GRYLAK THE GREATER
Real Name: Grylak
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgard) troll magic user (Middle Ages; see comments)
Occupation: Sorcerer, would-be-conqueror
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Odin, Thor (Odinson), Vizier
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: An unknown location in Asgard
First Appearance: Marvel Holiday Special#1/4 (1991)
Powers/Abilities: Grylak is a troll sorcerer, who had amassed some mystical powers. He was able to instantly teleport himself anywhere he wanted though the maximum distance is unknown. By concentrating his powers he was able to direct the movements of an asteroid from a vast distance through outer space.
Height: Unrevealed (see comments)
(Marvel Holiday Special#1/4 (fb) - BTS) - For untold ages Grylak concentrated his magic until he could direct an asteroid to the city of Asgard.
(Marvel Holiday Special#1/4) Midwinter's Feast - Odin's Vizier told him about the threat posed by an asteroid. Moments later the troll Grylak magically teleported into Odin's throne room to reveal that he was controlling the asteroid and demanded an audience with Odin, who already knew that Grylak's intentions were foul. Thor was ready to take down the insolent troll, but Odin asked him to stay his hand and chose to give the troll an audience. Odin asked Grylak to approach him and listened to Grylak, who claimed his asteroid was going to destroy Asgard if Odin didn't surrender his kingdom to him and let Grylak finally take his rightful position among the gods. Grylak then teleported away.
Instead of dealing with the situation at hand Odin ordered Thor to gather a quantity of the finest foods, wines and linens while Grylak angrily stood on a cliff and realized that the foolish Asgardian would rather die in honor than to surrender to him. Grylak was ready lay waste to Asgard with the asteroid, but Thor hit him with Mjolnir from a distance. Overconfident Grylak assumed Thor's actions were futile and Asgard was soon to be nothing but rubble, but Thor assured him that Odin could've stopped the asteroid at any time. Thor then tossed Mjolnir at the asteroid to destroy it with ease.
(Marvel Holiday Special#1/4 - BTS) - The destroyed asteroid appeared as a blazing star in the night sky and helped fisherman Sigurd find his way back home while his family received presents from the benevolent Odin.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco & Sal Buscema.
This story took place during the era of the Vikings many centuries ago.
Grylak's size is impossible to tell. He looks diminutive, but trolls have a strange body type and he was never explicitly seen next to another character.
This profile was completed 02/28/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
Grylak the Greater should not be confused with:
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Marvel Holiday Special#1/4, p3, pan2 (main)
Marvel Holiday Special#1/4, p6, pan2 (head shot)
Marvel Holiday Special#1/4 (1991) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Renée Witterstaetter (editor)
First Posted: 09/06/2021
Last updated: 09/04/2021
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