- Ibis the Invincible
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Whiz Comics" #2, (February 1940)
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Bill Parker(writer) Bob Kingett(artist)
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real_name= - Prince Amentep
- Danny Khalifa
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Ibis the Invincible is a
fictional character, a comic book superherooriginally published by Fawcett Comicsin the 1940s and then by DC Comicsbeginning in the 1970s. Like many magician superheroes introduced in the Golden Age of Comics, Ibis owes much to the popular comic strip character Mandrake the Magician. A second Ibis, successor of the first, was introduced in 2007.
The original Ibis first appeared in "
Whiz Comics" #2 (February 1940), and was created by Bill Parkerand Bob Kingett. When superheroes declined in popularity in the early 1950s, Ibis and the other Fawcett characters ceased publication. They were later licensed and eventually bought outright by DC Comicsin the 1970s. The second Ibis first appeared in "" #1 (January 2007), and was created by Tad Williamsand Phil Winslade.
Fictional character biography
Ibis began his life as Amentep, a prince of
ancient Egyptwho was in love with the beautiful Princess Taia of Thebes. As a young man, Amentep had been given the Ibis-stick, a talisman of incredible power, by the Egyptian god Thoth, who empowers the talisman. Amentep's throne was eventually usurped by a cruel magician known as the Black Pharaoh, who shot Taia with a poisoned arrow. Using his Ibis-stick, Amentep placed his beloved in suspended animation to allow her to heal. He soon cast a similar spell upon himself, hoping to be present when Taia revived.
Centuries later, the mummy of Amentep returned to life in an American
museumin 1940 (this was later revealed to be the work of the wizard Shazam). Now called "Ibis," Amentep set out in search of his beloved, eventually finding her at another museum. [Cite comic | Writer = | Artist = | Story = | Title = Whiz Comics | Volume = 1 | Issue = 2 | Date = March, 1940 | Publisher = Fawcett Comics| Page = 14-20 | Panel = | ID = ] Seeking to adjust to this new world, Ibis used his vast powers to become a crimefighter, operating primarily in Fawcett City.
Ibis could do almost anything with the power of the Ibis-stick: build force-fields around cities, transport himself and others, and even make objects appear out of thin air. Without the wand however, he was powerless and this weakness was frequently exploited by his enemies.
Ibis and Taia next appeared in a
Justice League/ Justice Societycrossovers as members of a team referred to as Shazam's Squadron of Justice. These heroes live in a parallel universe on a world called Earth-S.
After the "
Crisis on Infinite Earths" consolidated the multiple Earths, Ibis and Taia were retconnedas part of the Golden Age era of the DC Universewith Ibis serving alongside other war-time heroes in the All-Star Squadron. As noted in Starman #40 (March 1998), Ibis tended to operate out of Fawcett Cityalongside other heroes, including Bulletman, Minute Man, Spy Smasherand the duo of Mr. Scarlet and Pinky.
Ibis was reintroduced in the modern
DC Universein "The Power of Shazam!" #11, in which he is resurrected by Mary Marveland "Uncle" Dudley in order to save the wizard Shazam from being held captive in Hellby the demoness Blaze. Recently, it was revealed in Zatanna#1, part of the " Seven Soldiers" miniseries, that Ibis and Taia presumably perished along with Doctor Thirteenand Swamp Thingsupporting character Timothy Ravenwind at the hands of the shapeless creature known as Gwydion during a seance conducted by Zatanna.
In an odd post-death appearance, Ibis had a cameo in "
Infinite Crisis", after winding up back on Earth-S with the other Fawcett superheroes. Also, a modernised version of Ibis recently appeared in "52" #10 as the Egyptian representative in Black Adam's coalition. It has not been shown whether this Ibis is the same character as the previous one.
A new Ibis has been introduced in "The Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible" #1 (Jan, 2007). He is an Egyptian-American kid named Danny Khalifa. Danny is given the nickname "Osama" at school due to the events of
9/11and becomes the brunt of prejudice and bullying. However, due to being part of an ancient bloodline, Danny is chosen by Amentep (who is clinging to his last shred of spiritual life after his body was killed in Secret Soldiers: Zatanna #1) to be his successor. He inherits the Ibis-stick and is thrust into a conflict between ancient Egyptian gods. As Ibis, Danny prevents the helmet of Doctor Fatefrom falling into the hands of the dark god Set.
* [http://www.dcuguide.com/chronology.php?name=ibis Ibis the Invincible chronology at DCU Guide]
* [http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/i/ibis.htm Ibis Biography at International Superheroes]
* [http://www.toonopedia.com/ibis.htm Ibis Biography at Toonopedia]
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