Classification: Alternate reality
Location/Base of Operations: Artificial planet
in deep space
Known Members: Mosk
Enemies: Dr. Fronter
(first name unrevealed), Space Sentinels (Speed Carter, Johnny
Day), United Planets Organization, other planets
First Appearance: Spaceman#4/5 (March, 1954)
Powers/Abilities: Mosquito Men are extremely
agile and each has four wings to help with darting flight. Compared to
humans, they have normal intelligence and strength, but their agility
enhances their fighting prowess. Mosquito Men have near-superhuman
durability and are bulletproof; only a certain gas compound has proven
lethal as a weapon. Their bulbous compound
(multifaceted) eyes give them near full 360-degree vision. Mosquito Men
have head-mounted sharp stingers about 2' in length; these appear to
discharge blasts on contact that prove lethal to victims without armor.
Mosquito Men can survive in vacuum and do not require oxygen. They
appear to be able to independently travel at least Mach 1 in space;
nevertheless, given the vast distances involved, it is assumed Mosquito
Men have additional interstellar transport for their raids. Mosquito
Men do not carry discharge weapons; only guards carry spears or lances
in defense of their planet.
Traits: Mosquito Men demonstrate collective behavior in a flat hierarchy and follow one unelected ruler, but become directionless and compliant without a leader. They are single-minded in tasks, even following fellows into death, not out of bravery, but out of compulsion to follow directions. They are merciless in their attacks and raids on other life forms, earning a fearsome reputation for murder and savagery, and demonstrating a lack of empathy for others.
Mosquito Men live on an artificial
planet in deep space surrounded by tiny asteroids. It's unrevealed how
they acquired it.
Type: Winged humanoid
Eyes: Two (on head)
Fingers: Three (including opposable thumb)
Skin color: Yellow
Average height: 5'8"
(Spaceman#4/5 (fb) - BTS) - From a hidden artificial
planet ruled by their leader Mosk in deep space, the Mosquito Men
attacked and raided many planets. Their lightning attacks, impervious
and merciless strategy made them the scourge of the spaceways. The
peaceful United Planets Organization finally discovered their home, but
did nothing until a weapon could be developed that could slaughter
them. The UPO's weapons scientist Dr. Fronter developed the D.D.T.
Gun, which could spray green gas that would quickly kill them.
Fronter also created the Triplicator gun as a
defensive weapon; it would create two copies of anything it fired upon.
The Mosquito Men found out about the UPO's plans and Mosk sent a small
raiding party to attack the secret lab.
(Spaceman#4/5) - The UPO's
Space Sentinels Captain Speed Carter and Cadet Johnny Day were shown
the Triplicator by Fronter at the lab, but Mosquito Men arrived and
smashed through the heavy glass. Fronter was killed and the Mosquito
Men escaped with the Triplicator, although they left the D.D.T. Gun
behind, not noticing it in a wall case. They took the Triplicator to
Mosk, but Carter and Day had followed them. Guards quickly flew to
confront the Space Sentinels but were met with green gas from the
humans' D.D.T. Gun, which quickly killed them. Despite the losses of
the initial wave of Mosquito Men guards, more were sent and likewise
died. Mosk arrived and fired the Triplicator, unaware of its true
nature, and all were shocked to see replicas of Carter appear the more
that Mosk fired upon Carter. Mosk and the Mosquito Men were overwhelmed
and confused, allowing the original Speed Carter to get close and kill
Mosk with the D.D.T. Gun's gas. The rest of the Mosquito Men quickly
surrendered. Carter judged the race and deemed that they be confined to
their planet with their stingers filed down down and blunted. The
duplicate Carters would act as guards to prevent escapes until the
Mosquito Men learned to be peaceable with the rest of the universe.
Comments: Created by Hank Chapman, Mike Sekowsky, Jack Abel.
Thanks to Grand Comics Database for the credits info.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Mosquito Men have no known connections to:
Developed in secret by weapons scientist Dr. Fronter
of the United Planets Organization, the D.D.T. Gun sprayed green gas
and was the only known substance to quickly kill Mosquito Men. While
visibly green to humans, the Mosquito Men did not avoid the green gas,
possibly underestimating its power or else unable to see that
particular shade of green.
The name D.D.T. is, of course, derived from the
(colorless) agricultural insecticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane
(DDT). It was banned in the USA in 1972 due to its toxicity to humans
and the environment, but some countries still use DDT to control
mosquitoes that spread malaria. It basically kills insects by
disrupting their nervous systems. Presumably, Fronter's D.D.T. Gun
applies the same principles.
Dr. Fronter was a scientist who operated from a
secret laboratory developing weapons for the peaceful United Planets
Organization. He created the D.D.T. Gun, a weapon that sprayed green
gas lethal to the dangerous Mosquito Men and the only thing that would
quickly kill them. Fronter also invented the Triplicator as a defensive
weapon, which would make two copies of anything that it fired upon.
Once completed, he showed the weapon to Captain Speed Carter and Cadet
Johnny Day of the Space Sentinels, but the nefarious Mosquito Men heard
of it and attacked the lab. Fronter was killed in the assault by one of
the Mosquito Men. Fronter barely got out a warning to Carter with his
dying breath that the special Triplicator gun had to be retrieved. He
was later buried and remembered as a hero.
Mosk was the leader of the Mosquito Men and wore a
robe to symbolize his role. He did not lead attacks but ruled from
their artificial planet. Space Sentinels Captain Speed Carter and Cadet
Johnny Day pursued the Mosquito Men who had stolen the latest secret
weapon of the United Planets Organization. The Mosquito Men passed the
gun to their leader. Unaware of its true function, Mosk fired the
Triplicator at the armed Speed Carter and it created two extra Speed
Carter forms. Frustrated, Mosk fired again and again, only to increase
the number of his enemy further. The original Speed Carter stepped
forward and fired at Mosk with his D.D.T. Gun, quickly killing Mosk.
With their leader dead and surrounded by armed Speed Carter duplicates,
the Mosquito Men surrendered.
The Triplicator was secretly developed by by weapons scientist Dr. Fronter of the United Planets Organization. Fronter hoped it could be used for defensive purposes. A small gun, when it was "fired" at a target, it would instantly make two apparent copies of the object, including living tissue.
Such a weapon could instantly increase a space fleet, weapons supplies, food supplies, infrastructure requirements, etc. However, it may have been limited to replicating a certain mass, such an adult body (they may even have been just interactive holograms). It would have offered tremendous benefits to society and yet we do not hear of it again, so it may be that the duplicates created do not last long... in which case the Mosquito Men won't be prisoners for long either...
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Spaceman#4/5, p1, pan3 (main image)
p5, pan1 (headshot)
p3, pan4 (flying into gas)
p4, pan4 (DDT Gun)
p1, pan1 (Fronter)
p5, pan2 (Mosk)
p1, pan1 (Triplicator)
Spaceman#4/5 (March, 1954) - Hank Chapman (writer), Mike Sekowsky (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 03/03/2023
Last updated: 03/03/2023
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