Real Name: Psyklop

Identity/Class: Terrestrial (Psyklop) insectoid race (Distant Past and modern era), technology and magic user

Occupation: Servant of the "dark gods," would-be conqueror;
    former secret organizer of a voodoo cult

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His dark gods;
    formerly worshipped by natives of K'ai; led a voodoo cult

Enemies: Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Falcon/Sam Wilson, Hank Pym, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Thor/Odinson), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Jarella, the people of K'ai

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "One-Eye" (name given to him by the Hulk)

Base of Operations: Currently unknown
    formerly a mountain retreat in the sub-atomic Jarella's world (aka K'ai);
    formerly an underground cavern near New Orleans;
    formerly Sala-y-Gomez island, South Pacific Ocean

First Appearance: Avengers I#88 (May 1971)

Powers/Abilities: Pskylop has hypnotic powers in the form of eye blasts that could force his victim to do his bidding as well as alter that victim's perception of reality. His entire species was connected through a hive-mind. Psyklop can lift 25 tons and has superhuman speed, stamina, agility, and reflexes, as well as metahuman durability, though he is only an average hand-to-hand combatant. He also had double jointed limbs, sharpened canine teeth, a single compound eye, and four clawed digits (including opposable thumb) on each hand.

Psyklop is an inventive genius and has mastery of the advanced technology of his race, as well as some knowledge of the mystic arts. Psyklop had access to a large supply of incredibly advanced technology, including a hand-held ray-blaster capable of knocking out the Hulk via concussive force or sonic disruptor beams, and Spasm-rays, able to disrupt the nervous system of victims. His other equipment can shrink others to sub-atomic sizes, erase memories, teleport, etc. He used giant Lemurian slug creatures, giant robots, planetary view-scanners, a dreadnought-drill (capable of producing planet-wide earthquakes), and an essence urn (capable of storing life forces of living beings).

Height: (On Earth) 8'
Weight: (On Earth) 450 lbs.
Eye: Red
Hair: None

History: (Avengers I#88 (fb) - BTS) - Psyklop was apparently a member of an insectoid race that inhabited the Earth before the rise of humanity for an undetermined amount of time. Eventually, they fell out of favor with the dark gods they worshipped and were put into an eternal sleep by them.

   The entire race slept for thousands of years until the dark gods awoke Psyklop. The dark gods ordered Psyklop to find a source of nigh-unlimited energy for them, and in return they would awaken his entire race from its slumber to take over the Earth and rule it once more.

   Psyklop organized a voodoo cult near New Orleans through surrogates.

(Avengers I#88) - Psyklop discovered the existence of the Hulk and saw in him the creature with the energy necessary to satiate the desire of the dark gods. Psyklop teleported the Hulk to his underground base and bombarded him with rays that made him unable to move. Psyklop revealed his intentions and past to the Hulk and then went on to summon a giant Lemurian slug to attack the Avengers, who were closing in on Psyklop's location. To study how to efficiently harness the Hulk's energy, Psyklop prepared to shrink the Hulk down at a controlled rate to a size where his molecular structure could be more easily examined. However, before he could complete his task, the Avengers burst into the place. Captain America attacked Psyklop, but was quickly smacked away. Hank Pym also tried to attack Psyklop, who kicked Pym in the face with his double jointed legs. Psyklop was then dismayed upon realizing that the Hulk had been shrunk far too much and had apparently disappeared. Psyklop zapped the Avengers with a piece of machinery that teleported them away and erased their memories of the entire event.

(Incredible Hulk II#140) - The Hulk continued to shrink until he ended up on the sub-atomic world of K'ai. Once there, the Hulk became a champion of the people. However, Psyklop continued to search for the shrunken Hulk and found him on that subatomic world. He observed the Hulk's actions on K'ai. Psyklop shrunk himself down (albeit to a much larger relative size than the Hulk) and pulled the Hulk out of K'ai back to Earth so that he could complete his mission for the dark gods. However, Hulk quickly defeated Psyklop and threw him into his machinery. Psyklop proclaimed that he would repair his machines and victory would be his, but before anything else could happen, a hand of the dark gods appeared and took Psyklop, disappointed in his failure to apprehend and drain the energy of the Hulk.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition: Psyklop) - At some point the rest of Psyklop's race died off.

