krugreppeans-race-femalesKRUGREPPEAN racekrugreppeans-race-starthief-moeshemp-full

Classification: Semi-humanoid extraterrestrial race 

Location/Base of Operations: The planet "Krugrep," unidentified star system, presumably in the Milky Way galaxy

Known Members: None identified;
    Beast nicknamed four of them "Curly," "Moe," "Shemp," and presumably "Larry" (see comments/individual notes); another unidentified warrior;
    unidentified leader and apparent consort/spouse/second-in-command;
    The total number of surviving Krugreppeans is unrevealed; there were at least six ships, and each ship appeared to be able to carry at least a couple hundred passengers, so presumably somewhere over 1000 survived.

Affiliations: Defenders (Andromeda Attumasen, Angel/Warren Worthington, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cloud, Gargoyle/Isaac Christians, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Kubik/Cosmic CubePrincess Ilse Pterigil (formerly Star-Thief) and the Dreollnians;
   
Seraph/Sonya Tolsky

Enemies: Formerly Princess Ilse Pterigil (formerly Star-Thief) and the Dreollnians space fleet, including Sir Kaltenborn de Register-Cambric, and palace guards;
    briefly Defenders (Andromeda Attumasen, Angel/Warren Worthington, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cloud, Gargoyle/Isaac Christians, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Dreollnians, Seraph/Sonya Tolsky;
    formerly indirectly
Kubik/Cosmic Cube,

First Appearance: Defenders I#150 (December, 1985)

krugreppeans-race-scout-shipPowers/Abilities: The Krugreppeans are large and strong, possessing average strength well in excess of average human strength, and presumably possessing peak strength well in excess of peak human strength as well.

    Krugreppeans warriors are skilled in hand-to-hand combat, as well as the use of swords and energy-blast-firing pistols.

    They are scientifically advanced, possessing a large interstellar fleet of spaceships, and they can warp their whole fleet to a desired location. They possess large starships as well as smaller scoutships, such as the one on the right. The ships have advanced scanning equipment.


krugreppeans-race-starthief-intercept-crewTraits: Warlike and powerful (according to Cloud), the Krugreppeans are ruled by a leader, although their government was not clearly defined.

    Although often considering violence as the first option, Krugreppeans can be quite friendly and somewhat whimsical.

    The Krugreppean language as unintelligible to humanity, and when universal translators were used, their speech patterns are somewhat convoluted, and their meaning is sometimes a challenge to interpret.

    Their translated words demonstrated the word "Hoopla," frequently, which was apparently a term of greeting and agreement. 

    They are superstitious enough to fear the Valkyrie as the Chooser of the Slain. 

Type: Bilaterally symmetric semi-humanoid mammalian bipeds
Eyes
: Two (on head); most images show them as having either solid black eyes or black eyes with a small/central apparently pupil-structure; a few images show a white (sclera-like) region surrounding the darker region (see the images of "Dave" or of the queen/consort/second-in-command or the other female shown in the main image).
Fingers
: Four (plus opposing thumb)
Toes
: Unrevealed
Skin color: Brown
Average height: Unrevealed (approximately 7' to 7'3")
Other distinguishing features: The Krugreppeans are covered in thick body hair, even the females. They have no external nasal structure


krugreppeans-race-krugrep-frigidHistory:
(Defenders I#150 (fb)) - The Krugreppeans lived an idyllic life on their native world.

(Defenders I#150 (fb) - BTS) - Dreollnian child princess Ilse Pterigil was left comatose by a blinding laser beam of unrevealed origin that penetrated into her brain. Her mind reached across space to tap the power of the now-sentient Cosmic Cube (later Kubik), a force field containing reality-altering energy, as it explored the cosmos. Mistakenly equating starlight with the laser beam that injured her, Ilse used the Cube’s energy to transport stars and their discharged light into a pocket dimension, destroying many civilizations dependent on them.

(Defenders I#150 (fb)) - One day, the Krugreppeans found their world abruptly dark (as Ilse, later known as the Star-Thief, had taken their planet's sun). krugreppeans-race-krugrep-ship-loading

     Within a day or two, their world's temperature dropped catastrophically.

