ROCS (aka RUKHS)
Classification: Terrestrial animals, possible mutates; (8th Century AD to Pre-modern era)
Location/Base of Operations: Cairo, Egypt; the island of Colossa and numerous other places
Known Members: None
Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), John,
Aliases: The Winged
First Appearance: Journey
Into Mystery I#71/1 (August, 1961)
of possessing the proportionate strength of a bird its size, some
matured into a full-grown adult only moments after being hatched and
could fly and survive in outer space. Due to its size, it was
invurnerable to most known weapons. Sinbad encountered two other
versions, one (and its hatchlings) possessed two heads while another
version (and its hatchlings) possessed a single cyclopean eye.
(Journey into Mystery I#71/1) - While on
their honeymoon in Cairo, archaeologist John and his wife Anne went
sightseeing in the desert. Anne noticed a perfectly round hill
and John dug it up to find a brilliantly-colored giant egg under it.
When they left to report their find, the desert heat and sun caused the
egg to hatch, releasing a Roc. The creature matured in minutes, and
set out on what appeared to be a rampage, carrying off trains, ships
and other large objects. In actuality, it was building a nest. John
realized that the Roc would be looking for a mate, and suggested to the
United Nations that they work together to create a robot female Roc.
They did so, and when it was launched, the real Roc followed it
straight into outer space, where it pursued the robot.
(Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad) - While traveling in another dimension, the Fantastic Four encountered a nest of Rukhs as well as a full-grown one, which they captured and used to fly to a city that the sorcerer Jihad ruled.
First adapted to Marvel by Stan Lee (or Larry Lieber), Jack Kirby and
This originally started as a profile
just for the Roc from the Journey into Mystery story, but after dealing
with two more versions of it for a Sinbad profile, opted to turn it
into a race profile.
The JIM story was reprinted in
Monsters on the
Marvel Spotlight#25 was an
adaptation of the film The Seventh
Voyage of Sinbad.
The Roc (original spelling - Rukh) is based on the
legend of a huge flightless bird from Madagascar described through the
travels of Sindbad. It might have been based on an actual bird called
the Aepyornis which was driven to extinction in the 16th Century by the
first explorers to the island.
This Roc has no known connections to
After marrying John, Anne and he honeymooned in
Cairo, where Anne spotted a hill containing the Roc's egg.
-- Journey into Mystery I#71/1
An archaeologist, John discovered the Roc egg, and
later was the one who came up with the idea to create a robot Roc decoy
to lead the real one into space.
-- Journey into Mystery I#71/1
Journey into Mystery I#71, story 1, page 1, panel 1 (Roc)
page 4, panel 1 (egg)
page 4, panel 8 (young Roc)
page 6, panel 1 (Anne and John)
Marvel Spotlight I#25, page 11, panel 4 (2-headed Roc)
Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad#1, page 23, panel 5 (cyclopean Rukh)
Monsters on the Prowl#10 (August, 1961) - Stan Lee or
Larry Lieber (writer), Jack Kirby (penciler), Dick Ayers (inker), Stan
Marvel Spotlight I#25 (December, 1975) - John Warner (writer), Sonny Trinidad (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor), based on the screenplay by Kenneth Kolb
Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad (September, 2001) - Chris Claremont (writer), Pascual Ferry (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Bobbie Chase (executive editor)
Last updated: 11/27/08
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