Name: (allegedly) Belasco (rest of
Occupation: Sorcerer serving the Elder Gods
Identity: His existence is unknown to the general population
Legal Status: Citizen of Italy believed to be dead
Former aliases: Unknown
Place of Birth: (allegedly) Florence, Italy
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Formerly Florence, Italy, Pangea,
First Appearance: KA-ZAR THE SAVAGE #11
History: The only recorded accounts of
Belasco's origin are his own and the one in a book purported
to be a ship's log kept by the poet Dante Alighieri, and
there are reasons to doubt the veracity of both stories.
According to these accounts, Belasco was a sorcerer in
13th Century Italy who used his knowledge of alchemy and
the black arts to make contact with the so-called Elder
Gods, extradimensional demonic beings bent on invading
and ruling Earth. (It is not known whether the Elder Gods
have any connection with the N'garai or the Undying Ones,
two demonic races with similar goals, or wheather they
may be of the same race as the Elder Gods Chthon and Geae.)
Belasco struck a bargain with these Elder Gods. He would
enable them to cross the inter dimensional boundaries
between their cosmos and Earth's by means of a spell he
would cast utilizing a pentagonal arrangement of five
mystical "bloodstones." In exchange, the Elder
Gods granted Belasco enormous mystical powers and immortality.
They also designated him to become the father of a new
race of Earth born demons, and in order to make his role
possible, made him partially demonic in form, giving him
horns and a tail, among other features. This much of Belasco's
account of his origin is probably true.
It is next asserted that Belasco kidnapped Bice
"Beatrice" dei Portinari, the beloved of poet
Dante Alighieri, to serve as his mate in spawning this
race of demons. Belasco fled with Beatrice aboard a ship,
which was pursued by another vessel hire by Dante. Belasco
sailed for Pangea, a land once settled by the pre-cataclysmic
Atlanteans, who used climate control machinery and other
technology that had been left by its original inhabitants
to turn the area into a recreation center with a tropical
climate. The Elder Gods had indicated to Belasco that
the spell to bring them to Earth could best be performed
at Mt. Flavius, a volcano, there. Belasco had Beatrice
wear a locket containing four of the bloodstones necessary
to make the spell work, while he retained the last one.
While on the voyage Belasco forced Beatrice to marry and
mate with him, and she was in her ninth month of pregnancy
when they finally arrived in Panges.
Closely pursued by Dante, Belasco took Beatrice
down into a network of underground passageways that the
Atlanteans had allegedly designed for their own amusement
to resemble hell. On arriving at the center of the exhibit.
Beatrice died in the process of giving birth to demonic
creatures. Dante witnesses her death and, horrified and
enraged, tried to kill Belasco. In the swordfight that
ensued, Belasco accidentally cut an overhead pipe with
his sword, causing an unknown freezing liquid to pour
over him. Because of his immortality, Belasco did not
die but was placed in suspended animation. Dante returned
to Italy. The locket had somehow become lost while Belasco
and Beatrice had made their way through the subterranean
Belasco claims that he remained in suspended animation
for centuries. Then, he asserts, in recent years the years
the volcano became active again, causing an accident with
the electrical wiring in the chamber where Belasco was,
melting the frozen liquid around him and returned him
to life. Belasco then studied the underground controls.
There are several reasons to doubt the entire
veracity of these accounts. First, they are contradicted
by the historical records of the lives of Dante and Beatrice.
Second, it is impossible to believe that the pre-cataclysmic
Atlantean scientists could have built a replica of hell
that resembles in such close detail the vision of hell
that were independently developed by the ancient Greek
religion and by Christianity thousands of years later.
It is far more likely that Belasco himself used Pangean
technology to construct a mechanized replica of the underworld
as it is depicted in Dante's poem, the Inferno. It may
be that Dante's ship's log is a forgery by Belasco. Third,
Belasco's own account of his origin conceals the fact
that some points he lost his right arm.
