Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly inapplicable
Occupation: Former ruler of ancient Egypt of
formerly the Time Variance Authority
Affiliations: His Guard (Anubis, Bast, Horus, Khnum, & Sobek)
Enemies: Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing) of Earth-20051
Known Relatives: None; possibly inapplicable
Aliases: Chonomonitor#616, Lord of the Two Lands, Pharaoh Rama-Tut the First
Base of Operations: An endless temporal loop;
formerly the Valley of Kings, ancient Egypt of Earth-20051;
formerly the Hall of Chronometry within the Null-Time Zone
First Appearance: Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (June, 2007)
Powers/Abilities: Rama-Tut had access to advanced technology, enabling him to perform advanced feats that seemed like magic. He had an immense Sphinx-shaped time ship (pictured in the background in the main image) and used a quintet of super-powered androids in the forms of various gods of Egypt. He could peer through time, transport others through time, cure blindness, etc.
(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (fb) - BTS) - The being who would become Rama-Tut was once Chonomonitor#616 (see comments), tasked with monitoring a single reality's timeline from his desk in the Hall of Chronometry and determining the importance of signal events.
(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (fb)) - Chonomonitor#616's superiors stripped him of his power for interfering with history for personal gain one too many times.
(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (fb)) - He escaped his imprisonment and fled to ancient Egypt of Earth-20051 to hide from the TVA. Arriving inside a giant Sphinx-shaped ship (containing his time machine), he used his advanced technology to pose as a pharaoh, Rama-Tut, the alleged incarnation of the god Ra, and used androids in the forms of the gods Anubis, Bast, Horus, Khnum, & Sobek as his Guard.
(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (fb) - BTS) - Rama ruled the people of Egypt tyrannically.
(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (fb) - BTS) - As he got older, Rama prepared to follow the custom of having a monument erected in honor of himself and his guard in the Valley of Kings. Feeling himself to be the greatest of pharaohs, Rama resolved to pull a sculptor back from the future to ensure that his pyramid would be the most advanced of all. Rama-Tut performed a search that identified the 21st century sculptress Alicia Masters as ideal for the task.
(Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23) - Rama sent his Guard
to collect Alicia Masters. The Fantastic Four observed the abduction and leapt
through the time-portal to rescue her.
Rama recognized the Fantastic Four and considered scrapping his plan, but he desired an Alicia Masters original, so he decided to continue on.
Rama greeted them, explaining his intent and apologizing for the confusion. Noting Alicia's blindness, Rama performed a simple "spell" that restored her vision. Rama then invited the Fantastic Four to enjoy his hospitality until the monument was finished, promising to return them to the future at its completion.
After a few weeks of observation, the Fantastic Four learned that Rama and his guard were murderous tyrants. Reed distracted Sobek and Khnum while Sue slipped into the Sphinx-ship where she accessed its logs, learning Rama's true origins. Discovering this, Rama sent his Guard to destroy the Fantastic Four. They defeated the Guard and confronted Rama himself, destroying his scepter of power and preparing to return him to the future for proper justice.
Just then, a trio of TVA agents arrived, placed their renegade former servant in a endless temporal loop, and then took steps to eliminate his interference with the timestream. This included returning the Fantastic Four and Alicia to their own time, erasing all memories of their trip to the past, and making Alicia blind once again.
Nonetheless, Alicia retained some memories in the form of a dream, and she sculpted the likeness of the Guard playing poker.
Rama-Tut is on the far left, while Bast is holding Alicia on the far right
Comments: Created by Fred Van Lente (writer), Clay Mann (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor).
The TVA's Chronomonitors are typically artificially generated beings. A new one is created whenever a new timeline comes to be. The TVA communicate with the Chronomonitors using tachyon interfaces. Each Chronomonitor is responsible for monitoring its timeline from its desk in the Hall of Chronometry, and determines the importance of signal events. If the event is deemed important enough, the timeline is split on that point, creating a new timeline (with a new Chronomonitor immediately appearing).
You can guess at what significance the #616 has...was he the Chronomonitor tasked with monitoring Earth-616? Was he from Earth-616 (he wouldn't have been if he was a standard Chronomonitor)? Something else
Rama-Tut is ancient Egyptian for "Ra Like Image" or " Ra Like Figure" or "Ra Like Form" or "Ra like Statue". Thanks to "The Book of the Dead" by E.A. Wallis Budge, Dover Publications,Inc., New York (1967)---for helping me with my translations: Ma with a dot over the A means "Like" (page 139 ), TUT (Image--page 139; Figure--page 142; Statue--page 215; Form(?)--page 175). Since Tutankhamen means "Living Image Of Amen" I'm confident in my translations of Rama-Tut.
Profile by Snood.
This Rama-Tut is similar to, but distinct from:
Anubis (jackal man), Bast (cat woman), Horus (falcon man), Khnum (ram man), & Sobek (crocodile man)
They each had super-strength, durability, & speed. They had claws, sharpened teeth, and/or horns as fit their natures.
--Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (23 (fb), 23
images: (without ads)
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (Guard)
(main image, w/ Guard & Ship)
(side-view, with Guard)
(Chronomonitor#616 on trial)
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four#23 (June, 2007) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Clay Mann (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Last updated: 06/07/08
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