Real Name: unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Skrull) technology user
Occupation: mobster, slave-keeper
Affiliations: Skrulls of Kral; Napoleon G. Robberson (fight trainer)
formerly enslaved Taxtor, the Thing;
He also led a gang of mobster-types and kept a small harem of womenfolk
Enemies: Captain Mar-Vell, Fantastic Four (Crystal, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Lippy Louie and his gang, Torgo
Known Relatives: none
Base of Operations: formerly the
planet Kral IV;
formerly an interstellar ship
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#91 (October, 1969)
Powers/Abilities: Like all Skrulls, Barker can change into any shape or duplicate any appearance within his general volume. He employs a wide variety of advanced technological weapons, including Slave-Collars, which release an incapacitating neuro-ray on command; a Hypno-Glow generator, which can force those exposed to it to obey others; Brain-Blast Guns; a Sonic Disruptor, which was trained on the home planets of the slaves to ensure their cooperation; an inter-stellar ship possessing a powerful arsenal of weaponry; anti-gravity vehicles in the form of prohibition era Earth automobiles;
History: Boss Barker is one of the Skrulls of Kral IV, who mimic the appearance and behavior of prohibition era gangsters of Earth. He led a gang on Kral and purchased slaves to compete in a gladiatorial arena. He used his slaves to fight the slaves of rival gang lords to settle territorial and any other kind of dispute. His chief rival was Lippy Louie.
(Fantastic Four I#91) - Barker paid ten perfect power stones for the Thing, who had been captured from Earth by a slaver. Actually, he only put one stone as a down payment, promising the rest when his slave was trained in the arena. He and Lippy Louie argued over whether the Thing could defeat Louie's champion, Torgo. Later, Barker's trainer, Napolean G. Robberson, tested the Thing against another gladiator, Taxtor, who showed the Thing that Barker and his men didn't kid around.
(Fantastic Four I#92) - After Robberson finished training and testing the Thing, Barker and his men escaped a bomb planted by Lippy Louie's men. Barker then confronted Louie, who denied the allegations. They both then headed to the Palace, in preparation for the games to begin.
(Fantastic Four I#93) - Barker and Louie watched the battle between Torgo and the Thing, each crying foul as the other's slave took the advantage. Barker and Louie continued to argue throughout the bout, increasing the amount of their bet in the process. However, when the Fantastic Four arrived to rescue the Thing, they destroyed the Sonic Disruptor which threatened the slaves' home planets. Torgo then led a rebellion of the slaves, slaughtering their former keepers.
(Marvel Two-In-One#45 (fb)) - Barker took the form of a corpse during the struggle, fooling the slaves, who thus left him behind.
(Marvel Two-In-One#45 (fb) - BTS) - Barker got his revenge on Torgo, decapitating him and taking his head as a trophy.
(Marvel Two-In-One#45) - Barker flew his ship
to Earth, he then used a vehicle in the form of a prohibition
automobile to do a drive by on the Thing. When the Thing pursued
and caught hold of the car's bumper, Barker flew the craft into
the air and then teleported away, leaving the Thing to fall into
the harbor. The Thing was rescued by the Kree Captain Mar-Vell.
Barker later ambushed Mar-Vell, blasting him and leaving him for
dead. Barker then confronted, blasted, and captured the
Thing, taking him back to his base. Mar-Vell, however, recovered
and tracked down Barker, occupying he and his androids while the Thing
broke free from his restraints. Barker summoned his ship, knowing
that it's power could slay the two heroes, but the head of Torgo
reactivated long enough to fire an energy blast that dropped
Barker, who returned to Skrull form before collapsing.
The Thing responded, "He lived a bum, and he died a bum! C'mon, Let's go."
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby.
The title of MTIO#45 was "The Andromeda
I always liked that, for some reason.
No known connection to:
Napoleon G. Robberson
Also known as the Slave-Keeper, Robberson was the trainer for the slaves used in the gladiatorial combat. He taunted the Thing when his Hypno-Glow prevented the hero from trying to attack him. He tested the Thing against Taxtor, a Magno-Man, and a Rhinogron. When the Thing began to resist the effects of the Hypno-Glow, Barker's agent used a Brain-Blast Gun to subdue him. Barker then activated his crushing Hydraulo-Press and was most impressed when the Thing not only resisted it, but destroyed it. He prepared the various slaves, including Torgo, the Thing, the Primitoid, and the Cat-Man for combat in the Palace. He was presumably slain in the slave revolt.
--Fantastic Four I#91 (92, 93
Fantastic Four I#91-93 (August-December, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (#89-92) & Frank Giacoia (#93) (inks)
Marvel Two-In-One#45 (November, 1978) - Peter Gillis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Last updated: 11/24/03
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