rekrab-terror1-face-glassesREKRABrekrab-terror-1-mostfull

Real Name: Unrevealed (Rekrab seems more likely as surname than a first name, but it could also be an alias...)

Identity/Class: Human possible magic-user (occult expert, at least)

Occupation: Owner of Rekrab's Arcanum

Group Membership: None known

Affiliations: BoneyardLuke Cage (Carl Lucas), Alexis Primo, Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova), Terror (Shreck)

Enemies: Indirectly Roger Barbatos, Beelzeboul, Culex, Hellfire (Mikal Drakonmegas), hellfire serpent, Priapus, Sabaist; unidentified homunculus/imp/demon

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Rekrab's Arcanum, Westminster, London

First Appearance: Terror Inc.#1 (July, 1992)

rekrab-terror1-facePowers/Abilities: Rekrab  has extensive knowledge of arcane/occult/mystic history, beings, talismans, etc. 

rekrab-terror1-reviewing_notebook    He owns Rekrab's Arcanum, in which he keeps an extensive library of mystic tomes and articles on occult items, events, and beings. 

    He possesses a number of mystic talismans, notably including at least one LeMarchand Puzzle Box.

    Within his Arcanum, he also holds at least a couple mystic beings, such as a homunculus/imp/demon and (what would appear to be based on only the tail that coudl be seen) a miniature stegasaurus. 

    Based on the fact that the homunculus apparently obeyed his will, Rekrab apparently had some degree of mystic and/or telepathic power.

    He wore eyeglasses, at least for reading. The fact that he took them off when speaking to Terror may indicate that he is purely nearsighted.

Height: Unrevealed (he is almost uniformly shown in a seated position; when he is standing, Terror is seated; in the one panel in which they both appeara to be standing, he seems to be a little shorter than Terror, but Terror's size can change as he changes his legs, etc.; perhaps anywhere from 5'5" to 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (he sometimes looks more elderly and lean, but I would think anywhere from 150-190 lbs. depending on height)
Eyes: Dark, apparently brown
Hair: Gray (receding hairline; beard)

History:

(Terror Inc.#1 (fb) - BTS) - Rekrab operated Rekrab's Arcanum, an occult artifacts emporium, rarely leaving the facility. He had a long association with the mercenary Terror (Schreck), leading to an antagonistic familarity. He was more disturbed by Terror's mercenary work than his monstrous appearance and/or the horrific way he used pieces of other people's bodies to gain their abilities and memories.

(Terror Inc.#11 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Rekrab somehow obtained a homunculus, which he kept locked in a cage with the keys just out of reach, just "to torture the little imp." He also apparently obtained some sort of miniature stegasaurus, which he also kept caged.

(Terror Inc.#1) - When Terror again visited his emporium, Rekrab discussed how he would have paid to see Terror forced to cover up "that thing you call a face" while traveling commercially, knowing how it was an afront to Terror's vanity (I'm not quite sure what trip he is referring to; perhaps traveling to England). Noting Rekrab's "malevolent glee" at his personal habits, Terror asked Rekrab when was the last time he had been out of "this firetrap you optomistically call an emporium."

    As Terror picked up a LeMarchand Puzzle Box, Rekrab told him to put it down as he didn't know where it had been. Terror asked that he didn't know where the box had been, but Rekrab clarified that he was talking about Terror's newest hand. Getting to the point, Terror showed Rekrab a sigil, the mark of the demon Beelzeboul, and asked what he knew of dissolving an agreement with the demon. 

    Rekrab asked if this was legitimate work or more of that mercenary "horror for hire" slumming, leading Terror to ask if he didn't know the answer, and Rekrab noted that what he didn't know would shiver even Terror's timbers and that Terror was wasting his talent and tradition. Terror interrupted, telling him that time is what was wasting.

    As Rekrab opened an occult text, he noted that Terror had traveled all this way just to visit and make nasty, and he asked if Terror couldn't have found fingers that knew how to dial a fax. When Terror replied that he preferred the personal touch, Rekrab asked if he had ever considered licensing himself to Hallmark. Locating the mark of Beelzeboul in the text, Rekrab advised him that Beelzeboul was not a devil known for coming topside except to do business, and that short of conjuring Beelzeboul himself and pledging infernal allegiance, Terror was not going to be able to dissolve one of his previously existing agreements. rekrab-terror-11-brown

    However, Rekrab then considered Mikal Drakonmegas -- pausing to snatch the puzzle box out of Terror's hands after the mercenary picked it back up -- and revealed that he was Beelzeboul's son and the half-brother of Daimon Hellstrom. Rekrab suggested that if Terror could bring Drakonmegas into his birthright, perhaps via the hellfire serpent into which Hellstrom had transferred his darksoul, Terror could use Drakonmegas as a key to Beelzeboul's realm and catch the demon off guard. 

