The Little People


Classification: Sub-species of humanity

Location/Base of Operations: Deep woods on an unnamed mountain in Europe

Known Members: None named

Affiliations: Gulliver, Lemuel Gulliver (loose)

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#103/2 (December, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: The Little People could use magic. They knew how to set some magic herbs on fire to produce a smoke to stun and paralyze normal men. They could also build an enchanted rope that did not break; it could tie a normal man down even though it was thinner than a spider's web.

Traits: The little people seemed very much like human people except for the fact that they were 15cm tall. They had a long lifespan of at least two to three centuries, so their aging process was very slow.


(Strange Tales I#103/2 (fb) - BTS) - Around the end of 19th Century, Gulliver discovered the Little People in their land in Europe. They welcomed him and became friends, but when he left they were very sad. The Little People waited for many years hoping that Gulliver would came back to them.

(Strange Tales I#103/2) - Near the end of the 20th Century, day the Little People met another man called Lemuel who seemed to be just like Gulliver. They were very happy to see him and wanted to hold him there. However, the man did not know them and tried to go away, but they drugged him using their magic herbs. While the fire burned the herbs, they started tying him up with a magic rope. However, it started raining and the water put out the fire. Lemuel was able to free himself and ran away. The Little People knew that Gulliver would never come back.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee & Larry Lieber (writers) and Don Heck (pencils & inks).

How old is the Little People race? They declared to have waited centuries for Gulliver's return, so it would be a good guess that the man called Gulliver whom they had met was the one described in Jonathan Swift's novel (18th Century). However, in the novel, the Little People's home of Lilliput was in the Indian Ocean.

   They had a very old picture of Gulliver. Considering that photography was only invented in the first part of the 19th Century and that the story should take part in the middle or (stretching it) the end of the 20th Century, the word "centuries" seems to be an exaggeration. Maybe it only was an exclamation and it meant "a lot of years, more than a century." In any case, the little humans could live for a very long time.

   The fact that they knew magic could also lead one to think that they could hide themselves from indiscreet and unwanted eyes; if so, then their presence could go back in time for centuries or more.

Profile by Spidermay.

The Little People have no known connections to

Lemuel Gulliver has no known connections to

Lemuel Gulliver

Lemuel Gulliver and his wife

Lemuel Gulliver was a normal man, born in the USA, who went to live in Europe with his wife Emma. He was a descendant of Gulliver, the man who had met the Little People a century before. 

    Lemuel Gulliver was having a casual walk in a forest when he accidentally came across the Little People. When they asked him why he didn't recognize them, he stated that he obviously did not know what they were speaking of. He was a little scared of the situation and tried to go away but was stunned by the smoke produced by the magic herbs that they had set on fire. He was lucky in that rain put out the fire and he could overcome the drug-like effects of the smoke and then fled. He later told his story to his wife but she didn't believe him.

--Strange Tales I#103/2



Gulliver was a normal man. He probably was the first man to meet the Little People around the middle of the 19th Century. Gulliver became friend of the Little People and gave them a picture of himself. After a while, he left the Little People but they never forgot him.




--Strange Tales I#103/2

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Strange Tales I#103/2, p2, pan7 (little people)
Strange Tales I#103/2, p5, pan5 (Lemuel Gulliver and Emma)
Strange Tales I#103/2, p3, pan3 (Gulliver's picture)

Strange Tales I#103/2 (December, 1962) - Stan Lee and Larry Lieber (writers), Don Heck (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 05/26/2008
Last updated: 05/26/2008

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