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Appearing in "And Men Shall Call Him... Warlock!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Premiere #1

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Synopsis for "And Men Shall Call Him... Warlock!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Premiere #1

We open the story on an asteroid drifting through space which is actually the High Evolutionary's ship. The High Evolutionary is recording his memoirs on miniaturized tapes. He speaks of Project Alpha and his reason for recording this is so that others may profit from his mistakes. The High Evolutionary thinks of the time when he created the Man-Beast and when he employed the Hulk to destroy his New-Men. He remembers how he became the Ultimate and how it drove him to the brink of madness.

However, his train of thought is broken when he is interrupted by Sir Raam and requested to come to Level 10. An unidentified object is floating outside the ship. It is brought inside. The High Evolutionary uses Psyche-probes to conjure an image of the living being inside the "cocoon". He fantasizes how the being inside is the ultimate new-man which would have made a son he never had. The being inside hears this and replies that he is nobody's son. The High Evolutionary is shocked that it can hear him. "Him" tells him about his birth and rebirth because he senses him to be noble and powerful. "Him" asks The High Evolutionary to restore him to space as it is not his time to emerge. The High Evolutionary agrees because he is not a threat to Project Alpha. He also tells "Him" about the project. It is revealed that the High Evolutionary plans to make another earth which is perfect. He plans to make this "counter-earth" with the help of a rock from earth whose genetic code will allow him to duplicate it.

The High Evolutionary throws this rock into the sun and the process starts. "Him" discourages this idea but it works and Counter-Earth is created. The High Evolutionary then uses his magnificent brain to create life and advance it by a billion years. He then creates man, man as he should have been. Man is then deprived of his killer instinct and then, due to the stress upon his body, the High Evolutionary falls asleep.

Elsewhere, Man-Beast attacks the High Evolutionary's ship and Raam is the first casualty. Man-Beast then revives the killer instinct in man with no-one to stop him. Counter-Earth then follows the same history as Earth and Man-Beast is satisfied but the High Evolutionary wakes and strikes him. Man-Beast calls his allies but the High Evolutionary kills them all. However, Man-Beast assualts him with a mind blast. "Him" watches this all and decides to emerge. He emerges and threatens Man-Beast but his voice goes unheard. As he comes to destroy them, Man-Beast and his allies flee to Counter-Earth. The High Evolutionary dissatisfied with it and is about to destroy it when he is stopped by Him. He offers to find Man-Beast and kill him. The High Evolutionary is reluctant at first but agrees. Before sending him to Counter-Earth, the High Evolutionary gives Him a gift in the form of an emerald on his brow. He lands on Counter-Earth and he has been given a name: Warlock.

Appearing in "The Hounds of Helios!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Premiere #2

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  • Adam Warlock (First appearance as Adam Warlock) (Main story and flashback)

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  • Hounds of Helios chariot
  • Rolls Royce vehicle

Synopsis for "The Hounds of Helios!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Premiere #2

David Carter, Jason Grey, and Eddie and Ellie Roberts rushed over to Adam Warlock, who landed on the ground, unconscious. Adam Warlock got up and forgot who he was. The four attempted to help Adam Warlock, who was remembered that he was once called Warlock. In a flashback, Adam Warlock had fought against the High Evolutionary. Meanwhile, the Evil New Men, consisting of Kohbra and Rhodan, who were allied with Man-Beast, made plans to go to Southern California to confront Adam Warlock. Meanwhile, Colonel Barney Roberts, Josiah Grey, and Senator Nathan Carter went to the barn where Adam Warlock landed to investigate, where they confronted their children. Adam Warlock emerged from the barn and defended the eight humans from Rhodan and the Hounds of Helios. Then, the four men asked who Adam Warlock was, who responded by having them look into his eyes, resulting in them becoming silent. Afterwards, Adam Warlock revealed that Rhodan had been transformed into a primitive mouse and killed by a cat.

