Classification: Extraterrestrial race
Location/Base of Operations: Fernius (planet)
Known Members: None named
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#51/3
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.
(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.
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.
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).
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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