MENACE from INFERNO ISLE
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Unrevealed (see comments)
Occupation: Guarding Inferno Isle against invaders
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: None known
anyone else who approaches Inferno Isle
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "lava monster", "flaming apparition"
Base of Operations: Inferno Isle
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#91 (May, 1967)
Powers/Abilities: The Menace was composed of a super-heated magma-like substance. It was large (25' tall?) with superhuman strength (Class 100?) and durability. It was surprisingly fast, though may have been limited intellectually. Its major weakness was water, which transformed it into inert lava rock.
(Tales to Astonish I#91 (fb) - BTS) - Inferno Isle was known as a "forbidden place from which none have e'er returned!"
(Tales to Astonish I#91) - Namor was ambushed by Attuma, Byrrah, and Krang and sent to Inferno Isle aboard a missile. As he landed, the Menace burst forth from a volcano and assaulted him. Namor dove into the ocean to escape it, but it caught his legs just as he hit the water and pulled him back to the surface. However, the Menace's hand began to undergo a chemical reaction, partially liquefying and allowing Namor to escape. Realizing his foe's weakness, Namor coated his hands with a thick coating of mud and battered the Menace, causing it to leap at him. Namor flew out of the way, and the Menace landed right in the ocean, causing the chemical reaction that transformed it into a monstrous mass of inanimate lava.
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee , "Wild" Bill Everett, and "Dandy" Danny Adkins.
The Menace seemed to be composed completely of lava. It might have been magically created by the Lava Men, the Deviants or any number of others. It could also have formed on its own, been an extraterrestrial, etc.
Perhaps its related to the Molten Man-Thing.
John Kaminski suggests a connection to the Timely character the Sub-Earth Man: http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/subearthman.htm or possibly it was another Avatar of Cha'sa'dra.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
- group of five mutaphobic men, posed as mutant in order to increase fear of mutants.
Release electric blasts from gloves, used seeming disappearances and multiple agents to appear to teleport, used the Mutant Men
--Untold Tales of Spider-Man#21
other Menaces (like Al Czervik, according to Judge Elhugh Smels...)
Tales to Astonish I#91 p5, panel 3 (emerging from the volcano)
p8, panel 3
Last updated: 10/03/04
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