N. Nabu

Promotional artwork for Countdown to Mystery #...

Promotional artwork for Countdown to Mystery #1 (Nov. 2007), featuring Kent V. Nelson as Doctor Fate. Art by Justiniano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In ancient mythology Nabu is the Assyrian and Babylonian god of wisdom and writing, was believed have been introduced into Mesopotamia by the Amorites.  Nabu was the keeper of the Tablets of Destiny, on which the fate of humankind was recorded. His power over existence is huge, because he engraves the destiny of each person, as the gods see fit, on the the tablets.

Enough with the intellectual history lesson, so lets get on with why you’re really here, Comic books. Nabu first appeared in More Fun Comics #67 in 1941.  Not long after the formation of the universe there existed two forces, the Lords of Order and Lords of Chaos.  Around 3500 BCE, one of the Lords of Order descended to earth and became Nabu the Wise, an adviser of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. He became the keeper of many powerful talismans. The most powerful being the Amulet of Anubis.

During the reign of Ramses, Nabu became an adviser and court magician. He was humbled in battle with the Spectre, who killed Ramses for his crimes against the Hebrews.  In 1940, Nabu was wakened by a young Kent Nelson, the son of archaeologist Sven Nelson. Nabu granted Nelson the golden Helmet of Nabu, Amulet of Anubis, and the Cloak of Destiny.  When wearing the Helmet, Kent and Nabu were one, and together they become Dr. Fate.

I chose the talk about Nabu rather than Nelson/Dr. Fate for a couple of reasons.  One, Dr. Fate is still very active in the DC Multiverse. Two, it’s rare for Nabu to get the focus.  I have read much about Fate and his many incarnations, but what about the entity that started it all?  I could do an entire series on this character, and who knows I just just might.


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