Tuesday, October 2, 2007

1970's Flashback: Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo (Jericho Drumm) first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (Sept. 1973). Returning to his native Haïti (born in Port-au-Prince) after twelve years of education and practice as a psychologist in America, Jericho Drumm discovered that his twin brother, Daniel, the local houngan, was dying, a victim of a voodoo sorcerer who claimed to be possessed by the spirit of Damballah, the serpent-god. Just before he died, Daniel made his brother vow to visit Papa Jambo. Jericho visited Papa Jambo and became his student. After studying under the aged houngan for several weeks, Jericho gained a greater mastery of voodoo practices than his own brother. Papa Jambo then performed a rite that summoned Daniel Drumm's spirit back from the dead and joined it with Jericho's own. Having fashioned a worthy successor, Papa Jambo died. Taking the name Brother Voodoo, Jericho challenged Damballah and his cult. With the help of his brother's spirit possessing one of the cult members, Damballah's artifact of power was stolen from around his neck. With this lack of power, the Damballah's snakes turned on him. His cult seemingly destroyed. Brother Voodoo became Haïti's houngan supreme and champion.

Brother Voodoo’s powers include: fire manipulation, an ability to generate mystic smoke,superhuman strength, and possession of other beings.

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