Attuma is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.
Attuma was born to the Atlantean race that lived in the oceans of the world where he was a member of a barbarian Skarka Tribe that had been banished from Atlantis long ago. As a young child, he was captured by a barbarian warrior by the name of Rorak with his mother being killed in the initial raid after Attuma let a clot of blood form in her heart. After seeing this, Rorak became impressed with the boy and decided to spare his life. Instead, Attuma was made into a slave where he lived in such a state for years. He later led an uprising that killed many of Rorak's minions and saw Rorak himself flee. (Fear Itself: The Worthy v1 #1) Thus, Attuma became in charge of a tribe that settled in a region known as the Murky Depths. The tribe later established a prophecy that claimed one of their number would be responsible for taking the throne of Atlantis. As leader of the barbarian tribe, Attuma came to believe the tribe when they told him that he would achieve this feat leading to him living by the sword. In time, he became a powerful warrior among his people with his ruthless nature securing his position as leader. By adulthood, he had sired a number of child with his firstborn being a daughter by the name of Andromeda that he had with Lady Gelva. Attuma was disappointed that he did not have a son but had the girl trained as a warrior.
As an adult, the barbarian warlord Attuma sought to claim his destiny and attempted to conquer Atlantis that was ruled by Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner. Despite his large army, he was defeated by the powerful forces defending Atlantis. One day, the Lady Dorma, however, was spurred by her love Namor and decided to get revenge on him for rejecting her love. This saw her aiding Attuma in breaching the defenses of Atlantis in exchange for ruling by his side.
He later returned to head his barbarian hordes where they made numerous attempts at conquering Atlantis and the surface world. Attuma at one point allied himself with the forces of Kang the Conqueror. This saw the Atlantean stage an invasion starting from Canada but he was defeated by the Avengers.
He later made a new bid for the surface by staging an invasion of New York City with an army of octo-meks where he was opposed by the New Avengers. During the battle, the Sentry emerged to join the superhero team where he moved onto the battlefield and decapitated Attuma thus ending the invasion. (Sentry v2 #1)
Attuma's body was later recovered by Doctor Doom who used his knowledge to resurrect the Atlantean barbarian. In exchange for servitude, Doom had offered Attuma the chance at revenge against Namor with the barbarian warlord contemplating the offer. (Dark Reign: Made Men v1 #1)
When Sin freed the Asgardian known as the Serpent, this event saw the deity attempt to spread fear around the world. To achieve this, he summoned the mystical hammers of his warriors known as the Worthy with one ending in the ocean. Attuma discovered the Hammer of Nerkkod where he was granted its power. With his power, he began attacking oil line on the Pacific Ocean.
He gathered to him his generals namely Tyrak, Tiger Shark and Aradnea in order to conquer New Atlantis. Single handedly, Nerkkod had defeated Namor and destroyed the city with the Atlanteans falling under his rule.
Warlord of Lemuria
Afterwards, he sought further power in conquering Atlantis and came upon an opportunity when the inhabitants of Lemuria made Attuma their leader. Despite this, he showed nothing but scorn for the city as he instead sought its knowledge of mystical beasts and magical weapons. Among these was ancient quantum alchemy in the form of Alkahest which was a universal solvent able to burn anything. Through the efforts of Rasa, Attuma intended to use this as a means of killing off the surface world and thus become ruler of the world by conducting a genocide of air breathers. During this time, he unleashed the warbeasts of Lemuria against the surface and had to contend from rebel Lemurians who opposed Attuma turning their home into a fortress. S.H.I.E.L.D. came to deploy the Hulk against Attuma who summoned his Kophinbeast to devour the Jade Giant but the hero managed to escape where he knocked the Atlantean warlord into the creature that fled into the depths. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #5)
Personality and attributes
Powers and abilities
After his resurrection by Doctor Doom, Attuma was surgically enhanced giving him the strength equal to Namor along with the power of flight and ability to breath on land. (Dark Reign: Made Men v1 #1)
For a time, Attuma was possessed by the Hammer of Nerkkod of the Worthy who served the Asgardian called the Serpent. After encountering it, the Atlantean barbarian was transformed into the Breaker of Oceans that made him extremely powerful after being augmented with Asgardian magic by becoming Nerkkod's host body.
- Attuma was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where it made its first appearance in Fantastic Four v1 #33 (December, 1964).
In other media
- In Fantastic Four, Attuma appeared as a villain in the 1967 animated television series in the episode "Danger in the Depths" where he was voiced by actor Henry Corden.
- In Avengers Assemble, Attuma appeared as an antagonist where he was voiced by actor Dwight Schultz.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Attuma appeared as an antagonist where he was voiced by actor Dwight Schultz.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Attuma appeared as an antagonist where he was voiced by actor Gregg Berger.
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