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Douglas Birely (Earth-616)

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Quote1 How gratifying it is to have you -- the greatest living dinosaur -- subjugated in my service! Quote2
-- Doctor Demonicus src

Early Life

Dr. Douglas Birely was born in Culver City, California. As a scientist, he was studying the correlation between radioactivity and mutation when he was contaminated by a radioactive spill.

Doctor Demonicus

As Doctor Demonicus, he was a criminal geneticist who created monsters and discovered the Lifestone. As a former ally of Maur-Konn, who of which gave Demonicus his satellite headquarters, he created numerous immense monsters including Batragon, Ghilaron, Lepirax and Centipoor. He later used Starchild, Cerberus and the Hand of Five.

Exposure to the Lifestone fragments eventually mutated Birely so that his face became a twisted mirror of his mask. He changed tactics and began mutating humans instead of animals, giving them super-powers as his team of super-villains, the Pacific Overlords. Demonicus and the Overlords battled the Avengers and won, raising a sub-oceanic land mass to the surface as an island nation, recognized as Demonica by the United Nations for its mineral wealth and trade possibilities.[1]

However, the raised island also contained the temple of the lost demon, Rakasha. Birely was enslaved to the demon's will, and soon the Pacific Overlords fell under its sway as well. In a second encounter with the Avengers, Demonica was destabilized as Birely attempted to make sacrifices to the demon. He was seemingly killed when Demonica sunk into the Pacific.[2]

Doctor Demonicus was eventually arrested, convicted and incarcerated for his crimes. He was sentenced to "the Raft", a supervillain prison facility. He was among the 43 villains that escaped during the breakout engineered by Electro.[3]




Advanced knowledge of genetics and of the technology of the alien Myndai


Suffering from skin cancer currently in remission.


  • Doctor Demonicus wears a life-support suit that keeps his skin cancer in remission.
  • Lifestone


A blaster that fires an unknown form of concussive energy

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