Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thantos vs. Thanatos

Thantos, The 3-In-1 Man
Debut: 1967
Nemesis: Martian Manhunter
Other Major Foes: Zook
Appearances: One comic story
Powers: Super-strength, nigh-invulnerability, flight, super-spinning drill head, self-triplication, vanishing, and height alteration (growing & shrinking.)

Bio: Thantos is an other-dimensional thief seeking to find the necessary means to stay on Earth permanently for his evil ends.

Vile Menagerie Stats
Win: The Cosmic Creature (6-3); D'Kay D'Razz (9-5); Ryx (4-3*); Triumph (?)
Lose: Gorilla Grodd (6-4*); The Lizard Men (?)
Draw: 0
*Stats reflect the point value of matches with 3+ participants, not direct confrontations.

Debut: 1970
Nemesis: Aquaman
Other Major Foes: Aquaman Family
Appearances: 6 comics.
Powers: Amphibious, enhanced senses, superhuman strength/speed, mind control, and illusion projection.

Bio: Thanatos was a being trapped in the other-dimensional "Netherspace" by powerful entities called "The Others" until he could prove himself evil enough to be returned to plague reality. Thanatos could temporarily access Earth when victims gazed into a magical mirror that mesmerized them. Thanatos could then assume their form and walk the Earth for a time, committing evil acts. Upon encountering Aquaman, Thanatos chose him as the template for a permanent form. When Aquaman's wife was in the grip of madness after the death of her first son, Mera was lured into the Netherspace, where she gave birth to a second ill-fated child. Aquaman eventually ended up in Netherspace himself for a time, and while imprisoned there Thanatos was freed and assumed Aquaman's identity. Shortly after declaring war on the surface world, Thanatos was murdered by Major Disaster, who had been contracted to assassinate Aquaman.

Vile Menagerie Stats:
Win: 0
Lose: 0
Draw: 0

Idol Speculation:
Here's something we haven't seen much of so far-- a Martian Manhunter foe who really is quite similar to a better known rogue from another hero's gallery, but the Vile Menagerie member is the older, more powerful, and less derivative of the two. If only Thantos had made a few more appearances, or had any commercial value, this really would have been the complete opposite of the norm around here. Of course, I did have to go fishing into Aquaman villains, which is a notoriously shallow pool to draw from. I can't believe Peter David not only killed this guy early in his run, but did so in such an arbitrary and frankly stupid fashion. Anyway, while I think Thanatos would hold up for a while, especially in Netherspace, the 3-In-1 Man simply bowls his over with superior abilities and a lack of compunction in using them. Hell, I think Thantos might even like Netherspace, and would certainly use it as a stepping stone to Earth.


will_in_chicago said...

Thantos would emerge triumphant as he is more powerful than the Aquaman challenger.

LissBirds said...

I was wondering why there would be two minor characters with such similar (Greek-sounding) names so I had to look it up. "Thanatos" was the Greek personification of Death.

Sometimes I just sit back and marvel at the education that Silver Age comic book writers must have received in their school days. Considering this was the print age, and all that knowledge had to come from a book, that means they must've been reading something besides comics. I always thought if a few modern day comic book writers spent a semester at a community college taking a few credits of gen ed courses, we'd see some richer stories and maybe some fresh ideas. Or, at the very least, at least some literary allusions here and there. Sure would beat the formulaic, rehashed storylines we see today.

Diabolu Frank said...

It wouldn't be so bad if today's writers just read comics. That's how the Bronze Age happened. No, today's writers all watch the same TV shows/movies and just try to do that. I just wish more of them watched Mad Men instead of Lost. My bar is not that high, but they still just crawl under it.

Diabolu Frank said...

Thantos, the 3-in-1 Man took 100% of 12 votes from Thanatos of Netherspace.