''He appeared in the dark of night...
The Strange creature called...
-Jack Kirby (The Demon #7).
Born in Limbo Town, where the former residents of Roanoke ended up after supposedly disappearing centuries ago, Klarion Bleak grew up in a sort of perverted version of Puritania, where necromancy was common (and in fact was a vital staple of the local industry) and every witch-man, witch-woman and witch-child had their own draaga, or familiar. His true father having disappeared years earlier, Klarion always suspected there was a world beyond, but was vigorously discouraged from asking questions by the strict Submissionary Judah.
However, when a spine-rider of the Sheeda arrived in Limbo Town one day, Judah and his fellow submissionaries panicked, convinced that the spine-rider had been sent in advance of their extermination. They transformed themselves into a Horigal, a monstrous gestalt form bonding the three of them and their familiars together. They then attacked all the witch-men in town, including Klarion's stepfather Ezekial. Klarion, who had found out about the Horigal and had tried to warn everyone, was pursued by the monster and fled upwards. In the process, he was separated from Teekl, his familiar.
Klarion ended up in the Manhattan subway system, and escaped the Horigal after it was hit by the pirate train called the William Jefferson Clinton. He ended up in the company of Ebeneezer Badde, another runaway from Limbo Town, who showed him the Leviathan (a hive-mind collective of children) and the Foundation Stone (actually the Fatherbox Croatoan, an ancient Fourth-World device). Klarion pocketed the small thing, thinking it to be little more than a die. Badde later turned on Klarion, attempting to sell the boy into slavery. Klarion in turn summoned Teekl and had his familiar lead the Leviathan to Badde, who was summarily killed by the multitude of children. One of the Leviathan told Klarion that Badde had long been capturing its component children in order to sell them into slave labor, and so the Leviathan offered Klarion and Teekl a place among its ranks in gratitude, but Klarion declined, wanting to see more of the world.
He traveled above ground, to Manhattan, where he was discovered by Melmoth, who offered the boy food and a place to stay. Melmoth was secretly looking for Limbo Town, as he himself had created the original witch-men and witch-women by interbreeding with the humans at Roanoke. He thus sent Klarion with a gang called the Deviants to steal a giant subterranean drill for him. Klarion used Teekl to case the museum where the drill was held, and gang leader Billy Beezer set the Deviants loose within the museum.
When the Deviants returned with the drill, Melmoth deliberately played Beezer against Klarion to see what the witch-boy was capable of. Billy secretly feared being usurped, and Melmoth played to those fears, telling him that Klarion's skill with magic made him a strong contender to replace Beezer as the leader. Beezer attacked Klarion, who threatened him with a death curse, humiliating him.
Later, Klarion was awoken to see Melmoth forcing Beezer through an Erdel gate in order to be enslaved on Mars. Realizing that Melmoth intended to enslave all of the Deviants (and then discovering Melmoth's plans to use the drill to invade and plunder Limbo Town), Klarion warned his erstwhile comrades, but resolved to simply leave instead of trying to fight Melmoth. However, Teekl convinced him that he had a responsibility to return home to stop Melmoth.
Klarion returned to Limbo Town, only to be nearly burned at the stake for blasphemy when he tried to explain that there was a world beyond Limbo which intended to invade. Melmoth's arrival halted the burning, and Klarion ran to ring the alarm bell. There, he was confronted by Judah, who had been gravely wounded in their previous encounter. Judah, realizing the imminent danger facing the town and accepting his own death, named Klarion as his successor, teaching him how to become a Horigal. Klarion merged with Teekl and attacked Melmoth's forces and knocked Melmoth himself into a fire. Severely burned, Melmoth boasted that he was immortal and retreated. Afterwards, Klarion was offered the chance to become a full-time submissionary, but declined.
Klarion returned to the surface world just as the Sheeda were attempting their Harrowing. He was accosted by Misty Kilgore Melmoth's daughter, who demanded that he hand over his half of the Croatoan to her so she could avert the Harrowing. Realizing the importance of the device, Klarion stole Misty's own part of the Croatoan and hitched a ride aboard Castle Revolving, the Sheeda time-dreadnaught. Taking advantage of the attempt by S.H.A.D.E. agent Frankenstein to take over the ship, Klarion commandeered the ship and traveled to the Sheeda's homeworld, where he used the Croatoan to take over.
Perhaps growing bored of ruling the Sheeda, Klarion traveled through time to meet the Demon (Jason Blood/Etrigan).
Living again in the Beyond Country (Limbo Town) Klarion broke the law by dabbling in spells that would give him power over his elders. Fleeing the wrath of the authorities there, he came to Earth.
Etrigan (The Demon) accidentally came up against one of the pursuers, whose poison familiar, called Draaga, attacked and rejected him with poison. Etrigan got rid of both,but the poison was overcoming him when Klarion appeared, changed him back to Jason Blood, and magically took him home. There, Teekl healed him.