     The Krugreppeans soon piled into what spaceships they had, which could apparently only hold a small portion of their population. 

    It is unrevealed what basis was used to determine who left and who stayed behind.

    Those remaining were swiftly frozen in glaciers made of their atmosphere.

    The departing Krugreppeans navigated through space bereft of stars.

(Defenders I#150 (fb) - BTS) - This pattern was apparently repeated by the millions.

(Defenders I#150 (fb) - BTS) - Aware her brethren were vanishing, a relatively nearby sentient nebula’s radiated fear attracted the former Cosmic Cube. Ignorant that its own power was indirectly the cause and unable to reverse the effect, the Cube befriended the nebula, and it suggested the heroes of Earth might be able to solve the puzzle confronting them. The nebula traveled to Earth but inadvertently rendered itself somewhat amnesiac by adopting the forms and memories of two recently deceased humans. As Cloud, the nebula joined the Defenders.krugreppeans-race-ships-departing

    After regaining its memory, the Cloud nebula transported the Defenders (Andromeda, Angel, Beast, Gargoyle, Iceman, Valkyrie), as well as ally Seraph, into space alongside the Cosmic Cube entity and told them of the mystery of the disappearing stars. 

(Defenders I#150) - Apparently detecting and warping into their vicinity, the Krugreppeans fleet surrounded the Defenders, Seraph, Cloud, and transported them into their flagship via tractor beam. Within the ship, several Krugreppeans (apparently including "Larry") confronted the new arrivals. Their language foreign to the new arrivals, the Krugreppeans presumably sought to negotiate their surrender before one of them recognized the Valkyrie as a chooser of the slain and fearfully fired upon her. The other Defenders joined the fight, and Cloud's efforts to break up the conflict failed as her appearance further frightened the Krugreppeans. Finally, Seraph's bliss power allowed her to calm the Krugreppeans, who then led the Defenders and associates to their leader. 

     As the visitors approached the leader, Beast asked Cloud if she couldn't facilitate telepathic communication, but she noted that she couldn't do so without adopting their forms and structures, which was very traumatic physically and emotionally for her.krugreppeans-race-viewscreen

    The leader directed the visitors to a viewscreen, which showed the Krugreppeans before and after their sun's departure.

    As all present lamented how many had been lost to the Star-Thief, the former Cube revealed its presence and its role in sending Cloud to Earth.

    When the Angel wondered if this foe -- who had thwarted both the Over-Mind and the Cosmic Cube -- wasn't out of their league, the Krugreppean leader responded, and Seraph appreciated that he was insisting that they must fight regardless of the odds. 

      While unable to simply will the stars back (but unaware that Star-Thief was draining its powers), the Cube nonetheless created a number of bio-cybenetic devices, which when placed in the ear would translate the alien languages for all present.

    Thereafter, the leader noted the Defenders group's power and asked their aid in gaining vengeance for their home and other homes lost and yet to be. All of the Defenders, plus Seraph, Cloud, and the former Cube (who took the form of Captain America), all agreed to aid this quest. krugreppeans-race-scout-ship-interior-crew

    A quartet of Krugreppeans soon joined the Defenders group in departing aboard a small pursuit craft, which then warped into the region of the void of stars. The group was then pulled into a confrontation with the Star-Thief, but when the Star-Thief threatened them, one of the Krugreppeans threatened the Star-Thief in return, questioning whether it saw pleasure in causing the frigid deaths of planets, and noting that they would not arrest it but rather destroy it.

    Mockingly departing, Star-Thief shrunk the Krugreppean ship to tiny size, but the former Cube restored the ship. After Valkyrie noted that the Star-Thief was mortal, which led one of the Krugreppeans (whom Beast designated "Moe" (see comments)) to conclude that the Star-Thief lived on a planet and that its speaking of eliminating the little lights meant it did not eliminate its own sun. krugreppeans-race-scout-crew
    "Hoopla. If it is mortal, then randomness point that it lives planetarily -- on a ground. And loquating as it did of "little lights" -- likely it didn't elide its own sun -- for that would would make a "big light." You trail my speech so good as yet?"

