Real Name: Orrgo
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial/Extradimensional (Pre-Modern to Modern era)
Occupation: Would-be conqueror
Group Membership: S.T.A.K.E. (a sub-division of S.H.I.E.L.D.)'s Howling Commandos (Dum Dum Dugan, Glyph/Nadeen Hassan, Hit-Monkey, Manphibian, Man-Thing/Ted Sallis, Jasper Sitwell, Teen Abomination/Jamie Carlson, Vampire by Night/Nina Price, Warwolf/Martin Reyna);
formerly S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos unit (Abominable Snowman, Bradley Beemer, Brother Voodoo, Clone of Frankenstein, Glob/Joe Timms, Gorilla Man/Ken Hale, Groot, Hellstorm, It the Living Colossus, Lilith, Living Mummy, Clay Quartermain, Sasquatch/Walter Langkowski, Vampire by Night, Warwolf/Vince Marcus, Zombie"John Doe", many others); (formerly)
Affiliations: A.I.M., the Headmen, MODOK;
formerly Paul Kraye
Enemies: Elsa Bloodstone, Ulysses
Bloodstone, Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"),
Defenders (Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange, Hellcat/Patsy Walker, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond, Silver Surfer/Norrin Radd, Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie, Valkyrie/Samantha Parrington), Elektra, Jo-Jo (a gorilla), Kobik, Paul Kraye, Merlin;
formerly S.H.I.E.L.D., the entire human race
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Doggy, God from the Sky, Orrgo the Unconquerable
Base of Operations: Unnamed planet in an unnamed dimension, formerly underground.
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#90/1 (November, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: Orrgo possesses incredible
telepathic and telekinetic powers. His mental powers are so great
that he can
take over the mind of everyone on Earth almost instantaneously.
can shoot incredible power blasts, transform matter (including organic
levitate entire cities, make volcanoes erupt, and produce an unlimited
of other powers.
Physically, he is also quite large (approximately 25-30 feet in height) and has three fingers on each hand. Allegedly, his durability is not proportional to his size, as Orrgo may have been slain by a single blow from a gorilla, but the canonical status of the details surrounding this weakness due to the story in question remain unconfirmed (See Comments).
Weakness: When summoned by the Headmen, Orrgo could be completely controlled by an idol known as the God from Beyond, when it was powered by the Star of Capistan. He would obey every order of the one who held the idol, and whoever had touched the idol would be immune to Orrgo's mental powers.
History: (Defenders II#9 (fb)) - Millennia ago, a creature from the sky (Orrgo) conquered humanity and elevated itself to a position of godhood. His rule over humanity lasted until Ulysses Bloodstone defeated and banished the creature, and none like it had been seen since.
(Strange Tales I#90/1) - Orrgo, but one member of an entire alien race, arrived on Earth to display his superior powers over humans. With great telepathic and telekinetic abilities, Orrgo succeeded in taking over the world rather quickly. Putting humanity under his mental domination, he returned to the place where he first arrived -- a circus. Needing rest, Orrgo fell asleep. Unbeknownst to him, one of the circus's residents, a gorilla named Jo-Jo, escaped and, recognizing Orrgo as the reason he was not being fed properly, struck and killed the alien. The invasion of Earth was called off, as the remaining invaders assumed humans had defeated their brother.
(Defenders II#5) - The Headmen, a group of criminal super-scientists, stole the God from Beyond from a museum, and they summoned Orrgo.
(Defenders II#9) - The Headmen and MODOK summoned Orrgo, using the God from Beyond (powered by the Star of Capistan), from a thousand years ago when Orrgo was worshipped (See Comments). Defenders Hellcat, Valkyrie and Nighthawk all went to battle him, but Orrgo defeated them in seconds with a powerful blast. Afterward, Orrgo started wreaking major havoc by trashing the city, transforming the Avengers and Fantastic Four, and then by causing chaos all over the world. Just by willing it, he made volcanoes erupt, cities levitate, and populated areas burst into flame. He then telepathically reached out and took over every mind on the planet except for the Headmen, MODOK, and the Defenders, who were all immune to his mental powers since they had touched the idol.
(Defenders II#10) - While the Headmen had some
with science, Orrgo maintained control of the world. After the
came to attack them at their base, the Headmen commanded Orrgo to
an army of super-villains, which he did. While Dr. Strange,
Surfer, Hulk, and Namor were busy with the villains, Valkyrie,
and Hellcat burst into the base of the Headmen (who were abandoned by
and MODOK). Nighthawk managed to get hold of the God from
The heroes ordered Orrgo to undo all damage that he had done to
With the damage undone and the villains teleported back to where they
Strange then thought that they could use Orrgo to banish evil from the
but Hellcat broke the idol, saying it would be a violation of free will
to do such a thing.
