Galactus: The Origin
Issue(s): Super-Villain Classics #1 - Galactus: The Origin
This strange issue attempts to make Galactus' origin a little more majestic. Instead of being the sole survivor of a plague that wiped out a few planets, Galactus is now the sole survivor of an entire universe that existed before ours.
A lot of the dialogue has been changed, some of it seemingly for no good reason, but mainly to change references to a plague to instead refer to the collapsing of a universe.
This is a superior origin that also states that Galactus will someday give back to the universe much more than he ever took. It also shows that he created his spaceship-homeworld, Taa-II, as a tribute to the first planet he ever ate, that of the Wanderers that appeared in Thor #160. It's made out of the remnants of their world, but it's named after Galactus' own homeworld.
Not sure how to reconcile this with Thor #168-169 other than to say that Galactus must have been speaking metaphorically.
A'borning alert: this time an entire universe a'borning is told to beware of Galactus.
This is essentially a historical document and shouldn't really be judged as a story. Good art, though.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: I've decided to place this alongside the stories it is retconning although it obviously doesn't actually occur in '1969'. I'm only listing Galactus here because there's a weird glitch in my system where if i don't list any characters appearing, it doesn't show up in searches.
Continuity Implant? Y
Reprinted In: N/A
I was not even born when this came out but thank you for sharing this with the world. I wish I could afford to find and buy this issue.
Galactus' origin was initially revealed in Thor (#169, in 1969) to be an astronaut/ scientist being changed/ mutated into Galactus because he passed too close to "the largest sun in the universe."
This was retconned a bit in Super Villain Classics #1 (1983). Super Villain Classics altered Galactus' origin by stating the "largest sun" was actually the Cosmic Egg and that Taa actually existed in the previous universe, thus establishing in Marvel canon that a universe existed prior to the current one, and that Galan/Galactus came from this universe.
Gruenwald and Byrne just changed it later.
But if writers had instead followed Lee & Kirby's origin more directly, what system might the largest sun have been in?
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