Real Name: Axon-Karr

Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Makluan)

Occupation: Mate of his ship's crew

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Fin Fang Foom, other members of his crew (later known as Chen Hsu, Wu Pong, and Chi Chan, six others unnamed)

Enemies: Unnamed Chinese warriors

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Kakaranathara (Maklu-4)

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#62 (February, 1965)

Powers/Abilities: Axon-Karr presumably possessed his race's ability to shape-shift and fly.






History: (Iron Man I#272 (fb)) - Axon-Karr was a member of a crew of Makluans who set out to Earth in search of violence, but their vessel wound up crashing, landing in China. They left the 10 rings which controlled their ship onboard, and evacuated the ship. Just as they stepped into the daylight, a Chinese warrior attacked Axon-Karr and slit his throat. From then on, this part of China was known as "the Valley of the Dragons."

(Tales of Suspense I#62 (fb)) - Axon-Karr returned to the vessel to complete his log, but was unable to make an escape. He was ultimately trapped inside of a cave and slain by Chinese warriors.

Centuries later, Axon-Karr's skeleton was found by a young man who went on to wield the 10 rings, becoming the Mandarin.

(Iron Man I#57 (fb)) - Following his defeat by the Inhumans (@ Amazing Adventures II#4), the Mandarin made a pilgrimage to the Valley of the Dragons to find a way to reclaim his lost rings -- he once more passed by the skeletal remains of Axon-Karr.





Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Don Heck and Dick Ayers.

    In Tales of Suspense I#62, Axon-Karr is said to have been driven into a cave, whereas Iron Man I#272 depicts him being killed almost immediately after stepping out of his ship. It could be that these are two different Makluans that were killed, but...well, then there's the problem of the 10 dragons.

    See, Iron Man I#272 identifies 10 survivors of the crash (one for each ring). One is then killed. But then there are 10 in Iron Man I#274 in the modern day! And they claim that 6 more died over the centuries! Possibly they kept breeding over the centuries? In any case, no room for an extra Makluan, so I'm assuming he didn't die from the slash to the throat, but couldn't catch up to his crew.

    I thought the Makluans were renamed Kakaranatharnians in the Iron Man story.

Thanks to John Kaminski for adding the missed appearance in Iron Man I#57.

by Prime Eternal

Axon-Karr should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Tales of Suspense I#62, page 4, panel 2
Iron Man I#272, page 8, panel 1

Tales of Suspense I#62 (February, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Don Heck (pencils), Dick Ayers (editor)
Iron Man I#57 (April, 1973) - Steve Gerber (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Mike Esposito & Frank Giacoia (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Iron Man I#272 (September, 1991) - John Byrne (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks)

Last updated: 06/20/05

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