Galactus, the Devourer of worlds, is depicted as a humanoid in the comics and according to Wikipedia:

His true form cannot be perceived by most beings; each species sees Galactus in a form they can comprehend, similar to their race or a deity of their religion.

*Stormbreaker: Saga of Beta Ray Bill*
Stormbreaker: Saga of Beta Ray Bill

In Fantastic Four #521, Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) is the new Herald of Galactus confirms it by saying that the form of Galactus his brain registers is something that he can comprehend (image below).

*Fantastic Four #521: Rising Storm Part 2*
Fantastic Four #521: Rising Storm Part 2

Are there any comic book appearances where Galactus is shown to have appeared as something that the alien species can comprehend (i.e. a non-humanoid appearance)?

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    In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer you see Galactus portrayed as a sort of cosmic cloud but that's the film not comics.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 10:42
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    Yeah you're right, @TheLethalCarrot. But I'd rather forget that disaster :p
    – Shreedhar
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 10:47
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    So basically Galactus is a giant Vorlon.
    – aslum
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 13:37
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    @aslum : Not really; Galactus is aloof, difficult to reason with, and quick to anger. Commented May 21, 2018 at 16:41
  • Interesting... I knew Galactus appeared differently to different species, but I didn't know it was to prevent their minds from melting down. It makes sense though, considering he's an abstract force of nature. Commented May 22, 2018 at 1:18

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In Fantastic Four Vol 1 #262 (1984), Reed Richards is put on trial by the Shi'ar empire for having saved the life of Galactus several issues previously. The trial is held in a large arena, with representatives from a large number of alien races present.

During the trial, Galactus appears as a character witness on behalf of Richards. The artwork when he appears makes it clear that each being present perceives Galactus in his, her, or its own way:

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Here is a blog entry which talks about issue #262 in some detail, if you're interested.

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    This is the image I remembered on thinking about this question.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 12:11
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    Right on track. I remembered seeing something like this long ago but couldn't exactly place it. Thanks @Kenster
    – Shreedhar
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 15:51
  • absolutely loving the red dwarf reference here... the third one down on the right is clearly a pleasure Gelf (see episode Camile) Commented May 22, 2018 at 6:13
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    @ImmortalBlue: that is an impressive reference given that this comic is apparently from 1984, four years before red dwarf first aired...
    – Chris
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 11:04
  • space 1999 is a more plausible reference (see image captures on kultguyskeep.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/… ) Though of course blob with eyes probably appears in many places...
    – Chris
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 11:06

Well, she's not alien, but Squirrel Girl's sidekick Tippy-Toe sees Galactus as a giant squirrel in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4:

Galactus as a squirrel



Severale alternate, non-humanoid versions of Galactus do exist.

  • Ultimate Marvel


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In the Ultimate universe, Galactus takes the form of Gah-Lak-Tus, a type of hive-mind being composed of many robotic drones.

  • Mangaverse


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In the Mangaverse (Earth 2301) Galctus takes the form of a red living "planet" that consumes other planets.

  • Fantastic Four:Rise of the Silver Surfer

In the live-action movie FFRSS, Galactus is portrayed as a "Cosmic-cloud" type being, with no clear form.

Edit: IN FFRSS, the "Cosmic Cloud" might have just been a shroud around Galactus's traditional humanoid form. Outlines of him can be seen in the film.

Movie Galactus

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    The technical term for the "Cosmic-cloud" type being" in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) is giant fart cloud. Commented May 22, 2018 at 10:39
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    the giant fart cloud includes a galactus shadow vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fantasticfourmovies/images/6/60/… also: vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marvelmovies/images/e/e2/…
    – CptEric
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 12:48
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    Yeah, I always thought the cloud obscured Galactus and he was in the cloud.
    – kaine
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 13:25
  • @Kaine I actually think your right, I was going to edit my answer to say "Although the cloud may have just been shrouding Galactus's humanoid form" but couldn't find any actual sources backing that up, so I left it out. Commented May 22, 2018 at 13:34
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    Wikipedia and Marvel's wiki already cover that. The guys at the movie pointedly said they wanted to save the reveal of their Galactus for some other FF or Silver Surfer movie, which never came. It was never supposed to be the actual shape of the guy himself.
    – lly
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 9:41

In the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy, set in the alternate Ultimate Marvel universe, "Gah Lak Tus" is a swarm of sentient ships.

Gah Lak Tus

  • geez, they look like a cool zerg skin
    – prout
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 6:38

The page @Kenster already posted is probably the best one for what you asked for: the way different races of people perceive him. (A second version at Wikicommons with better color.) Here's another octopoid form that hasn't been posted yet. (Mangaverse, I think.)


There are three side points, though.

First, the image of Galactus in any comic book defaults to humanoid even in the complete absence of humans. You could imagine that as an artifact of the comic/audience itself, converting a primordial reality into something they are able to comprehend. Really, that's nonsense and the idea of Galactus's mindbending was just one writer's idea. It hasn't been rigorously followed by others.

Second, Galactus himself is humanoid. (Super-Villain Classics: Galactus the Origin, No. 1) He was Galan of Taa in the last universe that crunched before creating this one.

Galan o Taa

He merged during the crunch with the 'Eternity' of the old universe, but both that entity and his duplicate in our present universe are nearly always depicted as an enormous humanoid form with stars and spacescapes within.

That 'true' shape of our universe's Galactus has appeared in Silver Surfer, Vol. III, No. 10. It's a brighter version of the same idea: 'Real' Galactus

Third, so far there have been three separate Galactuses who've had their Galan aspect killed and their raw cosmic force processed into enormously powerful 'Galactus engines'. In each case, those machines maintained the form of severed heads &c. similar to the standard Galactus; none of them have been clouds, raw energy, or shifting substrates.

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