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Doctor Demonicus (Douglas Birely) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. He possess advanced knowledge of genetic engineering, though is not as versatile as Arnim Zola or the High Evolutionary. He has clashed with the Avengers and Shogun Warriors, in addition to S.H.I.E.L.D..

Fictional character biography

Douglas Birely was born in Culver City, Californiamarker. As a scientist, he was studying the correlation between radioactivity and mutation when he is contaminated by a radioactive spill. As Dr. Demonicus, he is a criminal geneticist and criminal subversive who creates monsters and discovers the Lifestone. He creates numerous immense monsters mutated from animals. These include Batragon, Ghilaron, Lepirax and Centipoor. Using his monsters and his troops he raids oil tankers from his secret laboratory on the Aleutian Islands. The monsters were defeated by Godzilla, and Demonicus was defeated by Gabe Jones and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. When Jones confronts Demonicus during this story, Demonicus is altogether willing to tell him his background, and when referencing his monsters' creations he says "Knowing of his nuclear radiation mutation, I took my cues from 'Godzilla himself", and when Godzilla begins slaying the creatures he's made, Demonicus begins to become unstable, even claiming he would battle Godzilla directly in order to save the last of the creatures left alive at the time.

Demonics becomes an ally of the alien Myndai, Maur-Konn, who gives Demonicus his gigantic space satellite base orbiting the moon. Demonicus later uses his genetic and robot monsters Starchild, Cerberus and the Hand of Five against the Shogun Warriors Raydeen, Combatra, and Dangard Ace. Demonicus launches a meteor strike against Earth from his space station base. He is foiled by the Shogun Warriors and taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. again.

He eventually captures, enslaves, and further mutates Godzilla. (However, the creature is not deliberately named as such because Marvel's license to use the monster had by that point expired. To give readers a clue as to who the creature was, Demonicus refers to the creature as being "Once my greatest enemy", referring to Godzilla's defeat of his original creations. This version of Godzilla, according to G-Fan magazine, still makes occasional appearances in the Marvel universe every so often. ) The creature also, for reasons unknown, shrunk once Demonicus had captured and enslaved him. He sets Godzilla against the Avengers West Coast. Demonicus also salvages Iron Man's original armor and uses it to attack the Avengers West Coast personally. He is defeated by Tony Stark. He is later mutated by the Lifestone and the demon Raksasa. It is revealed his alter ego, Douglas Birely has skin cancer which is kept under control by devices in his costume.

Demonicus is also the founder of the Pacific Overlords, and with them battles Sunfire and the Avengers West Coast. He raises a land mass from the Pacific Ocean floor just north of Hawaii, and on it founds the new nation of Demonica with himself as ruler. He attempts, unsuccessfully, to get the United Nations to recognize Demonica as a sovereign nation. However he is seemingly killed when Demonica sunk back into the Pacific.

Doctor Demonicus is eventually arrested, convicted and incarcerated for his crimes. He was sentenced to "the Raft", a supervillain prison facility. He was among of the 43 villains that escapes during the breakout engineered by Electro.

The Hood hires him as part of his criminal organization to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act. He helps them fight the New Avengers but is taken down by Doctor Strange. Demonicus' particupates in the Hood's temporarly alliance with superheros in order to battle an invading Skrull force. As seen in flashbacks, the Hood had used his powers to help Demonicus and the others escape jail. During a secretive gathering, Demonicus and the others learn of the Skrull's attempt to infiltrate and control their orginazation. He joins with the Hood's gang in an attack on the New Avengers, who were expecting the Dark Avengers instead.

Powers and abilities

Doctor Demonicus wears costume that contains life-support devices which keep his skin cancer in remission. He has demonic-looking features, including mottled skin and horns on his forehead.

Doctor Demonicus carries a blaster that fires an unknown form of concussive energy. He uses advanced genetics robots and force field technology adapted to various weaponry.

Doctor Demonicus also has possession of the Lifestone, a radioactive meteor, with which he has created artificial mutated monsters.

Doctor Demonicus is a genius with a Ph.D. in genetics, and has an advanced knowledge of genetics and of the advanced technology of the alien Myndai.

Bibliography

  • Avengers West Coast #63, 69-74, 93-95
  • Godzilla #4-5
  • Iron Man vol. 1 #193, 196
  • New Avengers #1-4
  • Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #3-5
  • Shogun Warriors #7-14


References

  1. Godzilla #4-5
  2. Shogun Warriors #8-14
  3. Iron Man #193, 196
  4. Avengers West Coast #70-74
  5. "New Avengers" #2
  6. New Avengers Annual #2
  7. "Secret Invasion" 1-6"
  8. New Avengers #46
  9. New Avengers #50


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