Real Name: Argon
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Microverse) humanoid (Homeworld's First Zone native);
Occupation: Former ruler, rebel leader, and prince of Homeworld
Group Membership: Formerly Homeworld's royal family, Homeworld's underground rebellion
Affiliations: Doc Samson, Enigma Force/Shadow Priest/Time Traveler, Micronauts (Acroyear, Biotron, Bug, Mari/Marionette, Microtron, Arcturus Rann), Microtron, Oberon, Revolutionary Guard, Slug;
formerly controlled by Baron Karza, during which
time he was worshipped by some of the poor people of Homeworld and
allied with the Acroyears (notably Cilicia), Antrons race, Centauri race, Centaurus, Death Squad (Ampzilla, Antron, Battleaxe, Centauria, Galactic Destroyer, Lobros, Repto), DeGrayde, Dagon, the Dog Soldiers, Faceless Priests, Hydra, Kronos race, Membros race, Phobos race, Reptos race; likely Lobros race,
formerly Belladonna, First Zone's palace guards, Huntarr, Shaitan;
Argon revered (if not worshipped) Dallan and Sepsis Rann
Enemies: Acroyears under Shaitan's rule, Baron Karza, the Dog Soldiers, Phobos units, Shaitan;
though not directly involved, he likely considered Eved an enemy;
under Baron Karza's influence, he was an enemy to the Belladonna, Captain Universe (specifically the version composed of Dr. Strange and Arcturus Rann), Desert Demons (notably Margrace, Pharoid), Dr. Stephen Strange, Enigma Force/Shadow Priest/Time Traveler, Queen Esmera of Kaliklak, Homeworld's underground rebellion, Micronauts (Acroyear, Biotron, Bug, Devil, Fireflyte, Huntarr, Mari/Marionette, Microtron, Nanotron, Arcturus Rann), Shaitan,
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage
Law-enforcement Division; notably "Dum Dum" Dugan, Nick Fury), Slug,
Spartak's Worldmind, Whirldemons
Known Relatives: Evek (father, deceased), Zoyburt (mother, deceased), Mari (aka Marionette; sister);
formerly engaged to Slug
Aliases: Argon the First, Force Commander, Holy Herald of Homeworld's savior, Prince Argon
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the royal palace, First Zone, Homeworld, Microverse;
formerly the Body Banks, First Zone, Homeworld, Microverse;
formerly Fantasyworld amusement park, Orlando, Florida, Earth;
Education: Presumably college equivalence via private tutoring
First Appearance: Micronauts I#1 (January, 1979);
(identified as Force Commander) Micronauts I#1 (January, 1979; see comments);
(armored as Force Commander) Micronauts I#8 (August, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: Argon was a skilled warrior,
trained in hand-to-hand combat and presumably the use of a blaster and
a sword, at least. He was an experienced equestrian, with Oberon being
his steed of choice.
Following mutation in the Body
Banks (merging him with Oberon), Argon existed as a centaur,
with a human body to the lower abdomen that then then joined onto the
shoulders of a horse's body at its shoulders (replacing wear a horse's
neck would start); as such, he had two arms and four legs, the latter
of which were digitigrade (standing on the bones that would be the
fingertips in a person), and was an odd (single)-toed ungulate (hooved
creature). See comments.
The horse's body granted him
superhuman running (galloping) speed, perhaps 50 miles per hour; he
could also travel extended distances with over 100 pounds (and
presumably significantly more) on his back.
In centaurian form, Argon
could rear up on his back legs to gain greater height and/or use
his front legs (and hooves) as additional striking weapons. He could
also lean forward to enhance his hind legs' devastating kicking
abilities. His dense hooves enhanced the damage incurred his his kicks.
Any information on the nature
and/or location/duplication of respiratory, gastrointestinal,
urogenital, and/or endocrine structures within the thoracic and
abdominal cavities of his human and equine portions is purely
As Force Commander, his armor afforded him
protection from physical injury to an unspecified degree (Karza's
blasts could subdue him); additionally, it demonstrated some resistance
to magic, proving able to resist assaults from the dark magical power/nature of the Whirldemons,
The Force Commander armor could fire blasts from its gauntlets at well as from the four studs on its chest.
In his centaurian Force Commander
form, he also had a pair of blasters/missile launchers on each side of
his equine thorax (chest). The destructive capacity of his blasts (and
missiles) is unrevealed, but they were also effective against the
In his third form under Karza's influence, Argon existed in bipedal rather than centaurian form.
Additional Body Banks mutations
granted him bionic hands/gauntlets that could be launched to strike or
Banks mutations transformed Argon into energy form, rendering him
immune to most forms of physical harm, including poisons and most forms
of blunt or sharp trauma.
He could also form an energy sword extending
from his hand and levitate others into the air.
While Baron Karza possessed
Argon's form, he could mentally manipulate and/or control a large
numbers of others, much like Karza could do in his own form.
While under Karza's influence, Argon had access to all of Karza's technology, including the Body Banks.
Argon was brave, standing up to
and fighting against powerful foes; noble, opposing Karza and his offer
of immortality via the Body Banks and lending royal support (even as a
prince) to the underground opposing Karza; and a skilled military
leader, at least, rallying troops to battle against larger forces.
Prior to Karza's initial defeat by
the Micronauts, Argon retained his own will but was in the form given
him by Karza.
Following Karza's initial revival and inhabitation of
Argon's form, Argon had awareness of Karza's control but was unable to
resist, only asking Dallan and Sepsis for aid in the last seconds
before Karza retook control.
After Argon's separation from
Oberon and subsequent possession by Karza, Argon became a tyrannical
despot, seeking to conquer all of Homeworld and the entire Microverse,
and progressively acting more and more like Karza.
In his last seconds, Argon's first
thought was to declare to his people that he had never betrayed them,
as he had been controlled by Karza.
Height: (Human and/or energy form) unrevealed;
approximately 6'1"; relative height after standard transfer to Earth; 6.08"
(centaurian form) unrevealed; approximately 7'8"; relative height after standard transfer to Earth; 7.67"
his Force Commander helmet likely adds 2-3" to his height
Weight: (Human form) unrevealed; approximately 190 lbs.;
relative weight after standard transfer to Earth; 1.75 ounces
(centaurian form) unrevealed; approximately 1384 lbs.; relative weight after standard transfer to Earth; 12.71 ounces
unrevealed; possibly negligible
The weight of his Force Commander armor is undetermined as its nature and materials are unrevealed
Eyes: (Human and/or centaurian form) blue; (energy form) red
Hair: (Human form) blond; (centaurian form) blond on head, white body hair; (energy form) none
II#5 (fb)) - On Homeworld's Heritage Day, King Evek and Queen Zoyburt
placed an offering before the statues of the dynasty's founders, Dallan
A reporter asked the young Argon to tell the children
watching why his parents were doing it, and Argon explained that it was
because they were the first king and queen and that they had helped
make Homeworld a good place.
