The fishmen are near-humanoid but aquatic and fish-like creatures, often related to ancient gods and monsters, and/or to sunken lost cities.
- Dagon sired the race of fish-men.
- The following mention describes material mentioned only in a vision in an alternate reality of the Hyborian Age:
Dagon's disciples "[became] one with the sea", turning into fish-men (or "men of the sea), in his name.
After the evil sorcerer Ohris Dehjmal's living head was thrown into the deepest part of the sea by King Kull of Valusia, he was found by the fishmen inhabiting the ancient city, who took him as their god. Sensing Kull close, on the coastline, Dehjmal had them to infiltrate the fort maned by Zardis, in order to assassinate Kull. Kull fend off the attack and, joined by Brule and Alecto, slaughtered the assassins. As the fishmen directly attacked the fort, chanting his name, Kull deducted that they were in service of one of his many enemies. Regrouping and leading his forces, Kull pushed back the assailants into the sea. Returning to the city, the beaten fishmen grabbed Ohris' head, stopping to obey and worship him, and threw it in the lair of a giant squid. The head was somehow returned back into the box and in the city later.
The following mention describes material mentioned only in a vision in an alternate reality of the Hyborian Age:
The disciples of Dagon, once men, "[became] one with the sea". They were known in tales of "men of the sea", "mermaids", and "sirens" in Argos and Baacha.
At the time of World War I, a group of fishmen living on an island in the South Pacific worshiped Dagon, and offered him sacrifices in the form of fish and drowned men. One man witnessed their unholy ceremony and the coming of the gigantic Dagon. Rendered insane by the experience, the man managed to flee the island and found himself in San Francisco, where he tried to learn more about what he had seen, and wrote down his story, until he was found back by the fishmen.
That story was later published by H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote it with the man as narrator, under the title "Dagon".
They raided villages to capture new members, who were controlled and transformed by Dagon. They seemingly caused a change in the sea and the people around a port in Shem or Argos, as the fish left the waters, then the fishermen, then the traders, as fear established into the place. Eventually, they attacked that port, and Conan, who tried to foil the transformation of the townspeople and charged the fish-men, was one of many to be turned by Dagon into one of his mindless slaves.
- Dagon's fish-men are obviously the counterpart of the Deep Ones, creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos, who first appeared in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (1931), but were hinted in his short story "Dagon" (written in 1917, published in 1919).
- A few pastiches of the Deep Ones appeared in Marvel Comics:
- Appearing in Marvel Premiere, the Serpent Men, descendants of Sligguth, son of the Elder God Set and living in the US coastal city of Starkesboro, are considered to be inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Deep Ones, the amphibian-featured inhabitants of Innsmouth. The Serpent-Men as a whole are themselves creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos appearing in Marvel Comics.
- The Broodlings of Chthon, or Daughters of Chthon, an ancient mostly-female race of creatures created by Chthon to serve and worship him and the other Old Ones, appeared in Carnage Vol 2 #14.
- The fishmen serving Uluath, a being heavily inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos, in Monsters Unleashed Vol 3 #10. The relation (if any) between Dagon's and Uluath's fishmen remains unknown.
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- Appearances of Fishmen
- Minor Appearances of Fishmen
- Media Fishmen was Mentioned in
- Race Gallery: Fishmen
- Images of Fishmen
Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's second paragraph
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Monsters Unleashed Vol 3 #10
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #104; Men of the Shadows Part III
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Savage Sword of Conan #176; The Three Deaths of Conan
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Savage Sword of Conan #132; Kull the Conqueror! The Sea King
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Savage Sword of Conan #186; Horror Out Of Time
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #121; Pieces of Horror
- ↑ Deep Ones on Wikipedia
- ↑ Marvel Comics in the 1970s: An Issue-by-Issue Field Guide to a Pop Culture Phenomenon, 2011, Pierre Comtois, quoted in "Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder Gods: Who will win?" by Gredogtales, march 16, 2017