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NUMENOR

Real Name: Numenor

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-311 (1602 A.D.)) human mutant (see comments)

Occupation: Emperor of Bensaylum

Group Membership: Imperial Court of Bensaylum

Affiliations: Krang, Rita, other Bensaylumites;
   brief alliance with Four Who Are Frightful (Medusa, Sandman, Trapster, Wizard), Count Otto von Doom, formerly Susan Storm (all Earth-311)

Enemies: Doris Evans, Fantastick Four (Benjamin Grimm, Sir Richard Reed, John Storm, Susan Storm), Four Who Are Frightful (Medusa, Sandman, Trapster, Wizard), William Shakespeare, Count Otto von Doom (all Earth-311)

Known Relatives: Rita (cousin)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Bensaylum (Earth-311)

First Appearance: Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4 (February, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: Numenor has superhuman strength and enhanced durability. He wears winged sandals that facilitate basic flight (although these sandals may just be cover for ankle-wing mutations - see comments). He is a proud but arrogant ruler, quick to anger. Numenor wields a powerful mystical trident said to have once belonged to Poseidon and its magical power centers on focusing ley lines; Numenor uses it chiefly to generate waterspouts and effect crackling energy but its power is far greater. Like other Bensaylumites, he has distinctive pointed ears. He also commanded (or used as sentries) giant sea creatures such as the Leviathan to protect his kingdom of Bensaylum.

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 278 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History:

(Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4 (fb) - BTS) - Legend had it that gods created the sea city of Bensaylum, which was hidden behind cliffs that kept back the sea and acted as an enormous sinkhole. The ruler held a mystical trident, said to be Poseidon's, which concentrated local magic, but also held a curse that Bensaylum would be lost if the ruler's blood was spilled. Numenor was the current ruler and relied on his cousin Rita to sire a blood heir.

(Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#1-3) - Keen to find a way to heal his disfigured face, Count Otto von Doom spied for information on the legendary Bensaylum and rumors of its healers. Count von Doom coerced adventurers the Four Who Are Frightful (Medusa, Sandman, Trapster, Wizard) into taking him there with William Shakespeare as chronicler. The Fantastick Four (Benjamin Grimm, Sir Richard Reed, John Storm, Susan Storm) chased their nefarious foe in their ship the Fantastick. Von Doom and his cohorts boarded the Fantastick and eliminated the monstrous sea-beast Leviathan just as the Fantastick fell over the watery sea cliff to the hidden city of Bensaylum. The ship was saved by Susan Storm's invisible force field.

(Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4) - Numenor chided Rita for taking too long in selecting a partner to sire an heir, but they were interrupted by warlord Krang informing them of a surviving outsider's ship. They investigated; Numenor quelled any resistance with his powerful trident. He was disappointed in Rita's instant attraction to John Storm but was then himself smitten by Susan Storm. He played host and gave Susan a dress, but she returned it as she was engaged to Reed. Soon after, von Doom revealed to Numenor he was there to have his face healed and offered a deal to deliver the entranced Storms for romantic partners with the disposal of Reed and Grimm. Ruthless Numenor agreed.

(Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#5) - Numenor showcased his trident's ability to create waterspouts before the visitors and then progressed to festivities, but von Doom and Wizard now coveted the mighty trident and they plotted to usurp Numenor of everything. Von Doom's ploy to use Sandman's entrancing failed and Susan Storm railed against Numenor at the regal dinner. In turn, Numenor accused his newfound allies of betrayal. But Wizard was enthralled by the trident and snatched it from the ruler, amplifying its power and raising Bensaylum from its hidden sea-walled valley up high where they perceived celestial eyes (really the Watcher but mistaken for a god). All distracted, von Doom grabbed the trident in a bid for godly power and stabbed Numenor in the chest. Although Numenor did not die, his spilled blood triggered the curse and Bensaylum fell cataclysmically into the ocean with only the Fantastick Four, Evans and Shakespeare escaping. Numenor's final fate is unrevealed.

Comments: Adapted by Peter David, Pascal Alixe, Livesay.

Numenor may well have escaped if he had the mutant abilities of his Earth-616 counterpart by be being able to breathe underwater (he already had super strength and the winged sandals may just have been a cover as no one but he and family Rita had them). He might have flown up or been able to wrench the trident from von Doom when Bensaylum crashed and crumbled under seawater.

Numenor is based on Namor, who first appeared in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (April, 1939)/Marvel Comics (October, 1939) and was created by Bill Everett. Stats are taken from his Earth-616 counterpart.

It's easy to dismiss Bensaylum as simply Atlantis, but it's a little more quaint and complex than that. "New Atlantis" is an incomplete utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon written around 1623. The mythical utopian land of "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit" is called Bensalem (which roughly translates from Hebrew to "perfect son," "son of peace," "new Jerusalem").

The name Numenor also relates to a large western island in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth that was ultimately destroyed and most of its people died. Tolkien apparently intended Numenor to allude to Atlantis. Presumably, Tolkien likely derived this from the Latin word "numen": the spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place.

This profile was completed 8/24/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Numenor has no known connections to:


Krang

Krang was a Bensaylumite warlord loyal to Numenor. He would usually lead raids against ships that had fallen and crashed into the waters (or lost to surrounding defenses) near Bensaylum by killing the crews and plundering the vessels. However, one ship, the Fantastick, survived due to the incredible powers of those onboard. Krang sought Numenor's advice on the matter and they both investigated. He likely perished with the later fall of Bensaylum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4


Leviathan

Leviathan was one of several giant creatures controlled and/or used by Numenor as sentries near Bensaylum. It threatened the ship the Fantastick as it approached the hidden sea city but Medusa turned it to stone with her inhuman gaze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#3 (4


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Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4, p15, pan1 (main image)
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4, p10, pan6 (headshot)
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#5, p1, pan2 (using trident)
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4, p10, pan4 (Krang)
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4, p1, pan1 (Leviathan)


Appearances:
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#4 (February, 2007) - Peter David (writer), Pascal Alixe (pencils), Livesay (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four#5 (March, 2007) - Peter David (writer), Pascal Alixe (pencils), Livesay (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)


First posted: 09/29/2021
Last updated: 09/27/2021

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