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.
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.