Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant or mutate

Occupation: Mercenary, professional criminal

Group Membership: Leader of a gang

Affiliations: Unidentified employer

Enemies: Black Goliath (Bill Foster), Whiz Kids (Herbert Bell, Talia Kruma, Dale West)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: Black Goliath#3 (June, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Vulcan possessed superhuman strength (@ Class 25) and durability. He could also generate a charge of energy within his body, which he could release through his wrist-blasters -- these blasts were sufficient to collapse a small building.

Distinguishing Features: Although Vulcan suffered from kyphosis (posterior curvature of the spine, "hunchback"), he was much faster than his twisted bulk would indicate; and there was also something up with his left eye (perhaps phthisis bulbi?).

Height: Unrevealed (6' 5"; by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed (380 lbs.; by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Strawberry-blond

(Black Goliath#3 (fb) - BTS) - Vulcan's origin is unrevealed -- it is unclear whether his paranormal abilities are a result of natural or artificial mutation (see comments).

(Black Goliath#3) - Vulcan and his gang were hired by an unidentified party to steal a mysterious sealed box from Stark International-West -- while unknown to everyone at the time, the box contained the Null-Life Bomb, created by the Stranger.

   Vulcan and his gang broke into Stark-West, overpowering both security and the Whiz Kids -- including Dale West, who was wearing an experimental force field vest. Vulcan apparently fired a blast at West and overloaded the vest, causing the field to implode, then he and his men stole the box and fled on motorcycles. Black Goliath arrived on the scene in time to see West being crushed by the overloaded vest's force field, and saved him by removing it.

   While he and his gang were being chased by the LAPD, Vulcan got off his motorcycle and smashed the police car pursuing them, killing the driver--rookie officer Emiliano Rojas--in the process. Black Goliath caught up to Vulcan's gang and defeated them, but then the hero was attacked from behind by a blast from Vulcan himself, followed by a punch. Black Goliath retaliated by throwing a wrecked motorcycle at the villain, and mistakenly thought Vulcan unconscious after the bike exploded on impact with him.

   But as Black Goliath turned his attention to retrieve the stolen box laying in an alleyway, Vulcan fired another blast at him -- although he missed the hero, he hit a building, causing it to collapse on Black Goliath, trapping the hero and covering the box with rubble as well.

   Afterward, Black Goliath managed to dig himself out of the wreckage, and fire crews arrived. The police reported that all the gang members had been apprehended, but Vulcan--having failed to recover the box--fled to avoid capture.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont and George Tuska.

Not a whole lot to say about this guy. Maybe someone else will flesh out the character a little. Probably not, though.

Maybe Vulcan's enhanced strength and power came from an early experiment of Dr. Karl Malus -- Malus was known to operate in the Los Angeles area.

And despite the cover (see main image) where he speaks like Ben Grimm, Vulcan's dialog was more eloquent in the story itself. -- Ron Fredricks

Profile by Snood. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.

Vulcan has no known connections to:

Vulcan's gang

Six unidentified thugs (including one called "Skeez"), they were Vulcan's underlings. They possessed no paranormal powers, but used conventional automatic firearms, as well as guns that fired tranquilizing darts. They wore Halloween-type masks and traveled via conventional motorcycles.

They assisted Vulcan in stealing a mysterious sealed box from Stark International-West, but they were eventually defeated by Black Goliath.

The police took all six gang members into custody, but Vulcan fled to avoid capture.

--Black Goliath#3

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Black Goliath#3, cover (Main Image - Vulcan)
Black Goliath#3, p16, pan3 (Headshot - Vulcan)
Black Goliath#3, p12, pan3 (Vulcan smashes police car)
Black Goliath#3, p15, pan2 (Vulcan)
Black Goliath#3, p8, pan4 (members of Vulcan's gang)
Black Goliath#3, p13, pan6 (gang-member riding motorcycle)

Black Goliath#3 (June, 1976)
- Chris Claremont (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Vince Coletta (inks), Don Warfield (colors), Karen Mantlo (letters), Marv Wolfman (editor)

First posted: 09/??/2001
Last updated: 01/08/2022

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