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Real Name: Unrevealed (presumably XR79B)

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed)

Occupation: Tourist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Hank Johnson

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile across the galaxy 

First Appearance: World of Fantasy#18/5 (June, 1959)

Powers/Abilities: XR79B appeared like a normal human and enjoyed traveling to new worlds.


(World of Fantasy#18/5 (fb) - BTS) - XR79B was an alien tourist who mistakenly arrived on the "restricted primitive planet" of Earth in New York. Because he spoke by a small, portable, handheld device, a local observer thought he spoke to the celestial stars. This information was relayed to reporter Hank Johnson.

(World of Fantasy#18/5) - XR79B was approached by Johnson and showed him the communicator he used to talk with those on Ursa Volans, promising to attend a convention there later. XR79B spoke of other worlds and civilizations, such as those from Iota Orionis or the underground city of New Draconia near Beta Centauri, and how astral energy from strongly ionized stars could be used as a source to travel across space. Realizing that Johnson was not a fellow tourist but a native and that he'd landed on a restricted planet, XR79B was concerned about losing his galactic passport and rocketed into space after pressing a stud on his belt buckle.



Comments: Created by uncredited writer (see comments) and John Forte (pencils & inks).

A bit odd that he dressed like a local - maybe he had some sort of stealth suit on that reflected back what local people expected to see. list the story as possibly being credited to Stan Lee (plot) and Larry Lieber (script).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

XR79B has no known connections to:

Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson was a reporter at the "Daily World" who followed a tip on someone who apparently spoke to the stars. Johnson spoke to XR79B, who finally realized that he was on the wrong planet. Johnson was greatly surprised when the alien suddenly departed. The reporter chose not to write about the encounter, but later reflected on life beyond Earth.



--World of Fantasy#18/5

Iota Orionis race

The inhabitants of Iota Orionis were considered the best mathematicians in the universe, and knew how to levitate and dematerialize.









--World of Fantasy#18/5

Ursa Volans

The planet Ursa Volans was well known in the region and dominated by the domed city of Regulus. It was about 470,000 light years from Earth.






--World of Fantasy#18/5

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World of Fantasy#18/5, p1, pan4 (main image)
    p4, pan3 (headshot)
    p1, pan1 (Johnson)
    p3, pan3 (Iota Orionis)
    p3, pan2 (Ursa Volans)

World of Fantasy#18/5 (June, 1959) - uncredited writer, John Forte (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 08/25/17

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