Argon was frustrated when Mari
interrupted, noting that it was because Dallan and Sepsis had unified the kingdoms
of Homeworld and helped Baron Karza bring them progress.
interviewer asked who was their favorite of the royal family, Argon
wasn't sure, but Mari proudly announced that her favorite was Arcturus
I#59 (fb)) - At the dinner table with their royal family, Argon argued
with Mari that no one was completely without fear, but when he tried to
point out the things she was afraid of, Mari hurled food into his face
to silence him.
When their mother, Queen Zoyburt, advised Mari not to behave thusly in
front of the servants, Mari argued that she was fearless and the only
one worthy of being in the royal family.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Argon was present at various affairs of state and meals focusing on Mari.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb)) - Argon stood silently as his
family made amends with Prince Eved -- for his inappropriate abuse of a
servant the night before -- at a gala ice party his family had
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Argon subsequently watched helplessly as an ice-hydra created by Baron Karza attacked Mari during a performance.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb)) - After Mari had her legs
replaced by Karza, Argon teased her that maybe next time she wouldn't
do anything so stupid.
I#45 (fb) - BTS) - Argon and his younger sister, Mari, engaged in practice combat where she relied on her own gymnastic ability.
(Micronauts I#8 (fb)) - As the
social order on Homeworld collapsed (due to Baron Karza's manipulation of the
population via the Body Banks to gain wealth and power; see Karza's
Enigma Force manifested as Time Traveler to Homeworld's king Evek;
Argon and Mari stood behind their father as he knelt before the
The Time Traveler predicted that the Royal Family would
fall -- to one day rise again.
I Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - King Evek repeatedly warned Argon and Mari of Karza's power.
I Annual#1 (fb)) - Argon and Mari lent their royal support to the underground rebellion acting against Karza.
I Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Argon heard that the Acroyear Shaitan had betrayed his brother, also named Acroyear, for power.
I Annual#1 (fb)) - As Mari trained on Argon's steed, Oberon, their
father, King Evek, noted that Mari was too reckless; but Argon
countered that she was actually fearless and that she was guiding
Argon further assured his father, despite of his
feeling of foreboding that day, that Mari had been riding Oberon since
she was a child and that he would never throw her.
Evek clarified Argon he feared for
them all, but before he could tell Argon why he felt thusly, Baron
Karza arrived, his presence spooking Oberon and causing Mari to be
thrown, although Microtron caught her.
Although Evek asked how they
might serve Karza, Argon, noting himself to be less diplomatic than his
father, instead asked how they might be rid of him; Karza merely noted
that he had long been aware of Argon's shortcomings, soon after
advising the arrogant royal siblings that they would soon crawl to him
like the rest of Homeworld.
Calling Karza a blackguard, Argon argued
that he would never corrupt them with his promises of immortality; as
he departed, Karza told Argon that meant that they would go to early
graves uncorrupted, but that Homeworld would be his either way.
After Karza's departure, Evek
again warned his children of Karza's power, advising Argon he had told them
this repeatedly for their own good.
As Mari noted her disgust for the
wealthy who had sold their souls (and paid large sums financially) to
Karza in exchange for prolonged life, Argon assured her that their time
would come and that people would realize that their choice to remain
mortal was a moral one, a way to keep out of Karza's grasp.
When a transport of offworld
prisoners (including Acroyear and Bug) arrived to participate in
Karza's Great Games, Mari lamented further mindless slaughter, and
Argon told her it would only end when the people rose up and put an end
Argon further noted, however, that there was currently no hope
for those destined to die in the Games.
Both Argon and Mari were surprised
when one of the Shadow Priests advised them to leave their steeds with
one they trusted, warning them he could say no more.
Noting that the
Shadow Priests actually served the Enigma Force, Argon had their horses
left with Microtron.
As they entered the Arena, they were brought to new seats next to Karza, who ultimately revealed his coup.
(Micronauts I#1 (fb) - BTS / Micronauts
I Annual#1 (fb)) - Karza slew both King Evek and Queen Zoyburt when the former challenged him.
I Annual#1 (fb)) - Argon then grabbed one of the Dog Soldier's laser-sonic rifles
and smashed back Shaitan and that Dog Soldier with the rifle's butt,
and -- as he advised Karza there had long been a rebellion secretly
acting against him and that they would now join it in earnest to
After Mari obtained another rifle, they blasted their
way to flee down a corridor; when Karza had that shut down, Argon
helped Mari leap atop a wall and then had her help him up, using the
rifle to gain extra reach; as he climbed, Argon continued to blast at
their attackers as he scaled the wall.
On the wall's other side, they
reached Microtron, gained their steeds, and fled. While Mari wished to
avenge their parents' murder, Argon advised her that they must let this
go for now as the rebellion needed fighters, not martyrs. Argon then
instructed her that they would ride to a place called the Shelter,
where they would consult one who will know what must be done.
Karza silently considered that he had allowed Argon and Mari to
escape that they might lead him to the headquarters of the rebellion
and to the Enigma Force.
(Micronauts I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Karza led Homeworld's population to overthrow their Elite/royal family.
(Micronauts I#1 (fb) - BTS) - King Evek and Queen Zoyburt's palace guard were slain.
(Micronauts I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Argon summoned the Enigma Force.
(Micronauts I#1) - With Mari
behind him on his steed Oberon's back, alongside a few palace guards,
Argon fled from the Acroyear air patrol. They leapt over a barrier on
the thoroughfare but were caught in Dog Soldier crossfire, losing half
of his loyal retainer in the process.
In the Destruct Zone, pulse-rays
slew the rest of his allies, although Argon escaped with Mari and
Oberon; a Dog Soldier ordered a Strata-Station to perform a pervasive
bio-scan of the entire area. Argon gave Oberon free rein, and he led
them to Shelter where they joined other loyal agents.
There, Argon agreed with
Microtron's notation that the people had turned against them because
they preferred Karza's assurance of immortality, even if it was serving
Karza and his perverted science. After Argon revealed a Time Traveler
would get Mari to safety, Dog Soldiers located and fired on Shelter.
Argon attempted to lead his allies to safety, but they were taken out a
blast from Dog Soldiers. However, as per Karza's orders, Argon was
knocked out but left alive and then taken to the Body Banks.
(Micronauts I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Argon was subjected to unspecified preoperative treatments.
(Micronauts I#2) - With Argon
strapped across some energy panel in the Body Banks, watched over by
the Shadow Priests, Karza told him he trusted the preoperative
treatments caused him no discomfort.