However, Orrgo was then freed from the heroes' control, and free to think for himself again. Enraged, Orrgo threatened to devastate the planet. Hellcat reminded him that his race had always been defeated by humans and asked if he really wanted to fight them. Leaving Earth's dimension for his own, Orrgo decided he shall return when humanity was extinct.
(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6 (fb)-BTS) - At some
point, Orrgo was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and placed into their Howling
(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6) - Orrgo was among
the Commandos who launched an assault on Merlin's forces.
(Thunderbolts Annual II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Orrgo was captured by Elsa Bloodstone and held captive at Bloodstone Manor along with other monsters.
(Thunderbolts Annual II#1) - Orrgo got injured by Deadpool and Elektra when they were thrown into the same prison as him by Elsa's allies Living Mummy and the Frankenstein Monster.
(S.H.I.E.L.D. III#9/2) - Orrgo got caught by S.H.I.E.L.D. and incarcerated at Area 13 underneath Area 51. He was seen in his cell when Dugan was shown around the base by Maria Hill, Paul Kraye and Martin Reyna.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#1 (fb) - BTS) - Orrgo became S.T.A.K.E.'s communications officer.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6 (fb) - BTS) - Orrgo kept a tracking beacon active at all times.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#1) - After Hit-Monkey set up a transceiver on the S.S. Chaney Dugan contacted Orrgo at the S.T.A.K.E. HQ. Orrgo performed a scan of the vessel to locate the Earth Idol of Golthana and told Dugan to no let any humans touch it, but it was already too late for the latter. When Man-Thing fought the humans transformed into plant creatures Orrgo informed Dugan that Man-Thing was effectively neutralizing them. After the idol got destroyed due to its connection to the plant creatures, which had been burnt by the touch of the Man-Thing, Orrgo informed Maria Hill of the idol's destruction. A livid Hill ordered Orrgo to be returned to his cell. She called the mission a complete failure, but Dugan considered it the mission a win.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#3) - When Dugan called in that he and his team had arrived at the Museum of Egyptian Culture in San Francisco Orrgo informed Kraye. Orrgo also told Kraye that he was not pleased with Hit-Monkey's participation and that he didn't know why he had to stay and base. Kraye told Orrgo that he was at the base for intel and that he would do what he was told. Orrgo liked it when Dugan severed the connection with Kraye to anger S.T.A.K.E.'s incompetent leader.
When Glyph, influenced by her brother Navid from afar, lost control over her spirit summoning powers again Orrgo, who didn't believe in ghosts because they defied logic, took a swing at them. After Glyph had been calmed down by Vampire by Night again Orrgo informed Kraye that operations had returned to normal. He was amused by the occurrences that day.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6 (fb) - BTS) - Orrgo accessed S.T.A.K.E.'s mainframe under Kraye's watch without permission.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6 (fb) ) - Afraid Orrgo would expose him as a traitor Kraye activated security measures to knock out Orrgo with an energy field and called Maria Hill to inform her that Orrgo was out of control and needed to be contained and extracted to Pleasant Hill. Hill believed Kraye and sent four helicopters to transport the unconscious Orrgo to Pleasant Hill. Feeling sorry for Orrgo Hill asked Kobik to transform Orrgo into something nice.
Transformed into a dog Orrgo became Doggy a Pleasant Hill family's dog. He was happy in his new life.
(Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha#1/Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6) - Orrgo reverted to his true form, felt confused (he still had a frisbee in his mouth) and attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in Pleasant Hill alongside superhuman criminals.
(Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6) - Feeling betrayed by the Howling Commandos Orrgo walked across town in search for Kobik. He told her how happy he was with his family and how it was real for him, then attacked Kobik, who took him down with an energy blast. Moments later the Howling Commandos arrived on the scene and Dugan ordered Kobik to get away from Orrgo. Kobik used her powers to turn Dugan against the other Howling Commandos. Meanwhile Manphibian explained to Orrgo how he was one of them unlike Kraye, who hurt Orrgo. After getting back to his feet Orrgo promised Vampire by Night to stop Kobik to give her a chance to help Dugan regain control over his body. Orrgo fought Kobik and was soon joined in his battle by Vampire by Night, who tried to restrain her. But Kobik tapped into Orrgo's mind to play with him and turned into a gorilla at a circus to fight him. Kobik asked Orrgo if he wanted to be Doggy again, but he didn't want to because he considered the Howling Commandos his family now. He vowed to remember his time in Pleasant Hill, but now he wanted to fight alongside his friends. Glyph and Vampire by Night used their powers to revert Kobik to her child form. Angry at them she teleported the Howling Commandos, including Orrgo, back to Area 13. Arriving there Orrgo was glad he was back where he belonged. Learning that Kraye had set loose all the prisoners of S.T.A.K.E. he told the Howling Commandos that they were needed immediately to recapture the monsters.
