Lord Dark Wind

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Lord Dark Wind
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Daredevil (1st series), #196 (July 1983)
Created by Denny O'Neil
Larry Hama
Klaus Jensen
In-story information
Alter ego Kenji Oyama

Lord Dark Wind (Professor Kenji Oyama) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the father of X-Men supervillainess Lady Deathstrike and Lord Deathstrike and the inventor of the adamantium bonding process.

Publication history[edit]

The character first appeared in Daredevil #196 (July 1983).[1] He was created by Denny O'Neil, Larry Hama, and Klaus Jensen.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Professor Kenji Oyama was a Japanese scientist who was also a powerful crime lord known as Lord Dark Wind. Kenji is most famous for creating the adamantium-to-bone bonding process that would be used on Wolverine, Bullseye, and others. He is also the father of Yuriko Oyama, the woman who would later become Lady Deathstrike, and Lord Deathstrike.

A Japanese kamikaze pilot during World War II, the bombs on his plane failed to explode when he crashed into an American aircraft carrier, and he miraculously survived, though his face was horribly scarred.[2] He wrote a book about his experiences and made a fortune from its sales, which he used to buy a private island and set himself up as a lord.[3] During this time he married and had three children. Feeling shamed by his failure decades earlier, he permanentally adorned his face with a black cowl and scarred the faces of his children in a ritual design.[3] Seeing mercantilism as inherently dishonorable,[4] he began funding violent political activity, and ordered his two sons to assassinate the Japanese prime minister; they died in the attempt.[3]

Intending to employ the assassin Bullseye, he freed him from prison and performed surgeries to replace his damaged vertebrae with adamantium.[5] Daredevil pursued Bullseye to his estate. His daughter Yuriko allied herself with Daredevil. To free her lover, Kiro, from her father's servitude, and to gain vengeance for her scarring and the death of her two brothers, she slew Lord Dark Wind.[3] Yuriko would later belatedly embrace her father's ideals and go on a quest to track down the person who dishonored him.[6]

Other media[edit]


  • In X-Men episode "Out of the Past," Professor Thorton of the Weapon-X project mentions that the adamantium bonding process was developed by Professor Oyama. Oyama was evidently killed during Wolverine's rampage through the Weapon-X facility, causing Lady Deathstrike to seek revenge.

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Daredevil Vol. 1 #196-199
  2. ^ Daredevil Vol. 1 #197
  3. ^ a b c d Daredevil Vol. 1 #198
  4. ^ Daredevil Vol. 1 #199
  5. ^ Daredevil Vol. 1 #196-198
  6. ^ Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #33-34

External links[edit]

  • Lord Darkwind at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe