Friedrich Von Roehm

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Friedrich Von Roehm
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants #22 (December, 1984)
Created by Chris Claremont
Bill Sienkiewicz
In-story information
Alter ego Friedrich Von Roehm
Team affiliations Hellfire Club
Notable aliases Black Rook
Abilities state resembling lycanthropy

Friedrich Von Roehm, also known as the Black Rook is a Marvel Comics supervillain, and an adversary of the X-Men.

Von Roehm possesses a hereditary ability that is likened to lycanthropy. Von Roehm undergoes a transformation from his ordinary human form through a process mentally activated by Selene. He attained the rank of "Black Rook," of the Lords Cardinal of the New York branch of the The Hellfire Club, an exclusive secret society bent on world domination. In civilian life, he was a jeweler.

Publication history[edit]

Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz, the Black Rook first appeared in New Mutants #22 (December 1984).

The character subsequently appears in The Uncanny X-Men #189 (January 1985), and #208 - 209 (August - September 1986), in which he dies.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Apparentally German by birth, Friedrich Von Roehm operated a jewelry shop on New York City's Park Avenue. Von Roehm was also secretly a lycanthrope and a high priest of the supernatural being and self-described goddess Selene. Von Roehm, who had worshipped Selene as a goddess, became her personal servant when she showed up in his jewelry shop.[volume & issue needed]

As a member of the Hellfire Club, Von Roehm sponsored Selene for membership.[volume & issue needed] Selene became the new Black Queen, and Von Roehm served as the Black Rook.[volume & issue needed] Alongside the Hellfire Club, Leland later battled the X-Men in New York's Central Park. Selene used powers to mentally trigger Von Roehm's hereditary lycanthropy and sent him in pursuit of Rachel Summers. When Nimrod intervened to attack the X-Men and the Club, Storm proposed an alliance to battle Nimrod. Von Roehm rejected this proposal and attempted to attack the X-Men, but was disintegrated by Nimrod.[1]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Von Roehm possessed a power likened to lycanthropy. Von Roehm did not undergo the typical change in appearance associated with werewolves. However, he acquired superhuman strength, enhanced senses, claws, and barely controllable bloodlust during his transformation. His powers were genetically based, but required mental triggering by Selene. Aside from his personal devotion to Selene, Von Roehm was apparentally mentally compelled to obey Selene while in his superhuman state.


  1. ^ Uncanny X-Men #208 (August 1986).

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