Real Name: Chandra Ku

Identity/Class: Human (African, Zulu, 18th century to present), mutate

Occupation: Pupil of the Celestials, former craftsmaker

Group Membership: Young Gods

Affiliations: African Gods, Celestials, Gaea, Juniper, Katos, Spider-Man

Enemies: Eternals (Ajak, Ikaris, Legba, Makkari, Sersi, Thena), Gatherers, High Evolutionary, Nauda, Quint

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Celestial Mothership, mobile in space
formerly Africa, 18th century

First Appearance: (unnamed) Thor I#300 (October, 1980); (named) Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8 (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Splice possesses the ability to manipulate matter, reshaping natural and artificial materials into anything her mind can conceive of.

History: (Thor I#301 (fb)/Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8/3) - Chandra Ku was a 13-year old Zulu girl living in Africa during the 18th century when she was contacted by an African goddess, who recruited her into the Young Gods. She was watched over by the goddesses of Earth's pantheons while they awaited the Fourth Host of the Celestials.

(Thor I#300) - Ku joined the 12 assembled Young Gods as they were presented to the Celestials by Gaea, and Arishm the Judge determined that, based on them, humanity should endure. The Young Gods were all taken aboard the Celestial Mothership with the Fourth Host.

(Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8 (fb) - BTS) - Ku adopted the name "Splice" and began her training aboard the mothership under the guidance of Juniper, who favoured a philosophy of offense.

(Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8) - Splice was training aboard the mothership with the other Young Gods when they were spied upon by the High Evolutionary. Daydreamer became determined to halt his plans to reshape humanity's evolution. Splice joined the rest of Juniper's students in deciding to return to Earth and oppose the High Evolutionary, and they fought his agents Quint and the Gatherers alongside Spider-Man. However, Katos came in pursuit of them with his half of the Young Gods and they fought each other. After Daydreamer accidentally harmed Calculus with her powers, the Young Gods all stood down. Splice returned to the mothership with the other Young Gods.

(Marvel Comics Presents#101/2) - After Sea Witch had a dream which was invaded by an evil spirit, Splice and the other Young Gods heard her distress and came to help her. Varua and Daydreamer became convinced it was tied to the creature they had fought in Israel. They decided that they would have to return to Earth to investigate, but Katos and Juniper told them they would have to bring their petition to the Celestials.

(Marvel Comics Presents#102/2) - Juniper and Katos led the Young Gods to the Celestials to present their request. They were granted 3 days on Earth in which to investigate the matter.

(Marvel Comics Presents#106/2) - Brightsword, Splice, Calculus and Varua investigated the evil threat in Sri Lanka, and fought a bull animated by the rogue god Nauda. Brightsword destroyed the bull, but they were then incapacitated by villagers who followed Nauda, and turned over to him.

(Marvel Comics Presents#107/2-109/2) - Brightsword, Splice, Calculus and Varua were held captive by Nauda, who forced the other Young Gods to turn over the mystical stones they had found in Ireland and Wisconsin. However, Daydreamer gave Nauda illusionary stones instead, and the reunited Young Gods formed a Uni-Mind which destroyed Nauda.

(Eternals Annual II#1 (fb) ) - Ignored by the Celestials the Young Gods slowly went mad. To get the Celestials' attention the Young Gods fought each other in vicious battles and had decadent bacchanals. Eventually Varua thought they were empowered to turn Earth's populace into a new Celestial. The Young Gods led by Varua returned to Earth and created an ever-growing Uni-Mind from the minds of Madripoor, which soon expanded ot other islands, consuming the minds of citizens in Indonesia and Singapore to its mass.

(Eternals Annual II#1) - Alerted by the growing Uni-Mind the Eternals Ajak, Ikaris, Makkari, Sersi and Thena went to Madripoor. Splice worked together with Calculus on the armor for the new Celestial. Makkari was brought to them by Moonstalker and Harvest. Ajak freed Makkari and together they fought Calculus, Harvest, Moontalker and Splice. The Young Gods lost consciousness due to their telepathic connection to Varua after the Eternal Legba had killed Varua. Their plan had failed.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, Keith Pollard and Gene Day; fleshed out by Gerry Conway, Mark Bagley and Keith Williams.

Only the hand of the goddess who contacted Splice was seen in Thor I#301's flashback.

by Prime Eternal

Splice should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8, page 57

Thor I#300 (October, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#301 (November, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man Annual#8 (1988) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Keith Williams (Story 1) & Mike Esposito (Story 2 & 3) (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#101-102 (1992) - Gerry Conway (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#106-109 (1992) - Gerry Conway & Eric Fein (writers), Scott Kolins (pencils), Jonathan Holdredge (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Eternals Annual II#1 (January, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Pascal Alixe (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)

Last updated: 03/14/05

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