(Incredible Hulk II#203 (fb)) - As a punishment for his failure, the dark gods banished Psyklop to K'ai. Once there, he spent many weeks creating his base on top a mountain, creating machines that would ensure his comfort, and creating a giant robot to make sure he wasn't bothered.

(Incredible Hulk II#156 - BTS) - Psyklop observed as the Hulk returned to K'ai and accidentally knocked it out of orbit with his foot as he grew too large for the planet, starting a series of earthquakes as a result.

(Incredible Hulk II#203 (fb) - BTS) - When the earthquakes began, the natives of K'ai assumed they were being caused by an angry god living at the top the mountain where Psyklop had his base. Eventually, the earthquakes began to subside, but seeing an opportunity for conquest, Psyklop created a gigantic drill to cause even more earthquakes. Psyklop planned to force the natives of K'ai to worship him or die in the quakes. In addition, Psyklop absorbed the life forces of everyone who died in the earthquakes and put them into an urn in order to give them to the dark gods as an energy source and thus win the favor of the dark gods once more.

(Incredible Hulk II#202) - The Hulk returned to K'ai, and upon hearing that the quakes were being caused by an angry god at the top of the mountain, Hulk scaled the mountain with Jarella to confront this angry god. The Hulk instead came upon Psyklop's base and Psyklop's giant robot servant. The Hulk smashed the robot, thinking it the mountain god, and prepared to leave, believing the quakes would stop. However, Psyklop shot the Hulk with a giant cannon and knocked him out.

(Incredible Hulk II#203) - Psyklop imprisoned the Hulk in high-tech restraints that were nearly indestructible and then taunted Jarella. However, the Hulk broke out of his restraints and attacked Psyklop. All of Psyklop's advanced technology seemed to have little effect on the Hulk, so Psyklop used his hypnotic powers against the Hulk in the form of an eye blast, causing him to fall unconscious and be subject to Psyklop's will. Psyklop then went on to explain his motives and plans to Jarella like a good villain should. Before long, Jarella's people stormed the mountain, having learned of Psyklop's motives. Psyklop used his hypnotic powers to force Hulk to see Jarella's people as Psyklop himself, then forced the Hulk to attack them. However, Jarella's sorcerers broke the hypnotic spell on the Hulk, who then saw Psyklop as he was once more. Psyklop quickly took Jarella hostage, but the Hulk continued to advance on him, and even Psyklop's hypnotic powers proved useless against the enraged Hulk. Hulk smashed the ground with his fists and damaged the urn that contained the life forces of those who died in the quakes. The spirits of the people who died in the quakes then consumed Psyklop, and when the dust cleared, Psyklop was gone, and all that remained was ashes.

Comments: Created by Harlan Ellison, Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema, and Jim Mooney

This guy hasn't appeared in 28 years. Come on Marvel writers! This guy is way too good a Hulk villain to stay dead forever. Use him! Seriously, I always thought Psyklop had it in him to be one of Hulk's main villains, but I guess nobody cared about him enough to bring him back.

It took 6 more years for a Psyklop to return to comics we don't know how!
--Markus Raymond

Possible options how the Psyklop as a race returned from extinction:

  1. The Master Edition was wrong and they never went extinct and some of them traveled to the Microverse in search for the Psyklop we knew from previous stories and did their dark gods' bidding on their way to him!
  2. They actually were extinct, but their Dark Gods brought them back and twisted their remains into what we saw in the Son of Hulk stories and then sent them to the Microverse as their loyal soul collectors!
  3. It was not the original race, but the collected K'aitian souls from Incredible Hulk II#202-203 merged with the soul of the original Psyklop we knew from the Avengers and Incredible Hulk stories and his sole purpose remained collecting souls for the dark gods because what else was he good at?!
  4. It was a Psyklop race retroactively native to the Microverse after all the sub-atomic realms got merged in Captain Marvel V#6 because we can't be sure how the merger affected the Microverse!

Thanks to the defunct and (the latter URL is now owned by Marvel) websites for the original images!!
Except the one from the OHotMU Master Edition, by ye olde Snoode.

