YETI

Real Name: Yeti

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

Occupation: Recluse;
    former  adventurer

Group Membership: Inhumans;
    formerly First Line (Effigy/Velmax, Eternal Brain/William Carmody, Morph, Oxbow/Sam Matonabbe, Pixie, Rapunzel, Walkabout),

Affiliations: Black Bolt (Blackagar Boltagon), Gorgon, Karnak, Medusalith Amaquelin, Pixie
    formerly
Korya (lover; or, at least, he was in love with her);
    formerly allied with the Skrull Empire

EnemiesCassandra Locke, Deviants (Kro), First Line (left on bad terms), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), X-Men (Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Lorna Dane, Havok/Alex Summers, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Marvel Girl/Jean Grey);
    presumably Rapunzel

Known RelativesKaliban (brother)

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

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

First Appearance: (Unidentified) Fantastic Four I#99 (June, 1970); (as Yeti) Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 (2000)

Powers/Abilities: Yeti possessed great strength (lifting 80 tons) 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, such as Rapunzel's hair.

Height: 7' 6"
Weight: 780 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: White

History:
(Fantastic Four I#99 / Marvel: The Lost Generation#11 / Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone (and the Monster Hunters) / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13) - Yeti is an Inhuman, most likely a product of Terrigenesis (Terrigen Mist mutation).

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13 (fb) - BTS) - Plagued by violent rages, Yeti was eventually driven from Attilan.

(Marvel: The Lost Generation#10 (fb)- BTS) - At some point, Yeti was recruited by the First Line super hero team based at the Carmody Institute (while they were working covertly, following the debacle in Halwan).

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13 (fb) - BTS) - Yeti's berserker rages made him an almost unbeatable warrior, but also a danger to his own teammates.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13 (fb) - BTS) - Rapunzel of the First Line proved adept at calming his violent episodes.

(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 - BTS) / X-Men: Hidden Years#16 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13 (fb) - BTS) - Yeti left the First Line following events referred to only as the "Rapunzel Tragedy"; the specifics of this event remain to be seen.

(X-Men: Hidden Years#16 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13 (fb) - BTS) - Viewing himself as a monster, 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) - Korya, a female Skrull agent and an advanced scout for Earth's conquest, 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 (fb) - BTS) - Yeti joined Korya aboard the Skrull fleet.

(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.

    While Yeti was present outside of the Himalayan Attilan, it remains unrevealed whether he participated in any of the moves to the moon, back to Earth, into space, etc.

    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 were 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. Presumably Byrne and/or (especially) Roger Stern would have been aware of this and dealt with it. Kaliban has a similar appearance, but has a darker gray hair, rather than white.
    In Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters it was revealed that Yeti and Kaliban are brothers. And Korya's official name was confirmed..

--Markus Raymond

John Holstein claims Yeti & Kaliban both appear in Fantastic Four vol.1# 99( 6/70 )/( I have this issue )Marvel's Greatest Comics# 80( 11/78 ) page 30 panel 3 (Kaliban is seen here also wearing a green outfit but the back of his is different---X shaped straps with a circle in the middle of the X and a strap going down the middle of the bottom part of the X).
From John Holstein

I find this to be thoroughly unconvincing. Given the white fur color, I think an art error is a lot more likely explanation. OR, he changed costumes...but Kaliban is brown/gray...
   
The Art Error is why I choose to count it as a first appearance for Kaliban ----what is that old saying," Never look a gift horse in a mouth"---well this is a gift horse. Plus why wouldn't Kaliban be in Attilan when this story took place?
From John Holstein         

    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 Cassandra Locke's Reality-700) 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...

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

    Yeti received profiles in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#13.

    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

    I've always wondered if Yeti's madness was Terrigen induced or if he was born with it. If so, exposing someone who is mentally ill to the Mists is more than a little unwise... You might end up creating an insane, unstoppable monster that can't be reasoned with. Then again, the Inhumans aren't exactly picky when it comes to insane folk in places of power. I've lost track of the number of times they've elected Maximus the Mad as their ruler...
--Norvo

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


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:
Marvel The Lost Generation I#10, p17, pan2 (Rapunzel calms down Yeti)
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) - Kaliban - Archie Goodwin (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Fantastic Four Unlimited#2 (June, 1993) - Kaliban - 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)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 13 (2010) - Jeff Christiansen and Mike Fichera (head writers/coordinators), Markus Raymond and Mike O'Sullivan (coordination assistants), Stuart Vandal (writer), John Byrne (artist)

Last updated: 05/11/14

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