kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-ih158-fullish kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-mp2pg10pan5.jpgKOHBRA

Real Name: Presumably Kohbra

Identity/Class: Terrestrial fauna (cobra) mutate (New Men)

Occupation: Agent of the Man-Beast;

Group Membership: New Men; specifically the Man-Beast's New Men (Barachuudar, Cobrah, Haukk, Lizhardus, Monck, Phrogg, Pih-Junn, Rhodan, Snakar, Triax the Terrible, Weezhil, others)

Affiliations: Man-Beast, Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich)

Enemies: High Evolutionary (Herbert Edgar Wyndham), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Sir Ram, US Air Force of the High-Evolutionary's Counter-Earth (notably including General Ross), Adam Warlock;
|   presumably
Count Tagar, Knights of Wundagore (notably Sir Lepard, Sir Lyan, Sir Ossilot, and other unidentified Knights), Thor Odinson;
    possibly the Beyonders, Prime Movers of Tarkus, Sphinxor, Thanos

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    at least formerly various hidden base (including this one) on the High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth;
    formerly somewhere in the
galaxy Dromisana;
    presumably created in the High Evolutionary's Citadel of Science atop Mount Wundagore, Transia;

First Appearance: (Possible first appearance, behind-the-scenes) Thor I#135 (December, 1966);
    (identified, but mostly off-panel and covered in armor) Marvel Premiere#1 (April, 1972);
    (pictured without armor)
Marvel Premiere#2 (May, 1972)kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-ih158-sword

Powers/Abilities: A snake-evolved into humanoid form, Kohbra possesses scales and a serpentine face, with a notably widened cowl-like feature resembling some types of cobras (notably the king cobra). He is likely poikilothermic ("cold-blooded"), making his body temperature and metabolism somewhat dependent on the ambient temperature.

    It would seem likely that he would have fangs that could deliver a powerful venom, but there is not actually images showing fangs or any discussion or threat of venom.

    Despite the relatively small number of New Men, Kohbra wished to conquer humanity, and he would war against his own people if they refused this idea.

    He has some experience battling with a sword and shield.

    Kohbra spoke with a sibilant hiss, as is common with serpentine characters...kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-mp2pg10pan2

Height: Unrevealed (approximately )
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately )
Eyes: Apparently black with either a white iris and/or no visible iris
Hair: None
Skin: Green (scaled)

(Thor I#135 - BTS / Quicksilver I#9 (fb)) - Locking himself within the Evolutionary's genetic laboratory in his Citadel of Science atop Mount Wundagore, the Man-Beast used his evolutionary ray (presumably still powered by Isotope C) to create a number of his own New Men, who then engaged Thor and the Evolutionary. 

    Thor subdued the Man-Beast, and Count Tagar and the Knights forced the rest of the New Men into the Evolutionary's Star Chamber, which then transported them to the "galaxy Dromisana" (see comments).

(Marvel Premiere#1 (fb) - BTS / (Marvel Premiere#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Man-Beast and his New Men (including Kohbra) secretly returned to Earth's solar system from Dromisana to which the High Evolutionary had banished them. The Man-Beast covertly monitored the High Evolutionary's activities.

(Marvel Premiere I#1) - When the High Evolutionary became exhausted by the process of creating his Counter-Earth and collapsed, the Man-Beast spoke to Kohbra, mocking his creator's plight and their fortune at being there to take over (the image to the right shows the top of Kohbra's armored helmet).

    The Man-Beast then led a group of armored New Men (presumably including Kohbra) to invade the Evolutionary's asteroid base
, apparently slaying Sir Ram in the process.kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-mp2pg10pan3.jpg

     The Man-Beast then using the High Evolutionary's machinery to guide the newly developed humanity on Counter-Earth to commit the violent crimes the High Evolutionary had sought to prevent. The High Evolutionary revived and attacked the Man-Beast, who summoned his New Men (apparently including Kohbra, as there is an exact match of that helmet view; color difference likely due to different lighting vs. artistic license (or error), or maybe it is someone different with the same type helmet) to aid him. Though the High Evolutionary stopped them as well, the distraction allowed the Man-Beast to strike down the Evolutionary with a psychic blast. Before the Man-Beast could slay the Evolutionary, however, Him -- the creation of the Enclave whom the Evolutionary had rescued from space --  rushed to attack the New Men. The Man-Beast teleported himself and his followers down to Counter-Earth, and the Evolutionary considered destroying his now-tainted world, but Him convinced the Evolutionary to allow him to track down the Man-Beast and to save humanity. The Evolutionary gave Him the Soul Gem and sent him to Counter-Earth with the new name of Adam Warlock.

(Marvel Premiere#2 (fb) - BTS) - From within their base, Wundagore-3, the Man-Beast assigned Kohbra of his New Men to find Him, with all of Wundagore-3's resources placed at his disposal.

