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1180: Sub-Mariner #23 (v1)

" The Coming of Orka "
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Sub-Mariner #23 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Marie Severin
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Marie Severin
Inkers: Johnny Craig
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1970
Release Date: December 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 247                 Times Rated: 161
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Avengers #82 (v1)
Silver Surfer #14 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #23 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #24 (v1)
Silver Surfer #15 (v1)
1178: Avengers
#82 (v1)
1179: Silver Surf...
#14 (v1)
1181: Sub-Mariner
#24 (v1)
1182: Silver Surf...
#15 (v1)
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Namor, Prince of Atlantis, spies a large amount of killer whales headed somewhere in unison. Investigating a man named Orka leading the Orcas to an underground lair. Once there, Namor confronts two of his most vicious foes and the newly empowered Orka.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #22 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Lady Dorma
Lady Dorma last appeared in Sub-Mariner #22 (v1). Lady Dorma next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
  Lord Vashti
Lord Vashti last appeared in Sub-Mariner #22 (v1). Lord Vashti next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Orka in the mainstream continuity. Orka next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
Krang last appeared in Tales to Astonish #91a (v1). Krang next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
  Dr. Dorcas
Dr. Dorcas last appeared in Sub-Mariner #15 (v1). Dr. Dorcas next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
Group Appearances
Atlanteans last appeared in Sub-Mariner #22 (v1). Atlanteans next appears in Sub-Mariner #24 (v1).
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  podgejeff Says:    
  2013-05-24 10:43:44  
  Looks like Namor is finally getting his own rogues gallery.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-27 09:39:06  
  Wall to wall action. Krang and Dorcas are finally effective villains & Orka shows some potential. the only drawback was the hostage Dorma again.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-12 05:25:36  
  I read this villain as Okra. Next issue, the vegetable brigade! Okra teams up with the egg plant wizard and the veggie tale minions lol  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-12-11 20:36:29  
  Seriously the guy's name was Orka, and then he became the Human Killer Whale? That's like instead of Peter Parker, the radioactive spider bit John Q. Spydermin.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-29 10:14:43  
  I'm surprised to see a cliffhanger ending in a March 1970 comic. A pretty good one at that.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2015-01-01 11:36:40  
  I wouldn't have expected it, but pulling all Namor's old enemies into one story has actually turned into one of the best Sub-Mariner stories in the order so far.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-12-01 20:03:52  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Orka the Human Killer Whale!!! I always liked him, and thought he made a great villain for Namor!!!

8 Seconds - Ah, such a cute harness on Orka's ride!!

Water Park - Also, Dr. Dorcas undersea lair is impressive!!

Hydro Helmet - It's always hard to take Atlanteans seriously when they're wearing fishbowls on their heads!!

'Nuff Said - "And now, Man-Fish and Human Killer Whale shall battle to the death...your death!"-Fried Orka

  Namtrahj Says:    
  2016-07-07 07:18:36  
  I also kept reading it as Okra, which would be an entirely different villain.

Also, I do believe a group of killer whales is a pod. Definitely not a horde. Get it together, Namor.

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-11-29 21:09:46  
  Yet another example of why exile is not an effective punishment for these guys.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-01-08 14:56:37  
  Grudge matches abound with Dorcas (he he he), Krang, and a newbie....Orka! Taking time from performing tricks for kids at an aquatic amusement park to throw down with Namor!

It's a variation on a theme this time around. Sure, it's another play for the throne of Atlantis and deposing Namor. However, it was about time a few of Namor's arch-foes started to team up to accomplish this end. However, it looks like Orka just wants to brawl! Amazing how Dorcas's (snicker) machines turn people into alpha males in addition to giving them their powers.

3 stars. If Orka had been named Okra, would he have gone on the talk-show circuit and adopted the last name of Winfrey?

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-08-24 13:09:48  
  I am uncertain that the technology that gives Orka his power would function properly. But, it's not my universe, so what do I know.  

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Marvel Masterworks: Sub-Mariner, Volume 4
This collection includesSub-Mariner #14 (v1), Sub-Mariner #15 (v1), Sub-Mariner #16 (v1), Sub-Mariner #17 (v1), Sub-Mariner #18 (v1), Sub-Mariner #19 (v1), Sub-Mariner #20 (v1), Sub-Mariner #21 (v1), Sub-Mariner #22 (v1), Sub-Mariner #23 (v1), Sub-Mariner #24 (v1), Sub-Mariner #25 (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   February 11, 2018 Urgat
   January 31, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Lord Vashti.
   January 31, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Krang.
   January 31, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Orka.
   January 31, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Lady Dorma.
   January 31, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for The Sub-Mariner.
   November 20, 2013 fragsel Added Atlanteans to the issue.
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