GEVALTANS
(see comments)

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Classification: Extraterrestrial race 

Location/Base of Operations: Planet Gevaltu, unidentified star system, unidentified galaxy (see comments)

Known Members: Orc, Urthona, others unidentified

Affiliations: Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange);
    formerly
Urthona

Enemies: Jarakk, Pura-Shamutra, Topaz, Urthona, Wong;
    formerly
Dr. Strange


First Appearance: (Behind-the-scenes, unidentified) Doctor Strange II#78 (August, 1986);
    (seen)
Doctor Strange II#79 (October, 1986);
    (Gevaltu identified)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57 (September, 1993)
    ("Gevatlans" identified; see comments) Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58 (October, 1993)



gevaltan_race-doc79-orcwinscontestPowers/Abilities: Gevaltans are large semi-humanoid beings. They possess superhuman strength and durability.

    The Gevaltans found Earth's air hard to breathe. They sudoriferous glands produce iodine sweat.

    Warriors use various sword-like weapons, including double-blades extending medially and laterally from a spiked knuckleguard, various spears, pikes, and other bladed or blunt weapons.

    They used translucent containment sacks to hold captured foes temporarily; the sacks could contain enough atmosphere to support a captive for a short period of time, at least.

    They also sometimes used magical weapons, like Urthona's Wonderwork.

Traits: The Gevaltan warriors serving Urthona were brutal and savage.

    Those warriors, at least, consistently wore helmets and some degree of body armor.

    Other Gevaltans were more reasonable and compassionate, etc.

Type: Bilaterally symmetric semi-humanoid bipeds

Eyes: Two (on head; solid yellow color seen)

Fingers
: Three (plus opposing thumb)

Toes
: Three (with pronounced bony-looking talons)


Skin color
: Blue (dark and light), gray, red, purple, pink, and green colors seen


Average height
: Approximately 6' (they originally seemed to be like 10-11' tall; see comments)

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Other Distinguishing Features
: They have no external nasal structure.

    They have large mouths filled with sharp teeth.

    They have a digitigrade stance, standing on their metatarsophalangeal joints, like a dog or cast.

Note: Urthona's appearance was significantly different than other Gevaltans', although the Gevaltans in
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57-58 had a much more varied appearance, with at least somewhat resembling Urthona's appearance from those issues.
     It may be that all those seen in Dr. Strange II#79-81 were part of some warrior caste serving Urthona, while
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57-58 showed other Gevaltans beyond that warrior caste...and/or that those in Dr. Strange II#79-81 had been magically mutated by Urthona.
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History:
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Doctor Strange II#80 (fb) - BTS) - The Gevaltan mystic Urthona's power grew to be great over the ages.

(Doctor Strange II#79 (fb) - BTS) - Somehow obtaining the soul of the mystic Topaz after it had escaped the Hell-lord Mephisto's realm, Urthona sensed its owner's connection to Dr. Strange, whom he considered a wizard of great power.

(Doctor Strange II#78 - BTS) - Looking into one of Dr. Strange's mirrors in search of her missing soul, Topaz glimpsed Urthona.

(Doctor Strange II#79) - Orc won a gladiatorial combat contest and was proclaimed champion by the wizard Urthona, who sent him to Earth to slay Dr. Strange. Ambushing Strange, Orc soon hurled his weapon, impaling Strange through his abdomen. Strange used his astral self to grant Morgana power to fight their attacker, but when Morgana was injured as well, Strange vengefully summoned the Hell-lord Satannish and sacrificed Orc to him. gevaltan_race-doc80-greenbounce

    Meanwhile, Urthona contacted Topaz, telling her to bridge the gap between them and she would become whole once more. The desperate Topaz made contact with Urthona, who then transported Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, including all of the mystic artifacts it contained, as well as its inhabitants, Topaz and Strange's manservant, Wong.

(Doctor Strange II#80) - As hydrochloric acid ate at Strange's sanctum's stone, a Gevaltan assaulted the mansion despite Urthona's warning that great defenses still lurked within, and he was magically repulsed some distance upon striking the door.

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    However, a number of other Gevaltan warriors then arrived with Urthona's Wonderwork device, which broke down the door's defensives and allowed the Gevaltans to shatter the door and gain entry to the sanctum.

    Wong attempted to hold off the Gevaltans to allow Topaz a chance to flee, but a powerful warrior shrugged off Wong's strike and dropped him with a single punch.

    The Gevaltan air prevented him from rallying and prevented Topaz from running at any speed, and she was caught in a translucent sack.

    The Gevaltan who had dropped Wong noted that the air within the sanctum was foul, hard to breathe, but the one who captured Topaz told him to "Stop your whine and take these (captives) to the master." gevaltan_race-doc80-wongsmashed

    The first Gevaltan considered that Urthona would treat them well as they had put ultimate power in his hands.

(Doctor Strange II#80 (fb) - BTS) - The Gevaltans placed Wong in a translucent containment sack as well and brought them to a temple/site for Urthona.

(Doctor Strange II#80) - With Wong and Topaz "nurtured on their putrid gases" (indicating the sacks contained air from within the sanctum), the Gevaltans prepared them for Urthona's attention.

     When Wong questioned who were they to challenge the universe's Sorcerer Supreme, Urthona appeared, announcing that he would be the next Sorcerer Supreme of their dimension.

     Urthona further noted that the mystic resources contained within the sanctum would facilitate a swift succession. Urthona further related how, lacking the restraint of using only "white magic," he would soon to their universe into a dark dimension under his dominion


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(Doctor Strange II#80 - BTS / Doctor Strange II#81 (fb) - BTS)) - After Strange magically and surgically healed his body, he was joined by Rintrah, the apprentice of Enitharmon the Weaver, who was returning Strange's repaired Cloak of Levitation.


(Doctor Strange II#81 - BTS / Doctor Strange II#81 (fb) - BTS)) - Rintrah agreed to serve as the host body for Strange's astral self while his physical form recovered, and -- to avoid premature detection by Urthona -- they obtained a Skrull saucer that Reed Richards had obtained from Kurrgo (see comments) to travel -- presumably via hyperspace or space warp, etc. -- to Urthona's distant galaxy and star system.

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(Doctor Strange II#81) - Having wrought all magic from Strange's sanctum, Urthona detected Strange and Rintrah's approach. When they reached the upper atmosphere, Urthona snared their ship in the Talons of Farallah and pulled it to the surface where his tendrils/pillars/whatever ensnared the Skrull ship.

     Urthona's minions scaled these pillars and assaulted the ship, but Strange blasted them back and then confronted Urthona. The force of their conflict caused the manganese sands to rise up into mountains in minutes (instead of the usual centuries) until Urthona caused more pillars/tendrils to severely injure and seemingly slay Wong.

    After a pitched battle, Strange seemingly destroyed his mystic talismans to deprive Urthona of their power, but Urthona used the only remaining one, the Darkhold, to teleport away. Meanwhile, Rintrah (his astral self animating Strange's healed body) located Topaz's soul and restored it to her body.

(Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#7 (fb) - BTS) - Agamotto transported the Orb of Agamotto to his realm, and the other items -- including the Darkhold, Scrolls and Wand of Watoomb, the Purple Gem, Book of Eibon, and the Book of the Vishanti -- were apparently pulled along with the Orb. Agamotto kept them in storage.

BTS - Strange and his allies returned to Earth.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57 (fb) - BTS) - Urthona was exiled from Gevaltu.