Ignoring this, Argon demanded to
know what he had done to his sister. Karza admitted that she had
escaped his grasp. Argon praised Dallan that she was free of him, but
Karza assured him that this was a temporary state of affairs.
noting how the royal family had always defied him, Karza informed Argon
that he would experiment on him for breeding purposes; "Why, when I'm done, you won't even know yourself!"
(Micronauts I#3 (fb) - BTS) -
Via the Body Banks, Karza's agents mutated Argon into the form of a
(Micronauts I#11 (fb) - BTS) - This was done by grafting Argon to his horse, Oberon.
(Micronauts I#3) - After the aged Duchess Belladonna learned
that her first choice for a body replacement for herself, Mari, had
escaped but that Argon was prisoner, she -- feeling she couldn't be
choosy at her age -- requested his body instead.
As Argon languished in
a prison cell, Karza noted that would not be possible, as Argon was
serving in a rather special experiment of his.
I#4 - BTS / Micronauts
I#5 - BTS)
- Hiding her true identity, rebel leader Slug allowed herself to be
captured so she would be taken to the Body Banks so that she might
contact Prince Argon; she hoped that he might rally the remnants of the
(Micronauts I#5) - As Slug arrived at the Body Banks and began
her search, she was surprised as the now-centaur Argon arrived and
assaulted the command chamber with a blaster weapon.
Insisting he would
have his revenge on Karza for what he had done to him and his world, he
cursed Karza and his mockery of a soul.
After Argon's blasts failed to
penetrate Karza's force field, Karza announced that he had permitted
Argon's ineffectual assault as an example to the captives, and then he
fired an eyeblast that struck Argon in the head and incapacitated him.
Slug then rushed forward and angrily cursed Karza,
which only served to attract Karza's attention, and he selected Slug to
serve as a replacement body for Belladonna. Karza ordered his Dog Soldiers to haul Argon back
to his cell.
I#6) - Hearing the sounds of Karza leading his forces in war from his
cell, Argon was distracted from his pity as Slug used her disruptor to
melt the wall of Argon's cell.
Slug then entered, asking him if he was
Argon, Force Commander of Homeworld; after he confirmed
this but lamented his transformation, Slug reminded him how Karza had
done far worse to others whose only crime was to remain loyal to Argon.
As she reminded him that the Underground needed its leader, the Dog
Soldiers discovered her presence.
After Slug used the disruptor to blow
another hole in the cell's wall so they could escape, stunning the
Soldiers with the force, Argon pulled her onto his back and took off.
escaped, Argon questioned where she had hidden the disruptor; and when
Slug explained that it was somewhere even the Dog Soldiers sometimes
forget to check, he was impressed, noting that he liked her style.
I#7) - Riding on Argon's back, Slug located the rebels.
as an intruder, Slug introduced herself and Argon, but the other rebels,
considering that no one escaped the Body Banks, figured this to be a
However, one of the Shadow Priests confirmed Argon's identity
and urged that everyone hasten to escort him to a place of safety,
where they would be told all they needed to know for the final battle.
I#8) - Informing the rebels that Princess Mari had also survived and that
Slug had been the one to free him, Argon then reviewed how Karza had
seduced and manipulated the population via the promise of immortality
via the Body Banks, allowing him to gain vast wealth and power.
Argon told the underground of the prophecy of the Time Traveler that the royal
family would fall to one day rise again, the Shadow Priest revealed
that the Time Traveler had founded their order to foment rebellion in
secret while pretending to serve Karza. The Priest further explained how their
order waited for the day Karza would leave Homeworld unguarded and
preparation had created a network of rebellion in the Shadow Temples,
and that the coming of Arcturus Rann to serve as Homeworld's champion
had been foretold.
Argon discounted this prophecy as fairy tale, but
the Priest then revealed how Rann had indeed returned after Argon had
been captured, and that Rann was beyond the Spacewall with Mari.
Finally, the Priest told him that Karza had gone offworld in pursuit of
Rann and Mari, meaning that the time was ripe for rebellion.
the priest, Argon donned the sacred armor of Dallan Rann and asked the
rebels if they would follow him as Force Commander; when they cheered,
"Yes!", Argon told them to see to their weapons and steel their hearts
for battle, as Force Commander would ride today.
I#9) - Argon led Slug and the rebels to assault the Dog Soldiers,
announcing that the people of Homeworld were through with tyranny.
I#10) - One of the rebels reported to Argon that the Shadow Priests
were arming the people, and Argon ordered all of the cells to be
opened, releasing everyone in the Pleasure Pits so they could best
fortify the Body Banks before Karza's return.
When Argon asked a group
of the rich if they would fight for the rebellion, they pronounced
their loyalty to Karza, leading Slug to mow them down with her blaster.
Argon watched Slug, noting that he had never beheld a woman like her
and that she would make a fine queen.
One of the rebels then reported
that the Dog Soldiers had rallied, gathering Phobos units and other
weapons and overcoming their fear of attacking the Body Banks with
artillery in hopes of routing the rebels before Karza's return.
However, just then, they recognized a loud boom as Karza's ship
re-entered Homeworld's atmosphere.
I#11) - Argon ordered the rebels to get to the walls, telling them that
if Karza sought to reclaim their world then he must be made to pay for
it in blood.
Impressed with Argon having become Force Commander and
rallying the people, Slug considered that they would die if the Enigma
Force did not come to their aid, and that while she had been prepared
for death her whole life, now that she had found Argon, she wished to
go on living.
Karza then appeared, with Rann and Mari in energy bonds,
angering Argon. When Karza claimed he had pursued Rann off Homeworld to
make the Shadow Priests reveal their true colors and the extent of the
rebellion, Argon became furious at the manipulation.
Mocking Argon and
his transformation, Karza transformed into his centaurian aspect. Argon
countered that his modification made him Karza's equal, and the two
clashed. As the Shadow Priests noted that Force Commander could not
stop Karza, the baron fired an energy blast that both knocked off
Argon's helmet and subdued him.
While both Slug and Mari were distraught as Argon
crashed to the ground, Argon realized that Karza had toyed with him and
that all of his power meant nothing against him. A Shadow Priest told
Argon he was too harsh with himself, and that his assault on Karza had
forced him to reveal his true power, and it had bought them the time to
link back up with Arcturus Rann.
Argon praised Dallan and Sepsis Rann
as the Faceless Priests disrobed, revealing themselves as Time
Travelers, while Arcturus was filled with the Enigma Force's power.
Argon and the others watched as Karza and Rann battled, noting that
they were as gnats regarding the conflict of giants; ultimately, Rann
I#12) - Argon and Slug stood hand-in-hand beside
Commander Rann, who reclined (due to his recent injuries) on a
chair as Homeworld's people gathered and cheered his praises. Argon
noted that while Rann had changed much since his first departure, so
had Homeworld; he asked Rann if he would stay and help rebuild
Homeworld into a paradise again.