    Agreeing, Beast wondered why, if it was so powerful, why it hadn't eradicated whole galaxies at a time? He speculated that it was because the Star-Thief did not know other galaxies were there, and that this could be possible if the planet was within a large interstellar dust cloud that would block out all of the more distant stars, leaving only a relatively few bright ones in the sky. 

    Beast then asked two of the Krugreppeans, whom he designated as "Shemp" and "Curly," to have their computer list all planetary systems at the edge of the void that were in dark dust clouds. The ship's computers showed four regions, with the top one conforming exactly, as there was only a single bright star in the sky. 

     The Krugreppean ship then flew toward that planet, and one of the Krugreppeans noted, "We'll be deviating round the stellar conclave and penetrating by path of the midst of the dust cloud its own self, so grip together!"

     Cloud spoke to Dreolln's sun, learning of its people and their level of technology, as she told the Krugreppeans and their allies that Dreolln's civilization was warlike and powerful, estimating them to be the equal of the Krugreppeans; although the Dreollnians had no stardrive, the single Krugreppean scout ship would be up against a large interplanetary fleet. "Moe" or "Shemp" then noted, "We're thrusting through the cloud forthrightly, Defenders! Planet sits ahead! So clutch your feather dusters, buddy guys -- for here they come!"star-thief-pterigil-sharing

     As the Krugreppean ship approached Dreolln, the crew was intercepted by  the Dreollnian fleet, who fired on them, badly damaging the scout ship; Cloud maintained a stable atmosphere for the inhabitants, saving them from space's cold vacuum. With the ship virtually crippled, Andromeda had "Shemp" or "Moe" fly right next to a Dreollnian ship, and then Cloud surrounded them as they boarded that ship. After Valkyrie tore open the hatch, the Defenders and Krugreppeans (at least "Curly") easily overpowered the Dreollnians.

     Beast and "Curly" entered the ship's cockpit, where "Curly" grabbed the head of pilot Sir Kaltenborn de Register-Cambric and forced him to destroy the Krugreppean ship and then report that they had defeated the invaders and to order the fleet to stand down. Unwilling to allow the invaders to reach his planet, however, Kaltenborn set the ship's controls for annihilation.

     The former Cube saved the Defenders and their allies and transported them to the surface atop a giant facsimile of Captain America's shield, after which the Star-Thief confronted them anew. However, unwilling to harm its own planet, Star-Thief's attacks were easily defended by the Cube, after which it returned to its mortal form.

    With Cloud now able to sense where the Star-Thief, the Cube then flew them to the ruling city, where they fought their way past the Dreollnian guards/soldiers present and into the palace.

    The Krugreppeans, Defenders and their allies continued to fight their way past other guards, ultimately surprising the queen mother when they burst into the room where she was watching over the comatose princess. After Cloud identified Ilse as the Star-Thief, the queen mother explained the events that had led to her daughter's condition. 

    With the Angel having been recently blinded, Cloud linked his mind with Ilse's so he could try to get through to her through their shared experience. Learning of the existence of whole galaxies from Angel, the distrusting princess threatened to destroy galaxies as well as the invaders' individual minds. 

     Beast convinced the queen mother to join the others -- the Defenders, Cloud, the Cube, Seraph, and the Krugreppeans -- in projecting their presence, their desire to help, and their love into Ilse.

    Comforted and overcoming her fear, Ilse withdrew her Star-Thief identity, restoring the Cube's power and manifesting the pocket dimension containing the stars as a small bag (like a sack of marbles).

     The Cube then sent all the visitors back home as it began the process of restoring the stolen stars, starting with the Krugreppeans. The Cube acknowledged that there would much to rebuild, but it told the Krugreppeans it knew they could do it.


Comments
:
Created by Peter Gillis, Don Perlin, Alan Kupperberg and Randy Emberlin.

    The Krugreppeans, planet Dreolln and Star-Thief's real name were identified in the Over-Mind profile in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#8 

    The Cloud profile in Defenders: Strange Heroes#1 noted Dreolln to be presumably in the Milky Way galaxy, while Cloud's nebula originated only "many light years" from Dreolln. As Star-Thief targeted stars she could see, the Krugreppeans' planet/star was relatively close to Dreolln's star, which would  also presumably put the Krugreppeans' planet/star in the Milky Way galaxy as well. 

