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Real Name: Korilla

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial ("Monster Men") humanoid

Occupation: Captain

Group Membership: "Monster Men" military

Affiliations: Members of his expeditionary force

Enemies: Humankind, other races on his planet

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Planet in another galaxy (names unrevealed)

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery I#69/1 (June, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Having similar attributes to others of his race, Korilla has superhuman strength and endurance. He is an aggressive and heartless conqueror, and incredibly ruthless, yet also boastful. He commands a spaceship capable of warp travel between galaxies and instantaneous communication over such distance. Given his immediate command of the English language, his race may have some form of telepathy.

Height: 8' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Ginger


(Journey Into Mystery I#69/1 (fb)) - Korilla was a Captain of a warrior race on a planet in a distant galaxy. He led some of the fiercest warriors against the peaceful inhabitants of his planet, forcing them into servitude. However, despite he and his fellow warriors' ruthless victories, underground movements formed against them. The warrior race's leader commanded Korilla lead an expeditionary force to find and conquer another suitable planet, should his people need to flee due to an uprising from overwhelming numbers. Rapidly traveling to the Milky Way Galaxy, he considered Earth an apt locale and landed his spaceship at night; to avoid detection, it drilled underground next to an old Victorian-style house on the outskirts of an American city. The hooded scientist onboard prepared a dangerous self-replicating green gas harmful only to humans that the warriors expected would force humankind to surrender. Korilla had a scout go near the city.

(Journey Into Mystery I#69/1) - The scout hailed a cab driver to take him back to the house, but his alien visage was seen by the driver. Terrified, the driver managed to escape and alerted the disbelieving police. The warriors pretended they were just in costume for a party and the police left. But the cab driver remained suspicious and returned to the house. Quickly captured by the "Monster Men," he was taken before Korilla. Stalling for time, the cab driver asked to know their plans and, bemused, Korilla told him, also intending to shoot the cab driver with his own gun to make it appear an accidental suicide. The warriors mocked the cab driver and he took the chance to escape into the dilapidated house. Korilla demanded he be found, but the driver instead discovered a hidden passageway in the old house. He knocked out the scientist preparing the gas and fooled Korilla and all his warriors into entering a cellar room that he soon locked. The cab driver next duped the warriors' leader on the home planet into thinking that Korilla had admitted defeat. The leader passed a death sentence on Korilla for his failure just as Korilla escaped the locked room and gas was triggered that was lethal only to the alien invaders. The cab driver left to alert the authorities but saw the dead aliens and their equipment beamed into space, leaving no evidence of their presence.



Comments: Created by uncredited writer (see comments), Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers.

I can't help but feel that this story was moderated a bit. The human race was meant to be knocked out instead of wiped out (perhaps they enjoyed subjugating populations?) and the cab driver was meant to have "accidentally" killed himself with a gun.

Grand Comics Database lists likely author credits as Stan Lee and/or Larry Lieber.

This profile was completed 09/05/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Korilla has no known connections to:

"Monster Men"

Numbering millions, the "Monster Men" (dubbed so by their captive human) were a warrior race on a far distant planet. They were ruthless in their pursuit of war and subjugation, but remained in the minority on their planet. Their harsh treatment of others on their planet generated discord and underground movements of the oppressed formed against the warrior race. The leader of the "Monster Men" was sufficiently concerned that he sent one of his fiercest war captains Korilla on an expeditionary force to find and conquer another planet in another galaxy as a potential escape from overwhelming opposition. Korilla chanced upon Earth and landed his spaceship near an American city to investigate. Satisfied that the human race could be defeated using a gas harmful only to humans, he was ready to release it when a local cab driver intervened and resourcefully fooled them and the alien leader into thinking Earth was too powerful. The alien leader killed Korilla by remote and beamed all evidence away; any plan to conquer Earth by the menace of the "Monster Men" foiled.

Their civilization is very advanced with warp intergalactic travel and instantaneous communication between galaxies. They can quickly tailor weapons of war against aliens, but also favor traditional forms of combat, using steeds and swords riding into battle against peaceful targets. They are ruthless conquerors and paranoid, yet over-confident when they think they have weaker prey. Agile at leaping, they can still be clumsy in close quarters. Having quickly learned the English language on Earth, the race may have some form of telepathy. Lion-like in appearance, some have "manes"; whether this has to do with gender, age, rank, haircut preference or some other factor is unrevealed.










--Journey Into Mystery I#69/1

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Journey Into Mystery I#69/1, p7 (main image)
   p1 (headshot)
   p8, pan2 (riding into battle)
   p10, pan4 (2 peekaboo heads)
   p9, pan1 (scientist with gas)

Journey Into Mystery I#69/1 (June, 1961) - uncredited writer, Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 09/09/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021

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