Over-Mind approaching labworldSTRANGER's LABORATORY/PRISON WORLD

Official Name: Stranger's laboratory world

Aliases: The Prison Planet, Stranger's homeworld, Stranger's prison planet;
    it was referred to as
Magneto's prison planet, but that meant is was the prison planet in/on which Magneto was contained

Nature: Extraterrestrial world

Natives: None known

Population: Unrevealed

Capital City: None known

Government: The Stranger is the sole being involved in controlling the world

Languages: Mostly those of visitors/prisoners/subjects

National Defense: The Stranger.
    The Stranger has a number of security systems and defense mechanisms throughout his world. The Stranger has noted that hundreds had failed to penetrate his security in a millennium (see comments). Those known to overcome his security systems include the space pirate Nebula, the
Over-Mind (Grom), and the Toad (Mortimer Toynbee);
    Eon warned Quasar to be cautious of the Stranger's planetary defense shields, which the forewarned Quasar than easily bypassed;
    many of the habitats/containment environments/etc. were not visible from higher up in the atmosphere, apparently indicating some sort of camouflage technology was present

Places of Interest: , Abomination's cell, charnel pit (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse habitat), craggy wasteland (Magneto and Toad's prison), double helix habitat (Alpha and Futurist prison), forest habitat (Woodgod's habitat), Infinity Union tunnel/vault, lava pit (Pilai's habitat) mausoleum-like habitat (Trikon's prison), power platoon cellradioactive wasteland habitat (Presence and Starlight's habitat), rocky desert zone of unidentified prisoners, "sea of cylinders," sewer maze, space habitat (Shanga the Stardancer's habitat), spaceship graveyard, staircases in the clouds habitat, Stranger's citadel in a city (Over-Mind overrun), Stranger's citadel in rocky desert, swamp/marshland habitat (Ego-Prime and Krakoa's habitat), vivisection chamber (Jakar's habitat)

Inhabitants: The Stranger

Prisoners/subjects: Abomination (Emil Blonsky), Alpha the Ultimate Mutant, Kayla Ballantine, Bi-Beast, Creature from Kosmos (Pilai), Dalabuur and the rest of the former crew of Reptyl's Serpent's Tooth ship, Diamondhead (Archibald Dyker), Dragonfly (Veronica Dultry), Ego-Prime, Elect/Power Platoon, Ethicals, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse/Axi-Tun, Fusion (Hubert & Pinky Fusser), Futurist, Gargoyle (Isaac Christians), Gorr the Golden Gorilla, Jack of Hearts (Jonathan Hart), Jakar, Krakoa, Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Megaman (Nathan Cooper), Mercurio the 4-D Man, Meru the Mind-Bender (and possibly Dalia the Shape-Changer, since they were last seen merged; however, she was not shown or mentioned), Monitors/Marvanites, Moondancer (Myla), Nygorn (aka the Last Monitor), Presence (Sergei Krylov), Rocket Raccoon, Sky-Walker, Solar Wind, Sphinxor, Star-Dancer (Shanga), Stardust, Starlight (Tania Belinsky), Starman, Ten-For, Threkker (aka the Captive/aka the Thing from the Black Hole Star), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), the Trikon, Voyager (Divad), Weird Sisters (Beauty, Charm, Truth), Woodgod;
    others unidentified, and others unidentified,

Other visitors: Kayla Ballantine, Gunthar the Rigellian, Maelstrom (as the Anomaly), Makkari, Nebula, Over-Mind (Grom), Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Skeletron, Squadron Supreme (Dr. Spectrum/Joe Ledger, Hyperion/aka Mark Milton, Moonglow/Arcanna Jones, Power Princess/Zarda, Skylark/Linda Lewis, Whizzer/Stanley Stewart), Starblasters (Fabrikant, Skar, Zardok; Codabac and Threkker, at least, and presumably Insidio, were either in the spaceport or aboard the Dark Seed within the spaceport), Thor Odinson, Uatu the Watcher, approximately 24 Watchers (including Einu and Ocam)

Other objects: Family Jewels, Infinity Union, Star Brand (briefly)

First Appearance: Vaguely hinted at X-Men I#11 (May, 1965);
    (shown, identified) X-Men I#18 (March, 1966)

Nature/Properties: Various/varying (see comments)

History:

(Quasar#16 (fb) - "Many galactic revolutions ago" (see comments), the Stranger  first began collecting specimens for experiments regarding the nature of life in the universe.

(Quasar I#56) - The Stranger occupied his base for "eons."

(Starblast#4 (fb)) - For many millennia, the Stranger used a laboratory planet that served as his home base.

(Avengers I#317 (fb) - BTS) - The Stranger obtained the powerful Infinity Union and stored the device deep within his "homeworld."

(X-Men I#11 - BTS) - After investigating Earth and encountering the X-Men and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Stranger transported himself, Magneto, and the Toad into space, announcing that they would never return.


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X-Men I#18 (fb) - BTS) - The Stranger brought Magneto and Toad to his laboratory world.

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(X-Men I#18 (fb)) - During the Stranger's absence, at least, Magneto and Toad had been allowed to roam at will because the entire planet was their prison. Frustrated with his imprisonment, Magneto traveled to the "graveyard of old spaceships," where he reactivated the old and apparently useless atomic piles of an inactive ship and flew it back to Earth, leaving the Toad behind.

(X-Men I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Xavier mentally contacted the Stranger and informed him of Magneto's escape and his presence on Earth.

(X-Men I#18 - BTS) - Informed of Magneto's escaped by Charles Xavier (aka Professor X), the Stranger returned to Earth. Learning of this, Magneto fled, and the Stranger pursued.


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(Avengers I#47 (fb) - BTS) - The Stranger returned Magneto to his laboratory world.

(X-Men Forever I#3) - The Stranger studied numerous specimens in his "zoo," including Magneto and the Toad.

    Via future manipulation of Prosh, the sentient form of the ship that had served X-Factor and Cable, the mind of Toad's future self briefly occupied Toad's form, causing to reexamine how he would squander the opportunities that would be presented to him. After Toad's mind went further into the past, his present self had no memory of the occupation or insight gained.


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(X-Men I#18 (fb)) - Months after bringing Magneto and the Toad to his prison/lab world, the Stranger departed to survey other worlds.

(Avengers#2.1 - BTS) - The Stranger traveled to Earth with the plan of capturing Cressida and taking her to his world for study, but the Avengers'  interference gave him time to realize that this would have been pointless as she was not a mutant.

(Tales to Astonish I#91/2) - "A thousand galaxies away," the Stranger observed the Hulk defeating the Abomination; considering that the Hulk would never serve him but that the evil Abomination might "make him the hireling <he sought>", the Stranger transported the Abomination to his side.

(Silver Surfer I#12 (fb) - BTS) - The Stranger transported Abomination to his laboratory world.

(Avengers I#47 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto at least felt that the Stranger had lost interest in he and the Toad after acquiring the Abomination.

(Avengers I#47 (fb) - BTS) - From the Stranger's laboratory world, Magneto sensed ever-stronger magnetic beams sent from Earth (by Dane Whitman and his assistant Norris in hopes of contacting extraterrestrials life)

(Avengers I#47) - Magneto locked onto magnetic beams sent by Whitman and Norris from Earth and transported himself and the Toad back to Earth.


(Avengers I#47 - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#11: Stranger entry) - The Stranger allowed Magneto's departure/escape.


