Arabian Knight (comics)

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Arabian Knight is a title used by multiple fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Abdul Qamar first appeared in Incredible Hulk #257 (March 1981), and was created by Bill Mantlo (writer) and Al Milgrom (artist). “The Arabian Knight is a new character,” said Schmidt namesake heir. “We’ve had the Arabian Knight before, but the last version of the Arabian Knight, I believe, was killed twice without explanation of how he came back between them. He was sort of an insulting stereotype.”

The successor (Navid Hashim) was created by Christos Gage and Mike Perkins. According to editor Andy Schmidt, "The old one had all the stereotypical trappings—the flying carpet and whatnot. And some of that stuff is incorporated into this new one, but hopefully in a less stereotypical way and not insulting. He’s a fully fleshed out character. The other guy was just a visual stereotype with no real character behind him."[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Abdul Qamar[edit]

Arabian Knight
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceIncredible Hulk #257 (March 1981)
Created byBill Mantlo (writer)
Al Milgrom (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoAbdul Qamar
Team affiliationsDesert Sword
Pantheon
AbilitiesExceptional swordsman
Use of magic carpet, sash and 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.[2] He met Ghost Rider, and allied with him against the Water Wizard.[3]

He was also one of the heroes chosen by Death to represent her in the Contest of Champions against the Grandmaster,[4] 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.[5]

Abdul later battled the Demon of the Dunes for the life of his son.[6]

The Arabian Knight was later revealed to be an agent of the clandestine international group The Pantheon.[7] Posing as a member of the organization Desert Sword, he fought against Freedom Force.[8][9][10] (it was originally stated that his children had been kidnapped by Desert Sword, who forced Abdul to work in their service).[11] The Knight left the Pantheon following a disagreement with Achilles.[12]

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.[13]

Navid Hashim[edit]

Arabian Knight
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Navid Hashim the third Arabian Knight
Art by Mike Perkins
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceUnion Jack vol. 3, #1 (Nov. 2006).
Created byChristos Gage (writer)
Mike Perkins (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoNavid Hashim
AbilitiesWears indestructible uniform that grants him flight and resistance to injury
Use of magic sash and scimitar

Navid Hashim - the next 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]

Arabian Knight later represented the Arabian government when he attended Black Panther's meeting in the Eden Room of Avengers Mountain.[17]

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 next Arabian Knight revealed that the magic 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. The uniform serves as body armor that protects him from harm and allows him to fly.

Reception[edit]

Comic Book Resources placed the original Arabian Knight as one of the superheroes Marvel wants you to forget.[18]

Other characters named Arabian Knight[edit]

An unrelated character named Arabian Knight appeared in Black Panther (2005) #15 (June 2006). He was depicted as 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.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wizard Magazine: Interview with Mike Perkins, Arabian Knight III
  2. ^ Mantlo, Bill (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Buscema, Sal (i). "Crypt of Chaos!" The Incredible Hulk v2, 257 (March 1981)
  3. ^ Ghost Rider #62. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions #2 (July 1982). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #47 (April 1990). Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Frank Lovece (w), Kevin Kobasic (p), Phil Moy (i). ""Desert Storm"" The Incredible Hulk Annual 20 (1994), Marvel Comics
  8. ^ New Mutants Annual #7
  9. ^ Uncanny X-Men Annual #15
  10. ^ X-Factor Annual #6
  11. ^ X-Men Annual #15 (1991)
  12. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #114 (Oct. 1992). Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Thunderbolts #55. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ Union Jack (2006) #1-4 (Nov. 2006 - Feb. 2007)
  15. ^ Hulk Vol. 2 #44
  16. ^ Hulk Vol. 2 #46
  17. ^ Avengers Vol. 8 #11. Marvel Comics.
  18. ^ Smith, Gary (20 August 2017). "15 Superheroes Marvel Wants You To Forget". CBR. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  19. ^ Black Panther (2005) #15 (June 2006). Marvel Comics.

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