Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Vampire; magic-user;
likely mid 19th century to the early 20th century;
Group Membership: Vampires of Earth
Affiliations: Presumably the vampire that vampirized him
Enemies: Unidentified rabbit, unidentified woodsman;
formerly the vampire that vampirized him
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Presumably Russia (see comments)
First Appearance: Vampire Tales#8/3 (December, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: The vampire presumably had superhuman
strength (likely lifting around 1000 lbs.) and required regular blood meals to
survive. When fully fed, he could likely
heal rapidly from non-fatal wounds.
Further, feeding on a human victim would turn that victim into a vampire, depending on the extent of the feeding and other circumstances. Those he vampirized may or may not have been subservient to him.
Via unrevealed means, but presumably via some mystic spell, the Heart Devourer could replace a man's heart with that of another animal, such as a rabbit. While the victim could still function normally physically, he or she would then behave more like prey than predator, fearing and/or fleeing from conflicts.
He likely had the other standard vampire vulnerabilities, including sunlight, a wooden stake through the heart, religious icons, garlic, and/or silver. However, it is possible that his mystic training allowed him to circumvent some or all of these as well.
He may or may not have been able to mesmerize others with a gaze and/or transform into a bat (normal or human-sized), a wolf or into mist.Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'8"-6')
(Vampire Tales#8 (fb) - BTS) - Vampirized under unrevealed circumstances, he either previously possessed or subsequently gained some level of mystic knowledge.
Comments: Created by unknown parties.
adapted to Marvel by Tony Isabella and Ernie Chua.
The story was allegedly adapted from Russian folklore. Preliminary searches didn't get me much, so I don't know where or when it was supposed to have taken place. However, given that it was Russian folklore, it presumably took place in Russia or someplace not too far away, either somewhere in what would be and was the USSR, or Turkey, etc. Additionally, based on the relatively modern clothing with belts and flies on pants, I would think that it could be anywhere from the 19th to the early 20th century.
Profile by Snood.
The Heart Devourer should be distinguished from:
|(Vampire Tales#8 (fb)) - At an unidentified tavern, a woodsman boisterously bragged of his courage. Observing this from a table in the tavern, an
unidentified vampire was disgusted and offended by his behavior.
The vampire waited until the woodsman left the local tavern and then attacked him in the vacant streets.
Rather than just consuming the woodman's blood, the vampire actually chewed through his chest and devoured his heart.
Wishing to punish the woodsman for his arrogance, the vampire then took the heart of a rabbit and placed it in the woodsman's chest.
(Vampire Tales#8 (fb) - BTS) - The woodsman survived, unharmed physically, but the courage of which he was so proud was forever gone.
to punish a woodsman who boisterously bragged of his courage, an
unidentified vampire ambushed the woodsman outside of the tavern,
devoured his heart, and then took the heart of a rabbit and placed it
in the man's chest.
Although the man survived, he was now timid and feared and fled from conflicts.
Note: The image showed the vampire with the live rabbit, so presumably he left the tavern and caught it before confronting the woodsman.
Vampire Tales#8 inside cover: "The Heart Devourer"(December, 1974) - Carla & Gerry Conway (writers), Alfredo Alcala (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor), Tony Isabella (consulting editor)
First posted: 01/22/2023
Last updated: 01/22/2023
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