OFFICER DRAGON IMPERSONATOR
Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Skrull)
Occupation: Covert warrior, saboteur, impersonator
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Skrull Empire
Enemies: Nova; The New Warriors; Officer Dragon (implied - see comments)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Officer Dragon
Base of Operations: New York area
First Appearance: Nova III#3 (July 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Like all Skrulls, he has the ability to morph into the appearance of other lifeforms.
History: (bts) - The Officer Dragon impersonator arrived on Earth and took on the appearance of Officer Dragon, a super-powered member of the police. He then pretended to be him while in the New York area. After an undetermined amount of time, he came into confrontation with Nova and the rest of the New Warriors.
(Nova III#3) – The Officer Dragon impersonator was shown being handed over to the NYPD by Nova after their battle. He explained that he’d taken on Dragon’s likeness to infiltrate the prisons and release other Skrulls who’d been imprisoned recently while impersonating heroes. He was then carted off to Ryker’s Island.
Comments: Created by Erik Larsen.
After the New Warriors busted the Dragon Impersonator, a cop who looks suspiciously like Erik Larsen remarks that the Skrull got Dragon’s fin all wrong and is too tall to be a convincing doppelganger (this is an in-joke of Larsen’s as he often has this complaint about how other artists handle the real Dragon in their books).
This story, along with Spider-Man Team-Up#5 (December, 1996), shows that at least some version of Officer Dragon exists in Marvel-616’s reality (in SPTU5, Spider-Man and Howard The Duck briefly encountered Dragon). However, I’d venture to say that even though Dragon may exist there, his history is remarkably different from that seen in Image Comics’ THE SAVAGE DRAGON series, as much of it would not fit in continuity. Some of it may, since the real Dragon is based in Chicago, and very little is seen of Marvel 616’s Chicago. To further the differences, on Earth-616 after Spider-Man and his encounter with Dragon, Howard the Duck remained Howard, while Earth-Image’s Howard changed his name shortly thereafter to Leonard The Duck.
This does not imply the rest of the Image Universe exists in Marvel 616’s reality though, as again, there are too many contradictions. Heck, there’s so many contradictions in the Image Universe itself that it may not all be contained in one reality!
Yeah, based on Spider-Man Team-Up#5/2, there is--or was--an
officer Dragon who exists on Earth-616 and works out of Chicago. Much
more than that, we don't know, so nothing else of Dragon's past
(including rogue's gallery, etc.) is included unless specifically
mentioned. It's also possible that there was a little dimensional
crossover (facilitated by the Brothers),
or that Dragon (and Destroyer Duck) just hopped over to Earth-616 for a
Recently (as of 4/26/08), writer Erik Larson just wrote a blog at http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=16182
in which he reveals that he didn't originally write this appearance to
feature a pseudo-cameo by his own creation. Instead it was SUPPOSED to
be a Skrull impersonating Elektra, and was his way of getting rid of
the resurrected Elektra that had been running around at that point.
The Officer Dragon Impersonator should not be confused with:
Last updated: 04/26/08
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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