Identity: Ego's existence is unknown to the general public
Other Aliases: The Living Planet
Place of Origin: The "Black Galaxy"
Marital Status: Inapplicable
Known Relatives: Inapplicable
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: THOR #132
History: Ego the Living Planet originated
like any other planet, coalescing over millions of years
from cosmic gases and dust. But unlike any other known
planets, Ego developed consciousness and intelligence.
Ego's sentience is not the result of the fusion of the
essence of a superhuman being with the planet, as the
goddess Gaea fused her own essence with the biosphere
of planet Earth. Nor is it true as Ego once caused the
Asgardian god Thor to think, that Ego was created through
the fusion of a planet with a humanoid being's consciousness.
Rather, Ego's consciousness evolved naturally within the
planet itself, apparently through a process similar to
that which enables certain stars to achieve consciousness,
Ego existed within the so-called "Black Galaxy,"
which is probably actually a dark nebula near or within
the Milky Way Galaxy.
Ego was nearly discovered many times over the
course of centuries by exploratory starships sent by the
Rigellian Colonizers, Ego destroyed each of these ships.
Eventually Ego decided to conquer other areas
of the universe by creating vastly powerful humanoid beings
out of its own substance and sending them to take over
other planets. This scheme was thwarted by Thor, who journeyed
to Ego accompanied by a Rigellian Recorder. Thor used
his mystical power over storms to create a planet-wide
cataclysm within Ego's atmosphere that stunned Ego. Feeling
humiliated, Ego renounced its plans of conquest.
Months later Ego was attacked by the planet-destroying
being known as Galactus. Believing Galactus to be the
greater threat, Thor, drawing upon the power of his father
Odin, helped Ego cause Galactus to retreat. Feigning gratitude,
Ego allowed the "Wanderers," survivors of a
planet which Galactus had destroyed, to settle upon its
surface. But soon after Thor left, Ego consumed all of
the Wanderers within itself,
Sometime later, upon orders from the Rigellian
High Commissioner, the Colonizer named Tana Nile took
a relatively tiny sample of Ego's substance, in the hope
that it could be used to transform other planets into
habitable worlds. Instead the sample of Ego became a being
with its own consciousness, called Ego-Prime, which eventually
came to Earth end began wreaking havoc. Ego-Prime clashed
with Thor, but, as Odin had planned, in the course of
the battle Ego-Prime released an unknown form of energy
which irradiated three Earth humans whom Odin had arranged
to have present. The energy released the latent genetic
potential in these three humans, Carter Dyam, Chi Lo,
and Jason Kimball, transforming them into superhuman beings
who together with nine other similarly evolved human beings
have become known as the Young Gods. Ego-Prime, having
expended all of its energy, disintegrated.
Ego itself went insane perhaps as a result of
the removal of the portion of itself that became Ego-Prime.
Thor, Galactus, Hercules, and Firelord together fought
the mad living planet; Galactus attached an enormous,
extraordinarily powerful sidereal propulsion unit to Ego's
south pole. Once activated, the unit propelled Ego on
a course through space intended to keep it far from any
However, in time Ego learned how to control the
sidereal propulsion unit psionically. Seeking vengeance
on Galactus, Ego traveled towards Earth, which Galactus
had visited in the past. As Ego approached, its gravitational
forces wreaked great devastation on Earth, and the Fantastic
Four journeyed to Ego in a spacecraft to try to deal with
the danger it presented. A man named L.R. "Skip"
Collins completely depleted his tremendous psionic powers
by undoing all of the devastation and causing the human
race to forget that it had ever happened. The Fantastic
Four's leader, Reed Richards, removed one of the power
packs from Ego's sidereal propulsion unit. Hence, when
Ego next triggered the unit, only half of its engine fired.
Ego was unable to prevent being seized by the gravitational
forces of Earth's sun, which caused the living planet
to break apart.
But Ego was able to tap the sun's own energy in
order to generate enough psionic energy to re-form itself.
Once more in complete control of the propulsion unit,
Ego launched itself out of Earth's solar system. However,
Ego had greatly depleted its psionic energies in re-forming
itself and needed to renew them by consuming the life
forces of other beings. Ego was slowly "digesting"
a large number of Dire Wraiths who had landed on its surface,
as well as two Galadorian Spaceknights. Seeker and Scanner,
who were pursuing them, when Rom, greatest of the Spaceknights,
arrived. Rom freed his fellow Spaceknights and banished
the Wraiths to a pocket dimension of limbo. When last
seen Ego was continuing its wanderings through space,
searching for more living beings to consume.
Ego was inducted, under unrevealed circumstances,
into the elite cosmic group calling themselves the Elders
of the Universe. Ego was a part of their plan to destroy
Galactus and thus our reality, but the Elders were soon
stopped by the Silver Surfer and Mantis, and have yet
to reveal their most current activities.
Diameter: 4165 miles
Strength Level: Ego can create humanoid
beings from its own substance who share in its consciousness
and who can possess "Class 100" strength and
thus can lift over 100 tons.
Known Superhuman Powers: The living planet
Ego has been called a "bioverse." Every part
of its substance, including its atmosphere, is "alive"
inasmuch as it is animated and controlled by the consciousness
of Ego. The exact composition of Ego is unknown, but much
of the planet's surface, at least, seems to be composed
of organic molecules. The planet possesses various internal
features which have analogues to parts of living Earth-based
organisms. For example, its interior contains tunnels
which have been compared to arteries, and the center of
Ego's consciousness resides in a brain-like organ deep
below its surface. Ego can absorb humanoid-sized living
beings into itself and "digest" them in internal
areas similar to an Earth beings stomach, using its own
analogues to digestive fluids. Just as an Earth organism
creates one-celled antibodies to attack foreign substances
in its bloodstream, Ego creates humanoid sized anti-body
like beings from itself to attack intruders on or beneath
its surface. In its encounters with humanoids, Ego has
caused the "antibodies" to take semi humanoid
Ego generates vast psionic energies which, at
their peak, rival those of Galactus. If Ego depletes its
energy below a level that it can replenish by itself,
it can help renew its energy stories by tapping outside
sources, like stars, or absorbing the life forces of large
numbers of living beings. At full strength Ego can use
its psionic energy to obliterate starships. Ego can also
control its own substance psychically. Thus Ego can transform
its own surface to resemble a gigantic face, to reach
out into space with gigantic tendrils, or to become an
idyllic world resembling the most beautiful areas of Earth.
Ego can create humanoid beings with great powers out of
its own surface and, it claims, command them across interstellar
distances. Ego communicates with other beings telepathically.
Ego has used Its great psionic powers to command
the immensely powerful sidereal propulsion unit installed
at its south pole by Galactus. The unit can propel Ego
in and out of hyperspace at vast speeds, and apparently
has virtually inexhaustible power.
Limitations: For unknown reasons, Ego is
apparently unable to remove the sidereal propulsion unit
embedded in its south pole.
Ego's control over its own atmosphere is apparently
no match for the power that the thunder god Thor can wield
over it using the mystical powers of his enchanted hammer.