KRYLORIANS

Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoids

Location/Base of Operations: Formerly Krylor, third planet from sun in Aceta star system, Andromeda Galaxy

Known Members: Bartos, Bereet, Chireep

Affiliations: Intergalactic Council

Enemies: Ego

First Appearance: (Movie/Reality-7711 versions) Rampaging Hulk I#1 (January 1979);
   (Reality-616 versions) Incredible Hulk II#269 (March 1982)

Powers/Abilities:Though lacking any innate powers, the Krylorians were exceptionally advanced technologically, with mastery of molecular-scale manipulation, transmutation and robotics. They could convert one form of matter into another, create spacial distorter containers small enough to easily carry yet massively spacious within, and even masks that could transform at a thought into personal spaceships capable of intergalactic travel.
    Examples of such technology are discussed further in
Bereet's profile.

Traits: In large part thanks to their technology eliminating hardships and allowing them to swiftly create any object they desired, most Krylorians had become passionless and unambitious, preferring to enjoy life vicariously through techno-art films: movie-like escapist fantasy.

Type: Semi-humanoid
Eyes: Two (on head), red irises
Fingers: Three (with opposable thumb)
Toes: Two
Skin color: Deep pink or yellow
Average height: 5'10"

 History:
(OHOTMU I#6) - Hailing from the planet Krylor in the star system Aceta in the Andromedan Galaxy, the Krylorians evolved from bird-like creatures despite having several visible characteristics normally associated with mammalian species. One visible sign of their avian ancestry was their lack of hair, with their eyebrows actually consisting of vestigial feathers. Their society was highly advanced, an extremely prosperous democratic republic with little by way of threats or hardships thanks in their technology. However, this had also stripped them of ambition or deep passions.

(Incredible Hulk II#269 (fb) - BTS / Rampaging Hulk I#1-9 - BTS) - Having witnessed from afar the exploits of the brutish Earth hero the Hulk, one of Krylor's more famous citizens, the "techno-artist supreme" Bereet, blended fact and fiction to produce a movie "The Life and Times of the Incredible Hulk," wherein the Krylorians were depicted as ravening conquerors who sought to invade the planet Earth, battling and ultimately losing to the Hulk, with the assistance of a fictional version of Bereet herself.

(Incredible Hulk II#269) - The Krylorian public greeted Bereet's movie with great acclaim, enjoying her depiction of them as monsters since it showcased not how they were as a species but how they might be if they cultivated their baser passions, appreciating how as an artist Bereet was criticizing their society through analogy and allegory.

(Incredible Hulk II#269 (fb) - BTS) - The Krylorian public clamored endlessly for more Hulk films, frustrating Bereet who felt they were ignoring her new, more innovative techno-art creations.

(Incredible Hulk II#269) - Following another showing of her movie, which again met rapturous applause, a dissatisfied Bereet left the theater before the end of the tale, but her failing to wait was seen as an act of artistic rejection of them, merely endearing her to the audience even more.

   Deciding her work had grown stale, Bereet chose to depart Krylor for Earth, intending to meet the Hulk for real. 

(Marvel Legacy: 1970s: Korrek entry / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z harcover#5: Howard the Duck entry) - Krylorian Techno-Artist Chireep inadvertently caused a reality warp, the damage of which was resolved by Howard the Duck, Dakimh the Enchanter, Korrek, Jennifer Kale, Man-Thing (Ted Sallis) and others (see comments).

(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (fb)) - Krylor was visited by a delegation of Ruul (actually Kree with modified appearances) who passed themselves off as a merchant race seeking to establish peaceful relations with the Krylorians and other cultures. To sell this lie to the aesthetic Krylorians, they brought with them artists and communicators.

(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (fb) - BTS) - When the Shi'ar agreed to host an intergalactic council with representatives from across eight galaxies on the planet Selandiar to discuss what some races saw as the growing problem of Earth humans, Krylor sent a representative, Bartos, who was apparently accompanied by an unidentified companion. 

    However, in their absence Krylor was visited by Ego the Living Planet, on a mission to find another planet like himself that could gain sentience; to this end, Ego blasted Krylor with energy beams, seeking to "awaken" and "free" the world, but instead only destroying Krylor's cities, triggering planet-wide earthquakes and volcanoes, and boiling away its atmosphere. 

    Despite their long history of peace, some Krylorians did try to fight back, creating weapons using their matter manipulating technology, but to no avail. As the Krylorians died, one of them broadcast a recording of the destruction starwards, where it was picked up by a passing Taurian craft. Realizing that Krylor showed no signs of waking, Ego deemed the world unworthy and blasted it to debris.

