Real Name: Gullivar Jones
Identity/Class: Normal human (1 Billion BC, 1950s to 1970s)
formerly U.S. Marines officer (lieutenant, retired)
Group Membership: None;
formerly U.S. Marines
Affiliations: Chak, Heru, Lu-Pov,
Enemies: Ar-Hap, Bloodbeast, Giant
Slugs, Jen-In, Lizardmen, Noltoi
(Spider-Swarm), Parth, Phra,
their hybrids (Firstborn,
formerly Viet Cong (topical)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: mobile on Mars (circa 1 billion years ago);
formerly modern USA;
briefly east Asian war zone (see comments)
First Appearance: Creatures on the Loose
Powers/Abilities: Gullivar Jones was a trained
U.S. Marine, skilled in different ways to kill and in handling
firearms, and experienced in a foreign war zone.
On Mars, he quickly gained proficiency in sword-fighting. When on
Mars, he benefits from its reduced gravity; this provides him with
extra strength and jumping height/length. Further, he wears the
circular mystical Martian amulet of understanding, which translates
ancient Martian language for him to understand, and makes his spoken
English comprehensible for Martians. The amulet also enhances his
healing and recovery times; however, he has no additional durability.
The amulet has also shown the capacity to show the wearer a vision of
what is happening elsewhere. While on Mars, he usually runs
bare-chested and is armed with a sword. Jones is very protective of his
loved one, making him brash in response.
Weight: 190 lbs.(by approximation)
Hair: White (formerly black)
(Creatures on the Loose I#16/1 (fb) - BTS) - Gullivar
Jones was a member of the U.S. Marines, ranked lieutenant, in the Vietnam War. After years of experiencing savage
warfare, he grew tired of fighting and disillusioned with the war, and
returned to the USA.
on the Loose I#16/1) - As Jones left the officers' club for the last
time, he was confronted by the Martian mystic Lu-Pov on a floating disc
of light. Lu-Pov had searched across eons for a champion like him.
Jones protested that
Mars was lifeless, but with his dying breath, Lu-Pov passed to Jones
the golden amulet of understanding. As he died, Lu-Pov fell through the
disc and it took Jones up instead, taking him into a colorful yet
whirlpool where winds ripped his suit apart and his hair turned from
black to white.
He emerged almost a
billion years before outside the Martian city of Seth, where he saw the
beautiful and golden-skinned Princess Heru being forcibly taken by
Lizardmen as a tribute wife for their leader, Ar-Hap. Chivalrous, he charged in to help the female; lower Martian
gravity meant his strength was significantly enhanced, surprising him,
and he easily
overcame the Lizardmen, although one escaped by
throwing Heru at Jones. The Earthman explained himself to Heru, who
knew Lu-Pov, and she explained the basics of Martian life in Seth over
the next few peaceful days. Jones and Heru shared a romantic evening,
but Wing-Men minions of Ar-Hap flew in and kidnapped Heru as a tribute.
the attackers, but was kicked off mid-air and he fell onto a passing
funeral barge heading downstream on the River of the Dead.
(Creatures on the Loose I#17/1) - Unconscious on the
barge, Jones dreamt of his journey and arrival on Mars. He awoke
passing a shore-bound group of Giant Slugs, which baited him with
telepathic images of his desire: Heru. Taking a sword left on the
barge, he made it to the river banks and fought several Slugs before
bounding back to the ship with a Slug duplicitously masking itself as
Heru. However, Jones realized the threat and kicked it overboard, where
it sank. Exhausted, Jones fell asleep, but the barge was soon caught in
giant web spun by the hungry and bestial Noltoi. Also known as the
Spider-Swarm, Noltoi jumped onboard and, despite his fighting skills,
Jones in their sticky web-ropes. He was hauled to an altar as an
offering and trussed up next to mutant Wing-Man Chak, also tied up.
Chak warned him of what their fate was just as the giant creature Phra
surfaced to claim his offerings.
(Creatures on the Loose I#18/1)
- Phra ripped Jones
and Chak from the altar and, taking one in each hand, swam underwater
to his hidden lair. Jones had passed out during the trip and woke
somehow reshackled while Phra slumbered nearby. Using his newfound
strength, Jones freed himself and Chak, then investigated Phra's lair.
Phra was oblivious to its true nature, but Jones found an electronic
video database that summarized Martian history for him: the Hither
People were once technologically advanced, but repeated cataclysms
caused destruction and evacuation from cities; the power-hungry
Technics Guild rose to safe-keep some scientific knowledge, but a
Martian diaspora led to the evolution of eight additional races in a
ravaged landscape. But Phra awoke and lunged at the two. Chak and Jones
fought back, toppling the giant, but this triggered fires amongst the
old machinery. Chak and Jones fled by jumping into the water, but were
quickly pursued by Phra; however, Phra's lair exploded, pushing Jones
and Chak to the surface, although Phra failed to resurface. The two
emerged amidst a graveyard of dead bodies entombed in ice. Angry and
feeling loss, Jones railed that he had been cast lost in the distant
past on a planet far from his home.