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(Silver Surfer I#12 (fb) - BTS) - The Stranger left his laboratory world for months, exploring other galaxies. The Abomination was left in his prison.

(Silver Surfer I#12 (fb) - BTS) - A coven of witches and warlocks led by Warlock Prime summoned the Abomination from the Stranger's laboratory/prison world to Earth.



(Thor I#178 (fb) - BTS) -
After the Abomination's defeat, the witches coven sent him back to the Stranger's laboratory/prison world.

(Thor I#178 - BTS) - The Abomination returned outside of his previous confinement chambers.
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(Thor I#178) - As the Abomination invaded the Stranger's chambers, he found the Stranger studying his space scanner. The Abomination prepared to ambush the Stranger, but  the Stranger instead departed to collect a specimen on another world.

(Thor I#178 - BTS) - The Abomination investigated the scanner, which shifted to viewing Asgard, after which he unwittingly activated a piece of equipment that summoned Thor to his side. Showing Thor the other beings imprisoned on the Stranger's world, the Abomination convinced him that the Stranger was the one who had brought him there and that all present were innocent victims.

     When Thor shattered a wall imprisoning a number of such captives, the Stranger detected this and returned to investigate.


(Thor I#178) - The Stranger reappeared, demanding to know who had tampered with his private compound and set his captives free. As other captives fled, Thor confronted the Stranger, whose power threatened those present.

(Thor I#178 - BTS) - Seeking to hide out from the Stranger, Thor returned to Don Blake's form, after which he relocated the Abomination and heard him discussing his and his associates' criminal nature and plots to escape captivity and menace the the cosmos anew.

    Ultimately, Thor attacked the Abomination and his allies until the Stranger found and challenged him anew. Realizing the Stranger's ire might lead him to attack Asgard, Thor "reversed time" (see comments), diverging the previous events to Reality-70766, while Thor returned to the moment at which the Abomination summoned him to the Stranger's world.

    Wise to the Abomination's deceptions, Thor punched him out and reimprisoned him before returning to Asgard without having encountered/enraged the Stranger.




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(Avengers I#138 (fb) - BTS) - Using technology and resources on Polemachus, Toad constructed a starship (as he had seen Magneto do) that allowed him to travel across dimensions and space to return to the Stranger's prisonworld. Knowing the Stranger spent most of his time away from that world, Toad breached the planet's defenses (the same way he had seen Magneto do it) and plundered the Stranger's technology. Taking all that he could understand and installing it in his ship, Toad returned to Earth, intending to use his new power to impress the Scarlet Witch and convince her to marry him.

    Amongst the technology the Toad
used was a thought-form, which -- inspired by his experiences with Mastermind -- allowed him to impersonate the Stranger, while using other technology to simulate the Stranger's powers.

(Avengers I#137-138 - BTS) - The Toad also used floating mines and technology allowing him to project mental blasts and to transfer information.

(Avengers I#137-138 - BTS) - Posing as the Stranger, Toad assaulted the Avengers until ultimately being tricked into dropping the illusion by the Beast, after which Toad was defeated and the ship and its technology taken by the Avengers.
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(Quasar#55 (fb) - BTS) <"Five revolutions" before the main story in Starblast#4> - Shi'ar Imperial Guardsmen Moondancer, Solar Wind and Voyager were captured by the Stranger, imprisoned on his laboratory-world and experimented on for "countless rotations" ("almost three cycles").

    Under unrevealed circumstances, the three Guardsmen were eventually freed, and an imperial treaty was established whereby no Shi'ar citizen would ever be a subject of his experimentation as long as the Shi'ar left the Stranger's "worlds" alone.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - As Shanga/Star-Dancer left Earth with Blue Diamond, they encountered the Stranger who transported her to his laboratory world and imprisoned her with an "artificial cube of ersatz stellar void." Though she located the edge of this false space, she could not pass through its barrier, no matter how many times she tried.

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Vision and Scarlet Witch II#11 - BTS) - As the Terrible Toad-King, the Toad again used the Stranger's technology in a failed bid to win the hand of the Scarlet Witch. Toad lost interest upon seeing her nearly full-term pregnancy form.

(Silver Surfer III#27 - BTS) - Following an arrangement with Reptyl, the Stranger claimed Dalabuur and the rest of the Serpent's Crew starship, presumably transporting them to his laboratory world.


(Avengers I#317 (fb) - BTS) - For a millennium, hundreds of beings had failed to pierce the security defenses on the Stranger's "homeworld" (see comments).



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(Avengers I#317 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Stranger secured the Infinity Union and stored it deep within his homeword's core.



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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#11: Stranger entry) - While the Stranger traveled the universe, gathering specimens...

(Avengers I#317 (fb) - BTS) - Alongside her agent the Rigellian Gunthar, Nebula somehow pierced the security on the Stranger's homeworld (which seemed to be a planet-sized machine).
They flew their ship into the planet's core, which contained the Infinity Union.

     Determining the best spot for access, Nebula adjusted her wrist-blasters for a more delicate beam and cut a hole in the wall; Gunthar further noted that the shields were breached to the ignorance of the wall's security network. Once through the wall, it took them at least two hours to fly to the podium holding the Infinity Union, which they then stole.
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(Quasar#16 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Stranger vivisected the other Monitors/Marvanites, leaving Nygorn the "Last Monitor."




(Quasar#23 (fb)) - Arriving at the Stranger's world, Maelstrom (having usurped the appearance/nature/role of the cosmic Anomaly) encountered the Presence and Starlight within their radioactive wasteland habitat, pretending to be trapped in a realm as they were and just projecting his mind/spirit.

    In this fashion, Maelstrom deluded them into thinking that Eon would one day destroy the universe. He requested that, should they ever be freed, to return to Earth and slay Eon at all costs, knowing that Eon's protector Quasar would mistake the Presence for the Cosmic Assassin he had been warned would appear on Earth, thus granting Maelstrom the cover he needed to prepare his own assault.

(Quasar I#23 (fb) - BTS) - Maelstrom visited the Weird Sisters imprisoned on the Strangers' labworld, correctly believing they would be honored to become love-slaves to the man who would destroy the universe.

(Quasar#13 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking vengeance against the Stranger, the Over-Mind took mental control of several members of the Earth-712's Ex-Squadron Supreme who were on Earth-616 at that time (he was unable to take control of Hyperion as he apparently could not control the minds of other Eternals).Ultimately, Over-Mind escaped with Dr. Spectrum, Haywire, Moonglow, Power Princess, Shape, Skylark, and Whizzer in a ship headed for the Stranger's Laboratory World. When Quasar investigated, Over-Mind sent Haywire and Shape to distract him while the ship departed Earth.




  (Quasar#14 - BTS) - The Over-Mind's ship arrived at the Stranger's Laboratory World, and he ordered his mind-controlled crew to enter orbit and await his signal to land. After pinpointing the nerve center of this "technology-choked world," Over-Mind had Zarda and Dr. Spectrum initiate landing procedures. labworld-stranger-quas14-commandcitadel

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Per Over-Mind, the Stranger's vaunted defense network was no more than child's play for an intellect as enormous as his own.

    Scanning the minds of every sentient being on the planet, Over-Mind
determined that the Stranger was not present on that world.

