In season 1, episode 15 of Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, in an episode entitled “Galactus Goes Green” the Hulks square off against Terrax and his master, Galactus. In this story, Galactus isn’t looking for a meal, he’s looking to enlist Hulk as his latest herald.
Although I don’t like the way Hulk is portrayed in this series, and this story is mostly fighting, I do think they got Galactus and Terrax just right. And it is refreshing to see a Galactus story where they are not trying to stop him from eating the planet. It’s not Netflix and for now at least, you can watch it on Youtube. Enjoy…
A couple of weeks ago a very generous friend of mine purchased me a couple of beautiful animation cells and drawings from the 1990s Fantastic Four cartoon. The cells are from episode To Battle A Living Planet. I previously posted a close up cell and here is another I got from him. Here is the original drawing, the hand painted animation cell that was shot, and a screenshot of that cell in scene…
I saw these “Character Bandz” on eBay for a decent price and decided to get myself a pack.
It’s cool that they made one of Galactus and that he features so prominently on the packaging, but the actual bandz themselves aren’t great. Of the maybe 6 Galactus bandzin the pack, this was the only one that held it’s shape pretty close to what it is supposed to be. But what more can you expect from silly shaped rubber bands?
Writer Dan Slott has been doing an amazing job on the 2015 Silver Surfer series. And in issues 8-10, he tells a cool little Galactus story that started out with the Surfer and his lady-friend Dawn Greenwood landing on the planet Newhaven, which is entirely populated by the last surviving refugees of planets that were destroyed by Galactus. Newhaven is specifically cloaked to hide from heralds of Galactus, but they were able to find it because Dawn was flying the board and she brought them there.
After landing, the new arrivals are greeted by the people of Newhaven and it doesn’t take long for them to realize that one of the heralds of Galactus is in their midst. And right there, for the first time, Dawn learns about the Surfer’s past as one of Newhaven’s leaders explains “He is the herald! Responsible for the destruction of a million worlds! For the deaths of trillions upon trillions of men, women, and children! He is the greatest monster in the universe!” Dawn is in shock and when they force the Surfer to leave the planet, she chooses to stay behind with the survivors. But soon after that, they discover that Galactus had in fact been following the Surfer’s Power Cosmic trail, which has lead him to Newhaven.
As Galactus prepares for his next meal, his former herald returns to protect Dawn and the people of Newhaven. After a brief confrontation, where Galactus refuses to back down, the leader of Newhaven decides the only hope to save his planet would be to do as the Surfer once did and volunteers to be Galactus’ new herald in exchange for mercy. And then one by one, in a scene straight out of Sparticus, all of the hosts shout out the same offer: “Spare my world, and I will be your herald!” – an offer Galactus refuses. He says “No. They are nothing more than remnants. I have consumed everything distinctive of their home worlds. None of them have anything to offer me.” He does, however, much to the Surfer’s disappointment, accept the same offer from Dawn Greenwood as she is from Earth, which he has never destroyed. But before the Devourer of Worlds can finish giving Dawn the Power Cosmic, the inhabitants of Newhaven make him another offer: He can either leave with Dawn to find another world, or they will leave voluntarily and he can eat now.
And so Galactus has his feast, consuming Newhaven in the same manner that he did the Skrull Throne-World back in Fantastic Four #257…
This is fun little story with beautiful art by husband and wife team Michael and Laura Allred. You should be able to find the single issues easy enough, but I am personally waiting for them to collect this entire awesome run in an oversized hardcover (fingers crossed!).
A couple of weeks ago a very generous friend of mine purchased me a couple of beautiful animation cells and drawings from the 1990s Fantastic Four cartoon. The cells are from episode To Battle A Living Planet. I recently watched that episode and found the exact moments this particular close up of galactus was used. Here is the initial drawing, the hand painted animation cell that was shot, and a screenshot of that cell in scene…
A lot of people refer to Galactus as a villain or when they hear he eats planets, call him evil. So I came up with this little parable to explain why I don’t believe he is evil…
Imagine a vast desert landscape where you are the only human being. As you make your way out of the desert, every 2 miles, there is a large delicious peach, but nothing in between. If you eat the peaches as you travel on, you will receive enough nutrients to survive the two miles between each stop. The only other living creatures along the way are a group of fruit flies on each peach. Eating the peach means the fruit flies starve but if you skip the peach or do not eat the whole thing, then you will surely perish before you get to the next one.
How concerned are you about the lives of the fruit flies as you make your journey? Do you worry what they think? Or are the lives of a few fruit flies inconsequential when it’s a question of your survival? Does leaving them to die make you evil?
So it is to be Galactus.
