This last summer Marvel put out a magazine celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Marvel Universe. Among other things, it ranks the 75 greatest Marvel comics of all time. On that list were a several issues and story lines in which Galactus played a major roll. Including…
#71. Fantastic Four #262: The Trial of Reed Richards
#23. The Galactus Trilogy
I am sure you won’t be surprised to hear me say that I think the ranking is a bit low for the Galactus Trilogy. I think it deserves to be in the top 5 or at least the top 10.
Also in the magazine was this Lego ad featuring the big guy…
I know Galactus shows up in the recent Marvel Lego game, but oh man, I wish they would put out a Galactus Lego set.
This Galactus connect-the-dots appeared in Astonishing Spider-Man Marvel Treasury Edition #18 (1974) which reprinted several old Spider-Man stories in a large format with additional games like this one. The crazy thing about this is it refers to him as GALACTICUS – which is what people who who are not familiar with Galactus always call him when they are talking to me. Not sure if this was an accident (in the vein of Bob Banner) or if they were just trying to be silly.
Here are scans from four different reprints of the first appearance of Galactus, each one features a different coloring job…
TOP LEFT: This scan is taken from the Marvel Masterworks collection of the first appearance of Galactus. The red and green coloring represent the way he was originally colored back in Fantastic Four #48 in 1966.
TOP RIGHT: This scan is taken from the 1992 collection entitled Silver Surfer: The Coming of Galactus which reprinted the trilogy with an updated recoloring job. Notice his arms remain bare, but the costume has the “correct” colors (even though the pinks and blues are reversed).
BOTTOM LEFT: This scan is from the Marvel Treasury reprint of the Galactus Trilogy in 1974. Not sure why they went with grey and purple here.
BOTTOM RIGHT: I am not sure the source of this scan, but it appears to be a more recent digital coloring job that has him colored the way he has been for most of the history of the character – including his arms being covered. If you know what reprint collection this came from, please let me know. Thanks.
This is the second card in the 2008 Fantastic Four Archives series that features Galactus (See the first one HERE). This card features the first Jack Kirby drawing of Galactus from Fantastic Four #48…
And here is one I bought on eBay that is supposedly signed by inker, Joe Sinnott. I don’t know if it’s authentic or not.
In Ultimate FF #5, the Ultimate Spider-Ham describes the world he came from to the FF – including a duck version of Doctor Doom, a rabbit Hulk and his world’s most recent threat: Galacypus, a platypus devourer of worlds…
Galactypus doesn’t play a major role in the story and only appears on it’s cover and one internal page.
Here is the Galactus trading card from the Marvel Fleer Retro set that came out last year.
This isn’t the first card to list his height as 28 feet, 9 inches. But I have no idea where they get that number from. Especially since he can change his own height at will and often has appeared taller that sky scrapers.
In 1969 (just 3 years after the introduction of Galactus in Fantastic Four #48), German rock band The Can released their debut album “Monster Movie” with a cover that features a faceless figure that is clearly based on Galactus. The artwork is credited on the album cover to Wandry’s Studio in Hamburg and does not mention anything about Marvel or Galactus.
The album was reissued in 2014 by Spoon Records, which is how I stumbled upon it in the record store last night. It looks nice in a record frame and you should be able to pick up the reissue for around $20 at your local record store.
After having already added the 15 inch 2007 Galactus Heroclix and the12 inch 2012 Galactus Heroclix figures to my collection, I assumed this year’s Zombie Galactus would be around the same size. But it turns out this convention exclusive figure is only 7.5 inches tall. Still, it is a nice little figure – not as nice of a sculpt as the previous Heroclix versions, but decent.
If you can make it to a comic convention this year, you should be able to pick this up for $50 (which again, I think is a steep price for this size) or you should be able to find one on the secondary market for around $80.
I got an email from a reader named Jonathan who won a contest where the prize was two customized minion figures of his choice. Since he has good taste, he chose Galactus and the Silver Surfer and here they are…
For more photos of these figures and to commission minions of your own from the artist, Viet, follow THIS LINK.