Being insects, Psyklop and his race--if any survive--would be natural allies of the Cockroach Conspiracy.

Psyklop has entries in the OHotMU Master Edition and Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook.

Profile by Stunner. Update by Markus Raymond (2010-2011 stories).

Clarifications:  Psyklop has no known connections to:

The dark gods should not be confused with

Elder Gods are clarified through this link.  Elder Gods
Psyklop's dark gods could possibly be any of those listed there, or might be a separate group.

dark gods

Almost everything about them is unrevealed. They were worshipped by Psyklop's people eons ago, but Psyklop's people fell out of favor with them, and the dark gods imposed an eternal sleep on them. They apparently needed energy to replenish themselves every so often, so they awakened Psyklop to obtain a source of incredible energy for them. He found one in the Hulk, but when he failed to obtain the Hulk for the dark gods, they grew upset with Psyklop and banished him to K'ai.

--Incredible Hulk II#140 ([Avengers I#88 (fb)], Incredible Hulk II#140






(Avengers I#88 (fb) - BTS) - The Psyklop were an insectoid race that inhabited the Earth before the rise of humanity for an undetermined amount of time. Eventually, they fell out of favor with the dark gods they worshipped and were put into an eternal sleep by them.

   The entire race slept for thousands of years until the dark gods awoke one of them to find a source of nigh-unlimited energy for them, and in return they would awaken the entire race from its slumber to take over the Earth and rule it once more.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition: Psyklop) - At some point the rest of Psyklop's race died off.

BTS - The entire race somehow made it to the Microverse (see comments).

(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Psyklop mutilated their physical forms drastically. They ended up as nothing but a head on top of a twisted chunk of flesh pressed into a flying carapace that could absorb souls. They became infamous in the Microverse as a race of genocidal psychopaths.

(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#2 (fb) - BTS) - Around two thousand Psyklop descended upon the planet K'ai with a dozen transport vessels.

(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1 (fb) - BTS) - They attacked the people of K'ai and absorbed their souls through their carapaces for their dark gods. The Sorcerers Triad and their student Jentorra tried to bring the Hulk back to K'ai to save them, but their spell failed. Only Jentorra survived.

(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1) - The Psyklop attack on K'ai continued. Jentorra ended up surrounded by five Psyklop and tried to reason with them to let her live, but they had no intention to kill her and just wanted to feed her soul to their dark gods. The spell cast by Jentorra and the Triad finally bore fruit when Hiro-Kala, the son of the Hulk, erupted from a Hulk statue in the room. The Psyklop around Hiro-Kala invaded his mind to learn what he hated the most, but Hiro-Kala fought back and dissipated their flesh and bones in an instant with his cosmic powers, leaving nothing behind but their soul-collecting carapaces. Jentorra fled the scene while an army of Psyklop descended upon Hiro-Kala only to be destroyed by him as well.

(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#2) - The K'aitians thanked Hiro-Kala for saving them from the Psyklop, but he wasn't done yet. He pulled out the K'aitian soldiers' souls from the Psyklop carapaces and resurrected them in new physical forms, then turned them into his personal army for his quest to destroy the Old Power throughout the Microverse. When the Enigma Force arrived on K'ai to deal with the Psyklop they found thousands of Psyklop carapaces and quickly realized that someone else had already taken care of the invaders.

(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#4) - A sole surviving Psyklop ended up floating in space on a fragment ripped from the planet K'ai with Jentorra.

(Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force#1) - The Enigma Force took the fragment aboard the HMS Endeavor III to save the two survivors. They were immediately attacked by the Psyklop, who still sought to feed Jentorra's soul to the dark gods. Mari tried to kill the Psyklop, but Arcturus considered it an important strategic find. The Psyklop invaded the minds of the Enigma Force and Jentorra to exploit their fears and sow distrust while it healed itself. Carl tackled the Psyklop into outer space where it was knocked out by the returning Enigma Force member Bug. Carl brought the Psyklop back to the HMS Endeavor III where it remained imprisoned.

