Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Extra-Dimensional (Microverse), male humanoid mutate
Occupation: Killer, prisoner and revolutionary
Group Membership: Little D's Den of Thieves (loose)
Affiliations: Acroyear, Bug, Huntarr, Little D, Marionette
Enemies: Baron Karza, Baron Karza's Dog Soldiers, Tri-bunal
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Prisonworld, the Microverse;
First Appearance: Micronauts I#54 (September, 1983)
Powers/Abilities: Murder-1 had been mutated into a large, troll-like brute as one of Karza's notorious bio-engineering experiments. His strength, stamina and durability were all in the enhanced human range, although his intelligence was below normal. It seemed that rage increased his strength and durability. His appearance was very intimidating and he seemed to relish a fight.
His face had been disfigured to incorporate long blunted fangs protruding from an extended lower overbite, plus a pronounced brow. He was bald but had rocky outcrops on his head. He long light brown hair on his shoulders and forearms, and as sideburns. His height was well over 7', but he was stooped, likely as a result from being mutated. He also had three fingers and thumb on each hand.
(Micronauts I#54 (fb) - BTS) - Murder-1 had been a man on an unnamed world in the Microverse who held the concept of liberty dearly, but had been bio-engineered to suppress such thoughts, including his humanity. He was transported to Prisonworld for the violent crime of killing a squad of dog soldiers. Murder-1 had been on Prisonworld so long that he had forgotten his own name, and used the name given to him by the dog soldiers for his crime. This almost completely wiped his identity on top of being mutated.
(Micronauts I#54) - Also incarcerated, Murder-1 saw Marionette, Acroyear, Huntarr, Bug and Little D be brought into the holding cell for prisoners awaiting sentencing, and heard Marionette's stirring speech for the prisoners to stop fighting each other and battle their jailor, Baron Karza. A green-skinned man smacked her on the shoulder, which caused her to fall. At this point, Murder-1 stepped forward and floored the green man with one punch, and offered to help Marionette up. A frog-like inmate hit Murder-1 over the head with a long stick; this led to a number of prisoners swarming over the behemoth and erupted into a general brawl when the Micronauts intervened to help Murder-1 against his assailants. This brought a faster resolution to the battle.
Shortly thereafter, the four Micronauts, Little D and Murder-1 were brought before Karza's notorious "frying" judge on Prisonworld, the Tri-Bunal, in a group sitting. The Tri-Bunal found them all guilty of treason and sentenced them to death, upon which Marionette, Bug, Murder-1 and Little D all spoke up against this farce of justice and replied with the need for liberty. Baron Karza, who had been monitoring events, suddenly came to life across a wall of holovid screens, refuting the concept of liberty, silencing the six, until Marionette retorted. Her defiance set her as first to be executed on the death-chair, and the other five prisoners were pushed back by Karza's dog soldiers' weapons.
Murder-1 then surged forward, remembering his past beliefs regarding a person's right to be free, beliefs awakened with the proud defiance of the beautiful Marionette. He tore through the soldiers, then smashed the Tri-Bunal apart, ready to die to rescue his redeemer. The soldiers' accurate gunfire brought Murder-1 down. This fired Marionette up and she attacked the distracted soldiers, gained several weapons, and killed some soldiers. While the other four prisoners tackled the reinforcements, Marionette stopped at Murder-1's body. He affirmed that liberty was more important than any one person, but she replied that every soldier who fights for freedom is important. However, he was already dead.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler) and Kelly Jones (inker).
Prisonworld was a place originally meant for political dissidents who had been shockingly mutated by Karza, indicating that Murder-1 might have been a freedom fighter against Karza from some time ago.
Micronauts I#54 was tagged as a tribute to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Murder-1 has no known connections to:
Micronauts I#54, p22, pan5 (body)
Micronauts I#54 (September, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (pencils), Kelly Jones (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Last updated: 10/02/11
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