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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Marvel The Collector & Elders of the Universe Key Comics 2

Continuing this request is Part 2 to this Collector & Elders of the Universe Key Comics series. We covered some 1st appearances like the Collector, the Grandmaster, and Ego the Living Planet.

In this part, we'll see two origins, but one of them is pretty big concerning the Collector and the Elders. I mentioned in Part 1 that we'll be seeing the comic that first mentions the Collector as an Elder and their existence in the Marvel Universe, and we'll be seeing that one here.

In case you missed Part 1, that link will bring you back. Other than that, let's see what I can dig up here. Enjoy or not.

THOR #228
Origin of Ego the Living Planet

This comic here just might have the first origin of Ego the Living Planet. Don't confuse Ego with Ego Prime who was birthed from a sample of Ego.

In this issue, Ego projects images into Thor's mind and the Thunder God sees the origin of how Ego came to be. Don't think either Overstreet or CGC is noting this as Ego's origin issue currently. 

Perhaps the new holders do but not sure. In the most current guide, #228 is just noted as Thor, Firelord, & Galactus vs. Ego. Pretty under the radar key issue for ego at the moment. CGC 9.8s are still pretty affordable at least for now.

Thor #228 and the origin of Ego has the cover date of  October, 1974.

THOR #235
1st appearance of the Possessor

Another Elder that makes his first appearance in the Bronze Age is Kamo Tharnn, also known as the Possessor. He hails from the planet Rus and is a seeker of knowledge.

He possesses the Runestaff, a mystical artifact of alien origin, that was once stolen by Sif. The Runestaff contains a pocket dimension that houses the life forces of hundreds of thousands of sentient beings. He once housed the spirit of Jane Foster but later freed her and all the others.

The Runestaff allows the Possessor the ability to travel across dimensions, and it also has the ability to control emotions as well as heal. The Possessor would be one of the Elders who would align with the other Elders in using all six Infinity Gems to destroy Galactus with.

While the Contemplator in that Silver Surfer vol 3 story arc was revealed to be a Skrull impersonator, I think it was the real Possessor and not a Skrull in those stories. Not all that sure though. Thor #235 has the cover date of May, 1975.

1st appearance of the Contemplator

The 1st appearance of the Contemplator, also known as Tath Ki, is in this issue here, and he goes under the alias of a "Mister Buda" who sends Captain America (Steve Rogers) in a sort of a time journey that showed Cap the important historical and future events of America. It was a journey that was to teach Cap more about himself and his role as symbol for his country.

Spending millions of years in meditation and developing his mind and spirit, the Contemplator is fascinated in figuring out the universe's mysteries and has achieved almost complete harmony with the cosmos. In later comics, a Skrull imposter of him would align himself with the other Elders of the Universe in a plot to destroy Galactus.

The character did not possess any of the Infinity Gems when Thanos tracked them down in Thanos Quest. This is a Marvel Treasury Edition, and Captain America's Bicentennial Battles #1 is not that very well-known and has a cover date of June, 1976.

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1st appearance of the Gardner
1st appearance of the Time Gem
1st appearance of the Power Gem

Okay, I'm not gonna do the 1st appearance of the Infinity Gems because most of their first appearances had the wrong color or the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entry on the Infinity Gems, the Stranger has a yellow gem that's suppose to be the Power Gem and the Gardener's red gem is suppose to be  the Time Gem. The colors would supposedly be switched to Red and Orange later.

Once again, not sure how true this is or not, but that's what the source does say. I've talked about the first appearance of the Gardner already before and the confusion as to which Infinity Gems make their first appearances in this issue.

The Stranger is above with his yellow or orange gem. The Gardner below has what looks to be a red gem. Well, it appears they changed the color codec for the Infinity Gems later on. After all, they were first all called Soul Gems in their early appearances as you can see from the panels in this issue.
I'll go with what the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe says. Really no point in me arguing since I wasn't there creating these things or there revamping them later. What is known is that the Gardner makes his first appearance in this issue. This comic does debut two more Infinity Gems.

We all know so far that the Purple Stone in GOTG is the Power Stone (MCU changes the colors as well as the name from gem to "stone"), which in the comics is suppose to be red. So the red Aether in Thor: The Dark World is not the Power Stone, unless Peter Gunn is pulling our leg, and is speculated to be the Reality Gem in comic speak.

Reality Gem is orange or yellow in the comics, but even the comics can't keep the colors straight. They change from time to time as well and even in the newer stuff.

Pretty interesting. Anyway, in Thanos Quest #2, Thanos does take the Mind Gem from the Grandmaster, and it is blue. 

Thanos also takes the Space Gem from the Runner and it's green in Thanos Quest #2. Despite the different colors the Time Gem was shown in previous comics, Thanos confirms that he did wrestle the Time Gem from the Gardener in issue #1 of Thanos Quest

Prior to the Thanos Quest story, Thanos does say that he found a gem abandoned on Earth's moon in Avengers Annual #7, and that it once belonged to the Gardner. It was a red color in that issue.