    It's not really discussed, but I would hazard a guess that the Krugreppeans warped to the Defenders' vicinity in space either because they detected the former Cube's energies (which was accessed/usurped by the Star-Thief, although they didn't know that at the time) OR because they detected the stellar energies of Cloud. Or it was just a plot device...

    Beast jokingly referred to their planet as Xiombarg, an homageto  Xiombarg, the chaos-queen/sorceress associated with Elric of Melnibone

    The Krugreppeans previously had a pseudo-sub-profile in Star-Thief's profile, published 09/01/2001 (apparently one of the first 165 profiles I loaded onto the site the day I started it)

    This profile was completed 5/14/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Kreugreppeans should be distinguished from:


"Krugrep"

krugreppeans-race-krugrep-prekrugreppeans-race-krugrep-post      A planet in an unidentified star system, presumably in the Milky Way galaxy

(Defenders I#150 (fb)) - One day, the Krugreppeans found their world abruptly dark (as Ilse, later known as the Star-Thief had taken their planet's sun). 

     Within a day or two, their world's temperature dropped catastrophically.

     The Krugreppeans soon piled into what spaceships they had, which could apparently only hold a small portion of their population. 

    It is unrevealed what basis was used to determine who left and who stayed behind.

    Those remaining were swiftly frozen in glaciers made of their atmosphere.

--Defenders I#150

Note: The planet of the Krugreppeans was not identified in story, but I'll go with "Krugrep" until/unless something else comes along.

    Beast jokingly referred to their planet as Xiombarg, an homageto  Xiombarg, the chaos-queen/sorceress associated with Elric of Melnibone

leader
krugreppeans-race-leader krugreppeans-race-starthief-leader-face-profile     His named unrevealed, he presumably led the Krugreppeans who departed their planet after Star-Thief relocated their sun...or perhaps he became ruler at some point thereafter.

    He had a woman by his side who was presumably his queen or consort, but perhaps she was rather his second-in-command.

(
Defenders I#150) - After he presumably ordered the Defenders and associates -- whom their fleet found floating in space (see comments) -- be brought aboard their ship, some of the crew led them to the leader. Although neither group could understand the other's language, the leader showed them a viewscreen, which showed what had happened to his world and how they had ended up in space.

    When the Angel wondered if this foe -- who had thwarted both the Over-Mind and the Cosmic Cube -- wasn't out of their league, the Krugreppean leader responded, and Seraph appreciated that he was insisting that they must fight regardless of the odds. 

      The Cube then created a number of bio-cybenetic devices, which when placed in the ear would translate the alien languages for all present.

    Thereafter, the leader noted the Defenders, etc.'s power and asked their aid in gaining vengeance for their home and other homes lost and yet to be. All of the Defenders, plus Seraph, Cloud, and the former Cube (who took the form of Captain America), all agreed to aid this quest. krugreppeans_race-starthief-leader-cape

(Defenders I#150 - BTS) - The leader sent a quartet of Krugreppeans to bring the Defenders group into a small pursuit craft, which then warped into the region of the void of stars.

--Defenders I#150

Note: Prior to obtaining translation devices, some of the Defenders referred to the leader as "Big Bear."



"Moe"
krugreppeans-race-moe-upperkrugreppeans-race-moeHe is one of the four Krugreppeans who accompanied the Defenders group aboard the smaller pursuit craft to investigate the cause of the stars' disappearance.

His real name is unrevealed, but Beast nicknamed him "Moe" (see note).

(Defenders I#150) - The scout ship containing the four Krugreppeans and the Defenders group warped into the region of the void of stars. The group was then pulled into a brief confrontation with the Star-Thief, but when the Star-Thief threatened them, one of the Krugreppeans ("Moe or "Shemp") threatened the Star-Thief in return, questioning whether it saw pleasure in causing the frigid deaths of planets, and noting that they would not arrest it but rather destroy it.