    Via their spy-eyes, Kohbra located Him in Southern California. Anticipating the Man-Beast's interest in sending someone to liquidate Him, Kohbra arranged for Rhodan and his Hounds of Helios to accomplish this.

kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-mp2pg101pan2(Marvel Premiere#2) - Man-Beast summoned Kohbra, noting that it had been hours since his assignment, reminding him that he had access to all of Wundagore-3's resources, and demanded a report on his progress. Kohbra noted that their spy-eyes had located Him in Southern California. At the Man-Beast's query, Kohbra summoned Rhodan. Approving this decision, and noting that Kohbra had done well again, as always, the Man-Beast dispatched Rhodan and his Hounds of Helios to slay Him. After Rhodan predicted his triumphant return with the head of the "goldskin," Kohbra advised him that he should succeed for his own sake. 

(Marvel Premiere#2 - BTS) - After departing, Rhodan considered that while Kohbra chided him as a lackey, one day soon, his triumphs would outshine Kohbra's and he would sit at the left hand of the Man-Beast.

    However, Warlock defeated Rhodan's hounds, then used his soul gem to transform Rhodan back into a normal rat, which was apparently slain by a barn cat.kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-mp2pg10pan6

(Warlock I#1 - BTS) - The High Evolutionary altered Counter-Earth so that it vibrated on a different plane, a mere micro-second out of synch with the rest of the dimension, so that a rocket from Earth approaching Counter-Earth could neither see nor be seen by Counter-Earth.

(Warlock I#1) - After the Man-Beast (in the form of the Prophet) led Adam Warlock to his lair, Warlock rushed to attack what appeared to be the Man-Beast, although it was only a lifeless manikin. Nonetheless, Kohbra urged the other New Men to stop him if they valued their souls. Refusing to be stopped, Warlock decapitated the manikin, at which point he realized the deception and after which the Prophet unmasked, revealing that he was the Man-Beast.

(Warlock I#2) - As Man-Beast approached Warlock, who was being restrained by a pair of unidentified New Men, Kohbra urged Man-Beast to stay wary, as Warlock was dangerous. After Warlock had refused the Man-Beast's offer to join him, the Man-Beast warned Warlock that he could rend him to pieces, and Kohbra urged Man-Beast to trust his instincts and to destroy Warlock. Man-Beast countered that Warlock might instead be a powerful ally, but Warlock again refused and attacked the Man-Beast's New Men.

    After Warlock had used his Soul Gem to revert Monck back into a gibbon, Man-Beast again sought an alliance. Kohbra urged his master so slay Warlock while he had been weakened by the Soul Gem's use, but Man-Beast swatted Kohbra back, calling him a fool and chastising him for flaunting his will against the Man-Beast's.

(Warlock I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Beast subjected Warlock to an illusion of his allies betraying him, which Warlock ultimately rejected.kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-ih158-fulltiny

(Incredible Hulk II#158 (fb) - BTS) - After the Man-Beast dissolved into mist to escape de-evolution by Adam Warlock (although he secretly possessed Rex Carpenter), Kohbra assumed leadership of the New Men and plotted to conquer Counter-Earth. Porcunius led a rebel group of New Men who sought only acceptance, not dominance.

(Incredible Hulk II#158 - BTS) - Seeking to get rid of the Hulk and the Rhino, the Leader (Samuel Sterns) sent them on a craft to the opposite side of Earth's sun, at which point it would slow down; it was believed that either the orbit would decay and it would plunge into the sun or they would remain trapped in the craft until they would perish.

(Incredible Hulk II#158 (fb) - BTS) - Kohbra led his army of New Men in an assault on the base of the group of rebel New Men led by Porcunius.

    However, the craft instead reached Counter-Earth, after which point the two passengers were separated from each other and the craft.

(Incredible Hulk II#158) - Kohbra announced to Porcunius that he and his rebel band were surrounded and told him to surrender, to rejoin is fellow New Men, and to reclaim their collective destiny to rule this Earth. Before Porcunius could respond, however, the Hulk's fall caused him to crash through the base's ceiling. Porcunius initially suspected the giant green creature to have been sent by Kohbra, but Kohbra feared that Porcunius and his men had gained an ally, and so he led his forces to flee; he told his men to "let the fool think us frightened. We will have our day soon enough." Regardless, their flight convinced Porcunius and his men that the creature was not one of theirs.kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-ih158-swordshield

(Incredible Hulk II#158 - BTS) - Porcunius and his allies befriended the Hulk. Porcunius agreed to help the Hulk locate his ship and return to his world, at least in part to prevent Kohbra and his allies from gaining the ship.

(Incredible Hulk II#158 (fb) - BTS) - Kohbra and/or other members of his New Men located and allied with the Rhino.

(Incredible Hulk II#158) - From their base in "foul man-built caverns," Kohbra introduced the Rhino to his gathered New Men, noting him to be from the same world as the Hulk and stating how they would rise in triumph.

