The Infinity Gauntlet is an American comic book published by Marvel Comics. The story, written by Jim Starlin and pencilled by George Pérez and Ron Lim, was first serialized as a six-issue limited series from July to December 1991. As the main piece of a crossover event, some plot elements were featured in tie-in issues of other Marvel publications. Since its initial publication, the series has been reprinted in various formats and editions.
The roots of the series date to concepts developed in comics Starlin wrote and drew for Marvel in the 1970s, primarily Thanos and the Infinity Gems. Starlin returned to Marvel in 1990 as the writer for Silver Surfer volume 3 beginning with issue #34, assisted by Lim on pencils. Their storyline developed through the next sixteen issues and the two-issue spin-off limited series Thanos Quest before concluding in The Infinity Gauntlet. Fan-favorite artist Pérez drew the first three issues and eight pages of issue four before his busy schedule and unhappiness with the story led to him being replaced by Lim.
At the start of The Infinity Gauntlet, the alien nihilist Thanos has collected the six Infinity Gems and attached them to his gauntlet. With their combined power, he becomes like a god and sets out to win the affection of Mistress Death, the living embodiment of death in the Marvel Universe. When Thanos uses his powers to kill half of the living beings in the universe, Adam Warlock leads Earth’s remaining heroes against him. After the Infinity Gauntlet is stolen by Thanos’ villainous granddaughter Nebula, Thanos aids the remaining heroes in defeating her. Warlock ultimately obtains the Infinity Gauntlet and uses its power to undo the death and destruction caused by Thanos.
- Thanos is a powerful alien being. He is a nihilist in love with Mistress Death, but she only speaks to him through her servants because he is not worthy of her attention. Prior to The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos has undertaken several quests for power in order to win her affection.
- Mistress Death is the physical embodiment of death in the Marvel Universe. She wears a purple robe revealing only her face and hands, which appear either as a beautiful woman or a skeleton. She is one of several cosmic entities in the universe.
- Adam Warlock is a stoic hero who stopped Thanos during the Second Thanos War. During the encounter, he was trapped inside the soul gem, where he enjoyed a peaceful existence on Soul World.
- The Silver Surfer is a humanoid alien who served the cosmic entity Galactus by finding inhabited planets for him to consume. Having rebelled against Galactus and gained his freedom, the Silver Surfer now uses the power Galactus gave him to fight injustice and atone for his participation in genocide.
- Doctor Strange is one of Earth’s superheroes. He uses magic spells to battle opponents and is able to open portals to move people from one location to another quickly.
- Nebula is the captain of a band of space pirates. She claims to be Thanos’ granddaughter and commands his old spaceship.
- Mephisto is a literal devil, ruler of Marvel’s version of Hell, and a longtime foe of the Silver Surfer. He acts like a sycophant to Thanos, but he is actually manipulating Thanos toward defeat.
- Eternity is the living embodiment of the universe. Unless someone is overriding him with an Infinity Gem, he regulates the aspects of the universe controlled by the gems.
- The Living Tribunal is an entity with authority over Eternity and the Infinity Gems. He is tasked by an even higher power with overseeing and maintaining balance.
|Written by||Jim Starlin|
Bruce N Solotoff