Real Name: Jornik
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed) technology user
Occupation: Thief, technology merchant
Group Membership: None known
Affiliations: Balthazar of Cygnus Prime, Bretelian Bondar, Urg, unidentified Skrull
Enemies: Strong Guy (Guido Carosella), Lila Cheney; indirectly the K'lanti, X-Factor (Forge, Havok/Alex Summers, Polaris/Lorna Dane, Strong Guy/Guido Carosella, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair)
Known Relatives: None
Guido somewhat jokingly referred to him as "mister," "pal," Jor-El," and "little sneetch"
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen in the vault within Lila Cheney's Dyson Sphere;
previously based out of a decaying hotel on the canal in Madripoor's Lowtown;
place of birth/development unrevealed
First Appearance: X-Factor I#110 (January, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: Jornik did not demonstrate any particular superhuman abilities.
He wielded a staff able to discharge energy (electricity or otherwise) bursts sufficient to pain and/or incapacitate the powerful Guido Carosella.
He utilized a D'Baaran image inducer to adopt a human form (at least); however, at least by the time he encountered Guido, the device was glitching, and he finally gave up on it altogether.
Jornik formerly traveled between planets via a ship about which little has been revealed.
He utilized a Bretilian Bondar to restrain a prisoner in his base.
He formerly had access to all of the materials stolen from the vault in Lila Cheney's Dyson Sphere, including the Daedalus Wing, Harmonium, the Jewels of Seven Suns, and an Urg egg.
Height: Approximately 2'
Weight: Perhaps 50 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed (some images make them look light blue or brown)
Hair: Gray mustache (varies from almost white to light gray to dark gray (almost black)) and eyebrows (vary from nearly white to a dark gray))
Skin color: Light blue
Other distinguishing features: Jornik has two apparently smaller arms on his right, and one arm on his left. Each hand has two fingers and a thumb.
He has two short legs, each ending in six toes.
A single antenna rises from the top of his head, ending in a cotton-like fluff ball.
His paired eyes (in a humanoid position on his head) are relatively large; when first fully seen, he appeared to be wearing lenses of some sort on his eyes, and he seemed to be adjusting a lens with his right hand. Subsequent images look more like regular eye; maybe he lost his lenses in the excitement.
While the top of his head is bald, he has bushy eyebrows, and a thick mustache to beard-like structure covers almost everything in his face below his eyes. No visible oral (mouth), nasal (nose), or auditory (ear) structures were shown, although any such structure could be covered by his beard/mustache.
While his arms are somewhat muscular, his abdomen
is significantly large/distended. His legs are short and stocky. And he
has a short tail, rapidly narrowing to a dull tip.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - While Lila was out on her "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away" tour, Jornik raided Lila's Dyson sphere, taking everything she had her her vaults, including the Daedalus Wings, Harmonium (a device Lila had taken from the powerful K'lanti), the Jewels of Seven Suns, an Urg egg, and presumably a Bretilian Bondar +/- a D'Baaran image inducer.
(X-Factor I#110 - BTS) - Jornik stored what he had stolen from Lila on Earth, within a decaying hotel in Madripoor's Lowtown that formerly boasted its exclusive location on the canal, but which now found itself in the canal as the filthy waters gradually eroded its decaying foundation. He figured that Lila would not think to look for him on her home planet.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - Jornik considered the Harmonium to be a worthless music box, a piece of junk.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS / X-Factor I#111 (fb) - BTS) - When Jornik sold the Daedalus Wing to Balthazar of Cygnus Prime, he threw in the Harmonium with the deal.
Considering the Harmonium to be nonfunctional, Balthazar threw it out back in the garbage heap behind his Used Goods Emporium.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) <"cycles" before the main story> - Having fled the planet Boh-Tan-Ee, Jornik traveled to Earth; exhausted by his constant flight, he crashed his ship in the fetid harbor/canal waters of Lowtown.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - Needing to return the Harmonium to the K'lanti or face their wrath, Lila began searching for Jornik in earnest.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - Lila spent 3.5 weeks scouring 4 different solar systems tracking down Jornik.
Comments: Created by John Francis Moore, Todd Dezago, Jan Duursema, and Al Milgrom.
The spelling "Jornick" is used in the very first reference, but he is consistently referred to as "Jornik" thereafter, so I believe that is the correct spelling.
Profile by Snood.
Jornik should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
X-Factor I#110, pg. 3, panel 3 (ship);
pg. 5, panel 1 (Urg exiting through hole ripped in ship);
pg. 6, panel 1 (human form, distant);
panel 3 (human form, face);
pg. 8, panel 1 (shadowed form standing over Guido);
pg. 12, panel 5 (image inducer failing);
panel 6 (true form, full; legs/feet obscured);
pg. 13, panel 2 (face, profile);
pg. 15, pane 5 (full body, distant, unobscured)
X-Factor I#110-111 (January-February, 1995) - John Francis Moore (plot), Todd Dezago (script), Jan Duursema (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
First posted: 12/13/2018
Last updated: 12/13/2018
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