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The Origin of Galactus

Galactus began his existence as a man named Galan who lived in another Universe on the planet of Taa. When his Universe neared it's end, entropy caused the general decay and death of his race. Unfortunately, only Galan knew exactly what was going on, and he couldn't do anything about it. Acting as a scientist to what he felt was his very end, Galan piloted a ship to the center of the Universe to see what he could see before dying. What he saw was the Universe collapsing in upon itself, but instead of being destroyed, Galan was saved by the sentient incarnation of that Universe - the equivalent of our Universe's Eternity.
When the current cosmos was born, Galan's ship had been somehow transformed into some sort of incubator. After an unknown period of time, Galan came forth from the incubator as Galactus, the Ravager of Worlds. Galactus then set about consuming entire planets that contain the "life-energy" necessary to support living beings. Unsurprisingly, such planets usually have living creatures already dwelling on them. Thus Galactus has become known as the scourge of the galaxy, killing untold trillions of beings for the sake of sustaining his own life.
Galactus knows that he serves a critical function in the nature of things but is not sure just what it is. Both Eternity and Marvel’s incarnation of Death know the true purpose of Galactus, and Death has speculated that the truth eludes Galactus himself because he was once mortal. The Norse God Odin, whose son Thor has encountered Galactus many times, has hypothesized that Galactus’ purpose is to test the various races of the Universe and make them strong.

First Appearance: Fantastic Four Vol. 1, No. 48, March 1966
Former Identity: Galan of Taa
Aliases: World Devourer, Ravager of Worlds
Legal Status: Inapplicable
Marital Status: Inapplicable
Known Relatives: Eternity, Death
Known Confidants: Eternity, Death
Known Allies: Eternity, Death, the Fantastic Four
Known Enemies: Ego, Thanos, Tyrant, the In-Betweener, the Magus
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Taa 2 (mobile throughout the Universe)
Height: 28'9" (variable)
Weight: 18.2 tons (variable)
Eyes: Variable
Hair: Variable
Other Distinguising Features: Galactus appears differently to each species

Power Grids:
Marvel Universe II 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Marvel Universe III 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Energy Projection
    Mental Powers
    Fighting Ability

Marvel Universe IV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Mental Powers
    Energy Projection

Marvel Metal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Fighting Ability
    Energy Blasts

"Of what import are brief, namless lives ... to Galactus??"
        – Galactus, Fantastic Four Vol. 1, No. 49, April 1966

"I am the power. I am the all! Mine is the sole providence! Mine is the will and the way!
"Galactus hungers for this one world which has for so very long defied my will!
"But I shall wait no more!
"This world, Earth, shall be mine.
"And if I must destroy a flea to claim it –
"– So shall the flea be doomed!!"
        – Galactus, Fantastic Four Vol. 1, No. 213, December 1979

"I am power incarnate, puny god!
"With a mere thought, Galactus can strip the flesh from your bones –
"– Or reduce you to protoplasmic slime!
"You dare lay hands on one who can recreate you with but a passing whim?
"Leave or stay ... It does not matter! But seek not to interfere with the will of Galactus, Olympian!"
        – Galactus, Hercules Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1982

"Of all the creatures in the vastness of the Universe, there is none like me. I was present at the birth of the Universe, and I shall be there at it's end.
"Though I ravage worlds to live, I bear no malice toward any living thing. I simply do what I must to survive.
"And why must Galactus survive?
"For, no matter how many worlds I devour ... How many civilizations I destroy ... It is my destiny to one day give back to the Universe –
"– Infinitely more than I have ever taken from it.
"So speaks Galactus!"
        – Galactus, Super-Villain Classics Vol. 1, No. 1, May 1983

"Your words are as empty as your heart!
"I know not whether I have soul or no. But of this I am most certain ...
"Your have taken from me what is mine! I will have her back!
"So speaks Galactus!"
        – Galactus, Silver Surfer: Judgement Day, 1988

"Your power is great, Master of Apokolips.
"But if in this you think you see a weakness in Galactus ...
"... You see no weakness but your own."
        – Galactus, Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger, August 1995

"His voice is quiet, devoid of emotion, cold as an earthly tomb.
"I resign myself to my fate.
"And then I hear them, the sound of jet engines, gunfire, missles screaming through the night.
"I tremble for them. Galactus can decimate the mightiest force on Earth with little more than a shrug.
"But he does nothing. Silent he stands. Made invulnerable by a power beyond the ken of human comprehension.
"When finally he speaks, his words are for me alone, his voice little more than a pale whisper."
        – The Silver Surfer, Silver Surfer: Parable, February 1998

"You fail to understand.
"I am a primal force in the Universe, the end that comes to all eventually.
"I am beyond such petty morality.
"You thought to change history, Charles Xavier. Yet, if you knew this is the way it was ...
"... You must have known it is the way it would be."
        – Galactus, X-Men Vol. 1, No. 90, July 1999

"The myth of Galactus varies much among the sentient races of the Universe ...
"... For each has struggled to construct a metaphor to explain the unexplainable within the context of its own culture.
"To some, Galactus is the cosmic farmer harrowing his fields.
"To others – The wrath of God ...
"... The cosmic tinkerer balancing the machinery of the Universe ...
"... The random hand of Fate ...
"... The uninvited dinner guest.
"To the world below, he is the cosmic fiddler, playing counterpoint to the harmony of the spheres.
"The many denizens of this world have heard the ballad of Galactus ...
"... Yet none had ever thought to see the ship of legend rise like doom ...
"... Heralding the end of their world."
        – Galactus The Devourer Vol. 1, No. 1, September 1999

"Galactus sees himself as part of the order of things. He's as much to blame for a planet's destruction as an asteroid that crashes into it. He's not evil, he's just doing what he's supposed to do."
        – Peter David, Wizard Dark Book '98, January 1998