Symkaria

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Location of Symkaria in Eastern Europe
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man#265
Created by Tom DeFalco
In story information
Type Country
A rendition of the fictional nation of Symkaria (in blue). It borders Latveria (in green) to its north.

Symkaria is a fictional Eastern European country created by Tom DeFalco for the Marvel Universe. It is one of several fictional countries in Eastern Europe created for Marvel Comics.[1] The fictional country is mostly known as being the home of Silver Sable and the Wild Pack team though it is used throughout the Marvel Universe.[2] The country has appeared in issues of Silver Sable, Silver Sable and the Wild Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, Citizen V and the V-Battalion, and other comics published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Symkaria is first mentioned in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 (June, 1985) in connection with the appearance of the character Silver Sable.[3][4] Not much is shown about the country in early comics other than it has an embassy in New York City and it is part of the United Nations within in the Marvel Universe. It isn't until The Amazing Spider-Man #322 (1989) that Symkaria is shown in the comics. [5] The country is expanded upon with the creation of the Silver Sable comic book series in 1992.[6] Locations within the fictional country, such as Castle Sable, its capital city, Aniana, and its location next to Latveria, are shown in the Silver Sable series.

Symkaria remained associated with the character Silver Sable until the year 2000 when it was expanded to be included in the comic book series Thunderbolts.[7] The fictional country has since been included in multiple comic book series as part of the Marvel Universe.

Fictional overview[edit]

Symkaria is generally presented as a small nation in Eastern Europe that borders Latveria. Symkaria is used as the home to the criminal fighter and mercenary, Silver Sable and her Wild Pack. The Wild Pack is a mercenary force, focusing on humanitarian and Nazi-hunting missions, and is one of the nation's major economic forces. Symkaria is also use as the home for the V-Battalion, a secret organization dedicated to protecting the world at any cost. In many story lines, Symkaria is led by a royal family that has ruled more or less benevolently for three centuries. It is recognized by the United Nations of the Marvel Universe.[8]

Fictional history[edit]

Symkaria played host to another mercenary group called 'The Circle'. They operated off an island chain in the middle of 'Lake Symkaria'.[9]

Alternate version[edit]

In an alternate continuity, where the Transformers interact with the Marvel Universe, Symkaria and Latveria almost go to war. The two countries then play host to a battle between the Avengers and the Transformers.[10]

Fictional nation information[edit]

  • Official Name: Kingdom of Symkaria [4]
  • Location: The Balkans, near Transylvania and Latveria
  • Government Structure: Parliamentary monarchy, with a fractious three-party system. Symkaria's current monarch is King Stefan, and its prime minister is Alphonse Gallatik.
  • Capital City: Aniana
  • Population: 1,500,000

Appearances in comics[edit]

Comic Book Appearance Date
Iron Man Vol 5 #2 January 2013
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #685 July 2012
A + X Vol 1 #5 May 2013
X-Men Vol 3 #20 January 2012
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #686 July 2012
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #322 October 1989
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #323 November 1989
Web of Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 #5 November 1989
Citizen V and the V-Battalion Vol 1 #2 July 2001
Silver Sable Vol 1 #35 April 1995
Silver Sable Vol 1 #15 August 1993
Silver Sable Vol 1 #25 July 1994
Silver Sable Vol 1 #11 April 1993
Silver Sable Vol 1 #1 June 1992
Doomwar Vol 1 #6 October 2010
Thunderbolts Vol 1 #49 April 2001
Silver Sable Vol 1 #30 November 1994
Silver Sable Vol 1 #24 May 1994
Doomwar Vol 1 #6 October 2010
Citizen V and the V-Battalion Vol 1 #3 August 2001
Silver Sable Vol 1 #33 February 1995
Silver Sable Vol 1 #31 December 1994
Silver Sable Vol 1 #17 October 1993
Sable and Fortune Vol 1 #3 March 2006
Thunderbolts Vol 1 #50 May 2001
Silver Sable Vol 1 #9 February 1993
Silver Sable Vol 1 #10 March 1993
Silver Sable Vol 1 #34 March 1995
Silver Sable Vol 1 #22 March 1994
Sable and Fortune Vol 1 #1 January 2006
Sable and Fortune Vol 1 #2 February 2006
Silver Sable Vol 1 #13 June 1993
Silver Sable Vol 1 #20 January 1994
Silver Sable Vol 1 #4 September 1992
Silver Sable Vol 1 #6 November 1992
Thunderbolts Vol 1 #41 August 2000
Thunderbolts Vol 1 #67 September 2002
Marvel Atlas Vol 1 #1 November 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Most Dangerous Places in Comics". IGN.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Comic Vine". comicvine.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #265
  4. ^ a b Hoskin, Michael (2008). Marvel Atlas. Marvel Publishing. pp. 36–37. 
  5. ^ Cronin, Brian. "When We First Met – Europe, Marvel Style". goodcomics.comicbookresources.com. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Silver Sable Vol 1 #1
  7. ^ Thunderbolts Vol 1 #41
  8. ^ Sanderson, Peter (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. New York City: Pocket Books. pp. 62–63. ISBN 1-4165-3141-6. 
  9. ^ "Iron Man" #1-2 (Jan.-Feb. 2013)
  10. ^ "New Avengers/Transformers" #1-4 (2007)