Membership: Various (names unrevealed)
Purpose: To keep scientific knowledge from
others and restrain advancements
Affiliations: Assorted hybrid pawns (Firstborn, others)
Enemies: Chak, Heru, Gullivar Jones
Base of Operations: Major abandoned cities,
Mars (circa 1
billion years ago)
First Appearance: Creatures on the Loose
I#18/1 (July, 1972)
(Creatures on the Loose I#18/1 (fb) - BTS) - About a
billion years ago, Mars endured decades of cataclysmic events that
forced the golden-hued Martians to evacuate their cities and scatter
them in a changing landscape. The Martians' civilization crumbled, but
a few formed the Technics Guild, jealously guarding scant remaining
and harboring power by meshing science with religion. The Martian
diaspora eventually led to the
evolution of new races that formed tribes, such as Lizardmen, Wing-Men,
the primitive Noltoi,
as well as the original Hither People.
(Monsters Unleashed I#8/5 (fb) - BTS) - The Technics
Guild kept radiation-riddled cities empty so that they could conduct
genetic experiments, manufacturing hybrid creatures as guards, and
affixing registration tags to their creations. They kept
past scientific advancements and history secret. However, the residual
radiation also resulted in Guild members becoming deformed and they hid in hooded cloaks. Many of the
remaining population, now passive and considered inferior by the Guild,
lived outside the abandoned cities in camp-like
dwellings. In the city of Seth, the Technics Guild generated their idea
of the perfect species, a cyborg beast dubbed Firstborn, which was
adapted to Mars'
(Monsters Unleashed I#4/5) - The time-lost Earthman
Gullivar Jones, accompanied by his Martian lover Heru and
Wing-Man outcast Chak, journeyed to nearby Seth to
challenge the Technics Guild for information on him returning to Earth.
(Monsters Unleashed I#8/5) -
Hoping the Technics Guild could send Jones home, Heru, Chak and Jones
fought and pushed their way to the Seth city gates. A lone Technic
could not stop them, but instead winged humanoid slug creatures
attacked for the Guild, flying during a disorienting sound. Defeated,
the Guild's creations were forced to retreat and Guild members emerged
to easily incapacitate the three intruders with sleeping gas. Taken to
the Hall of Science for judgment, the three awoke during their trial
where they were assigned the death penalty for breaching the sacred
city of science. The Technics unleashed the Firstborn to kill them, but
Jones freed himself and his friends before slaying the cyborg beast in
a frenzied battle. The Technics were aghast their perfect creature had
been killed, but Jones berated them for ignoring the plight of fellow
Martians and doing nothing to improve a dying planet. The Technics
stood silent as Jones declared he was disillusioned with their prowess
and the three then left the city.
Comments: Created by George Alec Effinger & Gerry Conway (writers), Ross Andru (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks).
The Monsters Unleashed appearance was published in black and white.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
The Technics Guild has no known connections to:
The Technics Guild created what they considered to be
the perfect species to survive Mars' post-cataclysmic environment.
Large like an elephant, it had four long, metal, cybernetically linked
tentacles it used to attack, but the body was weak and the heavy head
overdeveloped brain. The Technics unleashed the cyborg beast on their
three captives, Gullivar Jones, Chak and Heru. Jones broke free and
severed a tentacle, from which it bled profusely and quickly died.
--Monsters Unleashed I#8/5
Monsters Unleashed I#8, p45, pan3 (main image)
Creatures on the Loose I#18, p6, pan4 (group of 3)
Monsters Unleashed I#8, p46, pan2 (Seth leader headshot)
Monsters Unleashed I#8, p47, pan2 (Firstborn)
Creatures on the Loose I#18/1 (July, 1972) - George Alec Effinger & Gerry Conway (writers), Ross Andru (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Monsters Unleashed I#8/5 (October 1974) - Tony Isabella & Doug Moench (writers), George Perez (pencils), Duffy Vohland & Rich Buckler (inks), Tony Isabella (editor)
First posted: 04/27/2018
Last updated: 04/27/2018
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