Argon and the others bade Acroyear
farewell as he departed to care for his people following Karza's forces
assaults on Spartak. Argon subsequently noted that Bug, who had
seemingly perished in the struggle against Karza, would be enshrined as
a hero of the revolution. Argon and Slug also expressed
their plans to live a life in peace together.
I#13) - Argon and Slug met with Biotron, Mari, and Rann, acknowledging
and accepting the Micronauts desire and plans to return to space.
Mari planning to depart, Argon suggested that Homeworld would not be without a
queen for long if Slug was willing to give up rebellion
I#14) - As the Micronauts departed, Argon told Mari that Slug would
choose a more regal-sounding name the day she became his queen. He
further told Mari that his best scientists told him it was impossible
to restore him to human form without reactivating the Body Banks, which
he had sworn never to do; he considered it a sacrifice made for the
After the Micronauts departure, Argon told Slug that
they would perhaps once again see them, when they had found what they
were looking for, or when Homeworld needed them.
I#22/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - Argon learned that Karza
had also tampered with his mind, implanting a post-operative suggestion
to be activated at the proper signal.
I#22/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - As Homeworld's double moons had eclipsed its twin suns and a
fiery rain fell over Homeworld's royal city (though sparing the Body
Banks), Argon was overcome by Karza's programming. He departed the
royal palace and headed into the Body Banks.
Argon instructed his guards to allow the Centauri into the city and into the Body Banks.
I#22/2: Tales of the Microverse - BTS) - Having observed Argon's departure, Slug investigated the Body Banks.
I#22/2: Tales of the Microverse) - Argon confronted Slug, explaining how he had fallen victim to Karza's pre-programming. When he told her that despite still recalling their
feelings for each other that he had no choice but to serve his creator,
Slug told him that Karza was dead.
Blasting Slug unconscious, Argon
dramatically asked her, "Is he?"
I#23/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - Argon carried the bound Slug across his equine back through the night into the vast Syanite desert in
Homeworld's Sandzone. They were accompanied by Centaurus and another of
I#23/2: Tales of the Microverse) - Argon asked Centaurus how much
further to the Grey Oasis, and Centaurus noted the closeness of the
oasis and whom they would meet there.
Neither Argon nor the Centauri were aware
they were observed by Pharoid, Margrace, and the rest
of their Desert Demons forces, who identified Slug as royalty and
resolved to rescue her; they chose to wait until the Centauri were
within an enclosed
region, so they couldn't just run off in any direction in the desert.
As Argon arrived in the grey oasis, he knelt before
Shaitan; as Argon stood silently and emotionlessly, Slug related how Argon had been Karza's pawn all along.
They were interrupted as the Desert Demons
I#24/2: Tales of the Microverse) - As the Centauri fell before the
Desert Demons, Argon remained silent and emotionless. Ultimately,
Shaitan led Argon to his sand-skimmer, which his Faceless Priests had
prepared, and fled; as he did so, he warned Slug that if she ever saw her betrothed
again she would not recognize him.
I#25/2: Tales of the Microverse) - In Homeworld's Primal Zone, the Faceless Priests brought Argon above a volcanic magma pool. Noting Argon to be shivering, Shaitan
noted that Argon was not supposed to have enough mind left to know fear
or loathing; Shaitan further taunted Argon with the presence of a
seemingly sinister sphere floating unscathed amidst the liquid inferno.
Shaitan then considered that Argon was so mortified that he could
experience emotion despite being transformed into a mindless menial.
After guiding the Faceless Priests to increase their ritualistic
wailing, Shaitan urged Argon forward. Though Argon questioned this,
Shaitan correctly noted that Argon lacked the will to resist. As Argon
leapt over the edge, Shaitan noted how he had been Karza's, body and
soul, since his mutation in the Body Banks. At the last second, Argon's
will-power re-established itself, and he cried out, "Dallan and Sepsis!
Argon struck the sphere instant laster, and in a burst of energy, Argon's body was taken over by
Karza's life force, which transformed his armor to match Karza's and filled it with Karza's power.
I#26 (fb) - BTS) - In Argon's body, Karza traveled to Earth's dimension.
I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - Slug
and the Desert Demons arrived at the cavern in which Argon's empty
Force Commander armor laid. They appreciated what had happened to Argon
and that Karza was back.
I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse - BTS) - Slug suggested they spare Mari
knowledge of Argon's true fate, at least until they reached the royal
I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - Upon reaching the royal city, Slug presumably shared Argon's fate with Mari.
I#26 - BTS) - Karza ambushed Arcturus Rann, defeating him and mind-binding the Enigma Force.
I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse) <48 Xats after Mari's return to
- Although Pharoid suggested that Slug, as
Argon's betrothed, should address the Planetary Council, Slug yielded
hereditary queen Mari as she best knew Karza's threat from Earth's
dimension. Mari advised that they bypass Karza's control of the Enigma
Force by contacting the
Shadow Priests directly, but they were all disheartened to see Karza
manifest himself, showing that he held the Time Travelers in bondage.
I#27 (fb) - BTS) - In Argon's form, Karza forced SHIELD's telepaths to
open a mind bridge from the Microverse, Karza came to Earth, took over
a faction of Hydra (which he planned to use to aid his forces in conquering two universes), made base on Earth in the Fantasyworld amusement park near Orlando, Florida.
I#27) - As
Karza prepared to use his interdimensional transporter to bring his
armies to Earth, he struck down Shaitan for demanding more power in
return for his aid in reviving him, denying him even the chance to kill
his brother, Acroyear.
Later, after Karza's forces arrived from the
Microverse, the Micronauts and SHIELD battled Karza's forces,
and Karza had his agent Dagon incapacitate Biotron, after which he
ambushed Arcturus Rann. As the two fought, Rann tore off Karza's
helmet and was surprised to see Argon's face. After explaining how
his mind and powers inhabited Argon's form, Karza defeated Rann
and imprisoned him next to the Time Traveler.
(Micronauts I#28) – While Karza's psycho-seal jammed Nick
Fury's transmissions, on Homeworld, Mari led a charge against Karza's Body Banks.
As the Micronauts assaulted Karza's forces, Acroyear
attacked Karza, although assaults on Karza were felt in kind by Rann
due to their mental linkage.
Meanwhile, Shaitan, feeling betrayed,
turned against Karza and trapped the Baron's space fleet in hyperspace,
but allowed the resistance forces from Microverse to travel to Earth to
block Karza's assault. Shaitan then summoned the Worldmind of Spartak to slay Karza .
reanimated corpse form could not wield the Worldmind, and his body crumbled
away. Acroyear then merged with the Worldmind and battled the Enigma
As Karza gained the advantage over Acroyear, Queen Esmera of Kaliklak
unleashed her suicide sting into the back of Argon'/Karza's body.
