JAKARRA

Real Name: Jakarra

Identity/Class: Human/Would-be conqueror

Occupation: General in the Wakandan Army, member of the Royal family of Wakanda

Group Membership: Leader of the Wakandan Army

Affiliations: Wakandan Army

Enemies: Black Panther (T'Challa), Black Musketeers

 

 

Known Relatives: T'Chaka (father, deceased), unnamed mother (presumed deceased), Ramonda (step-mother), T'Challa (half-brother, aka Black Panther), Joshua Itobo (cousin), Zuni (cousin), Ishanta (cousin), Khanata (cousin), M'Koni/Mary (cousin), "Wheeler" (cousin-by-marriage, deceased), unnamed second cousin

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Wakanda

First Appearance: Black Panther I#6 (November, 1977)

Powers/Abilities:
(human form): Military strategist (a Wakandan general), went through military training, and therefore has extensive knowledge of military weaponry and military hand-to-hand combat.

(Monstrous form): Superhuman strength as well as invulnerability to bullets, has a built-in flamethrower. According to N'Gassi, Jakarra is a living generator of sonic vibration, meaning he could generate waves of vibratory force.

Weaknesses: His pathological hatred of his half-brother, T'Challa (aka the Black Panther). His tough skin was vulnerable to acid, later this vulnerability seemed to fade off.

History: (BP I#6) - While his half-brother, King T'Challa, was out of the country, Jakarra started a coup d'etat in Wakanda. He told N'Gassi (the man whom T'Challa had put in charge) how hard it had been to be as short as he was, and the son of the late king, the half-brother of the current king, and the child of a woman of another tribe than T'Challa. But now he wanted to be the ruler of the country instead of T'Challa.

(BP I#7) - Jakarra told N'Gassi that the land was now his, revealing that he had exposed himself to raw Vibranium. N'Gassi told Jakarra that he was a fool and had only destroyed himself. Jakarra told N'Gassi that he was an old fool himself, believing in old tales. Suddenly Jakarra's human form was changed into a monstrous form, and Jakarra ran out of the door. His soldiers turned against their general, telling N'Gassi that they would follow his orders now.

 

(BP I#8) - Jakarra went to a small household, scared the people off, and stole some goat milk and drank it. Suddenly the Wakandan military appeared and tried to shoot him, but his skin was too tough, and he escaped. Later when N'Gassi had assembled the Black Musketeers, Jakarra attacked his cousins. Joshua Itobo showed great courage attacking Jakarra, but Jakarra knocked him down, but before he could finish off his cousins, soldiers from the Wakandan army arrived and tried to defeat him by shooting him with acid. Jakarra was clearly affected by the acid, but escaped.

(BP I#9) - The soldiers quickly found Jakarra in the halls of the palace, and tried to shoot him again with acid, but now Jakarra's body seemed to resist the acid. Suddenly, Jakarra was run down by Khanata in his racing car, and the rest of the Black Musketeers managed to defeat their cousin by giving him some gas which knocked him out. The unconscious monster was taken to a special chamber, where he was to be examined by Dr. Joshua Itobo later on. After Joshua Itobo had examined the monster, Jiru (N'Gassi's assistant), wanted Joshua Itobo to destroy the monster. Itobo refused, and N'Gassi, Itobo and Jiru left the chamber. Suddenly Jakarra woke up and destroyed the chamber and was now ready to go to the great Wakanda Vibranium mound, which by interacting with Jakarra could cause the destruction of the entire planet.

(BP I#10) - The Wakandan army tried to stop Jakarra by using tanks, but Jakarra used his built-in flamethrower to defeat the tanks. Meanwhile in the palace, N'Gassi told the Black Musketeers why it was important that they stop Jakarra -- Jakarra was now a living generator of sonic vibrations, and when he entered the great Wakandan Vibranium mound, he could create a shockwave that not only would destroy the mound itself, but spread like a chain reaction and destroy the entire planet. Jakarra continued his mission to get to the mound, and the Black Musketeers tried to stop him by using a helicopter and a liquid nitrogen gun to try to freeze him down, but this only stopped him momentarily. Jakarra broke free again, and continued his mission. Suddenly the Black Panther arrived and joined the fight against Jakarra. In the end, the Black Panther managed to stop his half-brother, actually killing him with a special injector created by Dr. Joshua Itobo.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby.

What we shamefully neglected to include, as per Bob Almond, former inker for the Black Panther, is:
Jakarra was the cause of T'Challa temporarily gaining mental powers (which were shown in effect with 'Happy-Pants' Panther recently) due to his battle with him at the Vibranium mound.

Profile by: The Beetle

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Appearances:
Black Panther I#6-10 (November, 1977 - July, 1977) - Jack Kirby (writer/pencils), Mike Royer (inks), Jack Kirby & Archie Goodwin (editor)


Last updated: 01/19/03

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