LUPHOMOIDS

Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoid race

Location/Base of Operations: Luphom in the Scemar star system, Andromeda Galaxy

Known Members: Kraa, Xira, Zorr;
    allegedly Nebula

Affiliations: None (though Nebula and Xira both had several allies individually)

Enemies: Galactus (Galan), Nova Corps (Rhomann Dey, Grot, Muraitak, Richard Rider, Tas'wzta, Torthar, others), Xandarians (Adora, Firelord/Pyreus Kril, others)

First Appearance: Nova I#1 (September, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Known male Luphomoids were massive (weighing at least 2 tons) beings that possessed superhuman strength (lifting over 100 tons) and superhuman durability. 

    Known females are much smaller (half the size), physically weaker (lifting around 4 tons) than their male counterparts and more vulnerable to physical damage.

    They possessed warp-drive starships with planet-destroying capabilities including death-ships and geothermal energy converting spaceships. They were often armed with powerful energy guns.

Traits: The Luphomoids were ruled by a military dictatorship. They sought to conquer and subjugate other races, turning them into cybernetically enslaved beings.

Type: Humanoid
Eyes: Two
Fingers: Five (with opposable thumb)
Toes: Five
Skin color: Light blue or white
Average height: (Males) 12'; (females) 6'

History:
(Nova I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Luphomoid race were ruthless conquerors. At some point Galactus fed on their homeworld Luphom, stripping it of all its energies and ending all life on the planet. The only surviving Luphomoids were the few that were off-world invading other worlds.

(Nova I#1 (fb)/Nova III#1 (fb) - both BTS) - Zorr was one of the few survivors of the Luphomoids. He planned to use the energies of Xandar to help restore Luphom.

(Fantastic Four I#204 (fb)) - Zorr used his starship to destroy most of Xandar's fleet and then siphoned off the planet Xandar's energies. Queen Adora sent Nova-Prime (Rhomann Dey) to stop Zorr and though he was able to repel Zorr's spaceship, he was unable to save Xandar, and the planet was torn asunder.
    Zorr was unaware that the remains of Xandar survived surrounded by force fields and reformed as four connected colonies.

(Nova I#1 (fb) - BTS/Nova III#1 (fb)) - Nova-Prime remained a thorn in Zorr's side, but eventually Zorr crushed him.

(Nova I#1) - Zorr made his way to Earth to collect more energy to restore Luphom, but Rhomann Dey, who had barely survived their last confrontation, transferred his powers to Earth human Richard Rider, turning him into the heroic Nova. Zorr fought the new Nova, believing him to be his Xandarian enemy, but was eventually teleported to Rhomann Dey's ship when the young Nova was unable to defeat him.

(Nova I#8 (fb)) - Dey sacrificed his life to destroy Zorr by channeling his ship's full power into Zorr. Both died in the process.

(Avengers I#260 (fb) - BTS/Nova III#1 (fb)) - After Nebula learned that fragments of Xandar had survived she destroyed them with the help of her mercenary army and Thanos' former flagship Sanctuary II to finally avenge her father Zorr.

(Nova II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Zorr's brother Kraa vowed to destroy the last vestiges of Xandar.

(Nova II#14 - BTS) - Queen Adora summoned Nova (Richard Rider) back to Xandar to deal with the threat.

(Nova II#15) - On his way to Xandar, Kraa slew several members of the Nova Corps and annihilated a whole world.

(Nova II#15 - BTS) - Adora sent members of the Nova Corps to retrieve Nova from Earth because she believed that he was the one that had slain Zorr.

(Nova II#15 (fb) - BTS) - The Nova Corps were ordered to wait for Nova (Richard Rider)'s arrival, but Kraa attacked another planet, and they interfered. Kraa killed some of them while others retreated to a neighboring planet.

(Nova II#15 (fb)) - Kraa threatened to destroy Earth where his brother had been slain after Xandar had fallen.

(Nova II#15) - Kraa continued his assault on the Xandarian spaceship, but Nova (Richard Rider) used a tactical photon-beam gun to damage Kraa's ship and force it to crash-land on a nearby planet.

(Nova II#16) - Kraa battled Nova (Richard Rider) and his Nova Corps allies on the planet. When Kraa threatened Earth, Rider snapped and finally found the strength to knock him out.

(Nova II#16 - BTS) - Kraa was imprisoned in a containment vault by Nova Centurions.

(Nova III#1) - Nebula eventually made her way to Earth with her pirate crew to take revenge on Nova (Richard Rider) for the death of Zorr. He drove her off, but she swore to return for him at some point.

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, John Buscema & Joe Sinnott.

    Nebula's heritage is a complete mess. Check out Zorr's profile for a lengthy discussion. It didn't get better over the years when Marvel Cinematic Universe changes made it into the comics. Nebula and Gamora were now raised by Thanos as his assassin daughters and pretty much everything we had learned before is moot now. Retcons be damned!
    I am going to treat Nebula as a member of the Luphomoid race in this profile, but it is a bit questionable. She was probably given away at a very early age by her family.

    Spirit (Xira)'s connection to the Luphomoid race comes from her creator Simon Furman.

    Some of the info on the race was first mentioned in a profile in Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Luphomoids have no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC#6, Luphomoids profile (main, original sources Nova II#15, Cover (for Kraa); Nova III#1, p6, pan3 (for Zorr); Nova III#1, Back Cover (for Nebula))
Nova III#1, p8-9, pan6 (Nebula's revenge on Xandar)
Nova II#16, p6, pan1 (Kraa's final battle)


Appearances:
Nova I#1 (September, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Nova I#8 (April, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Sal Buscema (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Fantastic Four I#204 (March, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Avengers I#260 (October, 1985) - Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Nova II#15 (March, 1995) - Chris Marrinan (writer), Mike Harris (pencils), Mark Stegbauer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Nova II#16 (April, 1995) - Chris Marrinan (writer/pencils), Mark Stegbauer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Nova III#1 (May, 1999) - Erik Larsen (writer), Joe Bennett (pencils), Armando Durruthy (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (October, 2006) - Michael Hoskin (head writer/coordinator), Anthony Flamini, Jeff Christiansen, Sean McQuaid, Ronald Byrd, Chris Biggs, Eric Engelhard, Chad Anderson, Stuart Vandal, Mike Raicht & Mark O'English (writers), Jeff Youngquist (editor)


First Posted: 03/04/2023
Last updated: 03/02/2023

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