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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceFear #11 (Dec 1972)
Created bySteve Gerber (writer)
Rich Buckler (artist)
In-story information
AbilitiesMagical Energy Bolts Projection

Thog the Nether-Spawn, Overmaster of Sominus is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a demon from the extra-dimensional world of Sominus who has clashed with the Man-Thing.

Publication history[edit]

Thog first appeared in Adventure into Fear #11 (December 1972), Steve Gerber's first work for Marvel, illustrated by Val Mayerik.

Thog's subsequent appearances include in Adventure into Fear #13 (April 1973), Man-Thing (vol. 1) #1 (January 1974) and #21-22 (August–October 1975), Man-Thing (vol. 2) #11 (July 1981), Defenders #99-100 (September–October 1981), Ghost Rider (vol. 2) #77 (February 1983), Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #8 (October 1989) and Annual 2 (1992), and Magik (vol. 2). #3 (February 2001).

Thog was given his own entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror (2005) and in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z. In the earlier editions, he appeared in a group entry under "demons."

Fictional character biography[edit]

Thog the Nether-Spawn is a demon from the extra-dimensional world of Sominus who has clashed with the Man-Thing.[1]

Gerber himself, along with Man-Thing, were integral in defeating Thog on Therea in his first attempt to take over the universe.[2] Chris Claremont, in the form of Man-Thing, defeated him in his second.[3]

Some commentators have noted that Thog is modest enough to wear shorts. This is only the case in his subsequent appearances. In his first appearance, he was initially bat-like, and when harmed by Man-Thing, Thog later took on a more human form, and only shadows and angle choices protected his modesty.[4]

Thog, along with Mephisto and Satannish, were alleged to be manifestations of Satan's evil and power. However, he is autonomous from said beings with a unique appearance, personality and traits.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Thog can fire magical energy bolts. Like most demons, Thog is more powerful in his realm where he can alter its reality. He is assumed to be immortal after surviving even Man-Thing's fiery touch.


  1. ^ Fear #11, 13; Man-Thing (vol. 1) #1, 21, 22, (vol. 2) #11
  2. ^ Man-Thing (vol. 1) #22
  3. ^ Man-Thing (vol. 2) #11
  4. ^ Fear #11
  5. ^ Defenders (vol. 1) #100

External links[edit]

  • Thog at
  • Thog at Marvel Wiki
  • Thog at Comic Vine
  • Thog at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe