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The Red Ghost's "super-apes" are actually two
great apes and a monkey which gained unusual powers through
exposure to cosmic radiation.
Miklho, the gorilla, acquired superhuman strength that
made him roughly the equal to the Fantastic
in strength. Apparently Miklho's enhanced strength, like
the Thing's, has continued to increase over the years.
Miklho probably can now lift (press) roughly 85 tons.
Peotor, the orangutan, acquired the ability to project
magnetic forces, enabling him to attract or repel objects
containing iron or steel. Using his magnetic powers, he
may be able to suspend weights above his head that are
roughly equal to the amounts that Miklho can lift (press)
through physical strength.
Igor, the baboon, acquired the ability to transform his
shape at will to mimic that of any object or animal he
can imagine. It is unclear whether or not he can somehow
increase his mass when changing his shape.
The three "super-apes" have repeatedly demonstrated
unusually high intelligence (although certainly not equal
to that of a normal adult human being) and appear capable
of understanding relatively complex verbal commands. It
is unclear whether their high level of intelligence is
innate, or whether it was the result of genetic manipulation
or mutation by cosmic radiation.
These three anthropoids are owned by Ivan Kragoff, the
Russian criminal scientist known as the Red Ghost. Years
ago Kragoff impressed the Soviet government with this
theories about the mutagenic effects of cosmic radiation
based on his studies of the Fantastic Four, American adventurers
who had gained superhuman powers through this means. Kragoff
proposed that lie and a team of anthropoids he had trained
be sent in a spacecraft of his own design into Earth orbit.
Kragoff and the anthropoids would thus be exposed to cosmic
radiation in a means he believed would endow them with
supernormal abilities. Kragoff's superiors approved his
Of course, ordinarily, the probability is that exposure
to such high levels of cosmic radiation would either kill
a human being, ape, or monkey, or would induce cancer,
radiation disease, or harmful mutations. It may be speculated
that Kragoff had also done advanced research in genetics,
and that he manipulated the genetic structure of his anthropoids
and perhaps of himself as well so as to ensure that benevolent
mutations would occur, even if he did not know exactly
what form they might take. Possibly Kragoff even discovered
the genes implanted in humanity's ancestors by the alien
Celestials that enabled some human beings to develop superhuman
abilities in later centuries, and Kragoff managed to implant
such genes in his three anthropoids.
Kragoff's superiors were unaware that Kragoff scheduled
his flight into space to coincide with a spaceshot to
the moon by the Fantastic Four's Reed
Richards, whose brilliance Kragoff envied. Kragoff
hoped to meet Richards on the moon and utilize whatever
superhuman powers tie himself my have gained to defeat
and humiliate him in battle.
Both Kragoff and Richards launched their flights into
space. Kragoff's ship passed through a cosmic radiation
storm similar to the one that had given the Fantastic
Four their superhuman powers. Kragoff thus acquired the
ability to become intangible at will, and his three anthropoids
gained their supersimian powers.
On the moon Kragoff, who now called himself the Red Ghost,
battled the Fantastic Four with the help of his supersimians.
Ultimately, however, the Red Ghost was defeated, and his
three anthropoids turned against him.
Subsequently, however, Kragoff regained the loyalty of
the three simians and they fought the Fantastic Four on
other occasions. Over the years Kragoff has sometimes
abandoned the use of the three "super-apes."
On one occasion the three anthropoids were confiscated
by the Soviet government (which now regards Kragoff as
a renegade). At one point Kragoff endowed two other apes
with supersimian powers, but they also developed supernormal
intelligence and psionic abilities and turned against
him. Nevertheless, the Red Ghost always regains or returns
to the use of his three "super-apes." Indeed,
Miklho, Peotor, and Igor have accompanied him on his most
recent recorded exploits.