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VALULU

Real Name: Valulu

Identity/Class: African god (see comments)

Occupation: Stone god (see comments)

Group Membership: The Vodu (gods of  Africa)

Affiliations: Local tribe, Benli

Enemies: Jim Harrington, Hugo (last name unrevealed)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Seakomo (island), Africa (see comments)

First Appearance: Astonishing I#11/6 (Spring, 1952)

Powers/Abilities: Valulu possesses the conventional attributes of an attributes of an African god with superhuman strength, dexterity, endurance and extended lifespan. He appears to made of hardened stone of unrevealed composition. Despite an apparent inert stance, he unblinkingly remains constantly aware of his surroundings and administers brutal justice upon wrongdoers. Of note is that his followers worship him using regular beatings of tom-tom drums and he has an altar with a large lone ruby, which is his sacred emblem.

 Height: 6'9 " (by approximation)
 Weight: Unrevealed
 Eyes: None (stone cavities)
 Hair: None

History:

(Astonishing I#11/6 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed means, Valulu the stone god settled on the African island of Seakomo and stood unmoving on an altar with a shiny ruby. He was venerated by the islanders who worshiped him with festivals with tom-tom drums. The island had deposits of diamonds, eventually attracting the attention of white industrialists Jim Harrington and Hugo, who had local Benli as their cultural translator.

(Astonishing I#11/6) - The islanders celebrated a festival honoring Valulu. Harrington and Hugo were both tired of the heat and insects on the island and sought distraction watching the festival. They looked at the altar, their greedy eyes immediately drawn to the ruby, but Benli urged them away. Harrington wanted to be rid of his business partner and hatched a plan; using Harrington's coat as a disguise at night, he stole the ruby while Harrington was passed out drunk, then put the sacred ruby in the coat's lining. The next morning, the angry islanders searched the industrialists' hut and found the planted evidence. Harrington was judged guilty and quickly executed, his body incinerated at the altar. That night, Valulu stepped from his altar and entered Hugo's hut and, with an unflinching visage, strangled Hugo.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Bob Fujitani.

So who is Valulu? He seems to be minor deity at best and unusually confined to an island. He's also referred to as "Valulu the Stone God" so maybe he was the god of stonemasons or miners. That Valulu is confined to an island suggests he may be exiled (with the ruby an imprisonment key?) or maybe he is simply a protector of the island and its inhabitants.

It's not explicitly stated that it's Africa, it's only implied from the islanders' appearance and diamond mine. And no, Seakomo doesn't exist in our world.

The story was reprinted in Chamber of Chills#18/2 (September 1975).

This profile was completed 8/31/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Valulu has no known connections to:


Benli

Benli was a local and the cultural translator and negotiator between the Seakomo islanders and the white mine owners. When Jim Harrington and greedy Hugo showed interest in the sacred ruby that was part of Valulu's altar, Benli warned them away. Later, as Hugo went to steal the ruby at night wearing Harrington's jacket, Benli was fooled by Hugo's disguise. The next day, suspicion for the ruby's theft fell on the white miners and Hugo wickedly directed Benli to investigate Harrington's belongings where they found the planted jewel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Astonishing I#11/6


Jim Harrington

Jim Harrington joined Hugo on the African island of Seakomo managing a diamond mining operation. However, he grew tired of the heat and the islanders' drumming as part of their worship of their god Valulu, and he resorted to drinking, often passing out. With Hugo, he saw the sacred ruby on Valulu's altar and followed local guide Benli's advice to leave it alone. But greedy Hugo wanted to be rid of Harrington and took Harrington's coat as disguise to steal the ruby before planting it in Harrington's coat. The next day, Hugo told Harrington to get new supplies from the mainland but Hugo also evilly guided Benli's suspicions to Harrington. His coat was searched by the angered islanders and, judged guilty from the planted evidence, Harrington was mercilessly incinerated at the altar with only cinders and charred bones left. Hugo scattered his ashes in the wind.

 

 

 

 

--Astonishing I#11/6


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Astonishing I#11/6, p2, pan3 (main image)
   p5, pan7 (headshot)
   p2, pan4 (side view)
   p2, pan4 (Benli)
   p1, pan1 (Harrington)


Appearances:
Astonishing I#11/6 (Spring, 1952) - uncredited writer, Bob Fujitani (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


This profile was completed 08/31/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

First posted: 09/08/2021
Last updated: 09/06/2021

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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