Real Name: Jen-In
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Mars, Lizardmen) (circa 1 billion years ago)
Group Membership: Ruling elite of the Lizardmen
Affiliations: Ar-Hap, Lizardmen soldiers
Enemies: Chak, Chea, Heru, Hither
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile on Mars (circa 1 billion years ago)
First Appearance: Creatures on the Loose I#19/1 (September, 1972)
Powers/Abilities: Inherently cowardly yet
brutal and bullying, Jen-In was a conniving minister of the Lizardmen
with the heightened strength and aggression common to his tailed tribe.
(Creatures on the Loose I#19/1 (fb) - BTS) - Jen-In
became a minister in Ar-Hap's ruling elite of the Lizardmen, but still
desired more power. He disliked the golden-hued Hither People, viewing
them as ignorant chattel.
(Creatures on the Loose I#19/1) - The captive Heru of
the Hither People was brought to Jen-In to be delivered as the next
tribute wife of Ar-Hap. He slapped her brutally, demanding she learn
discipline, then praised Ar-Hap as leader. Accompanied by a Lizardman
guard, he dragged her to her cell for a brutal test. She was imprisoned
with Chea, the current tribute wife, and was expected to kill her with
a ceremonial knife; however, Chea chose suicide rather than risk
another year as Ar-Hap's consort. Heru was further "tested" with
(Creatures on the Loose I#20/1) - Days later, her
testing time complete, Jen-In fetched Heru with a guard, but the
prisoner slashed at the guard. Jen-In stopped her and whipped her into
submission. He then took Heru before Ar-Hap and derided her as he threw
her to the floor. But Ar-Hap saw beauty in Heru and ordered a guard
take Jen-In away to be flogged as punishment. During the later wedding
festivities, Jen-In captured Heru, using her screams to bait the
time-lost Earthman prisoner Gullivar Jones to Ar-Hap's tent, who was
unconscious. Falsely declaring Ar-Hap dead and himself as now in
command, Jen-In ordered Lizardmen kill Jones.
(Creatures on the Loose I#21/1) - Accompanied by
three Lizardmen, Jen-In entered Ar-Hap's tent and ordered Jones' death,
but the Earthman's augmented strength in the Martian gravity was more
than a match for the three guards. Jen-In quickly ran off, shooting
wildly. He took the bound but defiant Heru as his prize, intending to
use her to mother many warriors. Jones escaped and freed his fighting
friend Chak, and they pursued Jen-In into the desert. Cornered, Jen-In
threatened to kill Heru to stop Jones, but Chak broke the stalemate by
shooting the Lizardman's sword. Jones followed with a powerful uppercut
punch that killed Jen-In. The others left his body behind in the desert
as they fled.
Comments: Created by George Alec Effinger (writer), Wayne Boring & Gil Kane (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks).
Like other Lizardmen, Jen-In has a tail. Wayne
Boring's art showed the Lizardmen to be more stocky than seen in Gray
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Jen-In has no known connections to:
Creatures on the Loose I#21, p2, pan3 (main image)
Creatures on the Loose I#20, p10, pan6 (headshot)
Creatures on the Loose I#19/1 (September, 1972) - George Alec Effinger (writer), Wayne Boring & Gil Kane (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#20/1 (November, 1972) - George Alec Effinger (writer), Gray Morrow (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#21/1 (January, 1973) - George Alec Effinger (writer), Gray Morrow (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
First posted: 05/04/2018
Last updated: 05/04/2018
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