Real Name: Mambo Ezili
Identity/Class: Human magic user;
citizen of Haiti
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Nameless One
Enemies: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Danny Guitar
Known Relatives: Calypso (sister)
Base of Operations: New York City, New York;
First Appearance: Daredevil I#243 (June, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: A voodoo priestess, practiced in voodoo magic, Mambo excels at casting various spells, using blood, rituals, and dancing. She raised the Nameless One from the dead, created voodoo dolls capable of inflicting harm on targets from afar, and transferred the life energy from her priests into the Nameless One. Mambo could cast divination spells to learn the true names of her targets, and she once did so to learn Daredevil's identity.
Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
(Daredevil I#244 (fb)) - In Haiti, the voodoo priestess Mambo led a group of followers. She demonstrated her powers with chants, dancing, and rituals, and she raised the dead.
(Daredevil I#244 (fb) - BTS) - One of the cult members panicked and fled to America, taking the name Danny Guitar.
(Daredevil I#243 (fb) - BTS) - The voodoo priestess Mambo wanted revenge on Guitar for practicing amateur voodoo. She found a corpse of a man that Guitar had recently killed, and turned him into an initiate, resurrecting him and painting his white skin with red swirls, placing bound snakes on his chest in red and calling him the Nameless One. She proclaimed that no one could claim power over him as no one could know his secret name.
(Daredevil I#243) - Mambo created a voodoo doll of Danny Guitar, then she had some of her Hun'gan, or priests, give up their life energy to make the Nameless One stronger. Mambo watched Guitar move through the city, and became aware that Daredevil was following him. She cast a divination spell to determine Daredevil's true name and vowed to use it as needed. Despite recognizing that Daredevil was a good man, she wanted Guitar for herself, so she sent the Nameless One in to teach Daredevil fear.
(Daredevil I#244 (fb) - BTS) - Nameless One defeated the hero, stealing his mask and one glove. Mambo instructed him to hang the glove in the home above the bed in Matt Murdock's home, where it could drip blood. She had him vandalize Guitar's apartment as well, leaving knives and paints behind as well as the voodoo doll she'd made.
(Daredevil I#244) - Nameless One checked in with Mambo, who recalled using the divined names of the sacred fetishes to give him power, and giving him no secret name so that he couldn't die. Using pots containing the souls of dead priests and priestesses, Mambo painted him again, naming him the Man Without Fear, and giving him the power to move unseen and undetected. Giving him the mask of Daredevil for strength, she sent him to kill Guitar at a warehouse.
(Spider-Man I#4 (fb) - BTS) - In order to achieve greater power, Calypso sacrificed her sister, Mambo.
(Daredevil I#310 (fb) - BTS) - Calypso took many of Mambo's powers, including her control of the Nameless One.
Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti, Louis Williams, and Danny Bulanadi.
Mambo's full name was revealed in All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#2. Calypso has a brief origin story about growing up on a Haitian island and learning magic. It can be assumed that Mambo had a similar upbringing.
Profile by Chadman.
Mambo should not be confused with:
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Daredevil I#244, p7, pan1 (main)
Daredevil I#244, p11, pan3 (face)
Daredevil I#243 (June, 1987) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Louis Williams (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#244 (July, 1987) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Louis Williams (penciler), Tony DeZuniga (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 03/26/2019
Last updated: 03/26/2019
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