Real Name :  Prince Moltar

Identity/Class : Extradimensional ( Crystalium) mystically mutated human

Occupation :  Prince of Crystalium

Group Membership : Forces of Chaos, Molten men, Royal House of Crystalium, loyal citizens of Galax

Affiliations: Forces of Chaos, Lavour, Malachon, Zardeth,

EnemiesBekk, Crystar, Ika, Koth, Kalibar, Ogeode, Shen, Stalax, Warbow;
    Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Alpha Flight (Shaman/Michael Twoyoungmen, Puck/Eugene Milton Judd, Northstar/Jean-Paul Beaubier)

Known Relatives : Crystar (brother), Feldspar (uncle), unidentified parents

 Aliases: “Mol”

Base of Operations:  Caverns of Chaos, Crystalium, Galax and surrounding countryside

First Appearance :   Marvel Age#1 (April 1983);
    (in continuity) Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#1 (May 1983)

Powers/Abilities : After his transformation he seemed to be infused with mystical energy. His new molten body was impervious to flame and the effects of magma, while at the same time capable of producing great amounts of heat.   He no longer needed to sleep, eat, or breathe. All of these abilities were lost when he was changed back into a human.
    Before his body was transformed into living magma, Moltar was shown to be familiar with the Crystalium form of wrestling.


History : (Marvel Age#1) - Crystar and Moltar’s parents were killed during the first war between the Forces of Order and Chaos. With no will, and their uncle unaware of any formal statements concerning the twins and the state of the throne, it was decided that both boys would rule jointly. The twins grew into men, with Crystar usually taking command of any situation.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, perhaps through an arranged marriage, Crystar was betrothed to Lavour. Moltar loved the haughty noblewoman, but he was ignored in favor of his brother.  


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#8 (fb)) - In the closing days of the First Chaos War, Crystar and Moltar took a small division of men and investigated the sighting of a monster in a remote village. The demon was in fact a creature controlled by Chaos, although both brothers were unaware of who was doing the controlling. Despite heavy losses the brothers managed to overcome their adversaries, but both were saddened at the death of their friend Captain Heyatt.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#1) - After the war ended, Chaos swore it would return, and that its emissary would bring untold strife and pit brother against brother. Several months passed and soon the twins would be crowned joint kings when the wizard of Order, Ogeode, returned and told them the time of Chaos’s return was nigh. Crystar offered to side with Ogeode, despite the wizard’s claims that his power had been drained severely during the Order/Chaos war. When Zardeth, wizard of Chaos arrived, Crystar turned down his offer of joining forces, despite the wizard’s promise that at least with him, he could promise the safety of their people. When the day arrived for the coronation, Crystar and Moltar argued over which wizard to trust. Moltar argued that the safety of their people should come first, but when Crystar disagreed, years of tension finally came to a head and Moltar attacked his brother. When their uncle tried to stop them, he was cast to the ground and cracked his head on a nearby wall. Crystar, enraged at his brother and thinking their uncle slain, began to strangle Moltar. Moltar, desperate and the verge of losing conscious, grabbed the closet thing at hand. Which, unfortunately for Crystar, turned out to a knife. Stabbing his brother, Moltar was horror-stricken at what he had done, at least until the palace guards showed up. The guards were unable to arrest him, and Moltar declared himself king. With Lavour by his side, he went out to speak to the people and to tell them of the wizards’ visit and what they were told. Some citizens agreed with Moltar’s decision, while others showed loyalty to Crystar. While this was going on, he failed to see Lavour’s serving girl Ambara smuggle the injured men out of the throne room. As Crystar was delivered to Ogeode and transformed into a man of living crystal, Moltar and those loyal to him were struck down by rain made of crystal shards. In pain, and unable to find relief, as the shards fell through solid walls to strike only them, Moltar and his followers fled to the meeting place as per instructed by Zardeth. There Moltar and his followers were all transformed into beings of living magma. Now a living embodiment of Chaos, Moltar lead the attack against Galax. During the fight Moltar struck and nearly killed Captain Stalax, one of the younger captains and the one most loyal to him. Such an action hardened Moltar’s heart further against his brother, but he still found himself ordering a retreat and leaving Crystar and his forces controlling the city.  


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#2) – Hiding in the Caverns of Chaos, Moltar licked his wounds while Lavour blamed their loss on Zardeth. When the wizard appeared before them, the fiery temptress was quick to change her tune. Moltar showed contempt for the wizard, as to him, their new hideous forms were not much better than the crystal forms of his brother’s followers. Upon hearing of his uncle’s declaring himself regent, Moltar ordered three of his magma men to go to Galax and gather information.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#3) – Moltar, still stinging after his defeat, originally planned to launch another assault upon Galax, but the advice of Zardeth and quick tongue of Lavour made him change his mind. Seeing his brother trapped in the Sanctum of Dr. Strange, Moltar ordered a small group of his followers to go after his brother and slay him. He watched via a magic portal as Crystar soundly beat his men.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#4) - Moltar began to show doubt about the extent of Zardeth's power and planned another assault. When he ordered Zardeth to restore the humanity of the Magma Men who were beaten within the home of Dr. Strange, he was pleased when the Chaos wizard agreed. He was horrified, though, when the men died screaming due the intense heat of the caverns. Taking heed to Lavour, Moltar changed his mind about another assault and instead simply marched upon Galax. When Crystar heard of his actions, the forces of Crystal and Magma battled until the presence of their uncle Feldspar made them stop. Quickly accusing Crystar of instigating the battle while proclaiming his peaceful intent, Moltar watched in glee as his brother and his followers were banished from Galax (see comments).


