Real Name: Makka

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Aquila Centurian) sentient vapor (Pre-Modern era)

Occupation: Envoy

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His superior

Enemies: Earthlings

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout an unidentified American city;
   originally from the planet Aquila Centurius

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#68/1 (April, 1959)

Powers/Abilities: Like others of his (see comments) race, Makka was an amorphous and opaque cloud of sentient vapor. He communicated telepathically, but displayed no other paranormal abilities (see comments).

As an envoy for his race's militaristic government, Makka traveled in a spaceship to Earth, where he tried to negotiate the planet's immediate surrender.

Height: 5' (by approximation)/variable
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Inapplicable
Hair: Inapplicable

(Strange Tales I#68/1 (fb) - BTS) - Makka's past is largely unrevealed, but he (see comments) acted as an envoy for the militaristic civilization on Aquila Centurius. "Many times before," Makka traveled to other planets, where he threatened the inhabitants with destruction unless they unconditionally surrendered and immediately evacuated their worlds--the Aquila Centurians were apparently so feared that this threat alone was enough to drive the inhabitants away, then Makka's fellow beings would occupy the abandoned planets.

(Strange Tales I#68/1) - Makka departed from Aquila Centurius aboard his spaceship for his next mission: to order the people of Earth to surrender and leave their planet!

   Makka's spaceship landed in a wooded area, and he slid his vaporous body out of the hatch to begin his mission. Unsure of what Earth's dominant race looked like, Makka first tried to telepathically communicate with a grove of trees, but he was unsuccessful. Makka next spotted a hunter's dog chasing a rabbit, and his telepathy picked up thoughts from the four-legged creature's brain--the canine's only concern was for where it had buried a bone. When Makka saw the hunter, he ordered the man to inform his fellow Earthlings that if they didn't want to be destroyed, they had to surrender and leave Earth; however, the hunter ran away because he'd been called a "nut" when he had previously told others that he once saw a flying saucer, and figured that if he told anyone about this close encounter, he'd be locked up for sure!

   Now realizing that clothed bipeds were Earth's dominant race, Makka drifted to a nearby region where he had seen other such creatures, and the vaporous extraterrestrial boldly entered the city. But every time Makka delivered his dread ultimatum, the city's inhabitants weren't frightened and only ignored his demand--they all believed that Makka was just an ordinary person wearing a costume, or a movie advertising gimmick!

   With his mission an utter failure, the weary Makka headed back to his spaceship. Since all the Earthlings seemed to be unafraid of him, Makka figured Earth had impregnable defenses and weapons far superior to his own race's--he thought it fortunate that his investigation of the planet had uncovered this "fact" before the invasion began!

   After he entered his spaceship and left the world, Makka was determined to return to his home-planet so he could warn his fellow beings to cancel their invasion plans--he figured any planet that didn't fear attack was too powerful to defy, so they could never threaten Earth again.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Joe Sinnott.

The genders of Makka and his superior--if applicable--were never specified, so for this profile, I'm only assuming they were both males.

Although Makka didn't have any solid limbs, the world of Aquila Centurius was depicted with buildings, and Makka himself had a spaceship--unless these were just left behind by some previous inhabitants of the planet, possibly Makka and his people possessed telekinesis so they could construct these things.

Gammatotem suggested that Makka was from the same race as the sentient gas that became Gor-Kill.

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

Makka has no known connections to:

Makka's spaceship

Capable of interstellar travel, it transported Makka from Aquila Centurius to Earth, where his mission was to demand the immediate surrender and evacuation of the world.

The spaceship's technical specifications were unrevealed, but it was equipped with a video screen, which Makka used to communicate with his superior.

Makka landed the spaceship in a forest near an unidentified city; when his mission proved to be a failure, Makka used it to return to his home-world.

--Strange Tales I#68/1

Makka's superior

Having a similar appearance to Makka, he (see comments) dispatched Makka to Earth on a mission to order the planet's immediate surrender and evacuation.

His presence was only seen on a video communicator screen aboard Makka's spaceship.

--Strange Tales I#68/1

unidentified American city

Located somewhere in the United States, it was near to a forest where the vaporous extraterrestrial Makka landed his spaceship.

Makka went into the city to deliver an ultimatum from his fellow beings: the people of Earth had to surrender and evacuate their world immediately, or face destruction!

First passing by a convention center, Makka encountered Sam and Joe, two delegates from Lodge 893 of the Grand Order of Bears; but both men thought Makka was just someone wearing a costume.

Makka next went by a theatre, where a teenage couple were attending a rock music concert (Melvin Pretzel and His Undulating Guitar), but both disregarded Makka's dread ultimatum.

Again and again Makka delivered his dire warning to other citizens--including two men playing poker, a woman with her young son, and a police officer--but each time they were unmoved and unconcerned, thinking that Makka was only an advertising gimmick.

All the citizens' seemingly fearless reaction to him left Makka with the mistaken impression that Earth had superior weaponry, so he cancelled his race's invasion plans and returned to his home-planet.

--Strange Tales I#68/1

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Strange Tales I#68/1, p1, pan4 (main image - Makka, aboard his spaceship)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p3, pan3 (Makka speaks to hunter)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p4, pan5 (Makka in city)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p5, pan4 (Makka decides to leave Earth)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p2, pan1 (Makka's spaceship lands on Earth)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p5, pan5 (Makka's spaceship leaves Earth)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p1, pan4 (Makka's superior on video screen)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p3, pan5 (Makka by outskirts of city)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p4, pan4 (Sam and Joe; Makka [background])
Strange Tales I#68/1, p5, pan1 (Makka delivers ultimatum to concert-goers)
Strange Tales I#68/1, p5, pan3 (Makka delivers ultimatum to other disbelieving citizens)

Strange Tales I#68/1 (April, 1959) - unidentified writer, Joe Sinnott (pencils and inks), Stan Goldberg (colors), Artie Simek (letters), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 01/18/2024
Last updated: 01/18/2024

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