STAFF of DRAVID
Classification: Talismans of Mystic Power
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes III#12 / aka Winter 1992 (January, 1993)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Staff of Dravid allowed the mystically weakened Dr. Strange to project force shields to deflect mystic attacks.
The Staff may grant other abilities, but they were unseen in its sole appearance.
History:(Marvel Super-Heroes III#12) - The "Staff of Dravid" came into the possession of an unidentified extraterrestrial +/- extradimensional being who worked out of the Bazaar at the End of Unreason.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, R.J.M. L'Officier, Brian Postman, and Armando Gil.
According to the online Free Dictionary, Dravid is presumably derived from the word Dravidian, which refers to either a member of one of the aboriginal faces of India, pushed south by the Indo-Europeans and now mixed with them; or a family of languages spoken in South and Central India and Sri Lanka, including Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Gondi
Dr. Strange presumably took the
Staff of Dravid with him when he returned to Earth, but it was not seen
following his conflict with Wandor. Perhaps it was destroyed.
Ever since this story came out, I thought it said
"Staff of David," and I assumed it be derived from the biblical King
David (father of Solomon). I was debating including it with the Staff
of Solomon profile, because it would seem quite likely that if David
had a magic staff, and then after his death his son used a magic staff,
that it was the same one. It was only the morning of the day I was
planning on working on the profile (nearly 27 years after the story
came out) that our own Wolfram Bane disabused me of this misperception
and explained the likely meaning of the term.
Profile by Snood.
The Staff of Dravid should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads):
Marvel Super-Heroes III#12, pg. 8 (Strange purchasing the Staff of Dravid from merchant at Bazaar at the End of Unreason);
pg. 16, panel 3 (Strange with Staff, full);
pg. 17, panel 5 (Strange wielding Staff against Wandor)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First posted: 11/17/2019
Last updated: 11/17/2019
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