Earlier this summer Marvel put out a series of one-shot first issues called Marvel 100th Anniversary. Each book picks up in the middle of the books as they would be in 2061 (at Marvel’s 100th anniversary). There’s a brief back story page explaining some of what we’ve missed with these characters, but a lot of it goes unexplained and you have to just accept that you’ve missed 40+ years and do your best to catch up.
In the Guardians of the Galaxy issue, the future Guardians take on Silver Galactus. The introduction page explains: “The Living Tribunal granted the Silver Surfer a single moment of godhood, bestowing the cosmic hero with a glimpse of omnipotence. Craving such power, Galactus reabsorbed the Silver Surfer, becoming Silver Galactus., a being with a greater hunger than ever before.”
The Guardian’s former team member Vance Astro is serving as the herald of the planet devourer and along with an army of Punisher robots, it helping Galactus tap into Knowhere’s central nervous system which will apparently “grant him access to all worlds in all universes in all realities”.
You’ll have to read this issue, written by Andy Lanning and Ron Marz, and drawn by Gustavo Duarte to find out which hero shows up at the end to save the day.
This isn’t the first time the idea of a Silver Galactus has been explored (you can also see something similar in 2006′s Last Planet Standing), but it’s a fun little story and is definitely worth checking out.
In 2013 the Disney XD series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was replaced by the Avengers Assemble animated series, but it seemed to keep the continuity of the previous show. So in the episode Guardians and Space Knights, when Galactus comes to earth, this is a second time the Avengers have faced the devourer of worlds and they have a plan in place to protect the earth. But before they can follow through on that plan, Iron Man approaches Galactus, they have a discussion, and then they both disappear.
The rest of the Avengers follow the tracking beacon that Tony’s suit is making and they end up lightyears away only to find that the beacon has lead them to a new planet that Galactus is about to devour. They soon meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy who are helping the inhabitants of that planet escape into outer space. The two teams join forces to fight the herald of Galactus who we find out is actually a power cosmic imbued Iron Man, who had agreed to be the herald in exchange for saving the earth.
The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy work together to fight off the Iron Herald before they learn that Tony had actually lead Galactus to this particular planet because the power cosmic allowed him to know that the planet had an unstable uranium core that would overload Galactus’ machines. By the time Galactus figures out what has happened, he is too late and the planet blows up, leaving the would devourer floating alone out in space.
This episode is much better than Galactus’ first appearance in Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and it was fun to see Tony Stark become the herald of Galactus. I also really liked the huge complex machine Galactus used to drain the planet’s energy. If you are interested in watching this episode, you can buy it on iTunes or Amazon, or (although I don’t know how long this will stay up) you can watch it HERE on Youtube.
In the season two finally of Disney XD’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Galactus comes to earth, preceded by four of his heralds, which we find out later are “not alive” but are “energy constructs” that each one control a different element: Terrax The Tamer (earth), Air-Walker (air), Firelord (fire), and Stardust (water). The heralds begin assembling huge mechanized towers at different points on the planet to assist their master in devouring our planet.
Upon discovering what’s happening, the Avengers are assembled. They taking down the heralds, and destroy the towers, which Galactus immediately rebuilds with the wave of his hand and begins using them to drain the earth of its energy.
Mr Fantastic and Iron Man theorize that if Galactus came to earth by way of a worm hole, perhaps they can reopen the wormhole to send him away. There’s a lot of heroes blasting Galactus with power rays and electricity and Galactus is ultimately sucked up into a portal Iron Man made, which sends the devourer of worlds off to the Negative Zone.
Most cartoons tell Galactus stories in 2-part episodes, so I was disappointed when this story all took place inside one 22 minute episode. That didn’t leave time for much more than a little exposition and a lot of blasting of power rays. In fact, Galactus never even said a word. Just fight, fight, blast into a worm hole. I was actually a little surprised at how little I liked this episode. But if you’re interested in checking it out, it is available on Nextflix streaming – it’s season 2, episode 26, entitled “Avengers Assemble!“.