They had been setting up the impending doom of Galactus’ arrival since the beginning of the 2015 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series, and in issue 4, our heroine finally confronts the devourer of worlds on the surface of the moon.
It’s a fun little issue that I recommend you get and read as soon as possible. I won’t spoil how it all plays out, but there are a couple of great scenes…
At one point they make reference to the John Byrne idea that Galactus looks different depending on the race of being that is looking at him…
SQUIRREL GIRL: Hey, we never actually checked. Are the rumors true? Does every species see Galactus differently or what?
TIPPY TOE: Huh?! Toss me up, I wanna get a good look.
SQUIRREL GIRL: No Problem!
She then throws Tippy Toe into the air and we get to see Galactus from her perspective…
SQUIRREL GIRL: Well?
TIPPY TOE: I dunno, probably the same way you do. Giant dude, purple clothes, tuning fork hat — the works.
Another great part is when Galactus explains how he is able to understand Tippy Toe when she speaks, and Squirrel Girl chastises him for not using more inclusive pronouns when referring to wielders of the Power Cosmic.
Not surprisingly, Galactus seems uninterested in “affecting positive change” by correcting his pronouns, but then by the end of the issue, he has in fact taken her advice…
The first episode to feature Galactus in the new improved season is actually an Ego The Living Planet episode called “To Battle The Living Planet” in which our heroes are summoned into space by the mighty Thor who is battling Ego.
After saving Thor, the Fantastic Four discover thruster engines on the surface of Ego that are pushing him toward the earth. Unable to destroy the engines, Reed Richards decides that the only being who can destroy them is the being who put them there in the first place: Galactus himself.
Reed and Thor then set off on a mission to summon the Devourer of Worlds. Galactus explains that he had previously battled the Living Planet and was unable to beat him, so he attached the thrusters to him in order to vanquish him. He then agrees to help stop Ego and save the earth, under the condition that they release him from his vow to spare the earth.
Reed agrees to the terms and returns with Galactus, who helps to destroy and Ego but then before the episode is through, threatens that he will be back to eat the earth another day.
I actually quite enjoyed this episode. Not only was the production so much better than the previous episodes, but I liked how is stayed true to the old comic stories – particularly Thor #161. I recommend you check it out. You can get the DVD set for relatively cheap or you view it for free HERE.
In 1975, Amsco (a division of MiltonBradley) released a Marvel World adventure playset with highly detailed chipboard cut-outs of the Marvel Comics buildings and characters. You can read more about the set and see pictures HERE.
A complete set is very rare and expensive on the second-hand market, but if you are lucky, you might be able to find individual character pieces. They character pieces are also extremely hard to find. I just picked up this Galactus piece on eBay, but it was the first time I had ever seen it for sale. It is 3″ tall, 2.5″ wide (at the base) and about 2mm thick.
Although Galactus didn’t have a lot to do in the 1991 Marvel event, The Infinity Gauntlet, he did end up playing a much more prominent role the following year in its sequel, The Infinity War, written by Jim Starlin and drawn by Ron Lim.
In issue 1 of the Infinity War, Galactus discovers that the cosmic entity known as Eternity has been left in a catatonic state by some unknown power. He and his herald Nova, then embark on a mission to find out who is responsible. Needing guidance “through the dimensional labyrinth” he must travel, Galactus enlists the help of Dr Strange in the crossover issue, Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #42, which then crosses over into Silver Surfer #67.
Through out the next few issues of The Infinity War, Galactus (along with his crew of Nova, Dr Strange, and the Silver Surfer) searches across many planes of reality in search of the source of this unknown power, helping Earth’s heroes along the way as they fight their own battle. He even at one point enlists the assistance of Gamora (against her will and much to her chagrin) to help him free Eternity’s core essence, which it turns out was bound by Magus.
Although The Infinity Gauntlet is the stronger story, The Infinity War is fun because of Galactus’ involvement. I would recommend it with the warning that the 6 issue series alone isn’t very good since many of the events take place in the other books that crossed over with it, so it would be good to read as many of those periphery books as possible.
There were four particularly cool moments in this event that showed us a glimpse into Galactus’ powers…
1. When Galactus first visits Dr Strange, he creates a molecular barrier above and beneath himself “which renders all that happens inside it invisible to human onlookers below.”
2. When Galactus is recruiting Dr Strange to help him discover the source of what Eternity’s catatonic state, rather than explain everything that has happened, Galactus cups his hands around the Sorcerer Supreme and uses his Power Cosmic to place all of the information in Strange’s head (an event so exhausting that it causes Strange to pass out).
3. After having his Star Sphere destroyed by Magus, Galactus uses his Power Cosmic to return it all back together as good as new.
