Diamondhead (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Nova #3 (Nov 1976)
Created by Marv Wolfman and Sal Buscema
In-story information
Alter ego Arch Dyker
Team affiliations Terrible Trio

Diamondhead is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Diamondhead first appeared in Nova vol 1 #3 (Nov 1976), and was created by Marv Wolfman and Sal Buscema.

The character subsequently appears in Nova #6-8 (Feb-Apr 1977), #10 (June 1977), #22-25 (Nov 1978-May 1979), Fantastic Four #206 (May 1979), #208-209 (July-Aug 1979), ROM #24 (Nov 1981), Quasar #16 (Nov 1990), #20 (Mar 1991), The New Warriors Annual #1 (1991), Nova vol 2 #1 (Jan 1994), #10 (Oct 1994), Nova: The Human Rocket #2 (June 1999), Civil War: Front Line #9 (Feb 2007), and Nova vol 4 #2 (July 2007)

Diamondhead received an entry in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #3 (2006), and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC vol. 02 (2008).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Diamondhead was mutated by a diamond-powered laser while attempting to steal some precious gems. He developed a hard, diamond-like body that was superstrong. He used his new abilities to enhance his criminal career.

After being defeated by Nova,[1] he forms the criminal gang Terrible Trio with Condor and Powerhouse.[2] After Condor is defeated by the Sphinx, Diamondhead allies with the Sphinx and Doctor Sun. Along with his allies, Nova, and the Champions of Xandar, Diamondhead goes to Xandar on Nova's spacecraft.[3][4]

Once there, Diamondhead betrays the Nova Corps to the Skrulls. This causes the death of one of the Champions, and Diamondhead is left to float in space.[5]

Later, Diamondhead was seen as a prisoner on the Stranger's laboratory world.[6] He escapes and returns to Earth.[volume & issue needed]

Following the Stamford incident, the identities of the New Warriors were publicly leaked, including Nova's.[volume & issue needed] Diamondhead uses this information to locate Nova's parents' house and patiently waits until his nemesis comes home. When Nova returns to Earth after the Annihilation War, Diamondhead attacks him. Nova easily defeats Diamondhead and takes him back to prison.[7]

As part of the Marvel NOW! event, Diamondhead ambushes the new Nova, but is easily defeated and left stranded in the desert.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Diamondhead's body is basically one large diamond, making him incredibly strong and incredibly resistant to injury and harm. According to Nova, he can regrow destroyed limbs, given time.[9]


  1. ^ Nova vol 1 #3 (Nov 1976)
  2. ^ Nova vol 1, issue 7
  3. ^ Nova vol 1 #22-25
  4. ^ Fantastic Four vol 1 #206
  5. ^ ROM issue 24
  6. ^ Quasar #16
  7. ^ Nova #2 (July 2007)
  8. ^ Marvel NOW Point One #1 (2012)
  9. ^ Nova vol 4 #3

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