Gilad Anni-Padda from Eternal Warrior.
Art by Barry Windsor-Smith.
|First appearance||Solar: Man of the Atom #10 (June 1992)|
|Alter ego||Gilad Anni-Padda|
|Notable aliases||Gilad Abrams, Gilad Anni-Padda, Eternal Warrior, Fist & Steel, Gilad the One, Gil Masters|
|Abilities||Immortality, super-strength, regeneration, millennia of fighting skills|
Gilad Anni-Padda, aka the Eternal Warrior is the title character of a 50-issue comic book series by Valiant Comics that ran from 1992 to 1996. Eternal Warrior was relaunched with the other Valiant characters under the banner of Acclaim Comics in 1996 (video game company Acclaim Entertainment purchased Valiant Comics for $65 million in June 1994). Valiant Entertainment, Inc. is the owner of the Valiant catalog (including Eternal Warrior).
Months following Valiant Entertainment's successful relaunch a new Eternal Warrior series titled "Wrath of the Eternal Warrior" was teased at the Baltimore Comic- Con in September 2012.
Fictional character biography
One of three natural human immortals, Gilad is the brother of Ivar the Timewalker and Aram the Other (AKA Armstrong). The three brothers are the only naturally immortal humans known to exist. He serves as the "Fist and Steel" of the Geomancers and has served them for millennia. Like his brothers, Gilad has superhuman strength (though not as great as Aram's) and stamina, as well as a healing ability which allows him to regenerate tissue damaged by virtually any wound. Gilad's people once said that he carried within him the "Leopard Spirit."
Bravest of a warrior tribe, Gilad Anni-Padda was born in 3268 BC. His skill at battlecraft and the arts of stealth are great, as he has honed them throughout the ages. With an ultra-dense cellular structure that gives him great strength and the ability to heal from the most grievous of wounds, Gilad Anni-Padda is even immune to the ravages of time. The greatest fighter from an age when the sword was the law, he was ancient before the rise of the Pharaohs, and shall survive the fall of nations yet to come. He is the Fist and Steel of those who guard the Earth - the Geomancers, and his battle is never-ending.
In 3257 BC, at the age of eleven, Gilad emerged victorious from his first battle. In 3250, Gilad's first son, Kalam, was born. In 3219 BC, Gilad and Aram's tribe battled the superior weaponry of the Mesopotamians and lost, with the warriors of Mesopotamia advancing to Gilad's camp. All of the people were killed with the exception of Gilad, Aram, and Kalam. The brothers split up, Gilad traveling with the Geomancer of the day and Aram seeking a new family and a less violent life. Centuries passed and the brothers saw each other on occasion but have largely led separate lives.
In 210 BC, Gilad first battled the Immortal Enemy, then known as General Cheng, who can reincarnate through the ages, always doing evil and seeking Gilad's destruction. Every time the Immortal Enemy reincarnates his eyes remain the same, one green and the other brown.
In World War II, Gilad meets Neville Alcott at the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940. Alcott would later serve to aid the Eternal Warrior's causes.
In the early 1990s, Gilad (now known as Gilad Abrams) fought the Immortal Enemy's latest incarnation, a Colombian drug lord Juan Javier Caldone. Gilad has also incurred the enmity of Master Darque - necromancer supreme.
During the Unity crisis it is seen that Gilad will still be active in 4000 A.D., battling alongside Magnus, Robot Fighter. Magnus fights to protect his society threats arising from free-will robots.
Like his siblings, Ivar and Aram, Gilad's dense molecular structure not only renders him immortal, but also grants him super-strength, some invulnerability, and a regenerative healing process. His millennia of life has also made him a master of all known combat and weaponry.
- Sunu, Steve. "EXCLUSIVE: Valiant Teases Wrath of "Eternal Warrior" For Baltimore". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- Eternal Warrior #1-2 (1992)
- Eternal Warrior at the Comic Book DB
- Valiant Days, Valiant Nights - A Look Back at the Rise and Fall of Valiant, Newsarama, September 24, 2003[dead link]