    After Valkyrie noted that the Star-Thief was mortal, one of the Krugreppeans (whom Beast then designated "Moe") concluded that the Star-Thief lived on a planet and that its speaking of eliminating the little lights meant it did not eliminate its own sun.:
    "Hoopla. If it is mortal, then randomness point that it lives planetarily -- on a ground. And loquating as it did of "little lights" -- likely it didn't elide its own sun -- for that would would make a "big light." You trail my speech so good as yet?"

    Beast then asked two of the Krugreppeans, whom he designated as "Shemp" and "Curly," to have their computer list all planetary systems at the edge of the void that were in dark dust clouds. The ship's computers showed four regions, with the top one conforming exactly, as there was only a single bright star in the sky. The Krugreppean ship then flew toward that planet, and one of the Krugreppeans (probably "Moe" or "Shemp," although  the voice was coming from off panel) noted, "We'll be deviating round the stellar conclave and penetrating by path of the midst of the dust cloud its own self, so grip together!"

Cloud spoke to Dreolln's sun, learning of its people and their level of technology, as she told the Krugreppeans and their allies that Dreolln's civilization was warlike and powerful, estimating them to be the equal of the Krugreppeans; although the Dreollnians had no stardrive, the single Krugreppean scout ship would be up against a large interplanetary fleet. "Moe" or "Shemp" then noted, "We're thrusting through the cloud forthrightly, Defenders! Planet sits ahead! So clutch your feather dusters, buddy guys -- for here they come!"

     After the Dreollnians crippled the scout ship, Andromeda had "Shemp" or "Moe" fly right next to a Dreollnian ship, and then Cloud surrounded them as they boarded that ship. After Valkyrie tore open the hatch, the Defenders and Krugreppeans (at least "Curly") easily overpowered the Dreollnians.

     Moe and the others ultimately traveled via the Cube to Dreolln's palace, fought their way past guards, and confronted the Star-Thief's mortal form, Princess Ilse, and her mother, where they all joined together to projecting their presence, their desire to help, and their love into Ilse. Comforted and overcoming her fear, Ilse withdrew her Star-Thief identity, restoring the Cube's power, after which it sent all the visitors back home as it began the process of restoring the stolen stars, starting with the Krugreppeans'. 

--Defenders I#150

Note: Like the rest of the crew of the Krugruppean pursuit craft, he was nicknamed by the Beast after one of the Three Stooges, in this case, Moe Howard (Moses Horwitz), who also had a bowl haircut (looking like someone put a bowl on the top of his head and cut off everything below the bowl, leaving a straight line of hair).

The Krugruppean that the Beast called "Shemp" also had a bowl haircut (unlike the Three Stooge's Shemp), and they wore pretty identical uniforms. With each identified only one time clearly, it is difficult to tell which one is which. The top of Moe's head seemed a bit more narrow/curved, whereas Shemp's was more squared off.



"Curly"
krugreppeans-race-curlyHe is one of the four Krugreppeans who accompanied the Defenders group aboard the smaller pursuit craft to investigate the cause of the stars' disappearance.

His real name is unrevealed, but Beast nicknamed him "Curly" (see note).

(Defenders I#150) - The scout ship containing the four Krugreppeans and the Defenders group warped into the region of the void of stars. The group was then pulled into a brief confrontation with the Star-Thief.

After Valkyrie noted that the Star-Thief was mortal, one of the Krugreppeans (whom Beast then designated "Moe") to conclude that the Star-Thief lived on a planet and that its speaking of eliminating the little lights meant it did not eliminate its own sun.

    Beast then asked two of the Krugreppeans, whom he designated as "Shemp" and "Curly," to have their computer list all planetary systems at the edge of the void that were in dark dust clouds. The ship's computers showed four regions, with the top one conforming exactly, as there was only a single bright star in the sky. The Krugreppean ship then flew toward that planet.

