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Primevil was a short-lived hard rock combo from Indiana, comprised of vocalist Dave Campton, guitarists Larry Lucas and Jay Wilfong, bassist Mark Sipe, and drummer Mel Cupp (Moe Whittemore contributed synthesizers in the studio) -- most of whom were barely out of their teens when they recorded their sole long-player, Smokin' Bats at Campton's, in 1974. Produced at 700 West Studio, in New Palestine, IN, the album had no record company to back it, and therefore achieved only regional exposure in the Midwest at the time of its release. But its gritty brand of bluesy hard rock and metal, spiked with discreet nods to prog and psych, would eventually earn Primevil a cult following among latter-day stoner rock enthusiasts, who began exchanging rare vinyl copies on eBay for hundreds of dollars, and eventually prompted the disc's belated reissue on CD in 2006.
Primevil is a comic book villain that first appeared in the Malibu Comics Ultraverse book The Godwheel.
ContentsFictional Character Biography1.1 Prime Himself1.2 Loki1.3 Black September
Fictional Character Biography
When the resurrected god Argus sought servants to retrieve the keys to the Crucible of Life for him, he teleports several Ultras (superhumans) from Earth to the Godwheel. One of the Ultras he seeks to retrieve was the Ultra hero Prime, but instead he accidentally recovers one of Prime's discarded husks, which was in storage at an Aladdin facility. This husk is brought to life by the villainess Necromantra when she agrees to serve Argus. Though nearly as strong as Prime, Primevil's intelligence is limited. Primevil ends up confronting several members of the Freex team who are attempting to acquire the Windsword key from the underside of the Godwheel. He partially absorbs the reptillian Cayman, leaving him drained of much of his power and half-human. The sword is lost to the Freex. Primevil serves Argus until Argus attacks Necromantra. Primevil demonstrates great loyalty to Mantra, protecting her as best he can. Joining the other ultras and newly arrived Thor from the Marvel universe, they are able to banish Argus to another realm. Thor then transports everyone, including Primevil, back to earth.
Primevil soon confronts Prime himself. Prime had been attacked by the Ultra-killer Rafferty who had shot an explosive tipped arrow into his head, blowing him up. Prime's alter-ego, Kevin Green, survives but he was suffering from a concussion. Primevil, drawn to the "Prime" energy within Kevin, attacks. Transforming into Prime, Kevin found that this Prime-body had its head on backwards, and was soon defeated by Primevil. Primevil attempts to absorb Prime and take his power, but the government heroine Phade intervenes and gave Prime the time to right himself and defeat Primevil.
A god soon used Primevil as a pawn again. The Norse god of evil, Loki, trapped in the Ultraverse, seeks to gather the Infinity Gems which had also appeared in the Ultraverse. Collecting all the Gems would grant vast cosmic power. Already having procurred the Time Gem from Hardcase, Loki uses Primevil to retrieve the Mind Gem. Primevil, however, places the gem on his head and becomes intelligent. Seeking out Mantra, whom Primevil had fallen in love with, the pair found themselves under attack from Loki. Traveling to the Godwheel, they confront Loki. To keep the gem for himself, Primevil attempts to absorb Loki, though the act would kill him. To save Primevil from himself, Mantra separates the gem from his head. Loki soon acquires the gem for himself. With no reason to continue fighting, Loki lets Mantra and the once again near mindless Primevil depart.
Primevil had not appeared since the Black September Event changed reality.
Appearances in other media
Primevil appeared in the short lived Ultraforce cartoon show. Here He was created by Boneyard to serve him in his plans to take over Earth.