Real Name: Jaketch
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Skrull)
Occupation: Apprentice Executioner for the Skrull Jury and High Judicator
Group Membership: High Court of the Skrull Empire
Affiliations: (loose) Hagar the High Judicator, Jury of Six
Enemies: Emperor Dorrek VII, (secretly) Hagar, Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, the Thing)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: High Court of the Skrull Empire on the Skrull Homeworld
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#206 (May, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: Jaketch had the strength and power of a normal Skrull who engaged in regular physical exercise. He had good targeting skills when firing handguns. As Apprentice Executioner for the High Court, he had two guns that initially paralyzed the victims, then boosted their metabolism so that the victims would age at an intensely increased rate (for example, adult humans would die of old age within three days of being shot). He utilized a face mask that covered his eyes, so that he shot at heat signatures and not on visual identification. He was ambitious and overconfident, and saw killing as a means for promotion.
(Fantastic Four I#206) - Captured by the Skrull Emperor Dorrek VII's forces in a skirmish with Xandar, the Fantastic Four (actually only Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl and the Thing) were held in power-restraining devices and paraded before the High Court, the supreme judicial center of the Skrull Empire. With his guns crossing his chest, Jaketch stood guard over the prisoners while Hagar the High Judicator aggressively vilified them in what was a show trial before a packed arena. The Jury of Six were also jeering the three members of the Fantastic Four.
With his restraints removed, Mr. Fantastic approached the Jury, pleaded for understanding and sought to have the Skrull Empire leave the decimated world of Xandar alone. However, the High Judicator ordered Jaketch to execute Mr. Fantastic and he was gunned down from behind. The Invisible Girl then rushed to her husband's side while the Thing leapt at Hagar. The High Judicator cringed in fear as he demanded that Jaketch protect him, who fired again and shot the Thing in the back. As he fired at the Thing, Jaketch dreamt of becoming Lord Executioner, and then ordering Hagar's execution. The Invisible Girl then cried out in defiance, turning invisible and seeking retribution, but was still shot by Jaketch, who fired not on sight but by heat pattern. He then stood triumphant in the arena.
(Fantastic Four I#206 - BTS) - The bodies of the three Fantastic Four members were dragged back to a holding cell.
(Fantastic Four I#206) - The Fantastic Four later awoke from the paralyzing effect of Jaketch's guns and were told of the weapons' debilitating effects.
(Skrulls! (fb) - BTS) - Emperor Dorrek VII had Jaketch's thoughts monitored and planned to have him killed, as Dorrek found Jaketch to be too ambitious, but the Emperor was killed by his wife.
(Skrulls!) - Much later, the Skrull Chancellor Kal'Du filed a report for Queen Veranke that Jaketch might still be alive. The Chancellor also stated that Jaketch could be a good figurehead for the Skrull resurgence, but was nevertheless concerned about the Executioner's brash nature.
Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler) & Joe Sinnott (inker).
Ketch (died 1686) was a sadistic executioner employed by King
Charles II. From this man, "Jack Ketch" has also come to refer to a
hangman (including in the traditional Punch and Judy) and is a
proverbial name for death.
And here I'd always thought the name was a play on "jock itch."
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Jaketch has no known connections to:
Fantastic Four I#206, cover (main)
Fantastic Four I#206 (May, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Skrulls! (2008) - Ronald Byrd, Michael Hoskin, Gabriel Schechter, John Rhett Thomas, Stuart Vandal, Jeph York (writers), John Rhett Thomas (editor)
Last updated: 08/16/08
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