For a time, Klarion stayed, amusing himself withhis magic and playing pranks. Finally, his elders tracked him down and were about to punish them when Etrigan, having defeated the magical creatures they sent to stop him, appeared and returned them to the Beyond Country. When Klarion tried to make Etrigan his servant, The Demon sent him to another dimension, where he believed the Witchboy would be trapped forever.
However, there were others there who taught Klarion a counter-spell, and he came back for revenge. He summoned the dead from their graves, then turned a wandering spirit into a doppelganger of Jason Blood to make Jason vanish and replace him with the double.
This did happen, and the young warlock celebrated, even turning Teekl into a woman so that she might dance, but Glenda Mark had found the Philosopher's Stone belonging to Jason. Her thoughts of him acted on the stone to restore him. He defeated the doppelganger, then banished Klarion to the Beyond Region, a mystic prison.
Sins of Youth
Klarion changed his name to ''Klarion... Bum... Bum... Bum... The Witch Boy'' and helped the Agenda to turn the world against the super heroes. He cast a spell turning the teenage heroes into adult versions of themselves and the adult heroes into teenagers.
Klarion appears in the Infinite Crisis where he aided the world's magic-users in summoning the Spectre and later aided the heroes in Metropolis.
After the battle in Metropolis, Klarion wandered, at one point tricking Felix Faust into trading his soul for more power.
He later appeared in Gotham City where his cat Teekl was nearly kidnapped by another young Limbo Town native named Uriah who had wandered to the surface and who'd been kidnapping other witches' familiars in order to create a monstrous Judgement Beast. Klarion teamed up with teen superhero Robin to rescue the kidnapped familiars and returned them to their proper owners.
Most recently, Klarion encountered Mary Marvel and offered to help her control her new powers in exchange for a small portion of her soul, to which she agreed. However, he got greedy, attempting to steal her power, and she knocked him away.
Klarion is possessed by Alan Scott's Starheart power and driven insane. After wreaking havoc throughout an urban area, he is tracked down and defeated by Jade and Donna Troy.
Medusa Non Grata
Klarion and Teekl went to El Paso, Texas in Halloween night to trick or treat. He was mocked by a couple of teenagers when he told them he was disguised as a Witchboy from Magic Town. Then he turned them and other people into stone. Miss Martian and Bue Beetle battled him until he was lauded by a group of gothic teenagers and turned everyone back.
Again Klarion found himself in Gotham searching for Teekl who had been transformed and was stealing hearts from innocent people. While searching for his cat Klarion is caught by Batgirl who believes he is the person stealing the people's hearts. After trapping Batgirl and explaining the situation they form an alliance. Finding Teekl transformed and attacking innocent bystander's Batgirl rushes in and knock's the altered Teekl out. Klarion traps his cat to stop any further harm being done. Teleporting to Limbo Town Stephanie and Klarion search for a mate for Teekl. While Stephanie distracts a witch Klarion steals her familiar and puts it in along with Teekl. Fleeing Limbo Town Stephanie and Klarion spend their night together at the Gotham University Valentine's day carnival until Klarion decides to turn Jordanna into a frog for insulting him eariler.
Klarion the Warlock was one of the members of the magical Justice League in Superman/Batman. The younger Klarion also helped stop this future from coming to be.
Klarion was killed in an incident relating to Shade the Changing Man. The circumstances of his death are unknown.
Powers and Abilities
Klarion is a skilled sorcerer, specializing in black magic. He is able to turn into a Horigal. His familiar Teekl also has magical abilities.
His powers include magical telekinesis, energy blasts, mind control, illusions, and others.
In Other Media
The New Batman Adventures
Klarion appears in The New Batman Adventures episode ''The Demon Within'' voiced by Stephen Wolfe Smith.
Klarion steals an ancient branding iron made by Morgaine Le Fey and uses it to control Etrigan. He's defeated when Batman broke the spell and Etrigan imprisions him in a snowglobe.
This was the first appearence of Klarion in DCAU (DC Animated Universe) and the last performance of Stephen Wolfe Smith before his death.
Klarion is mentioned by Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond episode ''Revenant'' when he said he has encountered things from zombies to ''witch-boys''.
Klarion appears as a villain in a Cartoon Monsoon episode featured by a young Zatanna.
Klarion appears in the Young Justice episode "Denial" voiced by Thom Adcox-Hernandez. In this story, he is a lord of chaos
In this series Klarion is attempting to claim the Helmet of Fate. He joins Abra Kadabra and kidnaps Kent Nelson. He's defeated when Doctor Fate hurts Teekl (his familiar and his link with this world) and forces him to escape.
He was later revealed to be the seventh member of the Light. Klarion later causes all the adults and children to be locked in separate dimensions.