Acroyear then summoned the full
power of the Worldmind and apparently purged Argon of Karza's
Via his link to Karza, Rann was sent into a catatonic state via Acroyear's attacks.
As Karza's ebon armor was
shattered, Argon, naked but now apparently free of Karza's manipulation
and back in his humanoid form, fell to the ground, unconscious.
(Micronauts I#30 (fb) - BTS) - Both Argon and
Oberon reverted to normal.
(Micronauts I#29 (fb) - BTS) - Additionally, the
extradimensional energy transfer required to defeat Karza led to
I#29 - BTS) - Argon, Slug, and Pharoid were presumably present at the
mass ceremony on the SHIELD's Helicarrier's open deck, jointly mourning
the deaths of numerous SHIELD agents, as well as Biotron, Esmera, and Shaitan.
I#29) - As superhuman psychiatrist Doc Samson explained the dangers in
sending Acroyear, Bug, Mari, and Microtron into Rann's mind with his
Psychotron cannon -- specifically that Rann's nightmares would seem
real and could kill them -- Slug asked Argon to beg Mari not to take
the risk. Argon noted that while he could not order Mari to return to
homeworld, he asked Mari to consider that their science on Homeworld
might offer a safer cure, but Mari felt the degeneration in Rann's
condition justified the risk. Slug was shocked when the beam caused the
Micronauts to seemingly vanish, but Argon explained that they had been
reduced in size and dispatched into Rann's mind/brain.
I#29 - BTS) - The effort successfully revived Rann, while Microtron
destroyed Dagon after he/it revealed its true loyalties. The Micronauts
and their allies then returned to the Microverse.
I#30) - Back in the Royal Palace in Homeworld's First Zone, Argon was
present -- alongside Slug, Pharoid, and the Micronauts (Bug,
Marionette, Microtron, Arcturus Rann) -- as Rann showed and Microtron
translated the subliminal message
that had been inscribed deep within his brain and that had been found
when the other Micronauts had traveled inside his brain: With the Time
Travelers having been destroyed by Karza's assault on Rann's mind, they
must locate the
three Keys mentioned in the message and use them to contact/reawaken
Force in order to preserve the Microverse.
When the Royal City was rocked by planetquakes, Argon concluded that this marked the beginning of the
great distress mentioned in the message. Argon then sent messengers to
every corner of his kingdom to search for the Keys.
Astride Oberon, Argon advised the departing Rann
that his scientists would pinpoint the origin of the planetquake,
perhaps providing a clue to the keys' location.
I#49 (fb) - BTS) - Argon soon began to come under Karza's influence again.
I#34 (fb) - BTS) - Following the initiation of this quest, Argon became progressively more irrational, seeing enemies where
there were only friends; many were imprisoned.
Argon subsequently reopened Karza's Body
Banks, and his scientists resumed genetic
experimentation on anyone considered an "enemy of the realm."
I#36 (fb) - BTS) - Argon had unwilling participants in the Body Banks converted into an army of assassins as his Death Squad.
I#33) - As Rann reported remotely, Argon expressed his displeasure that the
Micronauts had recovered two of the three Keys to the Enigma Force but
seemed unwilling to use them to protect his subjects, as both Seazone and Polaria had suffered in the process. Rann replied that
the Enigma Force's withdrawal seemed to have forced stale and stagnant
cultures back on the road to progress, and that the people of the other
zones deserved a right to decide their own fates.
Argon nonetheless insisted that the Micronauts
recover all three keys and use them to restore the connection to the
Enigma Force before any more of his realms suffered disaster; Rann
considered that Argon acted as if he cared more about the Microverse
than the Micronauts did.
I#34 (fb) - BTS) - Argon traveled with Slug and his guard to Aegypta.
I#34 (fb) - BTS) - Argon's patrols captured Acroyear and Devil and restrained them in stasis shackles.
I#34) - As the rest of the Micronauts (Bug, Mari, and Rann) arrived at
the entrance to Aegypta, Argon's Revolutionary Guard, now wearing
Karza's Dog Soldier uniforms, ambushed and captured them (taking the
Keys Rann had gathered) with Pharoid's aid, after which Argon (astride
Oberon) revealed that Acroyear and Devil were his prisoners as well.
Rann questioned the reasons for this as they had
been on a mission for him, but Argon blamed the Micronauts for not
preventing the destructions of Seazone and Polaria during the mission.
When Slug questioned Argon's apparent betrayal of loyal allies, Argon
assured her he was just placing them in protective custody while his
scientists fathomed the working of the keys. Adding that he must rule
as king even if it seemed heartless, he then departed, saying he could
waste no more time on words.
I#34 - BTS) - Slug considered that Argon had gone mad, and then she
departed with Margrace when he expressed his disgust for Pharoid's
Slug, Margrace, and the roboid Nanotron subsequently
freed the captured Micronauts, and they were joined by Pharoid, as
well, after which Fireflyte led them to the keys she had located.
I#34 (fb) - BTS) - Argon's spies informed him that the Underground had been activated again by Slug.
I#34) - DeGrayde informed Argon that the Keys were composed of a metal
unknown on Homeworld and that they may be even older than the
Microverse itself. Argon accused DeGrayde of blasphemy, but DeGrayde
reminded him of his experiences on
Earth before noting that their origins were less important than how
Argon might use them to further his domination of the Microverse. As
Argon considered the keys' power, the Micronauts arrived and noted that
the keys were too powerful for him to possess.
Noting his suspicions of Slug's involvement, Argon
told DeGrayde that once he had fathomed the keys' workings, he would
turn Slug over to his Body Banks.
Rann then tackled Argon, telling him he had been
driven mad by power and that the keys would only respond to someone
(like Rann) who had been touched by the Enigma Force. Argon argued that
any man who dared could use the keys to gain the power to command the
Enigma Force; he further proclaimed that he would unify the Microverse.
With the other Micronauts holding off the Dog Soldiers, Rann pummeled
Argon, accusing him of following the path of Karza, whom he once
opposed. Fighting back, Argon knocked down Rann, as he noted that Rann
was no longer a man to be feared since he had lost his connection to
the Enigma Force.
As Argon leveled his hand blaster at Rann, Fireflyte
distracted him with light and song, allowing Rann to kick away his
weapon before furiously beating Argon unconscious.
I#34 (fb) - BTS) - Pharoid, Margrace, and other Desert Demons took down
Argon's Dog Soldier sentries guarding the Micronauts' astro-station.
I#34 - BTS) - The Micronauts escaped with the three keys, and Rann sent
Microtron and Nanotron retrieve their space ship Endeavor while the
rest of them headed to Dead Zone. Slug and Mari lamented over the loss
of their once-noble brother and lover, respectively.
