THING from PLANET X
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-5953), extraterrestrial plant life (see comments)
Occupation: Would-be conqueror
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Cap, Chuck and Dave
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#3/2 (May, 1959)
Powers/Abilities: Standing about 18 inches high, the Thing from Planet X was a sentient plant which could dominate the minds of others via mental telepathy. The Thing also had the ability to reproduce itself by releasing spores. The plant-thing took oxygen from the air and replaced it with a gas poisonous to all other plants and animals. The plant-thing's powers of mental domination weakened every thirty hours.
History: (Tales of Suspense I#3/2 (fb) - BTS) - Spawned from "the floral plant which was created by a great solar explosion when the universe was still young," the plant-thing was confined to its own planet until it was spread throughout the universe when other space travelers came around; through them, the plants spread throughout other planets in the universe and took oxygen from the air and replaced it with a gas poisonous to all other plants and animals.
(Tales of Suspense I#3/2) - At some point in the future, an Earth scout ship landed on an unknown planet ("Planet X") and the three crew members took an alien plant sample aboard their ship. Later, they sensed a telepathic message -- "You are in my power -- you will obey me -- you will do as I command! You will obey me!!" After paralyzing the men and telling them its story, the plant-thing commanded them to take it to its next conquest -- Earth!
As they sped through space towards Earth, Cap (while using the washroom) noticed that the plant-thing's power over him seemed to diminish, and he theorized that it was because of the power unit next to the washroom interfering with the plant-thing's power. Also noticing that the plant's control cycle weakened every thirty hours, Cap formulated an escape plan and scrawled a message to the other two men on the washroom wall (since they would all use the washroom, eventually). As the ship approached Earth's orbit, the time came, and all three scrambled into an emergency escape pod which launched them away from the ship and the plant-thing's mental domination.
The ship plummeted into the ocean and exploded. But as they no longer had any proof of the plant-thing's existence ("Who will believe us if we tell about the Thing from Planet X?"), the three crew members made up a story for their official report. All three men were brought in for investigation and were tried for court-martial offenses, but they were cleared of all charges when the court-martial board came to the conclusion that the ship's destruction was an accident ("Guess one ship had to smash up sooner or later!").
In the end, Cap, Dave, and Chuck decided they were going to get some strong backing before they told the world about the Thing from Planet X -- they would go to Interplanetary Society for the Study of Unusual Life Forms (the best place to start), then go back with a way to control the creatures so they'd never menace Earth again!
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Steve Ditko.
As this story took place at some point in the future, it's possible that it did take place (or WILL take place) in Earth-616 continuity, or it could just as easily take place in some of the other futuristic Earth universes.
The "Planet X" in this story was just an unidentified world that was only assigned that name, and it probably has no connection to any of the other various Planet X's which are the homeworlds of Groot, Goom, or the Xantha race (...or maybe it does).
Maybe the Thing from Planet X had some connection to the H'ylthri race.
I can think of a few other evil plants like Green Thing, Earth-Crawlers, the aforementioned H'ylthri or Cousin Betsy's allies Arti Choke, Rhoda Dendron and Mari Gold. These are just the first that came to my mind and there are many more. I know that a lot of people here at the Appendix are afraid of the Cockroach Conspiracy, but IMHO sentient plants are just as dangerous as them and I fear the day they unite.
Fear...The Chlorophyll Confederacy!
And a big THANK YOU to Dennis Giansante for scanning this story for me!
Profile by John Kaminski
The Thing from Planet X has no known connections to:
Cap, Chuck and Dave
The three-man crew of an Earth scoutship, they landed on an unidentified world ("Planet X"). While collecting plant samples, they unknowingly took a menacing alien lifeform aboard their ship.
--Tales of Suspense I#3/2
Tales of Suspense I#3, p8, pan1 (main image)
Tales of Suspense I#3 (May, 1959) - Steve Ditko (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense#1 (October, 2006) - reprint
Last updated: 09/16/07
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