(Reality-93060 / Ultraverse)
Real Name: Ajak-Kar
Identity/Class: Alternate Reality (Reality-93060) demon magic-user
Group Membership: None known
Affiliations: Scott Klein (former human host), unidentified tattoo artist (presumably "Bob"), unidentified monstrous creature whose blood apparently allowed Ajak-Kar to be bonded to a host via tattoo
Enemies: Principal Dever, Mantra (Lauren Sherwood), Rush (Johnny Rome), nurse Robin Williams, JoAnn
Known Relatives: He referenced his first three wives, which would seem to indicate that he had more than those three; possibly he was currently married to the fourth,
Aliases: Spell-Caster (more of a description that he used);
Hairball," "Ugly" (from Mantra)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Canoga Park, California;
perhaps some association with the Godwheel
First Appearance: (Unidentified, face as tattoo) Mantra II#5 (February, 1996);
(full, identified) Mantra II#6 (March, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: Ajak-Kar was superhumanly strong (lifting perhaps 10 tons as he was strong enough to throw a car through the air) and durable, although he was certainly vulnerable to Mantra's Sword of Fangs, which sliced off his right arm.
He could shatter Mantra's mystic shields with his bare hands and project energy blasts of powerful force.
Ajak-Kar had a pair of long, sharp horns on his head; sharp, fanged-teeth, and pointed ears. He was carnivorous, and he enjoyed killing and devouring human prey, particularly women.
He could be bonded to a host via that host receiving a tattoo in his image from "Bob" using blood from an unidentified being as "ink." Ajak-Kar could then take over that being's form, and his host seemed to only retain memories of losing control and blacking out. While Ajak-Kar's form was dominant, he had a tattoo image of his host on his arm, and cutting off the tattooed skin caused him to lose his connection with his host.
Following the loss of his right hand, he swiftly gained a golden hook, which he reconfigure into a pincer claw at will.
Ajak-Kar seemed to be a somewhat ancient being and claimed to deserve respect (and he was the type to speak of himself in the third person), but he was apparently influenced by his host's personality as well, as he joked and spoke in slang and made topical references.
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 8-9' tall)
Weight: Unrevealed (he was very muscular, so perhaps 625 lbs. at 8' or 895 lbs. at 9' tall)
Eyes: Apparently yellow irides with no visible sclera and slit-like pupils like a cat or snake.
Hair: Black mohawk, ponytail and focal beard (bilateral projections on side of chin)
(Mantra II#7 (fb) - BTS) - The owner of Bob's Beach tattoos (presumably Bob? I'm calling him "Bob") apparently came to Earth with an "old friend" from the Godwheel.
Living out of large truck/camper in which he kept his monstrous (demonic?) associate caged, "Bob" drew the creature's blood in exchange for raw meat, and he used the meat as tattoo ink.
"Bob" apparently traveled around at regular intervals to avoid discovery.
(Mantra II#5 - BTS / Mantra II#6 (fb) - BTS) - Either Saturday or early Sunday, the "creepy guy" of Bob's Beach Tattoos (see comments) tattooed an image of Ajak-Kar on the arm of Canoga Park High School student Scott Klein.
(Mantra II#6) - As Ajak-Kar assaulted a young woman in Canoga Park, California, on that weekend's Sunday night, Mantra (Lauren Sherwood) heard the woman scream and flew to her rescue. Ajak-Kar was pleased to encounter a sorceress, and when Mantra blasted him off his feet, he noted this to be an interesting opening move.
When she encased him in an a mystic field, he shattered it while mocking her that she would have to try harder to stop him. When Rush, seeking to help, collided with Mantra, Ajak-Kar departed, noting he would be back later and that he liked girls who were hard to get.
(Mantra II#6 - BTS) - The following Monday morning, a number of students were impressed with Scott's tattoo; when it proved sensitive to the touch, Scott concluded it might be infected, and he decided to have nurse Robin take a look at it.
(Mantra II#6) - As nurse Robin attempted to apply some antiseptic to his tattoo, that arm punched Robin in the face, and then Scott unwillingly transformed into Ajak-Kar, who told Robin it was lunchtime.
(Mantra II#6 (fb) - BTS) - Ajak-Kar devoured Robin, leaving behind bloody bones, a destroyed room, and "thanks" written on the wall in blood.
(Mantra II#6 - BTS) - Scott arrived at the cafeteria, not remembering what had happened but knowing he was full, and his burp's smell disgusted those around him. He headed outside for a cigarette.
(Mantra II#6 - BTS) - When a fellow school nurse showed up to go to lunch with Robin, she found Robin's remains.(Mantra II#6 - BTS) - The other nurse reported her findings to principal LQ Jones, he contacted "chief," to clean up the site, and he ordered the nurse's station closed as the school board was meeting that day.
Comments: Created by Tom Mason and Dave Roberts (Mantra II#6 specifically notes the creators as these two; Jim Amash was inker in both #5 and #6, and Jerard DeVictoria was writer on #5, so they deserve some level of credit).
There's some back-story with the tattoo artist and his captive, and
they presumably intended to follow-up on it as another student was
getting a tattoo from "Bob" at the end of #7, but that's when the
series ended. I'll get to a profile on "Bob" with a sub-profile
on his friend/captive at some point.
I'm not sure the bald guy who gave Scott his tattoo was "Bob"..."Bob" had some hair and glasses and seemed to have a smaller frame...or maybe "Bob" is a shapechanger...or it could have been an art error.
I would also think that the hand of Ajak-Kar would come back to haunt Rush at some point, but since the whole line of Ultraverse comics was canceled and mired in legal issues for like 25 years, it seems unlikely that we'll ever get that story.
This profile was completed 6/26/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Snood.
Ajak-Kar should be distinguished from:
Mantra II#5, last page, panel 5 (Scott getting tattoo);
panel 6 (tattoo);
#6, pg. 5?, panel 4 (over victim);
pg. 6?, panel 3 (most full, discolored in force field);
#7, pg. 2, panel 1 (mostly full);
pg. 6, panel 1 (rear view);
panel 3 (arm severed);
pg. 13, panel 5 (upper, tuxedo);
Mantra II#5 (February, 1996) - Jerard DeVictoria (writer), Dave Roberts (penciler), Jim Amash (inker), Roland Mann (editor)
Mantra II#6-7 (March-April, 1996) - Tom Mason (writer), Dave Roberts (penciler), Jim Amash (inker), Jerard DeVictoria (assistant editor), Roland Mann (editor)
First posted: 09/05/2021
Last updated: 09/04/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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