Yarko the Great

Real Name: Unrevealed; part of name may really be Yarko

Identity/Class: Human magic user

Occupation: Stage Magician, adventurer

Group Membership: (original run) None;
   (Femforce) The Century Club (Black Fury, Green Mask, Lady Fairplay, Lightning, Man O'Metal, Music Master, Samson, Twilight, Twister)

Affiliations: Li Wan

Enemies: Lailani, Shaddiba, Vladim, Death, Fu Chu, Hans Feuer

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Master of Magic

Base of Operations: Mobile worldwide

First Appearance: Wonder Comics #2 (Fox Features, June 1939)

Powers/Abilities: Yarko was capable to a vast array of magical feats including teleportation, walking through walls, transforming into animals, casting illusions, telekinesis, and hypnosis, sometime using the gem on his turban as a focal point for the subject to look at. Perhaps enhanced by his magic, he is extremely agile, and is a skilled tightrope walker.

Height: Unrevealed; appeared to be somewhat taller than the average
Weight: Unrevealed; toned build, neither slender nor overly muscular
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

Summary: A world renowned stage magician, the American-born Yarko had studied the "magic of the East" to become a true sorcerer who would lend his skills to law enforcement or anyone else in need.


Comments: Created by Will Eisner.

   Though he normally casts his spells via thought and simple gestures, in Samson#4 he performs some magic by speaking backwards, a schtick more commonly associated with National Allied Publication (DC)'s sorcerer Zatara, who had debuted a year prior to Yarko. Given that this wasn't a normal thing for Yarko, I wonder if the writer had originally intended to sell the story in question to DC, and then changed it to a Yarko tale instead.

Appearance checklist (not including reprints): Wonder Comics#2; Wonderland Comics #3-33; Samson#4-5; Femforce#126-127

Contributors to this page: Jake Oster (additional enemies)

Yarko should not be confused with:

First Posted: Circa 20/06/2011
Last updated: 15/11/2022

Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.

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