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Real Name: Ra-Kar

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Mars) (circa 1 billion years ago) (possible mutate -- see comments)

Occupation: Hunter

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Chak, Gullivar Jones

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Polar region, Mars

First Appearance: Creatures on the Loose I#19/1 (September, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Ra-Kar is a large and strong Martian, but uses no weapons or speech (see comments). He has the ability to stay invisible, but can be seen with the aid of the mystical amulet of understanding.

Height: 10' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black on head, red covering body


(Creatures on the Loose I#19/1) - Lost in the polar region of Mars, Wing-Man Chak and his friend, the time-lost Earthman Gullivar Jones, sought shelter in an ice cave, not realizing it was the lair of the invisible Ra-Kar, which quietly saw them. Having healed quickly from wounds, Jones passed his revitalizing mystical amulet to Chak. The amulet let Chak see Ra-Kar and he slashed at the red creature with a sword, but missed and was knocked down. Jones reclaimed the amulet and sword, then attacked Ra-Kar, but with novice sword skills, relied on brute force instead to stagger the creature. However, the amulet impeded Jones' attack with visions of his lover in trouble. Ra-Kar took the advantage and punched him down.

(Creatures on the Loose I#20/1) - Chak helped Jones recover. Despite exhaustion, Jones coordinated a kicking attack with Chak against Ra-Kar, and the red Martian was knocked over an edge and fell far down a cliff face. Chak expected the creature to be dead.

Comments: Created by George Alec Effinger (writer), Wayne Boring & Gil Kane (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks).

It should be noted that Ra-Kar spoke only on the cover of Creatures on the Loose I#19 and this is the only spot he's named.

Ra-Kar looks a lot like a Martian Lizardman and Jones guessed he was an outcast, so maybe he's another mutation that's manifested naturally or by the genetic meddling of the Technics Guild. Interestingly, Ra-Kar only fought when he was attacked, so his true motives with Chak and Jones can only be guessed at.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Ra-Kar has no known connections to:

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Creatures on the Loose I#19, p9, pan3 (main image)
   p10, pan1 (headshot)

Creatures on the Loose I#19/1 (September, 1972) - George Alec Effinger (writer), Wayne Boring & Gil Kane (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#20/1 (November, 1972) - George Alec Effinger (writer), Gray Morrow (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)

First posted: 04/30/2018
Last updated: 04/30/2018

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