Real Name: Roque Ruiz
Identity/Class: Extradimensional / Alternate Reality (Earth-98120) human mutant (see comments)
former soldier, circus strongman, bull-fighter, adventurer
Group Membership: Oort's Solar Squadron
(Oort, Estigma/Teresa O'Connor);
formerly Triada Vértice (Cascabel/Covadonga Lazaro, Estigma), el Circo Maravillas (see comments)
Enemies: Avengers-98210 (Captain Marvel/Genis-Vell/Rick Jones, Jack of Hearts/Jonathan Hart, Justice/Vance Astro, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Thor Odinson) (see comments), Gavilan
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: El Hombre Más Fuerte del Mundo (The Hardest Man in the World)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed (Earth-98120);
formerly Spain, Earth-98120
First Appearance: Iberia, Inc.#6 (August 1997); (Marvel) Avengers Forever#2 (January 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength, rapid healing and invulnerability. He uses an armband adorned with bull-like horns as a weapon.
Height: 6'10" (by estimation)
Weight: 395 lbs. (by estimation)
(Iberia, Inc#6; Triada Vértice#1-4) - Roque Ruiz was always bigger and stronger than his peers throughout his entire life. Coming from a poor neighbourhood, this was an advantage growing up, and as an adult, lacking any sort of formal education, the army was an obvious career for someone with his natural talents. He joined the Spanish Legion, but his time there was cut short when he accidentally killed a man in a brawl. For a time he worked as a bullfighter, earning himself a legendary reputation, and as a mercenary, during which while in Angola he stepped on a mine only to emerge unscathed. Later he was sent to prison, where he re-evaluated his life, and decided to utilize his period of incarceration to gain the education he had missed as a child. After his release he joined the circus el Circo Maravillas (the Wonder Circus) as a strongman under the name Mihúra, teaming up with an acrobatic girl called Cascabel. However Cascabel was a runaway, and when a private investigator, Estigma, sent by her father found her, a chain of events was kicked off that changed all three of their lives. A group of armored men led by hero turned mercenary Gavilan kidnapped the child, leaving Mihúra and Estigma to rescue her. After they had achieved this goal, they decided to remain together as a team, a decision influenced no doubt by Cascabel's powers of persuasion.
(Avengers Forever#2 (fb) - BTS) - For unrevealed reasons, both Mihúra and Estigma joined the villainous Oort's Solar Squadron. (see comments)
(Avengers Forever#2 (fb)) - As part of the Solar Squadron, Mihúra battled the Avengers, taking a beating from Thor.
Comments: Created by Rafael Marín, Jesús Merino and Carlos Pacheco, snuck into Marvel by the latter.
Mihúra's codename comes from a famous breed of Spanish bulls used in bullfighting.
Mihúra originally appeared as a guest star in the Spanish comic Iberia, Inc., published by Planeta's Laberinto imprint, before moving to his own team book Triada Vértice. Carlos Pacheco was his co-creator, and when providing art for Avengers Forever, snuck a cameo in.
The profile ASSumes that Avengers-version Mihúra's background is largely identical to that depicted in his Laberinto appearances, so that codename, powers, relatives, real identity, etc. match, with the addition of whatever tiny extras we got from Avengers Forever. If they didn't match, then this profile would be extremely minimal, with lots of "unrevealed" and only one history entry. With that in mind, the question then arises why Estigma and Mihúra would be part of the villain Oort's Solar Squadron. One simple option would be that the 98120 versions are villains, but it might also be that they were tricked or coerced into fighting the Avengers.
The entry assumes that the 98120 Avengers share the same codenames and real identities as their 616 counterparts. We know this is true for Songbird and Captain Marvel, but it's not guaranteed for any of the others. Notably, Thor looks somewhat different, with reddish hair; maybe it's not that reality's version of Thor, but his son Magni (or maybe it's Red Norvell).
The Avengers Index's entry for Avengers Forever#2 notes "The depicted members of the unseen Oort’s Solar Squadron resemble Spanish super heroes that artist Carlos Pacheco co-created." The Index did know exactly who they were, but had to hedge round explicit identification because of potential copyright concerns.
Profile by Loki.
Mihúra has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers Forever#2, p15, pan 3 (main image)
Triada Vértice#3 cover (Laberinto image)
Triada Vértice TPB cover (team image, giving a sense of his height)
Iberia, Inc. #6 (August 1997) - Rafael Marín and Carlos Pacheco (writers), Rafa Fonteriz (art), Antoni Guiral (editor)
Iberia, Inc. Databook (May 1997) - Rafael Marín and Carlos Pacheco (writers), Rafa Fonteriz (art), Antoni Guiral (editor)
Triada Vertice#1-4 (March-June 1998) - Rafael Marín and Carlos Pacheco (writers), Jesús Merino (art), Antoni Guiral (editor)
Avengers Forever#2 (January 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Jesús Merino (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 01/20/2019
Last updated: 01/20/2019
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