Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Lupak)
Occupation: Member of Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Group Membership: Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Affiliations: (Original): Araki, Astra,
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Deathbird,
Electron, Flashfire/Tempest, Gladiator, Hobgoblin/Shapeshifter, Hussar, Impulse, Lilandra,
Magic/Magique, Mentor, Neutron/Quasar, Nightside,
Smasher (Vril Rokk), Sea Spine, Sp'yxx, Starbolt, Titan, Trypthe,
(successor): Araki, Arc, Astra, Commando, Delphos, Earthquake, Electron, Flashfire, G-Type, Gladiator, Hobgoblin/Shapeshifter, Hussar, Impulse, Manta, Moondancer, Neosaurus, Nightside, Oracle, Schism, Scintilla, Squorm, Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza), Titan, Voyager, Vulcan, Warstar, Webwing, White Noise, Ya'lont;
formerly Black Light, Magique, Mentor, Neutron, Plutonia, Smasher (Vril Rokk), Smasher (Salac Tuur), Starbolt
Enemies: (Original): Brood,
K'rk N'Kzaii, Skrulls, Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair,
Cr+eee, Hepzibah, Raza), X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops,
Nightcrawler, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Sprite (Kitty Pryde), Storm, Wolverine);
(successors): Cosmo, Eson, Guardians of the Galaxy (Gamora, Jack Flag, Mantis, Martyr, Moondragon, Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord (Quill), Adam Warlock), Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Maximus Medusa, Triton), Izumbard, Jason of Sparta, Kree, Lobo (DC), Ronan the Accuser, Skrulls, Starjammers (Corsair, Cr+eee, Havok, Hepzibah, Korvus, Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Lilandra Neramani, Polaris), T'cahr, Uncreated, X-Men (xenoform);
formerly Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Shi'ar Empire
First Appearance: (Original) X-Men I#107 (October, 1977); (successor) Starjammers I#4 (January, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: Fang possesses/possessed heightened strength, speed, agility, and hyper-keen senses, as well as sharp claws. It is unknown if his abilities are possessed by his entire race or solely him, though at least two members of the race have had similar appearances and powers. The full extent of his abilities are likely unknown. The first Fang may still live on as one of the Brood. Fang has used a Shi'ar anti-gravity device to fly.
Weight: 185 lbs.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#4 (fb) - BTS) - All Fangs are grown in a Gene-vats.
(Untold Tales of Captain Marvel#2 (fb) - BTS) - Deathbird lead a small group of the Guard into Kree space to track down a Brood ship. Guard members in this mission included: Fang, Oracle, Smasher, and Starbolt.
(Untold Tales of Captain Marvel#1) - The Guard’s ship was attacked by dozens of Skrulls, and they fought them off, protecting Deathbird. Some Kree, including Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) aided them. Fang was shocked when a massive gunblock went off, and he emphasized to Captain Marvel that Deathbird must be protected.
(Untold Tales of Captain Marvel#2) - The Guard, contained by the Kree, sought to fight their way free in order to be at Deathbird’s side, Fang leaping on Marvel and getting knocked aside, but Deathbird ordered them to stand down. They revealed the nature of their mission to the Kree.
(Untold Tales of Captain Marvel#3 - BTS) - Weeks later, they saved a few surviving Kree (Mar-Vell, Una, and Yon-Rogg) after the Kree had fought the Brood.
(X-Men I#107) - Members of the Imperial Guard fought the X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Storm, Wolverine) and Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Cr+eee, Hepzibah, Raza) at the M’kraan Crystal, in order to stop them from rescuing Lilandra from D’ken and Davan Shakari. During the battle, Fang initially leaped at Nightcrawler, but was knocked aside by Wolverine. Wolverine defeated Fang easily and took his costume to replace his own. D’ken was rendered comatose and Lilandra took over as the new Majestrix. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Electron, Fang, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Impulse, Magic, Mentor, Midget, Nightside, Oracle, Quasar, Smasher, Starbolt, Tempest, and Titan.
(X-Men I#108) - The Guard lay unconscious as the battle resolved.
(X-Men I#109 (fb) - BTS) - The Guard was stopped by Lilandra from killing the X-Men. Later the Guard watched the X-Men return to Earth.
