Brew's Crew: Nebulos
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
You have read of Nebulon and Nebula in this column. What kind of completist sci-fi author would I be if I left out – Nebulos!
Not a lot of gold to mine here, but I am hoping the loyal Cosmic Book News fans of this col will appreciate my unending efforts to satisfy character curiosity nonetheless.
Nebulos appeared in Strange Tales #161-163 (October-December 1967), and was created by the great Dan Adkins and Raymond Marais. He is an extra-dimensional being, the ruler of the Planets Perilous, and once possessed the Staff of Polar Power, which absorbed evil magical energy.
Nebulos encountered Dr. Strange and his British friend, Victoria Bentley, who had been banished from Earth to another dimension by Baron Mordo. Nebulos commanded Strange to take hold of his Staff of Polar Power, which placed him under Nebulos' control. (Silly rabbit -- er uh, Doctor!)
Strange was sent back to Earth to battle Mordo, absorbing Mordo's power into the staff. Strange was able to banish Mordo to another dimension, but was then pulled back to the Planets Perilous by Nebulos. The staff returned to Nebolus' possession at his whim.
The evil absorbed from Baron Mordo into the staff attracted the attention of the Living Tribunal, the end-all, be-all authority of judgment in the Marvel Multiverse (and part-time sacker at Joe’s Grocery!). The Tribunal discerned that he must destroy the staff and battled Nebulos, who threatened to release the concentrated evil contained in the staff.
The Tribunal used his considerable power to begin destroying Nebulos' entire home planet, but Nebulos still refused to hand over the staff. Strange was able to wrest away the staff just as Nebulos was buried by an avalanche and seemingly killed. Shows four (or five if you count Doc) are better than one!
No word from Nebulos in decades, but we really do not have a Sorcerer Supreme now, so --