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Real Name: Lorvex

Identity/Class: Sub-species of Humanity (Atlantean/Homo Mermanus), citizen of Atlantis

Occupation: Defense scout

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Vashti;
formerly Tamara Rahn, Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)

Enemies: Mer-Mutants, Tamara Rahn, Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Atlantis

First Appearance: Sub-Mariner I#54 (October, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: As an Atlantean, Lorvex possessed all traits common to Homo Mermanus, including strength, endurance, stamina and reflexes (in and out of water) far above average human levels.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 300 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black (missing one eye)
Hair: Brown


(Sub-Mariner I#59 (fb) - BTS) - Lorvex prided himself in being Atlantis' last barbarian, living by his wits and courage. Namor only tolerated him because he had value as Atlantis' defense scout. Lorvex in turn had long awaited to come to blows with his prince.

(Sub-Mariner I#54) - Lorvex had set out with two men to search for Prince Namor, who had gone missing. Upon finding Namor they witnessed he was surrounded by so-called Mer-Mutants who had been looking to kidnap Atlanteans to trade for food. Unaware Namor wanted to help the Mer-Mutants, even offering them his protection in Atlantis Lorvex ordered his men to attack and kill the mutants. But before either Lorvex or his men could raise their weapons Namor intervened ordering the men to stand down. However, Lorvex couldn't believe his prince would side with mutants, those who he found disgusting (perhaps unaware his own Prince was a mutant). Fed up with the bigotry the Mer-Mutants realized they wouldn't find peace in Atlantis and went their own way.

(Sub-Mariner I#59) - Lorvex witnessed the arrival of the red-skinned alien Tamara Rahn and was mesmerized by her exotic appearance although he felt she had the wrong skin color. Convinced to make the foreign beauty his he introduced himself to Tamara Rahn, offering to give her a tour of the realm. After traveling for several hours to the far off Grotto of the Ancients, he tried to force himself on Tamara. However, Rahn managed to free herself and attacked the barbarian stating her race was slain by Atlanteans such as him. Unable to hold off the powerful Rahn, Lorvex was stuck on a pillar by his backstraps, forced to watch his presumed prey swim away. Lorvex eventually freed himself and returned to Atlantis, unaware Tamara had been taken prisoner by humans. When Namor confronted Lorvex about Tamara Rahn's whereabouts he revealed he'd tried to engage her romantically which infuriated Namor who had grown to like the girl. After punching Lorvex down the stairs he revealed to have long awaited a confrontation with his prince, pulling a knife declaring he would kill Namor. But as Lorvex ran upwards the stairs, Namor simply pulled out the carpet from under his feet, knocking his head on the stone floor rendering him unconscious. Namor and several guards were convinced Lorvex would probably have learned his lesson upon waking up.

(Sub-Mariner I#60) - Lord Vashti tried to persuade Lorvex to help their cause since he had a huge influence on the fighting men. They would need his help if they hoped to safely rescue Tamara. Lorvex decided to listen to Vashti's wise words and went on to inspire the troops to go out and save Tamara. Lorvex, however, saw the opportunity to steal all kinds of riches from the surface world and make Tamara realize it was him and not Namor who'd saved her. Later that day Lorvex joined the war council to prepare for their mission. During their talk Namor thanked Lorvex for his aid and assigned him to oversee the construction of their invasion fleet. Over the days that followed Lorvex proved himself a credit to the realm. When the invasion fleet was finished the Atlanteans began their surface-world invasion to New York City and the United Nations, Lorvex himself boarded one of the crafts in search of Tamara.

(Sub-Mariner I#60 - BTS) - While Namor and the Atlanteans were busy terrorizing the New York citizens Lorvex used his lobster-like craft to reach the United Nations.

(Marvels I#3 - BTS) - The Lorvex created crab crafts caused quite the stir among New York's population. Daily Bugle photo journalist Phil Sheldon took pictures of them, while noting that his acquaintance Gwen Stacy quite correctly described witnessing the vessels' unique properties as being inside a snowglobe.

(Sub-Mariner I#60 - BTS) - Upon reaching the UN, Lorvex invaded the building and successfully rescued Tamara. She, however was rather scared at the sight of Lorvex. Once they had escaped the United Nations they left the lobster craft to board one of the flying crafts. Tamara was placed in a special tank of water inside the craft.

(Sub-Mariner I#60) - After Atlantis' giant show of force they successfully sealed off the entire city of New York after which Namor made his way to find Tamara in the United Nations building. But upon arriving he discovered she'd already been taken by Lorvex, after some searching Namor eventually found Lorvex in his flying craft. Namor ordered Lorvex to land his ship which he refused, Lorvex was done taking orders and finally revealed his plans. Lorvex hoped to escape with Tamara and would have the Atlantean legions destroy New York City if Namor tried to stop him. Afraid such an attack would provoke all-out war between Atlantis and the surface nations, Namor chose to risk it all and stop Lorvex before he could send his commands. Lorvex successfully shot Namor down and gave the order after which the legions started to destroy whatever manmade domicile they could find. Taking flight, Namor witnessed the city in flames and covered in thick black smoke. Blaming himself for underestimating Lorvex he gathered all of his strength to punch his way inside of the craft. Even with the powerful Namor right in front of him, Lorvex was so self-assured he would get all he wanted as he threatened to pull a special lever that would drain all the water from Tamara's tank. Namor however, refused to sacrifice his realm or his people for a single life and attacked Lorvex. When the Sub-Mariner destroyed his water-filled helmet Lorvex began to choke as he begged for his life. Namor briefly stood smiling over the gasping, cursing Lorvex before he threw him back into the ocean. Namor then used his strength to rip the metal water-tank apart and rescue Tamara. Afterwards, Namor commanded the Atlantean army to return home.

Comments: Created by Mike Friedrich (writer), Alan Weiss (pencils, inks).

As part of the Atlanteans, Lorvex received profiles in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#1 and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#1.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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Sub-Mariner I#60, p4, pan1 (main image)
Sub-Mariner I#54, p16, pan7 (bigotry)
Sub-Mariner I#60, p12, pan1,2 (revealing his plans)

Sub-Mariner I#54/2 (October, 1972) - Mike Friedrich (writer), Alan Weiss (pencils, inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Sub-Mariner I#59 (March, 1973) - Bill Everett, Steve Gerber (writers), Sam Kweskin (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Sub-Mariner I#60 (April, 1973) - Bill Everett, Steve Gerber (writers), Sam Kweskin (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)

Last updated: 09/26/16

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