     After the Dreollnians crippled the scout ship, Andromeda had "Shemp" or "Moe" fly right next to a Dreollnian ship, and then Cloud surrounded them as they boarded that ship. After Valkyrie tore open the hatch, the Defenders and Krugreppeans (at least "Curly") easily overpowered the Dreollnians.krugreppeans-race-curly-full-reareview

     Beast and "Curly" entered the ship's cockpit, the door to which "Curly" kicked down while stating, "Unless I veer from my estimation, the bullpen is through this door. Sanction me, Beast." To which Beast replied, "Hoopla, Curly."

    "Curly" then grabbed the head of pilot Sir Kaltenborn de Register-Cambric, who denounced him as a churl and a villain, to which he replied, "Appropriate, chum-pal!

     "Curly" then forced Kaltenborn to destroy the Krugreppean ship and then report that they had defeated the invaders, which led his commander to order the fleet to stand down. 
    "Now you will conform to my indoctrination--or your knob will be riven like an eggshell!
        Once -- kaboom the dinghy yon! DO IT!
        Twice -- radate to the flotilla you have erased us?"

     However, unwilling to allow the invaders to reach his planet, however, Kaltenborn set the ship's controls for annihilation. The Cube saved all of its allies and transported them to Dreolln's palace, where they fought their way past guards, and confronted the Star-Thief's mortal form, Princess Ilse, and her mother. The first attempt to have Angel commune telepathically with the Star-Thief was almost disastrous and "Curly" realized that this contact had allowed Star-Thief to learn of galaxies, which she might then destroy. 
     "She comprehends galaxies now! If we don't parry her--"

     Under Beast's guidance, "Curly" and the others (including Ilse's mother) all joined together to projecting their presence, their desire to help, and their love into Ilse. Comforted and overcoming her fear, Ilse withdrew her Star-Thief identity, restoring the Cube's power, after which it sent all the visitors back home as it began the process of restoring the stolen stars, starting with the Krugreppeans'. 

--Defenders I#150

Note: Like the rest of the crew of the Krugruppean pursuit craft, he was nicknamed by the Beast after one of the Three Stooges, in this case, Curly Howard (Jerome Horowitz), who had a shaved head.



"Shemp"
krugreppeans-race-shempHe is one of the four Krugreppeans who accompanied the Defenders group aboard the smaller pursuit craft to investigate the cause of the stars' disappearance.

His real name is unrevealed, but Beast nicknamed him "Shemp" (see note).

(Defenders I#150) - The scout ship containing the four Krugreppeans and the Defenders group warped into the region of the void of stars. The group was then pulled into a brief confrontation with the Star-Thief, but when the Star-Thief threatened them, one of the Krugreppeans ("Moe or "Shemp") threatened the Star-Thief in return, questioning whether it saw pleasure in causing the frigid deaths of planets, and noting that they would not arrest it but rather destroy it.

    After Valkyrie noted that the Star-Thief was mortal, one of the Krugreppeans (whom Beast then designated "Moe") concluded that the Star-Thief lived on a planet and that its speaking of eliminating the little lights meant it did not eliminate its own sun.

    Beast then asked two of the Krugreppeans, whom he designated as "Shemp" and "Curly," to have their computer list all planetary systems at the edge of the void that were in dark dust clouds. The ship's computers showed four regions, with the top one conforming exactly, as there was only a single bright star in the sky. The Krugreppean ship then flew toward that planet, and one of the Krugreppeans (probably "Moe" or "Shemp," although  the voice was coming from off panel) noted, "We'll be deviating round the stellar conclave and penetrating by path of the midst of the dust cloud its own self, so grip together!"

Cloud spoke to Dreolln's sun, learning of its people and their level of technology, as she told the Krugreppeans and their allies that Dreolln's civilization was warlike and powerful, estimating them to be the equal of the Krugreppeans; although the Dreollnians had no stardrive, the single Krugreppean scout ship would be up against a large interplanetary fleet. "Moe" or "Shemp" then noted, "We're thrusting through the cloud forthrightly, Defenders! Planet sits ahead! So clutch your feather dusters, buddy guys -- for here they come!"

     After the Dreollnians crippled the scout ship, Andromeda had "Shemp" or "Moe" fly right next to a Dreollnian ship, and then Cloud surrounded them as they boarded that ship. After Valkyrie tore open the hatch, the Defenders and Krugreppeans (at least "Curly") easily overpowered the Dreollnians.

