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Information-silkReal NameUnknown
Information-silkCurrent AliasLockjaw
Information-silkAliases"Slobberchops",[1] "Sparky"[2]
Information-silkAffiliationPet Avengers, Inhumans, ally of the Fantastic Four and guardian of Ms. Marvel
Information-silkBase Of OperationsNew Attilan; formerly Attilan, Blue Area, the Moon
Status
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAttilan, New Attilan
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationCompanion to the Royal Family of the Inhumans, Royal Beast[3]
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 0" (at shoulder)
Length: 6'8" (from muzzle to hock)
Information-silkWeight1 lbs (0 kg)
Information-silkEyesBrown
Information-silkHairBrown
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesSall two-pronged antennae upon his forehead.
Origin
Information-silkOriginInhuman exposed to Terrigen Mist when still a child[4][5]
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthIsland of Attilan, Atlantic Ocean
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Jack Kirby
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Quote1 A giant dog, with antennae growing out of his head! What have I stumbled onto??! Quote2
--Johnny Storm


Origins

The massive dog known as Lockjaw is a canine offshoot of the Inhumans an offshoot of humanity that was genetically altered by the Kree centuries ago. [6] The Inhumans kept themselves hidden from humanity in their city known as Attilan (also known as the Great Refuge) out of fear for centuries, developing a high technological society with a focus on genetics. With the discovery of the Terrigen Mist, the Inhumans would expose themselves it in order to gain fantastic abilities. [7][6] Lockjaw's origins are mystery, the canine has the ability to teleport. Sources theorize that these powers were derived from exposure to the Terrigen Mists. [8] At one time it was stated that Lockjaw was a humanoid who was deformed by exposure to these same mists, [5] however this revelation has been exposed as an elaborate prank. [9] Lockjaw is the loyal pet of the Inhuman royal family, also known as the House of Agon, particularly Crystal and her cousin Black Bolt, the most recurring ruler of the Inhumans. Lockjaw is regularly used as transportation to traverse between time, space and dimensions.

Exile

The earliest recorded appearance of Lockjaw was a few years prior to what is known as the Modern Age of Heroes. When Black Bolt's insane brother Maximus created the Trikon and unleashed it upon the Inhumans, Lockjaw assisted Black Bolt in stopping the energy creature by using his teleportational powers to banish it to the antimatter universe known as the Negative Zone. However, while Black Bolt was otherwise busy, Maximus used the opportunity to seize the Inhuman throne and force Black Bolt and his cousins Crystal, Gorgon, Triton, and Karnak into exile. Lockjaw accompanied the exiles as they also began searching for Crystal's sister Medusa, who went missing in the battle with the Trikon, and unknown to all wandered off with amnesia. [10]

By the Modern Age, Lockjaw and his owners had tracked Medusa down to New York City. It was here that Lockjaw and the Inhumans first encountered the heroes known as the Fantastic Four. [11] During a battle with the heroes, the Inhumans ordered Lockjaw to return them to Attilan for fear of capture by the Seeker, a minion of Maximus sent to capture them. [12] There Black Bolt retook the Inhuman crown from Maximus with the help of the Fantastic Four. [13] However Maximus had the last laugh when he erected his massive Negative Zone barrier around Attilan trapping all the Inhumans inside. [14]

Wild Goose Chase

Lockjaw wasn't trapped like the others and used his teleportation abilities to leave the Great Refuge. The Human Torch began trying to find a way to pierce the barrier to be reunited with Crystal, with whom he had fallen in love with. The Torch and his friend Wyatt Wingfoot found Lockjaw outside Attilan and hoped the dog could teleport them past the barrier. [15] Instead of complying, Lockjaw instead took the pair on a series of jaunts to a series of bizarre parallel dimensions. [16] Lockjaw later returned Johnny and Wyatt to the Fantastic Four, their search interrupted by a battle with the Mad Thinker and the recently resurrected android Human Torch created in the 1940s. After the Thinker was defeated an the android Torch seemingly destroyed, Lockjaw teleported away, taking Wyatt and Johnny with him. [17] Lockjaw took Johnny and Wyatt through more strange dimensions later. [18] Lockjaw then returned them to New York where Johnny had to go and help his teammates battle their arch-nemesis Doctor Doom. [19]

