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FERNUSAN race

Classification: Extraterrestrial race

Location/Base of Operations: Fernius (planet)

Known Members: None named

Affiliations: None

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#51/3 (March, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: Fernusans have incredible mental powers capable of manipulating matter to harm other life forms, generate a personal force field and hover above the ground. They use electro-psychic means for short-range direct communication. At least one Fernusan was capable of vast interstellar travel via teleportation hops, although it is unrevealed if it was augmented.

Traits: Fernusans are sentient plants and require limited sunlight for sustenance, as well as occasional exposure to soil and moisture for nutrients. About 1' tall with wide leaves/fronds, each has an intelligence center which, if damaged, incapacitates it. Notably, there are three tendril-like roots that presumably help anchor the Fernusan to soil. At least some are capable of generating large flowers. Fernusans are elitist and take to conquest to alleviate boredom.

History:

(Tales of Suspense I#51/3 (fb) - BTS) - On planet Fernius, the self-described "vegi-forms" developed the highest form of intelligence and became the dominant life-form, coercing humanoid natives to serve them nutrients and tend their needs. However, subjugation of the local species eventually bored the Fernusans and they decided to conquer another world. Rather than use technological means, they chose one of their own to explore the universe to find another inhabited planet.

(Tales of Suspense I#51/3 (fb)) - Finding little life in its own galaxy, the chosen Fernusan came across Earth and, detecting water, vegetation, animals and humans, went to investigate and challenge a representative of the dominant human species.

(Tales of Suspense I#51/3) - The Fernusan selected an inconspicuous greenhouse in the US Midwest, nestled itself in the soil, and challenged the farmer there to a winner-takes-all duel. To demonstrate its power, the Fernusan levitated the greenhouse, then disintegrated it into dust. Daring the farmer to attack, it instead put up a mental force field tuned only against humans, then used its mental powers to stretch and twist the farmer's body so that he was helpless to move. Declaring itself victor, the Fernusan levitated upward, intending to travel back to Fernius to begin an invasion, but a crow swooped down, seeing the Fernusan as a ripe vegetable, and damaged the Fernusan's intelligence center, leaving the alien harmless. The farmer speculated that there may be a providence watching over the planet and humankind (see comments).

 

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (plot), Larry Lieber (script/pencils) and Matt Fox (inks).

Given the multiple pantheons of the Marvel Universe, the semi-religious closing of the story could be interpreted now with the crow being one of Odin's ravens or the Native American trickster god, etc. (assuming this can be placed in the Earth-616 universe).

This story was reprinted in Creatures on the Loose#21 (January, 1973), which is where the images are from.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Fernusans have no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Creatures on the Loose#21/3, p3, pan2 (main image, in space)
Creatures on the Loose#21/3, p2, pan4 (nestled in soil)
Creatures on the Loose#21/3, p2, pan6 (surface of Fernius with slaves).


Appearances:
Tales of Suspense I#51/3 (March, 1964) - Stan Lee (plot), Larry Lieber (script/pencils), Matt Fox (inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 07/19/17

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