     Moe and the others ultimately traveled via the Cube to Dreolln's palace, fought their way past guards, and confronted the Star-Thief's mortal form, Princess Ilse, and her mother, where they all joined together to projecting their presence, their desire to help, and their love into Ilse. Comforted and overcoming her fear, Ilse withdrew her Star-Thief identity, restoring the Cube's power, after which it sent all the visitors back home as it began the process of restoring the stolen stars, starting with the Krugreppeans'. 

--Defenders I#150

Note: Like the rest of the crew of the Krugruppean pursuit craft, he was nicknamed by the Beast after one of the Three Stooges, in this case, Shemp Howard (Samuel Horwitz). While this Krugruppean had a bowl haircut (looking like someone put a bowl on the top of his head and cut off everything below the bowl, leaving a straight line of hair), Shemp had hair that he combed back. However, given that there were four of them, and the other three were clearly Larry, Curly, and Moe, Shemp is the obvious fourth.
     I didn't realize until looking it up that Shemp was actually one of the original Three Stooges (sort of...he was in the trio of stooges working in "Ted Healy and his Stooges," before they were the "Three Stooges." He left before they formed as the "Three Stooges" and was replaced by Shemp and Moe's younger brother, Jerry, who became known as Curly. Shemp came back later and joined the Three Stooges after Curly had a stroke.

The Krugruppean that the Beast called "Moe" also had a bowl haircut, and he and Shemp wore pretty identical uniforms. With each identified only one time clearly, it is difficult to tell which one is which. The top of Moe's head seemed a bit more narrow/curved, whereas Shemp's was more squared off.


"Larry"
krugreppeans-race-starthief-larrykrugreppeans-race-starthief-larry-faceHe is one of the four Krugreppeans who accompanied the Defenders group aboard the smaller pursuit craft to investigate the cause of the stars' disappearance.

His real name is unrevealed (see note).

(Defenders I#150) - The scout ship containing the four Krugreppeans and the Defenders group warped into the region of the void of stars. The group was then pulled into a brief confrontation with the Star-Thief. After Valkyrie noted that the Star-Thief was mortal, one of the Krugreppeans (whom Beast then designated "Moe") concluded that the Star-Thief lived on a planet and that its speaking of eliminating the little lights meant it did not eliminate its own sun.

    Beast then asked two of the Krugreppeans, whom he designated as "Shemp" and "Curly," to have their computer list all planetary systems at the edge of the void that were in dark dust clouds. The ship's computers showed four regions, with the top one conforming exactly, as there was only a single bright star in the sky. The Krugreppean ship then flew toward that planet, Dreolln.

     After the Dreollnians crippled the scout ship, Andromeda had "Shemp" or "Moe" fly right next to a Dreollnian ship, and then Cloud surrounded them as they boarded that ship. After Valkyrie tore open the hatch, the Defenders and Krugreppeans (at least "Curly") easily overpowered the Dreollnians.

     Larry and the others ultimately traveled via the Cube to Dreolln's palace, fought their way past guards, and confronted the Star-Thief's mortal form, Princess Ilse, and her mother, where they all joined together to projecting their presence, their desire to help, and their love into Ilse. Comforted and overcoming her fear, Ilse withdrew her Star-Thief identity, restoring the Cube's power, after which it sent all the visitors back home as it began the process of restoring the stolen stars, starting with the Krugreppeans'. 

--Defenders I#150

Note: Unlike the rest of the crew of the Krugreppean pursuit craft, he was not given a nickname by Beast. However, as the other three were nicknamed Moe, Curly, and Shemp (three of the characters who played in the Three Stooges), the fourth character would almost certainly be Larry, who -- like Moe -- was in the Stooges from start to finish.
As further convincing evidence, this Krugruppean had the most unique hair of the Krugreppeans and most clearly resembled the hair of Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg), who was balding but had wide hair sticking out on the sides of his head.

    There could certainly be more than one Krugreppean with hair like his, but it looks to me like Larry was one of the Krugreppeans who first confronted the Defenders and associates on their arrival aboard the Krugreppean flagship. If so, he took the hilt of Valkyrie's sword, Dragonfang, to the chin before Seraph defused the conflict.



unidentified warrior

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     He appeared to be a commander of a strike/intercept team.

