Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoid

Location/Base of Operations: Xenia, a planet in the Black Void

Known Members: Unidentified ambassador

Affiliations: Thousands of other alien races

Enemies: None

Aliases: Xemans

First Appearance: Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9 (February, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: The Xenians' standard level of technology is well above Earth norms. Xenians have mastered faster-than-light travel for their spaceships. Although they do not speak English, they evidently have some form of long-range monitoring devices which they used to study Earth and learn the English language.

The Xenians are roughly similar to humans in appearance and breathe oxygen as humans do.

Traits: The Xenians are similar to humans in personality.

(Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9/3) - A Xenian set out from the Black Void to Earth to serve as an ambassador in an offer of friendship to the planet. The Xenian studied English so that he could speak the local tongue. Aware that humans were at a lower level of technology than the Xenians, he landed his craft in a desolate area where he wouldn't frighten anyone.

As he could breathe in Earth's oxygen atmosphere, the Xenian removed his spacesuit and donned cloth apparel so he wouldn't appear frightening. Heading to a major US city, the Xenian called out to the passing crowds that he had come as an ambassador from the Black Void. However, the mobs of people completely ignored him. The Xenian was shocked that the humans had so little interest in what he had to say, considering the thousands of planets where the Xenians had been welcomed for their knowledge and friendship. Disappointed, he returned to his ship and departed Earth, still wondering why his mission failed. Unknown to the Xenian, he had landed on April 1st - April Fool's Day - and the crowds thought he was playing a joke.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

    It's a little unusual for an alien race to have two names for themselves (especially from a 3-page story where the 1st page was a lone splash image!) but maybe Xeman and Xenian are analogous to "human" and "person."

Profile by Prime Eternal.

The Xenians should not be confused with:

Xenian spaceship

The Xenian spaceship is capable of faster-than-light travel. It appeared to be designed for merely a one-man crew and likely could not support large groups comfortably.

--Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9/3

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Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9/3, page 2, panel 6 (a Xenian, main image)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9/3, page 2, panel 2 (a Xenian in spacesuit)
Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9/3, page 2, panel 1 (Xenian spaceship)

Amazing Adult Fantasy I#9/3 (February, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Steve Ditko (artist)

First posted: 03/02/2023
Last updated: 03/02/2023

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