Name: Isaac Christians
Occupation: Former soldier, former mayor, later professional
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
Others Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Christiansboro, Virginia
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Ezekial (father, deceased), Mary (mother,
deceased), Jeremiah (brother, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Former agent of the Six-Fingered Hand,
former member of the Defenders
Base of Operations: Formerly Defenders Mansion, Colorado
First Appearance: DEFENDERS #94
History: Before the rise of Christianity, the gods of
various extradimensional pantheons held far greater sway on
Earth than they do today, and faries and elementals abounded
on Earth. But as Christianity spread, the old polytheistic faiths
died out. Many of the air and earth elementals degenerated mentally
and physically into demons.One cathedral was erected upon a
place of mystical power, which entered into the church's gargoyles,
granting them awareness but not mobility. One day centuries
ago, Derwydden, last of the Druids, came to the Cathedral. Were
members of a polytheistic who inhabited ancient Britain and
Gaul in the age that faeries and elementals still abounded on
Earth. Derwydden was studying to become a Druidic priest, but
set out to sea after committing a breach of discipline. He was
saved from drowning by sea sprites, who cast him into suspended
animation. When he finally awoke, the Druidic religion had died
and the magical beings of that faith had vanished. The shock
drove Derwydden mad, and he used his sorcerous powers to grant
life to the cathedral's gargoyles to take vengeance on the followers
of the new faith, Christianity. One of these gargoyles was the
demonic being now known as the Gargoyle of the Defenders.
Appalled by the violence wreaked by the gargoyles, Derwydden
came to his senses and used his magic to drawn them back to
the cathedral and become stone once more. But a few, including
the Gargoyle, were strong-willed enough to resist Derwydden's
power. They escaped, and the Gargoyle preyed upon human beings
Eventually the Gargoyle came to the attention of the Six-Fingered
Hand, A league of minor demons. They treated the Gargoyle as
a slave, and when he rebelled, they determined to punish him.
The Gargoyle's fate became linked with that of a aged man named
Isaac Christians, mayor of Christianboro, Virginia, a town principally
built up by his father. In recent years, though, Christianboro
was tottering on the brink of economic ruin. Christians had
studied the occult, and decided to use it to save the town.
He contacted the demon Avarrish, a member of the Six-Fingered
Hand. Christians agreed to allow his spirit to inhabit the body
of a gargoyle temporarily and to do the bidding of the Six-Fingered
Hand for that time in exchange for the solution to Christianboro's
ills. Christians' spirit was place in the body of the Gargoyle
himself, and Christian was assigned to aid in capturing Patsy
Walker, who as Hellcat was a member of the Defenders.
Christians returned to Europe and entered a degrading relationship
with Germaine, a prostitute. He traveled considerably, and ultimately
found fulfillment in talking with and assisting Vishnu Dass,
a wise man in India. Christians returned to Christianboro, which
he led after his father's death.
Christians later agreed to exchange bodies with the Gargoyle's
original spirit, and thereby regained his human form. Leading
other surviving gargoyles, the Gargoyle, back in his demonic
body, set out to dominate human beings. Christians encountered
Derwydden, and they opposed the Gargoyles together. Derwydden
tirned all the other gargoyles to stone. The Gargoyle fired
bio-mystical energy at Christians, hoping to rid himself of
him, but instead it reversed their exchange of bodies. Now back
in the Gargoyle's form, Christians killed his human body to
prevent the Gargoyle's spirit from doing more evil. The Gargoyle's
spirit was trapped within stone, Derwydden departed, and Christians
returned to the Defenders.
In her final clash with the Defenders, using power granted
her by the Beyonder, Moondragon withdrew Christians' spirit
from the Gargoyle's body and transformed it into a gigantic,
even more grotesque from that was filled with the power of the
malevolent being called the Dragon of the Moon. When four of
the Defenders defeated Moondragon and the Dragon of the moon,
the Gargoyle's body was apparently carbonized, becoming a statue
of dust and ashes.
Christians found refuge for his spirit in a crystal and through
it exerted a mental influence over a man in order to find Pamela
Douglas, the cousin of Moondragon whom Moondragon was using
as a vessel for her own spirit. The man wearing the crystal
plagued Heather's life until Moondragon persuaded, repentantly,
Pamela to have her carry the crystal back to the moon colony
of Titan, where Moondragon was preparing to have a new body
grown from cloned samples of her tissue. During the course of
their journey to Titan, Pamela was revealed to have immense
psychic powers of her own. After Moondragon received her new
body, the three journeyed back to Earth along with the Titan
Dameityr, who was growing fond of Pamela. After a fight with
Moondragon, Pamela's full extent of her powers was revealed
by the sentient galaxy and former Defender Cloud. Cloud also
created a new body for Christians out of some of her matter,
giving him the ability to change forms from his human to his
Gargoyle one. Gargoyle, Pamela (now Sundragon) and Demeityr
continued to travel through space. Eventually, Christians returned
home and parted ways with Sundragon amicably.
