Primitive Skate, a company that specializes in high-end skateboard decks, revealed new artwork that depicts Marvel’s Galactus without his armor.
Skateboarding company Primitive Skate, in a collaboration with Marvel, released a line of clothes and skateboard decks peeking under the hood of the comic book universe’s most sizable supervillain, Galactus.
The “Marvel x Nychos” collection features stylized artwork by Austrian artist Nychos depicting the Devourer of Worlds stripped of his armor, revealing an enormous skeleton and organs underneath. The design may not match up with his canon Marvel anatomy (which is implied to be much more eldritch), but it’s a psychedelic dissection of the most famous cosmic horror in comics, with a giant stomach fit for digesting planetary energy. As of right now, the design is printed on hoodies, t-shirts, socks, and skateboard decks.
In official canon, the question of what Galactus actually looks like is still a mystery. While the villain was originally a humanoid space explorer named Galan who was exposed to immense cosmic radiation, how “human” Galactus looks depends on the eye of the beholder. According to Fantastic Four #262 by John Byrne and Glynis Wein, Galactus’ appearance changes depending on the species viewing him. He only looks like a human underneath all that magenta and blue armor because he’s portrayed from the point of view of human characters like The Avengers, but a Skrull would see a giant Skrull instead. That said, the few times Galan/Galactus is shown without his helmet, he is consistently bald.
Beyond Galactus, Nychos also designed two more “dissections” of other Marvel characters for the Primitive collection. One involves Carnage, the archenemy of Venom, in a fittingly graphic depiction of the symbiote removing itself from the host and seemingly stripping away the flesh. The final design shows Deadpool being split into countless tiny pieces while revealing his skeleton and brain underneath. This one is likely the most comic-accurate of the three, as this sort of thing happens to Deadpool on a regular basis. Regardless of accuracy, all three pieces of artwork are drawn in the super-stylized, in-your-face aesthetic that skateboarding brands are known for.
While he’s a constant, looming force in the comics, Galactus has been absent from the movies ever since the much-criticized Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007. Part of this is because, due to his association with The Fantastic Four, he legally couldn’t be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until Marvel Studios recently reacquired the film rights.
The next MCU-based Fantastic Four movie is expected to premiere in 2025 but it’s currently unknown if the gigantic planet eater will feature.
Source: Primitive Skate