Real Name: Ozak
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Dethan race)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Dethan ruler
Enemies: The human race
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The Changing Man" (in story title); Les Gage, several other unnamed humans, and a dog
Base of Operations: Mobile on Earth; originally from the planet Deth
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#8/3 (March, 1960)
Powers/Abilities: Ozak (and other members of his race) was a shapeshifter, able to take on the form and appearance of other beings. Ozak travelled to Earth's orbit in a one-man flying saucer, and used a spacesuit to actually land on the planet.
History: (Tales of Suspense I#8/3) - Seeking to invade Earth, the ruler of the planet Deth wanted to establish a beachhead in the United States. He sent Ozak to undermine the country so it would not be able to repel an invasion -- but he warned Ozak that if he failed to contact the homeworld as scheduled, the invasion plans would be cancelled. Ozak departed Deth in a spaceship and came into Earth's orbit. Hiding his spaceship on the Moon (via remote-control), Ozak drifted down to Earth in his spacesuit at the outskirts of an American city, then hid his spacesuit and took on the form of an Earth man. Walking into a TV studio, Ozak rendered newscaster Les Gage unconscious, then took on Gage's form and read a false news story about the country being on the verge of a civil war. Ozak snuck off in the confusion, and when the real Les Gage awakened, he reported to a federal security office that an alien had attacked him and taken on his form.
Ozak continued to use his power to impersonate many different influential politicians and military leaders, starting rumors and instigating public unrest which all caused Americans to distrust their officials.
As riots and threats of armed rebellion broke out, Ozak next took on the guise of a beloved elder statesman, but when he didn't know a secret password, his cover was blown! Ozak dropped his disguise and ran off. As he was being chased by federal agents, Ozak was looking for a new identity to assume, when he spotted a poster advertising a news story about a heroic dog. Thinking humans would never dream that an alien would turn into a mere dog, Ozak took on the canine's form...and THAT'S what gave him away! As he was captured by the federal agents, Ozak reverted back to his true form. When he wondered how the humans had guessed the dog was really him in disguise, Ozak read the rest of the poster...the heroic dog had been launched into space the night before, so he couldn't possibly have been on Earth!
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Steve Ditko.
Yeah, right, that's NOT just another dog that happens to look like the astro-mutt, so it's gotta be the alien! Must have been because Ozak also duplicated the dog's distinctive star-emblem collar, that's what probably gave him away! That Ozak, whadda dope!
...and so the Dethans get to join the host of other shapeshifting alien races (Skrulls, Xartans, et al).
There's no proof that this story took place in Earth-616 continuity, however it could easily fit in -- Ozak could (through the magic of retroactive-continuity) easily be made into a Skrull -- similarly to what was done with the shapeshifting Martian from the story "Why Won't They Believe Me?" (in Amazing Adult Fantasy#7) when it was ret-conned into a Skrull in Marvel: The Lost Generation#11.
And a big THANK YOU to Dennis Giansante for scanning this story for me!
Profile by John Kaminski
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Tales of Suspense I#8, p10 (main image)
Last updated: 07/10/06
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