balthazar-cygnus_prime-fullCYGNUS PRIME

Official Name: Cygnus Prime

Nature: Extraterrestrial world - unrevealed star system and galaxy

Atmosphere: Unrevealed, but Lila Cheney, Polaris (Lorna Dane), and Strong Guy (Guido Carosella) functioned normally there without requiring any atmospheric protection;
    the sky looks somewhat purple in the images we saw

Gravity: Unrevealed; presumably relatively Earth-like

Natives: Balthazar (native or resident), Balthazar's garbage heap's guardian (native or resident)

Visitors: Lila Cheney, (presumably) Jornik, Polaris (Lorna Dane), Strong Guy (Guido Carosella)

Population: Unrevealed

Capital City: Unrevealed

Government: Unrevealed

Languages: Unrevealed

National Defense: Unrevealed

Places of Interest: Balthazar's Used Goods Emporium

Monetary Unit: Unrevealed

Major Resources: Unrevealed

Other Assets: Daedalus Wing

First Appearance: X-Factor I#111 (February, 1995)

History:
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X-Factor I#111 (fb) - BTS) - Jornick sold the Harmonium and the Daedalus Wing to Balthazar.

    Considering the Harmonium to be broken, Balthazar cast it out back into his gabage heap.

(X-Factor I#111) - Lila Cheney, Polaris, and Strong Guy traveled to Cygnus Prime, retrieved the Harmonium from Balthazar's garbage heap

Comments: Created by John Francis Moore, Todd Dezago, Jan Duursema, and Al Milgrom.

    It is unrevealed whether Balthazar was native to Cygnus Prime, or whether he settled there from elsewhere.

    If he was native to Balthazar, we have no idea whether he was typical for the natives of Balthazar, or whether there were multiple races/species/whatever living there.

    The same is true for the guardian of the garbage heap.

    The are no representative images of the world of Cygnus Prime. We have images of Balthazar, and his Emporium, and the Daedalus Wing, and the Garbage Heap guardian... but nothing that shows the planet, its skylines, etc.

    I'll profile the Harmonium along with the K'Lanti.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cygnus Prime has no known connections to:

Balthazar has no known connections to:

balthazar-cygnus_prime-face.jpgBalthazar
(see main profile image for ful body image of Balthazar)

    A semi-anthropoid-simian creature, Balthazar was covered with brown fur, which was thickened in feathers extending from his forearm region. His face had less hair and was more orange-brown in color, while the rest of his head was covered in dark black fur.

    He appeared to have three clawed fingers (it is not clear whether he had a thumb as well) and three clawed toes. His arms were long in relation to his body (like an ape's), and he had a large (fat) abdominal region / lower torso.

    His eyes appeared to have black sclera +/- irides, with a central white, circular pupil-like structure. He has a relatively large, broad nose.

(X-Factor I#111 (fb) - BTS) - Balthazar was the owner of Balthazar's Used Goods Emporium, which bought and sold used items of technology on Cygnus Prime.

    Lila Cheney dealt with Balthazar and found that he could make things very "difficult" (she did specify what that meant).

    Lila felt that Balthazar knew where every last piece of debris was, but if Balthazar considered something broken, he threw it out back in the garbage heap; he at least claimed to not know where things were in the garbage heap.

    Purchasing the Daedalus Wing, which he knew Jornik had stolen from Lila Cheney, he enjoyed using it to fly above and survey all of his treasures.

    He also purchased the Harmonium from Jornik, but considering it to be nonfunctional, he threw it out back in the garbage heap.

(X-Factor I#111) - Lila Cheney teleported herself Polaris (Lorna Dane) and Strong Guy (Guido Carosella) traveled to Cygnus Prime, traveling to Balthazar's Used Goods Emporium.

    After Lila identified Balthazar flying above with the Daedalus Wing, Polaris flew up, got his attention and told him it was important that he come down and speak to them.

    Balthazar retorted that Polaris was ugly and annoying, and that she should go away or he would knock her from the sky.

    Using her magnetic powers, Polaris forced Balthazar down to the ground, where he insisted to Lila that he would not give up his wing as he loved the flying.

    When Balthazar further asked how she knew it had been stolen, Lila pointed out that she hadn't told him it had been stolen, pointing out that he knew it was stolen -- "you miserable leech" -- when he bought it from "that weasel" Jornik.

    However, she clarified that they hadn't come for the wing, but instead wasnted the Harmonium. Balthazar explained that "that thing" was broken and he had thrown it out back on the garbage heap.

    Eyeing the immense mountain of junk, Guido asked "flyboy" (Balthazar) to give them a hint where he had thrown the Harmonium, but Balthazar refused to help, telling them they were trespassers, and that they would either leave or he would make them leave.

    In response and calling him a "pigheaded jerk," Lila punched Balthazar out. Guido wondered if she shouldn't have hit "the poor monkey" so hard, but Lila explained that he could make things very difficult and that this was for the best.

(X-Factor I#111 - BTS) - Fighting off the guardian of the garbage heap, the humans located the Harmonium and returned to Earth.

