mandu-kiss-barstool.jpgmandu-kiss-face.jpg MANDU

Real Name: Presumably Mandu (see comments)

Identity/ClassExtraterrestrial (race unidentified)  civilian

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Big Leo and his gangCat (Peter Criss), Space Ace (Ace Frehley)

Enemies: She may have gotten on Big Leo and his gang's bad side following their conflict with Criss and Frehley

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None (see comments)

Base of OperationsUnidentified disco in space city/satellite in unspecified open space location in the Andromeda galaxy

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Super Special#1 (1977)

mandu-kiss-dance.jpgPowers/Abilities: Mandu didn't demonstrate any other abilities beyond dancing, enjoying a cocktail (martini-esque), and being friendly.

    As a feline-humanoid, she may well have enhanced speed, strength, olfactory and/or auditory senses, and/or night vision. 

    She likely had claws and sharp teeth, but these were not seen.

Height: Unrevealed; approximately 5'4"
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 120 lbs.
Eyes: Apparently dark blue
Hair: Yellow fur with black stripes, orange hair on head

mandu-kiss-full-with-criss.jpgHistory

(Marvel Comics Super Special#1 (fb) - BTS) - Apparently frequenting an unidentified disco in some sort of floating space city, Mandu was at least considered to be the queen of Big Leo (who considered himself her "old man," aka boyfriend)

(Marvel Comics Super Special#1) - When newly-empowered KISS members Peter Criss (aka the Cat) and Ace Frehley (aka Space Ace) arrived in the space city disco (a result of Ace's unpracticed space-warping power), Peter and Mandu were swiftly, mutually attracted.

    Mandu met Criss' eyes, acknowleding him and inviting him over with a glance.

    Criss approached her, and the two introduced themselves before dancing, touching, and purring together.

    When the song was over, they had swiftly become the hit of the evening.

    They left the dance floor
amid applause and murmurs, oblivious to all but one another.

(Marvel Comics Super Special#1 - BTS) - Some other feline aliens present -- referring to Criss getting friendly with Big Leo's queen -- noted that there was going to be trouble, as "that little Tom ain't long for this satellite.

(Marvel Comics Super Special#1) - Mandu asked "Peter Criss" if they might sit the next one out, and he led her to a table.

    Noting Criss was new around there, Mandu asked if he was just passing through. As Criss paused to answer, Mandu quickly added, "It would be nice if you could stay...with me. Would you like that?"

    Admitting he might like that, Criss told her, however, that it wasn't in the stars as he had this other gig on this other world, and he had to see it through.

    Mandu was disappointed, but before she could respond, Big Leo showed up with his associates and warned Criss to stop looking at her. Mandu introduced Leo to Criss, noting "Leo, uhm, thinks he's my old man...!"

    Mandu could only stand by, visibly distressed as Leo's agents grabbed Ace and Leo himself grabbed Criss.

    After Criss had gotten free and drop-kicked Leo and after Ace had driven off his attackers and contained Leo within a cone of force, Mandu noted how impressed she was: "Your friend is as powerful as you are...prepossessing."

    Via his energy staff, Leo got out of the cone of force, and 
Criss leapt to the attack. Although Big Leo urged Criss to get down off of him as it was Mandu he <presumably he was going to say "wanted">, Criss swiftly knocked out Leo, and Ace apparently destroyed the staff.mandu-kiss-farewell.jpg

    Ace then teleported himself and Criss back to Earth, telling Criss to bid his sweetheart farewell. 

    Mandu gave Criss a tearful wave goodbye as he faded away.


Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Alan Weiss, and Allen Milgrom.

    When introducing herself to Peter Criss, she said, "I am called Mandu." That leaves it somewhat open that Mandu may not be her real name but rather one she adopted at some point...but there's nothing further to support this either way, and we don't have any other aliases for her, so we'll just ASSume it's Mandu.

    In their brief time together, she always referred to Peter as "Peter Criss."

    In case you don't know, queen refers to a female cat, like tom refers to a male cat.

    Mandu was not confirmed to be a member of any known alien race. Other known feline extraterrestrial races include

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Mandu
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Marvel Comics Super Special#1 Chapter Three: The Andromeda Hustle, pg. 2, panel 1 (seated at barstool);
            panel 2 (face);
            panel 5 (dance);
        pg. 3, panel 5 (confronted with Criss by Leo) - Leo's profile;
        pg. 4, panel 2 (holding head as Leo grabs Criss) - Leo's profile;
        pg. 5, panel 1 (full, standing by Criss);
            panel 8 (tearful farewell);


Appearances:
Marvel Comics Super Special#1: The Andromeda Hustle (1977) - Steve Gerber (writer & editor?), Alan Weiss (penciler), Allen Milgrom (inker)


First posted: 03/29/2018
Last updated: 03/29/2018

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