(Quasar#14) - Having bypassed or neutralized the Stranger's defenses, Over-Mind instructed his crew to land his ship down in a certain quadrangle. Over-Mind then sent Dr. Spectrum, Lady Lark, Moonglow, and Whizzer to secure the citadel in front of them, from which the Stranger monitored the world's various denizens, while Zarda accompanied him.

    Meanwhile, Quasar -- joined by Hyperion and his associate, Earth-616 Eternal Makkari -- tracked and followed the Over-Mind's ship to the Stranger's Laboratory World.
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    Upon entering the atmosphere
Hyperion noted how they had passed over what looked like a technological labyrinth, after which they found what Makkari noted as "silly cylinders sticking out of a body of water." Quasar further noted how odd it is that from space the "sea of cylinders" must be camouflaged in some way.

    Seeking to cover the most ground in a timely fashion, Quasar and his allies split up after he gave them each a portable energy beacon: When they wished to contact him, they could just let it go, and it would float skyward; as soon as it hit the planet's energy screen, he would know and come running.

    Flying through the air, Quasar was surprised when the environment suddenly changed to staircases amongst clouds, and he noted, "Somebody must be a Led Zeppelin fan." As he wondered what the point of it was and if environmental sculpting was one of the Stranger's hobbies, he was suddenly confronted the Ethicals, who explained that they were imprisoned there, although they declined his offer to free them, which would not be ethical.

    Departing, Quasar passed into another environment, where he encountered a laboratory where Jakar was being vivisected by automated equipment (due to his resemblenced to the Stranger, according to Jakar); Jakar asked Quasar to kill him, and when Quasar refused, instead offering to try to free him, Jakar angrily blasted him away into yet another environment.

    Arriving in a marsh/swamp/jungle, Quasar was confronted by Ego-Prime, who tried to devour him.

(Quasar#14) - Meanwhile, traveling at his vast speed, Makkari passed through a different environment, with a different running surface every couple seconds. Recalling that the planet was run by a being called the Stranger, Makkari considered that fit well, as a stranger home planet than this would be hard to imagine.

    Makkari passed through a forest region, wherein Woodgod was held prisoner, then through a field covered with dead bodies wherein the Four Horseman of Apocalypse battled; then into seeming space (or a subspace), where he encountered Shanga, aka Star-Dancer. He tried to free her, but she explained that while he could pass through the edge of her space realm, she could not. He tried futilely to vibrate her body to find a frequency that would allow her to pass through the barrier, but he released her at her request due to the discomfort. As he promised to return , he found himself in some sort of mausoleum, where he was assaulted by the Trikon.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Hyperion passed through 15 different enivironments.

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Quasar#14) -  Hyperion passed by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant and the Futurist, imprisoned within an energy-generating double helix in otherwise open space, and then entered a rock-lined lava pit, which contained Pilai the Kosmosian. Within what looked like a sewer system of tunnels, he encountered and was assaulted by the Elect/Power Platoon.

    Discovering Quasar and his allies' presence (and that all three were immune to his mind-control), Over-Mind deactivated the force barriers containing each subject within his controlled environment, with the goals of disrupting his enemy's experients and providing him with a vast army of Stranger-hating mind slaves.

    Other shown captives includeded Presence, Red Guardian, Stardust, Starman, the Captive/Threkker, Dragonfly, Mercurio, Bi-Beast, and Fusion.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - Investigating the Watchers' deaths (due to the Oblivion Plague), the Stranger received a message from his starship that someone was tampering with his Laboratory World. More concerned with the matter of the Watchers, the Stranger swept the message from his consciousness.

(Quasar#15) - Across the laboratory-world, captives realized they were no longer being contained and escaped their environments: Notably Ego-Prime (who departed to seek out his "host-father," presumably Ego), a Krakoa fragment, Rocket Raccoon, Alpha, Futurist, Jack of Hearts, the Ethicals, and the Trikon (who also departed, to explore the universe), and the Elect/Power Platoon. Approximately a dozen beings/groups at least temporarily escaped the Laboratory World. Over-Mind then summoned a battalion of the more powerful subjects to come to him to him to serve as his elite strikeforce, and Dr. Spectrum formed large energy arrows to guide these beings to them.

    Quasar followed the arrows to confront the Over-Mind; unable to mentally control Quasar, the Over-Mind instead coerced him to find the Stranger and bring him back there, or he would cause the enslaved Squadron to suffer instantaneous brain death.

    Guided by his mentor, Eon, Quasar located the Stranger and, after helping solve the mystery of the Oblivion plague, convinced him to return to his Laboratory World to confront the Over-Mind.

(Quasar#15 (fb) - BTS) - The Over-Mind set a trap that would mentally assault the Stranger as soon as he returned to his Laboratory World.

(Quasar#15) - Arriving back on his homeworld, the Stranger was instantly assaulted by the Over-Mind's trap.

(Quasar#16 (fb) - BTS) - The Over-Mind traveled to the Stranger, who was exhausted from his travels and had let down his mental guard, and continued his mental assault directly.

(Quasar#16) - Under the Over-Mind's control, a number of former captives -- including Bi-Beast, Dragonfly, the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, Fusion, Gorr, Mercurio, Nygorn, Stardust, Threkker -- as well as the "Ex-Squadron Supreme"(Dr. Spectrum, Lady Lark, Power Princess, and Whizzer) assaulted Quasar and the Stranger, who were aided by Hyperion and Makkari.

    Seeking to free the others from the Over-Mind's control, Quasar convinced the Over-Mind to drop his mental domination over the Squadron, so he'd have even more mental power to use against the Stranger. Dr. Spectrum had been carrying Diamondhead, Fabrikant, Megaman, Meru the Mindbender, Sky-Walker, Sphinxor to the conflict as reinforcements; however, upon regaining his mind, he dissolved his conveyance and let them drop to the ground some distance away. The Ex-Squadron then joined the fight against the former captives.


    A number of Watchers (approximately two dozen) subsequently arrived, seeking the Stranger's advice on their current philosophical struggle. Ultimately, the Over-Mind's paranoia and psychoses over the Watchers' presence and signficance caused him to collapse in a catatonic state.

    Quasar ultimately convinced the Watchers that their recording of the universe's history in the long run far outweighed whatever their limited actions with the rest of the universe caused.

    The deceased Watchers then revived, and they collectively agreed to continue their mission. Quasar thereafter departed with Makkari and the Ex-Squadron members aboard the Over-Mind's ship.



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Quasar#19 (fb) - BTS) - Gathering a number of beings into a caravan of starships, Jack of Hearts began towing them back toward Earth.

(Quasar#19 - BTS) - As Jack of Hearts pierced the surveilance net Quasar had created around Earth, Quasar was alerted and confronted him. Ultimately, Jack subdued Quasar; the Presence and Starlight congratulated him and then urged him to kill Quasar.




(Quasar#20 - BTS) - Presence seemingly slew Quasar (who escaped his assault by quantum jumping away) and then incapacitated Jack of Hearts, whose energies were released explosively.

    As Jack hurled away from Earth, the Presence and Red Guardian headed Earthward in one direction, while the rest of the space caravan headed in another.

    Returning, Quasar located the caravan and determined that the passengers therein were at risk of being incinerated during re-entry. Protecting the caravan with an aerodynamic heat-deflecting (and transparent to radar) quantum construct, Quasar guided them to Siberia (as he was not certain who was aboard and wished to deliver them to an out of the way location). Amongst those who exited the ships after their landing were Diamondhead, Dragonfly, Fusion, Gargoyle, the Weird Sisters
(Beauty, Charm, Truth), and Woodgod. Quasar started to question the new arrivals but was then called away as Eon noted that he was under attack.