--X-Factor I#111


cygnus_prime-balthazar-emporium.jpgcygnus_prime-balthazar-garbage-heapBalthazar's Used Goods Emporium

(X-Factor I#111 (fb) - BTS) - Based on Cygnus Prime, it was owned by Balthazar and consisted of acres and acres of what Lila Cheney considered discarded debris.

    Lila felt that Balthazar knew where every last piece of debris was, but if Balthazar considered something broken, he threw it out back in the garbage heap; he at least claimed to not know where things were in the garbage heap.

    The garbage heap was apparently overseen by its immense "guardian."

    Having purchased the Harmonium, he considered it broken and threw it into the garbage heap.

    Balthazar supervised his entire Emporium from above via the Daedalus Wing.

(X-Factor I#111) - Lila Cheney teleported herself Polaris (Lorna Dane) and Strong Guy (Guido Carosella) traveled to Cygnus Prime, traveling to Balthazar's Used Goods Emporium.

    Balthazar informed them he had cast the Harmonium into his garbage heap and refused to help them look, leading Lila to punch him out.

    Appreciating that the Harmonium's gears were metal, Polaris began to sift out all non-metallic stuff and then spread out whatever remained, at which point the guardian appeared and attacked Guido. As Guido occupied the creature, Lila located the Harmonium; however, their struggle eventually carried them into Polaris, disrupting her concentration.

    Polaris formed a magnetic shield to protect her and Lila, but Guido was buried under tons of rubble. Guido soon emerged, the kinetic energy having super-charged his body, but he released the energy by flattening the guardian with a single punch, after which the heroes returned to Earth. 

--X-Factor I#111

cygnus_prime-balthazar-garbage-guardian-facecygnus_prime-balthazar-garbage-guardian-fullBalthazar's garbage heap guardian


    Perhaps 15' tall, the creature is bipedal and semi-humanoid in bodily dimensions.

    It is composed of (or at least covered by) metal, with most of his surface covered by sharp metallic spikes.

    Its four fingers and thumbs each hard long claws, and its mouth is filled with pointed teeth (it had smaller teeth outside its larger main upper teeth). When angered, it drools(?) profusely, dripping a light green fluid (oil?).

    It has a pair of tubular structures extending from the top its head down to its mid-back; it is unrevealed whether this was a fuel transfer system or something else entirely.

    It made a growling sound that was described as "growling, grinding..."

    Of unrevealed origins (possibly robotic or a metal-based lifeform), this creature served as security to or guardian of the garbage heap behind Balthazar's Used Goods Emporium...and possibly to the whole Emporium.

    After Balthazar had been incapacitated by Lila Cheney, and Polaris had begun sifting through the garbage heap to separate metal-containing items from non-metal containing items, Strong Guy (Guido Carosella) head a grinding, growling sound, after which he was confronted and assaulted by the guardian, which he referred to as a "giant mechanical artichoke" (and later a "Penzoil-drooling monstrosity)

     As Guido occupied the creature, Lila located the Harmonium; however, their struggle eventually carried them into Polaris, disrupting her concentration.

    Polaris formed a magnetic shield to protect her and Lila, but Guido was buried under tons of rubble. Guido soon emerged, the kinetic energy having super-charged his body, but he released the energy by flattening the guardian with a single punch, after which the heroes returned to Earth.

--X-Factor I#111

Daedalus Wing
(see main profile image for image of the Daedalus Wing)

    The Daedalus Wing was a single-piece, flexible, metallic structure that functioned as a pair of wings as it ran across its wearer's back and was connected to its wearer by a pair of shoulder and wrist straps and an abdominal band.

    It could suspend even a few hundred pound being in the air for extended periods.

    Its power source, as well as its maximum distance, height, carrying load, and speed are all unrevealed.

    The Daedalus Wing was formerly owned by Lila Cheney, but it was eventually stolen by Jornik (or by his agents, or otherwise obtained by Jornik after it was stolen) and then sold to Balthazar.

    Aware of its stolen nature, Balthazar used the Wing to fly above and observe his Used Goods Emporium. He came to thoroughly enjoy flying thusly, and highly valued the Wing.

--X-Factor I#111

Note: Despite being extraterrestrial, the device was named for Daedalus, who designed the wings that allowed flight. In the Marvel Universe, the Eternal Ikaris has related that he was Daedalus and that he took the name Ikaris after his son, Icarus, who perished using the wings.


images: (without ads)
X-Factor I#111, pg. 10, panel 1 (Balthazar's Used Goods Emporium);
          panel 2 (Balthazar (full) and the Daedalus Wing);
       pg. 11, panel 2 (Balthazar face);
       pg. 12, panel 3 (garbage heap);
       pg. 13, panel 1 (garbage heap guardian, face);
       pg. 17, panel 5 (garbage heap guardian, full)


Appearances:
X-Factor I#111 (February, 1995) - John Francis Moore (plot), Todd Dezago (script), Jan Duursema (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)


First posted: 10/02/2018
Last updated
: 10/02/2018

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