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Real Name: Melmacula

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality (Earth-88131) extraterrestrial (Melmacian) mutate/sub-species (Hampire) (see comments)

Occupation: King of Hampires of Melmac

Group Membership: Hampires

Affiliations: None;
   formerly fellow Hampires

Enemies: Gordon Shumway (ALF), Melmacians generally, Brian Tanner, Lynn Tanner, Willie Tanner (all Earth-88131)

Known Relatives: None

Known Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California, USA (Earth-88131);
   formerly planet Melmac

First Appearance: ALF Annual#2/4 (1989)

Powers/Abilities: Melmacula can shapeshift his body into various forms. This ranges from a shadowy bat-like form that can traverse space to a partial bat-like form of a large bat with his head, as well as a wolf (although this was more a sleazy human form). He mostly has the usual physical appearance of a Melmac native (compared to humans), with heightened immunity, an extended lifespan (usually set at 650 years but potentially longer in his case) and a savage appetite, although in his case it is solely based on sucking out cholesterol from Melmacian throat veins using his elongated incisors; however, certain impurities in this can poison him. Melmacula let his nails grow for a claw-like appearance. He was feared by Melmacians and he used this to his advantage to scare them into submission.

Height: Variable (4'1" in Melmacian form)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Black with white iris
Hair: Blue fur


(ALF Annual#2/4 (fb) - BTS) - On planet Melmac, Melmacula was the King of Hampires, Melmacian-looking creatures that sucked the cholesterol out of the throat veins of normal Melmacians, leaving the victims in a zombie-like state craving and searching for fatty foods. Because of this, Hampires had a fearsome reputation but a herbal defense was found.

(ALF Annual#2/4 (fb)) - The planet Melmac exploded with Gordon Shumway (later ALF) one of the very few to survive. Melmacula also escaped, his coffin abode shot into space from the explosion. Hungry for Melmacian sustenance, he found Shumway's litter trail in space and transformed into a black bat-like creature until he found Earth and the Tanner family's house in Los Angeles, Shumway's new home.

(ALF Annual#2/4) - Melmacula attacked Shumway in the house, also threatening the Tanner family members, who defended themselves. Momentarily stunned, Melmacula was trapped in a food storage container. Shumway quickly devoured various herbs to protect himself but Melmacula had escaped and quietly transformed into a sleazy human form that menaced Lynn Tanner. The Hampire offered to trade Lynn for Shumway to eat from and Shumway agreed. However, Shumway's Melmacian defense of "Scarborough Hair" (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) that he had consumed proved poisonous to Melmacula and he melted into a black puddle.

   The black puddle quickly solidified. Shumway rolled it up to use as a throwrug in his room in the attic.

Comments: Created by Michael Gallagher, Dave Manak, Marie Severin.

It's unrevealed exactly how Hampires (effectively Melmacian Vampires) came to be; they could be a mutate, but it's not from being bitten, so they're like a sub-species of Melmacians.

Obviously Melmacula is a play on words of ALF's home planet Melmac and the human vampire lord Dracula.

Further details on the Melmacian alien species (according to the ALF television show) can be found on a Melmac fansite. No problem!

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Melmacula has no known connections to:

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ALF Annual#2/4, p8, pan1 (main image)
   p1, pan1 (spacebat)
   p6, pan7 (human disguise)
   p8, pan6 ("melting")

ALF Annual#2/4 (1989) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)

First posted: 10/31/2020
Last updated: 10/31/2020

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