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Wundagore is the name of a mountain in the Eastern European
country of Transia, a citadel built there, and of a planet
(properly known as Wundagore II) in the solar system of
the star Sirius. These locations are the past and present
homes, of the sentient semi humanoid animals known as
the New Men, who were originally artificially evolved
to their current state from ordinary animals by Herbert
Edgar Wyndham, the geneticist known as the High Evolutionary.
A large number of the New Men act as warriors in a military
order that was modeled after the knights of Earth's Middle
Ages and that is known as the knights of Wundagore.
In the Sixth Century A.D. the sorceress Morgan Le Fey
and her cult of Darkholders, unable to control the primeval
demon Chthon, whom they had summoned, imprisoned him within
Wundagore Mountain in Transia. Chthon's magic entered
into the clay found in the area of Wundagore, which Philip
Masters, the criminal known as the Puppet Master, has
learned to use to control the minds of others mystically.
By the Twentieth Century Wundagore Mountain was part
of the estate owner by Gregor Russoff, the father of Jack
Russell, who sold part of his estate, including Wundagore
Mountain, to Wyndham and his partner Jonathan Drew, the
father of Jessica Drew, who became the first Spider-Woman.
On the mountain Jonathan Drew and Wyndham discovered a
rich deposit of uranium, and used the wealth they gained
from it to build a citadel of advanced scientific research
(which itself has been known as Wundagore). Then Wyndham
began to procure both domestic and wild animals and genetically
accelerated them into "New Men," animals with
humanoid posture and intelligence. Among the first of
his New Men were Bova, a cow-woman, Porga, a pig-man,
and Tagar, a tiger-man.
The spirit of the Sixth Century sorcerer Magnus, who
was among those who had imprisoned Chthon within Wundagore
Mountain, took possession of the body of Jonathan Drew
in order to warn the High Evolutionary of the demonic
threat beneath his feet. Magnus and the High Evolutionary
decided that the New Men should be trained to combat Chchon's
impending attack, and Magnus suggested they be organized
and trained along the lines of the highly disciplined
soldiers of his day, the Arthurian knights. Manus supervised
the training of the New Men who became the Knights of
Wundagore and instilled them with a sense of chivalry.
When Chthon finally attacked through his host, the Other,
he was defeated by the combination of the High Evolutionary'
advanced science, Magnus's sorcery, and the battle prowess
of the Knight of Wundagore.
On the very night of this battle, a woman named Magda,
who had sought refuge at the High Evolutionary's citadel,
gave birth there to twins, who later became known as Quicksilver
and the Scarlet Witch. Chthon imbued the newborn infant
who would become the Scarlet Witch with latent potential
for using magic.
After their victory over Chthon, the Knights of Wundagore
undertook the full-time task of patrolling and protecting
Wundagore. The High Evolutionary equipped the Knights
before their battle with Chthon with suits of armor that
are extraordinarily resistant to damage, advanced weaponry,
and nuclear-powered one-man flying craft known as the
Knights' "atomic steed." (One of these "atomic
steeds" is today utilized by the Black Knight.) The
Knights of Wundagore have used such armor, weaponry, and
means of transportation ever since.
Eventually, the High Evolutionary created a New Man who
proved to be a menace, the Man-Beast, whom he had evolved
from a wolf. After the Asgardian thunder god aided in
defeating the Man-Beast, the High Evolutionary decided
that Earth was too confining an environment for his New
Men. Having converted his Citadel into a starship, the
High Evolutionary set forth within it, along with his
New Men, for the stars to seek a planet for them to settle.
The only New Men to remain behind on Earth were Bova and
the cat-man Tabur.
As for Man Beast, he created New Men of his own to terrorize
the world called Counter-Earth. The High Evolutionary's
ally, Adam Warlock, devolved all of these New Men on Counter-Earth
back to their original forms. However, the Man-Beast himself
has subsequently returned in his semi-human form, and
his present whereabouts, activities, and condition are
The High Evolutionary and his New Men settled on a planet
in Sirius's solar system. The High Evolutionary named
this planet Wundagore II. However, for unknown reasons,
the personalities of the New Men of Wundagore II turned
savage and warlike. The High Evolutionary used his technology
to evolve himself into a godlike being with extraordinary
psionic powers, which he then used to devolve the New
Men back into their original states.
Years later, Commander Arcturus, one of the alien Rigellian
Colonizers, separated his fleet of starships from the
main body of Rigellian starship that was seeking a new
homeworld after the destruction of their original one.
(The main body of the fleet eventually found and settled
upon the planet known as New Rigel.) Arcturus sought to
find a habitable planet on his own, which he planned to
use as a base from which to found his own interstellar
empire and challenge the Rigellians' leader, the Grand
Commissioner. One of Arcturus's space probes landed on
Wundagore II, but had become irradiated with unknown form
of energy during its journey through space. This radiation
caused the animals who had once been the New Men to evolve
back to their New Men forms, but free once more from the
savagery that had previously overcome them. The New Men
once again went to live in the city that the High Evolutionary
had guided them in building there.
Arcturus sent his feet to attack the New Men, since he
was determined to take possession of their planet. However,
the Knights of Wundagore were aided in combating Arcturus's
Rigellians by the Earth-born champions Iron Man, the Jack
of Hearts, and the Soviet Super-Soldier. Finally Arcturus
was arrested by his own subordinates when they learned
he was acting in defiance of Rigellian law, and the Rigellions
left Wundagore II to the control of the New Men. Ever
since then, as far as is known, the New Men have lived
in peace and harmony on Wundagore II. The current leader
of the Knights of Wundagore is Sir Lyan.
First Appearance: (Wundagore Mountain and its citadel)
THOR #134, (Wundagore II) TALES TO ASTONISH #94