Classification: Extraterrestrial life-form, semi-humanoid
Location/Base of Operations: M'Ndavi, tenth from the sun of the B'Ibwo star system, Shi'ar galaxy
Known Members: Peacekeeper-General
unidentified judge in Reed Richards' trial;
unidentified Galactic Marathon observers;
possibly an unidentified member of the Mourners
prior to their apparent death of all present on M'Ndavi
Affiliations: The Charter, Fantastic Four, Intergalactic Council, Quasar, Shi'ar
Enemies: Lord Votan
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#262 (January, 1984)
Powers/Abilities/Characteristics: M'Ndavians are renowned for their complex legal systems.
They are employed within the Shi'ar Empire for matters of great significance to
They were ruled by a representative monarchy and possessed a level of technology superior to Earth's, including faster than light travel.
Fingers: Three (plus opposable thumb)
Skin color: Green or yellow
Average height: 6' 3"
Special Adaptations: Highly advanced intellects
History: (Fantastic Four I#262) - When the human Reed Richards was placed on trial by the Intergalactic Council for having spared the life of Galactus, a M'Ndavian served among the judges, and the trial was carried out using M'Ndavian justice, which Richards had requested. Richards was ultimately found innocent after Eternity revealed to those assembled the purpose of Galactus' existence.
(Quasar I#26) - A possible M'Ndavian was shown among the Mourners when they first encountered Quasar.
(Quasar I#58) - At least one M'ndavian was present on the planet belowing the finishing line of the Galactic Marathon where they observed the Eternal Makkari's arrival following his victory.
(Star Masters#1)- Peacekeeper-General Mduul of the Charter greeted Quasar aboard the Hub when the Charter planned to make contact with Earth. He explained the history and purpose of the Charter to Quasar, and gave him quarters for the evening. The following morning, Quasar found Mduul dead, having been slain by a plague created by the Axi-Tun.
(Cosmic Powers Unlimited#4)- Mduul's body was returned to M'Ndavi containing a plague which was released from his body at the funeral, quickly infecting and slaying the entire planet's population. Lord Votan's people made it seem as though the Pheragots were responsible for the genocide.
(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet (BTS))- The M'Ndavian legal system was employed by the Intergalactic Council to determine what should be done about the interference of humans throughout the galaxies. When the crystals all turned black, it was determined to turn the Sol System into a penal colony for their worst offenders.
Comments: Created by John Byrne
It's certainly possible that other M'Ndavians who were off-planet at the time survived the death of their people, so don't be surprised if you see a few in a Marvel comic in the future.
Although the M'Ndavians were colored yellow in their first appearance, they were colored green in the Star Masters stories. Mere coloring error-- or possibly a race that comes in two colors? You decide.
Thanks for the additions of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe information and images courtesy of Donald Campbell.
by Prime Eternal
The M'Ndavians should not be confused with:
M'Ndavian justice is the legal system employed by the M'Ndavians. It has also seen widespread use in the Intergalactic Council. M'Ndavian Justice employs crystals which are suspended above the many hundreds of participants during trials, and represent their emotions using colors. If all the crystals turn white, the defendant is innocent; if they all turn black, the defendant is guilty. M'Ndavian Justice was employed at the trial of Reed Richards, who was found innocent, and at the trial of humanity which resulted in the so-called "Maximum Security" event.
--Fantastic Four I#262, Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#12, pg. 50: appendix to alien races: M'Ndavains - full body image
Quasar I#58, pg. 16, panel 2 (Galactic Marathon crowd)
Fantastic Four I#262 (January, 1984)
Quasar#26 (September, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils), Fred Fredericks (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor) - possibly
Quasar I#58 (May, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Peter Sanderson (co-plotter), John Heebink (penciler), Aaron McClellan (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Star Masters#1 (December, 1995)
Cosmic Powers Unlimited#4 (February, 1996)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet (October, 2000) - legal system only
First Posted: 11/26/2003
Last updated: 03/27/2021
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