     Quasar ultimately trapped the Presence in the Quantum Zone. As Maelstrom had intended, Quasar believed the Presence to have been the cosmic assassin from whom he had been charged to protect Eon.

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(Incredible Hulk II#412 (fb) - BTS) - From his Homeworld, the Stranger conducted Experiment 301, in which he allowed the Bi-Beast to approach the talisman of power known as the Family Jewels, which he had left unguarded. Stealing these, the Bi-Beast -- while he could have used them to take him anywhere in the universe (allowing him to explore or to perform deeds on a galactic scale) -- traveled to Earth and sought vengeance on the Hulk.


(Incredible Hulk II#412) - As the Bi-Beast confronted the Hulk and She-Hulk, the Stranger remarked how pointlessly singleminded so many Earth creatures were. Tiring of the experiment, he decided to see if the Bi-Beast and/or Hulk would notice if he set the Family Jewels to detonate with enough force to destroy everything within 1000 miles.

(Incredible Hulk II#412 - BTS) - Shortly thereafter, the Hulk's Pantheon ally Hector reported to him the energy build-up and its potential for destruction. Ultimately, the Hulk and She-Hulk used their bodies to shield the Jewels as they prepared to detonate. However, the Stranger instead deactivated and reclaimed the Jewels before they exploded. The Hulk correctly suspected that this had been an experiment.
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(Starblast#2) - On his homeworld, the Stranger sent landing coordinates to Skeleton and his crew of the Dark Seed when they hailed him, noted his "unrivaled analytical and scientific ability" and requested his aid in appraising a "curiosity of exceding perplexity." Once they had landed, the Stranger was intrigued with the Star Brand (an energy source from Reality-148611 (The "New Universe"))-empowered human Kayla Ballantine.
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(Quasar#55) - After Skeletron noted his belief that the Star Brand was from a distant universe with different physical properties and that it had been brought to their universe by Quasar, the Stranger accepted Skeletron's deal that if he could remove the power source from its host, determine where it was from and how Skeletron might get there, the Stranger could keep the Star Brand.

    The Starblasters Nygorn the Marvanite and Zardrox the Kronan traveled from the Dark Seed ship down to the Laboratory World to explore, although the other Starblasters, fearing Skeletron's wrath, declined.

     When Qusar led a group of human agents -- Binary, Black Bolt, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Darkstar, Ikaris, Photon, Vanguard to the Laboratory world, Nygorn appeared before them and obstructed their path, soon after joined by the other Starblasters. At Quasar's request, his allies fought the Starblasters, while he continued on to the Laboratory world.

    Meanwhile, the Stranger informed Skeletron that he had nearly completed his analysis, but that he would have to remove the Star Brand before he could determine its location of origin.

    Quasar was frustrated flying through the Lab world's maddeningly complex corridors; he considered burning through the walls but feared he might hit a reactor or something.



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(Starblast#3) - As the Stranger examined Kayla Ballantine, Skeletron engaged and ultimately captured Quasar.

    Uatu or another Watcher appeared to observe, confirming the Stranger's suspicions that what he was doing was potentially extremely significant. The Strange subsequently projected himself into the dreamscape, appearing to Kayla in a form consistent with her perception of God and told her he had come to free her of the curse of unwanted power.


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(Starblast#3 (fb) - BTS) - After Kayla agreed to the transfer, the Stranger transferred the Star Brand onto himself.




(Starblast#3) - A powerful energy release occurred due to the conjunction of the Stranger's energies and the Star Brand's, pulling the Stranger's world halfway into Universe-148611's dimension in proximity to the Earth and disrupting Skeletron's systems, forcing him to disgorge Quasar as he returned to the Stranger.




(Quasar#56) - Kayla Ballantine was transported to the surface of Earth-148611.

    Half of the Stranger's world (“a chunk of planetary matter a tenth the size of Jupiter”) existed in the New Universe.

    As the Stranger, Watcher, Skeletron, and Quasar recovered, the former two determined they were no longer in their universe of origin, and the Stranger theorized that the conjunction of his and the Star Brand's energies had caused this. He confirmed that he had recovered the Star Brand, but he erroneously concluded that Kayla had been disintegrated.

    After Uatu departed to observe Earth-148611, Quasar departed as well, apparently following him to seek out Kayla, learning she was on this other Earth.

    Skeletron subsequently flew the Dark Seed (an extension of his own form) into Universe-148611, intending to extract all of the Star Brand energy from Earth-148611.
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(Starblast#4 - BTS) - The Stranger's laboratory world slipped progressively into Universe-148611.

    Meanwhile, the humans contained within a part of the Dark Seed ship jettisoned by Skeletron -- Binary, Captain Marvel, Ikaris, Lockjaw, Perun,
Moondancer, Solar Wind, and Voyager -- were on course to impact the laboratory world. Black Bolt's efforts slowed the craft slightly, but it nonetheless slowed and landed gently (presumably via the Stranger's guidance?).

(Starblast#4) - After mentally commanding vengeance-seeking former prisoners Moondancer, Solar Wind, and Voyager to worship and obey him, the Stranger confronted Earth's heroes, convincing them to accompany him in his mission to engage Skeletron.

    Attuned itself to the Star Brand energy, Skeletron began to drain the Stranger's power, after which the Stranger caused Earth-148611 to seemingly vanish (transporting it completely to Universe-616).

    After Skeletron had significantly drained his Star Brand energies, the Stranger teleported back to his laboratory world.

    Tracking the Stranger across hyperspace, Skeletron renewed its energy draining process, and the Stranger willingly relinquished his connection to the Star Brand, allowing his homeworld and himself to return to Universe-616, leaving the Star Brand-filled Skeletron in a universe apparently devoid of other life.




(Quasar#57) - When Quasar demanded further answers from the Stranger, he advised Quasar to take his friends and depart before he made specimens of them all. The Living Tribunal subsequently appeared and -- wishing to speak only with the Strangers -- transported away the Earth-148611 natives and other beings involved in the war against Skeletron and the Starblasters, apparently sending them to their native worlds.


(Quasar#57 (fb) - BTS) - The Living Tribunal surrounded Earth-148611 with an impenetrable barrier, containing that world, its natives, and its Starbrand energies, as well as Kayla Ballantine, who had been permanently contaminated by the Star Brand.


(Quasar#57) - After encountering the barrier, Quasar again confronted the Stranger, who informed him of the Tribunal's actions and told him that Kayla had been permanently contaminated by the Star Brand energy and was now trapped on that world forever.


(Quasar#60) - The lab world was present in the background as Quasar wrote an apology in quantum energy ("Goodbye Kayla...I'm sorry...Q") and lamented having lost Kayla forever, after which he departed, returning to Earth.
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Comments: Created by Sten Lee, Werner Roth, and Dick Ayers.

    I am not going to try to chronologically insert the time periods at which the Stranger captured each of his Prisonworld and Battleworld captives, as that would be too speculative. Most of them have their own profiles, and you can check there for likely time periods.
    Similarly, discussions of whether certain captives/subjects are or are not who they claimed and/or were stated to be is covered under each of their profiles.

