QUEEGA

Classification: Extraterrestrial

Location/Base of Operations: A wooded area near Carter College; originally from the planet Queeg, Quolan star system, Andromeda Galaxy (see comments)

Known Members: Four (none named)

Type of government: Totalitarian rule by sole political party

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Daredevil, Professor Tom Brewster

First Appearance: Daredevil I#28 (May, 1967)

Powers/Abilities: Vaguely humanoid, the Queega are warm-blooded reptiles, and are able to generate electrical energy around their heads, perhaps for protection. Queega breathe and speak through small orifices in their foreheads. They can also project intense waves of coldness from their hands (possibly by artificial means, see comments).

Eyes: two, blue
Fingers: Three (opposable thumb)
Toes: Four (one on back of foot)
Skin color: Green, scaled
Average height: 6’

The Queega were equipped with a spaceship and a “sight-stealing ray”

Traits: The Queega are an exploitive race that send expeditions to blind the populations of planets and then teleport the entire mineral resources of those planets back to the Quolan solar system.

History: (Incredible Hercules#118 (fb) - BTS) - The Queega believed in Hadith the omen-maker and path-lighter. On Hadith's hatchday the Queega fasted.

(Daredevil I#28 (fb) - BTS) - The aliens hovered above Earth for months, monitoring various tongues and dialects, and by using advanced memory fixation recorders, they mastered all they needed to know about the planet.

(Daredevil I#28 (fb) - BTS) - Professor Tom Brewster claimed to have sighted flying-saucers in the area of Carter College, and bought a gun for his personal protection.

(Daredevil I#28) - Brewster was investigating the wooded area around Carter College for proof of alien activity (to make everyone realize he wasn't mad, of course), when he discovered unusual footprints in the snow. Brewster then saw an alien, who commanded him to fire his gun at it, but his gun had no effect (...although it was never made clear exactly how the alien survived).

The gunshots were overheard by attorney Matt Murdock, who was visiting Carter College and delivering a lecture regarding the legal status on extraterrestrials on Earth (What a coincidence!). A group of people, including Murdock, went to investigate the shots and found Brewster in a state of shock. Brewster told them of the aliens and how they told him the whole human race was doomed.

Later, Murdock (as Daredevil) went into the same woods and encountered the aliens. They tried to use their "sight-stealing rays" on him, but the leader's "visionatory sensors" told him the rays were ineffectual and that the human (Daredevil) was already blind. After a brief struggle, the aliens fired a blast of cold at Daredevil, encasing him in a block of ice. The aliens then loaded the frozen hero into their spaceship and took off.

The ship flew to the location of the aliens' "conquest site," and while aboard the ship, the ice melted from Daredevil. The alien leader told the hero he was impressed with his courage and made him an offer to join them in their plans for conquest, even offering to restore his sight. For a time, Daredevil played along to learn more of the aliens' scheme.

After the ship landed at the "conquest site," the aliens activated a larger version of the "sight-stealing ray," which affected people worldwide. At this point, Daredevil rejected their offer, rather than betraying his world and become a murderous scavenger. During the ensuing struggle, the aliens fired another icy blast at Daredevil, but he ducked and the blast hit the ray projector instead, freezing it instantly. With the ray incapacitated, people's sight returned all over the world.

Their plans ruined, the aliens fled Earth.

(Incredible Hercules#118 (fb) - BTS) - The Skrulls invaded the Queega and slew their god Hadith.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan.

The aliens were never actually named in this story ("Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Planet!" -- that Stan, he sure could come up with some great titles!), nor was it mentioned from whence they came, but years later in the first edition of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#8 (August, 1983), they were finally named as the Queega, and accompanying information about them and their homeworld was included.

In regards to the Queegas' coldness projection, one of the aliens stated "The WEAPON we fired at you..." which implies to me that their coldness projection was achieved through technological means rather than it being a natural ability -- that, and the fact that one of the Queega was shown activating a control on his belt with one hand while he fired the icy blast from the other.

I'm surprised that Kurt Busiek didn't bring back the Queega in the Maximum Security mini-series.

Hadith is a Muslim term.
--Per Degaton

Thanks for the info.
Wikipedia: Hadith are oral traditions relating to the words and deeds of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
--Markus Raymond

And a big THANK YOU to Dennis Giansante for scanning this story for me!

Profile by John Kaminski

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Queega have no known connections to


Spaceship and "sight-stealing ray"

The Queega spaceship was a flying-saucer approximately thirty feet in diameter. It was capable of intergalactic travel.

The "sight-stealing ray" was a device that could emit waves that somehow blinded all individuals; its range was worldwide. The Queega, however, were immune to the effects of the ray. They were also equipped with smaller versions of the ray mounted on their ship with a limited range.

--Daredevil I#28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tom Brewster

A member of the Carter College faculty, he spotted flying-saucer activity in the area and became concerned. He bought a gun for his personal protection, and then investigated the woods for aliens. After first finding strange footprints, he next encountered one of the aliens, who told Brewster that the human race was doomed.

 

--Daredevil I#28

 


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#8, p32, pan1 (main image)
Daredevil I#28, p16, pan3 (head shot)

p14, pan2 (vs Daredevil)
p16, pan1 (spaceship and "sight-stealing ray")
p9, pan4 (Tom Brewster)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#28 (May, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Incredible Hercules#118 (August, 2008) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 11/17/06

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