ROCO THE RAGMAN

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Real Name: Roco

Identity/Class: Terrestrial humanoid (probably Ragman race (see comments)) (circa 1900 (see comments))

Occupation: Scavenger

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Briefly the vampire Victor Krycek

Enemies: People he encountered while briefly partnered with Krycek

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Small hut in rural USA

First Appearance: Adventures Into Weird Worlds#22/1 (September, 1953)

Powers/Abilities: As a Ragman (see comments), Roco is composed of rags and has no blood. His head is slightly larger and more bulbous than a standard human's. He lives as a hermit and is completely unafraid of supernatural predators. Roco hoards old clothing and may use these to replace old rags of his body, thereby aiding his longevity. Presumably he is vulnerable to fire.

Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Bald (gray at temples)

History:

(Adventures Into Weird Worlds#22/1 (fb) - BTS) - From a small hut, Roco the lone rag dealer roved small nearby towns in a horse and old cart, collecting old rags, sometimes even from dead people.

(Adventures Into Weird Worlds#22/1) - One evening after a long unsuccessful day seeking rags, Roco the Ragman chanced upon a pale vampire finishing a victim. Completely unafraid, he stopped the vampire from making a mess and took the corpse's clothes. Initially confused by Roco's fearless approach, the vampire offered a partnership wherein Roco would gain access to a house so that the vampire could enter and eliminate the owners while Roco could then steal the clothes. The vampire even offered a wooden stake to Roco for safety that he could use should the vampire ever attack him. That night, the duo plundered several homes and they returned to Roco's hut, the cart full with clothes. Over many more nights, they preyed upon more homes until Roco refused to venture out anymore as his hut was full of rags and clothes. Angered and thirsty, the vampire threatened Roco, but he brought out the wooden stake. The duo slept in an uneasy truce until the vampire attacked Roco for his blood but found none; instead Roco stood revealed in his bare Ragamn form and killed the vampire with the stake.

 

 

Comments: Created by Carl Wessler & George Roussos.

Roco states that he's "a ragman", not "the ragman", indicating that there's more of his type around, potentially another hidden race, instead of just a vocation. It seems that apart from his head and hands, he is wrapped thick in rags, presumably around a skeletal human-like frame (otherwise a more flexible body would be expected). He may even be a type of undead; the story hints at the start with the vampire stating "no man can live without blood in his veins!"

Ragman should still be around -- unless the Bloodstones or other creature hunters got to him.

I'm assuming it's set in the late 1800s to around 1900. No cars are seen and there's only gas light for street lighting. An American-style fire hydrant is shown in the street.

"Ragman" is another term for "rag-and-bone man", who lived in extreme poverty and survived on proceeds and what they could find. They were found more in the 19th Century and early 20th Century, but declined as social conditions improved.

Victor Krycek's name was revealed in the Appendix of the handbook Vampires: The Marvel Undead#1 (December, 2011).

Thanks to Grand Comics Database for creator information.

Roco the Ragman predates DC's supernatural hero Ragman.

This profile was completed 02/10/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Roco the Ragman has no known connections to:


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Adventures Into Weird Worlds#22/1, p5, pan7 (main image)
   p1, pan3 (headshot)


Appearances:
Adventures Into Weird Worlds#22/1 (September, 1953) - Carl Wessler (writer), George Roussos (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 09/02/2021
Last updated: 08/29/2021

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