Classification: Extraterrestrial

Location/Base of Operations: Invaded a radar outpost in northern Canada; originally from an unidentified planet in the Ninth Galaxy

Known Members: Three (at least one of whom was a Krill female (see comments)) (none identified)

Affiliations: Lou

Enemies: Earthlings in general (including an unidentified radar operator)

First Appearance: Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1 (January, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: The Krills displayed no paranormal abilities other than their advanced technology, which included an armada of spaceships capable of intergalactic travel (not depicted); they also possessed ray guns which could temporarily immobilize humans for an unspecified period of time.

A trio of Krills wore space-suits when they disembarked from their orbiting armada to descend to Earth's surface. The space-suits used some means of propulsion and navigation, and also provided life-support and protection from the heat and friction of atmospheric reentry.

Traits: Ruled by a monarchy, the Krills were an imperialistic and militarily aggressive race seeking to conquer Earth. They were willing to arrange a marriage between their king's daughter and a human, in order to gain his allegiance in their attempted conquest of Earth.
According to one of their race, Krills never lie.

Type: Semi-humanoid       
Fingers: Five (including opposing thumb)
Toes: Unrevealed
Skin color: Green
Hair color: Bald (males); brown (females)

Average height: 5' 10"

History (Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1 (fb) - BTS) - From their homeworld in the Ninth Galaxy, the Krills desired to conquer Earth; their king sent his daughter along with the invading armada of spaceships, in the hopes that there was an Earthling who would be willing to marry her, and thus betray Earth and cooperate with the invasion force.

The armada of Krill spaceships eventually reached Earth and orbited the planet. Knowing that their huge war fleet would eventually be detected by Earth's radar stations, a trio of Krills (including the king's daughter (see comments)) debarked from a ship in space-suits.

(Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1) - It was a dark and stormy night when the three Krills drifted down to the planet's surface; they landed near an isolated radar outpost in northern Canada. After barging into the installation, one of the Krills tried to negotiate a surrender with the two men operating the outpost; the Krill offered them rewards beyond their wildest dreams--wealth, power, and the most beautiful females in the universe as their brides--if they would only deactivate the radar system so the Krill fleet could make a surprise attack.

Intrigued by the alien's proposition, the lonely and cowardly Lou (whose only thought was of the prospect of marrying the most beautiful woman in the universe) took the Krill up on his offer, and he was willing to betray his own planet. But Lou's co-worker wouldn't stand for Lou's treachery--he punched Lou, then attempted to press an alarm button, but he found himself paralyzed by the Krill's ray gun.

Lou was introduced to his new bride, and she was indeed a beauty... unfortunately for him, she was beautiful only by Krill standards!

But even as Lou was meeting his wife-to-be, the other radar operator found that the paralyzing effect of the Krill's ray gun was beginning to wear off, and his finger inched closer to the alarm button... (see comments

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The final caption read: "At this very moment, the alarm has been sounded, and the invasion will be crushed!", so we can assume the unidentified radar operator eventually managed to press that alarm button; however, no further details were given as to exactly how the Krills were defeated.

As there has never been any record of a Krill invasion of Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe), nor any further appearances by the Krills since, it's possible that this story actually took place on an alternate Earth.

...or maybe it did take place on Earth-616, but perhaps the Krills soon discovered that their bodies had no immunity to the germs and viruses that naturally occur on Earth (the ol' H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" resolution) and cancelled the invasion.

...or maybe this story did take place on Earth-616, but in the pre-modern era, before the first appearance of the Fantastic Four. It would be easy enough to ret-con the Krills into Skrulls, and the Krill armada could be changed to that Skrull invasion fleet that previously threatened Earth, until it was destroyed by the First Line (@ Marvel: The Lost Generation I#12)--maybe that alarm button the unidentified radar operator pressed was a direct line to their headquarters.
(Such a ret-con wouldn't be unprecedented--the amnesiac shape-shifting "Martian" spy who appeared in Amazing Adult Fantasy#7/1 would eventually be ret-conned into the Skrull Zankor in that same Lost Generation mini-series.)
(BTW - Coincidentally, the Krills first appeared in the same month and year as the Skrulls (@ Fantastic Four I#2)).
And although it wasn't specifically stated in the story, I figured that Krill king's daughter was one of the trio who came down to Earth, considering how quickly she showed up at the end.--Ron Fredricks

The basic plot of this 5-page story--The Coming of the Krills--would be reused a few years later in Tales of Suspense I#47/2 (November, 1963)--Shock!--but with different characters, and set in the future.

