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Cort Zo Tinnus (Earth-616)

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Early Years

Like all the Elders of the Universe, Cort Zo Tinnus's origin is lost in the early history of the universe. It is known that he is one of the oldest living beings in the universe. Like other Elders, he is the survivor of one of the intelligent races that evolved in one of the first galaxies to form after the “Big Bang”, the cataclysmic event in which the universe was created. Although his race became extinct and even his native galaxy died as the ages passed, the Cort Zo Tinnus, like the other Elders, lived on, having become virtually immortal. As the relatively few survivors of the earliest period of the universe, the Elders regarded themselves as figuratively being brothers.[2]

The Trader

As a master negotiator he became known as the Trader, taking great pride in the "art of the deal." He is at his best when he is trying to buy or sell something whether it is a planet or a personal service. A true victory for the Trader involves not only convincing his opponent to trade, but to do so at an exchange favorable to the Trader and for the opponent to be convinced that he (the Trader's opponent) got the better end of the deal.[2]

Killing Galactus

He then joined the other Elders in the Grandmaster's scheme to kill Galactus. Thus, the existing universe would collapse.[3] The Elders would survive the big crunch and the subsequent big bang of a new universe, becoming Galactus-like beings in the new universe.[4] Their scheme failed due to the involvement of Galactus' former Herald, the Silver Surfer, and his ally, Mantis.[5]


Like all Elders of the Universe, the Trader is connected to the energy of the universe due to his single-minded devotion to his "hobby," giving him cosmic awareness of the universe (although this manifests in precognitive flashes which may require long periods of meditation.) Presumably, the Trader can also tap into this "power primordial" to manipulate cosmic energies, including gravitational, electro-magnetic, and light, the full extent of which remains to be revealed. Also, as with the Grandmaster's pact with Death, all Elders are unaffected by aging, disease, or toxins.[2]

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