gevaltu-planet-docii81-orbitgevaltu-planet-docii81-landscapeGEVALTU

Official Name: Gevaltu

NatureExtraterrestrial planet, unidentified star system, unidentified galaxy (see comments);
    "
If the sky was visible through hydrochloric clouds, a dim lens of a dying galaxy would dominate the night."

Environment: At least formerly a life-sustaining biosphere;
    the battle between
Jarakk and Pura-Shamutra may have destroyed this.
    its manganese sands are frequently referenced;
    its factories are rusted in hydrochloric winds;
    Urthona's temple piled triumphant sorcery over alien science

Gravity: Unrevealed (but presumably possessed a gravitational field in which it was comfortable for humans to function);
    Gevaltans are physically stronger than humans, but that does not necessarily indicate their planet's gravity is higher.
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Atmosphere: An unspecified combination of gases, notably hydrochloric acid in gaseous form, existing in clouds and winds;
    it can be breathed by humans, but is uncomfortable and causing some burning sensation in the lungs)

Natural Satellites: Unrevealed

Artificial Satellites: None

Natives: Gevaltans (notably Orc and Urthona);
   
winged insect creatures; winged lizard creatures;

Population: Unrevealed

Capital City: Unrevealedgevaltu-planet-docii79-factoriesrust

Government: Unrevealed;
    formerly ruled by Urthona in some sort of totalitarian/dictatorship

Languages: Unrevealed (their language was understood by Dr. Strange, Wong, and Topaz, but they would almost certainly not be speaking English; possibly it was magically translated)

Monetary Unit: Unrevealed

National/Planetary Defense: Unrevealed

Major Resources: Manganese Sandsgevaltu-planet-docii79-temple-arena

Places of Interest: Urthona's temple/base/pillar

Visitors: Dark Bloodhunger of the Night, Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Jarakk, Pura-Shamutra, Topaz, Wong

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)

History:

(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) - Urthona somehow obtained the soul of the mystic Topaz after it had escaped the Hell-lord Mephisto's realm.

(Doctor Strange II#78 - BTS) - Looking into one of Dr. Strange's mirrors in search of her missing soul, Topaz glimpsed Urthona (and possibly Gevaltu).gevaltu-planet-docii80-rushsanctum

(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; Orc was ultimately defeated, but gravely injured Strange nonetheless.

    Meanwhile, Urthona manipulated Topaz into helping him bridge the gap between them and she would become whole once more.

    Urthona thusly 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, the Gevaltans eventually broke in and captured Topaz and Wong, bringing them to Urthona.

(Doctor Strange II#81 - BTS / Doctor Strange II#81 (fb) - BTS)) - Rintrah, the apprentice to the mystic Enitharmon the Weaver, 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.

(Doctor Strange II#81) - When Strange and Rintrah reached the upper atmosphere, Urthona snared their ship in the Talons of Farallah and pulled it to the surface.

    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.

BTS - Strange and his allies returned to Earth.

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

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58 (fb)) - Urthona became the acolyte of Jarakk, an agent of the Vishanti in the War of the Seven Spheres who was deadlocked in a battle with the Trinity of Ashes' agent Pura-Shamutra. gevaltu-planet-dociiss57-radioactivewasteland

    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. As Jarakk distracted Pura-Shamutra by opening the skies with torrents of fire, Urthona unleashed Gevaltu's manganese sands, which infiltrated and crystallized 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.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57 - BTS) - From Earth, Dr. Strange was incapacitated for three days by the 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.gevaltu-planet-dociiss58-overpurashamutra

(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) - 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.

    Ultimately, Strange defeated and then dispatched Urthona to a realm far removed from their universe.

    Gevaltans subsequently told Dr. Strange 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.

Comments: Created by Peter B. Gillis, Chris Warner, and Randy Emberlin;
    identified by Geof Isherwood.

    Per Doctor Strange II#79, the light from the stars shining in Gevaltu's skies had not yet had their light reach Earth's night skies. Doctor Strange II#81 noted that Gevaltu was "many galaxies" away from Earth.
   
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#58 said that Dr. Strange traveled "across the galaxy," which would seem to place it in the Milky Way, in contradiction to the previous references.

    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 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:
Gevaltu  has no known connections to


winged insect creatures

gevaltu-planet-docii79-insectsThese winged creatures were seen flying around the site of gladiatorial battles, poking around and presumably feeding on the corpses.

--
Doctor Strange II#79



winged lizard creatures

gevaltu-planet-docii79-wingedlizard-closeupgevaltu-planet-docii79-wingedlizard-manyThese winged creatures were seen flying around sometimes, notably the site of gladiatorial battles with many corpses, perhaps indicating that they were carnivorous scavengers.

Urthona kept one as a pet and/or familiar.

--
Doctor Strange II#79
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Urthona's temple
(or wherever he first confronted Strange)


gevaltu-planet-docii80-hangingglobesgevaltu-planet-docii81-pillar-distant     Wong and Topaz were brought to this area where Urthona confronted them.

     After Strange (his astral self in Rintrah's body, with Rintrah's astral self in Strange's body) arrived, Urthona battled him from atop this pillar

--
Doctor Strange II#80 (81
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images: (without ads)
Doctor Strange II#79, pg. 1, panel 1 (manganese sands);
          panel 2 (rusting factories);
          panel 3 (temple of Urthona);
       pg. 2-3 (Orc winning gladiatorial combat; winged creatures, dark skies);
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    #80, pg. 6, panel 1 (Strange's sanctum on Gevaltu);
       pg. 12 (Urthona's temple?);

    #81, pg. 5, panel 3 (from orbit; main);
          panel 4 (architecture);
       pg. 17, panel 7 (Urthona's temple/podium; distant);
       pg. 18, panel 1 (Urthona's temple/podium; close);
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#57, pg. 4, panel 3 from orbit); ------------------>
       pg. 9, panel 1 (radioactive wasteland);
    #58, pg. 2-3, panel 1 (Urthona and Gevaltans over inert form of Pura-Shamutra);;


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: 10/22/2023
Last updated: 10/22/2023

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