Real Name: Joe Ravek
Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)
formerly museum guard
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mac (full name unrevealed), Pete
(last name unrevealed)
Enemies: "Oriental idol"
Known Relatives: Mary Ravek
Base of Operations: Unrevealed city in the USA
First Appearance: Mystic I#3/5 (July, 1951)
Powers/Abilities: Joe Ravek was a normally
diligent but unassuming museum guard. He lacked ambition until the
opportunity for theft appeared. He was a capable liar during a police
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
(Mystic I#3/5 (fb) - BTS) - Joe Ravek had worked
unambitiously as a museum guard for many years, hoping to one day make
it to head guard (once Mac retired). He prided himself on his "honest"
employment. His lazy wife, Mary, chided him often for the low income,
but she did nothing to contribute. He thought the eyes of a male
"Oriental idol" that the museum had on display for years were creepy.
I#3/5) - Nagged again by his wife after a long day at work, Joe retired
to a bar and concocted a plan to get more money. He returned to the
museum, evaded the night guard Pete, and gouged out the ruby eyes from
the idol. He thought the idol squirmed and moaned during the theft. Joe
dashed back home and showed Mary, who was impressed and intended to
hock the jewels, but first secured them in a pouch around her neck. The
next day, Joe was questioned about the theft, but fooled the police.
Haunted by the blinded statue, Joe felt an impending sense of dread.
Mary refused his pleas to return the jewels but the idol had seemingly
come to life and found the Ravek's tenement, knocking on the door.
Walking to Mary, the silent idol knocked out Joe and retrieved its ruby
eyes before killing and mutilating Mary, then returned to the museum.
Joe recovered later and was shocked by his wife's corpse, but rushed to
the museum to find the restored idol there. However, the police arrived
and arrested Joe. His incredible alibi did not stop him being jailed
and he called out for someone to believe him.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Paul Reinman (pencils & inks).
there be a link between the idol's ruby eyes and the demon Cyttorak,
imbued the Juggernaut with destructive powers using a ruby? The
Juggernaut's temple was in east Asia, possibly a similar region to the
A bizarre concept would be a tree-like being (like
Groot's race) twisted into a human form using the mystical binding
power of two Cyttorak rubies (as eyes) to imprison him.
Thanks to Dim for noting the idol's headdress looks like a makuta
(chada/magaik/mongkut/mokot headdress), a type of crown used in
Southeast Asian monarchies, in the grounds of the modern countries of
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. A prime example is the Thai Great Crown of Victory. This headdress is potentially based on the regal/ceremonial lomphok.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Joe Ravek has no known connections to:
The "Oriental idol" was of unrevealed origin and
composition, but clearly came from somewhere in east Asia and likely
had some sort of mystical influence. The museum where Joe Ravek worked
had several such idols, but only one with rubies embedded as eyes.
Ravek's wife harassed him for his low salary and Ravek then saw the
eyes as potential earnings. Outside his shift, he broke into the museum
and gouged out the two ruby eyes of the idol, although the idol seemed
to squirm and groan in the process. The theft was discovered the next
day, yet Ravek evaded suspicion. But the next night, the blind idol,
seemingly larger, came to life and attacked the Raveks in their home.
It knocked out Joe before mutilating and killing his wife, then
retrieved the rubies kept in a pouch around her neck. The idol returned
to its display with its ruby eyes again in place, and remained
motionless as Joe was arrested for his wife's murder.
Oddly, the "Oriental idol" stood about 4' tall when
on display in the museum, but seemed to grow to about 6' in height when
it attacked the Raveks in their home to retrieve its eyes, only to
reduce in size again later. It may have been mystically imbued to
protect ruby-like magical items, with this power increasing when the
items were stolen.
Potentially Thai or Khmer (Cambodian) in design, it
likely depicted a regal man from history or mythology (see comments).
Mary was Joe Ravek's lazy and chain-smoking wife. She
stayed at home in a dressing gown, complaining about Joe's lack of
ambition and wealth while he worked diligently as a museum guard. She
was excited about Joe's theft of an idol's ruby eyes and wore them in a
pouch around her neck until she could score money for them. But the
idol seemingly came to life and retrieved its eyes after knocking Joe
out. The idol stole
Mary's eyes and killed her. Joe was
sentenced to prison for Mary's murder, despite his unbelieved alibi.
Mystic I#3/5, p2, pan1 (main image)
p6, pan6 (headshot)
p6, pan5 (with idol)
p1, pan1 (idol)
p5, pan1 (Mary)
Mystic I#3/5 (July, 1951) - uncredited writer, Paul Reinman (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 06/21/2019
Last updated: 06/21/2019
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