Jonathan Hickman is a great writer, but his work is very complex, so there’s no way I’ll be able to accurately explain on this post all that is happening in his current run of New Avengers. But let’s just say the earth is in danger of colliding with the earth from an alternate universe and the only way to save our earth is to destroy the other one first. And this keeps happening, so every time they figure out a way to prevent this event (something they call the “incursion”) from happening, it’s just a matter of time before we’re all in danger of it happening again.
Anyway so in New Avengers #4, there is about to be another incursion, so the Avengers transport to the surface of the other earth in hopes of finding that universe’s infinity gems and saving our planet. But when they get there, what they find is that that earth is about to be consumed by Galactus. Shortly after discovering that, they are confronted by Galactus’ herald from that universe, Terrax. Terrax informs them that he is aware of the incursion, and that is why Galactus is about to destroy the earth – because that earth colliding with ours is what is threatening all of the different universes. The Avengers and Terrax do battle with the herald ultimately being captured and brought to our earth, with the hope that he can eventually help them solve this incursion problem once and for all.
This issue doesn’t play a major part in the storyline and Galactus is mostly just in the background, but the issue is called World Eater and has Galactus on the cover, still I always enjoy seeing Galactus devour the earth, even if it’s in another universe. And another interesting thing in this story is the fact that this other universe’s Terrax is different from our universe’s Terrax – he’s still ruthless, but this Terrax seems much smarter and even refers to himself as “Terrax The Truly Enlightened“. Oh and the art by Steve Epting is pretty great…
These are Galactus Lamincards from 2008. I cannot figure out what Lamincards are, but I believe they are some kind of Pokemon-or-Heroclix-like game. Every website that comes up when I search for them are in different languages. I got these two off eBay from Germany. One is on a metallic gold background and the other is a clear plastic.
I had always heard about the Marvel UK reprints of Marvel comics, but I hadn’t seen one until I recently found this copy of Thor/X-Men #24 on eBay…
The Marvel UK was an imprint of Marvel comics that reprinted classic Marvel issues and published them weekly. This issue from 1983 reprints the first half of Thor 226 (1974) and the first half of X-Men 24 (1966). Marvel UK reprints came in magazine format (8.25 x 11 inches) with some interior pages printed in full color, some in black and white, and some in two-color (black and blue).
Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill is a 6 part mini-series from 2005, that tells the story of Beta Ray Bill’s home planet being destroyed by Galactus.
We see the events leading up to the attack, with his people (the Korbinites) seeing Galactus coming and mistaking him as Ashta – their religion’s ancient God of destruction. In preparation for the coming of Ashta, they create a machine that allows them to upload the consciousness of each of their citizens to something called the Meta-Orb, in hopes that one day their souls will be able to be downloaded into new bodies.
The arrival of Galactus and the destruction of their planet happens pretty quickly and then we are shown the events that follow the destruction, with the Stardust, the current herald of Galactus, hunting down any Korbinites who escaped. There is a big clash between Beta Ray Bill, who is trying to protect the Meta-Orb and Stardust, who is trying to protect Galactus’ honor by leaving no survivors.
I didn’t love this series. It had some great art and I did like the new herald, Stardust. But the battle after the destruction bored me and the the ending to this series was jarring and unsatisfying. I guess it was setting up the character of Beta Ray Bill and leading into Bill’s revenge story that came out a couple years later and was much better. But the one part of the story I enjoyed the most was where it shows Galactus as the Korbinite’s see him – as their own God of destruction…
This of course refers to the way John Byrne described Galactus’ appearance in the 1980s. He said Galactus appears differently to every being who looks upon him… “each mind that views him struggles as best it can to perceive that unguessable force as an image it can comprehend.” And as far as I can tell, this is the first time that idea was explored in this way. I thought it was pretty cool to see.
“The Last Days of Midgard” is a 6 part storyline in Thor: God Of Thunder issues 19-24. The story in these issues takes place in two different time periods. The first part of the story is in the present day, where Thor is battling with a large corporation whose polluting factories are threatening to destroy the world. The second part of the story takes place in the far future, where an old man version of Thor, known as King Thor, has brought his grown grand daughters to visit Earth – now a barren, lifeless planet that Thor hints he was unable to protect when he was younger. Shortly after King Thor arrives, old Galactus shows up to devour what is left of the planet.
