Real Name: Arkon
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Arkon has otherworldly, almost godly, superhuman strength and endurance. His body is highly resistant to all forms of attack and is able to regenerate at a superhuman rate.
The quiver Arkon wears is capable of creating up to three energy bolts at a given time. The golden bolts create dimensional gateways, the scarlet bolts and the black bolts cause deadly explosions. After Arkon's encounter with the X-Men, he gave them a quiver of golden bolts which Cyclops later used to take the X-Men to Asgard.
Arkon was born of noble lineage on the extradimensional world Polemachus. The people of Polemachus developed a culture that glorifies warfare, and Arkon succeeded in becoming the greatest warrior of his people. Appointed Imperion of the largest country on Polemachus, Arkon mounted military campaigns against neighboring countries in an effort to conquer the world. His dreams were forgotten when Polemachus was faced with a world-wide catastrophe in that the light-and heat-providing planetary rings were disintegrating. Arkon's scientists determined that atomic explosions occurring on Earth somehow were extradimensionally translated to rekindle the energy rings for about a year. Although Polemachus had not developed nuclear weaponry, the scientists predicted that if they were to atomically annihilate the Earth, their world's energy-rings would be restored to power.
Toward this goal, Arkon manipulated the hero known as the Scarlet Witch into reciting a magical spell found in a Polemachian book to enable Arkon to transport himself to Earth. Attracted to the Scarlet Witch, Arkon kidnapped her as well as a group of atomic scientists. The scientists used to construct an atomic device. Before Arkon could detonate it on Earth, however, Scarlet Witch's super team, the Avengers, managed to rekindle Polemachus' energy-rings. Arkon then ceased hostilities with Earth.
The Avengers had cause to revisit Arkon's world when their comrade, the Black Knight, was taken captive by Arkon while searching for the Well at the Center of Time. Arkon ceased hostiliites with the Avengers when he learned that he was being duped by the Asgardian Amora the Enchantress.
Although his world now possessed the capacity for atomic power, Arkon was dissatisfied with the length of time it took to build a nuclear arsenal. Thus, he devised a plan to pit three extradimensional worlds, one of which was Earth, against one another, in hopes that the energy from the resultant nuclear conflagration could be absorbed by his world. His elaborate machinations failed, due to the efforts of the Fantastic Four.
Arkon was forced to return to Earth yet again when the machine that Iron Man had once built to rekindle Polemachus' rings failed due to Arkon's tinkering with it. Arkon traveled to Earth to recruit Thor to recharge the machine, but he settled for the mutant X-Man known as Storm, who also had the ability to summon lightning, forcing her teammates to go after them. After a monumental struggle, the misunderstanding was settled, Storm agreed to help, and Arkon returned Storm and her allies to Earth. Another time, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four helped Arkon drive off an extradimensional invasion of Polemachus by the alien race of Badoon.
He was later prodded via a dream-suggestion to return to Earth because a Hollywood movie had been made about him. This subliminal coaxing was from Amora the Enchantress. She had been given the task of killing Doctor Strange during the " Acts of Vengeance " campaign (where all the major villains teamed up and tried to see if "swapping" foes would result in the defeat of their heroic enemies).
Since her own attempt on Strange's life failed, she thought that Arkon's brawn might succeed where her beauty had not. She also informed him that if he should so desire, he could also slay Strange's lover & disciple; Clea. But since Amora stole his Bolts of Transport, unless he did as she demanded, he would never be able to return home.
Although his intel from his spies incorrectly informed him that she was hideous, he knew that wedding with her would spread his kingdom to a second astral plane. With this information, and his desire to return home, he agreed to slay Strange and marry Clea.
Once he lay eyes upon her, however, he realized that she was "breathtakingly beautiful" (and realized that his spies, who were mutated anthropoids would have a different sense of physical beauty). Because he knew that he would most likely not be able to defeat Strange due to the mystic's mastery of sorcery, Arkon lured Strange to a power plant and inserted some of his power lightning bolts inside the plant's dynamo. Any use of magic by Strange, or any attempt to remove the bolts would cause the plant to explode, destroying the city. Arkon's plan was to kill Strange in hand-to-hand combat.
Although Strange gave a good fight, he could not over-power Arkon who, seemingly, killed him. However, it turns out that Clea had cast a spell to give Strange the appearance of death, saving his life, and she then proceeded to attack Arkon herself. When he realized that he was in too deep, he demanded the Enchantress return his golden bolts of transport so that he may remove himself from Earth. Enchantress fled and then Clea dispatched him to his world herself.
Some time later, Arkon traveled to Earth to employ the Avengers and Fantastic Four as pawns in his war with rival otherworldly monarch Thundra, until he made peace with Thundra after realizing they shared a strong mutual attraction. Later, with consort Thundra, Arkon sought Avengers' aid in repairing Polemachus's energy ring and protecting the maiden Astra from becoming a human sacrifice to Polemachus' religious zealots led by the high priest Anskar.
Arkon also had a rival in his Grand Vizier, who, over time, convinced Arkon to return Polemachus to a more barbaric lifestyle rather than rely on its science. The Grand Vizier then abducted the superhero and Avenger Photon (Monica Rambeau) along with the supervillains battling her at the time, the Wrecking Crew. The Grand Vizier used the Wrecking Crew to depose of Arkon and Thundra, until the Avengers arrived to rescue their teammate and restore Arkon to the throne. Polemachus returned to its hybrid barbaric/scientific lifestyles.
Arkon, Thundra, and all of Polemachus were last seen being wiped out by Krona during the JLA/Avengers crossover miniseries. However, since this took place in an inter-company crossover story, Arkon, Thundra, and Polemachus itself may have all been restored to normal when the miniseries ended.
In the Marvel Universe a series of low-budget sword and sorcery movies have been made about Arkon. Simon Williams (Wonder Man), in his first major Hollywood role, played the villain in one installment.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #75
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#17 Avengers Assemble (2010)
- 'Cage of Freedom'#18
- 'The Battle for Imperion City!'
Avengers West Coast (1989)
#75 Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'Hostages to Fortune'
#12 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Some Enchantress Evening'#13
- 'Arkon's New York Adventure'#21
- 'Mindless in Manhattan'
#160 Giant-Size Little Marvel: AvX (2015)
- 'In One World-- And Out the Other!'#162
- 'The Shape of Things to Come!'#163
#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
- 'A Journey Into Mystery'
#2 Squadron Supreme (2016)
- 'The Wrong Day to Start a New Life!'#3
#3#4#5#6 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Doctor Spectrum: Through the Lens Part One of Three'
The Avengers (1963)
Annual 19Annual 21 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Kang's World Part 4'#75
- 'The Warlord and the Witch!'#76
- 'The Blaze of Battle... the Flames of Love!'#84
- 'The Sword and the Sorceress!'#138
- 'Stranger in a Strange Man!'#358
- 'Arkon's Asylum'#359
- 'Gift of the Gods'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'A: From Abomination to Avengers Quinjet'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'
The Very Best of the X-Men (1994)
HC Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Very Best of the X-Men'
#1 Weirdworld (2016)
- 'Where Lost Things Go'#2
- 'Escape From Apelantis'#3
- 'The Coming of the Slayer'#4
- 'Queen of the Man-Things'#5
- 'The War of the Weird'
#1 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Where the Lost Can Be Found'
#31 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- 'The Friday Night Frights!'#43
- 'VisionQuest, Part Two: Vision Quest'
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