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By Byron Brewer
There is nothing as selfish as a new-born baby; all they want or care for is their own needs, and this is only right. The trouble is when you extend that want or need to a cosmic scale. That is what happened with the Infant Terrible in Fantastic Four #24.
The Infant Terrible is a new baby from a race of extraterrestrial beings known as the Elan, who have almost-omnipotent powers. He eventually got lost and wandered to Earth, to New York City(natch!). Just wanting some fun, he accomplished deeds such as creating a giant milk bottle, summoning giant toy soldiers, ice cream, berries and soda pop.
The Fantastic Four investigated this and found out he had the mind of a child, and nicknamed him "Infant Terrible," based on the French expression enfant terrible. The Infant Terrible soon got tricked by a gangster called Big Joe into stealing some money from a bank. Causing a ruckus and not being able to communicate with Earthlings, he turned violent and caused even more damage, endangering the whole Earth as he tried to make the Sun squash the planet.
Reed Richards finally managed to call for a neighboring alien spaceship which happened to have the alien child's parents and brought him home safe and sound. (Aww --)
An older Infant Terrible, referred to as the Delinquent, appeared as one of the elite troops fighting for Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave. As with the Galactus Herald Terrax and Paibok the Power Skrull, he was fighting against his will. In one of many confrontations, the Delinquent, now missing an antenna, is stabbed multiple times by Drax the Destroyer. Somehow the young Elan survives the confrontation.
Later, he is with Paibok and Terrax when Annihilus perishes, freeing them from his mind control. However, the Delinquent still has the mind of a near-baby and is pretty much useless in a battle against Randau the Space Parasite. The Delinquent manages to craft a spaceship to save his and Paibok's life after Terrax, angered by recent events, leaves them. They intended to head to what remains of the Skrull Empire.
I love doing these old Lee/Kirby toss-”˜em-in aliens, even though sometimes there is not a lot to say about their one- or two-issue appearances. There is so much story to be mined from these great creations of The Man and The King. Sadly, Marvel seems to have forgotten that -- and them.