|Real Name: Akira Fudo
Identity/Class: Human transformed by demonic possession
Occupation: School boy
Affiliations: The Devilman Army, Maki, Ryo Asuka
Enemies: Shirenu, Lord Zenon; Satan
Known Relatives: Unnamed father (deceased), Makimura family (foster parents), Miki (foster sister)
Base of Operations: Japan
First Appearance: Devilman (1972)
Powers/Abilities: Devilman's powers include heightened physical and mental capabilities; electricity/laser beam which come from his antennae; some sort of mental control from his antennae; flight; regeneration from damage (his arm has been torn apart from his body before); and the ability to enlarge himself to a huge size.
History: (Devilman series, modified origin) Akira Fudo is a shy boy who is staying with his friend Miki Makimura while his parents are away on a business trip. One day another friend of his, Ryo Asuka (secretly the son of Satan), informs Akira of the existence of demons and how they once ruled the Earth. Ryo tells his friend that the only hope of defeating a demon is to bond with one, thus gaining its powers, and he convinces Akira that he should allow this to happen. The two go to a satanic nightclub, and Ryo launches into murderous assaults on the clubbers, hoping to draw a demon to them. As various party-goers transform into demons, Amon the Lord of Darkness turns up. He attempts to possess Akira, but the youth's pureness turns the tables, and Akira gains control rather than the other way around, becoming Devilman.
Devilman proceeds to battle and kill demons wherever he finds them, including Amon's former lover Shirenu. Eventually Devilman and Satan himself clash during Armageddon.
(Amon Devilman Revelation) Years later Akira has become the leader of the Devilman Army, dedicated to hunting down the demons which have by now turned the world into a post-apocalyptic nightmare.
This artwork © Steve Kyte 1992, used with artist's permission, all rights reserved
Comments: Created by Go Nagai.
The original movie appearance of Devilman had a slightly different origin for the character than all the anime that followed.
(Devilman, original version) Akira Fudo becomes the unwilling host body of the recently awakened demon Devilman, after the creature and two others of its kind awaken from a long sleep in the Himalayas. Orphaned because his father, Devilman's original choice of host, died from fright, Akira is adopted by the Makimura family. Their kindness and his growing love for his foster sister Miki allow him to convince Devilman to drop his original mission of death and destruction, but this displeases Zenon, the demon's former boss, who sends others of his kind after Devilman. In order to survive, Akira has to come to terms with his newfound demonic powers.
Manga forms of the character first appeared in 1972, running to five volumes in the end. The success of the manga and the original movie meant allowed Go Nagai to launch a new, ongoing cartoon in July 1972.
In 1973, Go Nagai created a sequel to Devilman, called Violence Jack. It starred Satan, penitent for his crimes and reincarnated into the new and terrible world he had helped to create.
Lizabeth Correre informs me "The Misfit's old lead singer, Glenn Danzig, has a comic book company called Verotik which now publishes Devilman." She notes that she doesn't know if it is new material (still done by Go Nagai) or reprints.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Devilwoman, another Go Nagai creation inspired by Devilman
Devil Dog, ally of the Elementals
Devilina, from Atlas comics
Devil's Dagger, Golden Age hero
DevilSpawn, enemy of the Hybrids from Continuity Comics
Devil, a member of Marvel's Micronauts
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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