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Real Name: Unrevealed;
    presumably Pih-Junn

Identity/Class: Terrestrial fauna (presumably a pigeon) mutate (New Men)

Occupation: Warrior;
    agent of the Man-Beast;

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

Affiliations: Haukk, Man-Beast,

Enemies: Astrella Carpenter, David Carter, Jason Grey, Eddie Roberts, Ellie Roberts, Adam Warlock;
    he and Haukk posed as enemies of the Prophet (although they almost certainly knew that he was the
    possibly the Beyonders, Prime Movers of Tarkus, Sphinxor, Thanos

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None knownpih-junn-newmen-ce-w1-upper

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    at least formerly various hidden bases on the High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth (presumably at least Wundagore-3);
    formerly somewhere in the
galaxy Dromisana (see comments);
    presumably created in the High Evolutionary's Citadel of Science atop Mount Wundagore, Transia
(see comments);

First Appearance: (Possibly behind-the-scenes, see comments) Thor I#135 (December, 1966);
    (confirmed) Warlock I#1 (August, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Pih-Junn is presumably a pigeon evolved into human form. He possesses a beak-like nose, but apparently had a more human-like mouth inferior to (below) that.

    He has flaps on the lateral surfaces of his arms, immediately proximal and distal (above and below) his elbows, rather than true wings.
    He could apparently fly nonetheless, as he could take to the air from the ground, rather than just swooping down and gliding.
    It also could be that he had great leg strength and could leap many feet into their air. 

    While no match for Warlock's strength (and considered inferior by Haukk), he was apparently stronger than a normal human, and he may have possessed low-level (enhanced human) superhuman strength.

    He had a wrist blaster at least on his wrists (and presumably on both wrists). The effects of a such a blast were unrevealed as Warlock dodged the one blast that Haukk fired from presumably similar weapons.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 180 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (dark)
Hair: None (presumably yellow and red feathers)

(Thor I#135 - BTS / Quicksilver I#9 (fb) - BTS) - The Man-Beast used his evolutionary ray (presumably still powered by Isotope C) to create a number of his own New Men (presumably including
Pih-Junn), who then engaged Thor and the Evolutionary. 

    Thor subdued the Man-Beast, and Count Tagar and the Knights forced the rest of the Man-Beast's 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 (presumably including Pih-Junn) secretly returned to Earth's solar system. The Man-Beast covertly monitored the High Evolutionary's activities.

(Marvel Premiere I#1 - BTS) - When the High Evolutionary became exhausted by the process of creating his Counter-Earth and collapsed, the Man-Beast led a group of armored New Men (presumably including Pih-Junn) to invade the Evolutionary's asteroid base, apparently slaying Sir Ram in the process.pih-junn-newmen-ce-full-knockeddown

     The Man-Beast then used 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 armored New Men (apparently including Pih-Junn) 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.

    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 Infinity Soul Gem and sent him to Counter-Earth with the new name of Adam Warlock.

(Marvel Premiere#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Man-Beast and his New Men established the base of Wundagore-3.

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

(Warlock I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Man-Beast adopted the form of a human known as the Prophet. He presumably arranged for Haukk and Pih-Junn to publicly attack him in order to earn the sympathy of Adam Warlock.

(Warlock I#1 - BTS) - Adam Warlock led his friends -- David Carter, Jason Grey, and Eddie & Ellie Roberts -- into the city (Las Vegas or somewhere near the desert) in search of the Man-Beast. There they encountered the Prophet (they were unaware that this was an aspect of the Man-Beast) as he preached on the streets.

(Warlock I#1) - Suddenly, Astrella Carpenter asked Warlock to save her brother, the prophet, from "those who wait," who stood atop a building, waiting for sunset, which was now occurring. Almost immediately thereafter, Haukk and Pih-Junn approached the edge of the building and then swooped down at the Prophet. pih-junn-newmen-ce-gauntletssmashed

    After Haukk had punched away the Prophet's would-be defender, David Carter, Warlock swatted Pih-Junn back. Warlock further commented that while both attackers wore masks, he could sense that they had real beaks underneath.

