PSYKLOP

Real Name: Psyklop

Identity/Class: Terrestrial 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: The Avengers (Captain America, Falcon, Hank Pym, Iron Man, Thor), Hulk, 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. 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)) - 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.

(Avengers I#88 (fb)) - 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.

(Avengers I#88 (fb)) - 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.

Thanks to www.leaderslair.com and to www.incrediblehulk.com for the 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

Clarifications:  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.


The 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

 

 

 

 


images:
OHotMU Master Edition


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)


Last updated: 10/17/04

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