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Classification: Humanoid extraterrestrial race

Location/Base of Operations: Near water, Mars (circa 1 billion years ago)

Known Members: Numerous, Noltoi outcast

Affiliations: Phra

Enemies: Chak, Gullivar Jones

First Appearance: Creatures on the Loose I#17/1 (May, 1972)

Aliases: Spider-Swarm

Powers/Abilities: Noltoi have bat-like faces and ears (suggesting enhanced hearing) plus two extended lower incisors. They have almost no speech capacity (except to utter "Noltoi", likely the origin of their name). Evidence of at least one mutation has existed, but it was rejected due to its differences. Notably, they seem to draw out strong sticky rope from their bodies (or coat hidden scavenged ropes with sticky substance) and cast them accurately to bind targets. As carnivorous scavengers, they opportunistically eat corpses from other Martian tribes. Noltoi have primitive-level intelligence.

Traits: Noltoi exhibit swarm-like behavior and reject human-like traits. They scavenge for food, usually from dead bodies of other Martian tribes, and do not covet property. They are superstitious and worship powerful creatures. While Noltoi cover their loins with scavenged cloth, they appear to have only one gender (or do not differ physically). They usually crouch and keep low.

Type: Humanoid
Two (on head)
Five (with opposing thumb)
Five (hand-like)
Skin color: Gray (some body hair), pinkish faces
Average height: 5' (by approximation); always crouching


(Creatures on the Loose I#18/1 (fb) - BTS) - Over thousands of generations, the humanoid, golden-hued Hither People of Mars split into an additional eight tribes, each with distinctive traits. The Noltoi were one such tribe and shared common ancestors with red Lizardmen and Wing-Men, yet all had forgotten their history.

(Creatures on the Loose I#17/1 (fb) - BTS) - Bestial and primitive in nature, the Noltoi became also known as the Spider-Swarm and despised human traits. They venerated as a god the giant creature Phra, which swam in the River of the Dead, where several other Martian tribes let their respected deceased float down. The Noltoi dwelt there, scavenging from funeral barges and making slaves of those still alive. The Noltoi would also gather live captive beings, trussed up as offerings to Phra.

(Monsters Unleashed I#4/5 (fb) - BTS) - At some point a young Noltoi developed psychic powers and heavier physical traits, but was cast out by fellow Noltoi.

(Creatures on the Loose I#17/1) - The time-lost Earthman Gullivar Jones lay unconscious and adrift on a funeral barge that became entangled in a giant Noltoi-generated web. Jones recovered and fought them off, but their overwhelming numbers and sticky web-ropes snared him. He was tied up next to the exiled mutant Wing-Man Chak as an offering to Phra, which surfaced after the Noltoi signaled.

(Creatures on the Loose I#18/1) - Noltoi members watched in revelry as Phra took the two offerings below the river's surface.

(Creatures on the Loose I#19/1) - After seeing a Noltoi amongst the corpses in an iced graveyard, Jones recalled the dangerous Martians he had met, including the Noltoi.

(Monsters Unleashed I#4/5 (fb) - BTS) - The lone Noltoi outcast sought Jones, Heru and Chak as companions, and secretly followed them.

(Monsters Unleashed I#4/5) - The Noltoi outcast captured Heru and psychically communicated that it sought friendship. But Jones and Chak were too quick to react and, thinking the creature malicious, killed it. Despite its eyes showing forgiveness, Jones berated himself and resolved to act wiser and less impulsively.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks).

The Monsters Unleashed appearance was published in black and white.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Noltoi have no known connections to

Noltoi outcast

The Noltoi outcast was exiled from the Noltoi tribe due to its more human traits, being heavier, intelligent and able to psychically communicate (although it could not speak). It was also repulsed by the Noltoi's scavenger ways. Aware of Jones and his fellow exiles, it sought them out as companions. One night, it captured Heru by psychically captivating her and spun a web around her, communicating its thoughts. Jones and Chak, however, fearing the worst, impulsively attacked the outcast. It defended itself but was ultimately pierced by Jones' sword. It died showing forgiveness to Jones as Heru wept the loss, and it was later buried by them in a cavern. Jones resolved not to act so brashly in future.



--Monsters Unleashed I#4/5

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Creatures on the Loose I#17, cover (main image, three)
Creatures on the Loose I#19, p4, pan4 (solo with web)
Monsters Unleashed I#4/5, p32, pan1 (outcast)

Creatures on the Loose I#17/1 (May, 1972) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#18/1 (July, 1972) - George Alec Effinger & Gerry Conway (writers), Ross Andru (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Creatures on the Loose I#19/1 (September, 1972) - George Alec Effinger (writer), Wayne Boring & Gil Kane (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Monsters Unleashed I#4/5 (February, 1974) - Tony Isabella (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)

First posted: 04/26/2018
Last updated: 04/26/2018

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