TRICEPHALOUS

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Sub-Species of Humanity (Deviant); mutate

Occupation: Servant of the Mole Man

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Kro, Mole Man

Enemies: Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Justice League of America, Monster Hunters (Ulysses Bloodstone, Dr. Druid, Makkari, Zawadi), Punisher, Henry Pym, Wasp

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Monster Island, sea of Japan

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#1 (November, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Tricephalous is an immense, monstrous Deviant Mutate, possessing three heads and a pair of wings. In addition to possessing superhuman strength and flight, the Tricephalous can breathe fire from each of its three heads.

History: (Marvel Universe#7) - The Tricephalous was genetically engineered by Deviant scientists on Monster Island, where it was intended to serve as part of Warlord Kro's monstrous invasion forces on the surface world. When Monster Island was invaded by the Monster Hunters, Kro had Tricephalous lay down cover fire for him, so that he could escape. Although much of the island was destroyed, Tricephalous survived, and became a servant of Harvey Elder, the Mole Man.

(Fantastic Four I#1) - When the super-heroes known as the Fantastic Four arrived upon Monster Island, Tricephalous intercepted them, and attempted to defeat them, but was unprepared for their superhuman powers. The Invisible Girl evaded it by turning invisible, while Mr. Fantastic made a lasso from his arm, caught it by one of its necks, and hurled it into the sea.

(Avengers West Coast#54) - When the super-heroes known as the Fantastic Four arrived upon Monster Island, Tricephalous intercepted them, and attempted to defeat them, but was unprepared for their superhuman powers. The Invisible Girl evaded it by turning invisible, while Mr. Fantastic made a lasso from his arm, caught it by one of its necks, and hurled it into the sea.

(Fantastic Four I#347) - While the Skrull De'Lila attempted to locate an Inorganic Techno Troid, she used control devices to cause several of the Mole Man's monsters, including the Tricephalous, to lose control and set about rampaging.

(Fantastic Four I#349) - With De'Lila's defeat, the Tricephalous returned to the island, followed by the Punisher. The Punisher intended to destroy the entrance to Monster Island once the Tricephalous entered, but upon sighting the Fantastic Four, he decided he wasn't needed.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7) - The Tricephalous circled the Mole Man's castle upon Monster Island, while its master discussed having Adam Warlock make his home there.

(Marvel Comics Presents#112/4) - Tricephalous scoured Monster Island for food while Pip the Troll had a picnic.

(Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#1) - Tricephalous, along with the Van Doom Monster look-alike and another monster, was present when the Silver Surfer visited Adam Warlock.

(Fantastic Four I#400) - Tricephalous was conjured up from the timestream alongside the Mole Man and Giganto by the rogue Watcher Aron to oppose allies of the Fantastic Four who had come to prevent him from creating a pocket universe. Tricephalous battled the Thing, but the Thing grabbed it by one of its necks and threw it into the Super-Skrull, knocking out both of them.

(Fantastic Four III#1/2 <one half>) - The Mole Man launched another assault on the surface world, storming Manhattan with an army of his mutates, including Tricephalous. The Fantastic Four put a halt to the invasion by using a Pym Particle Projector to shrink the mutates down to the size of rats. When the mutates came scurrying back to the Mole Man for protection, he realized that they were his family, and he lost all interest in his assault. He returned to Monster Island, where the mutates regained their normal size within a few hours.

(JLA/Avengers#1) - Tricephalous was among the monsters of Monster Island who opposed the Justice League of America during their search for the Ultimate Nullifier.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The word "tricephalous" means "having three heads." Appropriate, huh?

Tricephalous didn't receive a name until Avengers West Coast#54.

Conspiracy#1 hinted that CONTROL was responsible for bringing Tricephalous to Monster Island. We now know the Deviants were behind its creation, but hey, Warlord Kro later got a job with the Pentagon, right? Hmm...

The creature seen in Marvel Comics Presents#112 might not be Tricephalous-- it looks like the artist may have been making an homage to the Godzilla villain Ghidrah-- but it's got wings, three heads, and lives on Monster Island, so what the hey?

Tricephalous' appearance in Fantastic Four I#400 could be from an earlier or later point in its chronology, since Aron brought all of the adversaries he conjured up from different points in time.

A holographic illusion of Tricephalous was created by Bert Gilmore in Amazing Spider-Man I#438 to distract Spider-Man and Daredevil.

Tricephalous was miscolored red in Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#1.
--Per Degaton

Big thanks to MD Carter for letting me borrow this image from his Monsters of Jack Kirby website.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tricephalous should not be confused with:


Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#1 (November, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), George Klein (inks)
Avengers West Coast#54 (January, 1990) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Paul Ryan (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Fantastic Four I#347 (February, 1991) - Walter Simonson (writer), Arthur Adams (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#349 (April, 1991) - Walter Simonson (writer), Arthur Adams & Gracine Tanaka (pencils), Art Thibert & Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7 (August, 1992) - Jim Starlin (writer), Tom Raney (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#112 (1992) - Jim Starlin (writer), Rita Fagani (pencils), Ken Branch (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection#1 (March, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist), Craig Anderson (editor)
Fantastic Four III#1/2 <one half> (1998) - Ralph Macchio (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Jonathan Sibal (inks)
Marvel Universe#7 (December, 1998) - Roger Stern (writer), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Mike Manley (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
JLA/Avengers#1 (September, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)


Last updated:12/05/13

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