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Real Name: Kurt Manners

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality (Earth-88131) extraterrestrial (Melmacian) Melmutant (see comments)

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: Uncanned X-Melmen (Brogue, Dark Kleenex (formerly Marble-Cake Girl), Michigan Wolverine, Molossus, Psych-Major, Prof. Charles Xylophone) (all Earth-88131)

Affiliations: Gordon Shumway (Fantastic Fur, later ALF) (Earth-88131)

Enemies: Emma DeFrost, Magmeato (all Earth-88131)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
   formerly mobile on planet Melmac (Earth-88131)

First Appearance: ALF I#44 (August, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Nightcaller can pluck a old corded-style phone from midair (presumably a small dimensional pocket) and dial anywhere with immediate response. Blue-furred, he literally has a forked tail (prehensile) with three prongs at the end, and has one less digit on his hands and elongated feet compared to other Melmacians. He has the usual physical attributes of a Melmac native (compared to humans), with heightened immunity, extended lifespan (set at 650 years) and a savage appetite open to many forms of food (including cats). He speaks with a sterotyped German-style accent.

Height: 3' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Black
Hair: Blue fur


(ALF I#44 (fb) - BTS) - On planet Melmac, Prof. Charles Xylophone prepared Nightcaller to join his mutant team of adventurers, the X-Melmen.

(ALF I#44 (fb)) - Coincidentally, X-Melmen member Häagen-Dazzler left the team to start her own group. Prof. Xylophone then introduced Nightcaller to the team, but disgruntled Michigan Wolverine forced a demonstration of powers and was knocked out by Nightcaller. Prof. Xylophone sent the team on a space mission, but while they were away, their home planet exploded in a separate incident, leaving the X-Melmen as some of the very few surviving Melmacians. They discovered the nefarious Magmeato and Emma DeFrost on Melmac's frozen moon and their plot to take over Earth.

(ALF I#44) - X-Melmen Psych-Major and Dark Kleenex went to Earth and gained the cooperation of fellow Melmacian Gordon Shumway, changing him into his secret superhero identity of Fantastic Fur, before they rejoined the X-Melmen near Magmeato's moon base. Magmeato caused their spaceship to crash using a digestive tractor beam. The X-Melmen and Shumway escaped and stormed the villains' castle, but DeFrost almost made the X-Melmen drown by instantly defrosting all the moon's ice. The X-Melmen regrouped and Nightcaller, with Shumway's aid, stopped Magmeato from escaping. However, DeFrost's actions had severely destabilized the moon and just before it was about to explode, Shumway fled in an escape pod while Nightcaller dialed an emergency group transportation to an alternate dimension.

   Later, back on Earth, Shumway played with his Melmutant action figures, confident the real Melmutants had survived.




Comments: Created by Michael Gallagher, Dave Manak, Marie Severin, Michael James & Ruth Leon.

Nightcaller received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Melmarvel Universe (entry at right) (!) (Handbook unpublished - it's a parody, folks).

I ASSume that a Melmutant is simply a mutant on the planet Melmac.

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

Nightcaller is a clear ALF parody of Earth-616's Nightcrawler.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Nightcaller has no known connections to:

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ALF I#44, p4, pan3 (main image)
   p5, pan1 (headshot)
   p4, pan4 (OHotMU entry)

ALF I#44 (August, 1991) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin, Michael James & Ruth Leon (inks), Fabian Nicieza (editor)

First posted: 08/17/2020
Last updated: 08/17/2020

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