The last Galactus Story
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I've put together the Galactus finale from Epic Illustrated 26-34.

In case you get to the end and think I've teased you by leaving off the last chapter be forewarned that the story is incomplete as Epic Illustrated folded and Byrne and Terry Austin have never laid pencil to this task since.

 

 

The Last Galactus Story

 

John Byrne & Terry Austin

 

Chapter 1: The Shattered Stars

Chapter 2: The Shadows in the Stone

Chapter 3: Return of the Exile

Chapter 4: The Rhyming Robot

Chapter 5: The End of the Earth

Chapter 6: The Hidden Stars

Chapter 7: Tunnel in the Sky

Chapter 8: The Dweller in Darkness

Chapter 9: The Face of the Foe

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Fantastic, thanks.

 

 

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Thanks so much for posting that, and in case anyone cares about how the story was supposed to end, here's an excerpt from an interview with Joohn Byrne:

 

JB: "The Last Galactus Story" is pretty much dead, at this point. Too much has happened, since, as you note. Mostly, alas, writers playing off the cliché I was trying to undo - that Galactus always loses his Heralds for one reason or another. I thought it was kinda neat to show that Nova was still his Herald, billions of years in the future.

 

For the edification of your readers, though, this is how "The Last Galactus Story" ends"

 

Galactus battles the Watcher who showed up at the end of the last published chapter. This turns out to be the same Watcher who witnessed the "birth" of Galactus - yes, that was not Uatu - and who has been driven insane by his guilt over all the deaths that have happened because, as he sees it, he did not snuff out the nacent Galactus when he had the chance.

 

As the two battle, over millennia, the universe basically dies around them. The stars burn out. No "Big Crunch" of everything collapsing back onto itself to be born again. Entropy wins over all. As the universe verges on flickering out of existence, Galactus draws into himself the last shreds of energy, giving him just enough of an edge to defeat the rogue Watcher. But then Galactus and Nova are alone in an empty, endless void. The universe as we know it is gone.

 

Galactus finally understands what it's all about. What he's been doing all these billions of years. He cracks the seals on his armor, and all the energy he has absorbed spews out of him. He becomes, effectively, the Big Bang of the next universe. Nova survives - and herself becomes the "Galactus" of that universe, the cycle beginning once again.

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That is quite simply the perfect ending for galactus. (IMHO one of the most awesome comic book characters period.)

 

Also, this tale is out of a magazine? (bear (sp?) with me... i hadn't even heard of them till the boards) Can anyone give me a quick rundown?

Thanks so much for posting that, and in case anyone cares about how the story was supposed to end, here's an excerpt from an interview with Joohn Byrne:

 

JB: "The Last Galactus Story" is pretty much dead, at this point. Too much has happened, since, as you note. Mostly, alas, writers playing off the cliché I was trying to undo - that Galactus always loses his Heralds for one reason or another. I thought it was kinda neat to show that Nova was still his Herald, billions of years in the future.

 

For the edification of your readers, though, this is how "The Last Galactus Story" ends"

 

Galactus battles the Watcher who showed up at the end of the last published chapter. This turns out to be the same Watcher who witnessed the "birth" of Galactus - yes, that was not Uatu - and who has been driven insane by his guilt over all the deaths that have happened because, as he sees it, he did not snuff out the nacent Galactus when he had the chance.

 

As the two battle, over millennia, the universe basically dies around them. The stars burn out. No "Big Crunch" of everything collapsing back onto itself to be born again. Entropy wins over all. As the universe verges on flickering out of existence, Galactus draws into himself the last shreds of energy, giving him just enough of an edge to defeat the rogue Watcher. But then Galactus and Nova are alone in an empty, endless void. The universe as we know it is gone.

 

Galactus finally understands what it's all about. What he's been doing all these billions of years. He cracks the seals on his armor, and all the energy he has absorbed spews out of him. He becomes, effectively, the Big Bang of the next universe. Nova survives - and herself becomes the "Galactus" of that universe, the cycle beginning once again.

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that's a great ending!

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that's a great ending!
Agreed

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I liked the ending

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It is a tragedy that they never fully finished this, sounds like it would be a true epic with two great artists at the helm. Thanks for sharing the article!

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I remember reading it when i was a kid in the 80's but they never finished the mini.

they wrote what happened. Damn that! we wanted to SEE it.

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that's a great ending!
+10

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Nice thread!

 

And at the local flea market I just picked up an Epic from Feb.1985 that had Chapter 3 included... I forgot all about that story. :)

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I believe the full story was eventually published in a trade paperback.

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I believe the full story was eventually published in a trade paperback.

 

I looked for that on Amazon after I read your post but could not find any TPBs that referenced this story.

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I think I still have those issues.

 

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I'll have to track those down.

 

All things MARVEL/BYRNE are cloud nine to me, and I'm a HUGE fan of GALACTUS, so it's great to find out there is still something left for me to discover and enjoy from that era.

 

The ending does sound perfect.

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Does someone have scans of what these books look like? I never heard or seen of them before.

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Does someone have scans of what these books look like? I never heard or seen of them before.
Epic 26 to 34

 

(thumbs u

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I'll have to track those down.

 

All things MARVEL/BYRNE are cloud nine to me, and I'm a HUGE fan of GALACTUS, so it's great to find out there is still something left for me to discover and enjoy from that era.

 

The ending does sound perfect.

 

It sounds pretty good indeed. A shame we'll never actually see it in print :(

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