Crystal's Chaperon

Eventually, Black Bolt managed to free the Inhumans from their trap, but Attilan was decimated in the process. While the city was being rebuilt, Black Bolt and his family went out to explore the outside world. [20] Lockjaw reunited with the House of Agon shortly afterward, and when Crystal sought to seek out the Human Torch, she used Lockjaw to teleport herself to New York City. Lockjaw teleported her into the middle of a football game between State University and Metro College. The State U. team included Wyatt Wingfoot who informed Crystal that Johnny was battling the Sandman at the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building headquarters. [21] When that battle ended with the Fantastic Four's leader Mister Fantastic being sucked into the Negative Zone, Crystal used Lockjaw to bring Triton to the Fantastic Four's aid and rescue Richards from the Negative Zone. [22] When Mister Fantastic, the Thing and the Invisible Girl were later attacked by the Kree Sentry #459 in the South Pacific, Lockjaw teleported Johnny to their side. [23] Likewise did he bring the Torch, Thing and Triton to assist the Inhumans in their battle against the Microverse tyrant known as the Psycho-Man. [24]

Lockjaw later returned to Attilan with Black Bolt, there the ruler of the Inhumans found Aireo, Leonus, Stallior, Timberius, Falcona, and Nebulo guilty of treason. As punishment, Black Bolt had Lockjaw teleport the criminals to another dimension known as the Un-Place. Later Lockjaw encountered the gamma spawned monster known as the Hulk. When the Hulk attacked Lockjaw, the massive dog teleported the Hulk to Un-Place as well. Eventually, the rogue Inhumans and the Hulk were freed by Maximus in another scheme to take over the Inhuman throne. This scheme was later thwarted by Black Bolt. [25]

Later when Crystal was offered a position in the Fantastic Four to replace the pregnant Invisible Girl, Lockjaw teleported the Fantastic Four to Attilan to get permission from Black Bolt. However by this time Maximus had succeeded in conquering Attilan and imprisoned his foes. [26] But the Fantastic Four and the Inhuman royal family managed to break free and defeat Maximus once again. [27] Lockjaw later clashed with the cosmic being known as the Silver Surfer when he was tricked into attacking Attilan by Maximus. Regardless of his superior powers, the Surfer was driven away from the Inhumans hidden domain. [28] Lockjaw was later dispatched to collect Crystal and return her to the Great Refuge. [29] There she had learned that someone had stolen the Helix of Randac. [30] Lockjaw later returned Crystal to the Baxter Building where she discovered that Doctor Doom was responsible for the theft, and he believed he had killed the rest of the Fantastic Four. A boast that later proved false. [31] Lockjaw later brought Johnny and Crystal to a battle in New York between the Doom enthralled Sub-Mariner and the combined forces of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. [32] Eventually the Fantastic Four defeated Doom. [33]

Later, Lockjaw teleported Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon and Karnak to the Baxter Building when they were led to believe that the Fantastic Four were launching missiles at Attilan. However the battle quickly ended when Triton reported that Maximus was responsible. [34] Eventually the pollutions from the outside world were becoming lethal to Crystal, and so she needed to return home and as seemingly teleported there by Lockjaw. [35] However, Lockjaw erred and instead teleported them to an apocalyptic future where the alchemist known as Diablo was trapped. He took control of both Crystal and Lockjaw and forced them to return with him to the present. There he had Crystal pose as the Ahau goddess Ixchel and took over the nation of Tierra Verde. [36] Lockjaw was forced to battle the Fantastic Four when they interfered with Diablo's plans. During the fight, Lockjaw briefly teleported the Thing to Earth-A, a parallel world where Reed Richards became the Thing. Lockjaw returned the Thing to his native reality, and ultimately the group defeated Diablo and freed his slaves. Lockjaw then teleported Crystal away again. [37] On their way home Lockjaw made yet another detour. This time to Australia where Crystal rescued the "mutant" known as Quicksilver who was injured in a battle with the mutant hunting robots known as the Sentinels. Lockjaw transported them back to Attilan where Crystal nursed Quicksilver back to health and they fell in love.[38]

Later when Maximus unleashed his Omega android on the Inhumans, Lockjaw transported both Quicksilver and the Human Torch to Crystal when she was captured by the android. [39] Later the Inhumans and Fantastic Four were able to deactivate the massive android. [40] Later the Thing borrowed Lockjaw to travel to Earth-A again to investigate if that world's Reed Richards was responsible for Thing sightings in his native reality. [41] Learning that interdimensional businessman Albert DeVoor was trying to incite war between the Thing's home dimension, Earth-A and the Fifth Dimension, he had Lockjaw return him home. [42] There both Things stopped a war between three different dimensions. [43][44][45]

War of the Three Galaxies

When the Inhumans were being targeted by the Kree to use as cannon fodder in their War of the Three Galaxies, they sought out the aid of the Fantastic Four. Lockjaw teleported the royal family to New York, only for them to be attacked by the Kree warrior known as Shatterstar. [46] Following their victory, Lockjaw followed his masters home where they found that Maximus had conquered Attilan in their absence. [47] Maximus intended to give over half the Inhuman population to the Kree in exchange for the right to rule over the rest. As such he forced the royal family, Lockjaw and their Kree ally Falzon to surrender. Eventually most of the royal family broke free and began liberating their people, but not before the still shackled Black Bolt gave into despair and screamed. [48] Black Bolt and his family later liberated Attilan, but the hidden land was in ruins. [49] Black Bolt then decreed that the royal family were to head into the stars to find a new home where the Inhumans could be safe from the Kree. Lockjaw accompanied them on this journey. They were shot down over the planet Stent a world covered a massive bog of pink dust. While the Inhumans went to explore and subsequently got involved in the petty squabbles of the Stenth race, Lockjaw remained aboard the ship to protect the elderly Falzon. [50] Later Black Bolt and Medusa recovered Lockjaw and Falzon from the ship. They then joined forces with the anarchist known as Warkon and launched an assault on the Stanth's totalitarian leader Flarn [51]. Lockjaw later accompanied the Inhumans on a flight to a Kree controlled space station where they battled Mon-Tog and learned that the Kree were creating sleeper agents to commit acts of sabotage on Earth. The royal family then returned to Earth. [52]

When the royal family returned to Earth, Lockjaw was present during their battle against the Pursuer, utilizing his teleportation abilities to assist the Inhumans in escaping the authorities. [53] Lockjaw was later left to guard Falzon in a rented room, but Lockjaw later teleported away to join the Inhumans in a battle against the Hulk. [54] Later the Inhumans sought out the Kree renegade known as Captain Marvel to finally put an end of the War of the Three Galaxies. Lockjaw later teleported Black Bolt and Captain Marvel to the Watcher's citadel on the moon where they could use a device to transport themselves to the Kree galaxy where they put an end to the conflict. [55] Lockjaw was later present when the Inhumans battled Spider-Man over a medication that could cure their injured friend Falzon. [56] When the Inhumans finally returned home to Attilan they found that a rogue Inhuman known as Thraxon had taken over the Hidden Land and allied himself with the ancient menace known as the Sphinx. Black Bolt and the others were captured, but Lockjaw managed to teleport Crystal to safety. She then enlisted the aid of the Fantastic Four to save her people. [57]

