Unofficial Biography ANTON ARCANE
 Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Personal Data


Occupation: Former scientist/alchemist
Known Relatives: Anaïs Arcane (mother, deceased), Josip (father, deceased), Gregori Arcane (brother, deceased), Aniela (sister), Abigail Cable Holland (niece), Tefé Holland (grand-niece)
Base of Operation: Originally the Balkan Mountains, now mobile
Height: Originally 5'1", (as a demon) 12"
Weight: Originally 97 lbs., (as a demon) 2000 lbs.
Eyes: Obsidian
Hair: White
First Appearance: Swamp Thing Vol. 1 #2 (December 1972-January 1973)
Became a demon: Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #96 (June 1990)

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History

  A scientist and amateur magician from a Balkan nation who was fuelled by two desires: the achievement of power, and eternal life. During World War II, he allied himself with the Nazis, but when that did not pay off, he went deeper into the world of sorcery, creating creatures such as the Un-Men and the Patchwork Man (I) in the process. In recent times, Arcane's body had grown old and withered. Seeking out the Swamp Thing, Arcane offered him humanity in exchange of using his powerful plant body for himself. Swamp Thing agreed and was magically transformed into Alec Holland. However, when Holland realised that Arcane would use the monstrous body to make himself ruler of the world, he furiously reverted the process. Arcane fled, seemingly plummeting to his death.

  But this was just the beginning of a long hatred between the two. Arcane returned time and again, in the body of an Un-Man, as an insectoid creature, and finally in the body of his niece Abigail's husband, Matthew Cable. Swamp Thing, however, defeated Arcane every time. Arcane died in one of their last encounters and was damned to Hell after his death.

  After years of punishment, he was considered evil enough to become a minor demon in Beelzebub's ranks. Later, Arcane actually redeemed himself and is now a force for good.

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