Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly Impercepto

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed)

Occupation: Gold-thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "That Malevolent Alien"

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Hostess Twinkies ad "The Power of Gold!" (seen in various Marvel Comics published November, 1980 - including Micronauts I#23)

Powers/Abilities: Impercepto was a diminutive alien who had the ability to become invisible. In some way, Impercepto used the metal, gold, for energy. Ironically, his major weakness was the reaction of his DNA structure when he came into contact with the color, gold, and he was forcibly rendered visible.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 3'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 45 lbs.)
Eyes: Black
Hair: None

History: (Hostess Twinkies ad "The Power of Gold!") - Mr. Fantastic was concerned that a museum's exhibit of gold would attract  the attention of the alien gold-thief Impercepto. His concern was proven warranted when Impercepto showed up as predicted. As Richards engaged Impercepto in battle, he found the struggle pointless, as he could not find the invisible outlaw. Remembering Impercepto's weakness of materializing when he came into contact with gold, Richards used the next best thing: Hostess Twinkies with GOLDEN sponge cake and creamy filling. Upon making contact with the tasty terrestrial treat, the tiny terror materialized and was ensnared by Mr. Fantastic.

Comments: Created by an unknown writer and an unknown artist.

     Impercepto was mentioned in the Appendix to the Fantastic Four Encyclopedia.

     You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!

Profile by John Kaminski.

should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Hostess Twinkies ad "The Power of Gold!," panel 5 (main)
Hostess Twinkies ad "The Power of Gold!," panel 6 (captured by Mr. Fantastic)

Hostess Twinkies ad "The Power Gold!" (November, 1980) - unknown writer, artist & editor

First posted: 12/21/2005
Last updated: 06/28/2022

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