Journey Into Mystery #62
Issue(s): Journey Into Mystery #62
This is the first appearance of Xemnu the Titan.
He was a giant fuzzy criminal who crash-landed on Earth...
...and hypnotized people into building a spaceship for him.
The ship was so large it would have destroyed the Earth on take-off, so the one scientist who wasn't hypnotized sabotages the ship. Instead of a full lift-off, it just pushed Xemnu's ship adrift in space.
The Monsters on the Prowl reprint also includes a short story called Escape written and drawn by Ralph Reese. There's no info on where it originally came from. It's a story about an escaped convict who finds the fountain of youth with a "typical" Twilight Zone twist. Good stuff.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Monsters on the Prowl #11
Xemnu was actually colored orange in his first story; it was changed here to conform with his Defenders appearance.
The Ralph Reese story is most likely an original.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 30, 2011 10:02 PM
I always find it amusing when you look back at pre-FF stories and find characters or names that echo later creations, but which are clearly unconnected in any way to the later ones.
The "Living Hulk" here, "The Watchers" from the previous entry, "Aunt May" and "Uncle Ben" showing up in a pre-Spider-Man story - you can clearly see that Stan and Jack had a tendency to reuse names and concepts (because, ehh, who cares? It's comics, not literature).
Even more amusing is when later writers remember or rediscover these coincidences and then retcon things to connect them to the later ones, so it creates a web of connections that weren't originally intentional, but which weave a richer backstory.
Posted by: ParanoidObsessive | July 17, 2014 5:16 PM
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