King Thor knows the Earth in that state is hardly worth fighting for, but he decides to confront Galactus for old time’s sake. First, he tries to talk with with the Devourer of Worlds in hopes of convincing him to eat another planet, and this is where we find out what each of these old Gods intentions are with the wasteland of a planet…
THOR: The Earth is already half dead. Why would you want to eat a world such as this?
GALACTUS: Why would you want to defend it?
THOR: Because it’s saved my life more times than I can count and I haven’t saved it nearly enough.
GALACTUS: It has defied me more times than I can count. And no matter it’s current condition, I assure you, the taste of it shall be sweet. I have travelled the cosmos for billions of eaons and ended more worlds than there are to count. Among all those planets only one. Only this tiny, unspectacular speck of mud ever dared to deny my right to destroy it. This wretched arrogant earth… that imagined itself so precious, so supremely important. Look at it now. Look what man hath made of the meagerness he was given. Not so very precious after all, it would seem. They never are.
When Galactus refuses to relent, the God of Thunder attacks Galactus and they battle the way only Gods can. At one point Galactus punches King Thor through the Earth and into the moon which crumbles with the impact. Thor then hits Galactus so hard that it knocks out one of his front teeth. Thor’s grand daughters join the fight and eventually Thor takes off and returns with All Black The Necrosword (a sword for killing Gods that was being used by Gorr The God Butcher earlier in this series). The God of Thunder finally defeats Galactus by plunging All Black into his face. Nearly dead, Galactus escapes to the planet Mars to satisfy his hunger. While devouring Mars, he realizes that All Black the Necrosword is still inside of him and the book ends as the he and the sword become one and so is born the “Butcher of Worlds.”
This is a great story, but that comes as no surprise since it is written by Jason Aaron and beautifully drawn by Esad Ribic, artist of Silver Surfer: Requiem. Since this book came out this year (2014), it should be easy to get ahold of the single issues at your local comic store or on-line.
In 1977, The Mighty Marvel Superheroes’ Cookbook was published, which included the “recipe” for Galactus’ He-Man Pancakes…
When I heard about this, I thought “well I need to buy that and make some of those pancakes”, but then it turns out that book is going for way more than I am willing to pay on eBay – and the “recipe” sounds absolutely disgusting.
And here’s the cover of the cookbook…
This 6 x 9.25 inch greeting card was produced by Third Eye, Inc., a publisher who specialized in black light posters in the 60s and 70s. This is from a set of Marvel greeting cards from 1971. The inside is blank and the back says “Copyright 1971, Marvel Comics Group, All Rights Reserved. Mfg. by The Third Eye, Inc., N.Y., N.Y.”
It looks as though the art is by Jack Kirby, but I cannot place what comic it came from, if it is an actual panel. The quote at the top looked a little odd to me, so I looked it up and it comes from Ecclesiastes 4:10 in the Holy Bible.
In this two issue story by Jack “The King” Kirby and Stan “The Man” Lee from 1968, Galactus comes upon a planet ready to satisfy his hunger, when he learns that the planet is actually Ego The Living Planet - a living and intelligent planet floating out in space with a big bearded face on its surface. Ego The Living Planet of course doesn’t want to be dinner to the World Devourer, so they battle – Ego grappling his enemy with his tentacles and shooting energy blasts from his eyes and Galactus returning fire by blasting the living planet with Power Cosmic and hurling meteors in his face.
At this same time, the Asgardian god Thor is on his way to challenge Galactus after having been summoned by a race of beings from the nearby planet Rigel. While Thor flies through space on his way to Galactus, he comes across a fleet of ships who are fleeing in the oposite direction. One ship in the fleet decides to follow Thor’s ship. They are the Wanderers – a group of survivors whose planet was destroyed by Galactus “untold ages” ago and who, as their leader describes, “wander through space seeking (their) moment of revenge”.
When Thor and the Wanderers finally arrive at their destination, they find Galactus and Ego The Living Planet engaged in battle – and they join in on Ego’s side. Eventually causing Galactus to retreat to safety and find himself a different meal. The Wanderers are left behind to colonize the surface of Ego, who welcomes them for helping to save his life, saying “For what has here been done this day… I grant you sanctuary! Wanderers; make of me your home… Forever!”
This was a fun little story – obviously with that creative team, it couldn’t be too short of greatness. Last year Robot 6 honored issue 160 as one of its Greatest Comics Of All Time (you should read that review, it’s very well written and informative). I wouldn’t say it is one of my personal favorite comics of all time, but it is definitely worth a read if you can get ahold of the issues.
Here are a couple of my favorite panels from issue #160…
This whole video is pretty long, but you can see all the awesome Galactus action from 3:28 to 18:41.
It makes me wish I was into video games, then again watching this is pretty much all I need from the game anyway.
And then it looks like after you beat Galactus, you can unlock the ability to fly around as the world devourer blasting the hell out of everything…
Awesome stuff! Now all I want is A) a game where you are Galactus and you can just go around wreaking havoc, and B) A Galactus Lego set.Is that too much to ask?
One of my favorite comic book stories is the 2006 Marvel event, Annihilation. It tells the story of Annihilus bringing his army from the Negative Zone and attacking the our universe. The entire story plays out across several different mini-series that tell us where all of the cosmic players are in this story – from Drax, to the Nova Corps, from the Skrulls to Thanos The Mad Titan.
Early on in the story, Annihilus teams up with Thanos and they determine that if their attack on our universe is going to be successful, they must first neutralize their biggest threat: Galactus and his former heralds. So in the mini-series Annihilation: Silver Surfer, the former heralds are all being hunted down by Annihilus’ special forces.
Air Walker is killed, Terrax is captured (and later put under the control of Negative Zone bugs that live inside his skin and force him to fight for Annihilus), and Firelord and Red Shift team up with the Silver Surfer to combine forces against their common enemy. At this point Galactus knows shit is starting to go down and he send his current herald, Stardust, to summon the Silver Surfer – whom Galactus then forgives for his past betrayal and convinces to return to his service as herald, restoring his Power Cosmic to full power.
In the Annihilation mini-series, Thanos eventually captures the Silver Surfer and the Devourer of Worlds, with the help of two ancient enemies of Galactus: Tenebrous Of The Darkness and Aegis Of All Sorrows – two “Proemial Gods” who went to war against Galactus at the beginning of time and who Galactus ended up imprisoning for millions of years until Annihilus freed them.
Thanos rigs a machine which allows him to force feed Galactus on planets, but rather than Galactus getting the nourishment, his power cosmic is harvested for Annihilus’s use.
But when Galactus and the Surfer are eventually freed, it isn’t long before Annihilus’s plans come to a violent end, with the devourer and his herald hitting the Annihilation wave with full force.
Then in the 2 issue series Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus, we find out what happened with each of the heralds of Galactus in the wake of the Annihilation War (including Stardust returning to his service as a herald – alongside the Surfer) and we get to see the Silver Surfer seek revenge on Tenebrous and Aegis.
As I said before, I love this story. I really enjoyed the reuniting of the Silver Surfer and his former master and I loved seeing Galactus captured and used as a weapon. I also really like the characters of Tenebrous and Aegis and I would love to see more about them and their history with the big G. If you are interested in picking up this story, I want to warn you about the trade paperback collections. The first issue of Annihilation in the 3rd trade is misprinted with several pages missing, so if you are wanting to read and understand what is happening there, you will need to pick up the first issue of the Annihilation mini-series. But if you are interested in getting this collected in a larger format collection, it was just solicited as all being collected in an upcoming omnibus edition.
In the 2013 4 issue miniseries Deadpool Kills Deadpool, there is an evil Deadpool out in the multiverse who is trying to kill all of the different versions of Deadpool from different universes. Each universe’s Deadpool is different from the Deadpool from the Marvel 616 Universe (the main Marvel Universe). There’s a female Deadpool, a dog Deadpool, a cowboy Deadpool, even a Deadpool with Wolverine claws and adamantium-covered skeleton. Some are fighting with the 616 Deadpool and some are fighting against him.
