Real Name: Zogg

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed)

Occupation: Spy

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His fellow aliens

EnemiesUnidentified Earthman with a fly-swatter

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Our master of disguise" (as called by his fellow aliens)

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe; temporarily on Earth

First Appearance: Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1 (April, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: In his natural form, Zogg (and his fellow aliens) had green skin and six tentacles; on his "head," he had single eye in front, and a single eye in back. The fact that he was able to speak without a mouth possibly implied that he may have also had some form of mental telepathy. Having no legs, Zogg appeared to have a single "foot" which he used for locomotion, probably much like an Earth snail.

Zogg was a shape-shifter (a trait that seemed uncommon for his race) who could alter his form to take on the appearance of other beings; this ability may have been unique to Zogg alone (see comments).

Height: Variable
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Green; variable
Hair: None

(Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past, Zogg had previously used his shape-shifting ability to impersonate the ruling life-forms of the planet Centaurus and the Sixth Galaxy--the two civilizations were thus conquered by Zogg's people.

(Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1) - The alien spaceship approached the next planet on their list for conquest: Earth. Knowing absolutely nothing about this planet, the aliens sent their master spy Zogg to find the dominant life-form of Earth and negotiate a surrender, otherwise the Earthlings would be destroyed. Demonstrating his shape-shifting ability to his fellow aliens, Zogg altered his body to show them the two forms he had imitated during his earlier missions. Zogg's perceptions would be recorded on a "viso-screen" for his fellow crew-members to monitor his progress.

   After exiting the spacecraft, Zogg altered his form to a glider-wing shape and floated to the ground near a rural forest, where he began to search for the dominant life-form that was the master of this world. He first found some beings which were large, but too quiet, calm, and peaceful (cows) to be the rulers of the planet (see comments). Zogg then encountered some other beings that had the power of flight (birds), but they were too aimless and purposeless to be the planet's masters; next, Zogg saw some other creatures (squirrels), but they were too timid to be the world's dominant life-forms.

   Seeing the structures of a city in the distance, Zogg went there and saw two-legged creatures (humans) who hurried around too much and seemed to be imprisoned in strange garments like slaves; then he saw some of these same creatures being lead around by four-legged creatures (people walking their dogs)--obviously they were the four-legged creatures' servants; but then Zogg saw both  the creatures feeding themselves to a four-wheeled monster (human and dog climbing into a car). Zogg had never before encountered so many different forms of life, yet none appeared to be the supreme life-form of the planet.

   But at last, Zogg found what he sought--a life-form that was strong, fast, free, could walk and fly, and all Earth must be their domain because they were everywhere! Zogg changed into the form of these creatures to make contact with one of them, and ordered him to surrender Earth or...[THUD!]...

   Aboard the orbiting spaceship, Zogg's fellow aliens saw the "viso-screen" suddenly go blank, which could only mean that Zogg had been slain! Realizing that Earthlings must be far more powerful than they had dreamed, Zogg's fellow aliens immediately canceled their planned invasion and fled.

Meanwhile on Earth, a man rejoiced in "triumph" because he had just swatted two flies--one of which (unknown to the Earthman) was the mistaken Zogg.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Zogg's fellow aliens never altered their forms, so possibly Zogg was the only one with this ability.--Ron Fredricks

Those cows that Zogg first encountered when he landed on Earth--Wouldn't it be ironic if Zogg had landed near King's Crossing, and those "cows" were really the three transformed Skrulls from Fantastic Four I#2?

Could Zogg the pre-FF alien be part of the unseen aliens in the back story of King Kull#15.
--Brett Kraft

New images by Ron Fredricks.

Profile by John Kaminski

Zogg has no known connections to:

Zogg's fellow aliens

Zogg's fellow crew-members (only two were seen), they remained on their spaceship in orbit while their master spy Zogg went down to the surface of Earth to negotiate a surrender from the planet's dominant life-form.

They monitored Zogg's perceptions via a "viso-screen," which displayed rough silhouettes of the creatures Zogg encountered.

When the "viso-screen" went blank, they realized Zogg had been killed; believing Earthlings to be too powerful, they immediately cancelled their invasion plans and fled.

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#11/1

Earthman with a fly-swatter

An ordinary unidentified human, he was glad after he swatted a pair of flies that had flown into his office--his female associate was less than impressed by his act.

But unbeknownst to the two of them, he had unwittingly stopped an extraterrestrial invasion, because one of the flies had been the shape-shifting alien spy Zogg.

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#11/1

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Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p2, pan4 (main image - Zogg; fellow aliens [left])
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p2, pan8 (headshot - Zogg)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p2, pan6-7 (Zogg alters his form to imitate other extraterrestrials)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p3, pan3 (Zogg in glider-wing form)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p2, pan1 (spaceship carrying Zogg and other aliens to Earth)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p2, pan5 (fellow aliens watch as Zogg alters his shape)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p3, pan1 (fellow alien tells Zogg about viso-screen)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p5, pan4 (fellow alien realizes Zogg has been killed [note eye on back of head])
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p5, pan6 (fly-swatter strikes Zogg)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1, p5, pan7 (Earthman with fly-swatter, female associate; two dead flies [one of which was Zogg] drop from fly-swatter)

Amazing Adult Fantasy I#11/1 (April, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)

First posted: 06/09/2006
Last updated: 03/20/2024

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