Real Name: Krogg
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed) (Pre-Modern Era)
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Mr. Smith
Base of Operations: His second-floor apartment at
218 Elm Street, the town of Greenbirch, somewhere in the American
Midwest; (originally) "a far distant star"
First Appearance: Amazing Adventures I#6/3 (November, 1961) (see comments)
Powers/Abilities: Possibly a
reptilian humanoid, the green-skinned Krogg was a malevolent
extraterrestrial who displayed no paranormal abilities. He wore a
full-head mask (and presumably
flesh-colored gloves) to disguise himself as elderly scientist
Krogg possessed a matter-transmitting machine, and
he wielded a standard semi-automatic handgun.
Height: 5'8" (by
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
(Amazing Adventures I#6/3 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Krogg is unrevealed, but approximately one month earlier, he came to Earth and settled in the small, quiet town of Greenbirch, where he assumed the identity of scientist Mr. Smith. He rented an apartment (which he never left) to contain his equipment.
(Amazing Adventures I#6/3) - One night, Krogg used his matter-transmitting machine to teleport a new unsold house into another dimension--the next morning, the townspeople were perplexed by the disappearance of the unoccupied residence.
One week later, in a different part of town, Krogg made another new and unsold house vanish. The local police went to investigate the disappearance, but they didn't have the slightest clue to go on, so they contacted Dr. Druid, since he specialized in cases too baffling for others to solve.
In the interim, Krogg caused a third house to vanish, and
he sent a ransom note to the police--he wanted the sum of one million
dollars in exchange for the return of the houses, and he threatened to
make more disappear unless his demands were met.
When Dr. Druid arrived in Greenbirch, he figured that advanced technology must be involved in the vanished houses, so he consulted a local phone book and began to check out three laboratories in the area.
But Dr. Druid's investigation had turned up no leads, so
he went to the police station and was about to admit defeat; but when he
heard about the reclusive "little old scientist" who had "a room filled
with gadgets" from a policeman
who lived in the same building, Druid's suspicions were aroused, so he
asked the policeman for Mr. Smith's address.
After reaching Mr. Smith's apartment, Dr. Druid knocked on the door, but was refused admittance, so he tricked Krogg by throwing his voice inside; thinking someone was in his room. Krogg opened the door to flee, and Druid forced him back inside.
When Dr. Druid saw Krogg's matter-transmitting machine
holding the stolen houses, Krogg tried to shoot him, but Druid repelled
the bullets with his powers. Krogg then unmasked himself to Dr. Druid
and stated that he had intended to use the ransom money to hire human
underlings to plunder Earth. Krogg then vanished (presumably
by using his machine), but as he faded away, he warned Dr.
Druid that he would return to destroy him.
Minutes later, Dr. Druid reversed Krogg's machine and
restored the missing houses to their proper locations, but as he left
Greenbirch, Druid hoped for the sake of all Earth that he could thwart
Krogg again when he returned.
Comments:Created by Stan Lee (writer) and Paul Reinman (artist)This story was originally published in Amazing Adventures I#6, wherein Dr. Droom battled Krogg; when it was reprinted in Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (February, 1975) (using the magic of retroactive continuity), it was redrawn and re-lettered to make Dr. Droom into Dr. Druid.
Profile by Prime Eternal. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.
Krogg has no known connections to:
A device used by the extraterrestrial Krogg, it was contained within the apartment of Mr. Smith (Krogg's human disguise).
In his scheme to extort one million dollars from the town of Greenbirch, Krogg used its energy rays to reduce three houses to miniature size, then teleported them into another dimension.
When Dr. Druid foiled his plans, Krogg apparently used the
matter-transmitting machine to escape.
--Amazing Adventures I#6/3
images: (without ads)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3/2, p5, pan5 (Main Image - Krogg (holding mask) reveals his scheme as he vanishes)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3/2, p4, pan5 (Headshot - Krogg (wearing Mr. Smith mask) explains how he stole the houses)
Amazing Adventures I#6/3, p5, pan3 (Krogg, about to remove his mask for Dr. Druid (actually Dr. Droom (see comments)))
Amazing Adventures I#6/3, p5, pan4 (Krogg removes mask to reveal his true nature and place of origin)
Amazing Adventures I#6/3, p4, pan3 (Krogg's matter-transmitting machine holds missing houses; (right) Krogg (disguised as Mr. Smith) and Dr. Druid (actually Dr. Droom (see comments)))
Amazing Adventures I#6/3 (November, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Paul Reinman (pencils/inks) [original, as Dr. Droom]
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3/2 (February, 1975) - same as above - [reprint, as Dr. Druid]
First Posted: 07/01/2004
Last updated: 08/30/2019
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