4. In order to awaken Eternity, Galactus bonds with Gamora and sends her into the cosmos that is Eternity. Their minds are bound together and Gamora has an aura around her in the shape of Galactus. He explains that linked like this, he can use her as a conduit for his vast might without putting himself in any danger- her life, however, is worth the risk because she is a “mere mortal who would not be greatly missed is anything were to go awry.”
BACKGROUND: While making preparations to consume a planet called Caraner, Galactus was confronted by one of its inhabitants – a “fearless, bloodthirsty and completely amoral” executioner named Morg. Seeing that this executioner lacked the compassion and conscience that had been the downfall of his last herald, Nova, Galactus spared Morg’s life and selected him to be his new herald. Rather than seeking out uninhabited planets, like his predecessor, Morg leads his master to planets that are teaming with life – a practice that prompts the Silver Surfer to gather the previous heralds of Galactus to confront this new threat, resulting in the deaths of both Nova (at the hands of Morg) and Morg (as the hands of the ruthless Terrax The Tamer).
Galactus later resurrects Morg who serves him for a short time before being enslaved by Tyrant (a being Galactus had created eons earlier) and ultimately is killed while attempting to defend his master from his captor.
POWERS AND WEAPON:
“Morg could gather, channel and manipulate large quantities of Cosmic energy. He also possessed the accumulated mystic powers of the destroyed planet Bastion, which helped augment his power cosmic.” (Marvel Universe Wiki)
Morg also wielded a double sided ax that could shoot cosmic energy blasts.
This is the Art Adams cover to Marvel Saga #25, telling the origin of the Silver Surfer. Since this tells the story of the Silver Surfer, it is no surprise that it Galactus appears quite a bit inside (collecting material from Silver Surfer #1 and the Galactus Trilogy).
Pencils by Jim Lee, inks by Danny Miki.
The PGCA is the Promotional Glass Collectors Association – an association of people who collect “collectible cartoon and character drinking glasses.” These collectors have regional and annual gatherings and conventions where they buy, sell and trade collectable glasses. This Galactus/Silver Surfer glass, from what I can tell, was available exclusively at the 1999 convention in Grayslake, IL.
I have only ever seen this once on eBay and I bought it then. I think I paid around $20-$30 for it. This picture is of the first and only time I have used it as an actual drinking glass…
Last year Hasbro released a set of Marvel Legends as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive. And best of all, the set came in a box that looked like the Galactus Engine from the Thanos Imperative book the mouth of the engine that opens up to showcase on of the figure inside behind plastic.
And just like with everything, people took this exclusive collection as an opportunity to make money off of their fellow geeks. So luckily I got myself an empty box off of eBay to hang in my office.
If you want to read about the origin of Galactus, I would refer you HERE where I have previously discussed the comic books: The Origin Of Galactus, Galactus: The Origin, and Marvel Sage #24. Those issues collect stories from previous comics together as one comprehensive story of Galactus’ Origin. But most of the material those books draw from can be found in the pages of Thor #126, 168, and 169 where the story was first told – which is what I will be reviewing in this post.
Thor #162 picks up mediately after the events in the previous two issues of that book (Thor 160 and 161), where Galactus had battled both Ego the Living Planet and the son of Odin himself. After returning to Asgard, Odin warns Thor that they have not seen the last of the Devourer of Worlds. To make his point about how truly dangerous Galacus is, he pulls up some scenes from Galactus’ history on his Spacial Screen, a large monitor that allows them to see past events.
Through the Spacial Screen, we see a few glimpses of Glaactus’ story. But to get the rest, we have to wait 6 more issues. In Thor #168, the son of Odin is out in outer space hunting down Galactus to finish what they had started that last time they had met, when suddenly his ship comes to a stop…
Thor immediately attacks Galactus but is held back by an invisible forcefield Galactus refers to as a “Galatian barrier”. No, Galactus isn’t interested in fighting, he just wants someone to talk to – to tell his story…
And through the remainder of Thor #168 and Thor#169, Galactus does tell his story. The story of how he used to be a man named Galen who lived in the universe that existed before our own. He tells of how his universe was destroyed and how he was the lone survivor who became the being we now know as Galactus the devourer of worlds.
As I have said before, you can find a more detailed account of the origin of Galactus in several places, but the best parts to me in reading this original account, were the bits between the history, where Galactus is talking to Thor.
And this is my favorite panel from issue #169…
These are great issues – written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby (inks by George Klein) at the height of their careers.
I loved the Baby Galactus variant cover Skottie Young drew for 2013’s Fantastic Four relaunch and this cover he did for 2014’s Silver Surfer #1 is just as great. So cute!
