Thursday, March 20, 2014
Occupation: Creature King
Height: Approx. 30'0"
Base of Operations: U.S.A.
First Appearance: House of Mystery #152 (July, 1965)
On the eleventh full moon under the threat of the idol-head, a menace appeared that matched a quote from the Diabolu Book of Legends: "From stone to indestructible life, to lead a mighty army in strife." On a hilltop near an unnamed town, the towering stone statue of a simian beast mysteriously appeared in the night. Visitors alerted local authorities, and once the dawn's light struck the statue, it changed color to a bright yellow and began to move. The Martian Manhunter had responded to the initial reports, and arrived as the creature was coming to life to batter it about the head. With each blow J'onn J'onzz landed, an explosion occurred in the immediate area, imperiling innocent bystanders. Not only couldn't the Alien Atlas lay a finger on the self-identified "Iwangis," but he had to stop anyone else from doing so, and also protect onlookers from explosions whenever he failed.
At an attraction for Farr's Circus, Iwangis created yet another complication. By transferring his own energy into a large stone statue of a lion, its fur turned orange and it sprung to life to follow the orders of "The Creature King." Together, the pair traveled to The Museum of Mythology and Natural History, where Iwangis raised an army out of a menagerie of statues based on fantastic beasts. A unicorn, "griffon," minotaur, dinosaurs and more were sent to attack innocents as a test of their power. Even as the Martian Manhunter fought some of Iwangis' creations, the creature leader was marching others of his army to the next town.
Having noted that Iwangis' color dimmed when he created a follower, and that all his converts were originally stone, the Sleuth from Outer Space hatched a plot. J'onn J'onzz sculpted a creature out of steel, coated it with sand, and attached a powerful electromagnet. Iwangis presumed it to be another stone statue, only to be held fast by the magnet as his life force drained away. Iwangis reverted back to stone, and was smashed to bits by the Manhunter.
Without the living presence of Iwangis, the creature army reverted back to stone. Even while active, Iwangis' creations could not venture outside a hundred foot radius of their leader without returning to stone. Iwangis was believed to draw his energy from the sun's rays.
Quote: "Be off, puny one! I am the indestructible Iwangis!"
Created by Jack Miller & Joe Certa