Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoids
Location/Base of Operations: Dakkam (fifth from the sun, Beta Rigel), Milky Way Galaxy
Known Members: Hektu, Power Platoon, Quantum (Lomen), Soja, Tuumar, Wundarr (the Aquarian), Zeneg; ruled by the Lords Consul (Gorein, Ninnox, Ruseef)a planetary triumvirate; approximately 37 million in population;
Affiliations: Unknown; possibly part of the Intergalactic Council
First Appearances: Silver Surfer I#6 (June, 1969)-alternate
future version (See Comments);
Adventures into Fear#17 (October, 1973)
Powers/Abilities: Dakkamites wielded advanced technology such as interstellar spacecraft, energy weapons, etc.; they also used the Mortoid as a warrior. In some cases, Dakkamites could gain superhuman powers from exposure to the energies of Earth's sun.
Traits: Attempt to avoid direct involvement with other races.
History: (Adventures into Fear#17 (fb)) - Approximately twenty four years before the modern era, the renowned astronomer Hektu announced the imminent nova explosion of Dakkam's sun within the year. The Lords Consul refused to believe him and thought him mad. In addition, in order to prevent public panic and unnecessary chaos, they forbid him to speak of this finding to others. Hektu worked in secret to build a ship to escape Dakkam with his family. The Consul learned of this just as the ship was completed and sent soldiers to stop him. The soldiers killed Hektu and Soja, but Soja managed to launch the ship carrying their infant son, Wundarr. Wundarr arrived on Earth, but his capsule didn't open, and he remained within it for 24 years, lacking any education or sensory stimulus. Dakkam's sun did NOT go nova.
(Adventures into Fear#17) - Wundarr's ship was shattered by the Man-Thing, releasing the man with the mind of an infant. Wundarr developed great physical power from exposure to the sun, but he ended up rampaging against everything he encountered because of his lack of understanding.
(Marvel Two-In-One#2) - Dakkamite scientists learned of Wundarr's arrival on Earth. Fearing that he might someday use his power to return to Dakkam to avenge his parents, they sent Tuumar and Zeneg to Earth to slay him. In turn, Tuumar and Zeneg dispatched the Mortoid to kill Wundarr, who had become involved with several of Earth's super-humans: Namor the Sub-Mariner, Namorita, and the Thing. The Thing and Namor destroyed the Mortoid and stopped Tuumar and Zeneg from taking Wundarr with them. The two Dakkamites fled Earth.
(Quasar#4 (fb)) - Tuumar and Zeneg observed that there was something peculiar about the rays of Earth's sun that reacted to Dakkamite physiology to produce a Dakkamite with paranormal powers. The scientists of Dakkam reported their findings to the Lords Consul, who directed them to undertake an experiment to determine the viability of endowing their militia with similar capacities.
Towards this end, a platoon of nine soldiers were elected to serve as test-subjects. They were placed inside incubator capsules and launched in solar orbit around Earth's sun. However, for some reason, the scientists stopped monitoring these capsules and abandoned the project. Eight of these capsules were abducted by the Stranger to his Laboratory World, where the soldiers went on to become the Elect, and then the Power Platoon. The remaining soldier was eventually released from his capsule and became known as Quantum. (see individual entries)
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema, modern version adapted by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.
Some information adapted from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #15.
For now, this profile is not intended to be complete, but merely a site to feature sub-profiles of individual members of the race, etc. who don't need their own entry. However, send whatever supplementary info you have, and I'll add it (please make sure to document your source, or else I can't verify it, and won't use it).
In case its not obvious, Gerber's Dakkamites started out
as a parody/homage to the Kryptonians (with Wundarr as a Kal-El AKA Superman
gone awry). Grant Rybicki, the Continental Op,
adds, "Gerber probably derived the name Dakkam from Daxam, a planet in
the DC Universe that was very similar to Krypton (but never blew up)."
The names for Gorein, Ruseef and Quantum's real name were revealed in the Dakkamites' profile in OHotMU Update 2010#4.
In an alternate future (@ 45th Century), the Overlord took over Dakkam and then the entire universe.
Profile updated/edited by Kyle Sims
Hektu is the father of Wundarr and the husband of Soja. He was a valued astronomer, but when he predicted that Dakkam's sun would go nova, he was dismissed. He built a ship for himself and his family to escape the planet but was killed before they could leave. He was believed to have gone insane because the nova explosion never occurred.--Adventures into Fear#17 (fb)
Ninnox and the Lords Consul (Gorein & Ruseef) rule(d) Dakkam as a triumvirate.
They realized the folly in Hektu's theories and forbade him from telling
anyone about them or furthering his plans.
When they found Hektu had disobeyed them, they sent a security force to
stop him, killing he and his wife, Soja in the process. They sent Tuumar
and Zeneg to destroy Wundarr after learning of his existence on Earth.
They directed the scientists in the creation of the warriors who would become
the Power Platoon.
--Adventures into Fear#17 (fb) (Marvel Two-In-One#2 (fb), Quasar#4 (fb)
Power Platoon also known as the Dakkamite
Quantum - covered in the Official Handbook of the
Marvel Universe and Un-Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe website.
Soja was the mother of Wundarr, the wife of Hektu, and the only one who believed his theories. When the soldiers came to stop them, she sacrificed her life to place Wundarr in Hektu's ship and send him off.--Adventures into Fear#17 (fb)
Tuumar and Zeneg were sent to Earth by the Lord Consul to slay Wundarr. They were armed with the Mortoid but were forced to flee from several of Earth's heroes.--Marvel Two In One#2
Wundarr-as Aquarian, multiple
entries in almost all of the Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universe.
The Mortoid was a warrior robot designed by the scientists of Dakkam. It was easily destroyed by the combined power of Namor and the Thing. It possessed superhuman strength (@ Class 50, enabling it to lift/press approximately 50 tons) and durability. --Marvel Two-In-One#2
Silver Surfer I#6 (June, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks)
Adventures into Fear#17 (October, 1973) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Two-In-One#2 (March, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Quasar#4 (December, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Last updated: 12/12/10
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