I#34) - Recovering, Argon led the Dog Soldiers to ambush and Margrace, Pharoid, Slug, and the Desert Demons.
I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Margrace, Pharoid, Slug, and the Desert Demons apparently fled (see comments).
I#34) - Knowing
the Micronauts were heading to Deadzone, Argon insisted that the Enigma
Force's power belonged to him as lord of Homeworld, and he declared the
Micronauts and all who befriended them as outlaws and traitors to the
I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Pharoid's defiance of Argon cost him his throne.
I#35) - Now wearing black armor and riding a black steed (perhaps Oberon re-colored?), Argon ordered his Dog Soldiers to their fighters.
However, he then saw the charge of the Desert Demons
from out in the Syanite Desert, after which Slug charged him and
condemned him as a despot. After he told her he would have made her
queen of the entire Microverse, Pharoid came to her aid, engaging Argon
in single combat; nonetheless, the Dog Soldiers, aided by their
airborne forces, devastated the gravely outnumbered Desert Demons.
I#35 - BTS) - Others of Argon's war-fleet caught up to the Micronauts'
astro-station, but the Micronauts destroyed their attackers.
I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Argon joined his Dog Soldiers, as well as his Death
Squad, in journeying to Dead Zone, where they gathered at the tomb of
Prince Wayfinder and prepared for the Micronauts' arrival.
I#35) - As the Micronauts -- joined by Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor
Strange (who had traveled to investigate an ancient obelisk on Earth)
-- approached Wayfinder's tomb, Argon's forces fired on them, and Argon
further accused them of disloyalty due to their alliance with a man
from the macroverse. When Argon offered, for their having served him in
the past, to spare them if they turned over the three Keys to the
Enigma Force, Rann refused, and both he and Strange argued that they
must be allowed to use the keys to save the Microverse.
Ignoring their pleas, Argon sent his Death Squad,
backed by his Dog Soldiers, to claim the keys, at which point the
powerful Whirldemons arrived, intending to keep any from accessing
Wayfinder's tomb. As the Whirldemons tore into the Dog Soldiers, Argon
ordered the Death Squad to attack the Micronauts that he might access
the Enigma Force and destroy the demons.
Argon found his Force Commander armor to be
protection against the Whirldemons, while his armor's and
hand-blaster's assaults caused them to shriek in pain. However, he
considered that he might instead strike a bargain with the demons, with
Earth for their kind and the Microverse for him. He further noted that
once he had obtained the Enigma Force's power, he could seal off the
spacewall and prevent them or any others from accessing the Microverse
Sensing Argon's thoughts, the Whirldemons noted the proposition to be interesting.
I#35 - BTS) - Guided by Fireflyte's song, which repelled the Whirldemons, Rann approached Wayfinder's Tomb and began inserting the keys.
I#35) - Sensing the manifestation of the Enigma Force, Argon called to
the leader of the Whirldemons to unite with him, but he cursed as the
lord demon, distrustful of mortals, made no reply.
However, after Rann placed the second key, Argon
repeated his offer, and the lord demon telepathically assented. Argon
ordered his troops forward, but Rann inserted the third key.
I#35 - BTS) - The Sword-in-the-Star, a manifestation of the Enigma
Force, combined Rann and Strange into Captain Universe, who restored
the Spacewall to protect the Microverse and Earth universe from each
other. Fireflyte exhausted her life energies binding the Whirldemons
and their power for all eternity.
I#35) - Enraged by their using the Enigma Force in defiance of his
authority, Argon ordered his Dog Soldiers to slay the Micronauts, but
then Microtron and Nanotron arrived with the Endeavor, with which they
drove back the Dog Soldiers, allowing the Micronauts to board and
escape with them.
Furious at having lost the chance to harness the
Enigma Force, Argon vowed that the Micronauts would never know a
moment's peace from this moment forward.
I#36 (fb) - BTS) - As the Micronauts traveled to the Earth universe,
Argon ordered the Death Squad to pursue and capture or kill them.
I#36 - BTS) - After the Micronauts defeated the Death Squad, DeGrayde,
who had donned Battleaxe's armor, warned that wherever they fled, Force
Commander would find them...and he hoped Force Commander would find
him, as well.
I#37) - As Iann-23 finished the decontamination process in the Body
Banks, Argon generated a force-bolt to bring Iann to him. Iann struck
him as a tyrant and noting he would rather die than bend a knee to him,
after which Argon had his Dog Soldiers batter him for striking his lord
and master. Argon acknowledged that he couldn't beat his defiance out
of him, but that he could breed it out of him in the Body Banks, where
he would be genetically engineered until he no longer had needs of any
At the conclusion of his time in the Body Banks,
Argon noted that the subject no longer had his memories and that he now
served Argon body and soul. Accepting this new role and the name given
to him by Argon, Huntarr announced his mission to destroy the
I#40 (fb) - BTS) - At some, unspecified point, Argon began altering his own biostructure in the Body Banks.
I#39 (fb) - BTS) - Argon sent his battle fleet to confront the
Acroyears space-arks, where he sent word that he had located Lady
Cilicia's former lover, Acroyear.
I#39) - Having failed to defeat the Micronauts, Huntarr begged Argon to
slay him; Argon refused, nothing that this would be a waste of good
material; instead, he sent him back to the Body Banks for further
mutation and told him he would be called up to serve him again.
Argon then met with Duchess Belladonna who asked to
be given the body of the Lady Slug as a reward for her helping to rally
the elite to his cause. Argon agreed to this and then met with Lady
Cilicia, informing her that Acroyear was on Earth and instructing her
to dispatch her Acroyear army to seek revenge for his destruction of
I#40) - Atop a throne in the Body Banks, reiterated his offer to
Belladonna. When DeGrayde advised proceeding cautiously to avoid
turning the population against him, Argon launched his right/hand
gauntlet to choke DeGrayde, subsequently explaining how he had already
begun the process of using the Body Banks to shed his humanity.
Released from the gauntlet, DeGrayde noted that Argon was becoming like
Karza, and Argon agreed, but further claimed to be becoming greater
than Karza ever was, as he had taken months to dominate the Microverse,
while Karza took a millennium. He further noted that he cared not
whether the people had trusted him, as he just required their abject
obedience, which arose out of the fear he inspired.
I#43 (fb)) - In return for her aid, Argon offered Belladonna a boon,
and she noted that she wished youth. He told Belladonna she could go to
the Body Banks and take any body she chose, and Belladonna noted there
was only one she wished, Slug. Argon told her she could have Slug's
form, as she no longer meant anything to him (it's
difficult to tell whether this discussion was repeated (see the entry
for #39), or whether it was shown in two slightly different variations).
