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OSAMA OZAWA

Real Name: Osama Ozawa

Identity/Class: Human; citizen of Japan

Occupation: Head of Japanese secret police, government official

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mariko Yashida, Misty Knight, Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida), Colleen Wing, X-Men (Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)

Enemies: Moses Magnum, Mandroids, Emil Vachon

Known Relatives: Azumi Ozawa (sister-in-law, deceased), Kenji Ozawa (brother, deceased), Colleen Wing (grandniece), Lee Wing (cousin-in-law), unnamed sons and nephews (all deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed,
     formerly Agarashima, Honshu, Japan,
     formerly Hong Kong

First Appearance: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#32 (January, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: Osama possesses no known superhuman abilities. A skilled, high level diplomat he is used to handling sensitive situations involving metahumans. Left lame after an unrevealed incident, Osama walks with a cane. He is fluent in Japanese and English.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 152 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Born into a noble Japanese samurai family, Osama and his brother Kenji were raised to be the daimyo, the feudal lords of their house. Osama and Kenji both lost their sons during World War II (see comments), only his niece Azumi survived who bore a child with the American scholar Lee Wing. He was around when young Colleen grew up with Kenji in the mountainous region of Japan's Honshu island. Despite the fact he was left lame following an unspecified incident, Osama rose to prominence as a diplomat, high level government official and eventually as his brother's successor as head of the Japanese secret police.

(Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#32) - After his brother Kenji was murdered by agents of crimelord Emil Vachon, Osama summoned Colleen Wing to Japan. She arrived in the company of her friend Misty Knight to attend the funeral services for Kenji. Afterwards, Osama filled his grandniece in about the true cause of death. Calling on her sense of family and obligation, Osama tasked her to avenge Kenji's death. He couldn't involve the secret service because this was at heart a family matter. Colleen accepted the task and, along with Misty, set off to take out Vachon.

(Uncanny X-Men I#118 (fb) - BTS) - When Moses Magnum tried to blackmail the island nation of Japan by threatening to sink it using his seismic powers, he sent a communique announcing he would attack the harbor city Agarashima at 8.00 hours. Osama, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing and members of the Japanese secret service quickly set up a command base at Yoshida manor. There they monitored the imminent quakes that caused great damage across the city.

(Uncanny X-Men I#118) - The X-Men happened to arrive at Agarashima at the time of the quake. Figuring they might get some help from their one time teammate Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) they went to Yashida Manor. There, they were met by Misty Knight who took them to meet Osama who filled them in. Despite Sunfire's arrogant boasting he could keep Nippon safe without outside help, Osama accepted the X-Men's offer to help deal with Moses Magnum. Some time later, Magnum targeted Yashida Manor with a quake, levelling the palace. He then sent in Mandroids to kidnap Osama and the other government officials. Colossus kept Osama from getting crushed, while the X-Men and Sunfire made short work of the Mandroids. Later, Osama witnessed how from one of the armors a holographic image of Moses Magnum emerged to offer an ultimatum: if he wasn't made ruler of Japan within the next 24 hours, he would sink the entire country.

(Uncanny X-Men I#119 (fb) - BTS) - Taking Magnum's ultimatum seriously but refusing to even consider giving in, the emperor and prime minister of Japan ordered Osama to stop him.

(Uncanny X-Men I#119 (fb) ) - Osama briefed the X-Men and Sunfire on Moses Magnum, telling them about the villain's status as arms dealer to the world, describing him as brilliant, strong and ruthless. He also gave out detailed information on Magnum's base, located in the Kuril Islands. Using this information, the mutants planned a stealthy surgical strike before the deadline passed and the Magnum Force would destroy Japan.

(Uncanny X-Men I#120) - After the X-Men succeeded in saving Japan from Magnum, they managed to catch a ride back to the United States on lawyer Jeryn Hogarth's custom built DC-10. A grateful Osama came to see them off at the airport, along with Sunfire and Mariko Yashida.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils & inks)

A minor character that was mostly used to deliver exposition or to help the story along. He hasn't been seen since 1979 which is a little odd considering Claremont usually finds ways to keep characters like Osama in the loop. Especially his job as head of the Japanese secret service would have been an ideal springboard for stories. Ah well...

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Osama should not be confused with


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Uncanny X-Men I#119, p3, pan3 (main image)
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#32, p9, pan5 (with cane)
Uncanny X-Men I#120, p3, pan2 (saying goodbye to the X-Men)


Appearances:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#32 (January, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils & inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#118 (February, 1979) - Chris Claremont & John Byrne (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#119 (March, 1979) - Chris Claremont & John Byrne (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#120 (April, 1979) - Chris Claremont & John Byrne (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Bob Harras (editor)


Last updated: 11/26/16

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