The Religious Affiliation of

Religion: demon CBR Scale: D

Name: Dweller-in-Darkness

Other Names: Fear; he who walks in darkness; The Dweller; He Who Dwells Below; He Who Dwells in Darkness

Classification: villain villain   deity deity  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Thor (vol. 1) #229 (Nov. 1974): "Where Darkness Dwells, Dwell I!"

First Appearance (Additional Details): (actually seen) Doctor Strange (vol. 2) #30 (Aug. 1978): "A Gathering of Fear!"

Creators: Gerry Conway, Rich Buckler, Chic Stone

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 21

Teams/Affiliations: Fear Lords

Enemy of: Thor, Doctor Strange, Hercules, Clea, Zhered-Na

Ally: Dreamweaver
Ally: Ningal
Ally: Ludi
Ally: Shade-Thralls

Planet: Everinnye

Dimension: Halls of Fear dimension

Race: Fear Lords

Gender: male

Dweller-in-Darkness is an extradimensional demon, a Fearlord native to Everinnye.

Dweller-in-Darkness renounced the connections of his origins when he chose to follow the Way of Shumblu.

According to some accounts, Dweller-in-Darkness existed in the universe prior to the current universe. Or, he may simply have had a counterpart in that universe.

It was the Dweller-in-Darkness who influenced Zoltan Drago to develop a gas that instills fear in people, and to adopt the costumed identity of Mister Fear.

Dweller-in-Darkness was first introduced as "Fear" (also referred to as "he who walks in darkness"), a major adversary of Thor in Thor (vol. 1) #s 229 and 230 (1974). But the character was not actually seen on panel. Dweller-in-Darkness was physically seen (and identified for the first time as "Dweller-in-Darkness") in Doctor Strange (vol. 2) #30 (Aug. 1978). This issue of Doctor Strange features a flashback that specifically identifies Dweller as the demon who plagued Thor and Hercules in Thor #229.


This character is in the following 16 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The Adventures of the X-Men #12 (Mar. 1997): "Better to Light a Small Candle..."
Daredevil (vol. 1) #6 (Feb. 1965): "Trapped by... The Fellowship of Fear!" (behind the scenes)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme

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