(New Avengers IV#12 - BTS) - Dugan thought about his team, including Orrgo, when he informed John Garrett that the Howling Commandos were doing well even without him. He still hoped he could get back to them soon.
Comments: Created by Jack Kirby
There is a bit of a continuity mess up here. The flashback, which was told by Morgan of the Headmen in Defenders II#9, seems to contradict Strange Tales I#90. There are a few possibilities to how this fits together:
Orrgo could have been driven off of Earth following the flashback, and then returned in the pre-modern era.
The flashback could be a lie, legend, or error made by Morgan.
The 1960s comic could be the story as it was told in a comic book in the MU, but not as it actually happened on Earth-616.
Orrgo is a common name in his race, or perhaps every single one of them is named Orrgo. Like George Foreman's kids...or perhaps they recognize each other's minds...Marglar?
Orrgo in the Defenders story is yet another manifestation of Khlog (see below).
A combination of the of numbers 1-5, particularly #2, 3, and 5. --Kyle
Interestingly enough, about 8 years before writing
the above Defenders stories (with Erik Larsen), Kurt Busiek wrote
III#1, an excellent one-shot graphic album. In that story, a
took the form of Orrgo, who was just a character from a comic
In that story, Khlog could only take the form of creatures that were
using that form. That story made it seem as if the story from
Tales I#90 did not really take place on Earth-616. So, the real
deal about Orrgo's past on Earth remains uncertain.
For a discussion on the relationship of Orrgo and Khlog, see the comments for Khlog's profile.
How did Hellcat know anything about how many times his race has been to Earth? It's a good thing he didn't fight them, because he probably could have won pretty easily.
Just an interesting side note: I believe that the
of Orrgo's debut in Strange Tales I#90 is the same month as Fantastic
#1 (November, 1961). So is he a Marvel monster or a pre-Marvel monster?
To me, unless proven otherwise, all of the monster era stories occurred at their actual date of publication, or close to it, somewhere in the pre-modern era--Snood.
Per Ron Byrd:
In Strange Tales#90 (dated November 1961), the date of Orrgo's arrival was given as July 19, 1963, oddly enough, nearly two years in the future as of that time. Again oddly, when the story was reprinted in Fear#2 (dated January 1971), the date was changed to July 19, 1973, which is what it remained when reprinted in Monster Menace#4.
Thanks to Madison Carter for
letting me use both an image, and very useful information on Orrgo's
appearance from his site.
The flashback in Defenders II#9 must take place more than
"millennium" ago (i.e. within the past thousand years), since Orrgo is
menacing prehistoric, caveman-type humans. I suppose it COULD have been
recent if Orrgo was in the Savage Land, but the warrior who defeats him
obviously supposed to be a young Ulysses Bloodstone, so it probably
place early in the post-Hyborian Age era instead, not long after the
is fused to Ulysses' chest circa 8000 BC.
Maybe Orggo's first recorded
technically his second. He might have been driven off the first
by a temporary alliance between Bloodstone and Ulluxy'l Kwan Tae Syn (who would naturally disapprove of any
Orrgo, or another of
his race, appears to be one of the specimens in a Celestial ship in
Marvel Monsters: Devil Dinosaur#1. It's a rough outline of a figure, so
it may not even be him.
PROFILE BY Stunner
Profile edited/updated by Kyle Sims & Markus Raymond (Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
No known connection to:
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6, Cover (main image)
Strange Tales I#90, Cover (first appearance)
Defenders II#9, Cover (Orrgo VS Defenders)
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6, p1, pan5 (as Doggy)
Strange Tales I#90 (November, 1961) - Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Defenders II#5 (July, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer) , Erik Larsen (writer/pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Defenders II#9 (November, 2001) - Kurt Busiek, Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Defenders II#10 (December, 2001) - Kurt Busiek, Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (writers), Erik Larsen (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6 (May, 2006) - Keith Giffen (writer), Mike Norton (penciler), Derec Aucoin & Norman Lee (inkers), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Thunderbolts Annual II#1 (February, 2014) - Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (writers), Matteo Lolli (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
S.H.I.E.L.D. III#9/2 (October, 2015) - Al Ewing (writer), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#1 (December, 2015) - Frank J. Barbiere (writer), Brent Schoonover (artist), Jon Moisan & Katie Kubert (editors)
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#3 (February, 2016) - Frank J. Barbiere (writer), Brent Schoonover (artist), Jon Moisan & Katie Kubert (editors)
Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha#1 (May, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Jesús Saiz (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.#6 (May, 2016) - Frank J. Barbiere (writer), Brent Schoonover (artist), Jon Moisan & Katie Kubert (editors)
New Avengers IV#12 (August, 2016) - Al Ewing (writer), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Velasco (inks), Tom Brevoort & Will Moss (editors)
Last updated: 09/18/16
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