|First appearance||Justice League of America (vol. 1) #164 (March 1979)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway (writer)
Dick Dillin (artist)
|Place of origin||Earth|
Homo magi is a fictional sub-race of magic-using humans in the DC Universe. The Homo magi first appeared in Justice League of America #164 (March 1979), and were created by Gerry Conway and Dick Dillin.
The Homo magi first appeared as "The Hidden Ones" in Justice League of America #164 (March 1979). They are referred to as Homo magus in issue #165, and as Homo magi in #166. In the storyline, Justice League member Zatanna is searching for her mother Sindella along with her father Giovanni Zatara. The Homo magi were also featured in the pages of Secret Origins vol. 2 #27 (June 1988) written by Jean-Marc Lofficier (credited as Ehrich Weiss), Randy Lofficier, and Roy Thomas.
According to the Lofficiers, their story in Secret Origins that re-told the origins of the Homo magi was revised heavily prior to publication; this is their reason for using a pseudonym.
In the original plot, Nommo, a sorcerer from the Empire of Kor in Ancient Africa, (from H. Rider Haggard's "She") created the Flame of Life from the life forces gathered after the sinking of Atlantis. Nommo later fought Wotan (changed to Felix Faust by DC), unwittingly causing the destruction of Kor when he absorbed the full power of the Flame.
Changing his name to Dr. Mist, Nommo embarked on a breeding plan to foster the creation of a race of sorcerers known as Homo magi. As part of his centuries - spanning scheme, Dr. Mist created the various Stones of Power used by Arak, Doctor Occult (not an Homo magi), Sargon, Zatara, etc. and the Global Guardians after World War II. Zatanna is the final product of Dr. Mist's plan for a perfect mate. But Wotan (Felix Faust) returns to steal his power and take revenge.
History of the Homo magi
Darkworld was a dimension created by an unnamed cosmic entity who later fell into a deep sleep. This entity's dreams were responsible for creating the first Lords of Chaos and Order, Chaon (chaos), Gemimn (order), and Tynan the balancer. These beings and others became the gods of Atlantis. Darkworld was tethered to Atlantis by a massive chain created by Deedra goddess of nature, much in the same way Ifé, the home dimension of the Orishas, is tethered to Earth by an iron chain.
In the DC Universe the Homo magi apparently originated on the lost continent of Atlantis. According to Doctor Mist, the Homo magi evolved in a parallel but separate line, alongside Homo sapiens. The continent was a focal point for unharnessed magical energies, and the local Homo sapiens evolved into Homo sapiens magi as a result of their exposure to these energies. Those humans who gained these nascent mystic abilities interbred for thousands of years, concentrating and strengthening the genetic predisposition. Upon the fall of Atlantis, people who carried the predisposition scattered to the four winds. Today, any human being capable of casting spells is a descendant of the Homo magi.
Homo magi are genetically identical to normal humans. The mysterious property that makes them Homo magi is somehow "dominant" like a gene, the child of a normal human and a Homo magi will always be Homo magi. How and why this trait expresses itself has yet to be recorded. Apparently that altered Atlantean genome is the difference between Homo magi and regular human magic users. Sindella (Zatanna's mother), Arion, Atlan and Tempest are all famously powerful magic users and presumably all Homo magi. Known offspring of Homo magi are Zatanna, daughter of Sindella and the original Zatara, and Traci Thirteen, the daughter of Doctor Thirteen and an unknown female member of the Homo magi.
The dimension where the Gemworld is located was originally owned by the Lords of Chaos. However, thousands of years ago, when magic began to drop in level on Earth due to a change in the alignment of the stars (due to a star going nova) the sorceress Citrina went there and struck a deal with the Lords of Chaos so she would be allowed to create a realm there for those wizards who wanted to emigrate from Earth. Gemworld, like Skartaris, was colonized by Homo magi emigrants from Earth. All of Gemworld's inhabitants can use magic, though most only at a very pedestrian level. Gemworld was the setting of DC's Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld series.
Led by Doctor Mist, the Homo magi created a hidden retreat in the mountains of Turkey called Hidden City, out of fears their uniqueness would be absorbed and diluted by the Homo sapiens. Powered by the Medulla Jewel the City is then shifted into another dimension for protection.
Another hidden retreat of the ancient Homo magi out of Atlantis was apparently Doctor Mist's African kingdom known as Kor. Seven thousand years ago Doctor Mist, also known as Nommo, was the wizard-king of the mighty African empire of Kor, and he was the guardian and chosen disciple of the mystic Flame of Life. The Flame was coveted by a sorcerer known as Felix Faust. When Faust attempted to kill Nommo, and take the Flame for himself, Nommo absorbed the Flame and used its power to hurl Felix Faust into another dimension, sadly destroying Kor in the process. In order to nurture the growth of the Homo magi and produce a candidate powerful enough to be his bride, Nommo created magical jewels known as the Stones of Life. He gave the stones to the Homo magi to aid in their growth.
Land of the Nightshades
The Land of the Nightshades was home to Even Eden's (Nightshade) unnamed race of Homo magi exiles. Her brother, while possessed by a demon called the Incubus, killed all the former inhabitants.
Atlantean survivors of the city of Challa-Bel-Nalla, then ruled by Lord Daamon (an ancestor of Deimos), formed an alliance with an alien race they called the Red-Moon Gods. These aliens provided the Atlanteans with advanced technology that Travis Morgan would later discover in New Atlantis.
Atlantean descendant humans, and Homo magi led by Lord Norrad the Younger, apparently made it all the way to the strange dimension known as Skartaris, a world of eternal sunlight. Jennifer Morgan, daughter of Travis Morgan the Warlord, is a Sorceress of Skartaris, as is Deimos, the Warlord's archenemy.