Real Name: Desmond Pitt
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Darkoth possessed superhuman strength (somewhere in the class 50 range), flight, intangibility, and superhuman stamina and durability. He also had a prehensile tail which could be used as a bludgeon or whip, and was able to project a fatigue causing energy from his "firehorn" antennae.
Major Desmond Pitt of the United States Air Force, was from St. Louis, Missouri. He had a degree in aeronautical engineering and was a test pilot like his friend, Ben Grimm.
Later, Pitt discovered that agents of Doctor Doom had infiltrated a solar shuttle project he was assigned to. Pitt passed himself off as a willing accomplice in order to discover the extent of their infiltration into NASA. He was so convincing that Doom himself took an interest. However, due to the recent death of his wife, Pitt made an error of judgment, and was discovered to be a double agent. Doom's operatives had Desmond denounced as a traitor, and kidnapped. The government thus considered him a potential spy, although he disappeared before formal charges were brought against him.
Doom made an example of Desmond by using genetic surgery and mutagenic compounds to radically alter his body until he resembled a legendary Latverian mountain demon and codenamed him Darkoth the Death Demon. Doom wiped his memories, and implanted the hypnotic suggestion that Darkoth was really a demon that had been rescued from the Netherworld. Darkoth then attacked the Thing, and lured him into the underground fortress of Doctor Doom. Darkoth was taken captive, and then regained his memory and betrayed Doctor Doom, allying himself with the Fantastic Four, helping them thwart Doom's Vibro-Bomb.
Darkoth was then enhanced by Diablo, who recruited him as a pawn to attack Doom. Darkoth stole aboard a space shuttle piloted by the Thing to redirect the solar generators at Doom. However, he betrayed Diablo when he learned the Thing would also be hurt. Darkoth was apparently killed in a solar generator explosion while in near Earth orbit.
However, Darkoth was actually transported away by Mephisto and became his pawn until he was killed in a battle with Thor, and ended up in Belasco's Realm, the dimension known as Otherplace. There he fought Belasco's servant S'ym for possession of the Soulsword. Darkoth killed S'ym and took control over the Soulsword, thereby becoming the embodiment of Otherplace, which he transformed into a realm of peace.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #142
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#38 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Out On a Limbo'#39
- 'Heart of the Matter'
#142 Fantastic Four (1968)
- 'No Friend Beside Him!'#143
- 'The Terrible Triumph of Doctor Doom!'#144
- 'Day of the Death-Demon!'#194
- 'Vengeance is Mine!'
#83/84 FF: Fifty Fantastic Years (2011)
- 'Vengeance est mienne!'
Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'Encounter At Land's End!'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#13 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 1 : Air-Walker to Man-Wolf'
#16 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Book of the Dead (Air-Walker to Death-Stalker)'
- 'A Deal With Darkoth'
U.S. Air Force (Marvel)
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