Arabian Knight (comics)

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Arabian Knight is a title used by three fictional characters appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics. All three characters are superheroes from Saudi Arabia.

Publication history[edit]

Abdul Qamar first appeared in Incredible Hulk #257 (March 1981), and was created by Bill Mantlo (writer) and Al Milgrom (artist).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Abdul Qamar[edit]

Arabian Knight
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Incredible Hulk #257 (March 1981)
Created by Bill Mantlo (writer)
Al Milgrom (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Abdul Qamar
Team affiliations Desert Sword
Pantheon
Abilities Magic carpet
Magic sash
Magic scimitar

Abdul Qamar, the first Arabian Knight, was a descendant of a legendary Muslim hero who had perished forcing the demons Gog and Magog back into their tomb. When the demons were later freed by an archeologist, Abdul found his ancestor's magical equipment inside the tomb, and became the Arabian Knight, once again sealing away the demons with help from the Hulk.[1] He met Ghost Rider, and allied with him vs. the Water Wizard.[2]

He was also one of the heroes chosen by Death to represent her in the Contest of Champions against the Grandmaster,[3] his teammates being Iron Man and Sabra. He overcame his dislike of the Israeli heroine to win their battle against She-Hulk, Captain Britain and Defensor.[4]

Abdul later battled the Demon of the Dunes for the life of his son.[5]

The Arabian Knight was later revealed to be an agent of the clandestine international group The Pantheon.[6] Posing as a member of the organization Desert Sword, he fought against Freedom Force.[7][8][9] (it was originally stated that his children had been kidnapped by Desert Sword, who forced Abdul to work in their service).[10] The Knight left the Pantheon following a disagreement with Achilles.[11]

Abdul died when Humus Sapien, a powerful mutant whose abilities are powered by the random draining of life from a large number of people, drained him of his life force.[12]

Second Knight[edit]

Arabian Knight
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Black Panther vol. 3, #15 (April 2006)
Created by Reginald Hudlin (writer)
Scot Eaton (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Unknown
Abilities Magic carpet
Magic sash
Magic scimitar

The second Arabian Knight was a Muslim warrior who won the right to use the magical scimitar, carpet, and armor due to trial by combat. This Arabian Knight showed up as a part of an international attempt to invade Wakanda, and was defeated by the Black Panther and Storm.[13]

Navid Hashim[edit]

Arabian Knight
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Navid Hashim the third Arabian Knight
Art by Mike Perkins
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Union Jack vol. 3, #1 (Nov. 2006).
Created by Christos Gage (writer)
Mike Perkins (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Navid Hashim
Abilities Indestructible uniform
Magic sash
Magic scimitar

Navid Hashim - the third Arabian Knight - debuted in 2006's Union Jack (3rd series) #1. Unlike the first two Arabian Knights, the third dresses in contemporary military clothing and appears to have extensive combat experience.[14]

When Red Hulk and Machine Man arrived in Sharzhad, they encounter Arabian Knight who leads them into Sharzhad and to Dagan Shah's palace. Once inside the palace, Dagan Shah sheds his disguise, reveals his true identity as the Sultan Magus, and imprisons Red Hulk and Machine Man as it is shown that the real Arabian Knight is imprisoned in a crystal.[15] During Red Hulk and Machine Man's fight with Sultan Magus, Arabian Knight gets free and helps in the fight against Sultan Magus, when he manages to cut off Sultan Magus' arms (yet Sultan Magus managed to reattach his arms before resuming the fight).[16]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The First Arabian Knight had the normal abilities of a healthy, athletic human. He was a good hand-to-hand combatant, and was an exceptional swordsman, particularly in the use of the scimitar. He possesses three magical weapons: a magic carpet, a golden scimitar emitting beams of magical force, and a mind-controlled belt/sash. Indeed, all three items respond, exclusively, to his mental commands. He discovered his weapons, which had belonged to a 13th-century ancestor, in an underground tomb in the Egyptian desert. The magic carpet and sash are formed from a material that is virtually indestructible, resisting fire, and even bullets. The carpet permitted him to travel, flying, at high speeds and altitudes, while the belt/sash magically elongates to approximately 40 feet (12 m) in length (almost 10 times its typical length), and can serve as a weapon (whip), or as a climbing rope, or to capture and restrain his foes. The golden scimitar, in addition to firing destructive blasts, will "backfire" against any other person who may attempt to wield it.

The second Arabian Knight had a magical scimitar, magic armor, and a magic carpet of his own. He apparently had nothing to do with the first or third Knight, so the origins of his magical scimitar, armor and carpet have yet to be explained.

The third Arabian Knight revealed that the flying carpet used by the first Arabian Knight was unraveled and made into an indestructible uniform that responds to his thoughts. He still uses the magic scimitar and wears the red magic sash around his waist, and the uniform serves as body armor that protects him from harm and allows him to fly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mantlo, Bill (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Buscema, Sal (i). "Crypt of Chaos!" The Incredible Hulk v2, 257 (March 1981)
  2. ^ Ghost Rider #62
  3. ^ Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo & Steven Grant (w), John Romita, Jr. (p), Pablo Marcos (i). "A Gathering Of Heroes" Marvel Super Hero Contest Of Champions, volume 1 1 (June 1982), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions #2 (July 1982)
  5. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #47 (April 1990)
  6. ^ Frank Lovece (w), Kevin Kobasic (p), Phil Moy (i). ""Desert Storm"" The Incredible Hulk Annual 20 (1994), Marvel Comics
  7. ^ New Mutants Annual #7
  8. ^ Uncanny X-Men Annual #15
  9. ^ X-Factor Annual #6
  10. ^ X-Men Annual #15 (1991)
  11. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #114 (Oct. 1992)
  12. ^ Thunderbolts #55
  13. ^ Black Panther (2005) #15 (June 2006)
  14. ^ Union Jack (2006) #1-4 (Nov. 2006 - Feb. 2007)
  15. ^ Hulk Vol. 2 #44
  16. ^ Hulk Vol. 2 #46

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