Galactic revolution

    Per Wikipedia: The galactic year, also known as a cosmic year, is the duration of time required for the Sun to orbit once around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Estimates of the length of one orbit range from 225 to 250 million terrestrial years.The Solar System is traveling at an average speed of 230 km/s (828,000 km/h) or 143 mi/s (514,000 mph) within its trajectory around the galactic center, a speed at which an object could circumnavigate the Earth's equator in 2 minutes and 54 seconds; that speed corresponds to approximately 1/1300 of the speed of light.

 What is/are MI-CICS

    In Starblast#3, the Stranger transports Quasar a distance away, which Skeletron notes to have been "a few thousand MI-CICS away" (all of the lettering was in capitals, so it can't be determined whether the term should be capitalized or not). I thought perhaps it was some astronomical distance, but I couldn't find anything in a search.
    Donald Campbell provided the following comments:

I assume that a "mi-cic" was meant to be some alien unit of length used to measure distances that Mark Gruenwald created. After all, the Stranger and Skeletron were both aliens so it would make sense for them to use non-Earthly terms when speaking among themselves, right?
It does sound a bit like the slang term for kilometers, "klicks." 
Additonally, in Quasar I#56, after having just discovered that Insidio had taken prisoners without permission, Skeletron ordered them all killed at once. Skeletron then said, "I will be there within five cics and I want them dead by then!"
This would seem to indicate that a "cic" was a unit used in the measurement of time while a "mi-cic" was used in the measurement of length/distance.

An Eon specifically refers to a unit of geological equal to one billion years. However, it is also commonly used to refer less specifically to an immeasurable or indefinitely long period of time.

This profile was completed 01/17/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood. Thanks to Donald Campbell for various data, input, and opinions.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Stranger's laboratory/prison world should be distinguished from:


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse's cell /
charnel pit

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     This region consisted of a field covered by piles of dead bodies. It was bordered on one side by Woodgod's forest realm and on the other side by Star-Dancer's space habitat.

     As seen, the realm consisted of piles of dead bodies, with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as the sole survivors fighting each other at the top of a carnal pile.


(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured the Axi-Tun Four Horseman of the Apocalypse after they were defeated by Earth's Fantastic Four.

(Quasar#14) - As Makkari raced through the habitats, the Four Horsemen continued warring against each other, oblivious to his presence.

(Quasar#14 - BTS / Quasar#16 (fb) - BTS) - After the Over-Mind deactivated the laboratory world's habitats' force barriers, the Four Horsemen escaped at some point.

--Quasar I#14

Note: It's hard to say too much from a single image, but
it would seem likely that all of the corpses seen were warriors battling in this realm, with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse being the sole survivors. However, it's also possible that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse spent all of their time battling upon a field of corpses.




Futurist and Alpha's cell /
double helix

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    The habitate contained of mostly open space, with some double helix structure containing the inhabitants. It apparently bordered the lava realm of Pilai the Kosmosian.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured the Futurist and imprisoned him in the double helix habitat on his laboratory world.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured Alpha the Ultimate Mutant and imprisoned him in the double helix habitat on his laboratory world.
     It is unrevealed whether the Futurist or Alpha arrived there first.

 (Quasar#14) - Searching the habitats for his abducted teammates, Hyperion passed by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant and the Futurist, imprisoned within an energy-generating double helix in otherwise open space. Alpha telepathically noted the presence of the "lesser being," and he wondered to the Futurist if they should communicate to him their plight. The Futurist advised that if highly-evolved specimens such as theirselves could not unravel the double helix, what possible help could a brute be.

    Hyperion continued on pasing into the rock-lined lava pit habitat, which contained Pilai the Kosmosian.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - Over-Mind deactivated the force barriers containing each subject within his controlled environment, with the goals of disrupting his enemy's experiments and providing him with a vast army of Stranger-hating mind slaves.

 (Quasar#15) - Alpha and the Futurist departed the Stranger's laboratory world.

--Quasar I#14








Woodgod's cell /
forest habitat

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    The forest habitat consisted of trees and vegetation, at least.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured Earth's genetically engineered Woodgod and imprisoned him in a forest habitat on his laboratory world.

     Woodgod was either immediately tethered to a high tree branch or he got caught in a trap that left him that way. Similarly, he was either armed with an axe from the start or he somehow obtained one.

(Quasar#14) - As Makkari raced through this forest habitat, Woodgod chopped at the rope with the axe...apparently futilely.

(Quasar#14 - BTS / Quasar#20 (fb) - BTS) - After the Over-Mind deactivated the laboratory world's habitats' force barriers, Woodgod escaped at some point.

--Quasar I#14

Note: It's hard to say too much from a single image, but it seemed to me that Woodgod was tied to a rope that was virtually unbreakable despite his enhanced strength and the axe he held.

Similarly, we know Woodgod escaped, because he was in the space caravan that arrived on Earth in Quasar I#20, but we have no idea whether the rope/tether vanished when the Over-Mind deactivated the force fields, or whether something else altogether happened.




Infinity Union vault





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 (Avengers I#317 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Stranger secured the Infinity Union and stored it deep within his homeword's core.labworld-stranger-av317-internal


(
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#11: Stranger entry) - While the Stranger traveled the universe, gathering specimens...

(Avengers I#317 (fb)) - Alongside her agent the Rigellian Gunthar, Nebula somehow pierced the security on the Stranger's homeworld (which seemed to be a planet-sized machine).


     They flew their ship into the planet's core, which contained the Infinity Union.

     As Nebula approached the Infinity Union's vault door, Gunthar advised that the the powerful device was almost certainly secured quite heavily.

     Determining the best spot for access, Nebula adjusted her wrist-blasters for a more delicate beam and cut a hole in the wall; Gunthar further noted that the shields were breached to the ignorance of the wall's security network.

     Once through the wall, it took them at least two hours to fly to the podium holding the Infinity Union, which they then stole.

--Avengers I#317
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Pilai/Creature from Kosmos' cell /
lava pit

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    The lava pit habitat consisted of a large crater/pit (possibly a volcano), at least 30-50' across, filled with what appeared to be molten rock.

     It apparently bordered the habitat/cell for Alpha and the Futurist on one side, and then the sewer tunnels on the other.


(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured Pilai, aka the Creature from Kosmos, and imprisoned her in a lava pit habitat on his laboratory world.    

(Quasar#14) - Racing through the habitats in search of his missing teammates, Hyperion passed over the lava pit and Pilai.

     Hyperion wondered where the Stranger got all of those he had seen and further wondered what he was doing with them, but ultimately -- unsure whether he could understand the creature's inarticulate bellows -- he continued on to the next habitat rather than trying to ask the subject.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - The Over-Mind deactivated the laboratory world's habitats' force barriers.

--Quasar I#14

Note: I don't think Pilai was seen again beyond this one panel, so we don't know for sure that he escaped. Maybe he liked hanging out in the lava...



Trikon's cell /
mausoleum-esque habitat

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    This habitat seemed to be a stone chamber decorated with grim, perhaps death-like or demonic sculptures and carvings. Only a single room and possibly its exterior (seen on the right of Shanga's space habitat) were shown. It obviously bordered on Shanga's space habitat.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured the Trikon and imprisoned them in this cell/chamber/habitat.

(Quasar#14) - Departing Shanga's space habitat, Makkari passed into some sort of mausoleum, where he was assaulted by the Trikon. Having no idea what they were, Makkari decided to flee this realm.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - Over-Mind deactivated the force barriers containing each subject within his controlled environment, with the goals of disrupting his enemy's experiments and providing him with a vast army of Stranger-hating mind slaves.

(Quasar#15 (fb) - BTS) - The Trikon subdued Makkari before he could escape.

(Quasar#15) - Sensing that the force barrier containing them was down, the Trikon prepared to depart to the awaiting universe.

--Quasar I#14 (15




Dakkamite Elect / Power Platoon's cell

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    This habitat seemed to be a stone and/or other materials chamber, perhaps outside the sewer maze.  It wasn't shown very clearly, it just had unremarkable backgrounds.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured the Dakkamite Elect / Power Platoon and imprisoned them in this cell/chamber/habitat.

(Quasar#14) - Smashing through the sewer maze habitat, Hyperion encountered the Dakkamite Elect / Power Platoon, who, perhaps assuming he was associated with the Stranger, attacked him. Their superhuman powers and strength in numbers caught him offguard.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - Over-Mind deactivated the force barriers containing each subject within his controlled environment, with the goals of disrupting his enemy's experiments and providing him with a vast army of Stranger-hating mind slaves.

(Quasar#15) - Sensing that the force barrier containing them was down, the Power Platoon paused and talked amongst theirselves. The break in their assault allowed Hyperion to catch his breath.

(Avengers West Coast I#96 (fb) - BTS) - The Power Platoon apparently escaped the Stranger's Laboratory World.

--Quasar I#14 (15

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Presence and Red Guardian/Starlight's cell /
radioactive wasteland

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(
Quasar I#23 (fb) - BTS) - After being captured by the Stranger and brought to his laboratory world, the Presence (Sergei Krylov) and his partner Starlight (Tania Belinsky, formerly known as the Red Guardian) were placed in a radioactive waste land habitat. For what seemed liked years, they had trod this artificial environment, searching for food, escape, or some knowledge of the entity who captured them.

(
Quasar I#23 (fb)) - As part of his plot to distract Quasar from the cosmic assassin (Maelstrom himself) who threatened Quasar's mentor, Eon, Maelstrom appeared to the imprisoned duo in the form of the Anomaly (whose Manifestation-body he had slain and whose form and power he had usurped), pretending to be trapped in another realm as they were and just projecting his mind/spirit.

    In this fashion, Maelstrom deluded them into thinking that Eon would one day destroy the universe. He requested that, should they ever be freed, to return to Earth and slay Eon at all costs, knowing that Eon's protector Quasar would mistake the Presence for the Cosmic Assassin he had been warned would appear on Earth, thus granting Maelstrom the cover he needed to prepare his own assault.

--Quasar I#23

Note: To me, it looks like what Moscow might look following nuclear war (obviously not taking a direct hit by a nuclear bomb, as it was smoking ruins, rather than a vaporized crater).



Sea of Cylinders





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Between a "technological labyrinth" of densely packed buildings and the realm of staircases in the clouds is a realm of tall cylinders sticking out of a body of water. From orbit, the "Sea of Cylinders" could not be seen, presumably camouflaged in some fashion.

(
Quasar I#14) - Arriving on the Stranger's laboratory world, Quasar, Hyperion, and Makkari flew over a city before entering this realm. Makkari thought the cylinders sticking out of a body of water were silly, while Quasar noted how they must be camouflaged somehow as they weren't seen from space.

    They then made plans to split up and explore the world to try to find the Ex-Squadron Supreme members the Over-Mind had taken control of and brought there, and they each headed off in other directions.

     Quasar was surprised as this realm abruptly changed into the realm of staircases in the clouds.


--Quasar I#14
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Note: As far as I know, no explanation for the nature or purpose of the Sea of Cylinders was every revealed. Perhaps there's an in-joke I don't get?
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sewer maze
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The region was composed of a series of tunnels that have a green-ish fluid running through them. The fluid is only at the bottom of the tunnels. The largest tunnel seemed to be composed of stone blocks, while the smaller tubes were either metal, plastic, or solid/smooth rock.

Each set of tunnels seemed to open into larger number of tunnels.

(Quasar#14) - Searching for his missing teammates, Hyperion entered a a series of tunnels, and he wondered whether it was the planet's sewer system or just another bizarre environment.

     As he came to point where the tunnel split into two tubes, he figured it didn't really matter which one he took,so he just picked one.

     Soon he came to a point where the tunnels split into four different tubes.

     Figuring it was getting more complicated and might be a huge, three-dimensional maze, Hyperion resolved that he would not play rat for the Stranger, and she he just began flying, building up speed and smashing through the walls...until he came upon and almost smashed into the Power Platoon
   
--Quasar I#14

Note: I'm not sure whether the Power Platoon's habitat was within the sewer maze or whether it was the next one over. I'll consider them separate for the purposes of this profile.
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Star Dancer's cell /
space habitat

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    The space habitat consisted of apparently open space, with at least the appearance of stars and planets, but it was a finite space, with barriers existing at its extent, separating it from the surrounding habitats.

    On one edge it was bordered by the charnel pit habitat of the Axi-Tun Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and on another edge it was bordered by the mausoleum-like habitat of the Trikon.


(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured Shanga, aka Stardancer, and imprisoned her in a space habitat on his laboratory world.    

(Quasar#14) - Racing through the habitats, Makkari passed into seeming space (or a subspace), where he encountered Shanga, aka Star-Dancer. He tried to free her, but she explained that while he could pass through the edge of her space realm, she could not.

     Makkari tried futilely to vibrate her body to find a frequency that would allow her to pass through the barrier, but he released her at her request due to the discomfort.

     As he promised to return , he found himself in some sort of mausoleum, where he was assaulted by the Trikon.

--Quasar I#14
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Ethicals' cell /
 staircases in the clouds

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     The Ethicals were imprisoned in a realm composed of clouds connected by staircases.

     This realm bordered the realm of the Sea of Cylinders as well as the Vivisection chamber that was Jakar's prison.

(
Quasar I#14) - Flying through the air above the Sea of Cylinders, Quasar was surprised when the environment suddenly changed to staircases amongst clouds, and he noted, "Somebody must be a Led Zeppelin fan." As he wondered what the point of it was and if environmental sculpting was one of the Stranger's hobbies, he was suddenly confronted the Ethicals, who explained that they were imprisoned there, although they declined his offer to free them, which would not be ethical.

--Quasar I#14

Note
: Quasar was comparing the realm to the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven," in case you live a life without a clue.

     The Ethicals were presumably released from this cell when the Over-Mind released all of the prisoners in Quasar I#14.
Whether they thought it was ethical to take advantage of this...I doubt it.





Ego-Prime and Krakoa's habitat /
swamp/marshland

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    The swamp/marshland habitat consisted of a body of water with some vegetation The water was deep enough that the perhaps 50' tall Ego-Prime could submerge completely beneath its surface. Krakoa remained largely inactive, and Ego-Prime sometimes stood atop Krakoa to partially exit the water. It is unrevealed whether Ego-Prime was aware that the landmass was a living being or not.


(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured Ego-Prime and imprisoned him in a swamp/marshland habitat on his laboratory world.

(Quasar#14 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, the Stranger captured a fragment of the living island Krakoa and imprisoned it in a swamp/marshland habitat on his laboratory world.
     It is unrevealed whether Krakoa or Ego-Prime arrived there first.


