Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant (see comments)
Group Membership: (possibly) The New Mutants (see comments)
Known Relatives: 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.
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
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.
Cougar has no known connections to
Marvel Age#82, page 11
Last updated: 05/21/07
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