DAMON THE MAN-GOD
Real Name: Damon
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial humanoid (active ~3000 B.C. & current era)
Occupation: Explorer, world destroyer
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Emuel, Ka-Zar (Kevin Plunder),
Tatia, Tongah, Zabu, effectively all of the Savage Land
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Interstellar space;
formerly Savage Land;
formerly another planet similar to natural Earth (name unrevealed)
First Appearance: Astonishing Tales I#6/1
Powers/Abilities: The extraterrestrial Damon
has peak human strength and bulletproof durability; he can regenerate
his life energies through extended periods of sleep (spanning many
centuries). He carries a
powerful scepter of unrevealed composition through which he can command
the winds and storms, this includes lifting himself and his obedient
horse-like steed (with its tentacled mane) into the air. However, he is
emotionally unstable, shifting quickly between extreme emotions. He has
a small interstellar spaceship, presumably with self-repair functions.
Weight: 230 lbs. (by approximation)
(Astonishing Tales I#7/1 (fb)) -
The explorer extraterrestrials Damon and his love Lelania came from a
peaceful paradisiacal world.
(Astonishing Tales I#6/1 (fb)) - Damon and Lelania
arrived on Earth in the Savage Land some 5000 (or 500, see comments)
years ago. They were enchanted by the Savage Land's beauty until a
large dinosaur trampled Lelania, seemingly killing her. Enraged and
mourning, Damon used his scepter to summon storms that lashed the
Savage Land with floods for almost 40 days. He retreated and slept for
centuries. Damon and Lelania's arrival and Damon's later rage became a
legend told across centuries in the Savage Land.
(Astonishing Tales I#6/1) - Damon awoke after
recovering slumber and resumed his rage across the Savage Land skies,
witnessed by Ka-Zar and his friend, Savage Land local Tongah, who was
awed by Damon's power and thought him a god. Damon's storms caused
renewed flooding, impacting Tongah's sister Tatia and young brother
Emuel. Damon saw that changes had occurred but that death endured and,
unforgiving, he would wipe away all creatures with flood and storms.
Tongah attacked Damon, but he cast them aside with his powerful
scepter. Ka-Zar's protective sabretooth cat next charged at him.
(Astonishing Tales I#6/1 / Ka-Zar II#1 (fb)) - Damon zapped Zabu away with his scepter.
(Astonishing Tales I#6/1) - Tatia and Emuel
found refuge in a cave where they found Damon's spaceship; inside lay
a comatose Lelania. Outside, Damon continued his storm-fueled
(Astonishing Tales I#7/1) - Ka-Zar fired arrows into
the cliff edge that caused Damon to fall and he wrestled the scepter
away from Damon, causing the storms to cease. Elsewhere, alien
technology hypnotized Tatia and her mind merged with Lelania and the
alien recovered. Meanwhile, Zabu roared a call for a
stampede of dinosaurs, awakening fear in Damon and he leapt away. But
to fight Ka-Zar once more, he was stopped by the reawakened Lelania.
Initially shocked to see her, Damon was happy again and the pair
strode peacefully to their small starship and blasted into space.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Barry Windsor-Smith, Bill Everett.
There is slight confusion in the time of his original
arrival in the Savage Land, whether it was 5000 years ago (issue #6) or
500 years ago (issue #7, where it's "half a millennium, cited once).
He's ascribed god-like status, but he's basically a tantrum-throwing super-powered alien.
It seems a bit unusual to have a 2-part storyline
changing writers between issues, unless it was originally intended to
run longer but cut short with the new writer.
This profile was completed 09/01/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Damon the Man-God has no known connections to:
Astonishing Tales I#6/1, p5, pan4 (main image)
p3, pan1 (headshot)
p4, pan7 (summoning storms)
Ka-Zar II#1, p9, pan2 (zapping Zabu)
Astonishing Tales I#7/1, p10, pan4 (spaceship)
Astonishing Tales I#6/1 (June, 1971) - Gerry Conway (writer), Barry Windsor-Smith (as Barry Smith, pencils), Bill Everett (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#7/1 (August, 1971) - Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Ka-Zar II#1 (January, 1974) - Mike Friedrich (writer), Paul Reinman (pencils), Mike Royer (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
First posted: 09/06/2021
Last updated: 09/04/2021
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