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Classification: Alternate Reality (Reality-5106) humanoid extraterrestrial

Location/Base of Operations: Planet Stygia, also a Stygian planetoid "continent"

Known Members: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Humans (notably John Dixon)

First Appearance: Space Squadron#1/3 (June, 1951)

Powers/Abilities: The Stygian civilization is very advanced and long-lived. Stygians have mastered magnet technology over stellar objects to the point they can stop an object traveling at 50 billion miles per minute (over four times the speed of light) and can exactly direct stellar objects over vast distances (such as the Death-Star). Stygians apparently have cloaking technology for their warp-capable space vehicles. They claim to have strong lungs that can withstand harsh chemical atmospheres (although their large proboscis may help filtering out impurities).

Traits: Stygians are arrogant and self-confident with a superiority complex over other species. They enjoy parading their advanced technology to aliens, but seek awe and terror from them in their merciless approach to the slaughter of their victims to maintain regional space dominance.

Type: Humanoid
Eyes: Green/black
Fingers: Five (with opposable thumb) (approximately two-thirds length of a standard adult human)
Toes: Unrevealed
Skin color: Green
Average height: 5'9" (haunched)


(Space Squadron#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Stygians live on a planet far beyond Earth's solar system. They mastered magnetic technology to the extent they could induce exact targeted movement in stellar objects, including small stars. The long-lived Stygian civilization monitored nearby star systems and were aware of Earth for 100 million years, but felt threatened by the presence and rapid technological advancement of humans. With humans entering and exploring space, Stygians resolved to destroy humankind by obliterating Earth, using a small magnetically induced star--a "Death-Star"--traveling at sub-light speed to hit Earth. Stygia set off a planetoid "continent" (apparently cloaked) into Earth's solar system that would obscure the Death-Star's approach from Earth's sensors and observation.

(Space Squadron#1/3 (fb)) - In late 1952, human test pilot John Dixon blasted off in an atomic-powered rocket plane into space and collided with the Stygian planetoid base. The Stygians rescued him from the bleak surface, providing a helmet that protected him from the local atmosphere. The aliens took him to their laboratory and gloated to Dixon over their plan to destroy Earth. But the quick-thinking test pilot manipulated the Stygian leader by claiming humans were smarter than Stygians. The leader hoped humans would panic with impending disaster set to occur in early 1955, and they released Dixon to return home.

   Dixon reached Earth and soon convinced the American Government to direct resources to find a way to stop the Death-Star. Dixon led the team that set a powerful bomb into the path of the star. The massive explosion shattered the Death Star, scattering debris across space with one large piece smashing into the Stygian planetoid, ending the immediate alien threat.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer & George Tuska.

    Derived from the word Styx from the Greek underworld river, "Stygian" means dark and gloomy, suggesting the nature of their home planet.

    Space Squadron describes space a little differently, perhaps unique to that reality; "galaxy" refers to the solar system and nearby space objects, while "universe" relates to the galaxy (although at one point, the Stygian leader declares they will rule "the universe of the galaxy!" -- presumably meaning all of the galaxy). And the Stygians' space-roving "continent" is shown as a small barren planetoid with (apparently) natural features like small mountains.

    Distances and speeds seem to be fairly arbitrary; I suspect just big numbers for 'wow' factor without consistency or scientific considerations. Google would've been great for early scifi writers.

    Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for assistance with credits.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Stygians have no known connections to:


The Death-Star was a small star weaponized by the nefarious Stygians, who used their powerful magnet technology to direct its motion to target Earth at near light speed with impact scheduled for February 1955. It appeared as a fiery comet. But 2.5 years earlier, human space explorer John Dixon by chance crashed into a roving Stygian planetoid base in Earth's solar system. The Stygian leader gloated about their plan to Dixon, who returned to Earth and helped direct efforts to destroy the Death-Star. A powerful atomic bomb was placed in the Death-Star's path and caused it to explode, scattering its debris into space. One chunk impacted the Stygian planetoid before the aliens could escape. Another piece crashed into planet Mercury. Many years later, Dixon was buried at the base of the Death-Star mound on Mercury.




--Space Squadron#1/3

John Dixon

Born in 1920, John  Dixon became a test pilot for the US Army. In 1952, he blasted into space in an experimental atomic rocket plane but crashed into a black planetoid (apparently cloaked) used by nefarious Stygian extraterrestrials. They saved him from the toxic atmosphere with a helmet and explained their mission to eliminate the threat of the now-spacefaring exploratory human race by obliterating Earth in 1955 using a speeding magnet-influenced Death-Star. Dixon manipulated the Stygians to release him and he returned to Earth. He quickly persuaded the American Government to direct their resources to developing a weapon to stop the Death-Star and in February 1955, led the mission that placed a powerful atomic device in the path of the star. The Death-Star exploded, saving the Earth and ending the threat of the nearby Stygians. Dixon's name became legend, nicknamed the "Star-Smasher", and in 1987, he became the first human to touch Mercury's soil. He died in 1991 and, as he had requested, he was buried under a fragment of the Death-Star that had impacted Mercury decades earlier.

   Years later (in 2000), his great grandson, Captain "Jet" Dixon of Space Squadron, traveled to Mercury on the anniversary of the Death-Star's destruction to pay respect at John Dixon's grave.




--Space Squadron#1/3

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Space Squadron#1/3, p4, pan2 (main image, side view)
   p5, pan4 (headshots)
   p3, pan5 (3 on planetoid landscape)
   p1, pan1 (Death-Star)
   p4, pan1 (Dixon)
   p2, pan7 (Dixon's grave marker)

Space Squadron#1/3 (June, 1951) - uncredited writer, George Tuska (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 10/19/2023
Last updated: 10/19/2023

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