(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1) - The Taurian's relayed the recording of Krylor's destruction to the Intergalactic Council, where Shi'ar Majestrix Lilandra shared the sad news with the shocked Bartos and the other delegates. Bartos and his companion watched in horror as the recording was played back to them.

   Later, as the delegates discussed what to do about the threat posed by Ego to the rest of their worlds, Bartos suggested they might ask the humans for help, since there were those on Earth who had defeated Ego before. However, the suggestion was met with disdain from many of the other delegates, who actively disliked humanity.

   A few days later Ego approached Selandiar, threatening the lives of the delegates. Most refused to flee for fear of losing face in front of the other delegates, though in Bartos' case he might have felt he had nowhere left to flee to. The planet was saved when the human Charles Xavier and his students of that time, the renegade mutant Skrulls known as Cadre K, intervened, but needing additional psychic energy to shut down Ego, Xavier harvested it from the delegates, including Bartos. 

    Despite the intervention having saved their lives, many in the Council still blamed humanity for their interfering, and Bartos listened as the tide of opinion turned against mankind. When further news arrived that a human, Kang the Conqueror, had just slain the powerful Time-Keepers, even Bartos became convinced humanity needed to be curbed.

Comments: Created by Doeg Moench,Walt Simonson and Alfredo Alcala. Reimagined by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema.

   The Krylorians had entries in the Alien Race Appendices of the OHOTMU#6 and OHOTMU:DE#15. Thanks to Roger Ott for the recolored version of the OHOTMU: Deluxe Edition Krylorian image.

   Until we saw Bartos, all Krylorians had been colored a deep pink. His yellow skin and his female companion's slightly darker, perhaps yellow-orange skin, were presumably not indicators of disease (you'd not send sick people to be your delegates), but the reason for the difference is unclear. While the most obvious option is that Krylorian skin-tones vary the way human ones do, and there just happen to be some Krylorians with yellow skin, it might also be a factor of age or environment. Some Earth animals change color depending on their diet, so the same might conceivably be true for Krylorians. 

    Chireep appeared in an unpublished Howard the Duck story by Steve Gerber. You can read all about her in Chireep's profile, and you can read that script here. Elements of that story contained explanations of discrepancies in Howard's history and homeworld, and it was referenced in that regard in Korrek's profile in the Marvel Legacy: 1970s, and then again in Howard the Duck's OHotMU A to Z hardcover#5 entry, as directly approved by none other than Steve Gerber.
    According to that story, the capital of Krylor was
Plaisiir.
    --Snood

Profile by Loki.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Krylorians have no known connections to:


Bartos

Bartos and an unidentified Krylorian female were sent to the Selandiar to represent Krylor on the Intergalactic Council, and so survived the destruction of their homeworld by Ego.


--Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1


Krylor

The homeworld of the Krylorians, Krylor was a technological marvel coated in beautifully artistic metallic high-rise cities.

   When the Ruul visited Krylor, they brought artists and communicators. Sadly when Ego visited Krylor, he brought death and destruction as he blasted the world seeking to "wake it," cracking the crust and unleashing the molten core through volcanoes and earthquakes. Seas boiled and cities collapsed, and ultimately the atmosphere boiled away, ending all life on the planet.

   Angry that Krylor had proven "unworthy" like all the other planets he had tried to awaken, Ego blasted it into space debris.

--Incredible Hulk II#269  (Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1

Note: According to Gerber's unpublished Howard the Duck story, the capital of Krylor was Plaisiir.
--Snood


images: (without ads)
Incredible Hulk II#269, p2, pan3 (main image)
Incredible Hulk II#269, p2, pan5 (face close-ups)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, p10, pan1 (Krylorians panic or fight back against Ego)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, p10, pan5 (Krylorians wiped out)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, p37, pan1 (Bartos)
Incredible Hulk II#269
, p3, pan1-3 (Krylor)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, p8, pan2 (Ruul visit Krylor)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, p12, pan1 (Krylor is destroyed)
OHOTMU I#6, p31, pan2 (original Krylorian handbook image)
OHOTMU: DE#15, p47, pan1 (Deluxe Edition Krylorian handbook image)


Appearances:
Incredible Hulk II#269 (March 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (art), Al Milgrom (editor)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (October 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg and Paul Ryan (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 02/28/2023
Last updated:
02/28/2023

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