Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Lion of Hell

Alter Ego: C'Tanga Manitoba
Other Aliases: The Lion of Hell
Occupation: President, military general
Legal Status: President of D'Mulla with diplomatic immunity.
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: D'Mulla
First Appearance: Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2 (Fall, 1978)

The African nation of D'Mulla was torn by political strife represented by two prominent figures, peaceful independence advocate C'Mellu Dantogi, and the corrupt military general C'Tanga Manitoba. The so-called "Lion of Hell" would not tolerate Dantogi's criticism of his bloody revolution. General Manitoba narrowed the field to one when he initiated the massacre of Dantogi and his supporters. As dozens of his men mowed down innocents, General Manitoba personally murdered C'Mellu Dantogi with a swipe of his machete.

General Manitoba eventually completed his coup d'état, becoming president of D'Mulla for the next seventeen years. Manitoba even redeemed his bloodthirsty image on the international stage over time, to be viewed as a moderate with a relatively peaceful reign. However, Manitoba aspired to initiate a war that would unite all of Africa under his rule. Manitoba felt that his one remaining obstacle was the only known surviving witness of the Dantogi Massacre, Reverend Peak. Under the guise of delivering an important speech at the United Nations, Manitoba traveled to New York to personally ensure the murder of the reverend.

Manitoba was unaware that a second survivor existed, Dantogi's daughter Marilyn. Inspired by news of Manitoba's arrival in the United States, she become the super-heroine Vixen, and spied on the general. The Vixen followed Manitoba to a monastery in New Jersey where the holy Reverend Peak had been located. Manitoba attempted to murder Reverend Peak with his machete, but was halted through the intervention of the Vixen. Manitoba was outmatched by the heroine's speed and agility. A wild swing saw Manitoba destabilize a large, heavy cross in a monastic sanctuary. Manitoba was then crushed by the falling crucifix, his many crimes finally addressed in suitably brutal fashion.

C'Tanga Manitoba had an arsenal and personal army at his disposal, but his weapon of choice was the simple, deadly machete.

"My machete craves blood-- tonight-- let it drink!"

Created by: Gerry Conway & Bob Oksner

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