Real Name: Torr

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial

Occupation: Would-be conqueror of Earth

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: John Carter, Paul Ramsey, the Sentry (Robert Reynolds)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Impersonated John Carter

Base of Operations: "The Mother Planet"

First Appearance: Amazing Adventures I#1/1 (June, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Torr was unusually large, standing several feet taller than a human, and had a mane of hair surrounding his head. Torr was superhumanly strong, and could lift at least 1 ton. He also possessed great psychic powers which allowed him to exchange bodies with other creatures and cast illusions. He also possessed a spacecraft capable of interplanetary flight.


(Amazing Adventures I#1/1 (fb)) - Torr was attracted to the planet Earth when he picked up a radio transmission sent from an observatory by the scientists John Carter and Paul Ramsey. Torr followed the transmission to the observatory and confronted the scientists, declaring his intent to make Earth a satellite world under his rule. Ramsey shot Torr with a shotgun, but it had no effect, and Torr crushed the weapon with his bare hands.

   Torr then took the scientists to a cave, where he switched bodies with Carter. Possessing control over Carter while he was in his body, he had Carter seal himself up inside the cave, then placed an explosive bracelet on Paul Ramsey which would kill him if he told anyone who he was. Torr had Carter bring him into a nearby city so that he could observe humanity. Torr was pleased to see how weak humans appeared, and schemed to make the Earth a colony for the Mother Planet. Desperate, Ramsey took a gun from a passing policeman and shot Torr dead.

   Days later, Carter's body rose from the morgue, once more inhabited by Carter's spirit. Carter saved Ramsey from being tried for his murder.

(The Age of the Sentry#1/2) - Either resurrected or replaced, Torr attacked the Sinnott Valley Power Plant as part a plan to conquer the Earth. Although the Sentry's strength was being drained by the Mad Thinker and Tinkerer, he managed to defeat the giant alien by tossing a stem-roller on top of it.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

Okay, so the gunshot switched Torr and Carter's bodies back... but what about the gunshot wound? How did the bullet manage to only slay Torr's consciousness?

by Prime Eternal

Torr should not be confused with:

John Carter should not be confused with:

John Carter

John Carter was a scientist who accidentally helped bring Torr to Earth, and was forced into Torr's body while Torr used his form to explore the Earth. Torr maintained control over Carter while he was in his body, and had Carter seal himself inside of a cave. After Torr was shot dead by Paul Ramsey while in Carter's body, Carter reinhabited his true form, rising out of the morgue fully healed, and came to Ramsey's defense just in time to save him from being found guilty of his murder. Carter then related the entire story of Torr to the jury.

--Amazing Adventures I#1) 1 (fb), 1

Paul Ramsey

Paul Ramsey was a scientist who accidentally helped bring Torr to Earth, and was forced to watch as Torr planned Earth's conquest, unable to warn anyone because of a bomb Torr had placed on his wrist. Ramsey finally took a gun from a policeman and shot Torr dead, but because Torr was in the body of John Carter at the time, Ramsey was put on trial for murder. Still unable to relate Torr's plan because of the bomb, Ramsey was finally saved when Carter appeared, alive, to exonerate him. The bomb eventually crumbled into dust with Torr gone.

--Amazing Adventures I#1) 1 (fb), 1

Images taken from:
Amazing Adventures I#1, page 7, panel 3 (main image)
Amazing Adventures I#1, page 1 (headshot)
Amazing Adventures I#1, page 12, panel 4 (Ramsey)
Amazing Adventures I#1, page 13, panel 3 (Carter)

Amazing Adventures I#1/1 (June, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
The Age of the Sentry #1/2 (November, 2008) - Paul Tobin (writer), Ramon Rosanas (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)

Last updated: 12/14/08

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