Real Name: Zoyburt
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Microverse) humanoid (Homeworld's First Zone native);
Occupation: Queen of Homeworld (and apparent empress of an empire consisting of at least 100 worlds in the Microverse proper)
Group Membership: Homeworld's royal family
Affiliations: Acroyear, Diarmid, Enigma Force/Shadow Priest/Time Traveler, Microtron;
numerous unidentified ambassadors and rulers of other worlds; presumably the various rulers of the other planetoids in Homeworld;
revered/worshipped Dallan and Sepsis;
formerly the people of Homeworld, First Zone's palace guards;
Enemies: Baron Karza, Eved, Prince Shaitan of the Acroyears
Known Relatives: Evek (husband, deceased), Argon (later Force Commander; son, deceased), Mari (aka Marionette; daughter);
she may or may not be a descendent of Dallan and/or Sepsis
Aliases: None revealed
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
apparent death in First Zone's Arena;
formerly the royal palace, First Zone, Homeworld, Microverse;
formerly the ancient Palace of Rulership, First Zone, Homeworld, Microverse;
First Appearance: (Referenced, unidentified) Micronauts I#1 (January, 1979) ;
(pictured) Micronauts Annual#1 (1979);
(identified) Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14: Marionette entry (2010)
Powers/Abilities: Zoyburt was familiar with nobility and royal behavior, etc. It is unrevealed whether she had experience in ruling, etc.
Though she and her family refused to
Body Banks, they had extended lifespans (at least compared to humans).
Zoyburt looked like a 30-ish human female over 100 years ago. In her
recent chronological appearance , he looked more like a 60-year-old
man, while his
children looked like they had only aged maybe 10 years from the same
time period. Being king while knowing Karza was gradually usurping his
power may have been very stressful, or perhaps there were other
On certain circumstances, in his more senior years, at least, Evek rode a one-person conveyance.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'5"
relatively (compared to heights of Microverse natives on Earth), based
on estimation of Argon at 6'1" and Evek at 5'11"); she may have been
slightly taller in her youth
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 120 lbs. based on estimated height)
Eyes: Unrevealed (her eyes are not clearly shown; likely blue or green)
Hair: Unrevealed in later years (presumably gray or white); in youth shown as shades of blonde
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - From the Palace of Rulership in Homeworld's First Zone, King Evek and Queen Zoyburt led an empire consisting of at least 100 worlds in the Microverse.
A reporter asked the young Argon to tell the children
watching why his parents were doing it, and Argon explained that it was
because Dallan and Sepsis were the first king and queen and that they had helped
make Homeworld a good place.
interrupted, noting that it was because Dallan and Sepsis had unified the kingdoms
of Homeworld and helped Baron Karza bring them progress.
(Micronauts I#59 (fb)) - At the dinner table with their royal family, Mari hurled food into Argon's face. When Zoyburt advised Mari not to behave thusly in front of the servants, Mari argued that she was fearless and the only one worthy of being in the royal family.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) <Over 100 years before the main story> - Living in the ancient Palace of Rulership, Evek and Zoyburt were still nominal rulers of the Microverse and Karza was still considered little more than a scientific counselor.
At a Palace party, nobles of a hundred worlds paraded.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Enchanted with the
alien Iawain dancer Diarmid, Lord Eved conspired with Baron Karza to
make her his.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb)) - Months later, Zoyburt was presumably present at a state
dinner, when Lord Eved slapped a servant for suggesting the alien
dancer Diarmid (with whom Eved had grown enchanted) use the proper
utensil, King Evek chastised Eved, noting that his boorish behavior had drawn the entire court's attention to the matter,
publicly humiliating her.
Evek banished Eved from the court for a fortnight (two weeks).
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Not long after, Eved convinced his father to stage a social gala in Homeworld's frozen reaches (presumably Polaria?) to bring Eved back into the court's graces.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb)) - Via a great Mega-floater, Zoyburt and Evek's whole court was transported to the site of the gala.
Zoyburt stood silently as Evek noted his appreciation
of the event, considering that perhaps the lesson was a good one, and he welcomed Eved back in
(Micronauts II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Zoyburt
subsequently watched helplessly as an ice-hydra created by Baron Karza
attacked Mari during a performance as a part of a vain plot of Eved's
to impress Diarmid.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Mari had her legs
replaced by Karza.
(Micronauts I#45 (fb) - BTS) - Argon and his younger sister, Mari, engaged in practice combat where she relied on her own gymnastic ability.
(Micronauts II#15 (fb) - BTS) - The Palace of Rulership was demolished before Karza came to power.
(Micronauts I Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Zoyburt, Evik, Mari, and Argon traveled to the Arena for Karza's Great Games.
(Micronauts I Annual#1 (fb)) - When Evek noted that Karza wouldn't dare harm them because the people would revolt, Mari questioned this as the people hadn't revolted in the past millennium, but Zoyburt instructed Mari to speak respectfully, as her father was still king. Mari, however, commented that this was in name only, as Karza ruled Homeworld with an iron hand.
After they were informed by an
usher that there had been a change in seating arrangements and that
they would be the honored guests of Baron Karza, Zoyburt and her family
warily followed. Karza told them he had ordered the change as he
ordered everything on Homeworld, after which he introduced his guest,
prince Shaitan of Spartak.
When Shaitan suggested they finish off the king and queen rather than toy with them further, Karza advised him that a coup was something one should never rush.
Zoyburt asked him to summon the royal guard, but Evek drew his sword as he noted that he needed no underlings to do what he should have done long ago.
However, Karza fired a blast from
his gauntlet that penetrated Evek's chest to slay Zoyburt behind him as
As Karza instructed his guards to take Evek and
Zoyburt's corpses to the Body Banks, Argon and Mari ultimately fled.
(Micronauts I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Karza led Homeworld's population to overthrow their Elite/royal family.(Micronauts I#1 (fb) - BTS) - King Evek and Queen Zoyburt's palace guard were slain.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden, and Bob McLeod
It is not clearly noted whether Zoyburt and/or Evek were direct descendant of Dallan and Sepsis Rand or not...but, if he was, that would give Arcturus Rann and Mari common ancestry...even millennia apart, it's a little creepy if you know they're related.
Zoyburt's name was revealed in the
Marionette profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to
Profile by Snood.
Zoyburt should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Micronauts Annual#1, second story, story pg. 7 (not including 2 page gallery), panel 4 ( behindd Evek as he drew his sword);
panel 5 (slain by Karza);
Micronauts I#59, pg. 17, panel 6 (wiping Argon's face);
Micronauts II#5, pg. 9, panel 2 (heritage day);
#15 pg. , panel 2 (winter gear)
Micronauts I#1 (January, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Michael Golden (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker/embellisher), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts Annual#1 (1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#59 (August, 1984) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Kelley Jones (penciler), Bruce Patterson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Micronauts II#5 (February, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Kelley Jones (penciler), Pat Redding (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Micronauts II#15 (December, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Kelley Jones (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First posted: 08/20/2020
Last updated: 08/20/2020
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