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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance the Avengers vol. 1, #4 (March 1964)
Place of origin D'Bari system

The D'Bari (commonly referred to as "broccoli people") were a fictional alien race in the Marvel Universe. They are famous as the people whose star system was destroyed by Phoenix during the Dark Phoenix Saga.

Publication history[edit]

The D'Bari first appeared in Avengers vol. 1 #4 (March 1964), and were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The race was destroyed in Uncanny X-Men #135 (July 1980)

Since that time, the D'Bari have been shown in flashback in Classic X-Men #43 (January 1990), and later writers have asserted that a small number of D'Bari, not on their homeworld at the time of its destruction, survived, including stories in She-Hulk #43-46 (September–December 1992), Nova (second series) #1 (November 1994) and #15 (March 1995), Wolverine (second series) #136-138 (March–May 1999), Wolverine 2000 Annual, and Uncanny X-Men #387 (December 2000).

Fictional race biography[edit]

The D'Bari were a humanoid plant species that lived on the fourth planet of the D'Bari system, located within the sphere of influence of the Shi'ar Empire. One D'Bari originally appeared using a device that turned the Avengers into stone. He did this at the behest of Namor the Sub-Mariner, who had a vendetta against the Avengers at the time and promised to free the D'Bari's spaceship (which had become trapped under the sea), if he incapacitated the Avengers. The newly revived Captain America promised to free the alien's ship in return for restoring the Avengers. This done, he helped them defeat the Sub-Mariner and his army, and freed the D'Bari's spaceship.[1]

The D'Bari are perhaps most well known for the last moment of their existence, as the Dark Phoenix replenished itself by destroying their sun. Approximately five billion D'Bari died when their star went nova.[2]

Not all D'Bari were on their homeworld at the time of its destruction, and one survivor was Tas'wzta who become a Centurion in the Xandarian StarCorp. However he was one of the Nova Corps members to be slaughtered by the Luphomoid Kraa.[3]

Later during the events of "Maximum Security", Vuk wearing a suit of armor and calling himself Starhammer arrived on Earth and assaulted Jean Grey to avenge the D'Bari population and even though he recognized that she was different from the one that destroyed his planet, he blamed her nonetheless as she had summoned the Phoenix Force and her personality had shaped its form as Phoenix. In desperation Jean was able to telepathically make Vuk believe he had actually slain her which at this point he went into an inert state after being overwhelmed by his apparent success.[4]

In other media[edit]


  • The D'Bari are featured in the Avengers Assemble episode "Guardians and Space Knights." To prevent Galactus from consuming Earth, Iron Man takes Galactus to another location. The planet that Iron Man (who was empowered by the Power Cosmic) turns out to be the D'Bari's planet which Galactus starts consuming it. While the D'Bari evacuate the planet, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy work to prevent Galactus from consuming the planet. It later turns out that the D'Bari's planet was becoming unstable before Galactus' arrival and its explosion knocked out Galactus. Star-Lord mentioned that the D'Bari settled on another planet.


  1. ^ Avengers #4
  2. ^ X-Men #135
  3. ^ Nova (Vol.2) #15
  4. ^ Uncanny X-Men #387

External links[edit]

  • D'bari at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe