Gifted by the animal kingdom with the Jaguar belt, a talisman granting the wearer the powers of all animals, Ralph Hardy became the superhero Jaguar.
Way back in the ancient days of 1961, Archie premiered a hero named the Jaguar. The Jaguar was a superhero published by Archie Comics. He was created by writer Robert Bernstein and artist John Rosenberger as part of Archie’s “Archie Adventure Series”.
The Archie Comics superhero known as Ivette "Ivy" Velez/The Jaguar is returning for her very own one-shot in 2024.
Ralph Hardy was a zoologist who loved exploring ancient ruins. One day, he was in Peru with some other archaeologists when a huge snake came out of the ground and scared everyone away. Ralph followed a rare white jaguar into an old temple and saw some paintings on the wall. They showed how the Incas fought the same snake with the help of a magic belt. The belt had a golden buckle with a winged jaguar on it and a message on the back: “If you care about animals, you can wear this belt and become a human Jaguar”. Ralph put on the belt and felt a sudden change.
Thirty years later, in 1991, a new version of the character was released under the Impact imprint. This was a new era with an all-new, all-different Jaguar.
Maria DeGuzman was a college student from Rio de Janeiro who came to the US to study. She had a special gift that she inherited from her aunt: she could transform into a fierce, feline-like creature. She used her powers to fight evil and joined a team of superheroes called “The Crusaders”. She also fell in love with one of her teammates, the Fly.
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