Real Name: Jack (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human, criminal genius
Occupation: Former scientist for NASA
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Mr. Pearson, Thing
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Currently unknown; formerly a NASA Laboratory, in Cape Kennedy?
Appearances: Strange Tales I#132 (May, 1965)
Powers: None. Professor Jack has advanced training in aeronautics and aerospace engineering, specializing in the use of magnets.
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs.
History: (ST I#132) - Professor Jack's history is unrevealed. He attained a position of power at NASA and was the designer of a project to launch some giant space magnets that would aid in maintaining the orbits of their satellites. However, prior to the start of the project he was classified as a security risk. Mr. Pearson was sent to visit the Fantastic Four, who had had experience in space, to recruit one of them to man the rocket as well as to watch over Professor Jack. For a variety of reasons, Pearson felt that Johnny was the only suitable candidate, and he was stationed in Jack's laboratory as his new assistant, er...Doug Brown. Johnny's girlfriend at the time, Dorrie Evans, was furious at Johnny for standing her up to go on that mission, but she sent the Thing to watch over him to make sure he was ok (and to tell Johnny that she's forgiven him).
As Johnny piloted the rocket, Prof. Jack captured the Thing in a powerful robotic claw, rigidly immobilizing him with magnetic force. After Johnny deposited the magnets in place, Prof. Jack revealed that he had placed a slow-working acid in the capsule, which would cause it to fall apart. Jack also revealed that the magnets would give him a great deal of personal power. The Thing managed to stretch far enough to tip over one of the magnets around him, upsetting the perfect balance of force that held him in place. Meanwhile, Johnny's rocket was breaking up in re-entry, but he merely burst into flames once he reached sufficient oxygen to cause the capsule to combust. The Torch returned just as the Thing was chasing Professor Jack and they made short work of him. NASA had recorded Prof. Jack's broadcasts, finding plenty of incriminating evidence.
Comments: Created by Larry Ivie and Bob Powell.
I guess this should more appropriately go under Jack, Professor, but what are you gonna do?
Quote of the issue, "...and, of course, we don't want the notoriety of a girl astronaut on this particular job." That's the sixties for you. You've come a long way, baby.
...and what power, exactly, was Professor Jack getting from a bunch of large iron magnets floating around in space?
Professor Jack should not be confused with:
Last updated: 05/01/05
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