Pulsar (Marvel Comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #107 (Oct 1977)
Created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
In-story information
Team affiliations Imperial Guard
Notable aliases Impulse

Pulsar is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe, a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.

Publication history[edit]

The character first appeared as Impulse in X-Men #107 (October 1977-February 1978), and was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

The character subsequently appears in X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers #2 (June 1990), Quasar #32 (March 1992), Inhumans Vol. 4 #4 (September 2000), JLA/Avengers #1 (September 2003), and Uncanny X-Men #477 (October 2006) and #480 (January 2007).

Impulse appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #6.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Pulsar is a long-time member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, also known as Impulse. He is made of pure energy, and his form is only contained by his costume. He can release blasts of energy from his visor.

He was with the Imperial Guard the first time they fought the X-Men.[volume & issue needed]

He was seemingly killed by Vulcan, who breached Impulse's suit.[volume & issue needed] Pulsar later reappeared alive, battling alongside the rest of the Imperial Guard in an assault on the Kree, where Pulsar gravely wounded the Inhuman elite warrior, Gorgon.[1]


Several of the members of the Imperial Guard are at least partly based on members of the DC Comics team Legion of Super-Heroes. (Dave Cockrum, co-creator of the Guard, also had a long run as artist on the Legion.) Pulsar is based on LSH member Wildfire.[citation needed]


  1. ^ War of Kings #1

External links[edit]

  • Impulse at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe