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SNAKE EYES

Real Name: Snake Eyes (name given by Collector)

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Xanthian Boulder Crusher) serpentine chordate

Occupation: Captive animal

Group Membership: None;
   formerly the Collector's zoo

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Alpha Flight (Aurora, Marrina, Northstar, Puck, Sasquatch (Dr. Walter Langkowski)), Collector (Taneleer Tivan), Friday, Captain Ted Harrison, Power Pack (Energizer (Katie Power), Gee (Alex Power), Lightspeed (Julie Power), Mass-Master (Jack Power)), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Remote location in the Arctic Circle;
   formerly East North American coast;
   formerly intergalactically mobile on the Collector's spaceship;
   formerly Xanthos

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1 (September, 1984)

Powers/Abilities: As an average example of a carnivorous Xanthian Boulder Crusher, Snakes Eyes is an extremely large creature (compared to Earth creatures) that can survive in air and water environments on Earth. It has instinctual intelligence with flute-like piping for basic communication; certain vibrational frequencies (such as from a specially tailored Kymellian flute) can render it comatose or make it susceptible to commands. Like other Boulder Crushers, it can hypnotize prey with direct eye contact before the victim falls unconscious (lasting about one hour) so that the beast can devour the prey; other Boulder Crushers are immune to the effects of the gaze. It displays superhuman strength, being able to smash through concrete, and is near bulletproof with extremely fast short bursts of snake-like speed. It has instinctive fighting ability and coils around targets like Terran snakes (although its backbone differs to any Terran species). Its head is about 50% wider than its body width (which is mostly about 6'), behind which are flaps (or hood) that it can flare out during stress or aggression, and its mouth has multiple sharp, long fangs. It is averse to bright light.

Height: 120' length (by approximation)
Weight: 1600 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black/dark brown
Hair: None (red-magenta scales)

History:

(Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1 (fb) - BTS) - The cosmic Elder being Collector kidnapped a Xanthian Boulder Crusher, which he named Snake Eyes, for his giant collection of intergalactic sentient creatures, as well as a Kymellian flute that would pacify the creature. He kept it captive and used its hypnotizing gaze to knock out any unruly or resistant new captives.

(Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1) - Now on Earth and having already imprisoned Spider-Man (Peter Parker, for his symbiote suit), the Collector used the Kymellian flute to control Snake Eyes' gaze to knock out the newly captured super hero Marrina (due to her Plodex heritage, although she had signaled her Alpha Flight team members for help just prior). However, Spider-Man broke free and Alpha Flight (Aurora, Northstar, Puck, Sasquatch) smashed through into the Collector's spaceship, causing pandemonium. The Collector again used his flute to awaken Snake Eyes to subdue the heroes, but Spider-Man broke the flute. Its eyes webbed by Spider-Man to block its dangerous gaze, Snake Eyes thrashed wildly, breaking cages open to dangerous aliens until it escaped by ramming through the hull and fell into the sea below.

(Power Pack I#9) - Off the coast of Maine, a small fishing vessel captained by Ted Harrison hauled up Snake Eyes in its net. It thrashed wildly, hypnotizing Harrison, who accidentally triggered the foghorn. The sound knocked out Snake Eyes; now docile, the creature was taken to the Coney Island public aquarium for display. Later, the Power children excitedly told their Kymellian spaceship Friday about the "serpent" exhibition they were going to; Friday commented on its similarity to a species it was familiar with but dismissed it as coincidence. The next day, the Power children were taken by their grandfather to the aquarium. However, bored Katie Power played her grandfather's oboe, which wakened Snake Eyes once more and it smashed its way through the aquarium and amusement park. With Energizer and Mass-Master knocked out, Friday guided Gee and Lightspeed to drop Snake Eyes far away from people into the sea. Hearing of the chaos, Marrina arrived and spoke with the children and Friday before pursuing Snake Eyes.

(Power Pack I#10) - Friday carried Power Pack to the location of Marrina and Snake Eyes, which attacked as they neared. Gee played a flute but this made it more aggressive (Marrina suggested he'd instead given an attack command). Coordinated attacks from the heroes caused Snake Eyes to flee but the heroes knew they had to end its threat. Finding a rusted sunken ship, they lured and trapped Snake Eyes inside the hull. Marrina's alien chemical-coated claws temporarily blinded the beast, allowing Gee to raise the ship and Friday to pull the old ship into the remote Arctic ice fields where the cold put the creature into forced hibernation. Power Pack hoped that the Collector would eventually return for Snake Eyes.

(Power Pack I#17 (fb) - BTS) - Power Pack felled the powerful Snark Prince Jakal; Friday took him to the Arctic and lay him next to Snake Eyes for the ice cold to keep him unconscious.

(Power Pack I#23) - Snarks looking for Jakal found him next to the inert body of Snake Eyes. The Snarks were impressed that Power Pack had captured the Xanthian creature.

Comments: Created by Louise Simonson, Paul Neary, Sam de la Rosa.

There are slight variations in the illustrated length and width of Snake Eyes.

In Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1, Snake Eyes is colored green with red belly scales, but later magenta scales in the Power Pack story. However, the MTU cover also shows Snake Eyes colored magenta, so let's put the coloring confusion down to environmental effects (or internal lighting) of the Collector's spaceship in the MTU story.

This profile was completed 8/17/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Snake Eyes has no known connections to:


Captain Ted Harrison

Ted Harrison was the captain of a small fishing vessel off the coast of Maine, USA. One of the nets hauled up the alien Snake Eyes, but thrashing free of the raised net, the serpentine beast used its hypnotizing gaze on him. However, Harrison fell back and accidentally triggered the ship's foghorn, which had the right vibrational frequency to knock out the alien beast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Power Pack I#9


Kymellian Flute

The Kymellian flute was fashioned through Kymellian sorcery and provided instant communication and control over a Xanthian Boulder Snake (when played correctly). It was about 1.5' long and made of unrevealed materials (possibly ceramic in nature) but fragile enough to be broken when dropped. The Collector used one to control Snake Eyes but a Spider-Man destroyed it by dropping it in a later melee to stop Collector using Snake Eyes as a weapon.

 

 

 

 

--Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1


images: (without ads)
Power Pack I#10, p11, pan4 (main image)
Marvel Team-Up Annual#7, cover (headshot)
Power Pack I#9, p12, pan5 (hypnotizing)
Power Pack I#9, p2, pan3 (Harrison)
Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1, p19, pan4 (flute)
Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1, p19, pan2 (flute in Collector's hands)


Appearances:
Marvel Team-Up Annual#7/1 (September, 1984) - Louise Simonson (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Sam de la Rosa (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Power Pack I#9 (April, 1985) - Louise Simonson (as Louise Jones, writer), Brent Anderson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Power Pack I#10 (May, 1985) - Louise Simonson (writer), Brent Anderson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Power Pack I#23 (June, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Jon Bogdanove (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Carl Potts (editor)


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

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