|First appearance||New Mutants #3 (1983) (hallucination)
New Mutants #18 (first true appearance)
|Created by||Bill Sienkiewicz and Chris Claremont|
|Alter ego||Demon Bear|
|Abilities||Draws power from negative human emotion; teleportation, immense strength, transformation; corruption of human souls|
Fictional character biography
An unknown villain created the Demon Bear by demonically mutating William and Peg Lonestar. The Demon Bear haunted the dreams of their daughter Danielle Moonstar, claiming he had killed her parents and would eventually come and kill her.
Increasingly troubled by her dreams of the Demon Bear, Moonstar (then called Mirage) ran various Danger Room scenarios against bears, and then confronted the demon alone; he mauled her and severely damaged her spine. The New Mutants rushed her to the Mid-County Medical Center. The Demon Bear infiltrated the hospital, transported the team to the Badlands, and turned nurse Sharon Friedlander and officer Tom Corsi into demonic Native American warriors under his control. They later reverted to normal humans, but still kept the appearance of Native Americans. Here the New Mutants fought and defeated the Demon Bear, disrupting him with Magik's Soulsword. Danielle's parents leapt from his body, returning them to normal.
The Demon Bear reappeared to battle Warpath, who was on his way to visit his brother's grave. Warpath fought the bear and would have been killed were it not for the intervention of Ghost Rider, who offered his assistance against the demon. They found out that it is actually the corrupted form of the Apaches' animal spirits, who had been driven mad by Eli Bard, who used a dagger full of black magic to do so.
Powers and abilities
Draws power from negative human emotion; teleportation, immense strength, transformation; corruption of human souls.
- "New Mutants" #19-20
- New Mutants #3 and 17
- New Mutants #18
- X-Force (vol.3) #8
- Uncanny X-Force (vol. 2) #4-5
- Uncanny X-Force (vol. 2) 6