Angar the Screamer
|Angar the Screamer|
Daredevil #101 (July 1973). Pencils by Rich Buckler.
|First appearance||Daredevil #100 (June 1973)|
|Created by||Steve Gerber
|Alter ego||David Alan Angar|
|Notable aliases||Scream, Voice, Master of the Mindstorm|
|Abilities||As Angar the Screamer:
Vocal hallucination inducing
Ability to cause memory loss on people
Sonic Form (a being of pure sound)
Immunity to physical harm
Angar first appeared in Daredevil v1, #100 (June 1973), and was created by Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, and John Tartaglione. Angar also appeared in issues #101 (July 1973), and #105-107 (November 1973-January 1974) of Daredevil.
The character subsequently appeared in Marvel Premiere #25 (October 1975), Iron Fist v1, #1-2 (February-March 1976), 5-7 (June-September 1976), Spider-Woman v1, #34-35 (January-February 1981), 50 (June 1983), Avengers Spotlight #26 (December 1989), 28-29 (January-February 1990), Marvel Comics Presents #97 (1992), Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD v2, #33-35 (March-May 1992), Captain America v1, #411-414 (January-April 1993), and Avengers Unplugged #4 (April 1996). Angar was killed in Thunderbolts Annual '97.
Angar returned a few years later, as an energy being named Scream, and appeared in Thunderbolts #49-56 (April-November 2001), and 58-59 (January-February 2002)
Angar the Screamer received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #1.
Fictional character biography
David Angar was born in San Francisco, California. He became a hippie and a radical social activist, who volunteered for an experiment that would give him superhuman powers. Moondragon provided a crooked lawyer named Kerwin J. Broderick with a machine built on Titan. The machine subjected Angar's vocal cords to a bombardment with hypersound. As a result, Angar could scream very loudly and cause people to hallucinate. Moondragon intended for Angar to be an ally against the mad Titan Thanos, but Broderick hired Angar as an assassin. In his first appearance, Angar tried to kill Daredevil and Black Widow. Angar was defeated and would fight many Marvel superheroes over the years. He tended to attack crowds of civilians for little or no reason.
He later entered a relationship with the similarly powered Screaming Mimi. In a robbery, he was shot, and as he died in her arms, she screamed for over an hour until her larynx was destroyed. She was then found by Baron Helmut Zemo, who had Fixer rebuild her voicebox and give her new powers, after which she joined the Thunderbolts as Songbird. The Fixer also took Angar's body and experimented upon his larynx.
The Fixer's experiments resurrected Angar himself as the abstract sound being Scream, who became part of the Redeemers. Scream showed no emotions or intelligence and only obeyed orders. When the Redeemers fought Graviton, most of the team was killed and Scream was dispersed. He managed to restore himself through Songbird's energy and went on a rampage, until he had Songbird disperse him for good.
Songbird and the Redeemers were unaware of Scream's true identity as Angar the Screamer. Songbird did notice something familiar about Scream, but only realized his true identity when Scream restored himself and took Angar's appearance again.
Powers and abilities
As Angar the Screamer, Angar could scream at a superhuman level, deafening and even causing permanent hearing damage to those around him. He could also induce hallucinations in humans with his voice. These hallucinations usually were disturbing and violent in nature. Angar was immune to his own powers, and could make his victims lose all memory of his attacks.
As Scream, Angar was a being made out of "solid sound", allowing him to exist without food or sleep. He didn't need to breathe, but he needed air as a transmission medium to exist. He was immune to physical harm and could even reintegrate himself when dispersed. Scream could fly and manipulate sound around him. He could disorient opponents or use sound as a concussive weapon. Despite his ability to manipulate sound, Scream could not talk and seemed to be a mindless creature for most of his existence.
In other media
- David A. Angar appears in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "One of Us", portrayed by Jeff Daniel Phillips. This version has a voice that can render any living thing catatonic as a result of an experimental cancer treatment. He was later arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. who placed a special mask that kept his mouth shut and remanded to Brynmore Psychiatric Facility after his powers became too uncontrollable. David was later freed from Brynmore Psychiatric Facility by Calvin Zabo and people from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Index like a former nurse named Karla Faye Gideon who has scalpels replacing her nails, a master hacker named Wendell Levi, and an enhanced former mob enforcer named Francis Noche. The four of them were to be used by Calvin in a plot to get revenge on Phil Coulson's group for taking Calvin's daughter Daisy Johnson from him. When at a high school in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Calvin, Karla, Wendell, and Francis donned headphones as David unleashed a roar that rendered the students on the football field catatonic and even caused any birds in the sky to crash to the ground. During the confrontation between Calvin's group which he dubbed the "Slicing Talons" and Phil Coulson's group, David was about to do his voice attack with a microphone until the eyeless Inhuman Gordon appeared and teleported Calvin away from the group. Phil then took the opportunity to knock out David. After the resulting battle, the "Slicing Talons" are arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D.