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Manphibian has an extended life-span, and can apparently survive even within oil. He has super-strength, enough to rip a tree trunk out of the ground and throw it. Manphibian also possesses razor-sharp claws and is amphibious. His thick hide protects him from many conventional weapons. He heals much more rapidly than a human. These traits are believed to be typical of his race.
The creature known only as Manphibian was born on an unknown alien world over a thousand years ago. A member of his species attacked Manphibian, murdering his mate in the process. The alien fled from his home world, and Manphibian pursued him across several star systems in the hopes of exacting revenge. He eventually chased him to the planet Earth where both aliens found themselves trapped underground for a millennium.
Years passed, and in that time an industrialist named Aaron Fox built an oil refinery overtop the ground where the Manphibian laid buried. Persistent drilling in Shaft #27 awakened the two aliens, and they climbed their way to the surface. The rogue alien continued to satisfy his murderous ways and attacked Beth Fox, Aaron Fox’s wife dragging her underwater. Manphibian battled his old adversary and rescued Beth, but the incident earned him the attention of Aaron Fox. Fox mobilized an attack helicopter and fired several missiles at the Manphibian. The missiles rained down destroying Shaft #27, and Manphibian was able to escape during the chaos. Manphibian was not the only creature to survive the carnage however. The alien who murdered his mate was still at large, and Manphibian spent the next several years scouring the Earth in search of him. It remains unknown whether he ever successfully satisfied his need for vengeance.
The Manphibian resurfaced a short time ago and was inducted into a S.H.I.E.L.D. Special Forces unit named the Howling Commandos (not to be confused with the original Howling Commandos from World War II). The team was comprised of other powerful monsters including Warwolf, Vampire by Night and the Living Mummy. As a member, the Manphibian participated in a mission to Afghanistan to stop the threat of a terrorist organization known as the Lords of the Living Lightning.
The current whereabouts of the Manphibian remains unknown.
The character of Manphibian was created by artist Dave Cockrum. Manphibian is an analog to the obscure DC Comics character known as Devil-Fish. Devil-Fish first appeared in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #202. Cockrum conceived both characters out of a personal love for the 1955 Universal Studios film, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Cockrum later re-imagined the Manphibian character for a resin model kit produced by Action Hobbies.
First Appearance: Legion of Monsters (1975) #1
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#51 Legion of Monsters (1975)
- 'Haunted Hulk, Part 2'#52
- 'Haunted Hulk, Part 3: I Am Legion'
#1 Legion Of Monsters (2011)
- 'The Monster and the Masque'
Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook (2006)
Morbius: The Living Vampire (2013)
#8 Nick Fury's Howling Commandos (2005)
- 'The World Breaks Everyone, Part 1 of 2'#9
- 'The World Breaks Everyone, Part 2 of 2'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
#11 Sorceress: The Enchanting Art of Dan Brereton (2013)
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 1'#12
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 2'#15
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 5'#16
- 'FrankenCastle: Chapter 6'
HC Uncanny Avengers (2012)
- 'Sorceress: The Enchanting Art of Dan Brereton'
Avengers of the Supernatural
Legion of Monsters
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