Appearing in "The Day of the Prophet!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #1

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Synopsis for "The Day of the Prophet!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #1

High Evolutionary lets Counter-Earth vibrate on a different plane, a microsecond out of sync with the original Earth to avoid Detection by an unmanned rocket. He contemplates whether to destroy Counter-Earth or not.

On Counter-Earth, Warlock, David, Jason, Ellie, and Eddie are traveling to the city, then all of a sudden Warlock is pulled to the sky by High Evolutionary. He tells Warlock that he plans on destroying Counter-Earth, but he will not break his promise with Warlock by doing so. Warlock then tries to convince High Evolutionary that he can still bring good to Counter-Earth, but in the end, the only reason High Evolutionary doesn't destroy Counter-Earth is because of the promise he made Warlock.

Warlock is returned to the surface, where the teenagers ask him what happened. He ignores the questions and asks if any of them would like to abandon him at this point in the journey. Everyone replies that they will not abandon, except Jason. Jason says he wants to go back, but the rest of the group tries to convince him to stay. Warlock tells them to respect Jason decision, but Jason ultimately ends up not abandoning them, due to the persuasion of his friends.

Sometime later, the group wanders through the city, and they stumble upon a gathering where a Prophet is giving speeches about how a savior of Counter-Earth is coming. The gathering is assaulted by two evil New Men, Haukk and Pih-Junn. They attack Warlock and the Prophet, but after a brief fight, Warlock defeats both of them. The Prophet tells Warlock that he is the savior that has come to Counter-Earth, and the Prophet offers to take Warlock to wear he senses the Man-Beast is. However, Warlock decides not to take the four teenagers, and he sends them to the Prophet's sister's house for their own safety.

Warlock and the Prophet enter the sewers, and after brief exploration and a trap door, they arrive at the Man-Beast's lair, where a room full of evil New Men are waiting for them. Warlock spots Man-Beast sitting on his throne, and attacks him. However, it turns out it is just a mannequin. The Prophet then removes his mask to reveal himself to be Man-Beast the entire time. He then threatens to kill Warlock if he doesn't ally with him.

Appearing in "Count-Down for Counter-Earth!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #2

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Synopsis for "Count-Down for Counter-Earth!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #2

Continued from last issue...

Man-Beast uses his cape to teleport Warlock and himself. Man-Beast tries to make Warlock his Ally and shows him, that even his friends will deny him thus trying to break his Soul, as all of his friends deny knowing him, thus betraying Warlock, he decides, that Counter-Earth must be purged of evil by force. Warlock lashes out and destroys a skyscraper building by "Nations United". Warlock destroys a jet and kills the pilot by destroying his parachute, this is the first time Warlock has killed anybody. The military uses an atom bomb against Warlock. He then kills the Presidents of the USA, Russia, and China. Warlock snaps out of his rage as he is about to kill his friends, they somehow merge and the Man-Beast appears, revealing, that it was all an illusion to shatter Warlock's soul, thus creating evil in him. The Prophet's Sister's Name is revealed to be Astrella. As Warlock tries to follow the mental energies of the Man-Beast Rex Carpenter is seen in the crowd, unbeknownst to Warlock, Man-Beast is taking over Carpenter at that moment.

Appearing in "The Apollo Eclipse!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #3

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  • Apollocraft (Apollo's Submarine) (Unnamed)

Synopsis for "The Apollo Eclipse!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #3

Apollo is revealed to be a New Man in the form of a Warthog, his real name is revealed next issue. Apollo takes Eddie and Ellie Roberts hostage and offers Warlock to trade himself for the twins.

Appearing in "Come Sing a Searing Song of Vengeance!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #4

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  • Apollo (Triax) (Main story and recap) (Real name first revealed) (Death)

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  • Apollocraft (Recap)

Synopsis for "Come Sing a Searing Song of Vengeance!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #4

Eddie Roberts is killed by Triax. Astrella makes Rex Carpenter interfere in the battle between Triax and Warlock; Triax seems to be startled by Carpenter. Col. Roberts gives the command to attack Triax. Angered, the New Man throws Eddie Roberts off a building and Warlock is too slow to save Eddie.

