Real Name: Tomazooma
Identity/Class: Native America god
Occupation: God of kinship and storytelling
Group Membership: Anasazi/Manidoog (Native American gods),
Affiliations: Council of Godheads
Enemies: Tomazooma robot
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Death That Walks, The Living Totem, The Totem That Walks
of Operations: Giizhigong;
sometimes visits Keewazi reservation, Oklahoma
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#80 (November 1968)
Powers/Abilities: Tomazooma presumably has the
normal powers of members of his pantheon, including being unaging and
unable to die by conventional means. He is resistant to conventional
diseases and injury, and has superhuman
healing, endurance and reflexes. Only dispersal of a major portion of his bodily molecules will cause death, and even then resurrection via other gods may be possible. His flesh and bone are two-and-a-half times denser than human tissue, and while the average god of his pantheon can lift about 25 tons, Tomazooma's strength is presumably much greater, given his physical stature; however, he has yet to demonstrate his actual levels. Like other Manidoog, he may also possess additional superhuman powers derived from "orneda," the mystic power of the Giizhigong spiritual plane. Unlike the members of several other pantheons, Tomazooma possesses an intimate connection with the
Earth that enables him to remain in the Earth realm indefinitely without losing his powers.
Tomazooma appears to wear an impressive
helmet/headdress (or maybe several different ones, as his look has
changed a few times), but it is not impossible that this is his actual
Hair: Unrevealed; possibly none
(Thor and Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica) - Tomazooma was one of the Manidoog (a.k.a. Anasazi), the pantheon of gods worshiped by the indigenous people of North America. He was the god of kinship and storytelling...
Four I#80 (fb) - BTS) - though he was also feared as the
Death That Walks, suggesting he also had other, more terrifying,
aspects. Tomazooma was worshiped primarily by what would become the
Keewazi tribe in the region later known as Oklahoma.
(Thor I#300 (fb)) - Around 1,000 A.D. Tomazooma accompanied his pantheon's leader Manitou to a Council of Godheads to discuss the threat imposed by the Celestials. Towering over even his fellow deities, Tomazooma listened impassively as the others debated a plan of action and eventually settled on sending three of their number as a delegation to confront the alien interlopers.
(Fantastic Four I#80 (fb) - BTS) - In modern times the
Keewazi discovered oil on their land and became rich mining and refining
it, but they never abandoned their belief in Tomazooma. The Red Star Oil
Company tried to purchase the land, but their offer was rejected.
(Fantastic Four I#80) - Red Star built a Tomazooma robot to
assault the Keewazi refineries, unaware the god was real and was
covertly observing, giving his people the opportunity to prevail without
his aid but prepared to intervene if necessary. He watched as the
Keewazi's allies, the Fantastic Four, destroyed the robot, and satisfied
departed back to the mystic hunting grounds beyond the farthest horizon,
briefly letting himself be glimpsed striding through the clouds by the
formerly skeptical superheroes.
(Incredible Hercules#116) - Tomazooma again attended a Council of Godheads meeting, this time to discuss the threat of the Skrullian gods, whose followers were invading Earth. He listened impassionately as Athena began to explain how dire the situation already was, informing them that Earth was already conquered by the Skrulls.
(Incredible Hercules#117 - BTS) - Tomazooma was presumably
present as the gods decided to send a strikeforce to slay the Skrullian
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinott.
Though present at a couple of Godhead Councils, it's been confirmed that Tomazooma isn't a godhead and thus isn't a member; rather he was there as a guest of his pantheon's leader Manitou.
This profile was completed 09/05/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Loki.
Tomazooma has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#?, Manidoog entry (main image)
Thor I#300, p13, pan1 (attending 1000AD Council)
Fantastic Four I#80, p20, pan6 (visible in clouds)
Incredible Hercules#116, p22, pan1 (attending anti-Skrull Council)
Fantastic Four I#80 (November 1968) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinott (inks)
Thor I#300 (October 1980) -Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Incredible Hercules#116-117 (June 2008) - Greg Pak, Fred van Lante (writers), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
First Posted: 09/12/2021
Last updated: 09/05/2021
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