Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial humanoid

Occupation: Invader

Group Membership: Led own spaceship crew/goons

Affiliations: His own goons

Enemies: Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Girl (Sue Richards), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm))

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Shorty"

Base of Operations: His Alien Launching Platform in outer space

First Appearance: The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-1 (Kenner See-a-Show cartoon slide, 1967)

Powers/Abilities: The Meteor Menace did not appear to possess any superhuman powers but piloted an immense Alien Launching Platform from where he could travel through space and fire gigantic meteor-like shells and tractor beams. He also carried an alien ray gun and wore a suit that allowed him to breathe and survive in the vacuum of space. He was quite boastful of his technological power despite his cowardice.


(The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-1) - The Meteor Menace traveled to Earth via his Alien Launching Platform and bombarded the planet with his meteor-like shells. Tracking the source of the shells to the Launching Platform, the Fantastic Four were caught in the Platform's tractor beam and pulled onboard.

(The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-2) - Confronting the FF himself, the Meteor Menace pulled a ray gun on them but quickly ran away when Mr. Fantastic stretched his arms toward the Menace, who sent two of his goons after the heroic team. While Mr. Fantastic made short work of the goons & the Thing tore about the Launching Platform, Human Torch encircled the Meteor Menace and Invisible Girl forced him to retreat by turning invisible and pointing the Menace's own guns at him. Terrified, the Meteor Menace and his goons fled into space, leaving the destroyed Launching Platform behind.

Comments: Created by an uncredited writer and artist.

How much would you bet that Mr. Fantastic raided the technology of the Alien Launching Platform, using its parts to make some of his own inventions?

The Meteor Menace was only named as such in the story's title.

The Meteor Menace's appearance was in toy See-a-Show cartoon slides made by Kenner. Each slide had copyright 1967 Marvel Comics Group on them, meaning that Marvel owns the characters, not Kenner.

It would've been interesting if the Meteor Menace had shown back up decades later during "Maximum Security" or "Annihilation"...

Special Thanks to Kerry Callen for the images!

Profile by Proto-Man.

The Meteor Menace has no known connection to:

Alien Launching Platform

The Alien Launching Platform was piloted by the Meteor Menace when he attacked Earth with its artillery shells. When the Fantastic Four investigated, the Platform's tractor beam pulled them onboard, where they battled the Menace's goons and ultimately forced his retreat. During the battle, the Thing destroyed much of the Platform.

The Platform was equipped with large, meteor-like artillery shell blasters and a tractor beam.

--The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-1 & Part-2 (d)

Meteor Menace's goons

When the Meteor Menace threatened Earth and the Fantastic Four arrived to investigate, the Menace sent a group of goons after them but Mr. Fantastic made short work of them. Upon the Menace's defeat, the Menace and all of his goons fled into space.

--The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-2

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The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-1, pan5 (Alien Launching Platform)
The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-1, pan7 (Meteor Menace headshot)
The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-2, pan3 (Meteor Menace's goons)
The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-2, pan6 (Meteor Menace main image)

The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-1 (Kenner See-a-Show slide, 1967) - uncredited writer & artist
The Fantastic Four in "Meteor Menace," Part-2 (Kenner See-a-Show slide, 1967) - uncredited writer & artist

Last updated: 09/04/12

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