Appearing in "The Day of the Death Birds!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #5

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  • Deathbirds

Synopsis for "The Day of the Death Birds!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #5

After Eddie Robert's funeral, Warlock returns to his cocoon. He awakes after two geologists warn him about a bomb test. Meanwhile, Von Doom tries to stop the test because it would have a disastrous effect on the San Andreas fault. Rex Carpenter, who has become President in the meantime, refuses to cancel the test. Just as Von Doom feared, the Deathbirds are activated by the ensuing earthquake and he calls President Carpenter again to get the Air Force moving. Again Carpenter turns Von Doom down and tells him that he will handle the Air-Force problem personally. Von Doom has a deactivator for the Deathbirds and uses it as he sees the aircraft following Warlock to the desert. Using the deactivator Von Doom detonates the Deathbirds In a television speech, Rex Carpenter proclaims that Adam Warlock is a danger and that they all must stop at nothing to get rid of the danger.

Appearing in "The Brute!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #6

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  • Deathbirds (Only in flashback)

Synopsis for "The Brute!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #6

Astrella offers Warlock to help and says, that some are against Carpenter's orders, she wants to take him to a meeting with Col. Barney Roberts but lures him in a trap where he has to fight the Brute. Her orders were to get away as soon as the Brute attacks Warlock but she stays and hopes, that Warlock wins. With the Soul Gem Warlock causes the Brute to revert to his human form recognizing Reed Richards, before he can question him Warlock is attacked by the military. Arriving at the cabin described by Astrella Warlock meets Von Doom, all of a sudden Jason Grey stumbles into the cabin warning Adam and Von Doom that they are all in trouble.

Appearing in "Doom: At the Earth's Core!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #7

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  • Earth-Corer-1
  • Deathbirds (Mentioned)

Synopsis for "Doom: At the Earth's Core!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #7

Jason Grey tells Warlock and Victor von Doom how he, David and Ellie were attacked by an angry mob because they were followers of Warlock and thus traitors. Ellie and David were arrested by the police to be taken into "protective custody"

Despite Von Doom's advice against it, Warlock decides to free Ellie and David. Meanwhile, their fathers, Barney Roberts and Nathan Carter, have an argument about Warlock and their children's role in this game, while Roberts is on Warlock's side because he saved Ellie. Senator Carter has a harder tone towards Adam and the kids, one of the cops reminds them, that they can hold the kids for 24 hours and that this might be the only thing saving them from the mob.

President Carpenter must admit that Warlock is not a villain because he saved many people while repairing the Golden Gate bridge which was damaged during the battle against the Brute. Rex Carpenter is revealed to be the man in the shadows the Brute has encountered earlier. The Brute steals Earth-Corer-1 to get deep inside the planet to consume its energies, Victor gets the help of Warlock to stop the Brute.

The Brute has absorbed so much geothermal energy that he overpowers Warlock. To aid Warlock and to help his best friend, Victor wants to "gimmick up" a radiation absorber in Earth-Corer-1. The absorber works and Victor absorbs all of the Brute's energy turning him back to Reed Richards. The absorber, however, drained too much energy and explodes, killing Victor von Doom. Warlock acknowledges his sacrifice and sets up a monument for Victor that read:

Victor Von Doom
He died that another might have life.
No greater love-or-life can a man have than this.
-Victor von Doom Monument

Appearing in "Confrontation!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #8

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Synopsis for "Confrontation!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Warlock #8

