COUGAR

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant (see comments)

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: (possibly) The New Mutants (see comments)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Marvel Age#82 (December, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Cougar is possibly either a mutant with some of the abilites of a feline, or is actually half-man, half-cat. Beyond this, his abilities are unknown. (see comments)




History: (Marvel Age#82) - Cougar's history is unknown. He may or may not have had an affiliation with the team known as the New Mutants.

(Avengers West Coast#64 - BTS) - Stevie used the ruby of Cytorrak to bring several wax statues of heroes and villains alive, and commanded them to attack Captain America and Human Torch (Jim Hammond). A wax duplicate of Cougar was among them.

Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld.

Easiest profile ever.

Okay, here's the lowdown on who this cat is (pun intended). In Marvel Age#82, they previewed some characters that were going to be part of Liefeld's upcoming New Mutant issues. These included Cable, Stryfe and this guy.  No history for him is given, and he never showed up in the book after all. The reasoning for this is probably because Liefeld already had a creator-owned character named Cougar, who looked somewhat similar, that appeared in, I believe Megaton Comics.  Marvel never used the character (actually, not quite true, see below), and when Liefeld left, he took his Cougar design with him, redesigned it and returned him to part of the Youngblood team for Image Comics. Here's the notes on Cougar from Marvel Age#82:

"This mean dude's name is Cougar.  He's half man and half cat and according to Rob's notes, he's all trouble!  Note that his pants have the same outside stripe design as the design on the New Mutants' costumes shown last issue."

This seems to imply that he was designated to become a member of the NM's, maybe as their resident "bad boy" character. Who knows?

Brian Cronin of Comic Book Urban Legends used this profile in one of his columns, and pointed out the Avengers West Coast "appearance." Here's the panel from that issue, that shows that Cougar, in some form, is part of Earth-616:


Cougar also appeared in the "Mutant Report" section of Marvel Age#86, in a mock-up cover of New Mutants I#87 depicting him alongside Warlock, Sunspot and Boom-Boom.

Profile by Madison Carter

Clarifications:

Cougar has no known connections to


images:
Marvel Age#82, page 11


Last updated: 05/21/07

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