GENERAL TEN PER CENT

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, World War 2-era

Occupation: Pirate

Affiliations: Leader of his own crew, ally of the Battlefield Raiders (Simon Savage, Jay Little Bear, Sam Yates, Roy Stone, Jacques La Rocque)

Enemies: Japanese military

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The rivers of French Indo-China, circa World War II

First Appearance: Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#15 (July, 1969)

Powers: General Ten Per Cent possessed no superhuman abilities; his warships were armed with primitive canons, and he bore an old-fashioned pistol and cutlass; Ten Per Cent also spoke three languages: French, English, and Chinese

 

 

History: (Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#15)- The man known as "General Ten Per Cent" grew up in French Indo-China. A local missionary taught him english, using Hollywood cowboy films, and gave him a pair of big league baseball pants to wear. During World War II, General Ten Per Cent became a pirate, wearing a French officer's coat, and a Japanese officer's hat. He controlled the Mekong river, charging 10% for all cargoes passing through, while protecting the area from the Japanese.

General Ten Per Cent and his men came into contact with Captain Simon Savage, and his Battlefield Raiders, who were on their way to destroy a Japanese rubber warehouse. Ten Per Cent brought them aboard his ship, and exclaimed: "Welcome aboard, pahdnuhs! Right glad t'see ya! Only-- watch the way you no-account galoots talk to me-- or you'll wind up in the calaboose, 'cause I'm the chief muck-a-muck 'round these hyeah parts!"

Savage claimed that the Raiders intended to steal the Japanese rubber supply, so Ten Per Cent allowed them to pass, on the condition he be given 10% of the cargo when they returned.

While the Raiders were successful in destroying the rubber supply, they were nearly cut down escaping, but for the arrival of General Ten Per Cent, who was fed up with the Japanese for closing the river, and fought alongside them against the Japanese.

As the rubber was destroyed, General Ten Per Cent never did get his 10%. Luckily for the Raiders, they didn't stick around long enough for him to learn this.

Comments: Created by Arnold Drake, Don Heck, and Syd Shores.

There are a number of memorable war comic characters, but General Ten Per Cent is among the most -ahem- colourful.

In case you didn't know, the Battlefield Raiders is the later name of Captain Savage's group, which was originally called the Leatherneck Raiders.--Snood.

by Prime Eternal

Clarifications: None

Last updated: 08/01/02

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

All characters mentioned or pictured are ™  and 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at:
http://www.marvel.com

Back to Characters