GIGANTIANS OF GIGANTUS
Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoid Eternal race
Location/Base of Operations: Gigantus, Gwydion system Andromeda galaxy, now destroyed
Known Members: None named;
Affiliations: None known
Capital City: Unrevealed
Languages: UnrevealedDefense: They formed their own army and then an extraplanetary armada in response to the attack by the Eyungians;
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#115 (October, 1971)
Powers/Abilities: None known
Traits: The Gigantans were a great, wise, peace- and life-loving, noble race with
great technological advances, including equipment to view events on other worlds, presumably even other star systems.
Gigantus was an immense Dyson Sphere, and the Gigantans presumably were the ones to develop that, indicating an incredibly advanced level of technology and resources.
The Gigantans possessed weaponry,
which they had had little cause to use; however, when assaulted by the
Eternals of Eyung, the Gigantans developed armies and weaponry,
combined with their vast numbers and Gigantus' vast size, that allowed
them to fight off the Eyungians, who had defeated countless races
The Gigantans were human in
appearance and did not demonstrate superhuman abilities.
As Eternals, they would almost
certainly been long-lived, and they may have been able to form a
Uni-Mind under certain circumstances (see comments).
(Quasar I#16 (fb)) - Apparently at some point the Celestials visited the immense world (see comments) that would become known as Gigantus, experimenting on its natives and diverging three races, a baseline normal, Deviants, and Eternals.
The Eternals apparently became the dominent race (see comments).
(All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#6: Over-Mind entry) - Gigantus was a Dyson Sphere.
(Fantastic Four I#115 (fb)) - The Eternals of Gigantus thrived great and noble, a gentle and wise
people fully dedicated to the cause of peace.
Gigantus' immense size prevented any previous assaults.
The people of Gigantus watched and feared via their advanced scanners/viewers as the
war-faring Eternals of Eyung conquered and/or destroyed numerous worlds.
The people of Gigantus watched as the Eternals of Eyung attacked the nearest inhabited planet.
The Eyungians launched an attack on Gigantus.
(Fantastic Four I#115 (fb) / Quasar I#16 (fb)) - The war between the Eyungians and Gigantans lasted millennia, with countless casualties.
(Fantastic Four I#115 (fb)) -
Eventually, the Eyungians realized that Gigantus was too large too
conquer, and that the Gigantans were progressively growing more skilled
in warfare. As the Eyungians suffered greater numbers of defeats, they
chose to instead destroy what they could not conquer.
(Fantastic Four I#115 (fb) / Quasar I#16 (fb)) - Fleeing Gigantus, the Eyungians launched a series of anti-matter Reaction Bombs, starting a chain reaction that would destroy it.
(Fantastic Four I#115 (fb)) -
Vowing retribution, the Gigantans launched a vast armada that soon
attacked Eyung. Mocking the Eyungians' arrogance, the Gigantans
launched Reaction Bombs on Eyung, which began to shatter as well.
(Fantastic Four I#115 (fb)) -
The doomed Eyungians used synthesizing chambers to transfer their
combined mental power into the greatest champion, Grom, whom they
launched into space so he could escape Eyung and incubate to adapt to
the power, eventually becoming the Over-Mind.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#10) -
After destroying Eyung (aka Eternus), the Gigantians in some as yet
unrevealed means melded their their minds into a single being to one
day combat the Eternians' composite being (the Over-Mind).
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott.
As the dominant race was called Eternals, we can extrapolate that they were the result of experimentation by the Celestials, and that there were likely Deviant and baseline normals at some point, as we've seen with many other races, including the Skrulls.
When first claiming to be the Gigantans' composite being, the Stranger
said he was the sum of a billion billion brains. A billion billion
equals a quintillion, which is 1000 quadrillion (which is 1000 trillion (which is 1000
billion (which is 1000 million))); so, it is a LOT.
In Fantastic Four I#116, the Stranger claimed to be the sole survivor
of the Gigantans. In Silver Surfer III#31 (IIRC), the Stranger claimed
that to be a falsehood. In Quasar I#16, he claimed to have found,
unwittingly slain, and adopted the role of the Gigantans' last
survivor. The OHotMU has reported the current status quo in each case,
with the current report echoing the Living Tribunal's comment that the
Stranger is an enigma, even to himself.
Regardless, the Stranger frequently changes his stories, it is very difficult to know the "truth."
Quasar I#16 revealed that the Gigantians were the Eternals of Gigantus,
and it was clarified/confirmed that the Eternals/Eternians/Eyungians
were the Eternals of Eyung.
In Fantastic Four I#115-116, they are just called the people of Gigantus. They are called Gigantians in the Over-Mind and Stranger profiles in the 20th century OHotMU profiles (although I don't think the names were used in their Master Edition), as well as in Quasar I#16 and the Over-Mind's 21st century profiles. They are called Gigantans in the Stranger's 21st century OHotMU profiles. I prefer "Gigantans," but it seems to be in the vast minority, and it doesn't seem to have any precedent. I'm currently working on a profile on the Stranger, so I'll try to keep an eye out for other references.
The level of technology required to construct a Dyson Sphere is staggering. Google it.
I had missed that back in OHotMU I#10's Stranger profile, when the
Stranger was believed to be the Gigantian composite, Gigantus was
identified as being in the Gwydion system--Snood
A Dyson Sphere is a construct
built around a sun like a shell. I saw one on Star Trek and I think
Lila Cheney of the New Mutants was connected with one.
Yes, Lila uses one to store her loot.
Profile by Chadman; expanded by Snood.
No known connection to
Fantastic Four I#115, pg. 8, panel 1 (main);
panel 2-3 (interstellar viewing technology);
pg. 10, panel 3 (vowing vengeance);
panel 4 (armada)
Quasar I#16, pg. 28, pan2 & 3 (last survivor, organic sac and gestational forms)
Fantastic Four I#115 (October, 1971) - Archie Goodwin (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Quasar#16 (November, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Dan Panosian & Keith Williams (inks), Len Kaminski (editor)
First Posted: 11/24/2005
Last updated: 02/26/2020
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