Real Name: Jaqe Murania
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (unidentified feline race, based on the O.K. Space Station in the Deneb system (see comments))
Occupation: Professional criminal ("owlhoot")
Group Membership: Leader of Jaqe Murania's gang
Affiliations: Formerly associated with the Stranger;
Enemies: Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Shabby Dayes, Rick Jones, Rusty-Paint;
Known Relatives: None
Rick Jones called him "pardner," playing on the Old West slang
Base of Operations: The the O.K. Space Station on an asteroid in the Deneb system (see comments)
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#42 (January, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Jaqe was a experienced brawler, good with his fists and carrying a handheld blaster of unspecified power (despite such weapons being outlawed), although he was no match for the strength of Mar-Vell. While he could take a punch from a normal-strengthed (or perhaps slightly enhanced) Rick Jones, a kick in the back of the head by a robot horse was more than enough to put him down for the count.
Jaqe is a feline-humanoid from an
unidentified extraterrestrial race. He has sharp claws on each of his
four fingers and his thumb, as well as enlarged and sharp canine teeth.
He has a prominent philtrum and slit-like pupils. He may have enhanced
nocturnal vision (with poor color vision) and/or enhanced olfactory
senses. His whiskers may or may not have served in detection of air
movement, etc. He also has a roughly 2.5' long tail that may have
helped him with balance.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'11")
Hair: Bald head with black eyebrows and whiskers
(Captain Marvel I#42 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Jaqe Murania came to live in the OK Space Station a domed city protecting its inhabitants from a poisoned atmosphere. Chronic exposure to these poisons nonethless affected the inhabitants' minds, and this -- and perhaps other factors -- caused them to live a life mirroring that of Earth's American "Old West era" (approximately its 19th century).
After the Stranger happened upon the OK Space Station and set himself up its "Big Boss," Jaqe Murania apparently became the Stranger's agent, using his gang to control the space station's inhabitants. Although firearms were outlawed as a single stray shot could crack the dome, Jaqe carried a blaster within his shirt.(Captain Marvel I#42 (fb) - BTS) - Local prospector Shabby Dayes had problems with Jaqe Murania and his gang, who threatened him and advised him to never show his face again in the O.K. Space Station. Many (most?) of the station's residents feared Murania and his gang.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Al Milgrom, and Mike Esposito.
Without the Stranger around, it would seem likely that the people of the OK Space Station were more willing to stand up to Jaqe Murania and his gang, but we don't know for sure.
Jaqe Murania had a sub-profile under Shabby Dayes, but I figured his gang needed to be shown, and that just seemed to be too much for a sub-profile under Shabby. So, here he is, in all of his glory!
Whatever cat race that Mandu belongs to.
Mandu was not confirmed to be a member of any known alien race. Other known feline extraterrestrial races include
Deneb IV was a Skrull world before the Kree drove them off the planet. The population was oppressed by sentient war machines left behind by the Kree: the Null-Trons, which had been outlawed by the Supreme Intelligence when he came to power.
Deneb IV is Zenn-La, one of 37 planets and 93 moons in the Deneb system (as mentioned in the comments of the A'askvarri profile). Could Shabby Dayes be from Zenn-La?
I doubt the fact the planet seen in this
storyline was Zenn-La because last time I checked neither the Kree nor
the Skrulls had a big presence on Zenn-La and I also didn't hear about
any Null-Trons terrorizing Norrin Radd back home. People at Marvel just
liked the star Deneb for some reason and used it on multiple occasions
and using the logic of our sun system repeatedly named the third or
fourth planet as some species' homeworld. Mistakes happen!
Profile by Snood.
Jaqe Murania should be distinguished from:
This guy, with green skin and pointed ears is the one who pointed out Shabby's return to the OK Space Station. He looks like he might have a thumb and three fingers (with the latter two fused), but it could just be the angle, lack of detail. His chin is a little bulky, but I'm not sure it is big and jagged enough for him to be a skrull.
