Real Name: Ufo (presumably)
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Alpha Centaurian) technology user (1950s)
Occupation: Explorer (?)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Yellow Claw (until he learned his true intentions)
Enemies: United States, Jimmy Woo (until he learned he had been duped by the Yellow Claw)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Lightning Man"
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth; originally from an unidentified planet in the Alpha Centauri star system
First Appearance: Yellow Claw#3/2 (February, 1957)
Powers/Abilities: Having a slender humanoid body and proportionally large cranium, Ufo stood about four feet tall. He could manipulate cosmic forces in lightning-like manifestations for a variety of effects, including telekinesis, teleportation, disintegration, and protective force fields; additionally, he seemed to have some degree of mental telepathy.
Ufo traveled in a "flying saucer" space vehicle.
History: (Yellow Claw#3/2 (fb) - BTS) - For unknown reasons, Ufo came to Earth and met the aquaintance of the Yellow Claw. The Claw convinced the alien visitor to help him in his fight against the "evil" Americans and sent Ufo to an American military test site where, on two occasions, he used his powers to shoot missiles from the sky.
(Yellow Claw#3/2) - FBI agent Jimmy Woo was called in to monitor a third missile test. The missile was launched, and subsequently destroyed by a mysterious glowing light in the sky.
Ufo returned to the Yellow Claw's base on a small island in the South Pacific and reported to the Claw that he had successfully destroyed another American weapon, then demonstrated his powers by blasting the ground and causing a seismic disturbance which was detected miles away.
Using seismic equipment and a geiger counter, Jimmy Woo tracked the alien down and had a pilot fly him to the island. A bolt of lightning from the island hit the plane and cut it in half, but Woo and the pilot parachuted to safety and landed in front of Ufo. Suddenly Suwan (grand-niece of the Yellow Claw) ran up and told the alien that her uncle had been lying to him all along. Suwan lead the group back to the Yellow Claw's headquarters, where they overheard the insidious mastermind transmitting orders to his agents over a radio, telling them how the world would soon be his because of the "fool from outer space".
Upon hearing this, Ufo was angered because the Claw had duped him, then used his powers to transport the Yellow Claw and Suwan back to Hong Kong, and Jimmy and the pilot to a highway somewhere outside of Washington -- all were unable to recall the recent events.
Having had his fill of Earthings, the little alien departed in his spaceship and concluded: "I've seen the last of Earth! I cannot stand a species that lies!"
Comments: Created by Jack Kirby.
Yeah, I know it seems kind of unlikely that an alien from a world 4.37 light-years away would just happen to have a name that sounds like an abbreviation for Unidentified Flying Object, but c'mon... it's from the 1950s, a simpler time.
Ufo's power and appearance reminds me a little of the New Seed -- I wonder if there could be some connection?
(...but he also reminds me a little of the Watcher -- you don't suppose there was more to Uatu's encounter with Queen Kalthea than what was recorded, do you?)
Weird! Doesn't look like the regular Alpha Centaurians
And a BIG Thank You to Phil Parodayco/Monsterblog for getting me the scans of this story!
Profile by John Kaminski
Ufo has no known connection to:
Ufo's Flying Saucer
Ufo's one-man spaceship, it was capable of interstellar travel.
Yellow Claw#3, p10, pan1 (splashpage)
Yellow Claw#3 (February, 1957) - Jack Kirby (writer/artist), Roz Kirby (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 10/25/12
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