Donald & Deborah Ritter

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Donald Ritter
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Eternals: The Herod Factor
Created by Roy Thomas
Dann Thomas
Mark Texeria
In-story information
Alter ego Donald Ritter
Team affiliations Eternals
Delta Network
Notable aliases Dark Angel
-Tzabaoth
Doublemint Twins
Abilities Merge
Deborah Ritter
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Eternals: The Herod Factor
Created by Roy Thomas
Dann Thomas
Mark Texeria
In-story information
Alter ego Deborah Ritter
Team affiliations Eternals
Notable aliases Dark Angel
-Tzabaoth
Doublemint Twins
Abilities Merge

Donald and Deborah Ritter are fictional characters from Marvel Comics. They are the twin children of Thena, leader of the Eternals, and Kro, sometime leader of the race of Deviants. The Ritter twins were created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas and Mark Texeira. The twins first appeared in the one-shot special Eternals: The Herod Factor.

Fictional character biographies[edit]

Thena and Kro, despite being members of two offshoots of humanity who have been traditional enemies, have had a relationship for over 25,000 years. During the Vietnam war, the two had a sexual encounter, and Thena discovered she was pregnant. Using her powers, she secretly implanted the embryos into an infertile human woman, and the two grew up unaware of their ancestry.[volume & issue needed]

When Dr. Daniel Damian, a human who was aware of the existence of Deviants and Eternals, sent a monster (formerly Ajak) to slay the two children, killing numerous other sets of twins in the process, Thena took the two to Olympia, the city of Eternals, but did not inform them of their heritage. However, even Olympia proved unsafe, and the monster captured the two to Peru, where they confronted Damian. The Twins learned of their true origin, and were rescued by Kro and Thena.[volume & issue needed]

The Ritter twins have been shown twice since then; In Avengers #370-371, the two joined Kro's Delta Network, and demonstrated the ability to merge into a two-mouthed, four-eyed and four-armed creature calling itself Tzabaoth. In Heroes for Hire #6, they again merged, this time forming into a sleek, winged metallic creature called Dark Angel. In both stories, the twins were supposedly merging for the "first" time, and both stories also portrayed the "resurrection" of the Deviant Ghaur, suggesting that perhaps the writers of these stories were unaware that these characters had already been used in this way.[volume & issue needed]

Both Tzabaoth and Dark Angel had Eternal-like abilities, including great strength and durability, flight, and the power to fire energy beams from its eyes.[volume & issue needed]

Notes[edit]

The Ritter Twins are not the only characters to use the identity of Dark Angel. These include:

  • A former CIA agent was known as the Dark Angel. She first appeared in Master of Kung Fu vol. 1 #107
  • Jessica Drew was called the Dark Angel in Spider-Woman vol. 1 #1
  • X-Men member, Archangel was called the Dark Angel in X-Factor vol. 1 #34.
  • The Guardian of Souls was known as the Darkangel. It empowered Shevaun Haldane and first appeared in Hell's Angel #1. It was also known as the Angel of Death.
  • Shevaun Haldane became the Dark Angel and a member of Dark Guard. She was given a suit made from the fabric of the universe by the Dark Angel/Angel of Death that empowered her. She first appeared in Dark Angel #1.
  • In the Days of Future Past alternate future, a member of the RCX is known as the Dark Angel and first appeared in Excalibur vol. 1 #66
  • On Earth-Moebius, Kathisul Evin became the Dark Angel after he was empowered by a magic totem on Fandor Island. He was the former herald of Galactus of that dimension and later came to dwell in the alternate future of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He first appeared in CyberSpace3000 #2.

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