(Creatures on the Loose I#19/1) - Amongst the
ice-bound Martian corpses, Jones and the injured Chak found a cavern
and lit a fire to keep warm, but strange sounds troubled them.
Eventually they discovered it was a massive horde of Parth, small but
fanged creatures. Using abandoned weapons, the two cleared Parth out of
their cave, but were left exhausted. Later, feeling quickly healed,
Jones realized that the amulet held special healing properties and let
Chak hold it to help with his injuries. But with the amulet, Chak saw
the otherwise invisible Ra-Kar, a savage creature intent on killing
them. Jones grabbed the amulet and sword from the tripped Chak to
fight the creature, but Jones was instead distracted by the amulet's
vision of Heru in danger. Ra-Kar used the opportunity to knock down the
on the Loose I#20/1) - Chak helped Jones recover and Jones coordinated
a counter-attack that saw Ra-Kar kicked over a deep cliff face. Jones
and Chak slowly climbed down the icy mountain, taking warmer clothes,
weapons left for the spirits of the dead. Chak taught Jones of local
fruits. They encountered an encampment of Lizardmen and fought.
Victorious, the duo continued, but Jones was distracted with thoughts
of Heru. Chak told Jones that the star of Jones' home was considered
lifeless by Martian scientists, reminding the Earthman of how far back
in time he had been cast.
A roving patrol of Wing-Men captured the
two and brought them to Ar-Hap's camp of Lizardmen where they were
caged. Stripped back to his trunks, Jones had one arm tied behind his
back and let loose to fight a
fierce Bloodbeast for the evening's entertainment. Seeing Heru, Jones
won, then chased Lizardman Jen-In, who trapped him in the tent of
Ar-Hap in an attempted internal coup.
(Creatures on the Loose I#21/1) - Jen-In led
Lizardmen to Jones, who knelt by the inert (actually sleeping) body of
Ar-Hap and claimed Jones was an assassin. Jones fought back and
escaped, also freeing Chak. Fleeing, Jen-In threatened his captive
Heru, so Chak disarmed him, then Jones killed him with a single
powerful punch. Heru pledged her love for Jones. Meanwhile, Ar-Hap woke
and charged his troops at the trio, who bested many foes. Soon Wing-Men
also arrived and Jones sent Heru away with Chak for safety. The
Wing-Men's simmering feud with the Lizardmen erupted into battle with
Jones as observer. Of the Lizardmen warriors, only Ar-Hap survived and
Jones banished him into exile. The Wing-Men promised Jones their
friendship and he rejoined Heru and Chak. While recognizing hazards lay
ahead, Jones' Martian adventures reinforced to him that peace and love
were worth fighting for.
(Monsters Unleashed I#4/5) -
Keen to find a way home
to Earth, Jones traveled with Chak and Heru through the desert to Seth
to challenge the Technics Guild for information. However, they had been
shadowed by a Noltoi outcast, which had been exiled due to physical and
mental differences, and sought the three as companions. Protective of
Heru and hateful of the Noltoi, Jones attacked the Noltoi outcast,
piercing it with his sword. Jones discovered the outcast's peaceful
motives as it died and berated himself. He resolved not to act so
brashly in the future.
(Monsters Unleashed I#8/5) - Approaching Seth, the
trio saw a giant Bloodbeast hybrid attacking the local Hither People and
killed it. The Hither People were initially passive in response, but
seeing their outcast princess, they became abusive. Discovering the hybrid
beast had belonged to the Technics Guild, the threesome pushed past to
challenge the owners, attacking a lone hooded Technic at the city gates. The Guild's
defenses kicked in with disorienting sounds and winged humanoid slug
hybrids armed with swords. The trio savagely fought back, forcing the
hybrids' retreat, but new Technics appeared and easily overpowered the
trio with sleeping gas. The trio were manacled and hauled for trial.
They woke to hear the death sentence pronounced. Jones was defiant;
knowing a little Martian history, he stated that Seth belonged to the
Hither People, but the Technics Guild derided the golden-skinned
Martians as inferior and that the cities were saturated with radiation.
The Technics' leader revealed his deformed face and unleashed what he
considered the perfect manufactured species: a giant, tentacled cyborg
monster dubbed Firstborn. Jones used his augmented strength to break
his chains, then freed Heru and Chak. Jones killed the creature and
berated the now-silent Technics for wasting scientific opportunities on
genetic experiments and not helping existing Martians or healing Mars.
Realizing the Technics Guild could not help them, the trio strode off.
Comments: Created by Edwin L. Arnold (writer). Adapted by Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Bill Everett (inks).