To the Moon

When Attilan was being plagued by a series of airquakes, Lockjaw teleported Black Bolt to New York to search for the Fantastic Four and a solution to the problem. [58] Eventually even Attilan was not safe from the pollutants of the outside world. When Crystal fell ill, Lockjaw remained by her side. [59] With the help of the Fantastic Four, the Inhumans were later able to relocate their home to the pollution free atmosphere on the Blue Area of the Moon. [60] Lockjaw later teleported Black Bolt to Earth so he could help the mutant singer known as Dazzler defeat the Absorbing Man. [61] Lockjaw also teleported the Fantastic Four to the moon so they could participate in the celebration of the Inhumans new home on the moon. Unknown to all at this time, Maximus used his mental powers to swap bodies with Black Bolt. [62] Lockjaw was one of the many super-humans gathered by the Grandmaster and Death in their so-called Contest of Champions. [63] However, Lockjaw was not chosen to participate and when the competition ended he was returned home along with the other involved. [64] Later when the Hulk briefly regained the mind of his alter-ego, Bruce Banner, and was pardoned for his history of violent attacks a massive celebration was thrown. Lockjaw was among the Inhumans at the celebration. [65] He was also present when Magneto came to Attilan to confront Quicksilver and his sister the Scarlet Witch over the "truth" that he was allegedly their father.[66] Eventually the United Nations became aware of the Inhumans living on the moon and dispatched the Avengers to go there and ensure that the Inhumans were of no threat to the Earth. Maximus used this as his opportunity to put his final plans in motion. Lockjaw was present when the Avengers arrived and Maximus began launching meteors at the Earth hoping to wipe out all life on the planet. He then used his position as "Black Bolt" to order the rest of the royal family to attack the Avengers. When the She-Hulk began attacking "Black Bolt" directly, Maximus blew his cover by speaking aloud. Medusa and the other Inhumans then forced Maximus to reverse the body swap, restoring Black Bolt to rightful body. [67]

Power Grid [69]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
Speed*
 2
Durability
 3
Energy Projection
 3
Fighting Skills
* Teleporter

Powers

  • Intra/Inter-Dimensional Teleportation: Lockjaw's major power is the ability to teleport himself and up to about one ton of additional mass (including up to a dozen people, if their combined weight does not exceed that limit), across space and even to other dimensions. In order for Lockjaw to teleport another person or object with him, the person or object must stand within a radius of about 14 feet from Lockjaw's body, and preferably be in contact with him. Lockjaw is capable of teleporting himself as little as 10 feet or as far as 240,000 miles (the distance from the Earth to the Moon at its apogee) from his original spot. It is not yet known whether he can teleport himself farther than that. The process of teleportation appears to be psionic in nature and is accompanied by a visible discharge of energy from his antenna. The precise method by which his brain taps the associated psionic energies and harnesses them for use is not known. Lockjaw requires no recovery time after utilizing his teleportation power.[citation needed]
  • Spatial Distance Sense: The means by which Lockjaw can determine distances and spatial relationships between points of departure and arrival, including interdimensional ones, is as yet unknown. Presumably it is associated with or augmented by the use of psionic energies.[citation needed]
  • Psionic/Interdimensional Tracking Sense: Lockjaw also possesses a sense of smell so keen that he can track or locate a scent across dimensional space. Since odors cannot physically travel across dimensions, this ability of Lockjaw's appears to be at least in part an extrasensory (psionic) one, the precise nature of which is as yet unknown.[citation needed] He was stated to be able to teleport by tracking the mental energies of his target.[5]
  • Superhuman Strength: Due to his great size, Lockjaw's jaw is extremely strong. He can also carry 3,600 pounds on his back.[citation needed]
  • Claws: Lockjaw's claws can dig through solid Ferro-Concrete.[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Durability: Lockjaw is much more durable than a human.
  • Telepathic Link: Thanks to the power of the Mind Gem, the Pet Avengers are all telepathically linked with the other.[68]

Strength level

Lockjaw possesses great physical strength simply from size alone. Due to his canine physiology he is limited to what he can pick up by its shape, that is, whether he can hold it with his mouth. His mouth, however, is unusually large, as is his head, which is about 40 inches from flews to dome. His jaw strength is such that he once clamped onto the Thing's hand and the Thing was apparently unable to free it. Lockjaw possesses sufficient strength to support 3,600 pounds on his back and still be able to walk, as well as the power and physical toughness to dig through ferro-concrete with his paws.

Weaknesses

Canine Urges: Lockjaw often suffers from canine urges. These often take the form of the desire to chase animals.

Speech Difficulty: Lockjaw can only speak with extreme difficulty.

Limited Manipulative Abilities: Being a canine, Lockjaw can only pick up or otherwise manipulate what he can fit his jaw on.


Transportation

His teleportation abilities.

