Classification: Extraterrestrial race
Location/Base of Operations: The planet Superius Rex, somewhere in another galaxy (see comments)
Known Members: None identified
Affiliations: NoneEnemies: Dunstan Blake
First Appearance: (Mentioned) Journey into Mystery I#54/2 (September, 1959); (seen) Journey into Mystery I#55/2 (November, 1959)
Powers/Abilities: Although appearing to be primitive ape-like creatures (see comments), the Superius Rexians were highly intelligent, and could communicate by mental telepathy.
Having developed technology far more advanced than Earth's, the Superius Rexians possessed spaceships capable of intergalactic travel, force-field generators, and electronic examination rays.
Traits: Seemingly a humane and peaceful race, the Superius Rexians were curious to learn about alien life-forms in the universe.
Fingers: Five (including opposing thumb)
Skin color: Light brown
Hair color: Dark brown
Average height: 5' 10"
(Journey into Mystery I#54/2 (fb) - BTS) - The history of the Superius Rexians is largely unrevealed, but their scientists had been observing Earthlings from afar for centuries; they decided to bring a human to them for close scientific study. But because the journey to their planet was extremely hazardous, they felt it only right to ensnare an Earthling of weak character and little sense of morality (i.e. one who did not deserve to remain on his planet). To trap such a human, the Superius Rexians sent an automated spaceship to Earth, where it landed somewhere in Tibet--they baited their trap with a large diamond.
(Journey into Mystery I#54/2 (fb) ) - Mercenary Dunstan Blake was trapped within the spaceship when he tried to steal the diamond; after the spaceship took flight from Earth, a recorded voice informed Blake of his destination (see comments).
(Journey into Mystery I#55/2 (fb) ) - When the spaceship landed on their planet, a group of primitive Superius Rexians (see comments) captured Blake and escorted him to an advanced city. Blake was taken to a hospital (...it was at this point that Blake learned the Superius Rexians could communicate telepathically), where a group of scientists were going to give him a "complete scientific examination"--knowing enough about such "examinations" (i.e. dissections) back on Earth, Blake ran from the room in blind panic, but was eventually recaptured.
Blake was strapped to an examination table, but rather than the feared crude methods used on Earth, the Superius Rexians instead examined him with harmless electronic rays.
When the examination was finished, the Superius Rexian scientists were quite disappointed by the results, for their subject--Dunstan Blake--was not nearly as intricate or intelligent of a creature as they had presumed--they concluded that the human race must be one of the more inferior ones in the universe.
Having determined that Blake was worthless to them, the Superius Rexians put him back aboard the spaceship and returned him to Earth.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Joe Sinnott.
By their physical appearance, the Superius Rexians looked like some unspecified species of prehistoric humans, possibly somewhere between Homo habilis and Homo erectus on the evolutionary scale. Maybe millions of years ago, the evolution of the Superius Rexians' bodies was halted, while their minds continued to develop and evolve.
According to the voice that Dunstan Blake heard on the recording, Superius Rex was a planet in "a galaxy a million light years" from Earth--perhaps it was meant to be in the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy (which is actually more than twice that distance), in which case, maybe Superius Rex had some connection to the Skrulls.
No explanation was ever given for those primitive Superius Rexians--maybe they were a faction of their civilization who rejected technology and preferred "roughing it" in the jungles.
When Blake was captured and taken to the scientists, I was reminded of the original Planet of the Apes movie.
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
The Superius Rexian race has no known connections to:
When Dunstan Blake was taken into a Superius Rexian hospital to be examined by their scientists, he tried to flee; but as he ran along the corridor, he found his way blocked by a force-field.
Blake next opened a window to make his escape, but found that he was too high in the building. Trembling with fear and uncertainty, Blake lost his footing and fell out the window; but as he plummeted to the ground, a security official saved Blake by using a force-field pistol to gradually lower him safely to the ground.
--Journey into Mystery I#55/2
Superius Rexian scientists wanted to run a "complete scientific examination" of Dunstan Blake--Blake feared that they meant "dissection".
But Blake was relieved when the scientists instead used a device that harmlessly bombarded his body with rays, while instruments recorded the findings.
--Journey into Mystery I#55/2
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Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p3, pan1 (primitive Superius Rexians take Dunstan Blake to advanced city)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p4, pan7 (Superius Rexians surrounding Dunstan Blake)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p3, pan4 (Superius Rexian scientists prepare to examine Dunstan Blake)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p5, pan4 (Superius Rexian scientists, disappointed by results of examining Dunstan Blake)
Evolution of Man: Homo habilis and Homo erectus
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p2, pan1 (primitive Superius Rexians approach Dunstan Blake)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p4, pan1 (in hospital, Dunstan Blake's escape blocked by force-field)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p4, pan5 (Superius Rexian security officer uses force-field generator pistol to gently lower falling Dunstan Blake to ground)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p5, pan2 (Superius Rexian scientists use examination rays on Dunstan Blake)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2, p5, pan3 (Dunstan Blake finds that examinations rays are harmless)
Journey into Mystery I#54/2 (September, 1959) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Larry Lieber (script), Joe Sinnott (pencils and inks), Stan Goldberg (colors), Artie Simek (letters)
Journey into Mystery I#55/2 (November, 1959) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Larry Lieber (script), Joe Sinnott (pencils and inks), Stan Goldberg (colors), Ray Holloway (letters)
First Posted: 12/31/2020
Last updated: 12/31/2020
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