These are the first guys to respon to Jaqe's call to "get that guy" (Captain Marvel), who had just punched him out. Like most, if not everybody, in the OK Space Station, they incorrectly assumed Marvel to be a marshal because of the star on his chest. The green-skinned guy with pointy ears in the top right (telling the marshal he had just bought into Boot Hill) is different than the above guy with green skin and pointy ears, both in skin ton, lack of hair, and facial structure. He looks to have three fingers and a thumb on each hand.
On the bottom left is guy with a skin pattern like the Entemen race, but he has hands with fingers and thumb, rather than digit-less tentacles like the Entemen. I THINK it is the same character shown from the front in this image.
I'm pretty certain that the green guy with a fin on his head and tentacles for arms is an A'askvarii, which makes sense, as their homeworld, O'erlanii, is the third sun in the Deneb system (or is it...?; see comments)
The other two characters we can't see well enough (just a pale (yellow?) hand on one, and the other guy kind of looks like a human-sized version of classic Ultimo.
As the owlhoots rushed to engage Marv and Rick, on the left, we see a fin and facial structure that looks like a Sagittarian...however, I've fallen for that trick before, and I'm pretty certain its the same character getting punched by Marvel in the next panel. That character has some facial structures that remind me of an alpha centaurian, but overall, it's a poor match. The fin/crest and the shape of the ears make me think Sagittarian. I think he's got some facial hair that gives his jawline that appearance.
I don't know anything about the two legs and gray-handed charactere covered up by the word balloon.
The green-skinned guy with horns has four fingers and a thumb per hand, but perhaps only three toes per foot.
The first owlhoots to engage Marv and Rick got a fist to the face. As noted from the picture above, I THINK the guy in front is a Sagittarian, while I think the guy in back with the orange skin, odd skin pattern, and raised hand is the same guy I noted above as being NOT an entemen.
These guys were the reinforcements called in when Marv and Rick started laying a smackdown on the gang.
With the exception of the bug-eyed guy on the lower left (who I thought might be a Sneeper, but then checked and saw that he didn't really fit), everyone here is too distant to say much about.
Either one of the reinforcements or one of the leftovers, this guy got punched out by Marvel. His blue skin and skullcap kind of remind me of Zarek (whom he is not), so maybe a blue Kree? Or not.
The very distant crowd of reinforcements, including some who had climbed out of the building to rush to join the fight. Not much can be said, although one at the top center looks to be a quadruped, while another seems to have a central somewhat spherical to ovoid combined head and torso with arms extending from it.
To help with the numbers, Marv broke off a post and used it as a weapon. The main taking a hit looks somewhat familiar, but other than being a green-skinned reptillian, I don't think I can say much more.
Jaqe was taken out, the rest of the gang gave up and departed. I'm not
sure what the guy on the far left is supposed to be...distinctive in
his lack of a nose or other features, but that's all I've got.
I got nothing for too distant guy walking away...
The central insectoid is unique, but it doesn't really look like a Brood, a Chr'ylite, Klklk, Kt'kn, Sidri, Slig, or any other insectoid race I can think of.
Another green skinned guy...eyebrow ridges like a Pheragot (but wrong color) or a Gegku (like Igwanus; but lacking the central ridge atop the head)...
The white-skinned guy could be a Deonist, but he has the wrong number of fingers. Maybe he lost some in a gunfight or an accident.
Captain Marvel I#42, pg. 5, panel 5 (Jaqe face in profile; gang member with green skin, pointed ears, and green hair);
panel 6 (Jaqe face close-up)
pg. 7, panel 1 (Jaqe picking up Shabby);
panel 4 (face; mostly full);
pg. 8, panel 2 (gang; aaskvarii);
panel 4 (gang; green skin; short-horns);
panel 5 (gang; Alpha Centaurian?);
pg. 9, panel 1 (gang; reinforcements);
panel 2 (gang; blue-skin; punched);
panel 3 (gang surrounding Marv and Rick);
pg. 10, panel 1 (gang; struck by poll);
panel 5 (Jaqe drawing blaster)
pg. 11, panel 2 (Jaqe kicked by Rusty);
panel 4 (gang members; leaving)
Captain Marvel I#42 (January, 1976) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
First posted: 04/07/2021
Last updated: 04/07/2021
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