(Incredible Hulk II#158 (fb) - BTS) - Phrogg, an agent of Kohbra who had infiltrated Porcunius' men, learned of their plan to recover the ship from a local air force base, and he reported this to Kohbra.

(Incredible Hulk II#158) - Led by Kohbra, Rhino charged into the air force base and smashed the Hulk from behind. Kohbra instructed Porcunius to order the Hulk aside so they could claim the ship. However, both groups could only stand back as the behemoths fought.

    The two groups of New Men then fought each other, with Kohbra vowing that Porcunius' outnumbered forces would lose the struggle.

(Incredible Hulk II#158 - BTS) - Regardless, the Leader then recalled his ship, hoping to leave the Hulk and Rhino stranded there.

(Incredible Hulk II#158) - Soon after, Kohbra confronted Porcunius directly, advising him that only the two of them could put an end to this farce. Porcunius countered that the war for this world's survival was no farce.

    However, before they could engage, both New Men took pause as the Hulk spectacularly smashed the Rhino to the ground, knocking him out. The Hulk then dragged the Rhino aboard the ship, which soon departed with them.

    As Air Force base airmen rushed in, led by this world's General Ross, Kohbra appreciated that their fight must be set aside, and both groups of New Men fled back to their subterranean lairs.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Dan Adkins.

    Kohbra's shield sure seems to look like it's got a 666 on it, which fit with playing-up Adam Warlock as a Jesus-like messianic figure, as 666 is "the number of the beast" (referring to the devil).


    As far as I know, there is not anything that indicates that the Man-Beast was able to create additional New Men on his own without the High Evolutionary's evolutionary ray, Kohbra was likely created and present in Thor I#135. There is certainly a large serpentine character (seen to the left here) that could wrap its limbs around others like a constrictor, but that character's face does not look anything like Kohbra's.
    I am listing Kohbra as behind-the-scenes in Thor I#135.

    To the best of my knowledge, Kohbra did not appear after fleeing from the Air Force in Incredible Hulk I#158. I had long assumed that the similarly named Cobrah appearing in Incredible Hulk I#176-178 was just a misspelling or variation of the same being, but the two characters don't really look alike. I'll profile Cobrah in the next few months...

    Assuming Kohbra did not perish at some point earlier, he was presumably present on Counter-Earth when Sphinxor and the Prime Movers took the world for the Beyonders' museum circa Marvel Two-In-One I#61-64 (1980)...and when Counter-Earth was apparently destroyed by the Infinity Gauntlet-possessing Thanos (as revealed circa Warlock and the Infinity Watch#4 (1992).
    I am not really certain what the deal is with the Counter-Earth that appeared circa Uncanny Avengers II#1 (2015), but I do not believe Kohbra was seen with them.

Profile by Snood.

should be distinguished from:



Located somewhere in the USA on the High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth.

(Incredible Hulk II#158 (fb) - BTS) - Kohbra and/or other members of his New Men located and allied with the Rhino.

(Incredible Hulk II#158) - From their base in "foul man-built caverns," Kohbra introduced the Rhino to his gathered New Men, noting him to be from the same world as the Hulk and stating how they would rise in triumph.

--Incredible Hulk II#158

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kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-armoredhelmet-topMarvel Premiere#1, story pg. 16, panel 4 (armored helmet seen while spoken to by Man-Beast; to the right--->)
kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-armoredhelmet-top-newmenassault        pg. 21, panel 2 (armored helmet seen as Man-Beast's New Men confront High Evolutionary; to the left  <----- );
    #2, pg. 10, panel 2 (head, rear oblique);
          panel 3 (tiny/distant knees up shot with color);
          panel 5 (face and shoulders - good image);
          panel 6 (tiny/distant knees up oblique without color);
        pg. 11, panel 2 (tiny/distant, fullish, without color)
Warlock I#2, pg. 2, panel 2 (yellow-red form; seen below to the right)

Incredible Hulk II#158, pg. 7, panel 3 (full-ish)
       pg. 9, panel 6 (introducing forces to Rhino);
       pg. 14 (with sword (showing full sword-length));
       pg. 16, panel 4 (with sword and shield)
Thor I#135, pg. 9, panel 1 (Man-Beast's New Men assaulting Thor and HE) - probably not Kohbra...

Marvel Premiere#1-2 (April-May, 1972) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Warlock I#1 (August, 1972) -
Roy Thomas (plot), Mike Friedrich (script), Gil Kane (pencils), Tom Sutton (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Warlock I#2 (October, 1972) - Roy Thomas (plot), Mike Friedrich (script), John Buscema, Tom Sutton & Gil Kane (pencils), Tom Sutton (inker), Stan Lee (editor)kohbra-manbeastsnewmen-war2-yellowred
Incredible Hulk II#158 (December, 1972) - Roy Thomas (plot/editor), Steve Gerber (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Sal Trapani (inker)

First posted: 01/03/2024
Last updated: 01/04/2024

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