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Zarbu
Zarbu

Real Name

Zarbu

First Appearance

Fighting Yank #1 (September 1942)

Original Publisher

Nedor

Created by

Origin

Zarbu was a powerful dark sorceror who was trapped in a vase painted with mystic runes that had sealed him inside for thousands of years. In the 20th century he was released from the vase and made a new bid at world domination through the might of his magic. He was returned to an imprisoning vase by Mystico.

Zarbu demonstrated a variety of incredible supernatural powers including mind control (powerful enough to make someone commit suicide or telepathically teach them a new skill), the ability to fly as a cloud of smoke, the ability to emit rays from his hands which were powerful enough to topple the Statue of Liberty, and the ability to emit a poisonous gas. He was able to identify Mystico as an enemy while in his vase, though Mystico did not seem to know him. He was able to resist Mystico's vast power until the ancient magician used a vase with runes.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Fighting Yank #1

Notes

  • The Nedor comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.

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