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The Basilisk is the name of three fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The first is a supervillain who debuts in Marvel Team-Up #16 (Dec. 1973).[1] The second is a lizard-like villain who first appears in Morbius, the Living Vampire #5 (Jan. 1993). The third is a mutant who first appears in New X-Men #135 (Dec. 2002). Basilisk is also the codename used by an alternate reality version of the X-Man Cyclops in the Age of X crossover.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Basilisk (Basil Elks)[edit]

Basilisk (Basil Elks)
Art by Ron Wilson
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Team-Up #16 (Dec 1973)
Created byLen Wein
Gil Kane
In-story information
Alter egoBasil Elks
Team affiliationsHood's Unnamed Crime Syndicate
AbilitiesEnhanced strength, stamina and reflexes
Energy projection
Temperature and molecular manipulation
Volcano generation

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Basil Elks is a petty thief who breaks into a museum to steal what he believes is an ordinary emerald - but is in fact an alien Kree artifact called the Alpha Stone. Elks, however, miscalculates the security guards rounds and is caught and fired upon when he reaches for a weapon. The guard’s bullet accidentally hits and shatters the gem, causing an explosion that transforms Elks into a humanoid reptilian - his skin becomes green and scaly and his eyes are now large and red. Elks then flash-freezes the guard in place, and realizing that he now has superhuman abilities, decides to become a supervillain and calls himself the Basilisk. He faced off against Spider-Man, Mister Fantastic, Captain Marvel and the Mole Man which ended with him being imprisoned in another Kree artifact called the Omega Stone that ended up in lava.[2]

The Omega Stone he was imprisoned in was found in a lava river by some Moloids who worshiped it.[3] After absorbing the Omega Stone into himself (thus increasing his power to its fullest potential) and breaking free, he fought Thing and defeated him until Spider-Man arrived.[4] After hearing Basilisk's origin, Spider-Man manages to help Thing regain consciousness and they fight Basilisk. During the fight, Basilisk disappeared during a cave-in.[3]

Sphinx pulled Basilisk from his timeline and paired him up with Moonstone, Ulysses Bloodstone, Man-Wolf and Gyre to compete against Sphinx's elder self and his team consisting of Black Bolt, Darkhawk, Mister Fantastic, Namorita, and Nova.[5]

Basilisk reappeared in the crossover storyline involving the Scourge of the Underworld, a vigilante who assassinated numerous minor supervillains. Seeking retaliation against Thing, the character tunneled his way to the headquarters of the Fantastic Four which was undergoing construction, but was murdered by the Scourge of the Underworld disguised as a construction worker.[6]

Dead Ringer later acquired a tissue sample from Basilisk's body and assumed his form.[7]

During the "Dark Reign" storyline, Basilisk was resurrected - with 16 other criminals murdered by Scourge - by master criminal Hood using the power of the entity Dormammu. The revived characters form a squad to attempt to eliminate Punisher; the Basilisk completed the mission by capturing Punisher.[8]

During the "Fear Itself" storyline, Basilisk is among the villains that escape from the Raft after Juggernaut takes the form of Kuurth: Breaker of Stone and damages the facility heavily. He assists Man-Bull, Griffin, and another escaped inmate in a bank robbery. When Hercules arrives, he recognizes that the fourth person with them is actually Hecate. Basilisk joined Man-Bull and Griffin in fighting Hercules until Hecate regained her memories.[9] When a revived Kyknos attacks Hercules, Basilisk and Man-Bull flee.[10] Hercules and the Griffin manage to find where Basilisk and Man-Bull are hiding and recruit their help. The villains approach Hecate and Kyknos using a ruse involving Hercules being turned to stone. Hercules quickly revives and saves the villains by killing Kyknos, while Hecate escapes.[11]

Basilisk was later hired by HYDRA where he was paired up with Looter to steal the Ellsworth Sonic Reducer. Both of them are defeated by Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Spider-Man's body) and are webbed up for the police.[12]

Basilisk (Wayne Gifford)[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMorbius, the Living Vampire #5 (Jan. 1993)
In-story information
Alter egoWayne Gifford
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength and agility
Paralyzing stare

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Gifford is a dysfunctional person who turns to Satanism to create an alternate persona, the Basilisk. Possessing a paralyzing stare, the Basilisk goes to battle the anti-hero Morbius, the Living Vampire.[13]

Basilisk (Mike Columbus)[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNew X-Men #135 (Dec 2002)
Created byGrant Morrison
Frank Quitely
In-story information
Alter egoMike Columbus[14]
Team affiliationsXavier Institute Student Body
Brotherhood of Mutants
AbilitiesParalyzing light pulse projection

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Basilisk is a mutant and a student at the Xavier Institute. Possessing limited intelligence and persecuted in his youth due to his abnormal appearance (bald, abnormally large and with one eye), the character is extremely aggressive. Once Basilisk's mutant power manifests, he suffers from brain seizures until given a device to help regulate the ability.

Basilisk joins the Brotherhood. They take over New York City. While watching human prisoners march by, he makes a joke about a perceived bad smell. The Brotherhood's leader Magneto attempts to deliver a punishment, but kills Basilisk instead.[15]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Upon absorbing the Alpha Stone, the Basil Elks version of Basilisk possessed enhanced physical strength, reflexes, and stamina. The Basilisk's main offensive weapon were his eye beams, which could be concussive force (these could also be directed at the ground for limited flight) or energy that manipulated temperature (to boiling or freezing extremes) or molecules.[16] Upon absorbing the Omega Stone, Basilisk's powers increased to their full extent, allowing him to generate volcanoes worldwide, including in the Savage Land and New York City.[17]

Wayne Gifford was a normal human until becoming the Basilisk, a large humanoid reptile. The creature possesses superhuman strength and agility, and a paralyzing stare. The Basilisk's one weakness is its reflection, which serves as a reminder of its former state.

The Mike Columbus version of Basilisk possesses an overly-fleshy head devoid of all features except for sunken ears, a slit-like mouth, and a single centered eye socket. A camera-like device is located in this socket that allows Basilisk to control his superhuman mutant ability to emit a pulse of high-frequency strobe light from his brain. The light paralyzes any sentient being that views it, with the length of the effect varies depending upon the willpower of the onlooker.


  1. DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Marvel Team-Up #16-17 (Dec. 1973 - Jan. 1974). Marvel Comics.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marvel Team-Up #47 (July 1976). Marvel Comics.
  4. Marvel Two-in-One #16-17 (June-July 1976). Marvel Comics.
  5. Nova #33-35. Marvel Comics.
  6. Fantastic Four #289 (April 1986). Marvel Comics.
  7. Captain America #429. Marvel Comics.
  8. Punisher (vol. 7) #5-10. Marvel Comics.
  9. Herc #3. Marvel Comics.
  10. Herc #4. Marvel Comics.
  11. Herc #5-6. Marvel Comics.
  12. Superior Foes of Spider-Man #11. Marvel Comics.
  13. Morbius the Living Vampire #5-6 (Jan.-Feb. 1993) and #24 (Aug. 1994). Marvel Comics.
  14. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (hardcover) #13, Xavier's Institute entry
  15. New X-Men #146 (Nov. 2003). Marvel Comics.
  16. Marvel Team-Up #16-17. Marvel Comics.
  17. Marvel Two-In-One #16-17 and Marvel Team-Up #47. Marvel Comics.

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