(Defenders I#150 - BTS) - The leader presumably ordered the Defenders and associates -- whom their fleet found floating in space (see comments) -- be brought aboard their ship,

(Defenders I#150) - Within the ship, several Krugreppeans (led by "Dave") confronted the new arrivals. Their language foreign to the new arrivals, the Krugreppeans presumably sought to negotiate their surrender before this warrior recognized the Valkyrie as a chooser of the slain and fearfully fired upon her. The other Defenders joined the fight, and Cloud's efforts to break up the conflict failed as her appearance further frightened the Krugreppeans. Finally, Seraph's bliss power allowed her to calm the Krugreppeans, who then led the Defenders and associates to their leader.

--Defenders I#150

Note:  He was not identified at all in-story. I was going to call him Dave for the purpose of giving him a sub-profile and distinguishing him from other characters, but I ultimately decided to just leave him as unidentified. His bald head and thick beard remind me of Dave Landers, aka Mastodon, of the Earth-148611 (aka the New Universe)'s DP7. Without the mustache...or nose...and, yes, I know that the New Universe wasn't even around as of the time of this story....ehhhh...get off me...Dave's not here...

     He is seen full body in the top right / main image reporting to the leader.



fleet/flagship

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With their world no longer inhabitable following the Star-Thief's removal of their sun, however many Krugreppeans that could fit in the  ships they had departed, their artificial environments allowing their continued survival. There were at least six ships

(Defenders I#150) - Apparently detecting and warping into their vicinity, the Krugreppeans fleet surrounded the Defenders, Seraph, Cloud, and transported them into their flagship via tractor beam.

--Defenders I#150


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(New) Defenders I#150, pg. 7, panel 1 (fleet);
        pg. 8, panel 1 (tractor beam);
            panel 3 (confronting Defenders);
            panel 4 (face showing eyes);
        pg. 9, panel 4 (happy face);
        pg. 10, panel 1 (bridge, showing females);
            panel 2 (leader & presumed spouse/consort);
            panel 3 (happy life on native planet);
            panel 4 (sky goes dark);
            panel 5 (frigid);
            panel 6 (boarding ships);
        pg. 11, panel 1 (ships departing);
            panel 2 (leader & consort face, profiles);
        pg. 14, panel 3 (leader; small upper back view, showing cape);
            panel 4 (leader; upper);
        pg. 16, panel 1 (pursuit craft);
            panel 2 (crew of pursuit craft);
        pg. 17, panel 1 (crew of pursuit craft confronted by Star-Thief);
        pg. 18, panel 2 (Moe or Shemp, full);
        pg. 20, panel 3 (Moe, face);
            panel 5 (Shemp, Curly, faces);
        pg. 23, panel 5 (Curly, mostly full rearview, kicking down door);
        pg. 24, panel 2 (Curly coercing Kaltenborn);


Appearances:
(New) Defenders I#150 (December, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Alan Kupperberg & Randy Emberlin (inkers), Carl Potts (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#8 (2011) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer/coordinator), Stuart Vandal, Mike Fichera, & Madison Carter (coordination assistants); Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Ronald Byrd, David Wiltfong, Chad Anderson, Chris Bigs, Eric J. Moreels, Mark O'English, Al Sjoerdsma, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Anthony Flamini, Rich Green, Markus Raymond, Andrew Goletz, Rob London, Mike O'Sullivan, & Jeph York (writers),  Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Defenders: Strange Heroes#1 (February, 2012) - Jeff Christiansen, Mike O'Sullivan, Stuart Vandal (head writers/coordinators), Markus Raymond, Mike Fichera (assistant coordinators), Sean McQuaid, Patrick Duke, Markus Raymond, Roger Ott, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Kevin Garcia, Anthony Cotilleta, Rob London, Patrick Ryall, Eduardo Freyre, Michael Hoskin (writers), Jennifer Grunwald & Mark D. Beazley (assistant editors), Jeff Youngquist (editor, special projects)


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

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