Real Name: Tendril
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-87119)
Occupation: World conqueror
Group Membership: Inhumanoids
Affiliations: D'Compose, Metlar, Blackthorne
Enemies: Earth Corps (Dr. Herman "Herc" Armstrong, Dr. Edward Augutter, Dr. Derek Bright, Dr. Johnathon M. Slattery), Granites (Granock, others), Magnacore (Pyrus, Crygen), Redwoods (Redlen, others), humans
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile on Earth-87119
First Appearance: Inhumanoids#1 (January, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Tendril is a giant
plant-based humanoid creature with no skeleton, but is tremendously
strong and durable with a very cold body temperature. Tendril can
stretch its limbs and generate new powerfully thick vines. Notably it
"clones" that follow its commands; it can command these to instantly
wither into dust when they are no longer useful. Capable of speech,
Tendril has limited intelligence and enjoys destruction, but fears fire.
(by approximation, somewhat variable)
Eyes: Black iris, blue sclera
(Inhumanoids#2 (fb)) - Millennia ago, three giant but
malevolent Inhumanoids (Tendril, D'Compose and Metlar) fought Mutores
(elemental humanoid creatures including the rock-like Granites and
tree-like Redwoods). Eventually a team of Granites chained and sealed
the destructive Tendril in a chamber far underground. Metlar and
D'Compose were similarly trapped by other Mutores.
(Inhumanoids#1) - In the current era, the
power-hungry Blackthorne Shore uncovered ancient documents concerning
the banished Inhumanoids and sought to command them. He found Tendril's
prison chamber over a mile down and covertly commanded oil drilling be
undertaken, which freed Tendril. The Inhumanoid then lurched across the
Golden Gate Bridge, causing chaos and crushing cars. Earth Corps,
scientists with special technological suits, tried to stop it, and
member Augutter managed to painfully extract a tissue sample from Tendril. It was
briefly stunned by an electrical jolt when ripping up tram tracks.
Recovering quickly, Tendril then helped D'Compose crack out of his restrictive amber
(Inhumanoids#2) - Tendril and D'Compose battled Earth
Corps and the police
before escaping underwater into the bay. When Earth Corps discovered
their hiding hole, D'Compose and Tendril attacked. Blackthorne Shore secretly helped
the two Inhumanoids. Meanwhile, Earth Corps member Dr. Derek Bright
found Tendril's former prison, then met Redwoods who told him of the
Inhumanoids' nefarious past. Bright
promised to help them and told his colleagues, but Tendril attacked
Earth Corps' headquarters with giant vines.
(Inhumanoids#3) - Bright used
flame to turn back Tendril's destructive vines. Earth Corps then tracked Tendril
and D'Compose to their underground lair. Tendril tried to crush them
but slipped on ground frozen by the scientists. Granites joined the
fray and fierce combat ensued while Earth Corps escaped.
(Inhumanoids#4) - Earth Corps regrouped to find
Tendril (with two self-manifested clones) and D'Compose attacking the
Granites' underground city, where they soon released their leader,
Metlar. Even though Tendril's vines disrupted captor Magnacore's
concentration, helping Metlar escape, Metlar spoke disparagingly of
Tendril and ordered it to eliminate the clones. Blackthorne Shore, now
armored with magnetic weaponry, trapped Metlar and forced the
Inhumanoids' submission. But Tendril knocked over Blackthorne,
freeing Metlar again, while Earth Corps scattered in disarray.
Marvel version created by Jim Salicrup (writer), James W. Fry
(pencils), Joe DelBeato (inks). Adapted from Flint Dille's work
comic series, published under Marvel's Star Comics imprint (despite
stating "to be continued!"), ended there
without resolution, but is (mostly) an adaptation of the animated
series five-episode storyline "The Evil That Lies Within" by Flint
Dille (original screenplay), wherein the Inhumanoids are eventually neutralized. I'd hazard a guess
that the expected fifth issue has unfinished (and unpublished) artwork
Inhumanoids cartoon had a
wide array of characters (see the Wikipedia page),
some not included in the comic, and included action figures.
At one point in the cartoon, Tendril apparently fell in love with a
clone grown from its stolen sample.
It seems that Hasbro hoped to revive the Inhumanoids
as part of their combined universe (with G.I.Joe, Transformers, etc.),
but discovered they apparently no longer held the rights to the
characters or name.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Tendril has no known connections to:
Inhumanoids#1, p6, pan3 (main image)
Inhumanoids#4, p22, pan2 (headshot)
Inhumanoids#4, p18, pan4-5 (with clones)
Inhumanoids#1 (January, 1987) - Jim Salicrup (writer), James W. Fry (pencils), Joe DelBeato (inks), Eliot Brown (editor)
Inhumanoids#2 (March, 1987) - Jim Salicrup (writer), James W. Fry (pencils), Joe DelBeato (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Inhumanoids#3 (May, 1987) - Jim Salicrup (writer), Jose Delbo (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Inhumanoids#4 (July, 1987) - Jim Salicrup (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 10/22/2018
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