Type: Earth-like realm. It was described on more than one occasion as an alternate Earth, even as Earth 5D. The natives, technology, society, etc. are all significantly different from that of the mainstream Earth. It just doesn't quite seem to fit the mold to me. It's a moot point anyway. At minimum, it's an Earth-like planet existing extra-dimensionally, and is reasonably easily accessible from Earth and vice-versa.
Environment: Earth-like rules of physics, etc.
Usual means of access: Vibrational attunement. A gateway (either natural or made by the people of the 5th Dimension) exists in what's left of the swamplands of Long Island, New York City.
Dominant Life Form: Blue-skinned humanoids. No superhuman abilities demonstrated.
Prominent inhabitants: Phineas, Theos, Valeria, Xemu (aka Zemu)
Level of Technology: Advanced. They used a variety of advanced energy weapons, the likes of which Reed Richards would have been happy to have designed. The realm seemed to be technology oriented.
First Appearances: Strange Tales I#103 (December, 1962)
History: Little is known of the past of the realm known only as the Fifth Dimension (as described by natives of their own realm). It may or may not actually be an alternate Earth.
In the recent past, the planet (or a large portion of it) was ruled by the tyrannical warlord, Xemu. Xemu sought to invade and takeover the planet Earth. While his army built an arsenal of war-weapons, other soldiers of his guarded the portal between the realms. However, the soldiers efforts to prevent a housing development from building in the area of the portal attracted the attention of the second Human Torch, Johnny Storm. While Storm was initially captured by Xemu's army, he was freed by Valeria, and led a revolt against Xemu. Storm returned to Earth, and Valeria's father, Phineas, was made the new ruler of the Fifth Dimension.
Years later, Phineas fell victim to a plot of the warlord of Polemachus, Arkon. Phineas entered into business with Albert DeVoor, an agent of the Roxxon Oil Company. DeVoor claimed to represent a large corporation called Inter-Politan Thermo-Dynamics Unlimited and arranged to purchase ownership of Phineas' creations in exchange for funding Phineas' experiments.
DeVoor's plans were temporarily put on hold when Xemu staged a comeback and temporarily overthrew the rule of Phineas. Xemu led an invasion into Attilan on Earth in a plot to force Black Bolt to power his Thunder Horn, a device able to magnify sound hundreds of times over. Xemu's invasion force was overcome with the aid of the Fantastic Four, and Phineas returned to leadership.
Soon after this, DeVoor, who was secretly working with Arkon, used Phineas' temperature control devices to cause a near-ice age on mainstream Earth, expanding the polar icecaps. At the same time, DeVoor, who pretended to have similar corporations on mainstream Earth (Inter-Locking Technologies) and Earth-A (Inter-Related Technocracies) ran similar plots on those worlds. DeVoor used the Time Machine of the Baxter Building to send a number of menaces, from soldiers of various armies to dinosaurs, to Earth-A. DeVoor also sent the Andrones of Reed Richards Robotics on Earth-A to the Fifth Dimension. Seeing these attacks of themselves, but unaware of the use of their own weapons on the other worlds, a three-way inter-dimensional war erupted. This plot was designed to end in nuclear war on all three worlds, which would then generate sufficient power to maintain light and heat on Arkon's realm, Polemachus.
Reed Richards of mainstream Earth (Mr. Fantastic) discovered DeVoor's involvement, and the Fantastic Four assisted in stopping the wars. The Human Torch, who had briefly returned to the Fifth Dimension in hopes of starting a romance with Valeria, had been appointed acting commander of Phineas' army, leading the "retaliatory assault" on Earth-A. The Torch learned the truth from his partner, the Thing, and the Reed Richards of Earth-A, and called off the assault.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby.
I'm not quite old enough to know for sure, but I believe that in the Sixties, it was a popular theme to extrapolate on three-dimensional reality and have other realms above the 3rd Dimension. That being said, the Fifth Dimension doesn't really have any properties associated with a reality that has five dimensions.
You'd think Johnny would make a return trip to see Valeria again some day.
Perhaps the "Fifth Dimension" was actually an
alternate Earth that was colonized by the blue-skinned Kree of its
universe (which would help to explain the advanced technology).
Clarifications: The Fifth Dimension has no known connection to the:
Valeria of the 5th Dimension has no connection to:
Phineas is the peace-loving ruler of the Fifth Dimension, and father of Valeria. He is a scientist who specializes in Temperature Control Devices. He convinced Johnny Storm to lead an uprising against Xemu, and assumed leadership after Xemu's defeat. He fell for a plot of Arkon and Albert DeVoor that nearly led to the destruction of his world, as well as Earth and Earth-A. He was temporarily deposed by Xemu, but was last seen again ruling his realm
--Strange Tales#103 (FF#162(fb), 159, , 161, 162, 
Theos was a former guard of Xemu, who stood watch over the Human Torch. He was infatuated with Valeria, and was mesmerized by her into freeing the Human Torch. His fate following Xemu's first defeat is unrevealed.
Valeria is the peace-loving daughter of Phineas. She freed the Human Torch from imprisonment at the hands of Xemu's troops, and developed a crush on him. After Xemu was overthrown, she pleaded with the Torch to stay with her, to no avail.
After Xemu's temporary overthrow of Phineas rule was defeated, Johnny met her again, and layed a big fat kiss on her. Soon after that, he returned to the Fifth Dimension to see her again, but wound up leading an assault force into Earth-A (Johnny had to be hopped up on hormones and trying to impress Valeria). And that's the last we saw of her.
Valeria, at least once, used a ring able to mesmerize others.
--Strange Tales#103 (FF#162(fb), 159, 161, 162, 
Xemu -see individual entry.
Strange Tales I#103 (December, 1962) - Stan Lee & Larry Lieber (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Fantastic Four I#158-159 (May-June, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Rich Buckler (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#161-163 (August-October, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Rich Buckler (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Last updated: 03/15/04
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