Classification: Humanoid extraterrestrial race
Location/Base of Operations: Planet Maarin (later Mekka), Milky Way Galaxy
Known Members: None identified
First Appearance: (planet Maarin mentioned): Fantastic Four I#91 (October, 1969); (Maarin race, fully seen): Fantastic Four I#174 (September, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: The Maarin did not appear to possess any superhuman powers compared to normal Earth humans, but their technology had progressed to the point where mechanized servants did most of their work.
Traits: The Maarin resembled the humans of Earth, albeit slightly taller than the average Earth human.
symmetrical humanoid bipeds
Fingers: Presumably five (at least four confirmed - see comments)
Toes: Presumably five
Skin Color: Caucasian
Average Height: 6' 5" (by approximation)
(Fantastic Four I#174 (fb)) - The humanoid inhabitants of the planet Maarin progressed to the point where they created mechanical servants they called Mekkas. The first Mekka ever created was named Torgo and all later Mekkas were made smaller in stature and power. After Mekkas proved to be extremely efficient in the everyday life of the Maarins, the Maarin began transforming their home planet into a semi-mechanical form, a process they called "mekkanization."
(Fantastic Four I#174 (fb) - BTS) - As part of the mekkanization of their planet, the Maarin created the Tower of Life, an immense tower that powered all of their mechanical creations. They also instilled in their creations a strict primal directive against killing.
(Fantastic Four I#174 (fb)) - Upon creating artificial plants and allowing their natural plants to die off, the Maarin found that the artificial plants proved especially susceptible to a certain space-virus that had drifted onto the planet. When the artificial plants oxidized the space virus, the resulting oxidized virus killed every single humanoid Maarin on the planet. Torgo sadly buried all of the Maarin as they perished.
(Fantastic Four I#91 - BTS) - Centuries after, Torgo was placed into a fighting arena by the Skrulls of Kral under threat of the destruction of his home planet Maarin.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.
I chose to list Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott as the creators of the Maarin race, as they were the creative team responsible for first showing the Maarin race in Fantastic Four I#174. The planet Maarin was first mentioned in Fantastic Four I#91 but none of the Maarin people were seen. The creative team in that issue was Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
The Maarin appeared almost identical to the human beings of Earth, albeit possibly a bit taller on average, and presumably had five fingers and toes. The Maarin were only shown in a flashback and were usually shadowed, as their flashback story was a sad one. Therefore, because of the shadows in the images, it was difficult to 100% confirm that they had five fingers and toes. One of the Maarin clearly had at least four fingers and his fifth finger was probably just covered by the angle of the art.
Profile by Proto-Man.
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Fantastic Four I#174, p4, pan5 (The Maarin creating Torgo, main image)
Fantastic Four I#174, p5, pan2 (The Maarin creating the artificial plants)
Fantastic Four I#91 (October, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#174 (September, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer, editor), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Last updated: 11/22/13
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