Living Mummy (Marvel)
Real Name: N'Kantu
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The Living Mummy has superhuman strength and rock-hard skin. The preservative fluid that keeps him alive makes him resistant to the effects of disease and drugs, but highly susceptible to fire. He can go thousands of years without food or water. The Living Mummy also seems to possess certain energy-sensing abilities, especially those related to Nephrus. He has been able to pinpoint descendants of Nephrus on sight.
Due to the dryness of his mouth and throat, the Living Mummy can only speak with pain and difficulty. Until recently, he was also unable to speak English.
Born over 3000 years ago in Northern Africa, N'Kantu was the son of the chieftain of the now extinct Swarili tribe. N'Kantu grew into a strong, wise young man, proving himself a worthy successor to his father shortly after turning twenty-one. Not long after, Egyptians abducted the entire Swarili tribe despite N'Kantu's valiant efforts. In Egypt the Swarili were enslaved, serving Pharaoh Aram-Set and his corrupt priest, Nephrus. After completing a monument to Aram-Set, N'Kantu led his people to slay the Pharaoh. Nephrus, however, ambushed the chieftain, paralyzing him with a special liquid. N'Kantu was then mummified alive and entombed for millennia.
In recent times, N'Kantu finally burst forth from his prison. Half-mad from the lengthy immobility, he rampaged in Cairo, tracing the energies of Dr. Alexi Skarab, a descendant of Nephrus. Finally brought down after a massive battle with local police, N'Kantu was rendered immobile and shipped to a New York museum. He soon awoke and attracted the attention of the Elementals (Zephyr, Hellfire, Hydron and Magnum), who used him as a pawn in their attempts to control the Ruby Scarab. During this period, he became an ally of Skarab, a thief known as the Asp (Dan Harper), the Asp's partner Miles Olddan, and two of Skarab's students, Ron McAllister and Janice Carr. The group eventually defeated the Elementals and parted ways.
N'Kantu became a wanderer, befriending Ulysses Bloodstone and observing the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions. He also helped the Thing rescue Alicia Masters from Gamal Hassan, another descendent of Nephrus, who sought the Spirit Gem of Nephrus. Later, N'Kantu sought to use a fragment of the Bloodgem to restore his humanity. He eventually gave the fragment to Captain America during the hero's quest to prevent the shards from falling into the hands of criminals. Once more adrift, N'Kantu briefly found acceptance as part of Dr. Druid's Shock Troop, a group of mystic-oriented heroes, battling the Antibodies alongside Quasar. Since then, he has aided Elsa Bloodstone and the Frankenstein monster against the necromancer Rakses. Of late, he has served as guardian to a mystical artifact known as the Orb of Ra.
First Appearance: Supernatural Thrillers (1972) #5
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Astonishing Tales: Boom Boom and Elsa (2009)
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
#2 Captain America (1968)
- 'Mummy's Girl'#3
- 'Like Life, Only Colder'
Civil War (2006)
#6 Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
- 'Civil War, Part Six of Seven'
Civil War: Front Line (2006)
#5 Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster (2010)
- 'Embedded: Part Five'
HC Daredevil (2011)
- 'Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster'
#36 Deadpool (2016)
- 'On His Axis'#45
- 'The Death Of Deadpool'
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet (2014)
Deadpool: The Gauntlet (Infinite Comics) (2014)
#8 Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009)
- 'Chapter VIII: Werewolf of London-Adjacent'#9
- 'Chapter IX: Gangs of New York'#10
- 'Chapter 10: When Cometh the Frightful Four'
Dracula Lives (1974)
Essential Marvel Horror (2006)
#51 Legion Of Monsters (2011)
- 'Haunted Hulk, Part 2'#52
- 'Haunted Hulk, Part 3: I Am Legion'
Legion of Monsters: Satana (2007)
Marvel Heartbreakers (2010)
Marvel Preview (1975)
#12 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
- 'The Haunt of Horror'
#1 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'#3
- 'Chapter 4: Third Contest: Siege in the City of the Dead!'
#95 Morbius: The Living Vampire (2013)
- 'The Power To Live... The Power To Die'
#8 Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos (2015)
- 'The World Breaks Everyone, Part 1 of 2'
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos (2005)
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Creatures on the Loose!'#2
- 'Creature Feature'#4
- 'Assault on Area 13'#5
- 'Destroy All Monsters!'#6
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 (2005)
#11 Quasar (1989)
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 1'#12
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 2'#13
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 3'#14
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 4'
#45 S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015)
- 'Battleground Earth'#46
- 'We are the Shock Troop'#50
- 'Horizon of Holes'
#6 Supernatural Thrillers (1972)
- 'Active Mission: Dark Dimensions'
#5 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'The Living Mummy'#7#8#9#10#11#12
- 'The War that Shook the World - Part 1'#13
- 'The War that Shook the World - Part 2'#14
- 'All These Great Pawns'#15
- 'Armageddon at the Aleph!'
#535 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'The War at Home, Part Four of Six'
HC The Marvel Tarot (2007)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'K-M: From Kang to Man-Bull'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#4 The Supernaturals (1998)
- 'Human Torch to Mannikin'
#2 Thunderbolts (2013)
- 'Only The Supernaturals Stand Between Us And Oblivion'
Tomb Of Terror (2010)
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