A-CHILTARIAN race

Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoid

Location/Base of Operations: A-Chiltar III, third planet from the sun in the A-Chiltar star system (R-Monocerotis, Earth designation), Milky Way galaxy;
    60% of the planet is covered by marsh, 40% by prairie; there are now large open bodies of water;
    gravity is 145% Earth's, atmosphere is 250% Earth's density (with high methane content)

Known Members: Kraglin, unidentified Captain and other crew members, former Runestaff inhabitant/prisoner, unidentified Mourner
    approximate population 800 million

Affiliations: Cyclops robot

Enemies: Ant-Man (Hank Pym), Wasp (Janet Pym)

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#46 (August, 1963)

Powers/Abilities: A-Chiltarians' large, multi-faceted eyes enable grant them an exceptionally wide field of version. They may have limited psychic powers allowing them to manipulate their Cyclops robot via their "brain impulses" (or the technology was just specialized to be activated by normal psychic powers); nonetheless, they measured humanity's mental patterns as inferior to their own.
    They were only seen on Earth wearing full body costumes and full head helmets, perhaps indicating they could not breathe or otherwise function in Earth's atmosphere without support. Or they just liked their helmets, which may have served a protective function, or perhaps to magnify their brain impulses.
Average height: 5'5"
Eyes: Two (on head, multi-faceted)
Fingers: Four (including opposable thumb)
Toes: Three (all equally sized)
Skin color: Purple-grey fur covers bodies of both males and females
 

Traits: A-Chiltarians possess a tribal government and are mildly aggressive, clannish, and temperamental.

They utilized an immense and super-strong Cyclops robot ("big as a six story building" per one of the local seamen, and "at least 50' tall" per Hank Pym), which responded to their mental commands (either utilizing circuitry specifically sensitive to their mental wavelengths or perhaps involving their superhuman abilities of mental projection?).

They utilized Mentalscopes (seen on the human to the left), which could read the mental patterns of captives.

They have built primitive interstellar starships which allegedly cannot reach light speed. Their level of technology is reportedly otherwise less advanced then Earth (see comments).

History:
(Thor I#335 (fb) - BTS) - An unidentified apparent A-Chiltarian, presumably an inhabitant of the scholarly planet Rus, was pulled into the Runestaff when its new owner Kamo Tharnn conjured improperly.

(Tales to Astonish I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to determine if Earth was suitable for conquering and colonization, a group of at least five A-Chiltarians, including Kraglin and an unidentified captain, were sent to Earth as an advance scouting party.
    They either built a robot on A-Chiltar and brought it to Earth, or built it once on Earth. In an effort to use superstition to cloak their activities, the aliens set up a base on one of the Greek islands and designed their robot in the form of a giant Cyclops out of Greek mythology.
    The advance scouting party sent their Cyclops robot to capture ships sailing in the vicinity of their island base, successfully convincing the locals that one of the ancient Cyclopes inhabited the islands, convincing them to avoid the islands. The people on board those ships were subjected to a "Mentalscope," which could read their mental patterns.
    As a result of the Cyclops' capturing ships, local seamen refused to take ships out.

(Tales to Astonish I#46) - The super-heroes Ant-Man (Hank Pym) and the Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) took a vacation in the Greek Isles. They learned of and investigated the Cyclops when a seaman allowed him to take their ship out on their own. Initially, they were paralyzed by pain caused by their insect communication antennae picking up interference from the telepathic speech of the aliens. After adjusting their wavelengths, they learned of the aliens' plans. Kraglin's captain noted their Mentalscope readings indicated humans were inferior to them and would be easily conquered, and he confirmed that Kraglin should notify A-Chiltar of this fact. Unable to abide insects, the captain instructed Kraglin to step on the nearby insects, for which he had mistaken Ant-Man and the Wasp. As Kraglin attempted to do so, Wasp stung his foot, causing him to lift his leg high enough for Ant-Man to lassoed Kraglin foot and pull him off balance. Unsure of what had happened and no longer seeing the "insects," the captain instead ordered the crew to direct their brain impulses to command the Cyclops to destroy the imprisoned humans. Realizing the Cyclops was a robot and correctly figuring he might be able to override the aliens' mental control of the robot from within it, Ant-Man flew (via a flying ant) in the Cyclops' mouth. Meanwhile, Wasp found a wasps' nest nearby the prisoners and guards, and she led the wasps in an assault on the guards, then grew to normal size and freed the sailors. Before the Cyclops robot could grab them, Ant-Man altered the frequency of the robot's brain to one he could control via his cybernetic helmet. Under Ant-Man's command, the Cyclops crushed one of their ships. The A-Chiltarians incorrectly assumed Earthlings possessed greater powers of mental control than they. The aliens fled Earth, intending to returned to A-Chiltar III and report that Earth was too powerful to conquer. Ant-Man commanded the Cyclops robot put the captured ships back into the bay, and then to wander into the Mediterranean Sea, intending it to rust and fall apart.

