TYRAK

Real Name:

Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Atlantean), mutate

Occupation: Warrior, spy

Group Membership: Attuma's barbarian horde

Affiliations: Lord Arno, Attuma, Krona, Orka, U-Man

Enemies: Alpha Flight, Avengers (Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Captain America, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Dr. Druid, Hawkeye, Hulk, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Iron Man, Rick Jones, Moondragon, Ms. Marvel, Quasar, Scarlet Witch, Sersi, She-Hulk, Stingray, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, Yellowjacket), the Combine, Edwin Jarvis, Peace Corpse, People's Protectorate (Crimson Dynamo (Bukharin), Fantasma, Perun, Red Guardian, Vostok), Sub-Mariner

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Tyrak the Treacherous"; impersonated Triton

Base of Operations: Atlantis

First Appearance: Avengers I#154 (December, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Tyrak possesses the natural abilities of an Atlantean, including the ability to breathe and speak underwater and survive the ocean's pressures. He also possesses superhuman strength, enabling him to lift up to 60 tons. He can also increase his height and mass and swim at superhuman speed. Tyrak is also gifted at espionage, particularly in the art of disguise.

Tyrak's costume contains a rebreather apparatus to supply him with water, sharp claws on his fingers, and gas jets on his chest that can release a powerful knock-out gas.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black

History: (Avengers I#154) - Disguised as the Inhuman Triton, Tyrak was dispatched by Attuma to Avengers Mansion to defeat the Avengers so that they could be controlled by Attuma and sent to battle the Sub-Mariner. Tyrak gave himself away when he told the Scarlet Witch that he didn't know where Quicksilver was (as Quicksilver had been living with the Inhumans), but Tyrak was able to engage the entire team of Avengers single-handed, and defeated them all. He then summoned Attuma's forces to collect the Avengers and bring them to Attuma.

(Avengers I#156) - Tyrak stood alongside Attuma as he prepared to use a stolen cell-stimulator to increase his powers. When the Sub-Mariner arrived at their base, he struck Namor down with a single blow. When the Avengers arrived to battle Attuma's forces on behalf of Dr. Doom, they were able to join their powers against Tyrak, and Vision and Wonder Man struck him down together, defeating him.

(Avengers I#172) - Needing to reclaim his lost honor, Tyrak assaulted vessels in New York harbor, eventually drawing out Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, the Vision, Wonder Man and the Scarlet Witch. The heroes were unable to do better than match him, until the Scarlet Witch cast hexes at him which caused him great pain. The Vision then struck the final blow, firing his solar beams at him to suck the moisture from his body, causing him to pass out. Unable to obtain a special cell for Tyrak, Wonder Man cast him back into the harbor. They waited to see if Tyrak would return, but he didn't.

(Avengers I#278) - Tyrak came to Avengers Island, hoping to regain Attuma's favour by defeating the Sub-Mariner, but found Namor's allies in the Avengers instead. Tyrak put up a terrific fight, but the Black Knight realized he was using a water containment reservoir, and slit it open with his sword. Captain Marvel then burned up his remaining water, dehydrating him. This weakened Tyrak so that She-Hulk could defeat him with a single punch. They placed Tyrak within a holding tank on Avengers Island and the Wasp interrogated him, learning he had only wanted to regain Attuma's favour, and had not expected the Avengers.

(Avengers Annual#18) - During the events of "Atlantis Attacks," Tyrak was dispatched by Attuma to Langley Air Force Base, accompanied by army of Atlantean soldiers, and equipped with a device which would allow him to grow to superhuman size. When the Avengers arrived to battle his forces, Tyrak grew to superhuman size in order to attack them, but Wonder Man and the Hulk joined forces against him, and were able to hold their own until the Human Torch destroyed the device powering him. Wonder Man then struck Tyrak down, and Moondragon and Rick Jones defeated the rest of his army.

(Avengers I#319) - When a submarined commandeered by the terrorist group Peace Corpse came near Atlantean waters, Tyrak joined Orka, the U-Man and an army of Atlanteans in attacking the Avengers and People's Protectorate, who were both in the middle of trying to halt the crisis.

(Avengers I#320) - Tyrak battled the Russian god Perun, but was struck down by a blast of lightning from his axe.

(Avengers I#321) - Tyrak was frustrated by their defeat, and decided to set after the submarine and detonate its payload on the surface in order to teach surface-dwellers a lesson.

(Avengers I#322) - Tyrak fought Quasar over the submarine and managed to hold him back, only to engage Perun in his place. Tyrak began to defeat Perun, but Quasar then returned to the battle, and struck Tyrak down. Just then, the submarine's payload was detonated.

(Avengers I#323) - Tyrak was cast into another dimension by Shaman of Alpha Flight, and emerged in a dimension of purple water and black skies. When the Avengers and People's Protectorate began to plan an escape Tyrak refused to trust them, but Perun pointed out that his only hope for escape was to work with them. Tyrak reluctantly agreed. Combining talents, the Avengers, Alpha Flight, People's Protectorate and Atlanteans created a pathway between the dimensions they had been trapped in, and slowly led the way back to Earth, only to come face-to-face with the Combine-- two members of the Peace Corpse who had been mutated by the radiation.

(Avengers I#324) - As the heroes battled the Combine, Tyrak volunteered himself and the other Atlanteans to test a path back to Earth, as they were in desperate need of water. The Avengers accepted, and Tyrak and his men returned safely, helping the humans who had been cast back with them. When the Combine was defeated, Tyrak led the Atlanteans back home.

(JLA/Avengers#4) - Tyrak was among the villains pulled forth from time and space by Krona to guard his stronghold from an onslaught by the Avengers and the JLA.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, George Perez and Pablo Marcos.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tyrak should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Avengers I#154, page 16, panel 7
Avengers I#278, page 18, panel 1


Avengers I#156 (February, 1977) - Gerry Conway & Jim Shooter (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Avengers I#172 (June, 1978) - Jim Shooter (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Avengers I#278 (April, 1987) - Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Annual#18 (1989) - Michael Higgins (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Mike Gustovich (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers I#319-324 (July-October, 1990) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Rik Levins (#319, #321, #323), Paul Ryan (#320, #322, #324) (pencils), Chris Ivy (#319, 321-322), Tom Palmer (#320, 323-324) (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)

Last updated: 03/12/05

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