Real Name: Marnie Bannister
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Master criminal
Affiliations: Kriss Hunter
Enemies: Lieutenant Trent, Wurdalak, Kamalo
Known Relatives: None known
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: U.K.
First Appearance: December 1964
History: When a skilled, but ugly, female scientist accidentally developed a drug which transformed her into a beautiful woman, it had an unexpected side effect, making her criminally insane. With her new appearance and outlook on life, she created a new persona for herself, becoming Satanik, a murderous criminal mastermind.
Comments: Created by Max Bunker. Bunker had created another character similar to this, the male Kriminal. When a rival Italian publisher created a character called Killing (in Italy) / Satanik (in the simultaneously launched French editions), who was clearly based on Kriminal, Bunker's response was to launch his own Satanik in Italy.
Bunker's Satanik was turned into a film in 1968 by director Piero Vivarelli, with Magda Konopka in the title role.
Thanks to Valentino Callegari for additional information.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
the French character Satanik (a.k.a. Killing)
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