Height: (as Christians) 5 ft. 9 in., (as Gargoyle) 5
ft. 10 in.
Christians) 150 lbs., (as Gargoyle) 204 lbs.
Eyes: (as Christians)
Blue, (as Gargoyle) Red
Hair: (as Christians) White, (as Gargoyle)
Skin: (as Gargoyle) Orange
Unusual Features: The Gargoyle
had orange skin resembling the texture of a toad's, an inhuman-looking face, four
taloned fingers on each hand, three-taloned toes on each foot, and small functional
bat-like wings protruding from his back.
Strength Level: The Gargoyle possessed superhuman strength,
and could lift (press) approximately 2 tons. In his human form
Isaac Christians possessed the normal human strength of a man
of his age, height, and build who engaged in little regular
Known Superhuman Powers: The Gargoyle had a number of
superhuman powers derived from the demonic body he possessed.
His leathery skin was more durable than human flesh, and was
able to withstand ballistic impact up to and including .30 caliber
armor-piercing shells. His body was impervious to disease and
aging. His speed and reaction time were equivalent to those
of an average human male in his twenties, as was the acuity
of his senses.
The Gargoyle's original spirit had considerable knowledge of
magic. Christians himself was a student of the occult. But apart
from being able to summon minor demons has little magical ability.
The Gargoyle's rudimentary, featherless, scalloped wings, which
span 5.8 feet from tip to tip at full extension, were insufficient
in and of themselves to bear him aloft. The real mechanism of
flight was a mystical power of levitation. His wings simply
helped him maneuver. The Gargoyle was able to support his own
weight plus 100 pounds of cargo; he could fly at speeds up to
25 miles per hour. He was able to fly about 3 hours before he
tired appreciably and had to alight.
The Gargoyle also possessed the ability to manipulate bio-mystical
energy, the inherent power of the life-force itself. This ability
was created when Christians' human spirit first entered the
Gargoyle's demonic body; the Gargoyle did not possess it previously.
The Gargoyle could siphon life-force from other people, causing
varying degrees of stock and physical weakness depending upon
the amount his siphoned. Although an organism's life-force is
self-renewing, if he were to take too much of it from someone,
the victim would die. (Christians was extremely careful to prevent
this from happening.) Christians did not absorb this life-force
for personal use when he siphoned it; instead, he let it dissipate
into the biosphere as if he were letting air escape from a balloon.
The Gargoyle could also project his own rapidly regenerating
life-force for a number of effects. By projecting his bio-mystical
energy rapidly at an object or person, he could create a concussive
force of varying impact depending upon the amount he projected.
The maximum amount he could expend without endangering himself
had sufficient concussive force to demolish a small house or
displace an average-sized person about 100 feet. By projecting
his bio-mystical energy field around himself (or others) he
could protect himself from certain elementary magical spells
and powers bolts. This field had a maximum range of about 5
feet from the center of his body, and he could sustain it for
about 3 minutes before jeopardizing his own store of life-force.
The Gargoyle could also project fear into other people through
his bio-mystical energy.
Each of the Gargoyle's expenditures of bio-mystical energy
utilized his own life-force to varying degrees. The Gargoyle
had to use his power wisely, for too great or too rapid a depletion
of his energies could have endangered his own life even to the
point of killing him. He was capable of using his bio-mystical
powers at a moderate rate of expenditure for up to a half hour
before he began to impair his own life functions.
The Gargoyle generally used his hands to help him direct his
bio-mystical energies. Frequently this energy manipulated was
accompanied by a visible "black light," which was
not, however, ultraviolet light.
The Gargoyle could regenerate at least some sections of his
body if they were damaged of severed. He once grew his right
hand back after it was severed. The regenerated hand looked
distinctly different from his former right hand, until it revealed
to the same appearance as the previous hand due to a psionic
attack by Moondragon.
The Gargoyle could be commanded by wizards who spoke a certain
obscure spell. An Afghan Gnostic once thus took control of the
Gargoyle, imprisoning him by means of mystical pentagrams. The
wizard could somehow give himself various mystical powers by
drawing upon the Gargoyle's power, and enable the Gargoyle to
exhibit powers (such as growing to gigantic size) that he either
possibly could not or did not know how to use himself.