This Marvel Legends Masterworks mini statue from 2006 is based on the John Byrne cover for issue 244 of Fantastic Four. The It is called “Everyone Versus Galactus” just like it said on the cover. Galactus measures 8.5 inches tall with the individual heroes about 1.5 inches from head to toe.
It’s a fun little statue and I especially like how close it is to the John Byrne art. I used to see a lot on eBay going for anywhere from $60 to $100, but I don’t see it for sale all that frequently these days, so maybe it is becoming more scarce.
There were a few cards in the 2008 Marvel Masterpieces trading card set that featured Galactus, but this one is the worst. In fact, it is the worst Galactus trading card in my entire collection because of the way the image was cropped. You can only see part of his hand, part of Dr Doom, and a microscopic FF in the distance. So terrible.
But it turns out that the full art by Steve Rude (that you can see tiny on the back of the card) is actually a really beautiful painting. Check it out…
Because the dates of the 1981 calendar sync up with the dates of 2015, the website Andertoons has scanned in the 1981 Marvel calendar for you to view and print out a copy for yourself. Very cool. Thank you Andertoons. Here is the Month of November showcasing the Silver Surfer and featuring Galactus…
FIRST APPEARANCE (AS FRANKIE RAYE): Fantastic Four #164 (1975)
FIRST APPEARANCE (AS NOVA): Fantastic Four #244 (1982)
BACKGROUND: As an on-again-off-again girlfriend to Johnny Storm and a part-time superhero (fire powers), Frankie Raye had been around in the Fantastic Four comics for several years before she offered her services to Galactus in order to spare the Earth in Fantastic Four #244.
Nova served as a loyal herald for 10 publishing years (1982 – 1992). She had an interesting relationship with her master, eventually privately expressing feelings she was developing for him and at times, we even saw hints of Galactus’ feelings toward her, like when he would act jealous about her relationship with his former herald, the Silver Surfer. At first Nova was cavalier in her duties of leading her master to devour inhabited planets, but later, with encouragement from the Silver Surfer, she strove to lead him to only uninhabited planets, resulting in her being dismissed as a herald in the Herald and killed by her replacement in the Silver Surfer storyline, “The Herald Ordeal” .
POWERS (from Fantastic Four: Marvel Encyclopedia):
- Manipulation of cosmic energy in the form of fire
- Near invulnerability to injury
Earth X was a 14 issue mini series that was published in 1999 telling the story of a dystopian future of the Marvel Universe. There’s a lot going on in the story and a lot has already occurred before the story starts, but here are the basics: 1. A few years back, the Terrigen Mist was released into earth’s atmosphere giving every person on earth super powers. 2. The Watcher is now blind and has recruited Machine Man to help him watch everything (with most of the story being told from their viewpoint). 3. A young man who calls himself the Skull has the power to control every mind he comes in contact with and is taking over the country. 4. Most of the Marvel heroes are either dead, retired, or otherwise indisposed. 5. Years earlier, Reed turned Galactus into a star.
I’ll jump to the chase: This book is not an easy read. In fact I found it quite tedious to finish. The writing was monotonous and full of exposition (including 4 to 8 pages of boring text after each issue), made changes to Marvel continuity too many times, and the one that bothered me the most is how Uatu was portrayed as a total dick – which felt very off-character to me.
But it wasn’t ALL terrible – there were a few really interesting things that we found out through the series that were summed up in the final issue…
“Many years ago, the Celestials impregnated the planet Earth by placing their seed within it. This seed, over hundreds of thousands of years, fed off that planet’s natural resources and grew. This is how Celestials reproduce. They then take the indigenous life-forms on a planet and empower them, mutating them to unknowingly protect the egg growing within the planet’s core. These mutated protectors were Earth’s heroes… its legends and champions of virtue… Left to their own devices, the Celestials would grow in numbers to rule the universe. As it is, there’s only been one being in creation who was able to keep their expansion at bay… Galactus traveled to planets impregnated by the Celestials and consumed the embryos growing within.”
So yeah, I didn’t like this book, but I kind of enjoyed the final issue, where the Celestials come back to Earth to hatch their new offspring and then Galactus shows up to stop them. Oh, and remember how Galactus was “transformed into a star” years prior to this story, so then who is this Galactus? Well, it turns out it is Franklin Richards who has basically become the new Galactus, which is pretty cool. How and when that happened, I am not clear on – it was explained, but ugh. I didn’t get it and I gave up trying to wrap my head around this crappy book.
Anyway, like I said, it had a couple of cool concepts in it (even if the explanation of Galactus and the Celestials was a retcon), but over all, I mostly hated this book. Oh well. Good thing I picked up the trade at a second hand store for $5. It could have been worse – I could have paid cover-price for the issues.