And in issues #2, and 3, they face off against Galactipool (an alternate version of Deadpool that appears to be his universe’s Galactus), who is eventually killed when Lady Deadpool sacrifices herself by flying a ship into his face.
The 4 issue miniseries was written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Salva Espin and is a funny and violent little story that you would probably really enjoy if you are into Deadpool. I’m not normally, but I heard about Galactipool and had to pick it up, and I am glad I did.
The following is Galactus’ file from the Nova Corps Database (from Annihilation: Silver Surfer)…
THREAT LEVEL: Universal
LOCATION AND STATUS: Mobile and extremely dangerous.
INDICTMENTS: Global Genocide, World Destroyer.
QUADRANT OF CRIMES: All known galaxies have reported genocide at Galactus’ hand.
THREAT LEVEL (Expanded): GLOBAL/UNIVERSAL The Nova Corps considers Galactus a threat on a Universal scale and not a natural part of the Universe. The Corps will assist any planet that requests aid. Whether that includes evacuation or confrontation with Galactus himself will be determined by the Worldmind.
CONTAINMENT and REHABILITATION PROCEDURES: The Worldmind deems execution an acceptable, but unlikely, solution by the Nova Corps.
For Consideration: Galactus is at his weakest between feedings. The Worldmind has suggested the possibility of luring Galactus to a world and destroying it before he has a chance to feed, leaving him with little energy to fight off a full assault.
Power Cosmic: Galactus possesses cosmic power beyond measure. He is able to convert matter into energy, project energy with enormous concussive force, teleport objects across space or time, and produce invincible energy-screens and force fields.
Telepathy: Able to scan the thoughts of any mind he has yet encountered, no matter how alien or advanced.
Armor: Galactus wears a suit of armor constructed from an unknown extraterrestrial metal that is rumored to help regulate and control his personal energy.
Heralds: Galactus is normally accompanied by a herald who is given a fraction of the Power Cosmic in order to search the cosmos for planets suitable to feed his hunger. His current Herald is Stardust.
Hunger: Galactus requires energies obtainable only from a certain type of planet in order to sustain his life. He apparently needs to feed about once a month.
BACKGROUND: Galactus is the sole survivor of the universe that existed prior to this one. He survived the Big Bang encased in a cosmic egg.
He is the most feared being in the Universe. Needing to devour entire worlds to satiate his hunger and wielding the Power Cosmic, Galactus has ended countless civilizations and devoured as many planets.
I already posted about the new 33 inch tall Galactus maquette from Sideshow a couple of months ago. But I wanted to post some pictures of it in comparison to the rest of my Galactus figures and show some close up details that you couldn’t see in the other pictures…
You can order your own maquette through Sideshow, but it is limited edition, so you’d better hurry.
At the end of Thor #228, after Firelord pleads to be released from his servitude as a herald of Galactus, his master agrees to fee him but only if he is provided with a replacement herald. Thor then offers up the empty armor of the Destroyer (a suit of armor created by Thor’s father Odin) to be Galactus’ new herald. Galactus then animated the the Detroyer armor with what Galactus refers to as “the most minuscule portion of my own nigh-inexhaustible life force.”
The Destroyer’s power includes invulnerability, super strength, flight, the ability to project blasts of energy/heat/concussive force, emit a disintegration beam via its visor, and manipulate electro-magnetism and molecules allowing it to turn solid stone to lava.
The Destroyer served Galactus until Fantastic Four 173, when Galactus withdraws his life force from it while it battled with Thing. A year later, in Thor 265, Loki stole the Destroyer armor from Galactus and returned it to Asgard.
At the end of Marvel’s Age Of Ultron event, a tear was made in the fabric of space which opened up a portal between the Marvel Universe and Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. A portal that Galactus came upon and used to enter into the Ultimate Universe. The 2013 Hunger mini series, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and drawn by Leonard Kirk picks up from there.
