“For no matter how many worlds I devour…
How many civilizations I destroy…
It is my destiny to one day give back to the universe…
Infinitely more than I have ever taken from it…”
Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. It seems many of you enjoyed last weeks installment of Run the Table with Silver Surfer in the spotlight. Thank you for all your responses throughout CBSI and within the social media world! Now, let’s look at the other side of this coin during the this particular time in Silver Age comics, Galactus. There are many who scratch their heads on why the prices of FF 48 continue to close at on the secondary market. Perhaps this bookend piece will provide some clarity.
Galactus provides us fans with a mythical like entity. He has been seen as one of the biggest nemesis of our heroes throughout the last 50 years. Alright so who is this towering purple guy with the weird helmet? Well, let’s start at the beginning, and work our way thru to current day.
*** One note of caution, I will not be repeating Silver Surfer covers from last week with Galactus as that would be redundant – Except for the first couple of appearances. ***
In the pre-Big Bang universe, Galactus was a space explorer named Galan. He was a native of the planet Taa, one of the most advanced worlds in existence. The society of Taa were dismissive of the fact that their universe was dying and that all matter was converging on one position (the Big Crunch). Galan discovered that the radiation pouring out from the Big Crunch was going to destroy everything in turn, and Taa's people were next.
As the residents of Taa were killed by the radiation, Galan convinced a few of the survivors to fly into the Big Crunch, where they would either find an escape of their plight, or die a glorious death. The crew were killed as the ship entered the centre of what was now becoming a “Cosmic Egg”, where the next universe would be born. Galan survived, however, and he was reborn as Galactus.
The “Galactus trilogy” (FF 48 – 50) as it’s called in some circles was created by none other that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Those of you who are big Silver Age fans consider this the pinnacle of the era. The real truth is, these three issues can be read over and over again and always something new can be derived from them they are that deep.
One Galactus nugget:
“It is then revealed that Galactus looks different to each of the thousands of aliens from different planets. He isn't just some dude in a silly purple outfit; he is a force of nature, and Galactus' appearance is a reflection of a mortal mind trying to comprehend the incomprehensible.”
Galactus 1st app
2nd app of Galactus
Origin of Galactus
Continued Origin of Galactus
*Reprint of Galactus Origin with supplemental material
There is not a lot of noise when it comes to Galactus’ daughter, Galacta or Gali as some call her. However, we know how offsprings of family’s can produce worthwhile characters at times, so let’s have a gander at her shall we?
Gali is the daughter of Galactus and lives on earth hiding as a human teenager. She has the same powers as her proud pop, just not the insatiable appetite to devour planets. She uses her powers instead to rid nasty extraterrestrial viruses around the galaxies. Anyone read the Skrull Kill Krew series? There is some history with how they got their powers and the virus Gali helped remove. While her history is short, there is always a potential for her to pop up at some random time. Why not be prepared?
1st app of Galacta
These below are all digital copies only:
Wow! That’s a lot of history and covers. I hope you have enjoyed this bookend article to the Silver Surfer piece from last week. It was an exhaustive process, but fun nevertheless to capture the majority of these amazing characters covers. Yes, I am sure there are some that may be missing, I am looking at you Howard the Duck, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl as examples. If I was able to bring one issue you have not seen into your PC boxes, I have done my job. The sharing of this comic community is what makes it awesome. Please, keep these lists available as you make your rounds within LCSs across the country, and share pickups!