Only recently did Belasco regain the locket that
would enable him to bring the Elder Gods to Earth. He
placed Shanna O'Hara under his mental control, intending
to make her the mother of his new demonic race. Placing
the final bloodstone in the locket, Belasco began casting
his spell, but just as the Elder Gods were about to emerge
through an interdimentsional rift, Shanna's lover Ka-Zar
tore the locket from her neck and hurled it into volcano's
lava. The rift closed, imprisoning the Elder Gods once
again. They apparently destroyed Belasco, but in fact
trapped him within another dimension that he calls limbo.
Years may pass in Belasco's limboe while
mere moments pass on Earth. Hence, it is impossible to
determine how long Belasco remained there. He became the
absolute master of this realm, and there battled and defeated
the X-Men of a divergent Earth. He also brought the X-Men
of our own Earth to limbo, including Illyana Rasputin,
the seven-year-old sister of the X-Man Colossus. Belasco
seized Illyana as the other X-Men escaped back to our
Earth. He shaped a portion of her soul into bloodstone,
thereby infusing some of his own evil into her, enabling
him to control her, and giving her great potential mystical
power. Illyana became Belasco's apprentice, and he conjured
two more bloodstones from her soul as years passed in
limbo. Belasco intended to use her as his new means of
bringing the Elder Gods to Earth once she reached adulthood.
After turning fourteen, however, Illyana defeated Belasco
in battle and drove him from limbo. She became its new
master and returned to Earth at a point only seconds after
the X-Men's escape back to it, and joined the New Mutants
In limbo, Belasco had already begun magically
manipulating events in Pangea to bring about his release.
When Ka-Zar placed a ring containing the only one of the
original bloodstones to survive on the finger of Shanna,
with whom Belasco had established a mystic link, Belasco
was able to return to Pangea. This time he had intended
to turn Ka-Zar and Shanna into demons who would serve
as parents to a new demonic race. He also planned to find
Illyana and use her to bring the Elder Gods to Earth.
However, Ka-Zar seized Belasco's sword which the Elder
Gods had forged, and impaled him with it just as Shanna
recited a spell from a book of Belasco's that caused Belasco
and the sword to vanish. Belasco's current where abouts
Height: 6 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 250 lbs.
Unusual Physical Characteristics: Belasco has various
demonic features including red horns upon his forehead, a long,
pointer tall, reddish skin, fangs, claws, and pointed ears.
Belasco lost his right arm when it was served, under circumstances
yet to be revealed, by his own sword, which was forged by the
Strength Level: Unknown, but presumably
that of a normal human in good physical condition.
Known Superhuman Powers: Belasco is of
the powerful of all Earthborn sorcerer, and was granted
most of his power by the Elder God he serves. Among other
feats, he can hurl bolts of mystical force, mesmerize
victims, transform people into animals, and raise the
dead under certain circumstances. His long studies of
the black arts have given him an encyclopedic knowledge
of spells that he can use.
The Elder Gods also granted Belasco immortality
and apparently invulnerability as well. Possibly the only
means of killing him is his own sword, which was forged
by the Elder Gods and was used to server his right arm.
Belasco's powers are somehow linked to those of
Magik. When they fought their climactic battle in limbo,
Magik took on a demonic form while simultaneously Belasco
reverted to human form, losing most of his power and his
invulnerability in the process. It is not known whether
Belasco would lose his demonic form and powers whenever
Magik takes on her demonic form.
Other Abilities: Belasco has considerable
knowledge of much of the technology that the pre-cataclysmic
Atlanteans found in Pangea.
Weapons: Belasco carries a sword forged
by the Elder Gods which is capable of harming Belasco
Base of Operation: Belasco was formerly
master of a dimension he called limbo. The word "limbo
is frequently used to describe interdimensional voids.
The one once ruled by Belasco is probably a small pocket
dimension that is tenuously connected to True Limbo, where
time does not pass in a physical sense and, as a result
no one can age or die. Time does not pass in a physical
sense in Belasco's limbo, and Magik aged seven years while
she was there. However, one might spend years in Belasco's
limbo while no more than moments pass on Earth, due to
the unknown temporal laws of the former place. The matter
within Belasco's limbo can be shaped and transformed by
the thoughts and emotions of the sorcerer who is its master.
Belasco's limbo is populated by demons who serve
its master. The principal demon is known as S'ym.