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The life of electronics expert Carlo Zota before he joined the Scientists Guild is unknown. In 1939, Zota, along with fellow Guild members Jerome Hamilton and Maris Morlak, was present for the public debut of Professor Horton's android Human Torch.[2][1]

In 1940, the Guild operated as a team of scientific adventurers called Three X. Each member used an alias, with Zota's being 2X.[1] Zota was known as "a walking encyclopedia" for his vast knowledge. The Three X's were hired by the Baltimore police commissioner to find Maisie Leeds, a young lady who had been kidnapped by the Green Terror. The group managed to track Leeds to South Africa. Despite being outnumbered by the Green Terror and his men they defeated them all and saved Leeds.[3]

The team visited private investigator Leslie Lenrow (a.k.a. the Ferret) and obtained the Eternity Mask, which they used the following year to empower Jerry Carstairs and turn him into the Thunderer.[1]

Zota and his comrades met geneticist Wladyslav Shinski and the four of them eventually formed the Enclave, a new organization dedicated to the creation of life itself in hopes of creating a better Earth. Through the Enclave, Zota was directly involved in the creation of the artificial super-beings Adam Warlock and Ayesha.[4][5]

Following the demise of Hamilton, Morlak, and Shinski, Zota began work on the Adam-IV project: which consisted in the restoration of the hyper-intelligent cybernetic amalgamation named Korvac.[1] However, as soon as he came online, Korvac renounced the Enclave, dismissing Zota's desire to seek a better Earth to be selfish and arrogant, and opting instead to change the universe itself.[6]

After losing Korvac, Zota was confronted by the Masked Raider, the latest wearer of the Eternity Mask, but before he could kill him Zota used a time-travel spell created by Sise-Neg to send himself back to the Sixth Cosmos.[7] He located that worlds planet eater Omnimax and desperate for more power, willingly became his herald, being imbued with the Power Cosmic. When the planet eater came to Taa, the homeworld of the present day planet eater Galactus, Zota was confronted by the Silver Surfer who had traveled back in time with the Defenders. Zota thought he could easily beat the Surfer because Omnimax was significantly more powerful than Galactus but the Surfer tricked him into trying to steal his powers, allowing the Surfer to instead take away his power because although Zota had more power, the Surfer's very long life meant he had more experience with their power source than Zota could ever hope to achieve. After his defeat Zota was sucked further into the Timestream and ended up in the Fifth Cosmos.[8]

Powers and Abilities


  • Advanced Longevity: Sometime before 1958, Zota, along with Hamilton and Morlak, was given a longevity treatment by Wladyslav Shinski that kept him youthful for decades.[9]
  • Magic: Zota has experience using magic.[7]
    • Time Travel: Zota can travel in time using a time travel spell.[7]


  • The Power Cosmic: Zota was previously endowed with the Power Cosmic, which presumably gave him similar powers to The Silver Surfer, although he claimed he was much more powerful because Omnimax had more power than Galactus.[8]


Genius Level Intellect

Physical Strength

Carlo Zota possesses the normal human strength of a youthful man his height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.

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