Shortly after crossing over into the new universe, Galactus comes across the Gah Lak Tus swarm (an army of insect-like robots, first introduced in the Ultimate Galactus Saga, which was created by the Kree as a weapon, that they lost control of and now roams the universe devouring anything that gets in its path). The Gah Lak Tus swarm sees Galactus as a new source of energy and tries to consume him, but shortly after coming in contact with him, recognizes him as an analogous being and decides to merge with him. The combination of Galactus and Gah Lak Tus just looks like an armored version of Galactus – who, believe it or not, is now hungry.
The Kree (lead by Ronan the Accuser), the Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, and Rick Jones who is the Ultimate version of Nova – all do their best to stop the new Galactus/Gah Lak Tus threat, but fail leaving Captain Marvel dead and Galactus injured, but now the world devourer is on his way towards the earth.
The four issue Hunger mini series is setting up a larger Marvel event called Cataclysm that will cross over with all of the Ultimate Marvel books starting October 30th with Cataclysm #1 – and is rumored to be the end of the Ultimate Universe. I hope those rumors are true, not because I don’t like the Ultimate Universe, but because I would love to see Galactus succeed in a major way like that. I am really looking forward to Cataclysm, but before you pick up those books, you need to read the Hunger mini series.
In 1988, Marvel published the Silver Surfer: Judgment Day original graphic novel. It was originally John Buscema‘s project. He concepted and drew every page – each page a full page illustration and not broken into panels like a normal comic book – and then the great Stan Lee was brought in to add dialog and words. Although much of the credit is given to Buscema for this book (as it should be), I think Stan deserves recognition as well some really beautiful and profound dialogue.
At the beginning of Silver Surfer: Judgment Day, Mephisto conjures up a plan to finally defeat his old nemesis, the Silver Surfer by taking away the conscience of the Surfer’s friend and Galactus’ current herald, Nova – allowing her to lead her master to one populated planet after (normally Nova only takes him to unpopulated planets).
When the Surfer finds out what she is doing, he confronts his friend and a battle ensues. The battle results in the planet below being left unfit for Galatus’ absorption, and in his wrath, he condemns both his current and former heralds to remain stranded on the planet below, devoid of their power of flight. At which time the Silver Surfer cries out in anguish “I know not the purpose of human destiny. I know not for what reason I exist in the grand and mystic scheme of things. But one thing I do know, now and forever… So long as my life endures, so long as blood still courses through my veins, I will act as my conscience dictate. I will harm no fellow being and will behave to all as I would have them behave to me. And if such acts should cause me woe, then with pride shall I bear the burden, secure in the knowledge that I have done my best. No man can do more.”
Shortly after that, Mephisto makes his move, taking advantage of the Surfer in this vulnerable state, he captures both Nova and the Surfer and transports them back to his own “accursed realm” – but not before breaking his spell over Nova, who sends out a cosmic flare to alert her master. Galactus eventually shows up demanding the return of his herald and a battle ensues.
I once read a discussion on line where people were talking about who would win in a fight between Galactus and Mephisto. The people argued both ways, but in Silver Surfer: Judgement Day, it pretty clear that they are almost evenly matched – that is until Galactus decides to consume Mephistos brimstone planet. At which time, the devil surrenders and returns the heralds as quickly as he can to stop Galactus from destroying eveything he has.
At the end of this story, the Surfer and Galactus have a great exchange where Galactus explains why he cannot allow himself to feel…
SILVER SURFER: I know not if the word “friend” conveys any significance to one such as you… but, when all is said and done…
GALACTUS: Enough! Friendship implies a caring, which signifies emotion! I could not do what I do, I could not be what I am, if, like hapless humans, I were subject to emotions unbridled. No! I am Galactus! I cannot be more! I dare not be less!”
Silver Surfer: Judgment Day is a beautiful graphic novel that I would recommend to anyone interested in Galactus and the Silver Surfer. As far as I know, it has not been republished, but it isn’t hard to find affordable copies of the original edition on eBay.
I just got this Hunger Games parody t-shirt in the mail from Tee Villian, a website that offers t-shirts for 24 hours. It was designed by David Johnston and although you can no longer order it through Tee Villian, you can still order shirts from Johnston’s Redbubble account. Then you can look as awesome as me.