Though he publicly praised Warlock and admitted to having made a mistake, Rex Carpenter continues to work against Warlock, because he causes trouble since he first appeared. There were no superhumans on Counter-Earth until Warlock and now there is an uncountable number of them, Carpenter also claims, that Warlock let Eddie Roberts die and that only Warlock's followers witnessed the untimely death of Dr. Doom. Followers of Warlock are protesting and they are attacked by demons, the police, however, can't see any demons and arrest the protesters. Astrella is revealed to be Rex Carpenter's sister for the first time and admits to Warlock that she hasn't been completely honest with him. As Warlock fights the demons they gain the upper hand and try to manipulate him to join them and enslave humankind. After Warlock overcomes the demons he is sent to President Carpenter, Man-Beast leaves Carpenter's body and the story ends with a big cliffhanger to be continued sometime, somewhere.

Appearing in "Crisis on Counter-Earth!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #176

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Synopsis for "Crisis on Counter-Earth!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #176

The Hulk has been launched into space by the Inhumans following his rampage through their home. Confused and angry at being in captivity, and unaware that he is in reality aboard a spaceship, the Hulk furiously tries to smash himself free. The destruction he causes makes the ship pilot directly into the sun.

While on Earth, Betty Talbot has dinner with her father where she opens up to him and expresses her feelings over the seeming death of her husband Glenn, and her first love Bruce Banner. However, like Banner, Glenn is not dead, and has just escaped a Russian military prison in Siberia where he has been captive for many months. Upon his escape, the Russian commanders in control of the base are more than happy that Talbot has escaped.

Meanwhile, back in space, the ship carrying the Hulk steers away from the sun and heads toward its originally intended destination: Counter-Earth. There it crashes into the ocean, drawing the attention of the US military who send a team out to recover it. Opening up the space capsule, they find Bruce Banner unconscious inside. When Banner comes around in a military hospital, he is accused of being a spy (since Counter-Earth has it's own version of Bruce Banner) and the soldier demands to know if he has any ties to Adam Warlock. This hard questioning and the realization that he is back on Counter-Earth causes Bruce to transform into the Hulk once again and smash out.

Reports reach Washington D.C., where protesters are outside of the White House demanding that their government free Adam Warlock from captivity. There the Man-Beast, who has been posing as the President of the United States his minions Barachuudar, Snakar, Weezhil, and Cobrah to capture the Hulk and bring him back to the Man-Beast. As they fly off in a ship to capture the green brute, the Man-Beast contacts his minion Lizhardus. Lizhardus informs him that all attempts to bend Adam Warlock's will to their side have ended in failure.

The Hulk has arrived in Washington D.C. and seeking solitude smashes his way into the Washington Monument where he tries to get some peace and quiet but has to smash through some soldiers in order to get to it. His solitude is broken when the Man-Beast's minions attack, blasting the top of the Monument revealing the Hulk. As the four New Men battle the Hulk, the brute has them on the defensive until they manage to slip a mask on his face, enveloping him in enough gas to make him pass out and revert back into Bruce Banner.

While elsewhere, Lizhardus is deep in thought about how to make Adam Warlock his master's slave, when he is attacked and knocked out from behind by the Recorder, who has come to free Warlock so that he can save Counter-Earth from the Man-Beast.

Appearing in "Peril of the Plural Planet!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #177

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Synopsis for "Peril of the Plural Planet!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #177

Having been sent to Counter-Earth by the Inhumans, the Hulk has been captured by the New Men under the rule of the Man-Beast, who has been secretly operating as the President of the United States. His minions are surprised that upon the Hulk's defeat the brute reverted to the human form of Bruce Banner, and hurry him to the White House to be put in captivity. As Banner is being rushed in, the Man-Beast gets a call from his minion Lizardus, who informs his master that someone attacked him and freed Adam Warlock. Furious, the Man-Beast decides that Warlock must be destroyed and intends on using the Hulk as his pawn to get the job done.

Implanting a device into Banner to make him the Man-Beast's slave, they force him to transform into the Hulk. However, the Hulk proves to be too powerful and easily breaks free from their control and restraints. Smashing through the floor, the Hulks finds himself in the sewers under the White House where he coincidentally runs into his one-time ally the New Man rebel Porcupinus, who leads the Hulk away to safety.

