"blue-skinned, four-armed alien"

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (unidentified race)

Occupation: Prisoner

Group Membership: The Collector's Zoo ("Cable-squirrel," Howard the Duck, Rocket Raccoon, others)

Affiliations: "Cable-squirrel," Guardians of the Galaxy (Drax/Arthur Douglas, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord/Peter Quill), Howard the Duck;
    possibly formerly "Another Super Hero" (see comments)

Enemies: The Collector (Taneleer Tivan), the Gatherers (X20, others), "vitamin water aliens"

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Collector's Zoo, unidentified planet

First Appearance: Howard the Duck IV#1 (May, 2015)

Powers/Abilities: The "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" did not display any superhuman powers.

He does have an alien appearance, including four bilaterally symmetrical, yellow eyes as well and four equally symmetrical arms, two on each side of his body, ending in a four digited hand (three fingers and a thumb) on each arm. Each arm also has two small fins on each elbow and he possessed two legs, each ending in a two-toed foot.

He has small slits where a nose might be as well as gill-like slits along his neck. The alien also has blue skin.

The alien could also apparently fluently understand and read English.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 3'7" - see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 100 lbs.)
Eyes: Yellow
Hair: None

History:
(Howard the Duck IV#1 (fb) - BTS) - While on a vacation on the planet Rylek, the "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" decided to have fun and party. Soon arrested for doing a bit of the "powder cosmic," the alien was sent to a prison guarded by floating aliens made of Vitamin Water that constantly emitted high-pitched shrieking sounds. Apparently, at some point, the alien was either freed or escaped prison.

(Howard the Duck IV#1) - The "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" ran for his life on an unidentified planet but was soon caught by a Gatherer serving the Elder of the Universe known as the Collector. The Gatherer shot the alien then set his sights on Earth. The alien was then sent to the Collector's Zoo on another unidentified planet and was given a cellmate that constantly droned on about his life problems, such as being the last survivor of his race and how the red sun was killing him. Eventually, the blue-skinned alien was given new cellmates in the form of the extradimensional Howard the Duck and extraterrestrial Rocket Raccoon. Content with his new cellmates, the blue-skinned alien himself droned on about his own life, sharing the story of his past imprisonment and the mistake he had made by partying too hard. Eventually, Howard lost patient and screamed, exclaiming that it was bad enough to be imprisoned without having to listen to the blue-skinned alien. Shocked, the alien apologized for causing Howard "discomfort" by attempting friendship and when the alien suggested Howard was a Sagittarius, Howard responded that he was clearly angry. Demanding to know if they were supposed to just sit there waiting to be displayed like garden gnomes, Howard was interrupted by Rocket Raccoon, who revealed that he had other plans.

(Howard the Duck IV#2) - While Howard the Duck ranted about the indignity and injustice of being imprisoned within the Collector's Zoo, the "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" ignored Howard and read the Fifty Shades of Gamma Ray book in a corner by himself. He  managed to look up from his book when Howard's ravings drew the attention of the Zoo's lizard-like guards. The guards quickly snagged both Howard and Rocket Raccoon with anti-grav restraints, prompting the "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" to throw up his hands and assure his two cellmates that "this part" wasn't actually so bad. Later, after Rocket and Howard regrouped with Rocket's Guardians of the Galaxy teammates and opened all of the prisoner cell doors, the cowardly "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" peeked from his cell to see all of the escaped prisoners battled the Zoo guards. Once the guards had been defeated, the blue-skinned alien accompanied other prisoners into the Guardians' ship, C.I.T.T.

Comments: Created by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones.

    The "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" appeared very squat in size, maybe a foot or so taller than Howard the Duck. However, it's possible he was taller than he seemed, as I'm judging the height based on both Howard and the alien sitting next to one another. In the panel I used to approximate the alien's height, Howard was hanging his head in annoyance and the alien appeared sort of hunched over. I wouldn't place the alien as being any taller than 5'0" given his squat nature. I approximated 3'7" since he sat at least a foot taller than the 2'7" Howard.

    While ranting on about his life story to Howard the Duck, the alien mentioned that he'd once shared cells with another alien who complained about being the last survivor of his planet and how the red sun was killing him. That seems to be a clear reference to DC's Superman, last survivor of Krypton who is empowered by Earth's yellow sun but weakened to normal human strength by red suns. With that in mind, maybe the blue-skinned alien's former cellmate was none other than "Another Super Hero," who once had an encounter with Spider-Man. That might explain why "Another Super Hero" hasn't been seen since his only appearance in 1967's Marvel Mini-Books...unless one further considers the reporter Clark to be an even more direct analog to DC's Clark Kent, in which case Clark may be the civilian identity for "Another Super Hero" and appeared in several places since the Mini-Books.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
"blue-skinned, four-armed alien"
should be distinguished from:


Fifty Shades of Gamma Ray

Fifty Shades of Gamma Ray was a book that the "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" read while imprisoned within the Collector's Zoo.

--Howard the Duck IV#2

Rylek

Rylek was an extraterrestrial planet on which the "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" was once arrested and imprisoned for partying too hard with the "powder cosmic." While there, the alien was guarded by "floating bags of intelligent Vitamin Water."

--Howard the Duck IV#1 (fb) - BTS

"Vitamin Water aliens"

The "Vitamin Water aliens" resembled floating bags of water and stood guard at a prison on the planet Rylek, where the "blue-skinned, four-armed alien" was once imprisoned. The "Vitamin Water aliens" were known to constantly shriek at high pitched volumes, much to the annoyance of the blue-skinned alien.

It was never fully explained whether the "Vitamin Water aliens" were native to the planet Rylek or if they were extraterrestrials there simply to work.

--Howard the Duck IV#1 (fb) - BTS

images: (without ads)
Howard the Duck IV#1, p1, pan3 (running, main image)
Howard the Duck IV#2, p1, pan2 (headshot & Fifty Shades of Gamma Ray book)


Appearances:
Howard the Duck IV#1 (May, 2015) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Joe Quinones (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Howard the Duck IV#2 (June, 2015) - Chip Zdarsky (writer), Joe Quinones (pencils), Joe Rivera (inks), Wil Moss (editor)


First posted01/04/2023
Last updated: 01/04/2023

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