Father Shandor, Demon Stalker
Real Name: Father Shandor
Identity/Class: Human transformed / cursed by magic
Occupation: Priest, demon slayer
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Medieval Europe
First Appearance: Dracula, Prince of Darkness (movie), House of Hammer, Halls of Horror, Warrior Magazine, A-1
Powers/Abilities: Father Shandor can kill any living thing with the slightest touch - in fact he has to concentrate greatly not to do so.
History: A Christian monk in Transylvania, Father Shandor was cast out of his monastery because of his study into the dark forces, a task he had undertaken in order to aid in his battle against them. He continued to battle demonic forces, eventually travelling to the demon realms and back, gaining a deadly touch along the way.
Comments: Shandor's first appearance was actually in the Hammer horror movie "Dracula, Prince of Darkness", where he was played by Andrew Keir (although his name was spelled Sandor in the movie credits in spite of how it was pronounced). The movie was later adapted to comic strip form in the magazine "House of Hammer", published by Quality, which went on to become "Halls of Horror" before merging with Warrior, shortly before the magazine vanished.
Many thanks to Chris "Doc TOC" Halliday for providing the background to where Father Shandor actually originated, correcting my mistaken belief he first appeared in Warrior Magazine.
Mike Murphy informs me that "The last appearance of Shandor was in an issue of Atomeka's A1, where his longtime demoness antagonist finds out she is a figment of an anguished author's imagination. The author resembles Shandor - his therapy sessions end up destroying her fantasy world. It was in the A1 True Life Bikini Confidential (Atomeka Press; 1990) "Jaramsheela" (starring the succubbus villainess of the same name) written by Steve Moore and illustrated by David Jackson, Doug Braithwaite, and Dave Elliott in 3 parts (20 pgs in all)."
Scottish actor Andrew Keir also portrayed Quatermass in "Quatermass and the Pit".
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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