   After Hiro-Kala erected an energy barrier between the universes to cut off Arcturus Rann and the HMS Endeavor III from their power source the Enigma Force, Rann decided to release the Psyklop to power the ship with the alien's self-replicating solar energy and drain it into the ship until the Psyklop dies. Rann also knew that the Psyklop could detect his own kind and help them find the planet K'ai by tracking the dead Psyklop on the moving planet. Rann made the Psyklop the offer and didn't leave it much of a choice.

(Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force#2) - The Psyklop was connected to the HMS Endeavor III and given control over the ship by Rann, but Mari destroyed the bio-ship's navigation to make sure the Psyklop would not be able to take control over the ship and its weapon systems. Rann had to ask the Death's Head 3.0 known to him as Carl to connect himself to the Psyklop and serve as a substitute for the ship's navigation system, which worked after a few driver updates. After the installation was completed the Psyklop started scanning the galaxy for the planet K'ai and inadvertently also unlocked Carl's memories of how he served under Arcturus Rann during his attack on K'ai in the past. Powered by the Psyklop the HMS Endeavor III made its way to K'ai. When they arrived Rann cut Psyklop's connection to the ship and ordered everyone to abandon ship. Rann was not willing to allow Psyklop after all to access the ship's weapons systems even though Mari now considered it their best shot to just bomb the Isle of Assassins on K'ai. Instead Rann used the entire ship to crash on the Isle of Assassins while the Enigma Force, including the Psyklop, dropped down to fight Hiro-Kala's army. During the battle Carl tried to use the Psyklop as a weapon, but the powers of the Psyklop were too depleted to fire solar blasts after bringing the HSM Endeavor III to K'ai. The Psyklop instead created an illusion of the Hulk, luring Hiro-Kala into a pointless battle.

(Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force#3) - The rest of the Enigma Force remained unaware that the Psyklop was projecting the Hulk illusion. The Psyklop tried to help against Hiro-Kala, but Visis blocked the creature's solar beam. Hiro-Kala then ordered Visis to kill the Psyklop. Visis cut through the Psyklop and the Hulk illusion dissipated. Hiro-Kala destroyed the ground beneath the Enigma Force's feet to take them down to the telepathy archive where Rann was trying to activate a weapon of mass destruction. The Psyklop was helpless as Hiro-Kala trapped the Enigma Force in the archive and wasn't much help when they dug their way out with a little help from the real Hulk, who wasn't a fan to see a Psyklop. Rann defended the Psyklop because he had saved their lives. The Psyklop remained with the rest of Enigma Force on K'ai to help them rebuild.

--Avengers I#88 ([Avengers I#88 (fb)], Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition: Psyklop, [Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1 (fb), 2 (fb), 1 (fb)], Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1, 2, 4, Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force#1-3


(Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1) - The Psyklop race used a massive spaceship during their raids in the Microverse. During an attack on K'ai their ship was discovered by a probe sent out by Arcturus Rann. The spaceship was destroyed by Hiro-Kala's Stone Ship when it arrived in the Microverse. The remains crashed on the planet K'ai.

--Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1

OHotMU Master Edition - Psyklop (main)
Incredible Hulk II#203, p1 (at the controls)
Avengers I#88, p12, pan5 (head shot)
Incredible Hulk II#140, p19, pan4 (dark god hand)
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1, p13, pan1 (multiple Psyklops, drastically changed)
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1, p13, pan5 (a Psyklop from behind)
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1, p8, pan4 (spaceship, bottom view)
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1, p15, pan4 (spaceship, top view)
Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force#2, p2, pan3 (Enigma Force's Psyklop)

Avengers I#88 (May, 1971) - Harlan Ellison & Roy Thomas (writers), Sal Buscema (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#140 (June, 1971) - Harlan Ellison & Roy Thomas (writers), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#202-203 (August-Sepember, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Staton (inks)
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#1-2 (April-May, 2010) - Scott Reed (writer), Miguel Munera (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk#4 (July, 2010) - Scott Reed (writer), Miguel Munera (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hulks: Enigma Force#1-3 (November, 2010 - January, 2011) - Scott Reed (writer), Miguel Munera (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)

First Posted: 10/17/2004
Last updated: 05/29/2023

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