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INFORMATION
U-Man
Real Name: Meranno
Occupation: Warrior, former scientist
Identity: Meranno's existence is not known to the general public of the surface world
Legal Status: Citizen of Attaints, wanted as an outlaw
Other Aliases: None
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Former ally of Nazi Germany, former member of the defunct team known as Super-Axis
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: INVADERS #3

History: Meranno is a member of the aquatic race of beings known as Home Mermanus. As a boy Meranno was a playmate Prince Namor, the Sub Mariner, but actually despised him. In the late 1930s Meranno worked as a research scientist in the Atlanteans' Antarctic city. Allying himself with Nazi Germany, Meranno betrayed the city's location to the Nazis, who launched an attack that severely damaged the Atlantean fleet, destroyed the Atlantean Hall of Science, and left Atlantis's Emperor Thakorr in a coma. Namer, as acting emperor, banished Meranno for treason. Meranno then joined the Nazis in their mad quest for world domination, expecting a Nazi victory to bring him enough personal power to wreak his vengeance against Namor. Using a combination of his own advanced Atlantean scientific knowledge and Nazi science, he developed an as-yet-unknown means of increasing his size and strength to a point where he rivaled; the Sub-Mariner himself for might. Dubbing himself U-Man; Meranno went on to fight alongside the Axis in World War II, often coming into conflict with his hated enemy Namor and Namor's allies, the small band of adventurers known as the Invaders. In the end, however, Meranno found himself defeated time and again, encountering the final end to his plans of vengeance with the defeat of Germany in 1945, although he was never captured and tried as a war criminal.

Although today Meranno would be aged by human standards, Atlanteans enjoy a lifespan considerably longer than that of surface men; therefore, Meranno is considered to be in the prime of his life by Atlantean standards. Meranno participated in the Atlantean warlord Attuma's failed attempt to conquer the surface world. Later, U-man was seen with other Atlantean warriors who attacked a stolen Soviet nuclear submarine and a large group of international heroes during the so-called "Crossing Line" event, believing that their realm was being invaded. His present whereabouts are unknown. His present whereabouts are unknown.

Height: 7 ft.
Weight: 450 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond, later gray

Strength Level: Meranno possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) 40 tons on land and somewhat more in his native element, the sea. Meranno is significantly stronger than the average member of Homo Mermanus.

Known Superhuman Powers: Meranno possesses the typical attributes of Homo Mermanus: gills enable him to extract oxygen from water, superhuman physiology to enable him to withstand the extreme changes in water pressure beneath the sea, blood circulation enabling him to withstand freezing temperatures, and specially-developed vision which is more sensitive to the green portion of the spectrum enabling him to see in the murky depths.

Meranno is far stronger than the typical Atlantean. Whereas most Atlanteans can swim at a speed tit 30 miles an hour, Meranno can swim at 60 miles an hour. As a result of Nazi science, Meranno is capable of surviving out of water much longer than an average Atlantean, although he cannot survive on land indefinitely. The exact length of time Meranno can survive out of water is unknown, but is longer than 20 minutes.

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