Real Name: Phra
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Mars) (circa 1 billion years ago) (see comments)
Occupation: Hunter/scavenger, god figure
Group Membership: None (see comments)
Enemies: Chak, Gullivar Jones
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: River of the Dead, Mars
First Appearance: Mars (circa 1 billion years ago)
Powers/Abilities: Phra was a giant humanoid
with a powerful tail, well adapted to swimming in Mars' deep River of
the Dead. Although looking like a leather hide, he's cited as having
scales. Apparently unable to speak, Phra has instinctive animal
intelligence and, being venerated as a god, received live food
offerings, which he would take back to his hidden lair to consume.
(Creatures on the Loose I#18/1 (fb) - BTS) - On
ancient Mars, Phra was a giant creature that took up residence in a
long-abandoned technological facility, now accessible only by a long
underwater tunnel. Likely because of his size and accompanying
strength, he became venerated as a god by various local intelligent
races, like the Wing-Men and Lizardmen, as well as the more primitive
Noltoi. Phra swam in the River of the Dead, which is where Martians let
their respected deceased float down. The Noltoi dwelt there and would
gather live captive beings, trussed up as offerings to Phra.
(Creatures on the Loose I#17/1) - The mutant Bird-Man
Chak was tied up to a rack by Noltoi as an offering to Phra and was
soon joined on the altar by the newly captured Earthman, the time-lost
Gullivar Jones. Phra surfaced to claim them.
on the Loose I#18/1) - Phra ripped Chak and Jones free of their
shackles and, taking one in each hand, swam back to his lair. Jones and
Chak were somehow reshackled and Phra sat down for a snoring slumber.
Jones' strength freed them of their restraints and they investigated
Phra's hideaway. But Phra woke up and lunged at the two, who fought
back. Jones' augmented strength helped topple the dazed giant, which
smashed into machinery, triggering sparks and fires. Jones and Chak
leapt into the water to escape and were soon followed by Phra, but the
lair's damage led to an explosion that pushed Jones and Chak past the
tunnel. Phra did not resurface with them.
(Creatures on the Loose I#19/1) - Jones recalled the dangerous Martians he had met, including Phra.
(Monsters Unleashed I#4/5) - Jones remembered his encounter with Phra.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks).
Phra is named after an earlier creation of the original author (Edwin L. Arnold) of Gullivar Jones in his first book titled "The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician" (1890).
The ancient Martians deified Phra to the status of a
god (even though Phra was not actually god-like), so I guess
belongs to the ancient Martian pantheon. He is invoked as a god in
Creatures on the Loose I#20/1 (by Wing-Man Chak) and 21/1 (by
While there was residual radiation responsible for
mutating native Martian life then, Phra's class is not revealed. Phra
does not seem to belong to one of the intelligent humanoid species
around on ancient Mars, so was it a mutated beast or even an
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Phra has no known connections to:
Creatures on the Loose I#18, p4, pan6 (main image)
p3, pan1 (swimming underwater)
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)
First posted: 04/24/2018
Last updated: 04/24/2018
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