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What Made Ibis So Invincible?

August 1, 2009

There aren't too many things that set Ibis the Invincible from the other crimefighting magicians of his day. In 1940, when Ibis made his first appearance in Whiz Comics #2, several heroes like him were already dominating the market. Both Hawkman and Fantomah were from ancient Egypt, like Ibis. And Mandrake the Magician, being the first magic-employing crimefighter, had already planted his pioneering flag. And then there was the similar Zatara.

So why was Ibis so invincible? Take a look at these factoids on the formulaic firebrand and see if you can figure out just what interesting traits account for his 13-year run:

1. The Ibis stories were written and drawn by several writers and artists over the years, including Bill Parker, C.C. Beck, Otto Binder and Pete Costanza.

2. Ibis's name during his stint as the prince of Egypt, 40 millenia before his first comic book appearance, was Amentep.

3. He became Ibis after an evil magician called The Black Pharoah dethroned him and killed his love, Princess Taia. Thanks to his uncle who bestowed upon him a magic wand--an 'Ibistick'--he was able to combat the rogue magic as Ibis the Invincible.

4. Though Ibis was awarded his own comic book just two years after his debut, his title only yielded six issues during a six-year period.

5. Despite the ill fate of his of solo project, he remained a staple in Whiz Comics for the duration of its run--a remarkable 153 issues.

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