The eponymous protagonist of the 2000 AD strip Black Shuck was born in Dunwich, East Anglia, the illegitimate son of a Viking raider, King Ivar. As an adult he was kidnapped by Vikings and taken to Scandinavia. En route he encountered and fought a hideous shape-changing monster which killed all the Vikings. During the course of the battle Shuck bit the monster (a neat reversal of the usual course of events), and since then he transforms into a big, black, hairy beast whenever he feels fear, pain or rage. His human intellect is unimpaired by this transformation.
When Black Shuck landed in Scandinavia, King Ivar named him as his heir. He then informed him that this meant that Black Shuck was now affected by a terrible curse inflicted on Ivar and all his kin by the undead troll king Øvredal, because Ivar had robbed Øvredal's grave of its gold. The curse had already claimed the lives of Hugin and Munin, Ivar's legitimate sons. Now the Viking fortification was attacked by ravening hordes of trolls every night.
Black Shuck defeated Øvredal and inherited the throne after Ivar was discreetly poisoned by his wife (presumably enraged by his reckless avarice and past infidelity), who blamed his death on the trolls. The new king should probably keep an eye on her...
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Kicking ass and fighting trolls.
Peak human male.
Anglo-Viking warriors don't do 'weakness'.
(Occasionally) a Viking longship.
A big sword.
- Appearances of Black Shuck
- Images featuring Black Shuck
- Quotations by or about Black Shuck
- Character Gallery: Black Shuck