Jones (originally conceived by Edwin L. Arnold in his novel
"Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation") and John Carter
(created by Edgar Rice Burroughs) have many similarities. This was
the editorial/letters column in Creatures on the Loose I#16 (and
reprinted partially in Monsters Unleashed I#8), which
asserted that Arnold's character (first published 1905) predates John
Carter (first published around 1912). An old friend of Marvel scripter
Roy Thomas named Dick Lupoff passed a copy of Arnold's book to Thomas
and comic stories followed (after modifications) at a time when Marvel
sought new sci-fi/fantasy properties. Lupoff theorized that
Arnold's work may have inspired Burroughs, but this was inconclusive.
See GJ's Wikipedia
page for more info and sci-fi fan's review.
The wizard Lu-Pov's name was a nod to comic fan and writer Richard Lupoff, who introduced Roy Thomas to the character of Gullivar Jones.
In Monsters Unleashed I#8, the anonymous "Bullpen" suggested that Gullivar Jones would beat John Carter in a duel. Fair enough: GJ's a contemporary marine while JC is a Confederate soldier.
It's not definitively stated when
in ancient Mars Jones appeared. Martian computer records and an
in-text box indicated a
billion years ago, yet other text stated hundreds of millions
of years. Whichever, it seems Jones was
the first human on Mars. I think it still sits neatly in Earth-616
continuity, given the huge intervening period. Enduring radiation on
Mars led to new races and mutations, easily accounting for the myriad
of Martian life-forms seen since. Hopefully, one day, someone will tie
Martian history together.
I think Marvel could easily bring Gullivar Jones back
-- maybe even collect his appearances in one volume (or an omnibus of
other sci-fi/fantasy masterworks from anthology series)! There's
certainly more that could be told of Gullivar Jones. Lu-Pov seeking
Jones as the champion, when other candidates also existed across time,
almost suggests some sort of time travel mission meant specifically for
His final look in Monsters Unleashed I#8 was like a classic Killraven with cuffed boots, upper chest collar and long hair.
The Monsters Unleashed stories were printed in black
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Gullivar Jones has no known connections to:
Lu-Pov was a wizard of the Hither People outside the
city of Seth on ancient
Mars. Long-lived, he knew how the now-empty monolithic
Martian cities were built and why they fell. He was respected by
Princess Heru. Lu-Pov sought an enduring champion who could effect
positive change on Mars.
Near the end of his life, he took the
amulet of understanding across many millions of years to Earth to find
his champion, Gullivar Jones. With few words of the expected task, he
passed the amulet to Jones and then died, falling through the
disc onto the Earth street. The disc then took
Jones to Lu-Pov's former location, leaving the dead Martian on Earth.
--Creatures on the Loose I#16/1 (17(fb), 18(fb),
Monsters Unleashed I#4/5 (fb)
The Giant Slugs hunted on the banks of the Mars'
River of the Dead. They duped their prey with short-range telepathic
images to mimic the prey's desire. Jones was fooled by some as he
past and "saw" Heru threatened. He jumped to shore to rescue "her",
fighting many off before carrying the duplicitous slug back to his
barge. Seeing through the telepathic haze as the slug lunged to bite,
Jones kicked it off into the river. Unable to swim, it sank below the
surface. Later, Jones discovered that the Technics
Guild had genetically mixed Giant Slugs with Wing-Men to create
giant, flying humanoid slugs armed as guards.
The riverside Giant Slugs appeared more like
caterpillars, but long and thicker than a human torso. Carnivorous, they
had slobbering fangs.
--Creatures on the Loose I#17/1
Parth were small animals indigenous to Mars. Fanged
and yellow-eyed, they flocked in huge numbers and generally lived
within the ice-walled polar mountains, but colder winter temperatures
led the hunger-driven creatures over the tall polar barrier. Jones and
Chak unwittingly fell in the path of a massive running herd of Parth,
two cleared their cavernous hideaway by killing the small intruders
before blocking them out.
With striped tails, they looked liked demon-possessed raccoons.
--Creatures on the Loose I#19/1
Creatures on the Loose I#21, cover (main image)
Creatures on the Loose I#16, p2, pan2 (headshot - black hair)
Creatures on the Loose I#17, p2, pan5 (on disk)
Creatures on the Loose I#18, p7, pan4 (torso with amulet)
Creatures on the Loose I#20, p9, pan3 (cold-weather tunic)
Monsters Unleashed I#8/5, p48, pan2 (twisting, B&W)
Creatures on the Loose I#16, p2, pan6 (Lu-Pov, body)
Creatures on the Loose I#16, p2, pan4 (Lu-Pov, headshot)
Creatures on the Loose I#17, p4, pan6 (Giant Slug)
Creatures on the Loose I#19, p4, pan2 (Parth horde)
Creatures on the Loose I#16/1 (March, 1972) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Bill Everett (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#17/1 (May, 1972) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#18/1 (July, 1972) - George Alec Effinger & Gerry Conway (writers), Ross Andru (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
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)
Monsters Unleashed I#4/5 (February, 1974) - Tony Isabella (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Monsters Unleashed I#8/5 (October 1974) - Tony Isabella & Doug Moench (writers), George Perez (pencils), Duffy Vohland & Rich Buckler (inks), Tony Isabella (editor)
Last updated: 05/12/18
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