Real Name: Xakku
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Guna)
Occupation: Master scout of the Guna
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Guna government
Enemies: Uatu the Watcher
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Master Scout Xakku
Base of Operations: Earth's moon;
formerly Gunava, Janoth star system, Andromeda galaxy
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#55/2 (July, 1964)
Powers: Xakku has the standard abilities
of a Guna, such as a reptilian metabolism, and hands and feet
adapted for digging. He was apparently long-lived, claiming to have not
experienced "anything so amusing in centuries."
He had access to advanced technology, such as his ship, which was capable of warp-speed intergalactic travel. He also had the "Magneto-Gravity Machine" which allegedly could pull a star across intergalactic distances, or even the entire universe. This machine also transforms the stellar body into "anti-energy" to allow it to pass unharmed through barriers in space or time. Xakku had the intelligence to operate his advanced equipment, but his arrogance was his big weakness.
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 155 lbs.
(Tales of Suspense I#55/2 (fb)) - At an undetermined point in the past, the Guna race found that their own sun was burning out, causing their world to become progressively colder and darker. The scientists of Guna devised the Magneto-Gravity Machine in order to pull a new sun into their system to replace the failing one. Master Scout Xakku was sent out to find a star that exactly matched their own's size, radiance, etc. Xakku eventually found what he was looking for in Sol, the Earth's sun.
(Tales of Suspense I#55/2) - Xakku knew that one of the Watchers was based on Earth's moon, so he pretended to nearly crash on the Earth's moon and then requested assistance from Uatu. When Uatu refused and explained his vow, Xakku knew he need not fear interference from Uatu, so he dropped the pretense of being stranded and explained his true mission. Xakku mocked Uatu for his great power, but his helplessness to actually do anything. Uatu, apparently intrigued by the technology necessary to accomplish the feat that Xakku described, questioned him at great length on how the device functioned. Xakku laughed at his helplessness again, until he turned and saw that while Uatu had questioned him, his ship had sunk deep into a bog. Xakku suddenly realized that his own oxygen tanks were running low, and he would soon suffocate without help from Uatu. Uatu reiterated his own vow not to interfere with the lives of others, and walked away, leaving Xakku to die.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber.
This story may have taken place in the modern era, but it could have just as easily occurred decades, centuries, or even millennia in the past.
The fate of the Guna race was not determined, so it unknown if they died due to Xakku's failure. A few members of the Guna have been seen since, such as in Avengers Spotlight#25/2.
Xakku might have burrowed below the surface of the moon to hibernate to survive the loss of oxygen. His ship is most likely available to anyone who might wish to possess a device able to move a sun across intergalactic distances. This might have applications to the Polemachans, who are always looking for a source of heat and light.
This story was reprinted in Marvel Collectors' Item Classics#20 (April, 1969).
Sun-Stealer has an Atlas Age prototype in "The Thieves" Adventures Into Weird Worlds#27 (March, 1954) 3rd story.
Sun-Stealer has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.
Xakku should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Tales of Suspense I#55/2, page 4, panel 5
Tales of Suspense I#55/2, page 4, panel 3
Tales of Suspense I#55/2 (July, 1964) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Larry Lieber (script/artist)
Last updated: 03/09/16
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