I#43 (fb)) - Disbelieving Argon's statement that Slug meant nothing to him, Belladonna
felt that Argon's attraction to Slug was strong enough that if he had a
version whose craving for power matched his own, he would again wish to
make her his queen.
Argon had his Dog Soldiers take Slug
and prepare her for the mind-transference.
I#43 (fb) - BTS / Micronauts I#46 (fb)) - Within the Body Banks, DeGrayde transferred Belladonna's mind into Slug's body and vice-versa.
I#41 (fb) - BTS) - Argon completed his transformation into an energy being.
I#41) - When Belladonna, now wearing Slug's form, paraded in front of
Argon, he instructed his soldiers to
leave him, and Belladonna danced seductively before Argon.
silent Argon to be ensorceled by her beauty, Belladonna imagined being
able to manipulate him as she wished. As she tried to seduce him,
however, Argon cast her aside telling her he had no such carnal desires and then
revealing he had transformed himself into energy form.
Belladonna's desire for love now that she was in a nubile form, Argon
noted that they would indeed be wed, as his apparent marriage to rebel
leader Slug would take some of the fire out of the rebellion.
I#43) - As Belladonna (in Slug's body; henceforth, unless otherwise noted, "Belladonna" refers to the mind of Belladonna in Slug's body) stood arm-in-arm with Force Commander in the castle
balcony and was announced as his bride-to-be, the newly returned Mari
wondered why Slug would have joined the man she so opposed.
advised Belladonna not to pull away from him, as he didn't want the crowd to
think she couldn't bear his touch, Bug noted to Mari how the horror on
her face indicated she was with Argon against her will (they had no
idea that this was Belladonna's mind in Slug's body).
As Argon and "Slug" returned to the castle's
interior, DeGrayde noted how they had deceived the crowd and
disheartened the rebellion; DeGrayde further shared that his spy-eyes
had detected Acroyear, Bug, and Mari in the crowd. Argon noted the
absence of Commander Rann, who was the only one he might fear due to
his connection with the Enigma Force, and ordered his Dog Soldiers to
bring Mari to him.
After the Micronauts present escaped with aid from a
member of the rebellion, Argon appeared and denounced his Dog Soldiers,
as he knew the rebel leaders could hide his foes away for weeks;
nonetheless, he vowed to find and destroy his sister and all the
I#44) - Within the Royal Palace, Belladonna offered Argon some
poisoned drapa (a drink made from Tropica's pears). Argon
told her she need not serve him, but when she told him it was her honor
and desire to do so. Removing his helmet and then converting
from energy into human form, Argon mocked her trembling as she was
unnerved by what he had become. As he drank the drapa, however, he told
her he knew it was poison and that he was drinking it only to show her
that she could not kill one who was no longer alive.
Argon then struck down Belladonna with a backhanded slap and told her he knew all of her
thoughts, including her fear and hatred of him, and her treachery.
Nonetheless, he tolerated her because she could not possibly harm him,
and he demonstrated his power over her by briefly causing her to revert
to her aged true form (or at least made it appear that he had done so).
However, he told her he wouldn't take away her youth as the real Slug
would then regain it, and she might find some way to upset his plans.
As he departed, he reiterated her true value in disheartening the
rebellion by making it appear that the rebel leader was marrying him.
I#45) - Argon laughed as Slug
(in Belladonna's body; henceforth, unless otherwise noted, "Slug" refers to the mind of Slug in Belladonna's body) battled Belladonna.
An arriving but unwitting Mari struck down the body of Belladonna as
she leveled her weapon at the body of Slug, after which Argon revealed
the mental transfer of the women and, manifesting
his energy form, revealed he had transformed himself into something
more than human. When he identified himself as a true force commander,
Mari denounced him as a monster and that -- for toying with the lives
of their subjects -- like Karza, he must be destroyed.
Extending long and short energy swords from his
hands, Argon asked if Mari would be the one to destroy him. As she
rushed forward with her own paired swords, he further mocked her, as
she had typically relied on her innate athletic abilities in the past.
As the two fought, Mari explained that she had come not impress him but
to kill him, and when Argon asked if it was Rann who had awakened the
warrior-woman within her, she told him that it was seeing the horrors
he had reaped upon their people that made her realize that only his
death would free Homeworld.
As the recovering Slug reclaimed her pistol and took aim again at Belladonna to punish her for
everything she'd done, Argon then fired an energy dagger into
Slug's right forearm, forcing her to drop her pistol. As Mari was
distracted by concern for Slug, Argon stabbed his energy longsword
through her mid-section. Agonized, Mari fell backwards and out the
window, and Argon noted that it was a pity she would not be able to
attend the wedding.
I#46 (fb)) - As Mari fell, Argon urged her to die, and to let her death
prove to the rebellious masses that no one, not even his royal sister,
could raise up arms against Force Commander and live.
I#45) - Slug
again picked up her pistol with her trembling and wounded right hand and
blasted Argon straight in the chest, vowing that there would be no
Unfazed by the blast, Argon levitated Slug into the air
(during which she dropped her blaster) and informed her that Belladonna
would marry him in her body, while Slug's punishment would be to live
and continue to age; he mockingly laughed as he told Slug that perhaps he would allow her be Belladonna's
handmaiden, advising Belladonna how to use the body she had stolen to please her
I#46) - As Argon looked out
the window to observe Mari's fate, Argon's
Dog Soldiers arrived. Argon questioned how Mari might have bypassed all
of DeGrayde's security measures, although he ultimately credited Mari's
skills for that accomplishment.
Aided by the Dog Soldiers, Argon again
donned his armor, noting his respect for Mari's skill and wondering how
-- if she survived her fall -- she might apply the lessons she had
learned of his power.
When DeGrayde reported that a rebel assault on the
Body Banks had been beaten back, Argon surmised that the assault on the
Body Banks had been an a distraction that had facilitated Mari's
invasion/assault on the palace so she could learn why the rebel leader
was marrying the tyrant of the Microverse.
I#46 (fb) - BTS) - While Argon was distracted, Slug and Belladonna fled.
I#46) - Learning this, Argon ordered his Dog Soldiers to find them.
I#46 - BTS) - In the royal palace's bowels, as Belladonna helped Slug
down the stairs, Slug asked why she was helping since she it was her
most fervent desire to kill Belladonna. Noting the horror she had
experienced with Argon, Belladonna acknowledged her folly and begged
After Slug shared her history, Belladonna asked how
she could aid the rebellion, and Slug noted she could start by pulling
the short sword from her forearm, after which they could discuss long-term plans.
I#48) - Argon instructed DeGrayde to spread the news of the capture of
Acroyear and Bug, noting that, combined with the his marriage the next
day should break the rebellion's backbone.
