Sphinx (Marvel Comics)

Sphinx (Marvel Comics)


caption=The Sphinx battles the Fantastic Four on the cover of "Fantastic Four" #208 (Jul. 1979). Art by Sal Buscema.
real_name=Anath-Na Mut
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut= Nova #6 (Feb. 1977)
creators=Marv Wolfman and Sal Buscema
aliases=The Dreaded One
powers=Via Ka Stone:
Superhuman strength and durability
Energy projection
Reality manipulationTelepathy

The Sphinx is the name of two fictional characters that appear in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The first version of the Sphinx first appeared in Nova #6 (Feb. 1977) and was created by Marv Wolfman and Sal Buscema. The second version first appears in New Warriors #47 (May 1994) and was created by Fabian Nicieza.

Fictional character biography

Anath-Na Mut is a magician in the court of Ramesses II, who is defeated in a duel of magic by the prophet Moses, and is exiled into the desert for his failure. Anath-Na then discovers the alien Ka Stone, which grants him immortality and a host of other powers. Using the alias the Sphinx, Anath-Na wanders the Earth for thousands of years, and eventually becomes bored with his immortality. In the 20th century the Sphinx discovers the hero Nova, a human empowered by the aliens of Xandar. As Nova was instilled with the subconscious knowledge of Xandar's Living Computer - a computer connected to the still-living brains of deceased Xandarans - the Sphinx theorized that the Living Computer may be able to find a way to end his immortal life.

The Sphinx has several encounters with Nova, but is unable to glean the knowledge required. ["Nova" #6 - 7; 11 (Feb. - Mar. + Jul. 1977)] The Sphinx then empowers a pawn called Thraxon to help subdue the Inhumans, as he plans to use the power of Black Bolt to amplify a scanning device and read the minds of all mankind for knowledge of how to finally die. The Fantastic Four, however, defeat Thraxon and Black Bolt himself blasts the Sphinx into deep space. ["Fantastic Four" Annual #12 (1977)] After a brief battle, the Sphinx then allies himself with Nova and his allies when they travel back to Xandar to join a war against the Skrulls. ["Nova" #23 - 25 (Jan. - May (bi-monthly) 1978)]

This proves to be a ruse as once on Xandar the Sphinx takes advantage of the war to find and absorb the knowledge of the Living Computer. Evolving into a god, the Sphinx then has a change of heart and vows to destroy Earth. The Fantastic Four witness this, and knowing that they are hopelessly outmatched Mr. Fantastic contacts the cosmic entity Galactus and presents a proposal - if Galactus will defeat the Sphinx, then Mr. Fantastic will release him from his vow to never threaten the Earth again. Galactus accepts, and after the Fantastic Four find Galactus a new Herald - Terrax - the group travel to Earth. Galactus then battles and defeats the Sphinx, and after crushing his Ka Stone traps him in a time loop, which forces Anath-Na to constantly relive his life. ["Fantastic Four" #206 - 213 (May - Dec. 1979)]

Anath-Na relives his life several times over until due to a chronal flaw he is able to meet himself, and so warns the younger Anath-Na as to his future. The two then build a machine to reconstruct the Ka Stone, and after hypnotising the younger version of Anath-Na so he would not remember, the furture version enters suspended animation. The future version of the Sphinx awakens soon after Galactus departs, and begins to rebuild the Ka Stone. The Thing, however, battles the Sphinx to a standstill and destroys the machine, leaving the Sphinx with an incomplete Stone. ["Marvel Two-In-One" #91 (Sep. 1982)] The Sphinx then departs, but on learning that the incomplete Ka Stone is losing all power seeks revenge of the Thing. The villain the Puppet Master assists the Thing and forces the Sphinx to crush the Ka Stone; as a result Anath-Na immediately ages five thousand years and crumbles to dust. ["The Thing" #34 (Apr. 1986)]

"Meryet Karim" is a desert nomad who finds an unconscious Anath-Na Mut soon after he finds the Ka Stone. In nursing him back to health, Karim absorbs residual energies from the Ka Stone which grant her a fraction of its' power. Karim found that after death she was being perpetually recincarnated into new bodies and retaining the knowledge of her previous lives with each birth. In the modern era, Karim finds the remants of the Ka Stone and reconstructs it to become the new Sphinx. Karim then alters history so that Anath-Na Mut kills Moses, which leads to Egypt eventually conquering the world. Karim is thwarted by the superhero team the New Warriors, and she resurrects Anath-Na in a bid to reclaim his love. The newly-empowered Anath-na battles the New Warriors, but when forced to face his feelings for Karim decides to merge with her into a composite entity, which goes back in time to live a normal life. ["New Warriors" #47 - 50 (May. - Jul. 1994); "Nova" #6 - 7 (Jun. - Jul 1994);" Night Thrasher" vol. 2, #11 - 12 (Jun. - Jul. 1994)]


External links

* [http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/s/sphinx.htm Sphinx at MarvelDirectory.com]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Multiverse (Marvel Comics) — Within Marvel Comics, most tales take place within the fictional Marvel Universe, which in turn is part of a larger multiverse. Starting with issues of Captain Britain, the main continuity in which most Marvel storylines take place was designated …   Wikipedia

  • Bombshell (Marvel Comics) — Infobox comics character imagesize=156 converted=y caption=Bombshell, art by Mike Perkins. character name=Bombshell real name=Wendy Conrad publisher=Marvel Comics debut= Hawkeye #3 (November 1983) creators=Mark Gruenwald alliances=Death Throws… …   Wikipedia

  • Conan (Marvel Comics) — Conan An interior panel of The Tower of the Elephant comic adaptation by Roy Thomas featuring the art of John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala. The original short story was written by Robert E. Howard and first appeared in a 1933 issue of …   Wikipedia

  • Seth (Marvel Comics) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Seth (homonymie). Seth Personnage de fiction apparaissant dans Seth …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ozymandias (Marvel Comics) — Ozymandias Ozymandias drawn by Joe Madueira. Publication information Publisher Marvel Comics First appearance …   Wikipedia

  • Horus (Marvel Comics) — Superherobox| caption= comic color=background:#ff8080 character name=Horus real name= species= publisher=Marvel Comics debut= Thor #240 (Oct 1975) creators=Bill Mantlo, Roy Thomas, and Sal Buscema alliance color=background:#c0c0ff status=… …   Wikipedia

  • List of mutants in Marvel Comics — Human Mutants of 616 Universe= Confirmed mutants A * Aardwolf Chon Li * Absalom * Abyss Nils Styger * Aero Melody Guthrie * Agent Zero Christoph Nord (AKA David North, Maverick) * Airhead * Alchemist * Alchemy Thomas Jones * Alex * Amalgam *… …   Wikipedia

  • Marvel Two-in-One — Annual #2, 1977. Art by Jim Starlin. Publication information Publisher …   Wikipedia

  • Sphinx (disambiguation) — Sphinx or Sphynx can refer to: *Sphinx, an iconic image of a recumbent lion with a human head in Egyptian and Greek mythology **Great Sphinx of Giza, a giant Sphinx statue near the Great Pyramids Entertainment and fiction * Sphinx (film) , an… …   Wikipedia

  • Le Sphinx — Sphinx Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.  Pour l’article homophone, voir Sphynx. Le Sphinx est une créature fantastique présente dans plusieurs traditions mythologiques,… …   Wikipédia en Français

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.