(Quasar#14) - Investigating the Stranger's laboratory world, Quasar was dispelled by Jakar into a marsh/swamp/jungle.

(Quasar#15 (fb) - BTS) - Quasar was the first to breach Ego-Prime's habitat.

(Quasar#14) - Emerging from the water, Ego-Prime caught Quasar and then expressed his contempt by attempting to devour Quasar.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - Over-Mind deactivated the force barriers containing each subject within his controlled environment, with the goals of disrupting his enemy's experiments and providing him with a vast army of Stranger-hating mind slaves.

(Quasar#15) - When Quasar dodged Ego-Prime's bio-blasts, Ego-Prime realized the blasts were passing beyond the previous atmospheric barrier that had kept him imprisoned.

     Ego-Prime took to the air and then departed the Laboratory world.

    Second later, Krakoa rose and reached for Quasar, who fled.

--Quasar I#14 (15

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Jakar's cell /
vivisection chamber

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     This environment/habitat seemed to consist solely of an operating table and a number of mechanical instruments that extended from the walls on cables that could apparently be programmed to probe and biopsy a living being (or presumably a dead one, which would seem to be easier).

     Additionally, the chamber presumably could restrain a being such as Jakar, who was inferior to the Stranger in power, but was a high level energy-manipulator nonetheless. Jakar's power was not neutralized, as he released a burst against Quasar that knocked out of the habitat; caught by surprise, Quasar could only ride the shockwave.

     This chamber bordered the Staircases in the clouds habitat of the Ethicals and the marshland/island in a body of water or whatever was the realm that contained Ego-Prime and a fragment of Krakoa.

(
Quasar I#14 (fb) - BTS) - At some point following Jakar's encounter with Captain America (Steve Rogers), the Stranger captured Jakar, brought him to his laboratory world, and imprisoned him in this chamber.

     Likely curious about how/why Jakar's appearance so closely mimicked the Stranger's own form and/or perhaps wishing to punish him for such effrontery, the Stranger had his instruments slow vivisect Jakar.

(Quasar I#14 (fb) - BTS) - Departing the realm of the Ethical, Quasar passed into another environment, where he encountered a laboratory where Jakar was being vivisected by automated equipment); Jakar  introduced himself, noted his fate and his presumed reasons, after which he noted that he was in unendurable pain and asked Quasar to kill him.

     When Quasar refused, instead offering to try to free him, Jakar angrily blasted Quasar away into yet another environment.

(Quasar#14 - BTS) - Over-Mind deactivated the force barriers containing each subject within his controlled environment, with the goals of disrupting his enemy's experiments and providing him with a vast army of Stranger-hating mind slaves.

(
Quasar#15-16 / Cosmic Powers Unlimited#3/1 - BTS) - Jakar escaped the Stranger's laboratory world.

--Quasar I#14

Note: As Jakar was later shown to be active off of the the Stranger's labworld in
Cosmic Powers Unlimited#3/1-2, he obviously escaped it; I am ASSUMING it occurred during this obvious opportunity, but this is not confirmed.





unidentified prisoners and barren rocky land/zone

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     An unspecified number (perhaps 15-20 or a little more were shown, but Thor referred to them as a "multitude") of unidentified beings were imprisoned/contained within a barren rocky land outside of one of the Stranger's citadels. There was a wall surrounding the captives and keeping them contained.

     Thor described them as
being "from the far-flung reaches of the galaxies," but it is unclear how he would have known they weren't native to the world he was on or all from the same place or some nearby worlds.


(Thor I#178 - BTS) - After being brought from his cell on the Stranger's Laboratory World by Earth's Warlock Prime, the Abomination was returned to the Laboratory World but arrived outside of his previous cell, landing instead just outside the Stranger's citadel in this barren rocky land.

     As the Abomination invaded the Stranger's chambers, he found the Stranger studying his space scanner. The Abomination prepared to ambush the Stranger, but  the Stranger instead departed to collect a specimen on another world.

     
The Abomination investigated the scanner, which shifted to viewing Asgard, after which he unwittingly activated a piece of equipment that summoned Thor to his side.

(Thor I#178) - Showing Thor the other beings imprisoned on the Stranger's world, the Abomination convinced him that the Stranger was the one who had brought him (Thor) there and that all present were innocent victims.

     Angered by such enslavement, Thor shattered a wall imprisoning a number of these captives. However, knowing that shattering the wall would trigger an alarm that the Stranger would sense, the captives became fearful.


     
The Stranger reappeared, demanding to know who had tampered with his private compound and set his captives free.

    Ultimately, Thor attacked the Abomination and his allies until the Stranger found and challenged him anew. Realizing the Stranger's ire might lead him to attack Asgard, Thor "reversed time" (see comments), diverging the previous events to Reality-70766, while Thor returned to the moment at which the Abomination summoned him to the Stranger's world.

    Wise to the Abomination's deceptions, Thor punched him out and reimprisoned him before returning to Asgard without having encountered/enraged the Stranger.



--Thor I#178, p. 7-8


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(Thor I#178) -
Fearing the Stranger's wrath, the captives fled, believing he might destroy them all.

(Thor I#178 - BTS) - Thor confronted the Stranger, taking credit for releasing the captives, and battled the Stranger but eventually retreated in hopes of learning more about his foe.

Thor I#178, p. 8


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(Thor I#178) - Seeking to hide out from the Stranger, Thor returned to the form of his mortal incarnation, Dr. Donald Blake, after which he relocated the Abomination and heard him discussing his and his associates' plots.

     The other captives noted that the Abomination would lead them to victory and that they would be free to pillage the cosmos, and the Abomination assured them that while the Stranger only captured those who deserved captivity (that may not be true, but it was acknowledgment that this entire group were villainous in nature), but that they would soon be able to menace all, and that none would be safe from their attack.

     Forgetting that he was in his vulnerable Don Blake form, Blake called the group fools and told them that there were forces in the universe that would stop them. At the Abomination's order to silence this being -- whom the Abomination assumed to be the Stranger's lackey or at least there enemy regardless -- the captives rushed Blake, and one of them threw Blake to the Abomination.

    Unaware of its significance, the Abomination nonetheless seized Blake's walking stick (secretly the transformed hammer of Thor, Mjolnir, which he had to strike against the ground in order to transform back into Thor).

     Considering the puny man to be insignificant, the Abomination then instructed the others to let him go, as he could only starve and die.



Thor I#178, p. 15


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(Thor I#178 - BTS) - As Blake hid behind a rock, Thor's lover, Sif, dispatched there by Odin's mystic sage, Torger, handed him his walking stick. Using it to turn back into Thor, he then sent Sif back to Asgard as he had to fight alone (perhaps seeking to prevent her from encountering the Stranger or the Abomination).

(Thor I#178) - Thor then confronted the captives, using Mjolnir to smash a rock and shower them with rock. When the Abomination tackled Thor, the others urged him to kill their attacker, but Thor unleashed a burst of energy that felled all save the Abomination, who fled as the Stranger approached again.

    Realizing the Stranger's ire might lead him to pursue him and attack Asgard, Thor used Mjolnir to "reverse time" to the moment at which the Abomination summoned him to the Stranger's Laboratory World (actually diverging Reality-616 from Reality-70766).

    Wise to the Abomination's deceptions, Thor punched him out and reimprisoned him before returning to Asgard without having encountered/enraged the Stranger.

