Occupation: Would-be conqueror
Legal Status: Citizen of the People's Republic
of China with no known criminal record
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Somewhere in mainland China
Marital Status: Married many times
Known Relatives: Suwan (grandniece, deceased)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Various hidden bases throughout
Find Modern Appearance: (telepathic "voice"
of Yellow Claw) STRANGE TALES #160, (robot Yellow Claw)
STRANGE TALES # 161, (actual Yellow Claw)CAPTAIN AMERICA
History: The criminal mastermind known as the
Yellow Claw was born over one hundred and fifty years
ago in mainland China. A genius in biochemistry, the Yellow
Claw has formulated elixirs that have prolonged his life
span, enabling him to retain his physical vitality over
the century and a half of his existence. For decades the
Yellow Claw has dedicated himself to achieving world domination
and supplanting western civilization with his own "new
older" ruled by himself and his heirs.
Although his native China has undergone a Communist revolution,
the Yellow Claw retains many of the ways of imperial China.
In the 1950s the Yellow Claw made an agreement with General
Sung and other Communist Chinese leaders whereby the Yellow
Claw would undertake to destroy the western democracies
and conquer the United States and the rest of the western
world on behalf of Communist China. In fact, the Yellow
Claw only pretended to serve the Communist Chinese hierarchy,
and intended to conquer the world for himself. However,
his feigned alliance with the masters of the People's
Republic of China proved beneficial to him for decades.
The Yellow Claw launched various schemes with the conquest
of America as their object, aided by his second-in-command,
the Nazi war criminal Karl von Horstbaden, who had adopted
the alias Fritz von Voltzmann. However, the Claw was continually
betrayed by his sole living relative, his grandniece Suwan,
who was in love with the Claw's nemesis, Chinese-American
F.B.I. agent James "Jimmy" Woo. With Suwan's
help Woo succeeded in thwarting the Claw's schemes. The
Yellow Claw was enraged at Suwan's assistance to Woo,
but could not bring himself to kill his only relative.
Eventually the Yellow Claw left the United States to
perfect new methods for its Subjugation. To ensure that
Suwan would no longer subvert his efforts, the Claw placed
her in unaging suspended animation in the so-called lotus
vial of dreamless sleep.
In more recent years the Yellow Claw sent troops whom
he had reduced to slaves with no wills of their own to
invade the Statue of Liberty secretly. There the troops
were to activate an "id paralyzer" device that
was to sap the wills of the people of the United States,
thereby enabling the Yellow Claw to take over the country.
This scheme was thwarted, however, by Colonel Nicholas
Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.
and Captain America,
who used a special weapon designed by Reed
Richards. The Yellow Claw, himself did not come to
the Statue of Liberty, but instead directed his troops
through psionic means from afar.
Subsequently, Fury clashed repeatedly with a being whom
he believed to be the Yellow Claw. This supposed Claw
captured a weapon called the Ultimate Annihilator and
nearly used it to destroy Manhattan Island. Only when
Fury finally defeated this supposed Claw in battle did
he learn that this "Yellow Claw" was actually
a robot. The "Suwan" and "Voltzmann"
accompanying this Claw robot were also actually robots.
Unknown to Fury the Yellow Claw robot and the other robots
were the creations of Doctor
Doom, who pitted them against S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of a
strange game he played with another robot of his creation
called the Prime Mover. During this time the real Yellow
Claw continued to be engaged in his years of contemplative
isolation, during which he formulated new strategies and
means of world conquest. The Claw was infuriated to learn
that he had been impersonated by a robot, but to this
day he remains unaware that Doctor Doom was behind the
imposture. As a result of his aiding S.H.I.E.L.D. against the
Claw robot, Jimmy Woo, the real Claws longtime opponent,
became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The real Yellow Claw finally reemerged to begin a new
attempt at world domination. First he severed his ties
with the People's Republic of China. Using occult means
the Claw transferred the spirit of Princess Fanle-tamen
of ancient Egypt, a woman who had a drive for conquest,
into the body of Suwan, thereby causing a fusing of their
personalities. The Claw knew that not even his elixirs
could keep him alive forever, and he wanted an heir for
his conquests. He believed that Suwan, who had revived
now that the princess's spirit had entered her, was now
better suited to being his heir. The Claw clashed with
Captain America, Fury, and the Falcon. Finally, he seized
control of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, the organization's
flying headquarters, only to be shot by Suwan. She hated
the Claw for having kept her in suspended animation, and
by infusing her with the Egyptian princess's spirit; the
Claw had unwittingly given her the desire to revenge herself
on him. Now Suwan intended to use the Claw's resources
to conquer the world herself. While Captain America, the
Falcon, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents battled and defeated the Claw's
minions on the helicarrier, the Claw himself uttered a
spell that caused the life forces animating Suwan to leave
her body and enter his. As a result Suwan crumbled into
dust and the Yellow Claw regained his full health. The
Claw then escaped.
