added to the mythos. I think we can assume that Aerivar
died someone along the way with most of the rest of his people.
Aerivar was shown three times and he had grey, white
and brown hair in those three appearances. I listed grey since that was
his initial appearance.
Here are the "revised" memories that the Red Raven
construct had about his upbringing (These
entries may or may not have occurred in Aerivar's History. It's
possible they were incorrect of false memories implanted into the Red
(X-Men I#44 (fb)) – After the infant was found in the
wreckage, some of the local populace said they would raise the child as
their own and the king said they would be entirely responsible for the
(Sub-Mariner I#26 (fb)) – Aerivar looked at two Bird-Men
adoring the infant and they predicted he would one day determine the
fate of their winged race.
(X-Men I#44 (fb)) – When the boy turned 21, he learned
that the Bird-Men were planning on attacking Earth. Clothed as Red
Raven, the man petitioned the Citizens' Council to stop the attack but
they turned him down. Red Raven then went to the king and warned that
the humans outnumbered the Bird-Men but Aerivar refused to listen. As
the Bird-Men prepared their attack, Red Raven felt he had no choice and
he doused the city in suspended animation gas, which had been developed
by the winged race to use on themselves in case they were ever defeated
in war. Red Raven placed everyone in stasis tubes then hid the entire
floating island underwater, programming everyone to reawaken in 20
(X-Men I#44 – BTS) – Red Raven arrived at the island
after 20 years but he blanketed it again in suspended animation gas
and set it to sink for another 20 years.
(Sub-Mariner I#26 (fb) – BTS) – As the boy grew, they
named him Red Raven, due to his flaming red hair, and eventually they
gave him artificial wings.
(Sub-Mariner I#26 (fb)) – Red Raven argued with the king
over their plans to attack the humans and the king shouted that it was
Red Raven's human blood speaking. He ordered Red Raven to be silent or
to face his wrath.
(Sub-Mariner I#26) – Red Raven returned to Sky-Island
and sought to awaken the Bird-People but he discovered they had all
died while in suspended animation.
Profile by Chadman.
Aerivar has no known connections to:
- any other "Aerivar" characters
images: (without ads)
Red Raven Comics I#1, p3, pan1 (on throne)
Thor Annual I#12/2, p42, pan4 (in purple hat)
X-Men I#44, p13, pan3 (shirtless, on throne)
Red Raven Comics I#1/1 (August, 1940) - Joe Simon
(writer), Louis Cazeneuve (artist), Joe Simon (editor)
Thor I Annual#12 (December, 1984) - Peter Gillis (writer), Rich Howell
(penciler), Sam de la Rosa (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Last updated: 06/19/2020
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