Name: Pip Gofern
Occupation: Former bearer of the Space Gem, prince
of Laxidazia, painter, lecher, companion
Identity: Known to the populace
of Laxidazia and certain individuals and the authorities on various planets in
Legal Status: Expatriate citizen of Laxidazia, wanted for
lewd behavior on countless planets in the galaxy
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Laxidazia, Dolenz system, Milky Way
Status: Presumed single
Known Relatives: None
Ally of Adam Warlock, former member of Infinity Watch
Base of Operations:
Laxidazia, later mobile
First Appearance: STRANGE TALES #179
History: Pip Gofern was born a prince on the humanoid-populated
world of Laxidazia, and was 260th in line for the throne of
the world monarchy. A member of the idle rich, Pip spent most
of his time painting pictures of the night sky. During one of
his many sojourns across the countryside looking for a good
spot to paint, Pip came upon an encampment of trolls, a degenerate
sub-species of the Laxidazian race. Taking an immediate liking
to these people, Pip engaged in food, drink, and dance with
the trolls, imbibing vast quantities of their special ale. When
Pip awoke the next day with a hangover, he discovered that the
ale he drank the night before must have had mutagenic properties,
for he had taken on trollish characteristics. His feet had become
hoof like, his fourth and fifth finger had grown together, his
ears had become longer, and his lust for pleasure had grown
profoundly. Eventually returning to the royal court, Pip half-heartedly
tried to hide his condition, but his lewd behavior could not
be stifled. Stripped of rank and exiled from the court, Pip
stowed away aboard a merchant starship and began a life of wandering
Eventually, missionaries from the Universal Church of Truth
came to Laxidazia and began to convert the natives to the new
faith. The agents of the Church found the tribes of trolls and
soon learned that they were resistant to any conversion process.
The Church ordered them exterminated, and the Grand Inquisitors
zealously obliged. It is not known if they succeeded in destroying
all of the trolls on Laxidazia, but the word went out throughout
the religious empire that all trolls were to be executed.
Pip, in the meantime, had gotten himself into trouble on scores
of planets, most of which were under the Church's jurisdiction.
Eventually taken captive by agents of the Church, Pip was sent
aboard the "Death-Ship," a space vessel containing
renegades, atheists, and degenerates who were due to be executed.
Aboard the ship, Pip met Adam Warlock, the artificially created
human being from Earth whose alternate future self would become
the founder of the Universal Church. Seeing Warlock as a means
to escape the ship as well as a means to find adventure, Pip
became Warlock's companion in his efforts to thwart his alternate
self, the Magus. When the threat of the Magus was quelled, Pip
and Warlock went drinking together on the humanoid-populated
world Sirus X and then parted company.
Pip became engaged in a number of misadventures of his own,
and then decided to renew his friendship with Adam Warlock.
Locating the starship of Warlock's former ally Thanos, Pip entered
it to see if his friend was aboard. Warlock was not, but Thanos
was. Finding no use for a troll, Thanos used a tiny fraction
of his power to destroy Pip's brain. Warlock eventually found
Pip and used his soul-gem to absorb Pip's spirit into it. (Freed
of its body, Pip's consciousness is intact and undamaged, despite
the harm that Thanos had done to his physical brain.) Pip's
spirit now dwells peacefully within the verdant dimension of
the soul-gem alongside the spirit of his friend Adam Warlock.
Warlock later resurrected himself, Pip the Troll, and Gamora
in order to stop Thanos from using the collected Soul Gems (now
known as Infinity Gems) for his own evil purposes. Pip joined
the large assemblage of heroes to fight Thanos, and Warlock
soon liberated the Gems from Thanos. Eventually, he decided
to distribute the Gems so that their collective might may never
threaten the universe. He gave Pip the Space Gem, and with him
and their allies formed the Infinity Watch to guard the Gems.
After his adventures during the Infinity Gauntlet Saga, Pip
become the holder of the space gem (one of the six Infinity
or Soul Gems) and joined the Infinity Watch. Tapping into the
gem's power gave him the ability to teleport anywhere in the
universe, provided he had a clear concept of "where"
it was. Eventually the Infinity Watch lost control of the gems
Pip stayed with Gamora as she went on drinking spree in the
seediest sectors of the galaxy trying to mend her heartache
over Adam's seeming abandonment of her.
The two were later reunited with Warlock and aided him in tracking
down the murderer of Elysius (Captain Marvel III's Mother),
the megalomaniac despot from the negative zone Syphonn. Pip
was last seen in New York City with Warlock and Gamora.
Height: 4 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 144 lbs.
Strength Level: Pip the Troll possessed a level of strength
equivalent to that of a male human midget of the same height,
physical age, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Other Abilities: Pip was famous for his carnal prowess.