Months later, the Yellow Claw was contacted by the enigmatic
Black Lama, who stated that he would bestow the means
of achieving world conquest upon the would-be world conqueror
who proved himself the most powerful of his peers by killing
the others in combat. Deciding to compete for this prize,
the Yellow Claw captured the palace of his longtime rival,
the Mandarin, and succeeded
in bringing about the Mandarin's physical death. However,
the Mandarin transferred his spirit into his alien rings,
and then took possession of a new, younger body, thereby
returning himself to physical life. The Yellow Claw did
not win the Black Lama's competition, for Iron
Man accidentally caused the destruction of the Mandarin's
palace, forcing the Claw to flee.
Proclaiming that he intended to bring peace to the entire
world and eliminate the threat of war by taking control
of the planet himself, the Yellow Claw attempted to destroy
New York City as a display of his power by creating a
massive tidal wave. This time the Claw was opposed by
Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Richard Rider in his guise of Nova.
S.H.I.E.L.D. ended the threat of the tidal wave before it hit
New York City, and Nova caused the Claw's skycraft to
explode. The Claw, however, somehow escaped the explosion.
Earlier, Voltzmann had fallen from the skycraft, seemingly
to his death, but his body has never been recovered.
Stating that he was becoming old and that not even his
elixirs could prolong his life much further, and needing
a new heir now that Suwan was dead, the Claw intended
to wed a number of women who had been judged to have superior
genetic traits. The Claw planned to father sons by these
women. When these sons reached manhood, they would fight
each other to the death, and the sole survivor would be
the heir to his father. The surviving son of the Yellow
Claw would rule over a new race of mankind, which he would
create from genetic material that his father had gathered
from what the Claw believed were the worlds most physically
and mentally perfect human beings. This new race would
succeed the present human race, for the Yellow Claw planned
to release a vapor that would render all human beings
on Earth except those within his hidden base permanently
sterile. The Avengers
opposed the Yellow Claw, and the Vision
caused the Claw's spacecraft that was to spread the sterility-inducing
gases to crash. The Yellow Claw was inside the plunging
spacecraft and the Avengers believe him dead. But the
Yellow Claw has evaded death time and again, and it remains
to be seen whether or not he is truly deceased.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hair: Bald, with black mustache
Unusual Physical Features: The Yellow Claw has
a pale yellow skin color quite unlike the skin tones of
other Orientals. The reason for the Claw's unusual coloring
Strength Level: The Yellow Claw possesses the
normal human strength of a man of his physical age, height,
and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Yellow Claw has superhuman
psychic abilities with which he can influence another
person's sensory perceptions, causing that Person to see,
hear, and even feel the illusions the Claw projects into
his or her mind.
The Yellow Claw has considerable knowledge of sorcery,
and has even proved able to reanimate the dead.
Abilities: The Yellow Claw is a genius in biochemistry,
and, among his other achievements, he created the elixirs
that prolong his life. In recent decades he has also made
great strides in genetic engineering, enabling him to
create monstrously mutated animals. The Claw also has
considerable skill in robotics.
The Yellow Claw is a master of the Chinese martial arts
and a formidable hand-to-hand combatant. His battle prowess
may have lessened somewhat recently, now that age has
allegedly begun to catch up with him (unless he has found
a new means to retard the aging process).
Weapons: The Yellow Claw has made use of a wide
array of highly advanced weaponry. He can weaken a person's
will with his "id paralyzer." Slaves who have
been subjected to the id paralyzer are commanded telepathically
by the Claw through helmets they wear that transmit and
amplify his mental orders.
Animals: The Yellow Claw and scientists in his
employ have created gigantic mutated beasts, such as enormous
spiders. Some of the Claw's mutated animals are cyborgs