But the actual Krills story was redone a few years later and expanded to 10-pages in Silver Surfer I#2/2 (October, 1968) as a "Tales of the Watcher" back-up feature--the Krills looked basically the same, but their skin-coloring was light-blue, and the king's daughter had longer hair; this version of the story also depicted the invading Krill spaceships, along with some of the crew members.

Offering a beautiful female member of their race in order to get a human to betray Earth, is a deal the Super-Skrull also offered Ward Meachum in Namor the Sub-Mariner#18 (September, 1991). Her name is Tenelle.

Profile by John Kaminski. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.

The Krills have no known connections to:

Krill female

The daughter of the Krill king, she was promised as a bride to Lou for his betrayal of Earth to the Krill invasion fleet.

She was said to be the most beautiful female in the universe...but, of course, that was by Krill standards (Translation: If my dog had a face like hers, I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards). 

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1

radar outpost

An isolated facility in northern Canada, it was operated by Lou and his co-worker.

The Krills wanted to launch a surprise attack on Earth, but they feared that their orbiting fleet of spaceships would be detected by the installation's radar system.

A trio of Krills was dispatched to the planet's surface, on a mission to deactivate the radar system.  

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1


Lou (last name unrevealed) was one of the two men stationed at an isolated radar facility in northern Canada.

But  the solitude of their location was too much for the lonely Lou to bear , and he was irritated by his co-worker's patriotism.

When a trio of Krills barged into the installation, the extraterrestrial invaders offered to reward the two men if they cooperated and deactivated the radar, so their orbiting war fleet wouldn't be detected. Although his co-worker refused to assist the Krills, Lou was willing to betray his own world to the invaders for their promises of wealth, power, and having the most beautiful female in the universe for his bride; but things didn't quite work out for Lou the way he hoped...

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1

unidentified radar operator

He was a loyal and patriotic man who was stationed at an isolated radar installation with Lou.  

When the invading Krills barged into the outpost, the aliens offered to reward him and Lou if they cooperated and deactivated the radar system. Although this man refused, Lou was willing to cooperate with the invaders. After punching the treacherous Lou, this radar operator tried to alert the outside world by pressing an alarm button; however, he was immobilized by a Krill ray gun before he could do so.

But while Lou was being presented with his "reward," the paralyzing effects of the ray gun began to wear off, and this radar operator was apparently able to press the button (see comments). 

--Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1

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Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p3, pan1 (Main Image - Krill invaders barge into radar outpost)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p3, pan2 (Headshot - Krill invader)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p2, pan3 (three Krills in space-suits drift down to Earth)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p3, pan8 (Krill invader offers rewards to unidentified radar operator and Lou)
Silver Surfer I#2/2, p10, pan5 (Krill invader, Krill female, Lou)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p5, pan7 (Krill female (left), Krill invader, Lou)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p2, pan6 (three Krills observe radar outpost)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p3, pan7 (radar outpost)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p2, pan7 (Lou complaining to his co-worker)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p4, pan3 (Lou agrees to betray Earth)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p5, pan2 (Lou excitedly awaits his bride-to-be)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p4, pan6 (unidentified radar operator runs to alarm button, but gets shot by Krill's ray gun)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p4, pan7 (unidentified radar operator finds himself immobilized, just short of alarm button)
Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1, p5, pan4 (unidentified radar operator finds that effect of Krill ray gun is wearing off)

Amazing Adult Fantasy#8/1 (January, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils/inks), Stan Goldberg (colors), Artie Simek (letters)
Silver Surfer I#2/2 (October, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Paul Reinman (inks), Bill Everett (colors), Sam Rosen (letters) - original story redone

First Posted: 8/22/2006
Last updated: 03/20/2021

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