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Origins

The Necronomicon was derived from a small part of lore from the Shiatra Book of the Damned (The Darkhold),[3] or patterned after it. That powerful tome of black magic was created by Abdul Alhazred[4] in the 8th century.[5] It was one of the most powerful tomes on magic.[6]

The Atlantean Logomancer theorized that the both the Necronomicon and the Darkhold, as well as the Oracles of Zoroaster and other mystic scrolls and books were in fact just imperfect copies of the ancient writings etched on the walls of R'llyeh, who had been produced by ancient beings,[7] though it is possible that Chthon, author of the Darkhold's content, was one of those ancient beings.

Modern Age

The book was banned for centuries,[8] while becoming legendary.[9] In Providence, Rhode Island, a copy was kept in the church used by the Starry Wisdom cult which remained when they were driven out in the 1880s. Robert Blake recognized it when he explored the church[8] as he had earlier learned about the book from correspondence with a reclusive scholar native to Providence.[10]

When Isaiah Curwen was denied the papacy, he extensively studied a part of the Vatican Library which housed the most complete collection of books on the dark arts, including the Necronomicon.[11] The Scarlet Witch considered the book an abomination and mistakenly believed all copies long destroyed. What appeared to be Agatha Harkness at the time, however, stated that it would be really useful to helping with Wanda's demon problems.[12]

According to some sources Doctor Strange posessed a copy.[13][citation needed] While studying extensively the occult, including Vampire and Werewolf matters, Elizabeth Nikos read the Necronomicon.[14]

During the Aqueos' hostilities towards Atlantis, Namor tasked Loa to read the darkest of the dark books. Doing so, she found an obscure footnote about the old vampires races, and the cause of the Aqueos' strength when near of their home territory, as they were power-boosted by the eldritch energy radiated by the Aqueos' elders, beings known as the Old Ones.[1]

Alternate realities versions

Earth-818793 / Earth-2149

Earth-818793

The 818793 Necronomicon creating a time portal

The Necronomicon was a Sumerian evil[5] sentient book with powers to create portals through time and between realities, as well as to create mystical zombies called Deadites through corruption of souls or demonic possession, similar to the "Raimis" created by Earth-555's Darkhold. Ash referred to it as the Sumerian Book of the Dead. One of Doctor Strange's sentient books, however, said that it was translated from the texts of a Sumerian death cult and written in blood on the flesh of the damned and tortured. Fought over by practitioners of the black arts it disappeared on Earth-2149 for several decades until it recently resurfaced in the collection of Doctor Doom. It was last seen with the Marvel Zombies who decided to use it as toilet paper.[15]

Content

The Necromicon was a means to summon "strange creatures and stranger gods".[9]

It included an obscure footnote about the old vamp-races, mentioned the ancient Aqueos and their eldritch energy radiation power-boost to Aqueos warriors/drones.[1]

It also mentioned the Undying Ones, the waning of their power, and them consequently fleeing Earth[16] (though that event occurred 1000 years ago, and the Necronomicon was written before, during the 8th century).

Notes

  • The Necronomicon from the H.P. Lovecraft's stories and the Cthulhu Mythos is the mystical equivalent of Marvel's Darkhold, though it has been stated that the Necronomicon was derived from a small part of lore from the Shiatra Book of the Damned, another name of the Darkhold.[3] and also that both were imperfect copies of the ancient writings etched on the walls of R'llyeh, who had been produced by ancient beings.[7] The Necronomicon might or might not be appearing in possession of various people:
  • Michael the Necromancer possessed a "Mini Necronomicon" which he used to perform resurrection/zombification spells.[2] It is unknown if that book is actually a pocket book format of the Necronomicon, or another book altogether.

Trivia

  • Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 is named "Starkronomicron", a reference to the Necronomicon. The issue also includes a mention of Lovecraft.
  • When Dr. Rudy Gillespie recited "Full Fathom Five, thy father lies of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fath. But doth suffer a sea-change. Into something rich and strange." to a deceased actor, this one, possessed and revived, recited at his turn "And with strange aeons even death may die!", while trying to chock him.[18]

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Namor: The First Mutant #4
  2. 2.0 2.1 Deadpool Vol 3 #45
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marvel Team-Up #76
  4. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Abdul Alhazred's entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Marvel Zombies' entry
  6. Marvel Atlas #2; Saudi Arabia's entry
  7. 7.0 7.1 Namor: The First Mutant #3
  8. 8.0 8.1 Journey into Mystery Vol 2 #4
  9. 9.0 9.1 Journey into Mystery Vol 2 #3; The Shambler from the Stars
  10. Journey into Mystery Vol 2 #3; The Shambler from the Stars!
  11. Doctor Strange Vol 2 #5
  12. Scarlet Witch #1
  13. Marvel Novel Series: Nightmare!; The Appendix to the Handbook cites this as a source.
  14. Morbius #4
  15. Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness #4-5
  16. Fear Itself: The Deep #2
  17. Doctor Strange Vol 2 #34
  18. Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6; Strange Aeons: Part 1
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