When DeGrayde asked, "What if
it doesn't?" Argon informed him he would expunge the resistance by
exterminating every man, woman, and child if necessary and then allow
DeGrayde to create for him new subjects in the Body Banks.
Argon then asked if his reluctant bride-to-be had
been found, and DeGrayde informed him that they had determined both
Belladonna to be within the Body Banks, noting that anyone foolish
enough to seek sanctuary there would soon be begging them to accept
(fb) - BTS)
- Argon's agents recaptured Slug and Belladonna at the Body
Banks before they could force the technicians to return their minds to their original bodies.
(fb) - BTS)
- Wedding plans were made for Argon and Slug (he would marry the woman
who appeared to be Slug, with the mind of Belladonna) with the goal of demoralizing the rebels and
making them think the resistance had come to an end.
- Within the arena, Argon asked "Slug" if it was not a beautiful day for
a wedding. When DeGrayde commented that their weather machines had
assured the cloudless sky, Argon reminded him he had asked "Slug."
Belladonna argued that he could control the weather but not her heart,
Argon mocked her as she used to crave power, not love; he asked if
finding her youth again had softened her hard, cold, heart. However, he
told her it mattered not, as she would wed him, and the people would
not know the deception
taunted the real Slug, noting that he felt her aged eyes upon him, and
her that it could have been her beside him this day, soon to become
Homeworld's queen. He further noted that at least her body would know
that pleasure while her spirit withered and died inside Belladonna's
Announcing the start of the wedding games, Argon
taunted Acroyear, Bug, and Pharoid as they were released into the
arena, noting he left them their weapons because they would need every
resource at their disposal to survive the games. He further returned
Pharoid's star sceptre to him. As DeGrayde's monstrous spider-creature was released to confront them, Argon complimented DeGrayde on this masterpiece.
Denying Belladonna's request to spare the
Micronauts, Argon was infuriated when DeGrayde pointed out that it was
raining, and he realized that Marionette must still be alive and that
she must have destroyed his weather tower. Soon enough, Mari arrived
alongside Huntarr and attacked Argon's Death Squad.
After Acroyear slew the spider-creature,
he, Bug, and Pharoid joined Huntarr and Mari against the Death
As the population rose up and denounced Argon, he mocked the
secret true meaning of their cry, "Death to Force Commander." As Slug's
guidance, Belladonna rushed forward and pulled off the Force Commander
helmet to show the people the true monster he had become.
However, as they
people were appalled, Argon's true face manifested within his energy form, beseeching his people to forgive him, as he
had not betrayed them but had been under the control of another.
that, Baron Karza revealed his presence, tearing open and emerging from the screaming husk of King Argon and the Force
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden, and Josef Rubinstein.
Argon is called Force Commander in #1 and
#6, but it is a big deal when he dons Dallan Rann's sacred armor and takes on the role of Force Commander in #8.
Maybe Force Commander was Argon's title, but #8 was the first time
he donned the armor of previous Force Commander Dallan Rann?
At the end of Micronauts I#34, it
seemed like the Dog Soldiers ambushed and captured Slug and the Desert
Demons, after which Argon, in his usual white Force Commander armor,
denounced the escaped Micronauts as traitors. At the start of
Micronauts I#35, Argon was denouncing the Micronauts, so it seemed like
a recap...but now Argon was wearing a black version of the Force
Commander armor and riding a black steed. And then Slug and the Desert
Demons attacked and fought a protracted battle.
I had initially thought #35 was just expanding on
the events of the last page of #34. However, on closer examination, in
#34, Slug and the Desert Demons were standing outside the entrance to
subterranean Aegypta, and they were ambushed by the Dog Soldiers. In #35,
Argon is with his Dog Soldiers on the surface when Slug and the Desert
Demons charge in astride Ostras from the desert. It makes most sense
that these are just subsequent events, and Argon progressing to the
black armor fits with that, too.
While in centaurian form, Argon appeared to
retain his human upper body proportions, which in turn indicated that
his equine body was of equivalent horse proportions.
Estimations are based on a terrestrial
thoroughbred horse, but Argon's centaurian form may or may not have
been significantly stronger, faster, and/or more durable.
Thanks to esteemed Official Handbook of the
Marvel Universe colleague Mike Fichera for his engineering expertise in
estimating Argon's height and weight in his various forms.
Some additional notes, courtesy of Stella Holley
Profile by Snood.
Argon should be distinguished from:
- ARGON - hero assimilated by Death Metal--Death Metal#1
- ARGON of the "Elder Earth" - hunter, used monstrous pet
to test others, met Chane, sought the Hound of Hell, followed it into Hell,
where he was claimed by the Devil--Savage Sword of Conan#64/3
- ARGON of
Reality-712 - Milky Way galaxy, believed to be homeworld of Hyperion
before he was revealed to be a terrestrial Eternal--Official Handbook
of the Marvel Universe Hardcover#5
- ARGON - an element in the Noble Gases...from the Period Table
- FORCE COMMANDER - alias of Dallan Rand--Micronauts I#8
- other "Argon," "Force," or "Commander" characters, etc.
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#15, pg. 13, panel 2 (teen; ice-party formal wear);
pg. 21, panel 3 (casual wear);
Micronauts I#1-7 (January-July, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Michael Golden (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker/embellisher), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#8 (August, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Michael Golden (penciler), Bob McLeod (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#9-12 (September-December, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Michael Golden (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker/editor)
Micronauts Annual#1 (1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#13-14 (January-February, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Howard Chaykin (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker/editor)
Micronauts I#22/2 (October, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Armando Gil (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
I#23/2 (November, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#24/2 (December, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer, co-plotter),
Pat Broderick (penciler, co-plotter), Armando Gil (inker), Louise
Micronauts I#25/2-26/2 (January-February, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer, co-plotter),
Pat Broderick (penciler, co-plotter), Armando Gil (inker), Louise
I#27-30 (March-June, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
I#33-34 (September-October, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
I#35 (November, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Val Mayerik
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mark Gruenwald (assistant editor), Tom DeFalco (editor)
I#36 (December, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Keith Giffen
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
I#37 (January, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Keith Giffen & Greg LaRoque
(pencilers), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
I#39 (March, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
I#41 (May, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#43 (July, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
I#44 (August, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny
Bulanadi, Carl Potts, & Al Milgrom (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#45 (September, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#46 (October, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Luke McDonnell (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#47 (November, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mike Vosburg (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#48 (December, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#49 (January, 1983) -
Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker),
Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#59 (August, 1984) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Kelley Jones
(penciler), Bruce Patterson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Micronauts II#5 (February, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Kelley Jones
(penciler), Pat Redding (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Micronauts II#15 (December, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Kelley Jones
(penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First posted: 03/06/2020
Last updated: 03/07/2020
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