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#5) - Moltar began to show his doubts publicly to Zardeth and shot down another plan for assault upon Galax. Arguing for diplomacy and reasoning that his uncle would be easy to manipulate to their goals, Moltar was as unprepared as the rest of his forces when a spell (designed to expunge the forces of Chaos from the planet) cast by Ika and Stalax went awry and placed the Caverns of Chaos directly next to the Crystal Palace. A cease-fire was ordered until both Ogeode and Zardeth could straighten everything out.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#6) - Despite their exiled status, both Crystar and Moltar were still treated as princes by the Royal Court and called upon for matters of state, although not at the same time because of the neutrality of their uncle. Nightcrawler, after being accidentally teleported to Crystalium and chased by Crystar’s men, found refuge within the Caverns of Chaos. Moltar began to harbor doubts about his relationship with Lavour, going so far as to forbid her from accompanying them from his talks with his uncle. The proper explanations were made after short fight. Moltar was left doubting his decision even more.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#7) - Moltar grew enraged when he saw Malachon leading an attack on Galax. Zardeth, however, saw potential for Chaos’s power to grow. Seeking out the hill people, the Chaos wizard acted a mediator between the two. Despite Moltar’s stoic manner at the meeting, he was rapidly losing faith with the forces of Chaos, and the addition of the savage barbarians of the Green Hills did little to change his mind.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#8) - On the anniversary of Captain Heyatt’s death, both brothers took a day of mourning and vowed not to fight each other on that day.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#9 - BTS) - Due to this growing unease and the potential for rebellion, Moltar and Lavour were both left back at the Caverns of Chaos while Zardeth and Malachon attacked the forces of Order (see comments).


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#10) - Moltar voiced his concerns to Lavour. Upon hearing of Zardeth and Malachon attacking the forces of Order, he grew enraged after they informed him of their stop by Galax. His raged cooled when Zardeth conjured the images of Crystar gathering his forces and sailing back to Galax. Moltar would lead the charge and helped capture Koth.


(Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#11) - Moltar argued for the captured Koth’s quick execution, but was outvoted by Zardeth and Malachon. Moltar snuck into Koth's cell later that night and made an effort to apologize. Koth rebuked the conflicted prince, leaving Moltar feeling helpless. He was unaware of his magma men encountering the displaced members of Alpha Flight. He was instead watching Koth being led to his execution. When Crystar’s forces interrupted the execution, Moltar had enough and finally stood up against Zardeth. Before the Chaos wizard could strike the rebellious prince down, Crystar slew the evil wizard. Zardeth got the last laugh however, as with his final breath, he turned Moltar back into a human. Lavour declared her true love for Moltar after seeing his bravery staring down the wizard, but the two lovers found themselves both cursed, as Lavour’s heated presence now caused Moltar pain. With the Malachite people driven back and Zardeth dead, Moltar abdicated his right to the throne. He stood by his brother as Crystar was declared king.  

Comments : Created by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, John Romita, Jr., and Jim Shooter. Concept expanded on by Mary Jo Duffy and Ricardo Villamonte.

    Issue#4 was a bedtime story told by Kalibar to his children, so the events within and how they transpired is suspect.

    In the event you couldn’t tell, many of the names were supposed to represent minerals, elements, and things relating to geology. Moltar = molten, Lavour = lava, etc.

    In the Marvel Age preview, it was stated Crystar and Moltar’s parents had died a while before the series began, but in the flashback in issue#8, the king is referred to as being away on a campaign in the war. Also, Moltar and Lavour were both left back in the Caverns of Chaos when Zardeth and Malachon attacked the forces of Order. Perhaps the wizard was sensing the growing discontent of the prince?

    Extra special thanks to Madison Carter for clarifying this question- yes, Crystar and all related characters are in fact Marvel owned and created. You might remember these guys from the Remco toy line, but the toys were a tie-in to the comic and not vice versa.

Profile by David Lawrence.

Moltar has no known connections to

  • Moltar, Space Ghost villain
  • Lava Men, Thor foes @ Journey into Mystery I#97 (October, 1963)
  • Molten Man, Mark Raxton, Spider-Man foe @ Amazing Spider-Man I#28 (September 1965)
  • Molten Man-Thing, Marvel Monster   @ Tales of Suspense I#7 (January 1960)
  • Any character made of or having any abilities connected to fire in any way, shape, or form


Crystar#1, p1 (human face)
        p31, panel 2 (main)
    #11 cover


Marvel Age#1 (April 1983) (Promotional piece written by Peter Sanderson)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#1 (May 1983) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Bret Blevins (pencils), Vinnie Colletta (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#2 (July 1983) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Bret Blevins (pencils), Vinnie Colletta (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#3 (September 1983) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ron Frenz (breakdowns), Danny Bulanadi (finishes), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#4 (November 1983) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#5 (January 1984) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Bob Harris (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#6 (March 1984) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#7 (May 1984) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#8 (July 1984) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#10 (November 1984) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior#11 (February 1985) - by Mary Jo Duffy (plot/script), Ricardo Villamonte (pencils), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 11/25/2006
Last updated: 11/22/2006

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