Real Name: Threkker

Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Epsiloni)

Occupation: Mercenary

Affiliations: Starblasters

Enemies: Kayla Ballantine, Binary (Warbird), Black Bolt, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain Marvel (Photon), Combatron, Darkstar, Jim Hendricks, Hunters of the Captive, Ikaris, Magnoids, Moondancer, Nova, Perun, Solar Wind, Stalker, Uatu the Watcher, Vanguard, Voyager, Winter Guard

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Captive, Thing from the Black Hole Star (see Comments)

Base of Operations: The Dark Seed, mobile in the known universe
formerly: his ship

First Appearance: Captain America Annuall#3 (1976)

Powers/Abilities: Threkker, like all Epsiloni, can parasitcally drain life-energy from other beings, enabling him to grow in power.


(Captain America Anual#3 (fb) - BTS) - The being who would be known as the Captive was captured by some of this "neo-life" and confined to a "Black Hole Star." He remained trapped within the Black Hole until he eventually managed to escape its gravity, after a million years of trying. The Captive fled to Earth, pursued by some of the Hunters who had imprisoned him and destroyed and/or imprisoned his brethren in the past. The Captive landed his ship in the meadow of a farm owned by Jim Hendricks. Soon the Hunters began sending down other aliens in an effort to destroy the Captive before he could siphon life force and gain further power. Jim Hendricks contacted Captain America to investigate.

(CapAn#3) - Captain America arrived and helped Jim Hendricks fight off a number of beings sent to destroy the Captive. Eventually the Captive drained off Hendricks life force, killing him. The Captive allowed Cap to discover what it had done, and then began to demonstrate how powerful it was. It revealed its plans to breed mankind like cattle to feed it until there were none left. The Captive continued to grow stronger and larger from its absorption of life force, but Cap stunned it with its shield while in a growth phase. The Magnoids, sent by the Hunters, caught the stunned Captive, and bound it in metal strips. The Captive was then placed into a ship and sent into space via a "Lightyear Sling." The Captive soon entered the star Epsilon Four and laughed that even the energy of the star could not destroy it, and the star subsequently went nova, exploding with tremendous force.

(OHotMU 2006 A-Z#10 - BTS) - Threkker survived and was retrieved by the Stranger.

(Quasar#14, 16)- Threkker was seen among the prisoners of the Stranger's Laboratory World. Like many others, Threkker was influenced by the Overmind to break out of his cell and rise up against the Stranger and his allies. He was incapacitated by the hurricane force winds generated by Makkari.

(OHotMU 2006 A-Z#10 - BTS) - The Stranger gave Threkker into Skeletron's custody to become a member of the Starblasters.

(Starblast#1)- During the Starblasters mission on earth, Threkker was assigned with Codabac to journey to earth, and capture Kayla Ballantine, who at that time possessed the alien power source known as the Starbrand. Although the super-hero Nova attempted to stop them, they were able to capture Kayla with a Skullhugger and return her to their vessel, the Dark Seed.

(Starblast#2)- As the Starblasters brought Kayla to the Stranger for analysis, Threkker remained twitchy, believing that someone from earth would pursue them.

(Quasar#55)- Restless, Skar and Codabac of the Starblasters wrestled with one another on the Stranger's world while Threkker and Zardok cheered them on. Threkker had bet upon Codabac. They were interrupted by Nygorn, who was unimpressed with their pastime, and took Zardok with him to explore the world.

Later, a gathering of superhumans from earth and members of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard arrived at the Stranger's world, and Threkker was sent with the other Starblasters to oppose them. Threkker leapt into battle against Vanguard, and quickly drained away his life energies, then confronted his opponents with his body.

(Stablast#3)- Vanguard's sister, Darkstar, plucked Vanguard away from Threkker, but it was too late-- he was dead. In anger, she assaulted Threkker, snapping his spine. Skar and Codabac checked his body later, and found he wasn't breathing.

(OHotMU 2006 A-Z#10 - BTS) - Threkker revived from his injuries, but was soon captured by forces of the Intergalactic Council alongside the other Starblasters.

(Maximum Security#1)- Threkker served with the Starblasters during their exile to Earth by the Intergalactic Council. They found themselves opposed by the Winter Guard, whose membership included Darkstar, and the revived Vanguard.

(OHotMU 2006 A-Z#10 - BTS) - Threkker and the other Starblasters were released from their captivity on Earth when the Intergalactic Council reversed the plans to make Earth a prison planet.

Comments: Created by Created by Jack "King" Kirby

A brief outline of the Captive vs. Threkker continuity issue, covered in-depth at the Epsiloni profile:

The Captive from Captain America Annual#3 claimed to be the last of his kind, and perished in that same issue. In Quasar#14 and 16, an identical Epsiloni appeared-- possibly the Captive had not died. If there is only one Epsiloni still alive, then he is Threkker, and Threkker is still alive. If there is not, Threkker could very well have been killed by Darkstar, as it appeared, and the Starblasters later obtained another Epsiloni for their crew.
My vote: Threkker is the Captive--Snood.
Snood has spoken! OHotMU 2006 A-Z#10 reveals that Threkker and Captive are the same character.

by Snood & Prime Eternal

Threkker should not be confused with:

Quasar#14 (September, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Len Kaminski (editor)
Quasar#16 (November, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Dan Panosian & Keith Williams (inks), Len Kaminski (editor)
Starblast#1-2 (January-February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar#55 (February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Aaron McClellan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Starblast#3 (March, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Grant Miehm (pencils), Many Hands (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Maximum Security#1 (December, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Paul Ryan, Al Vey & Chris Ivy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 04/26/2003
Last updated: 04/27/2003

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