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Magik (vol. 1) #4 (Mar. 1984):
“Darkchild”
by Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema, Tom Palmer

Magik (vol. 1) #4

Title: “Darkchild”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Mar. 1984

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Chris Claremont
Art by: Sal Buscema, Tom Palmer


26 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Magik Illyana Rasputin
(lead character)
hero
CBR Scale: S occult/magick; demonolatry; raised Communist
The New Mutants; The Exiles Marvel 450
Belasco Belasco villain
CBR Scale: D sorcerer; worshipped Elder Gods; degenerated into demon
[kidnapped Illyana Rasputin to Limbo] Marvel 36
Storm Storm (Ororo Munroe)
(details) 
hero
CBR Scale: M Goddess worship
Morlocks (leader); The Fantastic Four...  Marvel 5,068
Colossus Colossus (Peter Rasputin)
(details) 
hero
CBR Scale: I Communist atheist (former)
X-Men; Excalibur...  Marvel 4,122
X-Men X-Men hero group
  [1st app: The X-Men (vol. 1) #1 (Sep. 1963)] Marvel 9,958
demons demons
(7-panel cameo, pg. 1, 3, 15-20) 
villain group
CBR Scale: D demon
[generic unnamed demons] Marvel 2,000
Wolverine Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan)
(6-panel cameo, pg. 7-9, 22) 
hero
CBR Scale: S raised Protestant; sometimes atheist; has practiced Buddhism; skeptical seeker
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 10,615
Kitty Pryde Kitty Pryde
(6-panel cameo, pg. 7-9, 22) 
hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
S.H.I.E.L.D.; X-Men...  Marvel 3,128
Alexandra Rasputin Alexandra Rasputin
(5-panel cameo, pg. 6, panels 2-5, 7)
supporting character
CBR Scale: U Russian Orthodox; Communist
[mother of Colossus, Magik, Mikhail] Marvel 4
Nightcrawler Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
(4-panel cameo, pg. 7-9, 22) 
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Catholic (raised Gypsy/Roma)
X-Men; Excalibur...  Marvel 4,345
S'ym S'ym
(4-panel cameo, pg. 1, 16-17)
villain
CBR Scale: D demon
[servant of Belasco, then Magik (Illyana)] Marvel 63
Xavier Institute Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters
(3-panel cameo, pg. 22-23) 
supporting character group
  [high school] Marvel 373
Cannonball Cannonball (Sam Guthrie)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 4-5)
hero
CBR Scale: S Baptist
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 831
Mirage Mirage (Danielle Moonstar)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 4-5)
hero
CBR Scale: M Native American religion (Cheyenne) / Teutonic paganism
X-Men; The New Mutants...  Marvel 470
Wolfsbane Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 4-5)
hero
CBR Scale: M Presbyterian
X-Factor; The New Mutants...  Marvel 576
Sunspot Sunspot (Roberto Dacosta)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 4-5)
hero
CBR Scale: I Catholic
The Hellfire Club; The Avengers...  Marvel 574
Magma Magma (Amara Aquilla)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 4-5)
hero
CBR Scale: M Greco-Roman classical religion
The New Mutants; Hellions...  Marvel 269
Nikolai Rasputin Nikolai Rasputin
(2-panel cameo, pg. 6, panels 5, 7)
supporting character
CBR Scale: U Russian Orthodox; Communist
[father of Colossus, Magik, Mikhail] Marvel 6
The New Mutants The New Mutants
(2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 4-5) 
hero group
  [1st app: Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (1982)] Marvel 1,022
Ka-Zar Ka-Zar (Kevin Plunder)
(statue, pg. 15, panels 1-3) 
hero
  [aristocrat; fisherman...] Marvel 315
Shanna the She-Devil Shanna the She-Devil (Shanna O'Hara Plunder)
(statue, pg. 15, panels 1-3) 
hero
  [1st app: Shanna, the She-Devil (vol. 1) #1 (Dec. 1972)] Marvel 158
Dherk Dherk
(statue, pg. 15, panels 1, 3) 
supporting character scientist
CBR Scale: R Atlantean (pre-cataclysmic)
Atlantean Marvel 9
Leanne Leanne
(statue, pg. 15, panel 1) 
supporting character
  Lemurian Marvel 5
Professor X Professor X (Charles Xavier)
(mentioned, pg. 22-23) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: S religious
X-Men (founder); Genoshan Excalibur...  Marvel 4,999
N'Garai Dark Ones
(mentioned, pg. 2, 5, 9, 15-20) 
villain group
CBR Scale: D demons
[alien race] Marvel 17
Elder Gods Elder Gods
(mentioned, pg. 15, panel 1) 
supporting character group
    Marvel

Cover of Magik #4
Detail from cover of Magik #4
Cover Date: March 1984
Publisher: Marvel

Story Note: Magik: Illyana and Storm Limited Series. Number 4 of 4-issue limited series starring Illyana Rasputin (known as "Magik" of the New Mutants) and Storm of the X-Men.

Story 1:
Darkchild
Pages: 23

Credits (as printed)
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Finisher: Tom Palmer
Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Editor: Louise Jones
[Editor in] Chief: Jim Shooter

Cover
Cover Price: 60¢
Cover Artist(s): Bret Blevins (pencils) and Tom Palmer (inks)

Cover Blurb(s): From the X-Men; #4 in a Four-Issue Limited Series
Featured on Cover: Illyana Rasputin, 3 demons in background
Shown in Corner Box: Illyana Rasputin
Corner box from cover of Magik #4
Signature from cover of Magik #4