Real Name: Alfred Pook

Identity/Class: Human (Pre-Modern era) (see comments)

Occupation: Unrevealed;
    formerly astronaut (accidental volunteer)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Harold, Dr. Smith

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An unidentified town;
    formerly an unidentified planet;
Pre-Modern era

First Appearance: Mystery Tales#45 (text piece), (September, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Alfred was an extraordinarily timid and nervous man.

History: (Mystery Tales#45/5) - When Alfred Pook's tooth came loose, his co-worker Harold gave him a piece of paper with the name and address of his family dentist. Alfred was terrified of having his tooth pulled, but resolved to go through with it. He misread the dentist's street address and instead ended up at "Smith's Laboratories" where Dr. Smith was preparing to send a volunteer into space. Alfred mistook Smith's space vessel for a dentist's chair and strapped himself in. The liftoff knocked out his tooth, and following Smith's orders, he landed on another planet and put out a flag. Alfred thought this was a joke, Smith's way of easing a patient's tension after dentistry. When Alfred returned to Earth, he was shocked to discover that his space voyage had made him a hero -- he was just happy he'd gotten his loose tooth removed.

Comments: Created by an unknown writer.

As with many 1950s and 1960s Marvel monster stories, this story is not confirmed as part of Earth-616 continuity, but there's nothing to exclude it either.
    --Leave it in unless something rules it out!--Snood.

This is one outlandish, ridiculous story....even by 1960s Marvel monster comics standards. Love it.

    By 1960, Marvel was almost certainly not writing any new text stories; text stories (which were only included to meet some arcane postal regulation for cheap shipping; some were fairly good, others were near Shatterstar-level of incomprehensibility) got repeated several times during the Atlas era (If they'd reprinted the handful of super-hero text stories from the 1940s, they might have encouraged some revival interest, but so it goes.), and toward the end of pre-FF #1 and the beginning of post-FF #1, I think reprints were all they used.  Alfred Pook's story, "Strange Mission," first appeared in Mystery Tales#45, 1956. Then it was reprinted in Strange Worlds#2, 1959. Then in Journey Into Mystery I#62, 1960. Then in Strange Tales I#91, 1961. Then in Tales to Astonish I#38, 1963. And finally in Strange Tales I#122-123 (one page in each issue), 1964.
--Ronald Byrd


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Dr. Smith has no known connection to:


Alfred's co-worker who recommended a dentist for Alfred. He used to make fun of Alfred behind his back for being so timid.

--Mystery Tales#45/5


Dr. Smith

Mistook Alfred  for a volunteer to test his space vessel. He directed Alfred to a newly discovered planet and had him set down a flag. He alerted the media, and Smith and Took were heralded as heroes of space travel..

--Mystery Tales#45/5


Mystery Tales#45 (September, 1956)
Strange Worlds#2 (February, 1959)
Journey Into Mystery I#62 (June, 1961)
Strange Tales I#91 (December, 1961)
Tales to Astonish I#38 (December, 1962)
Strange Tales I#122-123 (July-August, 1964)

Last updated: 04/14/06

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