YETI

Real Name: Yeti

Identity/Class: Human variant (Inhuman) mutate (Terrigen)

Occupation: Possible warrior;
    former recluse;
    former superhero

Group Membership: First Line (Effigy, Morph, Oxbow, Pixie, Rapunzel, Walkabout), Inhumans

Affiliations: Asmodeus, Avius, Chiron, Falcona, Leonus, Pinyon, a Seeker, Timberius (possible allies)
    formerly an unidentified Skrull female (
Korya);
    formerly allied with the Skrull Empire

Enemies: Cassandra Locke, Deviants (Kro), First Line, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Rapunzel,
X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Lorna Dane, Havok, Iceman, Marvel Girl)

Known RelativesKaliban (brother)

Aliases: "Abominable Snowman" (named by the Torch)

Base of Operations: Attilan, Himalayas;
    formerly a
temple, an unspecified distance from Attilan, Himalayas.
    formerly the Carmody Institute off the coast of Maine 

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#99 (June, 1970)

Powers/Abilities: Yeti possessed great strength (Class 75-100) and durability, as well as razor sharp teeth and claws.  He was easily angered and suffered from bouts of insanity when he became too angry.  However, his savage, animal nature in these situations also made him almost unbeatable.
    He could often be calmed by pretty things that might catch his eye.

Height: 7' 6"
Weight: 780 lbs.

History: Yeti is apparently an Inhuman, most likely a product of Terrigenesis (Terrigen Mist mutation).
    At some point, Yeti was recruited by the super-team known as the First Line (this was while they were working covertly, following the debacle in Halwan).

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#10) - Yeti was present in the First Line base at the Carmody Institute when the Deviants attacked, hoping to capture Pixie, who was secretly an Eternal.  Yeti leapt into the fray, but as the battle escalated, he was soon out of control.  Rapunzel used a length of her hair to distract him, and as he played with it, he quickly calmed down.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#10 (fb)/X-Men: Hidden Years#16 (fb) - both BTS) - Yeti left the First Line following events referred to only as the "Rapunzel Tragedy"; the specifics of this event remain to be seen. Yeti attempted to return to Attilan, but wound up instead lost in the Himalayas.  He set himself up in an abandoned temple in the Himalayas, maintaining himself in exile.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#11) - A Skrull woman (Korya) approached him, and he told her to go away, as he wanted nothing more to do with the First Line.  She told him she was not with the First Line, but that she had traveled a long way to find him.  He questioned why anyone would seek out a monster like him.  She told him that she didn't see a monster, but rather a lonely soul in need of love and understanding.  His attention now hers, she told Yeti that there was much they could do to help each other.  "Please...let me be your friend...!"

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 [fb] - BTS) - Yeti quickly fell in love with the Korya, who convinced him to aid her in the planned Skrull invasion of Earth.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#12) - As the Skrull fleet prepared its invasion, the First Line boarded one of the ships.  Yeti stood beside Korya, who was slain under unspecified circumstances.  Her body was discovered by the time-traveling Cassandra Locke, and Yeti found her and swatted her away from Korya, breaking Cassandra's ribs in the process.  Yeti took Korya to an escape pod and fled back to Earth with her, thus escaping the destruction of the entire fleet.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#16 (fb) - BTS) - Yeti brought Korya's corpse back to his temple. Refusing to be parted from it, he kept it by his side, even as it decayed.  Whatever fragile sanity Yeti once had apparently continued to slip away.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#16 fb) ) - As Havok and Lorna Dane flew towards Attilan in search of a mutant detected by Cerebro, Yeti--wanting to be left alone--hurled a boulder that knocked their ship from the sky, causing them to crash.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#16) - Lorna investigated the Yeti's temple, where she screamed upon encountering Yeti.  The X-Men followed Lorna and Havok's signal to the Himalayas, where their ship, too, was knocked from the sky by a boulder hurled by Yeti.  They landed safely, but Yeti continued to hurl boulders at them.  As they fought, Jean Grey recognized their attacker as Yeti from the First Line.  Yeti was quickly overcome by his animal savagery, but after a short battle, Pixie--alongside the Inhuman Royal Family--appeared and turned Yeti temporarily into stone.  Pixie and Medusa explained the situation and allowed the X-Men to leave in peace.

 

 

 

 

(Fantastic Four I#99/Marvel: The Lost Generation#7) - Seeking Crystal, the Human Torch approached the Himalayas.  As a storm set in, he took refuge in a cave, where he was discovered by Yeti.  Upon seeing the Torch's flame powers, Yeti assumed him to be one of the Inhumans.  Shocked by Yeti's appearance, the Torch tossed some fire balls at Yeti, who fled into Attilan, warning the others that they were under attack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby.
    Fleshed out and named Yeti by John Byrne.

    An interesting and unresolved issue. The Official Index to the Fantastic Four by George Olshevsky names the "unnamed abominable snowman" from FF I#99 as the same character as Kaliban, who shows up in Fantastic Four I#117. If they are indeed the same, then the Yeti would have a few more appearances (FF#117 and Fantastic Four Unlimited#2). However, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe lists Kaliban's first appearance as Fantastic Four I#117. One would think Byrne and/or (especially) Roger Stern would have been aware of this and dealt with it. It has not been confirmed or denied (or even mentioned) outside of the FF Index. Kaliban has a similar appearance, but has a darker gray hair, rather than white. He could have easily colored his hair, or perhaps the two are merely similar beings, or perhaps even direct relatives. Personally, I'm all for making the Yeti the same person as Kaliban. Kaliban remains a minor character who has been shown to be somewhat hostile to outsiders, and fits the personality profile.

In Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters it was revealed that Yeti and Kaliban are different characters. They are actually brothers. And Korya is now the Skrull woman's official name.
--Markus Raymond

    What's great about the Lost Generation is that it used a great mix of established history and new material--often with ties to existing stuff.  It's a continuity-buff's dream.  I had no idea that Yeti was from an old FF book until the sequence in #7, crossing-over with the Fantastic Four.  That struck a familiar chord, and I checked it out, and sure enough, there it was!  There are multiple images, and some of them make it clear that the costume was the same, etc.
    In case you didn't read the Lost Generation, it was interestingly written in reverse order: #12 came out first, and each successive issue went further back into the past, often explaining vague references in the process.  Essentially, the series spans the pre-modern era, with issues #1-6 being detailed as having occurred from 1955-1969, and the remaining issues stretching from 1970 to just before Reed Richards' rocket flight of Fantastic Four I#1, the start of the modern era.
    The details of the deaths of the First Line members were not made public, as the survivors did not wish the public to learn of the near invasion of Earth by the Skrulls.

    The "Rapunzel tragedy" is first mentioned in Marvel: The Lost Generation#10.  It is not detailed, but Rapunzel is in Marvel: The Lost Generation#11, while Yeti is already in exile, so apparently he didn't kill her.  Apparently some other type of assault...

    X-Men: The Hidden Years continued almost seamlessly from one issue to the next, and the last several issues crossed over with Fantastic Four I#102-104.  That would seem to make the first FF appearance of the Yeti precede the XM: THY appearance, but in the FF, the Yeti was living closer to Attilan--clearly he knew where it was, and he ran to the others for warning and aid when confronted with an attacker, rather than just savagely fight back, as he would have been more likely to in his earlier appearances.  My guess is that following the Hidden Years story, an Inhuman psychologist/therapist/whatever spent some time with Yeti, helping him to come to terms with his past problems...or not.

    Yeti is one of the few members of the First Line to survive into the modern era.  This list also includes Pixie (who also had an alternate future version seen in Earth-Cassandra) and the Yankee Clipper.  Too bad Byrne left Marvel on bad terms (again), b/c I would love to see more Lost Generation stories and characters...

    One MIGHT speculate that the Yeti of Weapon: PRIME (See Clarifications) could be the First Line's Yeti, but I think it is more likely to have been a captured and controlled Wendigo.  See that profile for further discussion.

    Also, without checking, the temple looks vaguely similar to one that I MIGHT be remembering from the Guardian of the Gateway (See Clarifications).  Anyone?

In the novel "Countdown to Chaos" by Pierce Askegren, the Red Ghost kidnapped an Inhuman who lived in the Himalayas who had Yeti traits. This Inhuman was master of the Terrigen Mists. This could represent another Yeti appearance.
--Per Degaton

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


Korya

 

 

    An advance scout for a Skrull invasion of Earth, she was sent as back-up to the Skrull Zankor (who unwittingly revealed himself as a Skrull and was captured).  She, meanwhile, sought out the Yeti, apparently knowing he was hurting from his experiences from the First Line and would be ripe for manipulation.  She seduced him and convinced him to assist her in the plans for the invasion.  She was killed under unspecified circumstances aboard a Skrull ship during the final battle with the First Line, but Yeti brought her corpse back to his temple, where he kept it by his side

 

--Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 (11, [12(fb)], 12

 

 

 

 

 


Yeti's Himalayan temple

 

Little is known other than this is where the Yeti made his residence after leaving the First Line and after being unable to find his way back to Attilan.  This is where Korya found him,  where he returned with her corpse, and where the X-Men encountered him.  It is presumably NOT where the Torch encountered him, as that cave was immediately connected to Attilan.

 

--Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 (11, [12(fb)], 12, X-Men: Hidden Years#16

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kaliban

(Fantastic Four I#117) - Kaliban, on watch duty, spotted the Human Torch wandering near Attilan.  At this point Kaliban had joined a group of Inhumans (including Chiron and Asmodeus), and they attacked the Torch, who defeated them.

 

(Fantastic Four Unlimited#2) - Kaliban, amongst Asmodeus, Avius, Falcona, Leonus, Pinyon, a Seeker, Timberius and other Inhumans, assaulted the Fantastic Four during a public appearance in the Bronx, New York. Kaliban held his own in battle against the Thing, but the Seeker eventually broke up the conflict and explained their purpose: locating Ahura/Pope, the son of Black Bolt and Medusa. There was further struggle between the Seeker's group of Inhumans, who sought to recover the boy for the Genetics Council, and the Royal Family, who sought to recover and protect their relative. Eventually, Ahura was convinced to return to Attilan peaceably.
    However, even when the Chief Justice of the Genetics Council betrayed the rest of the Inhumans and tried to usurp Ahura's power for himself, Kaliban and his allies continued to defend the Genetics Council. As Timberius said, "We follow power, human--and the Chief Justice IS power!" Leonus added, "Let the Great Refuge fall! We shall be kings among the ruins!" When the Chief Justice was defeated, the "evil" Inhumans vanished into the shadows.

Fantastic Four I#117 (Fantastic Four I#117, Fantastic Four Unlimited#2







images:
X-Men: The Hidden Years#16, Cover (Yeti main image)

Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#99 (June, 1970) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#117 (December, 1971) - possibly - Archie Goodwin (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Fantastic Four Unlimited#2 (June, 1993) - possibly - Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Steve Montano (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#12-10 (March-May, 2000) - Roger Stern & John Byrne (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#7 (August, 2000) - Roger Stern & John Byrne (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#16 (March, 2001) - John Byrne (writer/artist), Lysa Hawkins (editor)

Last updated: 03/22/14

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