(Thor I#335 (fb) - BTS) - After retrieving the Runestaff following it having been taken by Hercules, Kamo Tharnn attempted to use the Runestaff again, and its inhabitants, presumably including the apparent A-Chiltarian, were transferred into Tharnn himself.

(Thor I#335) - The Asgardian goddess Sif used the Runestaff on Kamo Tharnn, freeing all those who had been trapped within, including the apparent A-Chiltarian.

possible appearance in Deadpool IV#33 (see comments)

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley, and Don Heck.

    The original OHotMU notes the A-Chiltarians' level of technology to be inferior to Earth's, though they have interstellar ships, build gigantic robots, and have mental pattern-reading Mentalscopes. Presumably they mean inferior to the technology of the likes of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, etc...?
    Further, according to internet research (whatever that's worth), R-Monocerotis is like 2500 light years from Earth, meaning conquering the distant planet would seem REALLY impractical with sub-lightspeed travel. That seems like some spurious information in the original OHotMU (though, in their defense, it was a very small group covering a massive amount of characters and information). Or, perhaps they commissioned the construction of the Cyclops from someone else.

    Reprinting my comments from the Cyclops robot profile: There is no definitive proof that the Cyclops robot was built out of steel or any metal of Earth. Perhaps it was created from a rust resistant metal native to A-Chiltar III. If that's the case, it could be found at some point by some Atlantean, or anyone else exploring the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, and used in another plot.

    The alien from Thor I#335 is not a perfect match for the A-Chiltarian seen in the OHoMTU Appendix, but if you chalk it up to coloring variation or error, the facial/head structure are the same, particularly the multi-faceted eyes, the wide commissures in the mouth, and the little bumps just below the hairline.
    Additionally, it's fairly clear that many of the aliens were based on those from the original OHotMU appendix to alien races...though I believe only 9 issues of that were out when Thor I#335 came out.

    One of the members of the Exto Clan looks like he could be an A-Chiltarian.

    BIG thanks to Will Uchtman for photoshopping the A-Chiltarians OHotMU image to take out the text!

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The A-Chiltarians have no known connections to:


 

A-Chiltarians ships

    Never seen fully in a single panel, these were used to transport the A-Chiltarians to and from worlds they were exploring for conquering. At least one of the ships on Earth was smashed by the Cyclops robot under Ant-Man's control.

    The OHotMU describes them as primitive interstellar starships which cannot reach light speed (see comments).

 

--Tales to Astonish I#46

 

 


Kraglin and his captain

    Kraglin was part of the mission on Earth, serving under an unidentified captain.

    Kraglin's captain noted their Mentalscope readings indicated humans were inferior to them and would be easily conquered, and he confirmed that Kraglin should notify A-Chiltar of this fact. Unable to abide insects, the captain instructed Kraglin to step on the nearby "insects" (actually Ant-Man and the Wasp). As Kraglin attempted to do so, Wasp stung his foot, causing him to lift his leg high enough for Ant-Man to lassoed Kraglin foot and pull him off balance. Unsure of what had happened and no longer seeing the "insects," the captain instead ordered the crew to direct their brain impulses to command the Cyclops to destroy the imprisoned humans. After Ant-Man overrode the Cyclops robot's controls and the Cyclops crushed one of their ships, however, the captain incorrectly assumed Earthlings possessed greater powers of mental control than they. The aliens fled Earth, intending to returned to A-Chiltar III and report that Earth was too powerful to conquer.

 --Tales to Astonish I#46

 

 

 


 Runestaff inhabitant

(Thor I#335 (fb) - BTS) - An unidentified apparent A-Chiltarian, presumably an inhabitant of the scholarly planet Rus, was pulled into the Runestaff when its new owner Kamo Tharnn conjured improperly.

(Thor I#335 (fb) - BTS) - After retrieving the Runestaff following it having been taken by Hercules, Kamo Tharnn attempted to use the Runestaff again, and its inhabitants, presumably including the apparent A-Chiltarian, were transferred into Tharnn himself.

(Thor I#335) - The Asgardian goddess Sif used the Runestaff on Kamo Tharnn, freeing all those who had been trapped within, including the apparent A-Chiltarian.

 

 

 

 

 


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#1: Appendix to Alien races: A-Chiltarians profile (main image) - Paty Cockrum
Tales to Astonish I#46, pg. 8 (including intro page), panel 5 (captain, ship, Mentalscope)
    pg. 9, panel 3 (Kraglin & captain)
    pg. 12, panel 6 (A-Chiltarian fleeing toward ship)
    pg. 13, panel 1 (ship fleeing from Cyclops)
Thor I#335, pg. 18, panel 1 (apparent A-Chiltarian)


Appearances:
Tales to Astonish I#46 (August, 1963) - Stan Lee (plot, editor), H.E. Huntley (script), Don Heck (art)

Thor I#335 (September, 1983) - Alan Zelenetz (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
possibly Deadpool IV#33 (April, 2011) - Daniel Way (writer), Carlo Barbieri (penciler), Walden Wong (inker), Jody Leheup & Jordan D. White (editors)


Last updated: 05/26/14

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