Real Name: Justin Alphonse Gamble

Identity/Class: Human, technology user

Occupation: Time traveler

Group Membership: Former member of the Time Variance Authority

Affiliations: Anachronauts, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Merlin, Terminatrix

Enemies: Incinerators

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Sergius O'Shaughnessy

First Appearance: Power Man and Iron Fist#79 (March, 1982)

Powers/Abilities: Professor Gamble is a brilliant thinker and inventor, described as a "Victorian gentleman, scholar, eccentric, and scourge of evil mechanical monsters everywhere!" He claimed at one point to be over ninety-five years old. He possesses a time machine which he took from the Time Variance Authority which can disguise its exterior appearance to blend in with whatever era Gamble travels to, and reconfigure its interior to whatever appearance Gamble desires. It is also much larger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside.

History: (Avengers Annual#22/2 (fb) - BTS) - Professor Justin Alphonse Gamble was once a member of the Time Variance Authority until he left the organizaiton, "borrowing" one of their time machines. Gamble became a time travelling adventurer, and encountered the rogue TVA robots, the Incinerators, on several occasions.

(Power Man and Iron Fist#79 (fb) - BTS) - Under the alias of "Sergius O'Shaughnessy", Gamble penned a popular Broadway play entitled "Day of the Dredlox" in which actor Bob Diamond portrayed the heroic Professor Gamble, battling the Dredlox (Incinerators).

(Power Man and Iron Fist#79)- With his time machine disguised as a bookstore, Gamble encountered Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who were attempting to free Diamond from the Incinerators, who thought him to be Gamble, and needed him to fix their time platform. Gamble had Cage and Iron Fist distract the Incinerators long enough for him to activate his temporal polarization destablizier, returning them all to their own time. Gamble himself then disappeared.

(Avengers Annual#22/2 (fb))- At a later point, the Incinerators snuck a miniaturized Incinerator inside of Gamble's time machine with a TVA replicator, and soon flooded the machine with more Incinerators. They took Gamble hostage, and tore from his mind the means to create a Time Incinerator with which to eradciate time itself. Needing the Starstone to do this, they directed his time machine to Camelot to retrieve the Starstone immediately after it fell to earth.

(Avengers Annual#22/2) - However, the Anachronauts, led by Terminatrix, set after the Incinerators and fought their way inside the time machine. They set Gamble free, and after he recovered the remote control for his time machine, he was able to expel all of the Incinerators from the machine. He thanked the Anachronauts, who couldn't believe they had been saved by a little man in a bow tie, then Gamble set off to give the Starstone to Merlin in exchange for his Book of Skelos.

Comments: Created by Jo Duffy, Kerry Gammill and Ricardo Villamonte.

Professor Gamble is, of course, an homage to Dr. Who, and the Incinerators are his equivalent to the Daleks.

Gamble has the Doctor beat in at least one respect -- his time machine can actually change its exterior appearance.

The alias "Sergius O'Shaughnessy" was also an alias used by Denny O'Neil while writing for DC and Charlton comics.

Just a point about his name which further ties him to the Doctor. Douglas Adams, before he became a famous author the world over, wrote for the show. One of the stories he worked on, broadcast under the name "City of Death", had the working title of "A Gamble with Time". I'm pretty certain that Jo Duffy admitted that this was where they got the Professor's name from.

by Prime Eternal

Professor Gamble should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Power Man and Iron Fist#79, page 14, panel 2
Avengers Annual#22, page 56, panel 1
Power Man and Iron Fist#79, page 14, panel 5

Other appearances:
Avengers Annuall#22 (1993) - Roy Thomas & Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mark Steckbauer (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Last updated: 09/26/04

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