Also in Thanos Quest #2, he takes the Reality Gem from the Collector and it is orange or yellow. Hard to tell.
If we're talking about basing the Infinity Gems' colors to the colors of the stones in the cinematic universe, they are as different as they are constantly depicted in the comics. In the movies, we have the Reality Stone (Red Aether), Mind Stone (Loki's scepter and then Vision), Power Stone (GOTG Purple Orb), and the Space Stone (Tesseract).

So we are missing the Time Stone and the Soul Stone in the movies. Some are speculating the Eye of Agamotto might be the Time Stone, and we'll be seeing that in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie this November.

So if that's true, the first appearance of the Time Gem in comics is in this issue here and was first in the possession of the Gardner, who also makes his 1st appearance in this issue. Marvel Team-Up #55 has the cover date of March, 1977.

1st appearance of Carina Tivan

Carina Tivan isn't an Elder but she is the Collector's daughter. Unfortunately, his daughter ends up betraying her own father and falls in love with Michael Korvac.

Actually, the Collector sent her to Earth to spy on Michael Korvac as the Collector foresaw that Korvac and Thanos would become powerful threats that could challenge the Elders of the Universe (revealed in a later issue). A cinematic version of this character might have already appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

She was the Collector's unwilling aide who tried to take the orb and use it to free herself from him. I think you might remember that from the film. Well, the character's name is also Carina and was played by Ophelia Lovibond.

Regardless, this is still considered a key issue concerning the Collector. She is not revealed to be the daughter of the Collector in this issue, and in her debut, she is known as Carina Walters. Avengers #167 has the cover date of January, 1978.

1st cameo appearance of Matani Tivan
Origin of the Collector
Revealed to be an Elder of the Universe 

This is a pretty important key issue for the Collector. There's quite a bit going on.

The Collector reveals his origin in this issue and how he acquired the obsession of collecting after his wife's death. As a result Matani Tivan makes her first appearance in a flashback and cameo.

Avengers #174 also reveals why he has been collecting powerful or interesting beings, and that was because he foresaw the coming of Thanos. However, he also reveals that he foresaw a bigger threat and that was Korvac and sent his daughter Carina to spy on as mentioned before.

Yep, this issue is the very first mention about the Elders of the Universe. It shows his wife but does not explain her eventual death.

The panels below explained how his brother the Grandmaster, whom isn't named but obviously implied, was intent on playing games but the Collector himself was cursed to foresee the coming of Thanos and became intent and obsessed with collecting and preserving creatures he deemed interesting enough to save from the onslaught of Thanos.
We also see that Carina has indeed fallen in love with Korvac and ends up betraying her father in this issue. So, we got a first origin for the Collector in this issue, the first tie-in and mention of the Elders of the Universe, a connection between the Grandmaster and the Collector, and it's revealed that Carina is the Collector's daughter.

Sounds like a key issue regarding both the Collector and the Elders of the Universe to me. Avengers #174 has the cover date of August, 1978. It's not that sought out of a key currently

1st appearance Champion of the Universe

The Champion of the Universe is a character that did have one of the Infinity Gems that was taken from Thanos. It was the Power Gem in the Thanos Quest #1.

The Champion is obsessed with establishing himself as the greatest warrior in all the universe and often challenges many of the superhero powerhouses in combat. Mighty characters like the Thing, Hulk, Thor, Colossus, Wonder Man, Namor and Sasquatch go up against the Champion in this here issue.

Each are to go up against the Champion one-on-one. The Hulk, Thor, and Wonder Man end up being disqualified and teleported away. Colossus and Sasquatch are beaten.

In the end, the Thing is left to battle the Champion. Blue Eyes takes a beating from his opponent but refuses to give up. Although the Champion clearly gave him a beating, he earns the respect of the Champion. Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7 has the cover date of October, 1982.

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So we've got four new 1st appearances of Elders of the Universe in Part 2, all from the Bronze Age of comics. Hard to tell which others will pop up if any.

If the Eye of Agamotto will indeed be the Time Gem, will that lessen the chance of the Gardner making an appearance? I know that the movie barely follows the comics concerning certain things, but will the Grandmaster have the Soul Stone in Thor: Ragnarok?

It'll be interesting to see what the Grandmaster's role will be, and how or what Ego's purpose will be on the big screen if Ego indeed does pop up.

Quite a few of these keys are over-looked currently. Not really sure if it's because they aren't well-known or just aren't cared about yet.

Will have to see how they do in the near future. There will be a Part 3 and I think that will mainly deal with the Copper Age 1st appearances of whatever Elders I can find. I dunno if I want to put in Thanos Quest since I already talked a lot about those two issues already here.

We will see though. Alright, Part 3 is ready, so click the link below to continue and see ya there.

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