YIRBEK

Classification: Extraterrestrial race

Location/Base of Operations: Planet Yirb (second from the sun), Bek star system, Andromeda galaxy;
    Yirb is a mostly tropical planet 81% covered in water, with 150% of Earth's gravity, and an atmosphere of 76% nitrogen and 23% oxygen
    also planet Kallu, Kallu-Kan star system, Andromeda Galaxy

Known Members: None identified, though they have an estimated population of 4.3 billion

Affiliations: Skrulls

Enemies: Kallusians

First Appearance: Avengers I#14 (March, 1965)

Powers/Abilities: The Yirbek possess spaceships capable of warp flight (apparently involving "cobalt throttles"), and containing weaponry roughly similar to that of the Kallusians. Their ships can release advanced robotic detection equipment. Though their level of technology is allegedly inferior to the Skrulls, they have weaponry capable of destroying planets.

Traits: The Yirbek are governed by a military dictatorship under the overall rule of the Skrull Empire. Though obsessive in hatred towards their enemies, they are subservient to their masters, the Skrulls.

Type:  Bilaterally symmetric reptilian bipeds
Eyes
: Two (on head; compound, red color seen)
Fingers
: Five (including opposing thumb)
Toes
: Five
Skin color: Green, scaled
Average height: 6'7"

History: (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#12 - Yirbek) - The Yirbek governed a small empire of planets in the Andromeda galaxy until they were defeated in a war by the Skrulls centuries ago. The Yirbek have served the Skrull empire ever since, acting as mercenaries in conflicts considered minor by galactic standards.









(Avengers I#14 (fb)) - The Yirbek fought a war with the Kallusians that lasted for several centuries, and ended with the Kallusians defeat. The Yirbek occupied Kallu, but some of the Kallusians escaped into exile.

 

(Avengers I#14 (fb)) - A vast fleet of Yirbek starships searched galaxies for the Kallusians, sending out "robot detector" probes that rocketed to every planet the fleet passed, seeking the hidden Kallusians.

(Avengers I#14) - A Yirbek detector probe located the surviving Kallusians on Earth. The detector then sent a "deltanoid" ray hurtling towards Earth's Arctic region, where the Kallusians had established a base beneath the ice. The powerful ray shattered the Kallusian monitoring station, preventing it from sounding an alarm, but one Kallusian, off on a mission of exploration, transmitted a message and instructed the others to sound the alarm. The Yirbek rushed to Earth's solar system, vowing the Kallu would not escape again, and that this time they would fight until one of their races no longer existed.

To avoid a divided conflict, fighting both the Avengers and the Yirbek, the Kallusians swiftly transported their fleet to Sector 18-G, 1200 light years from Earth, where they intended to engage the Yirbek in a battle to the death. The Yirbek followed them there.

(The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#12 - Yirbek) - The Yirbek eventually took over Kallu, massacring its population.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Paul Laiken, Jack Kirby and Don Heck.

Raksor assumed the form of a Yirbek in Fantastic Four Annual#18.

by Prime Eternal; updated and expanded by Snood

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Yirbek should not be confused with:


"robot detectors"

    They could travel great distances, within solar systems, and possibly interstellar distances. Extremely sensitive, they could detect the presence of their targets anywhere on a planet they approached. They could also send out powerful "deltanoid rays" able to destroy entire buildings before the enemy could detect their presence.

    While the Kallusians hid out on Earth, a vast fleet of Yirbek starships combed the galaxies for them. They sent out hyper-sensitive "robot detectors" that rocketed to every planet the fleet passed, seeking the hidden Kallusians. One such detector entered Earth's solar system, passing icy Pluto and eventually passing over Earth's moon, at which point its incredibly sensitive detection mechanisms picked up the first faint trace of the Kallusians. The detector then sent a "deltanoid" ray hurtling towards Earth's Arctic region, where the Kallusians had established a base beneath the ice. The powerful ray shattered the Kallusian monitoring station, preventing it from sounding an alarm, but one Kallusian, off on a mission of exploration, transmitted a message and instructed the others to sound the alarm.

--Avengers I#14


ships

Yirbek ships are capable of warp speed flight (apparently involving "cobalt throttles") and intergalactic travel, and they carried advanced, though unspecified weaponry.

While the Kallusians hid out on Earth, a vast fleet of Yirbek starships combed the galaxies for them. They sent out hyper-sensitive "robot detectors" that rocketed to every planet the fleet passed, seeking the hidden Kallusians and eventually finding them on Earth. To avoid a divided conflict, fighting both the Avengers and the Yirbek, the Kallusians swiftly transported their fleet to Sector 18-G, 1200 light years from Earth, where they intended to engage the Yirbek in a battle to the death. The Yirbek followed them there.

--Avengers I#14

 


Images taken from:
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#15, page 64 - Yirbek
Avengers I#14, page 15, panel 3 (Yirbek ships)
            panel 4 (Yirbek robot detectors)
        page 18, panel 4 (Yirbeks in spaceships)


Last updated: 01/07/13

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