LIZARD MEN of TOK
Classification: Extra-dimensional (Microverse) semi-humanoid reptilians
Location/Base of Operations: Tok, a planet, within the Microverse (formerly in Sub-Atomica)
Known Members: Zorak the Merciless (aka Zorak the Terrible)
Affiliations: Monster Island's monsters (Abominable Snowman, Blip, Brute that Walks, Gog, Goom, Gorgolla, It the Living Colossus, Moomba, Rorgg, Two-Headed Thing, Xemnu, Zzutak and one of the Flora colossus (like Groot));
former allies of Dr. Doom, Yandroth
Enemies: Ant-Man (Lang), Ant-Man (Pym), Pearla and the people of her kingdom, Thing, X-Men (Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#16 (July, 1963)
Powers/Abilities: They have some degree of superhuman strength and durability as their world has gravity that is a dozen times stronger than that of Earth. Zorak had at least Class 25-75 strength, but he may have been a mutant, mutate, or enhanced by his costume. The Lizard Men are fierce and terrible warriors. They possessed ships for interplanetary transports as well as various energy weapons.
The Lizard Men have large diamond mines.
Traits: Bellicose. Their entire lives are devoted to the arts of war and conquest.
(Fantastic Four I#16) - When Dr. Doom was sent into Sub-Atomica (after Fantastic Four I#10), he used his shrinking ray to enslave Princess Pearl and her father, the King. Doom then attempted to force Pearla to marry him, and he offered to give up her world to the Lizard Men if she refused him. When the Fantastic Four were transported to Sub-Atomica as well, Doom imprisoned them as well. Doom offered the Lizard Men a reward for joining him. He would give the Fantastic Four to the Lizard Men, where Mr. Fantastic who be forced to serve as a bailey bridge during their invasions, the Thing would work in their diamond mines, the Human Torch would be forced to help in the Lizard Men's invasion, and the Invisible Girl would serve as a scullery maid.
However, with the aid of Ant-Man (Pym), the Fantastic Four drove off Doom, ruining his plans.
(Marvel Two-In-One#87) - The leader of the
Lizard Men, Zorak, vowed to ravage the kingdom of Pearla (now
queen of her people) if she could not produce a champion to
defeat him in single combat. If he conquered her people, Zorak
vowed to make Pearla his bride. Remember the past aid from the
Fantastic Four, Pearla had her scientists bring the Thing to
serve as her champion. However, rather than honoring the trial by
combat, Pearla drugged the Thing to ensure his cooperation. She
intended Zorak to triumph, but while all eyes were on the combat
she would launch an armada to destroy the homeworld of the Lizard
The Thing was aided by Ant-Man (Lang), who had followed him to Pearla's world. Zorak swiftly had the Thing at his mercy, but Ant-Man shocked the Thing out of his drugged stupor, and the Thing made short work out of Zorak. The Thing stopped Pearla's fleet from assaulting the Lizard Men's world, and then forced Pearla and Zorak to sign a peace treaty.
(Defenders II#1) - Yandroth summoned the Lizard Men of Tok to Earth as part of his assault on Earth and the Defenders. They inundated the nation of Genosha.
(Uncanny X-Men III#33 - BTS) - At some point, a Lizard Man of Tok relocated to Monster Island, sea of Okhotsk.
(Uncanny X-Men III#33) - The Lizard Man was one of the many monsters who witnessed the arrival of X-Men Magik and Shadowcat. They had come to Monster Island to save a little mutant girl called Bo. After they found her Magik teleported herself, Kitty and Bo back to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby.
In Fantastic Four Unlimited#8, Pearla tells how the Lizard Men of Tok tried to resist a takeover attempt by Dr. Doom, who slaughtered them to the man. However, it is later revealed that Doom did not return or try to take over anyone, but rather the Psycho-Man was merely using Pearla in an effort to gain vengeance on the Fantastic Four (and particularly Sue). So there's no evidence that the Lizard Men were wiped out by anyone.
As a result on an as-yet unseen struggle between Thanos and Baron Karza, all of the "Micro-Realms" such as Sub-Atomica, now exist within a single dimension, so there's no reason that Rick Jones or Captain Marvel couldn't bump into them at some point.
I'm not sure why they referred to the Lizard Men's world as "their homeworld," rather than Tok. Perhaps Tok is their throne world, but not the world of origin.
Profile by Snood. Updated by MarvellousLuke (Uncanny X-Men).
No known connection to:
Fantastic Four I#16 (July, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Marvel Two-In-One#87 (May, 1982) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Defenders II#1 (March, 2001) - Kurt Busiek & Erik Larsen (writers), Erik Larsen (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Uncanny X-Men III#33 (April, 2015) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Kris Anka (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)
First Posted: 09/17/2003
Last updated: 08/13/2015
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