Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Human mutate (? - see comments)
Occupation: Would-be world conqueror
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Volcanus' stooges
Enemies: Ka-Zar, the Thing (Ben Grimm), Zabu
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Savage Land, Antarctica, especially on his giant six-wheeler transport
First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One#16 (June, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Volcanus was a normal human, about 6' tall, who claimed that he was already linked to a volcanic force that had restructured his bio-system, and which was linked to his gun to deliver a particularly powerful concussive blast. One more eruption from a young volcano would then have been sufficient to transform his atoms into a being of living fire. He had access to a large sum of money (either his own or some other organizationů?) that permitted the hiring of thugs, the purchase of weaponry and machinery, as well as their transport to the Savage Land.
History: (Marvel Two-in-One#16) - The Thing traveled solo to the Savage Land after Reed Richards identified severe volcanic activity emanating from Antarctica, which had the potential to devastate life on Earth. Once there, he soon found Ka-Zar and Zabu, before stumbling upon the giant six-wheeler of Volcanus. The men of Volcanus, designated by number, detected the two and Number 23 fired his blaster at the Thing on the "kill" setting. However, this was not sufficient to fell the Thing and he retaliated with his fists against Volcanus' thugs. Number 23 had evaded the Thing and was about to shoot the distracted hero from behind, but was attacked by Zabu, while Ka-Zar joined the fray to help the Thing. The fighting suddenly stopped as Volcanus appeared atop the six-wheeler, stating that he was designated "V" for Volcanus. He fired at the two using his specially modulated blaster that was linked to the volcanic force that had begun to restructure his bio-system, knocking the heroes out.
(Marvel Two-in-One#16 - BTS) - The unconscious bodies of the Thing and Ka-Zar, along with the netted Zabu, were transported to the nearby new but small volcano and suspended over its mouth in a cage.
(Marvel Two-in-One#16) - The Thing and Ka-Zar awoke suspended in the cage over the bubbling lava pit in the volcano, taunted by Volcanus, who expected the next eruption to transform him into a being of living fire. Volcanus and his men then left, while Zabu was guarded only by Number 19. The Thing and Ka-Zar smashed their way out of the cage and jumped to safety, knocking away the abusive guard. The three former captives then engaged more of Volcanus' men, until the Thing was able to challenge Volcanus, who was perched up on a ledge. The villain was awaiting the lava flow to empower him, but he instead fell into the non-flowing lava and died.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler) & Dan Adkins (inker).
It's not actually confirmed that Volcanus had access to this power, we only had his say-so, and his grip on reality seemed rather tenuous at best.
Volcanus stated that his name was inspired by the Roman god of fire. Vulcan, god of the forge, was also the god of destructive fire, such as volcanoes, although it should be noted that Vesta was the goddess of fire (hearth).
Normally I'm very fond of Bill Mantlo's work (e.g. Micronauts, Rom and other M2i1 stories), but I found Volcanus' introduction and demise a bit rushed.
Given Volcanus' dreams of becoming a being of "living fire" and his access to weaponry and machinery, could he have possibly have been an agent of They Who Wield Power?
Volcanus has no known connections to:
Volcanus' men, dubbed "stooges" by the Thing, were a group of hired thugs who were reasonably proficient at firearms and brawling. They displayed limited training and discipline, and wore green bodysuits with yellow helmets (plus visors), gloves, pants and boots. They were identified only by number, with numbers 9, 10, 11, 12, 19, 21, 23 and 37 identified, although there were more. Number 21 worked the sensors on the six-wheeler. Number 23 seemed to have some minor leadership role under Volcanus, but liked to cowardly shoot from behind, until he was attacked by Zabu in the same fashion. Number 19 later kicked the captive Zabu until he was punched away by Ka-Zar.
--Marvel Two-in-One I#16
Volcanus traveled on a massive six-wheeler vehicle, which was daubed with large "23" designations, and moved by way of six giant wheels, each at least 7' high. It carried various sensors, including heat sensors. It was used to bring the captive Thing, Ka-Zar and Zabu to the new volcano.
--Marvel Two-in-One I#16
Marvel Two-in-One I#16, p15, panel 1 (main),
Marvel Two-in-One I#16 (June, 1976) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Last updated: 02/06/14
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