Real Name: Ecce
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Watchers)
Group Membership: the Watchers
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unspecified area of the universe
First Appearance: Thor I#168 (September, 1969)
Powers/Abilities: Like all members of his race, Ecce possesses vast mental, physical, and (cosmic) energy manipulating powers. Watchers are telepathic, able to scan the minds of virtually every known form of sentient life, as well as transmitting their thoughts and intentions. Watchers can alter their appearance at will through psionic means, rather than actually shifting their physical form. Watchers can also psionically manipulate energy in the electromagnetic spectrum. Extremely long lived though not immortal, most Watchers are several millennia old.
Watchers are able to convert their bodies into living energy which allows them to transport themselves, and others, through space at hyper-light speeds. However, Ecce used a special vehicle for traveling, it's possible that earlier Watchers didn't all possess the ability to teleport themselves or he just preferred traveling at a slower pace.
Eyes: White, without visible irises
(Thor I#168 (fb) - BTS) - When the current universe was only a few eons old, Ecce was the first member of the Watcher race to dedicate himself to the study of life developing itself.
(Thor I#168 (fb)) - During his studies, Ecce suddenly noticed a ship pulsating with a type energy unlike anything he had ever witnessed crashing on the planet he had been watching. Unbeknownst to Ecce, the ship and its crew were actually survivors from the previous universe. They had lived through the Big Bang, the birth of the current universe. Ecce was nevertheless convinced the vessel must have been constructed by a highly advanced civilization. He quickly entered the ship to investigate the technology, but when he discovered a dead body he jumped to the conclusion that the vessel must be a ship of pestilence.
(Thor I#169 (fb)) - Ecce continued his research on the mysterious vessel and found the crew had died from a fatal case of radiation poisoning. Ecce also noticed there was a sole survivor, Galan, who would one day become known as Galactus the Devourer of Worlds. Even though he was aware that Galactus would cause the death of countless billions, Ecce's oath of non interference prevented him from taking any kind of action that would prevent the creation of Galactus. Ecce continued to observe the slow birth of Galactus, who eventually awoke fully grown. Galactus was like a miniature sun, feeding on all available power. As a result of Galactus' feeding frenzy, some of Ecce's machinery began to explode but the Watcher used just enough of his powers to keep himself and his equipment safe. He then concluded that Galactus' hunger would continue to grow until only an entire world's energies would be able to satiate him. Ecce briefly wondered if he shouldn't break his vow and act after all, which was enough time for Galactus to notice the Watcher and leave. Watching him go, Ecce feared he would possibly come to regret his decision.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), George Klein (inks).
Galactus' origin story was reprinted in Super-Villain Classics#1, it was partly reprinted material from Fantastic Four I#49, Thor I#160, 162, 167, 168 and 169.
Ecce's name was revealed in the Watchers entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#12 (1983). Ecce is the Latin word for "look".
Profile by MarvellousLuke
Ecce has some connections to
Ecce of Reality-9997
Just as in Reality-616, the Ecce of Reality-9997 witnessed the "birth" of Galactus. Ecce doubted if he should break his vow to destroy Galactus but decided to keep his oath and didn't act. His act of apathy was considered the enslavement of his people, who would eventually be pressed into service by the Celestials to be the caretakers of the gestating Celestial egg they'd implanted on Earth and other sentient worlds. In Reality-9997, Galactus didn't feed off a world's energies but rather consumed the infant Celestial which still resulted in global destruction.
--Universe X#7 (fb)
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Super-Villain Classics#1, p15, pan1 (main image)
Thor I#168, p15, pan7 (watching a planet)
Thor I#169, p16, pan3 (departing of Galactus)
Universe X#7, p2, pan1 (Ecce of Earth-9997)
Thor I#168 (September, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), George Klein (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Thor I#169 (October, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), George Klein (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Super-Villain Classics#1 (May, 1983) - Stan Lee, Mark Gruenwald (writers), Jack Kirby, Ron wilson, John Byrne (pencillers), Vince Colletta, George Klein, Jack Abel (inkers), Jim Shooter (editor)
Universe X#7 (April, 2001) - Alex Ross (story), Jim Krueger (story/script), Dougie Braithwaite (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Last updated: 08/22/15
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