Ah Puch (DC)
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Ah Puch derives his strength from worship, especially human sacrifice. As a death god, he has the power to re-animate and control corpses.
At will, Ah Puch can have fanged, snakelike tentacles protrude from his spine. He was recently able to connect with the readers of the book "Mind Games" and feed off their life force through these tentacles.
Ah Puch probably possesses superhuman strength and has the ability to walk on thin air. He is also endowed with claws.
Ah Puch was the Mayan god of death and ruler of Mitnal, the most abysmal of the nine Mayan hells. He thrived on human sacrifice, and was especially revered in the city of Chichen Itza, where people were thrown into the Cenote, a sacred well, as sacrifices for Ah Puch to feast upon.
With the advent of Christianity, worship of Ah Puch died out. This rendered Ah Puch so weak that he turned into a discorporeal spirit and was forced into dormancy. Ah Puch was given corporeal form once again many centuries later, when best-selling horror novelist Daniel Gleason included an ancient Mayan incantation in his book "Mind Games". Upon reading the incantation in the book, the reader was claimed by Ah Puch, who absorbed the life force of the reader. Ah Puch eventually came into conflict with the Phantom Stranger, when Gleason turned to him for help. Ah Puch possessed Gleason's body and brought the Phantom Stranger to Chichen Itza, where Ah Puch threw him into the Cenote in order to slowly devour his energies. Appealing to Gleason’s soul deep within the form of Ah Puch, the Phantom Stranger was able to exorcise Ah Puch. If Ah Puch was truly vanquished remains to be seen.
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Action Comics (1938)
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