Real Name: Nara Gale
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrially (Planet Ligra)-based human;
Early 20th century (1900-1930 and 1930-1945, at least)
Occupation: Empress of Ligra, Queen of the Lion-People
Group Membership: Queen of the Lion-People
Affiliations: Electro the robot, Lion-People of Ligra, Professor Philo Zog
Enemies: Dragon-Men of Ligra (notably Jago and Zoor), giant octopus of the Dragon-Men
Known Relatives: Sir Ronald Gale (father, deceased), unidentified mother (deceased)
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: Her castle within the domain of the Lion-People, planet Ligra, Mandahl system, Milky Way galaxy
First Appearance: (Mentioned) Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6 (June, 1940);
(seen) Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5 (July, 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Nara did not demonstrate any superhuman abilities.
She had experience ruling an unidentified population of Lion-People (and possibly an empire beyond that).
She had the courage to defy
threats from beings physically more powerful than her, but she lacked
the power to oppose them herself.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'6")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 125 lbs.)
(Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6 (fb) - BTS / Marvel Mystery Handbook: Lion-People profile) - In the early 20th century, British scientist Sir Ronald Gale flew his wife and their infant daughter, Nara, to planet Ligra in his stratosphere-plane, becoming the first humans to visit the planet.
ferocious Dragon-Men soon slew Sir Ronald and his wife.
Nara was rescued and raised by the
peaceful Lion-People, eventually becoming their queen upon reaching
(Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6 (fb) - BTS) - The ferocious Dragon-Men of Ligra sought to overthrow Queen Nara and the peaceful Lion-People, the then-current ruers of Ligra.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6) - BTS) <1937> - King Jago sent a number of Dragon-Men to Earth to capture the powerful terrestrial robot Electro. They also captured and controlled Electro's creator, Philo Zog.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5 - BTS) - After Jago tortured Zog and forced his compliance, Jago sent a messenger to the palace of Queen Nara.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5 - BTS) -
Considering his ultimate victory
assured, Jago sent a messenger to the palace of the Lion-People's
ruler, Queen Nara, delivering a message informing of his intentions and
warning her to surrender her crown or he would declare war.
Refusing to bow "to a wretch such as Jago," Nara instructed her aide Gor to summon the armies of Ligra to her palace.
Learning of Nara's decision, Jago
sent his warriors to attack the Lion-People, and an army of foot
soldiers -- aided by eagle-riders and Electro -- soon assaulted Nara's
palace, their bombs destroying its walls, and their death-rays killing
hundreds. As the Lion-Men fought back with their Q-Rays guns, Jago
commanded Zog, at knife-point to send Electro into action.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5 - BTS) - Unaffected by the Q-Rays, Electro attacked the Lion-Men soldiers, devastating their ranks.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5) - Their path cleared by Electro, Jago and his powerful bodyguard, Zoor, rushed into Queen Nara's chambers, and Jago grabbed Nara, warning her that she would regret her actions. One of Nara's faithful Lion-Men (possibly Gor) rushed to her aid and ordered Jago to stop, but Zoor swiftly flattened the Lion-Man.
Taking Nara hostage to protect himself, Jago carried her to his monstrous War-Eagle, which flew him back to his castle, there he cast her into the dungeon, mockingly telling her he hoped she would be comfortable.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5 (fb) - BTS) -
Aided by Electro, the Dragon-Men defeated the Lion-People. Searching
the castle, however, the Dragon-Men were unable to find the royal
jewels and treasures.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5) - After
a messenger reported their victory, Jago asked about the royal jewels and treasures. Upon learning they
were still unlocated, Jago rushed to Nara and demanded to know their
location. When Nara refused to tell him anything, Jago released a giant
octopus to force her compliance.
As the octopus slithered toward Nara, Zog took advantage of the distraction to escape and trap his captors Free to act, Zog directed Electro to attack the Dragon-Men, and Electro uprooted a tree and used it to destroy scores of Dragon-Men. Zog then ordered Electro to rescue Nara; smashing into the dungeon, Electro ultimately apparently slew the octopus.
When Jago and his guards attempted to flee in some craft, they were swiftly overtaken by Electro, who cast their craft into the water, apparently killing them.
(Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5) - Nara made Professor Zog an honorary knight of Ligra (the highest honors in their land). Zog then noted he and Electro would return to Earth, but that she should not hesitate to call on them again if she needed them.
Comments: Created by Steve Dahlman.
Queen or Empress
Nara was referenced as Empress of the peaceful Lion-People of Ligra in Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6, and she was revealed to be human in Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5, wherein she was called Queen Nara.
As Jago considered he would become
ruler of Ligra upon conquering the Lion-People, it would seem LIKELY
that Nara was ruler of Ligra. Perhaps there were more races on Ligra
than the Lion-People and Dragon-Men. Or perhaps not.
Regardless, for the purpose of this profile, I have listed her as Queen of the Lion-People, and Empress of Ligra.
Fate of Nara
We have no idea what happened after Zog departed. I like to think she married a nice Lion-Man and that they had hybrid human-Lion-People kids. Maybe Gur, seen in Marvel Zombies Destroy, is one of her descendants. Or not.
The 1937 date for Electro and Zog's trip to Ligra comes
from the Marvel Mystery Handbook, but it is based on the story in
Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6, which notes that Sarpo was sent to prison by
Electro and Zog for looting towns during the Great Ohio Flood. The
story in that issue follows shortly thereafter, as Sarpo gets word to
his men to seek vengeance by making Electro help their criminal
efforts. Thanks to Anthony Flamini for pointing this out.
Profile by Snood.
Nara has no known connection to:
The ferocious Dragon-Men slew Sir Ronald and his wife.
Their infant daughter Nara was rescued and raised by the peaceful Lion-People, eventually becoming their queen.--Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5
The ferocious Dragon-Men slew Sir Ronald and his wife.--Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5
images: (without ads)
Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5, pg. 3, panel 3 (Queen Nara, throne);
panel 6 (angry, standing...potential addition);
pg. 5, panel 5 (captured by Jago);
pg. 8, panel 2 (held by octopus);
panel 6 (knighting Professor Zog)
Marvel Mystery Comics#8/6 (June, 1940) - Steve Dahlman (writer, penciler, inker), Joe Simon (editor)
Marvel Mystery Comics#9/5 (July, 1940) - Steve Dahlman (writer, penciler, inker), Joe Simon (editor)
Marvel Mystery Handbook: 70th Anniversary Special: Dragon-Men
First posted: 03/21/2020
Last updated: 04/04/2020
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