kronans-margus-jim83-orders-death.jpgkronans-margus-jim83-orders-departure.jpgMARGUS  

Real Name: Margus

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kronan)

Occupation: Warrior

Group Membership: unidentified Kronan invasion force

Affiliations: Formerly Korg and his other crewmen (including Gorr)

Enemies: The Hulk (Bruce Banner) of Earth, Korg, Elloe Kaifi and Lavin Skee of the Imperials, Hiroim of the Shadow People, Miek of the Natives, and No-Name of the Brood, Thor Odinson, Sakaar Imperials

Known Relatives: O-Korg and Ahna (parents), Korg (brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly the Maw, Sakaar, Tayo system, Fornax galaxy;
    formerly one of multiple starships in a Kronan invasion force;
    formerly a base on Iapetus (one of the moons of Saturn), Sol system, Milky Way galaxy;
    formerly
planet Ria, star system Krona, Milky Way galaxy

First AppearanceJourney into Mystery I#83 (August, 1962);
    (identified)
Incredible Hulk III#93 (May, 2006)

Powers/Abilities: Like other Kronans, Margus' body was composed of a strong, silicon-like substance (he could exist within molten lava without harm), granting him greatly enhanced durability and superhuman strength, which was further enhanced in an oxygen-based atmosphere. He consumed minerals such as coal or shale as food. He could reproduce by holding hands and immersing them within a pool of lava (traditionally Mount Krona on the homeworld), creating a newborn within days.

    Margus traveled in and presumably could operate to some degree a vehicles capable of space travel and equipped with atomic force fields. He could dispatch robots such as the Mechano-Monster. He also possessed technology which could create illusions, such as that of a fire-breathing dragon.

Height: Approximately 8'
Weight: Approximately 2000 lbs.
Eyes: Presumably hazel
Hair: None
Other significant features: Orange, rocky composition

History

(Incredible Hulk III#94 - BTS) - Margus and Korg were brothers, the sons of O-Korg and Ahna.

kronans-margus-confronts-thor.jpgkronans-margus-jim83-vsthor.jpg(Journey into Mystery I#83 / Incredible Hulk III#94 (fb)) - The Kronans -- including Margus, Korg, and Gorr -- landed an immense invasion force/fleet on Earth in Norway. 

    Sighted by Dr. Donald Blake, they pursued him into a cave, where Blake discovered the hammer of Thor.

    The Kronans went on to attack NATO forces, driving them off with an illusionary dragon. 

    When Thor came to fight them, Margus first ordered the other Kronans not to slay Thor, as he must be captured and studied.

    The Kronans lowered a cage over Thor to capture him, but he smashed through. They then aimed their disintegrators at him, but Thor smashed them with his hammer, Mjolnir. 

    Finally, they unleashed the Mechano-Monster, but Thor destroyed it with a single blow. 

    Terrified of Thor and wrongly assuming that Earth was populated by creatures such as Thor, the Kronans fled Earth.

(Incredible Hulk III#93 (fb) - BTS / Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1: The Great Games: Skee (fb) - BTS) <Approximately two years before the main story> - A number of Kronans, including Korg and Margus, became prisoners on the planet Sakaar, where they were sent to the Maw to become gladiators.

    Margus and the other Kronans resisted their implants, and lost their minds, while Korg complied.kronans-margus-lava-emerge.jpg

(Incredible Hulk III#93) - Margus and at least four other Kronans were dispatched from a magma pit in the Maw by Primus Vand to face a newly-formed group of gladiatiors, including Korg, the Hulk (Bruce Banner) of Earth, Elloe Kaifi and Lavin Skee of the Imperials, Hiroim of the Shadow People, Miek of the Natives, and No-Name of the Brood.kronans-margus-punching-korg.jpg

    Korg was initially unable to bring himself to attack his brethren, but the Hulk grabbed Korg by the arm and swung him into another Kronan, shattering it. After this, Korg -- while praying to his Lord -- joined the fight, and he and the Hulk shattered the other Kronans.

(Incredible Hulk III#94 - BTS) - Korg shared with his soon-to-be Warbound allies how he and Margus had been a part of the forces that fought Thor in Norway..

Comments: The character later revealed to be Margus was one of a number of unidentified Kronans created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott.
    Margus was identified and further detailed by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, and Jeffrey Huet.

    The gladiators that faced Korg and his allies weren't the Warbound yet, but they adopted the role and name in the next issue, following Lavin Skee's death.

    The Journey into Mystery issue erroneously showed them as being green, rather than orange.

    We don't know for sure that the character in the top two images is Margus as opposed to one of the other Kronans in the invasion fleet that encountered Thor. The panel reproduced in Incredible Hulk III#94 showed Margus to be the one who initially ordered Thor be captured alive. The other two panels showed a Kronan ordering the other Kronans to kill Thor and later to flee...since Margus was the one giving orders before, I'd ASSume he was the one in charge and the one giving orders in the following instances, but, again, we don't know that. Regardless, the Kronans all appear to be virtually identical, so the top two panels at least show someone virtually identical to Margus, even  if it isn't him.

    Since we don't know that there are female Kronans and/or whether Kronans reproduce sexually, I listed O-Korg and Ahna as Korg and Margus' parents, rather than one as father and one as mother.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Margus
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Journey into Mystery I#83, story pg. 11, panel 1 (ordering Thor's capture);
        pg. 12, panel 3 (ordering Thor's death);
        pg. 13, panel 4 (order departure);
Incredible Hulk III#93, pg. 14, panel 4 (emerging from lava);
            panel 6 (punching Korg);
        #15, pg. 2, panel 4 (smashed)
    #94, pg. 18, panel 3 (instructing Thor's capture)


Appearances:
Journey into Mystery I#83 (August, 1962) - Stan Lee & Larry Lieber (writers), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk III#93 (May, 2006) - Greg Pak (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeffrey Huet (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hulk III#94 (June, 2006) - Greg Park (writer), Carlo Pagulayan, Michael Avon Oeming, Alex Nino, Marshall Rogers (pencilers), Jeffrey Huet, Mike Allred, Alex Nino (inkers), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook#1 (2006) - Anthony Flamini & Greg Pak (writers), Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, Ladronn, Ryan Sook, Alex Maleev, Lucio Parrillo & James Raiz (resource artists), Jim Calafiore (new art), Jen Grunwald & Mark D. Beasley (associate editors), Michael Short (assistant editor), Jeff Youngquist (editor)


First posted: 05/26/2018
Last updated: 05/26/2018

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