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Alias: The Ape

Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black and brown fur
Race: Chimpanzee

Occupation: Adventurer
Marital Status: Single
Group affiliation: S.M.A.S.H.
Base of operations: Terra Obscura

Story: When the humans first set foot on the Moon on July 20th, 1969, they woke up an alien that had crash landed and been buried there since the Moon was formed. The alien killed the astronauts and went to Earth where it started mining for something on Antarctica. The members of S.M.A.S.H. tried to stop the alien but all except Tom Strange got killed or trapped in a force bubble and placed in orbit. In order to get help from the only source he knew, Tom Strange traveled through space on foot for 30 years until he reached Earth and Tom Strong in October 2000 [4].

Tom Strong and Tom Strange went back to Terra Obscura, where they found the imprisoned super-heroes trapped in their force bubbles [4]. In the force bubbles, time had stood still and Strange and Strong was able to rescue them all. The alien in the meantime had tried to convert the planet to a new space ship to replace the one it had crashed. While it was big, it had only used a small part of Antarctica, and Terror 2000 was able to rewrite the programming and make it take leave the planet with the size it had gained [5].

After the alien had left the heroes had to move on with their life. The Ape, taking the name Adam, went with Tom Strange back to Antarctica to study the parts of the city/spaceship the alien left behind [1]. He and Tom didn't return to the States until 2003 when Smenkhkare started to kill heroes to become ruler of the World [2,3].

Adam was last seen with Grant Halford and Betty in Invertica after their marriage [3].

Skills & abilities: Normal physical skills for a chimpanzee. Enhanced intelligence - minimum human level, most likely higher.
Equipment: Various gadgets, most notably a device that enables him to speak like a human.

Continuity: America's Best Comics
Publisher(s): America's Best Comics
DC Comics
First app.: Tom Strong #11 (2001)
Creator(s): Alan Moore
Chris Sprouse
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: When Alan Moore started using some of the old public domain characters from Better Publications for his Terra Obscura stories, he also introduced a couple of new ones, one of which was the Ape, or Adam as he was later named.

Related links/characters:
- ABC Characters
- Archie Masters/American Crusader
- Bruce Carter/Fighting Yank
- Carol Carter/Yankette/Fighting Yank
- Diana Adams/Miss Masque
- Dick Martin/Pyroman
- George Chance/The Ghost/Green Ghost
- Grant Halford/The Magnet
- Lance Lewis/Space Detective
- Nelson Drew/The Liberator
- Peggy Allen/The Woman in Red
- Peter Ward/The Scarab/Thoth
- Princess Pantha
- Smenkhkare/Set/Mystico
- Terror 2000
- Tim Roland
- Tom Strange
- Tom Strong
- William Norris/The Grim Reaper

  1. Terra Obscura #2
    America's Best Comics/WildStorm, September 2003
  2. Terra Obscura #5
    America's Best Comics/WildStorm, December 2003
  3. Terra Obscura #6
    America's Best Comics/WildStorm, January 2004
  4. Tom Strong #11
    America's Best Comics/WildStorm, January 2001
  5. Tom Strong #12
    America's Best Comics/WildStorm, June 2001