Elder Evils (2007) is a supplement for world or multiverse-ending Big Bads published by Wizards of the Coast. It contains nine primary antagonists (see below) with a host of subordinate or supporting lesser antagonists for each. I noticed that at least one of these (based on name, form, and defining traits), Zargon, originally appeared in the D&D module B4 The Lost City.

Elder Evils does a poor job citing the source material for its contents, and I want to know when and where these first appeared in TSR or Wizards of the Coast publications (notes about appearances in other media welcome, but not the direct answer I am looking for):

  1. Atropus
  2. Father Llymic
  3. The Hulks of Zoretha
  4. The Leviathan
  5. The Pandorym
  6. Ragnorra
  7. Sertrous
  8. The Worm that Walks
  9. Zargon (1982, B4 The Lost City)

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Some appear in earlier editions

  • The Leviathan

    • The earliest mention of the Leviathan is found in 1981 in Dragon magazine #46.

      The walls are covered with bas reliefs [sic] of tremendous sea beasts, such as the Great White Shark, Leviathan, and Devil Kraken.

  • The Pandorym

    • The Pandorym first appeared in the 2006 novel Darkvision by Bruce Cordell.
  • The Worm that Walks

    • Kyuss first appeared in 2006 in Dungeon magazine #130.
    • Sons of Kyuss first appeared in the Fiend Folio in 1981.
  • Zargon

    • As you noted, appeared first in the 1982 module The Lost City.

The rest

As far as I know, the remaining Elder Evils you list do not appear prior to the release of Elder Evils in 2007.

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    \$\begingroup\$ While not disputing the fact that the Leviathan was mentioned in Dragon #46, I suspect that one may be a case of two things drawing on the same original source rather than a direct link from one to the other. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 25, 2019 at 21:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ The name Sertrous appears in Barrow of the Forgotten King (Feb 2007) and Sinister Spire (Jun 2007). Elder Evils was published Dec 2007 so this may be an intentional tie-in. Leviathan appears in Return to White Plume Mountain (1999), though this is marked as not its original appearance in D&D, and it is not fully clear if this is exactly the same creature. The spotlight interview seems to suggest that the elder evils are mostly original creations except for Zargon and Kyuss. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 5:24

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