(Uncanny X-Men#157) - Members of the Guard were assigned to assist Lord Samédàr in attacking the Earth. Nightcrawler and Shadowcat convinced Gladiator, N'rill'iree, Oracle, and Starbolt that Dark Phoenix was attacking the ship, then had Oracle read their minds to prove that Samédàr was acting against Lilandra's orders. Other members of the Guard loyal to Samédàr attacked and a fight ensued until a Brood weapon attached to B'nee (of the Warstar duo) knocked them all unconscious. During the fight, Fang had been punched by Nightcrawler. Samédàr prepared to destroy the Earth with the four guard members, two X-Men, and Captain K'rk watching, but Lilandra revealed herself and stopped him. Guard members in this mission included: Blackthorn, Fang, Gladiator, Hussar, N'rill'iree, Oracle, Quasar, Starbolt, Warstar, Webwing, and others.
(Uncanny X-Men#162) - Fang, of the Imperial Guard, had a Brood embryo hatch within him and he turned into one of the Brood.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Teams 2005) - When Fang was killed in battle, another of his race was appointed in his place.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#4 (fb) - BTS) - Fang was grown in a Gene-vat. After joining the Imperial Guard, he considered his teammates to be his family. He knew that when he died, another Fang would be grown to take his place.
(Starjammers I#4) - Members of the Guard were summoned to aid Lilandra against the Uncreated, but the Starjammers saw the threat defeated first. They stood by when Lilandra ordered T’cahr arrested. Members of the Guard in this mission included: Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Nightside, Oracle, Scintilla, Smasher, Starbolt, and Titan.
(Inhumans IV#4) - Lilandra represented the Shi’ar Empire on the planet Kritnah in the marriage ceremony with Emperor Eson of the Spartoi while the Imperial Guard stood by. Black Bolt moved to attack Lilandra, who set up a shield and activated the Guard against the Inhumans. Black Bolt screamed, seemingly slaying Lilandra. The Guard moved in at full force. The Inhumans teleported away, escaping. Lilandra’s form was revealed to be Hobgoblin, who appeared to be dead. Lilandra, as a hologram, revealed herself and told the Spartoi that the union was off due to their atrocities. Jason of Spartax was blamed for being behind it. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Delphos, Earthquake, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Hussar, Impulse, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Smasher, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar, others
(JLA/Avengers#1) - The Imperial Guard fought Lobo. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Fang, Electron, Flashfire, Hobgoblin, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Scintilla, Smasher, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar.
(X-Force II#5) - Gladiator, Oracle, Smasher, and Fang stopped a band of Skrull insurgents who’d tried smuggling proton bombs into Shi’ar territory. They soon received word that an ancient Shi’ar enemy, the Skornn, had manifested on Earth. Gladiator and Admiral Ya’lont discussed the legality of intervening on Earth yet again. They departed for Earth, planning on getting Lilandra’s permission on their way.
(X-Force II#6 - BTS) - Gladiator, Starbolt, and Ya’lont received word that the terrans had managed to defeat the Skornn.
(Uncanny X-Men#480) - The Guard finally defeated Vulcan (keeping him alive at the orders of K'tor) after a deadly battle which left some Guard members, including Cosmo, Fang, Impulse, Smasher, and Titan, seemingly slain. Guard members in this mission: Astra, Cosmo, Electron, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Impulse, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Plutonia, Scintilla, Smasher, Starbolt, and Titan.
(War of Kings#1 (fb) - BTS) - Fang was replaced by another member of his race.
(War of Kings#1) - Vulcan surveyed, with Gladiator, the assembled Imperial Guard. Mentor reported they were all battle ready and Vulcan announced his intentions to attack the Kree. They soon engaged in a massive battle with the Inhumans and Starjammers, successfully capturing Lilandra before retreating. During the battle, Korvus held off Starbolt and Fang with his heavy sword. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Neutron, Nightside, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla, Shapeshifter, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Voyager, Warstar, and White Noise.
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#14) - As Warlock battled Vulcan, the Imperial Guard (Fang, Mentor, Oracle, Scintilla) rushed to help, seeking Magique for aid when they realized Warlock wielded magic. They attacked, with Neutron and Hussar joining them, but Warlock escaped. They tracked him with Magique's magic to Knowhere, using Voyager to transport them, and found a battle breaking out between the Guardians of the Galaxy (Gamora, Jack Flag, Mantis, Martyr, Moondragon, Star-Lord, Warlock) and the Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak).