--Thor I#178, p. 17

Note: So, theoretically, these captives never encountered nor were freed by Thor in Reality-616. They just remained in their cell while Thor subdued the Abomination and returned back to Asgard. We've obviously seen cases where beings retain vague memories of events despite time being reversed/diverged, etc. But, regardless, they were still prisoners of the Stranger, and I had some space to fill to picture them all.

     So, who are these guys? Other than their being villainous beings who deserved to have been imprisoned, we don't know much else.

    Warning, pure speculation time

     It's probably just because the art is by John Buscema, but some of these guys remind me of the savage giants on Reality-6966's 45th century who battled and subdued Reality-616's Silver Surfer when he traveled there. Since we've seen what appeared to be one of the Emissaries of the Overlord in Reality-616 following the Surfer's travels, it isn't out of the realm of possibility that at least some of these captives were those giant savages.

     The Surfer's time traveling apparently caused some weird temporal ripple that dislodged the Overlord from his native reality, as shown here and as referenced in the Overlord's profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

     Maybe the same travel that sent the Overlord to another reality displaced at least one of the Emissaries as well as at least some of these giant savages, causing them to be pulled back along the same time/dimensional travel the Surfer used to return to his own world.

     ...or not....
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X-Men I#18, pg. 9, panel 4 (Magneto and Toad in stone castle-like building);
          panel 5 (ship graveyard);
       pg. 10, panel 2 (Magneto leaving planet, showing local space)
X-Men Forever I#3, pg. 17, panel 3 (Stranger studies multiple specimens);
Avengers I#47, pg. 2, panel 2 (Magneto & Toad in barren world);
Silver Surfer I#12, pg. 10, panel 6 (Abomination in prison cell);
Thor I#178, pg. 3, panel 2 (Abomination return);
       pg. 4, panel 3-4 (Stranger's citadel; outside & inside);
       pg. 7, panel 1 (unidentified prisoners, within prison);
       pg. 8, panel 1 (fearing alarm);
          panel 4 (fleeing Stranger's wrath);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (gathering around Abomination);
          panel 2 (around Don Blake);
          panel 4 (throwing Blake);
       pg. 17, panel 5 (planning to attack Thor & Sif);
          panel 7 (armored ones approaching Thor & Sif);
       pg. 18, panel 3 (charging Thor);
Avengers I#138, last page, panel 1 (from space);
          panel 2 (Toad looting technology);
    #317, pg. 10, panel 2 (from space);
          panel 3 (approach from space);
          panel 4 (surface);
       pg. 11, panel 5 (entrance to interior)
       pg. 12, panel 1 (internal structure);
Quasar I#14, pg. 4, panel 1 (from space);
       pg. 5, panel 1 (surface/buildings);
       pg. 7, panel 1 (sea of cylinders);
       pg. 8, panel 1 (cloud stairs);
       pg. 9, panel 3 (Jakar's vivisection chamber/prison);
       pg. 11, panel 2 (Ego-Prime's prison);
       pg. 12, panel 1 (Woodgod's prison);
          panel 2 (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse prison);
          panel 4 (Star Dancer prison);
       pg. 14, panel 2 (border between space of Stardancer and gothic chambers of Trikon);
          panel 5 (Trikon prison);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (Alpha & Futurist prison);
           panel 2 (Lava bath, Pilai);
       pg. 16, panel 1 & 4 (sewer-like tunnels);
       pg. 17, panel 1 (Hyperion smashing into Power Platoon's habitat)
       pg. 18, panel (command citadel, interior)
       pg. 19, panel (various beings/environments summoned by Over-Mind);
    #15, pg. 5, panel 2 (Hyperion with distracted Power Platoon);
    #19, pg. 9 (Jack of Hearts pulling caravan of former prisoners through space);
    #20, , pg. 8, panel 4 (caravan landing in Siberia);
Incredible Hulk II#412, pg. 7, panel 1 (interior of unidentified building);
Starblast#2, pg. 18, panel 1 (from space; barren surface);
          panel 2 (landing on barren surface)
Quasar#55, pg. 6, panel 1 (whole planet from space);
Starblast#3, pg. 3, panel 4 (laboratory with Skeletron and captive Kayla Ballantine);
       pg. 20, panel 1 (buildings/landscape around Stranger's citadel);
       pg. 21 (Star Brand energy enveloping labworld);
Quasar#56, pg. 6, panel 4 (half of Stranger's world in New Universe);
    #60, pg. 1 (in background with quantum apology)


Appearances:

X-Men I#11 (May, 1965) - Stan Lee (co-writer/co-penciler/editor), Jack Kirby (co-writer/penciler), Werner Roth & Alexander Toth (co-pencilers), Vince Colletta, and Charles Eber "Chic" Stone (inkers)
X-Men I#18 (March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer), Werner Roth (penciler), Dick Ayers (inkers)
Tales to Astonish I#91/2 (May, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor)), Gil "Sugar" Kane (penciler/inker)
Avengers I#47 (December, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (penciler), George Tuska (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Silver Surfer I#12 (January, 1970) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Dan Adkins (inker)
Thor I#178 (July, 1970) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Avengers I#138 (August, 1975) - Steve Englehart (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Len Wein (editor)

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#10: Stranger entry (October, 1983) - Tom DeFalco, Mark Gruenwald, Mark Lerer, Peter Sanderson (writers), Fred Baumann, Myra David, Peter David, Joanne Harris (research team), Mike Zeck (artist), Michael Carlin (associate editor), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe II (Deluxe Edition) #12: Stranger entry (November, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald, Steve Saffel, Peter Sanderson (writers), Mike Zeck (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker)

Avengers I#317 (May, 1990) - John Byrne (plot), Fabian Nicieza (script), Paul Ryan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Quasar#13 (August, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Dan Panosian (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Quasar#14-15 (September-October, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Dan Panosian (inker), Len Kaminski (editor)
Quasar#16 (November, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Dan Panosian & Keith Williams (inks), Len Kaminski (editor)
Quasar#19-20 (February-March, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Greg Capulo (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Len Kaminski (managing editor), Howard Mackie (editor)
Quasar#23 (June, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Howard Mackie, Len Kaminski (editors)
Incredible Hulk II#412 (December, 1993) - Peter David (writer), Paul Pelletier (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Starblast#2 (February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar I#55-56 (February-March, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Aaron McClellan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Starblast#3 (March, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Grant Miehm (pencils), Mike Higgins (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Starblast#4 (April, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kong, Palant & Buckler (pencils), Don Hudson & Ernie Chan (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)

Quasar#57 (April, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Peter Sanderson (co-plotter), John Heebink (penciler), Aaron McClellan (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar #60 (July, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), John Heebink (penciler), Aaron McClellan (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
X-Men Forever I#3 (March, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Kevin Maguire (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Peter Franco & Brian Smith (assistant editors), Mark Powers & Ralph Macchio (editors)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#11: Stranger (January, 2010) - Ronald Byrd (writer), Jeff Christiansen, Stuart Vandal, & Sean McQuaid (head writers/coordinators), Mike Fichera, Madison Carter, Markus Raymond, & Mike O'Sullivan (coordination assistants), Mike Zeck (artist), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald
Avengers#2.1 (February, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Barry Kitson (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Alanna Smith (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First posted: 09/23/2021
Last updated: 09/22/2021

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