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Orka's original physiology was that of a Atlantean who happened to be a twenty four foot giant. As typical Atlanteans can lift roughly 10 to 30 tons depending on their athletic prowess, a giant of hulkish muscular proportions such as Orka could lift several times that amount; roughly 90 tons. Later his physiology was augmented so that it was at least equal to that of Namor the Submariner who can lift 100 tons or more when in contact with water.
He once utilized a costume which augmented his strength greatly by psionically harnessing power from killer whales through artificial means. It also allowed him to exist on land although when not in contact with water he was roughly thirty three percent weaker. At present he no longer needs his costume to utilize such powers due to scientific experimentation conducted upon his physiology. His improved phsyiology had the side effect of reducing his intelligence, though not the degree of a mental handicap.
Orka can communicate with and summon killer whales (whose company he prefers to Atlanteans). When he is in their presence he is considerably stronger than normal. He can also swim at superhuman speeds. He can survive on land much longer than typical Atlanteans, though it is has not been revealed if prolonged exposure of several days or more will kill him. Orka's endurance is heightened to the degree that conventional weaponry has no effect on him.
Orka has the typical training of an Atlantean warrior and is a highly skilled fighter. This is often not very obvious as his intellect is a weakness often exploited by lesser adversaries.
Orka was once an Atlantean and grew to become one of the strongest (but relatively dim-witted) soldiers in Warlord Krang's army. Orka stayed with Krang when he attempted to gain the throne from Namor the Sub-Mariner, and was exiled with his leader. Soon, Orka was chosen to be the test subject of Dr. Dorcas, who wanted to imbue a soldier with the power of a killer whale (At this point, Orka needed to wear a belt which transferred the power of Dorcas' captive killer whales). Namor defeated the rebels, and Orka was buried in an undersea avalanche.
Later, Orka managed to get free but was defeated by Namor again. The Brand Corporation (subsidiary of Roxxon Oil) contacted Orka and augmented his abilities to not require a power-transferring machine. He was then sent on a mission that brought him in conflict with the Avengers, but was defeated by Thor.
Somehow, he managed to escape from prison (he was seen in the Vault during the break-out called "Acts of Vengeance") and found his way to the Atlantic, where he was among Attuma's henchmen in his Deep Six group (alongside Nagala, Pirahna, Sea Urchin, and Tiger Shark) when Attuma attacked the United States where they were defeated by Namor and clashed with the Defenders on different occasions.
Later, Orka was among those villains recruited by the self-proclaimed Master of the World in his attempt to overthrow the United Nations, only to be captured by the new Heroes for Hire team. He also fought Namorita once, but was later defeated by a blast coming from Nova.
Orka recently tried to engage Nightwing Restorations, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight's bail bond company for supervillains, to bail out Stilt-Man. Recently Orka joined the Heroes For Hire, along with a few other reformed supervillains. Currently he works with the team to hunt supervillains.
First Appearance: The Sub-Mariner (1968) #23
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#2 Avengers Spotlight (1989)
- 'Adam II to Zodiak'#4
- 'Aqueduct to Zaran'
#26 Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (1991)
- 'Tales from the Vault'
#4 Daughters of the Dragon (2006)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
#2 Defenders (2001)
- 'And Then There Were Two'#3
- 'Capes, Lies & Microchips'#5
#7 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Fire Above, Thunder Below'#11
Heroes For Hire (2006)
#1 Incredible Hercules (2008)
- 'Taking It To The Streets, Part 1'#4#5#6
- 'Guns, Gems, Robots and Terrorists!'#7#8
#129 Marvel Special (1997)
- 'The Descent'#130
- 'The Judgment'
#11 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'Der unglaubliche Hulk'#16
- 'Die Rückkehr der Helden - Leb, Kree, oder Stirb!'#24
#1 Namor, The Sub-Mariner (1990)
- '1989 The Year in Review'
#42 New Warriors (1999)
- 'Asleep in the Deep'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
#235 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Look Out There's A Monster Coming!'
Annual 18 The New Warriors (1990)
- 'Atlantis Attacks, Chapter Eight: Avengers Assembled'Annual 19
- 'Terminus Factor, Stage 5: Beat Me in St. Louis'#149
- 'The Gods and the Gang!'#319
- 'The Crossing Line Part One: The Waterwind Interdiction'#320
- 'The Crossing Line Part 2: Underlying Currents'#321
- 'The Crossing Line Part 3: Missing Links'#322
- 'The Crossing Line Part 4: Bombs Away!'#323
- 'The Crossing Line Part Five: One World's Not Enough For All Of Us'#324
- 'The Crossing Line Part Six: Imaginary Borders'
#36 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Scales of Justice'
#8 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'N-P: From Namorita to Pyro'
#9 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Molecule Man to Owl'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
#12 The Sub-Mariner (1968)
- 'She-Hulk The Movie'
#23 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'The Coming of...Orka!'#24
- 'The lady and the Tiger Shark!'#66
- 'Rise, Thou Killer Whale'#67
- 'Seawinds of Change'#69
- 'Two Worlds and Dark Destiny'
Deep Six (Marvel)(02 - Attuma's team)
Heroes for Hire
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