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#15) - The Imperial Guard (Fang, Hussar, Magique, Mentor, Oracle, Scintilla, Voyager) landed on Knowhere, where the Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy were already battling. As Fang was hit by a mental blast from Cosmo the telepathic dog, Mentor ordered the Guard to kill Black Bolt. Black Bolt knocked them back with a small scream and the Inhumans teleported off-site through Lockjaw. Mentor ordered the Guard, with their Shi'ar operatives, to separate and find Warlock and the others, knowing Voyager's needed time to recuperate before seizing reinforcements. But as Mentor prepared to teleport in reinforcements through Knowhere, a group of Guardians attacked him. As Drax violently defeated Fang, more Guardians arrived as backup. Hussar ordered Voyager to aid them in retreat.
(War of Kings#4) - As Titan, Mentor, Fang, and Hussar stood by, Vulcan tried checking in with Araki, but communications continued failing after the recent Nega-bomb usage.
(War of Kings: Who Will Rule?#1) - Under Mentor's lead several Imperial Guard members (Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Fang, Hussar, Impulse, Neosaurus, Neutron, Plutonia, Schism, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar) attended Lilandra's funeral. In front of the Inhuman Royal Family Mentor declared the Imperial Guard rulers of the Shi'ar Empire. Medusa attacked Mentor and Smasher, causing a big brawl between the Inhumans and the Imperial Guard. Gladiator hit the ground with a devastating punch, knocking out everyone around him, and asked everyone present to show some resepect for Lilandra. Crystal then gave Gladiator the sceptre and asked him to rule the Shi'ar Empire. The Imperial Guard bowed before him, accepting his rule.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#1) - When the planet of Izumbard refused to create more warships for the Shi'ar, the Imperial Guard (Earthquake, Electron, Flashfire, Neutron, Plutonia, Titan, Voltar, Warstar) were sent to quell the riots, though Voltar was soon killed in battle. Another branch of the Guard (Commando, Fang, Hussar, Manta, Starbolt) were sent to stop the Izumbard from launching attack ships at the Shi'ar. Fang ripped out the power core of the ships. They were all shocked when Gladiator stepped in and finished the battle himself. Later, at their barracks, they proposed a toast, and Manta recognized the loss of Voltar. Fang expressed his distaste with Gladiator on the throne, but Neutron defended Gladiator. A fight broke out and Manta temporarily blinded Fang. A furious Mentor intervened told them that they'd just volunteered for a special strike force mission due to their bad behavior. The next day, they learned they'd be going for recon into the Fault, the rip in time and space, alongside Ch'od and Raza of the Starjammers.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#2) - After being briefed by Gladiator, the Imperial Guard (Fang, Flashfire, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Oracle, Plutonia, Smasher, Starbolt, Warstar) were sent into the Fault to investigate, with Ch'od and Raza among them. Fang and Hussar expressed their frustration that Raza, who had been among the Praetorians, was among them. The ship was soon under attack by energy leeches and the crew struggled to stay in the air. When one breached the ship, Mentor ordered Warstar not to fire on it, but to instead trap it in a force field, in which the creature fed upon itself. Mentor recommended the ship run on silent so as not to attract more leeches, and Ch'od reluctantly agreed. Within minutes, a giant ship approached, and they prepared the Starjammer for battle. The ship, bio-organic in nature, fired on them, and then caught them in a tractor beam, pulling it inside. As they battled off biological monsters, Oracle surmised they were aboard a rotting corpse that was seeking to use its enzymes to kill them.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#3) - Over the following six hours, as the dead ship grew around the Starjammer, the Guard worked to repair their ship. Oracle soon discovered the ship had been killed while running from something else. Fang, Hussar, and Manta bantered about Gladiator's right to be Majestor, and Hussar claimed she and Kallark had spent a night together once. As enzymes attacked them, they realized they need to rush away before they were digested, and they narrowly escaped. They soon came across a massive field of debris. They followed an energy signature, hoping to find Vulcan, when Warstar and Neutron were hit by a massive energy burst. When the air cleared, they saw Quasar (Wendell Vaughn) there, with a massive biological entity pursuing him.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#4) - Oracle managed to send a telepathic call for help through Quasar's quantum powers into the M'Kraan Crystal, reaching Gladiator. The Guard hid themselves in the debris zone and outside, the Guard (Fang, Flashfire, Neutron, Smasher, Starbolt, Warstar) worked on gathering debris to act as a buffer and shield around their ship.. Soon, Fang proposed a final toast of Aedian Psi-Wine, away from Mentor, and suspecting they might all die. They shared their thoughts and hopes on family just before the mines were triggered, one of the creatures getting in closer. On the ship, Ch'od realized someone had sabotaged their ship, and Mentor realized it must be the new Smasher, who was soon revealed as Talon of the Fraternity of Raptors. Talon had retrieved two amulets of power from the Fault and claimed he could use them to give the team greater firepower for the coming battle. Outside the xenoform beings attacked in the form of the X-Men and Starbolt was quickly killed in battle. Gladiator then arrived to aid them.