(Terror Inc.#11) - When Terror visited Rekrab with questions about Vatsayana's Tryst, Rekrab advised him not to expect much in the way of romance from this particular tryst, as he had over two volumes worth of murders committed over the item. Noting that he kept the key to his homunculus' cage just out of reach to torture it, Rekrab told Terror that he may find himself sympathizing with the imp, as the last reported sighting of the Tryst was seven years ago in the hands of man named Bo Ting, at an outpost village just south of the Artic Circle. 

rekrab-terror-12-page    When Terror stated that he anticipated better productivity than Rekrab's pet demon, Rekrab noted that at least the demon was staying warm...

(Terror Inc.#12) - Rekrab accompanied Boneyard, Luke Cage, Alexis Primo, and Silver Sable aboard Terror's plane to Barcelona, Spain, where the heroes planned to oppose Priapus' plot to assemble and gain the full power of the Carnal Serpent

    En route, as Terror decided on the size of an arm to use for the mission, Rekrab advised him to worry less about the line of his suit and more about what the Carnal Serpent might turn out to be. While reviewing some partial damaged page/parchment, he shared that legend had it that God (Yahweh) had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah over. 

    Mocking Rekrab's doomsaying, Terror noted that they wouldn't be needing to bring salt to the table. 

(Terror Inc.#13) - When Terror visited his Arcanum again, Rekrab noted that London had missed him, although there were also those who yearned for the days of Jack the Ripper. Terror noted that Rekrab's homunculus was on the loose, but Rekrab assured him that the imp knew its place. Rekrab continued that he wasn't sure Terror knew his own place, as he was entering dangerous waters for the sake of his former lover. rekrab-terror-13-face

    Terror, in return, accused Rekrab of hypocrisy, noting how Rekrab urged him to cast off mercenary work in favor of his arcane past, but when he took a tentative step forward in that arena, Rekrab reacted negatively. Rekrab countered that that was because it was only a half-step, which could too easily be misconstrued as weakness. Telling Terror to do what he wanted, Rekrab advised him that rather than digging up others' graves, this time, he might be digging his own. Nonetheless, Rekrab gave Terror a card for Borderline Investigations Services (run by Blade/Eric Brooks, Frank Drake, and Hannibal King).


Comments: Created by D.G. Chichester and Jorge Zaffino.

    Rekrab is obviously Barker spelled backwards and an homage to Clive Barker, as well the presence of LeMarchand Puzzle Box, which was featured in Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Time is tight to get this done for the event, so there will likely be some sub-profiles or supplementary profiles -- Rekrab's Arcanum, the Homunculus/imp, the Puzzle Boxes, etc. -- in the future. The box was also seen in #11 and #13.rekrab-terror1-boxrekrab-terror-13-homunc-freerekrab-terror-11-homunc-caged

    I don't think Rekrab's emporium's location is spelled out, but Elizabeth Tower (which holds the bell Big Ben and its associated clock) is shown in both #1 and #11 just before showing the emporium's interior, so presumably that is framing intended to place it in Westminster, London.
    It is confirmed as London, at least, in Terror Inc.#13

    In #1, Rekrab looks more elderly and lean, in #12, a little less so; in #13 he had thicker hair, looked a little younger, and his beard is trimimed to be more of a mustache/goatee combo; in #11, he has brown hair, has a very full beard; wears darker glasses (like sunglasses, inside), and appears younger and stockier.
    Artistic license could certainly explain that, although #11 and #13 had the same art team. Maybe they made a mistaken in #11 and tried to be more in line with his original appearance in #13.
    Or, maybe Rekrab's mystic nature allows or causes him to change appearances somewhat under various circumstances, times of day, etc.

    This profile was completed 7/18/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

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Terror Inc.#1, pg. 16, panel 3 (skyline around his shop);
            panel 4 (puzzle box in Terror's hands);
            panel 5 (Arcanum interior)

        pg. 17, panel 2 (face, with glasses pulled down);
            panel 3 (face, with glasses and open tome);
        pg. 18, panel 1 (Arcanum shelving);
            panel 2 (most full body);
            panel 3 (looking through notebook)
    #11, pg. 7, panel 2 (with brown hair; homunculus and puzzle box);
rekrab-terror-13-arcanum
    #12, pg. 13, panel 3 (examining a tattered page);
    #13, pg. 8, panel 1 (Arcanum exterior);
            panel 2 (homunculus beside seated form);
            panel 4 (face, slightly shadowed)
           

Appearances:
Terror Inc.#1 (July, 1992) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Jorge Zaffino (artist), Marcus McLaurin (editor)
Terror Inc.#11 (May, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Richard Pace (penciler), Temujin (inker), Marcus McLaurin (editor)
Terror Inc.#12 (June, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Kirk van Wormer (penciler), Temujin, Bud LaRosa, & Steve George (inkers), Marcus McLaurin (editor)
Terror Inc.#13 (July, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Richard Pace (penciler), Temujin (inker), Marcus McLaurin (editor)


First posted09/16/2021
Last updated: 09/15/2021

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