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gevaltan_race-docss58-guards&prisoners(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58 (fb)) - Although more aligned with chaos, Urthona became the acolyte of Jarakk, an agent of the Vishanti in the War of the Seven Spheres who was opposing the Trinity of Ashes' agent Pura-Shamutra. As the two higher-beings' battle was deadlocked, Jarakk considered that Urthona's aid, he could tip the scale to victory. Urthona advised Jarakk to travel to the Universe-616 plane (and, specifically to Gevaltu), where they would have to assume physical form and become susceptible to Urthona's spells. Acknowledging that such a battle would destroy his world, Urthona was confident that Pura-Shamutra's Pyx could be used to restore his world and his people.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57 (fb) - BTS) - Urthona watched from a barren moon as Jarakk and Pura-Shamutra battled for months, turning Gevaltu into a blistered radioactive wasteland and virtually eradicating his people and his civilization

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57) - Transporting across light years, Urthona returned to Gevaltu, where his people decried him, asking if he had come back to reclaim the dying world that had cast him out. Urthona assured them that he had come to restore their world to a new glory. As Jarakk distracted Pura-Shamutra by opening the skies with torrents of fire, Urthona unleashed Gevaltu's manganese sands, which infiltrated and crystalized Pura-Shamutra's body. As the powerful mystic died, a bizarre radiance emanated from Gevaltu, and as Jarakk departed, Urthona claimed Pura-Shamutra's Pyx.

gevaltan_race-docss58-peaceful-resolved1(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57 - BTS) - From Earth, Dr. Strange was incapacitated for three days as a ripple of psio-mystical charge coruscating from Gevaltu as its cosmic shockwave flowed across the galaxies and past Earth. Appreciating that the lingering effects from such a force would soon unravel the fabric of the universe, Dr. Strange -- despite his powers being at low ebb due to his having renounced the Vishanti -- traveled...

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58 (fb)- BTS) - ...via dimensional rifts...

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57) - ...to Gevaltu.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57) - Urthona used Pura-Shamutra's Pyx to restore/resurrect a number of Gevaltans (possibly all?) and advised them that they would rebuild Gevaltu and that he would be their king.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58 (fb) - BTS) - A pair of Gevaltans did something that caused them to be taken into custody and condemned by Urthona for "trying to raise themselves above <the others> through dishonest means."

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58) - Within minutes of Strange's arrival, he was spotted and assaulted by Urthona's sentries whom he fought off with bolts of bedevilment.

    Meanwhile, over the seeming corpse of Pura-Shamutra, Urthona condemned his captives in front of other Gevaltans, threatening to use the Pyx of Pura-Shamutra to take away the lives he had restored. A pair of his guards interrupted to inform him of the approaching alien, at which point Dr. Strange arrived and asked to speak to Urthona on a matter of universal importance. Stating that he was trying to rebuild a ravaged world, Urthona tried to dismiss Strange, leading to a mystic conflict between the two, during which Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to reveal to all present Urthona's deal with Jarakk.

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gevaltan_race-docss58-peaceful-resolved2    Urthona claimed that Strange concocted lies to defame him, and when Strange countered that the Eye could only reveal what it had seen, Urthona defiantly retorted that he had more than enough might to rule this world by force if necessary. Forming creatures from the manganese sands, Urthona commanded them to attack Strange, considering that this demonstration would prevent his people from daring to betray him.gevaltan_race-docss58-peaceful-resolved3

    Ultimately, Strange forced Urthona to surrender via the spell of Ultimate Entrapment (which he learned from Urthona's mind and involved using Gevaltu's elements to bind him) and then dispatched him to a realm far removed from their universe.

    Strange subsequently met with the Gevaltans, telling them Urthona had been exiled for good and noting his betrayal. One of the Gevaltans assured Strange that he need not fear any reprisal from them and that they felt only shame that they did not act to depose him themselves. They agreed that Strange was in the right to resurrect Pura-Shamutra to correct a cosmic imbalance.

    They further considered that Urthona had brought their people back to life but left them with a dead planet, and they delivered Pura-Shamutra's Pyx and sealed the area over Pura-Shamutra (or perhaps Strange did this mystically), allowing Strange to resurrect the higher being in relative safety.

    The Gevaltans watched from a distance as the revived Pura-Shamutra departed, after which Strange departed as well.

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Comments: Created by Peter B. Gillis, Chris Warner, and Randy Emberlin;
    race identified as "Gevatlans" by Geof Isherwood and Pat Brosseau (the letterer).gevaltan_race-doc79-orcstrangesize
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Who are the people of Gevaltu?

