RAPTOR THE RENEGADE

Real Name: Simon Janson

Identity/Class: Human, mystical possession

Occupation: (as Janson) Professor of archaeology; (as Raptor) enemy of humanity

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: (as Janson) Human Torch, Bridget O'Neil, She-Hulk, Wyatt Wingfoot

Enemies: (as Raptor) Human Torch, Lyja, Bridget O'Neil, She-Hulk, Sun Gods, Wyatt Wingfoot; (both) Stalking Fox

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Keewazi Reservation, Oklahoma

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#394 (November, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Raptor possessed wings which allowed him to fly. His body was covered with spikes, claws, and sharp teeth. He could also breathe fire, and release fire from his hands. He also possessed sonar which allowed him to sense his quarry, and could also block radio transmissions.

History: (Fantastic Four I#394 (fb))- For millions of years, creatures such as Raptor ruled over the Earth, until the human worshippers of the Sun Gods banished them by driving them into totem poles. The totem pole Raptor was held inside of eventually came to be the site of the Keewazi Reservation in Oklahoma.

(Fantastic Four I#393 (BTS))- Professor Simon Janson of ESU was mentioned to be on an archaelogical dig on the Keewazi reservation in Oklahoma.

Height: (as Raptor) 37' 6"
Weight: (as Raptor) 2633 lbs:

(Fantastic Four I#394)- Stalking Fox, one of the Keewazi, was opposed to Janson's interference with his people's artifacts on the reservation, but Janson persisted with his dig, and located the totem which held Raptor the Renegade. Stalking Fox recognized the totem immediately and asked Janson to let it lie, but he insisted in having it fully unearthed, and had Officer Chavis of the Keewazi quiet Stalking Fox down. Janson brought the totem to his tent, hoping that it would net him millions in grants.

As Janson examined the totem, he pricked his finger on a silver of wood, and dripped blood onto the totem. The blood awoke the spirit of Raptor, and he posssessed Janson, transforming his body into a replica of his original form. Raptor flew out of the tent, and attacked the archaeological team, wanting revenge upon humanity.

Fortunately, the She-Hulk was among those present at the site, and she sent Bridget O'Neil to contact the Human Torch and Wyatt Wingfoot via radio, but Raptor jammed the signal with his sonar. He tried to blast Bridget with his flame, but Lyja cast herself in front of Bridget, shielding her with the body of a "gammara-tortoise."

Having guessed that trouble was afoot, the Human Torch arrived and fought Raptor alongside She-Hulk. Wyatt Wingfoot and Stalking Fox realized that the totem was the key, and had She-Hulk toss the totem into the air so that the Human Torch could destroy it with his nova flame without harming anyone else. With the destruction of the totem, Janson was returned to normal, and the Torch caught him mid-air.

(Fantastic Four I#395)- Later on during the expedition, Janson again thanked the Human Torch for turning him back to normal.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Mike Lackey, Paul Ryan, and Danny Bulanadi.

Not only did Raptor look a fair bit like Rodan, but in the course of the story, Lyja's "gammara-tortoise" bore more than a passing resemblance to Gamera!

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Raptor the Renegade should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#394, page 15, panel 2
Fantastic Four I#394, page 5, panel 2


Other appearances:
Fantastic Four I#395 (December, 1994) - Tom DeFalco & Paul Ryan (writers), Paul Ryan (pencils), Dan Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 03/21/04

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