    Warlock punched Hawk, knocking him off of his feet, but after Warlock turned to speak to the Prophet, Pih-Junn struck him from behind. Haukk complimented Pih-Junn noting that even though Pih-Junn was weaker and less bellicose, ...and Pih-Junn finished his sentence, replying that he was no less effective; Haukk confirmed this, asking if he had other said otherwise.

    At Haukk's instruction, Pih-Junn held Warlock while Haukk battered him, knocking him to the ground and telling him that they would show him what they had come to show the Prophet: That it was not wise to flaunt the will of the Man-Beast.

    Hearing the Man-Beast's name strengthened Warlock's resolve, and he flew forward and smashed both Haukk and Pih-Junn back. When Pih-Junn suggested that they must employ sterner measures, Haukk assured him that Warlock would soon learn that Haukk's had talons as he fired an energy blast at Warlock.

    Narrowly dodging the blast, Warlock replied that even talons could be clipped as he shattered Pih-Junn's blasters (see comments). Cursing Pih-Junn as useless, Haukk flew Dave Carter flew into the air and hurled him to the ground. Warlock caught and saved Carter, but Haukk and Pih-Junn escaped as he did so.

(Warlock I#1 - BTS) - Warlock subsequently agreed to follow the Prophet to the lair of the Man-Beast where the Prophet pulled off his mask and revealed that he was the Man-Beast.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Gil Kane, and Tom Sutton.

    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, Pih-Junn was likely created and present in Thor I#135.
    I am listing
Pih-Junn as behind-the-scenes in Thor I#135.

    I'm not sure why Warlock smashed Pih-Junn's wrist-blasters, when it appeared to be Haukk who had blasted at him, but perhaps Pih-Junn was getting ready to blast him, and/or he was closer and easier to get to first. Or maybe the coloring and text was just misleading and that it was Pih-Junn who blasted at him first.

    To the best of my knowledge, Pih-Junn only appears in Warlock I#1, and he is not seen after fleeing from Warlock.

    Assuming Pih-Junn 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 and its New Men that appeared circa Uncanny Avengers II#1 (2015), but I do not believe Pih-Junn was seen with them.

    The cover of Warlock I#1 with Haukk and Pih-Junn unmasked does not appear in the comic story, but the images do represent the unmasked appearances of the characters, and they were therefore used as the images for the characters in their headshots in the OHotMU New Men profile.     See the full image in the bottom right.

Profile by Snood.

Pih-Junn should be distinguished from:

: (without ads)

pih-junn-newmen-ce-w1cover-fullWarlock I#1 cover (unmasked face)
        pg. 12, panel 7 (upper);
       pg. 13, panel 1 (swooping down toward the Prophet alongside Haukk; face covered);
          panel 4 (punched back by Adam Warlock);
       pg. 14, panel 5 (alongside Haukk punching back Warlock);
       pg. 16, panel 1 (wrist-blasters shattered by Warlock);

Warlock I#1 (August, 1972) - Roy Thomas (plot), Mike Friedrich (script), Gil Kane (pencils), Tom Sutton (inker), Stan Lee (editor)

All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#8 (August, 2006) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer/coordinator), Sean McQuaid, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, Michael Hoskin, Mark O'English, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Mike Fichera, Al Sjoerdsma, Barry Reese, Chad Anderson, Madison Carter, Anthony Flamini & Rich Green (writers), Michael Short (assistant editor), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#8 (July, 2009) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer/coordinator), Stuart Vandal, Mike Fichera & Madison Carter (coordination assistants), Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, David Wiltfong, Madison Carter, Mike Fichera, Chad Anderson, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Mark O'English, Al Sjoerdsma, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Anthony Flamini, Rich Green, Markus Raymond, Andrew Goletz, Rob London, Mike O'Sullivan & Jeph York (writers), Brian Overton (copy editor), Alex Starbuck (editorial assistant), John Denning & Cory Levine (assistant editors), Mark D. Beazley (editor, special projects), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)

First posted: 01/09/2024
Last updated: 01/09/2024

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