   In the original stories written by Gillis, we had Urthona's world and Urthona's people. In the Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57, the world Gevaltu was identified.   
    In #58, the race was identified as "Gevatlan," which seems like a typo, because there is not "L" before the T...and so I suspect that they were meant to be called Gevaltans.
    In Urthona's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe profile, the race was called Gevaltians.
    I don't think the race was identified anywhere beyond those two times, and so I went with Gevaltans in this profile.
    If the matter is clarified, I will detail that here.

How big are those people?

    In Dr. Strange II#79, Orc was like half of Urthona's height on Gevaltu, and then Orc looked to be like 11' tall when he confronted Strange...Urthona looked more like he was 10-11' when Strange confronted him on Gevaltu.
    The Gevaltans who captured  Wong and Topaz in
Dr. Strange II#79 also appeared to be like 10-12' tall.
    And then in Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57-58, Urthona and the Gevaltans were about the same size as the 6'2"-ish Dr. Strange.
    In addition to the size change, Urthona had a significantly different physical appearance; perhaps he had been affected by his exile, his handling of the Darkhold, and/or his alliance with Jarakk.

Kurrgo's ship: Skrull ship or Xantha ship?

    While it has long been discussed as errata that the "Skrull ship" repeatedly used and referenced in Fantastic Four stories was actually the one used by Kurrgo of the Xantha, it was clarified in Kurrgo's OHotMU profile that the Xanth had purchased that ship from the Skrulls.

    According to my half-ass internet research, Gevalt means "force" or "violence" in Yiddish.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Gevaltans should be distinguished from:


Wonderwork

gevaltan_race-doc80-wonderworkgevaltan_race-doc80-wonderwork-blast    The Wonderwork is a creation of Urthona's, and it looks to be a technological weapon, although it can neutralize magical shields (and possibly other magical spells.

(
Doctor Strange II#80) - As hydrochloric acid ate at Strange's sanctum's stone, a Gevaltan assaulted the mansion despite Urthona's warning that great defenses still lurked within, and he was magically repulsed some distance upon striking the door.

     However, a number of other Gevaltan warriors then arrived with Urthona's Wonderwork device, which broke down the door's defensives and allowed the Gevaltans to shatter the door and gain entry to the sanctum.


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Doctor Strange II#79



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Doctor Strange II#79, pg. 1, panel 4 (Orc's axe weapon, close-up);------------------------------------------------->
      
pg. 2-3 (Orc winning gladiatorial combat; winged creatures, dark skies);
       pg. 4, panel (Orc in size reference to Urthona, plus winged lizard creature (familiar);
       pg. 11, panel 1 (Orc size in reference to Strange);
    #80, pg. 6, panel 2 (Gevaltan warriors approaching Sanctum);
         panel 3 (green warrior assaulting Sanctum);
       pg. 7, panel 1 (green warrior repelled by Sanctum);
          panel 2-3 (Wonderwork);
          panel 6 (Gevaltans breaking into Sanctum);
       pg. 8, panel 1-2 (blue warrior vs. Wong);
          panel 3 (Topaz in translucent bag);
    #81, pg. 10, panel 4 (Gevaltans assaulting Skrull ship);
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57, pg. 20, panel 3 (Gevaltans resurrected);
    #58, pg. 2, panel 2 (Urthona and guards with captives);
       pg. 16, panel  3 & 5 (Gevaltans speaking to Strange; faces);
       pg. 17, panel 1 (
Gevaltans speaking to Strange; upper);


Appearances:
Doctor Strange II#78 (August, 1986) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Chris Warner (penciler), Randy Emberlin (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Doctor Strange II#79 (October, 1986) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Chris Warner (penciler), Randy Emberlin (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Doctor Strange II#80 (December, 1986) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Chris Warner (penciler), Randy Emberlin (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Doctor Strange II#81 (February, 1987) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Chris Warner (penciler), Randy Emberlin (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57-58 (September-October, 1993) - Geoff Isherwood (writer & artist), Mike Rockwitz (editor)


First posted: 10/20/2023
Last updated: 10/22/2023

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