ORRGO

Real Name: Orrgo

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial/Extradimensional (Pre-Modern to Modern era)

Occupation: Would-be conqueror

Group Membership: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos unit (Abominable Snowman, Bradley Beemer, Brother Voodoo, Clone of Frankenstein, Glob (Timms), Gorilla Man, Groot, Hellstorm, It the Living Colossus, Lilith, Living Mummy, Clay Quartermain, Sasquatch, Vampire by Night; Warwolf, Zombie (John Doe), many others); (formerly)

Affiliations: A.I.M., the Headmen, MODOK

Enemies: Ulysses Bloodstone, Defenders, Jo-Jo (a gorilla), Merlin; the entire human race

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: 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.  He can shoot incredible power blasts, transform matter (including organic matter), levitate entire cities, make volcanoes erupt, and produce an unlimited amount 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 fun with science, Orrgo maintained control of the world.  After the Defenders came to attack them at their base, the Headmen commanded Orrgo to summon an army of super-villains, which he did.  While Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Namor were busy with the villains, Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Hellcat burst into the base of the Headmen (who were abandoned by A.I.M. and MODOK).  Nighthawk managed to get hold of the God from Beyond.  The heroes ordered Orrgo to undo all damage that he had done to Earth.  With the damage undone and the villains teleported back to where they originated,  Strange then thought that they could use Orrgo to banish evil from the world, 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 Commandos unit.

(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6) - Orrgo was among the Commandos who launched an assault on Merlin's forces.

 

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: 

  1. Orrgo could have been driven off of Earth following the flashback, and then returned in the pre-modern era.

  2. The flashback could be a lie, legend, or error made by Morgan.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. Orrgo in the Defenders story is yet another manifestation of Khlog (see below).

  6. 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 Strange Tales III#1, an excellent one-shot graphic album.  In that story, a creature named Khlog took the form of Orrgo, who was just a character from a comic book.  In that story, Khlog could only take the form of creatures that were not using that form.  That story made it seem as if the story from Strange 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.
    --Snood.

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 month of Orrgo's debut in Strange Tales I#90 is the same month as Fantastic Four #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 first appearance from his site.

The flashback in Defenders II#9 must take place more than a "millennium" ago (i.e. within the past thousand years), since Orrgo is clearly menacing prehistoric, caveman-type humans. I suppose it COULD have been that recent if Orrgo was in the Savage Land, but the warrior who defeats him is obviously supposed to be a young Ulysses Bloodstone, so it probably takes place early in the post-Hyborian Age era instead, not long after the Bloodgem is fused to Ulysses' chest circa 8000 BC.
--Continental Op

Maybe Orggo's first recorded visit was technically his second.  He might have been driven off the first time by a temporary alliance between Bloodstone and Ulluxy'l Kwan Tae Syn (who would naturally disapprove of any competition).--Carycomix

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

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images:
Strange Tales I#90, Cover (Orrgo main image)
Defenders II#9, Cover (Orrgo VS Defenders)


Appearances:
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)


Last updated: 04/08/06

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