Name: Douglas Birely
Occupation: Geneticist, criminal subversive
Identity: Known to the authorities
Legal Status: Citizen of
the United States with criminal record
Other Aliases: None
of Birth: Culver City, California
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Operations: Pacific Ocean
First Appearance: GODZILLA #4
History: Douglas Birely was a geneticist
studying the mutagenic properties of radiation at a private
research company in California. Reading of the growing
number of human beings who had gained superhuman abilities
through exposure to radiation, Birely asked his employer
for permission to subject himself to the radiation they
were using in their tests on animals, and was refused.
Undaunted, he staged a laboratory accident during which
he was exposed to the experimental radiation. To his chagrin,
he did not acquire any superhuman powers, but instead
contracted skin cancel. An official investigation of the
incident revealed Birely's sabotage and he was fired from
Jobless, Birely learned of a highly radioactive
meteor which had recently fallen near the Aleutian Islands
and used his savings to charter a boat to the site. Unearthing
the huge meteorite, which he named the Lifestone, Birely
acquired funds from some as yet unrevealed source in Japan
and set up a laboratory in the Aleutian Islands. He then
perfected a process by which to artificially mutate animals
into huge, monstrous organisms. His first successful creation
was Batragon, mutated from a bat.
Birely soon fashioned himself a bodysuit
that inhibited the effects of the skin cancer eating away
at his body, and adopted the identity of Doctor Demonicus.
He then recruited a small army of criminals, mercenaries,
and derelicts to assist him, and used them to enslave
the Eskimos native to his island base. Demonicus put the
Eskimos to work constructing a transport craft made from
the meteoric ore of the Lifestone. Because his monsters
required periodic contact with the Lifestone to retain
their vitality, it was necessary to mobilize the meteor
in order to expand the range in which his monsters could
operate. Demonicus planned to roam the globe with his
creations, using them to plunder and pillage.
Unfortunately for Demonicus, the world security
agency S.H.I.E.L.D. learned of his operation while tracking
down the mutated dinosaur known as Godzilla. As Godzilla
battled Demonicus's creations, Ghilaron, Lepirax, and
Centipor, S.H.I.E.L.D. liberated the enslaved Eskimos and captured
Demonicus's troops. Demonicus himself was subdued by S.H.I.E.L.D.
agent Gabriel Jones, but managed to escape before he could
be tried for his crimes, with the help of Maur-Kon, a
member of the alien race called the Myndai. Maur-Kon,
a "scientist-sorcerer" dedicated to fomenting
chaos, provided Demonicus with a huge satellite headquarters
orbiting the moon, and the technology necessary to accomplish
Demonicus's next scheme, bombarding the Earth with huge
Aboard his space station, Dr. Demonicus
mutated new genetic monsters and constructed robotic ones
from Maur-Kon's designs. These he unleashed upon the Earth
in preparation for his meteor attack. These monsters,
Starchild, Cerberus, and the Hand of Five, were met in
combat by the Shogun Warriors, three huge robots constructed
by the ancestral enemies of the Myndai and piloted by
human beings. The Shogun Warriors managed to defeat their
monstrous foes, thwart the meteor attack, destroy Demonicus's
space station and take him back to Earth. There Demonicus
was taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. Turned over to local
authorities in California, Demonicus escaped with the
help of some of his men. He has since been trying to rebuild
his base of operations and create an army of monsters
with which to plunder the world. The West Coast Avengers
learned of his activities and battled one of his genetic
Birely later escaped, with help from his
previous henchmen, and eventually recovered a fragment
of the Lifestone and procured more scientific equipment.
He soon created his own brand of superhuman villains from
kidnapped victims and willing henchmen. Dubbing them the
Pacific Overlords, their criminal activity alerted the
superhero team Avengers. The Avengers were captured by
the Overlords as Birely put his master plan in action:
causing a new volcanic island to rise from the ocean floor,
an island that he declares the nation of Demonica. In
addition, Birely had won United Nations membership for
Demonica through hasty diplomacy and a promise to share
Demonica's considerable mineral wealth with the world.
Since Demonica was now sovereign territory, Birely ordered
the Avengers to leave.
Soon afterward, however, Birely fell under
the influence of the demon Raksasa through unknown reasons,
and was driven mad. Birely renounced his ties to the United
Nations, made his Pacific Overlord in to mind-controlled
slaves, and recruited criminals as his new country's citizens,
including the super-criminals Zvezda Dennista and Klaw,
the latter being made vice-president of Demonica. The
Overlord known as Kuroko escaped to elicit the aid of
the Avengers, but was retrieved by Zvezda Dennista and
Klaw before the Avengers could act.
On Birely's orders, the Pacific Overlords
began capturing aircraft that flew too close to Demonica.
The Avengers, acting on behalf of the United Nations,
infiltrated Demonica, eventually revealing Raksasa's influence.
The Avengers persuaded the villains of Demonica to rebel,
and they collectively succeed in preventing Raksasa and
his demon hordes from invading Earth. At the end of the
battle, Demonica sunk into the ocean taking Birely, the
Pacific Overlords and Klaw down with it. The Avengers
escaped with Zvezda Dennista, the civilian hostages and
most of the citizens of Demonica.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 170 lbs.
Strength Level: Dr. Demonicus possesses
the normal human strength of a man of his age, height
and weight who engages in minimal regular exercise and
is suffering from a debilitating skin disease.
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Abilities: Dr Demonicus is a brilliant
geneticist, although he is not as versatile as Arnim Zola
and the High Evolutionary