Klarion the Witch Boy
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Klarion the Witch Boy(pop culture)
Despite his diminutive size and boylike appearance, Klarion the Witch Boy is a warlock with almost unlimited powers. The 5-feet-tall, 113- pound super-sorcerer came to Earth in DC Comics' The Demon vol. 1 #7 (1973), written and illustrated by the legendary Jack Kirby. Most of Klarion's backstory has been told through the mouth of this babe, so it is subject to scrutiny. Nevertheless, he claims he is from the otherdimensional Witch-World, where both he and his parents were persecuted for dabbling in forbidden magic arts. Cast to Earth with the help of a bewitched cat named Teekl, Klarion has a propensity for conjuring spells, wielding magic, and wreaking havoc with his feline accomplice, who can morph into a giant beast at will. Klarion is so ruthless that he even turned his own parents into mice, presumably to feed Teekl. When describing Klarion, reviewer Howard Price said, “Picture Macauley Culkin's role as The Good Son, and give him some magic to play with, and you're on the right track.” For years Klarion combated the rhyming supernatural entity known as the Demon Etrigan, which resulted in his banishment from Earth on more than one occasion. Klarion has also teamed with the villainous Contessa to turn groups of superheroes on their heads. In Young Justice: Sins of Youth #1 (2000), members of the Justice League of America were turned into adolescent and immature versions of themselves, while the teens of Young Justice became adults! On the small screen, Klarion unleashed his bag of tricks on Batman in an episode of The New Batman Adventures, which aired as part of The New Batman/Superman Adventures on the WB network (1997–1999). In April 2005, Klarion resurfaced as a blueskinned gothic boy in a Grant Morrison–scripted miniseries, Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy, in which he is part of Morrison's oddball group of heroes and villains, the Seven Soldiers. Morrison has recast Klarion as one in an underground Puritan- like community of witch people who chooses to rebel; as a defiant protagonist who questions authority, Klarion has been appropriately retooled for the twenty-first century.