Although not being an actual dog,[4][5] Lockjaw is sometimes for one.[70]

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Footnotes

  1. Son of M #3
  2. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #26
  3. Tails of the Pet Avengers #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Thing #3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thor #147
  7. Thor #146
  8. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #6
  9. X-Factor #71
  10. Inhumans Special #1
  11. Fantastic Four #45
  12. Fantastic Four #46
  13. Fantastic Four #47
  14. Fantastic Four #48: The Negative Zone barrier should not be confused with the antimatter universe of the same name.
  15. Fantastic Four #55
  16. Fantastic Four #56
  17. Fantastic Four Annual #4: The Android Human Torch was created in 1939 as seen in Marvel Comics #1. As revealed in this story the Torch deactivated himself in the 1950s. The Torch was chronally split in two by the time traveler known as Immortus as seen in Avengers: Forever #8. One version of the Torch was rebuilt into the Vision by the robot known as Ultron in Avengers #133, the second was buried in a cemetery and revived a few years later by the Avengers West Coast in Avengers: West Coast #50
  18. Fantastic Four #57
  19. Fantastic Four #58
  20. Fantastic Four #59
  21. Fantastic Four #61
  22. Fantastic Four #62
  23. Fantastic Four #64
  24. Fantastic Four Annual #5
  25. Incredible Hulk Special #1
  26. Fantastic Four #82
  27. Fantastic Four #83
  28. Silver Surfer #18
  29. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine #3
  30. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine #4
  31. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine #7
  32. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine #8
  33. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine #12
  34. Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #2
  35. Fantastic Four #105
  36. Fantastic Four #117
  37. Fantastic Four #118
  38. Fantastic Four #131: Quicksilver was injured by the Sentinels in Avengers #104. He is referred to as a mutant here because at the time everyone -- including Quicksilver himself -- was fooled into believing that he was a mutant. As revealed in Uncanny Avengers Vol 2 #4, Quicklsilver's DNA was altered by the High Evolutionary. In order to hide his involvement, he altered Quicksilve DNA so he would register as a mutant even though he wasn't truly a mutant.
  39. Fantastic Four #131
  40. Fantastic Four #132
  41. Fantastic Four #160
  42. Fantastic Four #161
  43. Fantastic Four #162
  44. Fantastic Four #163
  45. Fantastic Four #164
  46. Inhumans #3
  47. Inhumans #4
  48. Inhumans #5
  49. Inhumans #6
  50. Inhumans #7
  51. Inhumans #8
  52. Inhumans #10
  53. Inhumans #11
  54. Inhumans #12
  55. Captain Marvel #53
  56. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #11
  57. Fantastic Four Annual #12
  58. Marvel Two-In-One Annual #4: These air quakes were caused by Maelstrom as revealed in Marvel Two-In-One #71.
  59. Fantastic Four #239
  60. Fantastic Four #240
  61. Dazzler #19
  62. Fantastic Four #248
  63. Contest of Champions #1
  64. Contest of Champions #3
  65. Incredible Hulk #279: Eventually the Hulk's intellect begins to vanish, returning him to the savage brute he is most commonly known as by Incredible Hulk #297.
  66. Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4: The true parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch has been the subject of a number of deceptions all tied in with the geneticist known as the High Evolutionary. They were originally led to believe that they were the mutant children of World War II heroes Whizzer and Miss America in Giant-Size Avengers #1. In this story Miss America was pregnant but it proved fatal. The High Evolutionary claimed that the twins were the Whizzer's children, but distraught over the death of his wife he abandoned his "children". Later in Vision & Scarlet Witch #4, the New Woman known as Bova claims that the twins were actually the children of Magneto and his long lost wife Magda. According to claims, Magda really gave birth to the children then fled into the mountains after, never to be seen again. Since Avengers #185 it has been stated that Wanda and Pietro were raised by Django and Marya Maximoff. However it has since been revealed in Uncanny Avengers Vol 2 #4 that the High Evolutionary kidnapped Wanda and Pietro from the Maximoffs, altered their DNA. He then covered his tracks by making them appear to be mutants. After failing to pass them off on the Franks and Magda, he returned them to the Maximoff family. Likely, the fact that Magneto learned he was their "father" was also part of this deception.
  67. Avengers Annual #12
  68. Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #4
  69. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 14
  70. Marvel Encyclopedia #Fantastic Four



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