Real Name: Dracus
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Rhunian)
Occupation: Chief scientist, scholar
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Exterminators, Kragonn, Protector, Protectors (experimental type)
Enemies: Avalon, Balder, Bolaa, Caretakers, Jukka, Tana Nile, Rigellans, Sif, Silas Grant, Thor, Tryx
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Black Stars
First Appearance: Thor I#220 (February, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: Dracus was a brilliant but ambitious and conniving scientist who created various artificial life-forms to tend to the various needs of Rhunians; these creations were tiny in size relative to him. As with other Rhunians, normal Terran humans were minuscule in size relative to him and he was very long-lived.
(Thor I#220 (fb) - BTS) - Dracus created various android creations that were miniature relative to his size. These included the Exterminators and Protectors, designed to keep his home world of Rhun in the Black Stars safe. The Caretakers were another type designed to maintain the scoops that gathered planetary debris to fuel the Black Stars. Over the subsequent centuries, however, he felt mocked by those Rhunians of noble birth around him and schemed revenge.
(Thor I#220) - Thor and the rebellious Caretakers, led by Avalon, were imprisoned in a holding capsule. Surprised by the tiny rebellion, the Rhunian leader, Kragonn, passed the capsule to Dracus for him to investigate. Dracus pretended to be subservient to the ruler but silently resented the nobles as he went back to his laboratory, hoping that the capsule's contents could aid him take power. Seeking to test the captives, he let loose the Exterminators against the Caretakers and Thor plus his crew. Dracus watched through a magnifying viewer as the Exterminators were repulsed but was suddenly interrupted by the impatient Kragonn. Dracus told him of his discovery of beings not of Rhunian origin and that they may have come from one of the other worlds of the Black Stars. But Dracus then suggested that they were possibly part of an invasion force. With that, Kragonn ordered the aliens and Caretakers be eliminated, so Dracus unleashed a radiation bombardment. But the capsule's prisoners instead escaped, overwhelming Kragonn, and Dracus then unleashed experimental versions of Protectors, intending to crush all his small creations underfoot to achieve victory. However, the Rhunians were overcome, with Dracus falling, temporarily paralyzed by Jukka and his fellow mutant Rigellans. Meanwhile, Kragonn learned of the truth behind the Black Stars and took the now recovered Dracus on board a small spaceship to investigate the neighboring worlds, finding them decayed and devoid of life. Thor and his Caretaker companions accompanied them and sought freedom when it was revealed that Rhun no longer had to mine the galaxy for worlds as fuel. Dracus was enraged at the Caretakers' plea for freedom and demanded that they be destroyed, but he was held back by Kragonn. Dracus watched as the Caretakers, along with Thor and his comrades, flew into space to freedom.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway (script), John Buscema (pencils) and Mike Esposito (inks).
Dracus called himself a freeman and Kragonn a noble, indicating a type of feudal system.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Dracus has no known connections to:
Developed by Dracus, the Exterminators were powerful androids the size of Thor with jets on their feet that would ram and smash to destroy their opponents. A cohort were sent by Dracus against the rebellious Caretakers, including Thor and his small crew, in an effort to test the strength of the rebels. The Exterminators were the stronger force until Sif discovered their weak spot: their eyes. After that, the Exterminators were quickly eliminated.
Protectors (experimental type)
Dracus had developed an experimental type of Protector androids that had proved reckless and difficult to control. He unleashed these against the Caretakers and Thor's group. The ensuing battle left many casualties on both sides, with quite a few destroyed by Thor.
Thor I#220, p14, pan4 (main image)
Thor I#220 (February, 1974) - Gerry Conway (script), John Buscema (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Last updated: 04/28/13
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