While at the Justice Department, Ben Vincent and June Volper continue their investigation into the past history of President Rex Carpenter, noting that since he was elected president he had changed drastically and has practically become a recluse, prompting him to go to the White House and confront the President himself, little dreaming the horrible secret of their president really is.

While at the secret hide out of the New Men rebels, the Hulk is introduced to Adam Warlock, who welcomes the Hulk to their side with open arms. Showing the Hulk around, the Hulk finds solace and begins to consider Warlock and his followers his friends. Having supper with them, the Hulk is suddenly taken under control by the Man-Beast, thanks to the implant in his neck. The Man-Beast then forces the Hulk to go on a rampage, smashing up Warlock's base. This keeps Warlock and his followers occupied enough for the Man-Beast and his minions to arrive. As the Hulk is incapacitated by the evil New Men, Adam Warlock and the Man-Beast clash. The fight ends with Warlock being defeated, and the Man-Beast informs the would be messiah of Counter-Earth that he intends to publicly execute him.

Taking them all prisoner, the Man-Beast then possesses the body of his prisoner, the real Rex Carpenter, and using his media influence and hypnosis powers, he bends the will of the American public to agree to the public execution of Warlock. Banner, forced to watch, is horrified to witness as the as Warlock is bombarded with energy that ultimately kills Warlock. Upon his death, Warlock reverts to his cocoon form, much to the pleasure of the Man-Beast who finally believes the final obstacle in his conquest of not only Counter-Earth, but the original Earth as well, has been finally removed.

Appearing in "Triumph on Terra-Two!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #178

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Synopsis for "Triumph on Terra-Two!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #178

Bruce Banner watches in horror as the Man-Beast (possessing the body of Counter-Earth's US President Rex Carpenter) executes Adam Warlock, who in death reverts back into his cocoon form. With his emotions at their peak, Banner then transforms into the Hulk. Realizing that his new friend is death, the Hulk smashes through the soldiers and disguised New Men and escapes with Warlock's cocoon. Jumping off into the wilderness, the Hulk doesn't know what to do about the death of his friend and decides to take Warlock's corpse back to the secret hideout of his followers.

There, Warlock's followers -- both New Man and human -- mourn Warlock's passing. While back in Washington, the Man-Beast returns the body of Rex Carpenter to its cell where his daughter still is prisoner and then gears up for to begin a war across Counter-Earth. Before he can launch a single nuclear weapon, the Man-Beast's base is attacked by the Hulk and Warlock's followers. As the fight rages, the Hulk battles the Man-Beast and finds him to be no match against the creatures combined physical strength and mental powers.

As the battle rages, Ben Vincent and June Volper of the Justice Department pay a visit to the White House to question President Carpenter about his strange behavior following his presidency. There they spot one of the New-Men loyal to the Man-Beast and follow it down to the cell where Carpenter and his daughter are being held prisoner. When New Man checks the cell, Ben cold-clocks the creature, knocking it out and freeing Carpenter. While at the hideout of Warlock and his followers, the humans who remained behind and the Recorder all witness as the cocoon containing Warlock's corpse begins to glow.

While back at the Man-Beast's base, the Hulk manages to gain the upper-hand against the Man-Beast, easily turning the tide of the battle. Just when the Hulk has the Man-Beast beat, Warlock arrives -- having resurrected himself -- and with his powers at their peak he uses his abilities to change the Man-Beast back into human form. With the Man-Beast defeated, Warlock tells all those gathered that they must combat evil with their intellect and warns that the Man-Beast will be back again some day. When his followers ask if he will be there to fight them, Warlock tells them that they must fight him alone as he is needed among the stars to help other worlds in need of his aid and flies off into space, leaving them all and the Hulk behind to seek his destiny among the stars.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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