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (fb)) - Gladiator had more of the Guard (Arc, Black Light, Commando, Electron, G- Type, Moondancer, Titan, Voyager, White Noise) assembled at his order, to rescue the stranded team (Fang, Flashfire, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Oracle, Plutonia, Warstar), with Ch'od, Raza, Talon (previously thought to be Smasher), and Quasar, from within the Fault. Voyager, with great strain, opened a gateway to within the Fault, then stayed behind while Moondancer used her powers to guide them through the debris and to the ship, which was surrounded by bizarre and deadly xenoform beings patterned after the X-Men.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5) - The two sides of the Guard savagely attacked the aliens, killing them swiftly and decisively. Mentor soon reported to Gladiator that "an abominable universe of reciprocal otherness" was upon them from the other side of the Fault, full of cancerous aggression and new physical laws. Talon then ensured them that using his amulets would allow them to create two more Raptor beings, and Mentor and Plutonia volunteered, becoming Strel and Kyte respectively. Fang slashed at the Wolverine being and was saved when Neutron defeated the creature with a power blast. Later, though, one of the beings ripped Neutron apart from the inside while Fang cried out for his friend. During the battle, Black Light was killed. The combined Guard narrowly escaped a savage telepathic attack when Ch'od and Raza launched the Symbiote (formerly of the Praetorians) at the Xavier being the attack had originated from. After they successfully escaped, Gladiator reported their success to the Inhumans, and announced the pending war with the Fault universe. While honoring their newly dead (joining the ranks of thousands of others) on the mausoleum world of Elysialla VII, the Guard stood with newly appointed members in the roles of Mentor, Neutron, Plutonia, Smasher, and Starbolt. Fang recited the Guard's oath. "I will not falter, and I will not swerve. From the rising of the suns to the setting of the stars. With Sharra and K'ythri to guide me, I will serve out the term of my duty with courage and conviction for it is the greatest honor any being of any species can know to be allowed to guard the Imperium of the Shi'ar and stand, each of us, as a light in the darkness. So I make my oath of allegiance."
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Dan Green.
There has been more than one Fang (at least two, perhaps more) and nothing has been revealed about their connection to each other except they originate from the same race. They may also be connected to the female Fang (a Cerise foe @ Excalibur I#69), who had a similar appearance and seemed to be hired by the Guard to kill Cerise on a prison world. For the purpose of this profile, all the Fang appearances are lumped in one entry.
The first Fang was pictured in OHotMU I#5, had a partial entry in OHotMU Deluxe Edition#6 and one in the OHotMU Master Edition#18. Fang's race was revealed in his profile in the X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook.
The Imperial Guard was a takeoff of DC's Legion of Super-HeroesThe Imperial Guard was a takeoff of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes. Fang is based on the DC character Lone
Profile by Chadman.
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#6, p18, pan3 (main image)
Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#2, cover (2nd)
X-Men I#107, p5, pan1 (3rd)
Uncanny X-Men I#162, p17, pan1-4 (Brood hatching, dead)
Uncanny X-Men I#480, p14, pan1 (dead again)
X-Men I#107 (October, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#108 (December, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#109 (February, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#157 (May, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#162 (October, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Starjammers I#4 (January, 1996) - Warren Ellis (writer), Carlos Pacheco (penciler), Cam Smith, Bob Wiacek (inkers), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
Untold Legend of Captain Marvel#1-3 (April-June, 1997) - Tom Brevoort, Mike Kanterovich (writers), Scott Kolins (penciler), John Lowe (inker), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Inhumans IV#4 (September, 2000) - Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Marin (writers), Jorge Lucas (penciler/inker), Mark Powers (editor)
JLA/Avengers#1 (September, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)
X-Force II#5-6 (February-March, 2005) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Rob Liefeld (penciler/inker), Mike Marts (editor)
War of Kings#1 (May, 2009) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy II#14 (July, 2009) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Brad Walker (penciler), Victor Olazaba (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy II#15 (August, 2009) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Brad Walker (penciler), Victor Olazaba, Livesay (inkers), Bill Rosemann (editor)
War of Kings#4 (August, 2009) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
War of Kings: Who Will Rule?#1 (November, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#1-5 (January-May, 2010) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Kevin Walker (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
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