Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Plant life, mystically enhanced? (Pre-Modern era) (see comments)

Occupation: granter of wishes

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mr. Hadley, Mrs. Hadley, Wally Hadley

Enemies: formerly Mr. Hadley, Mrs. Hadley

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: wishing tree

Base of Operations: The Hadleys' backyard;
Pre-Modern era

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#19/2 (text piece) (May, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: The Tree had limited ability of movement, such as letting its branches droop to express disappointment. When the Tree was so inclined, it could grant the wishes of others. It could alter its appearance and alter the perceptions of others. The full extent of the Tree's power is unknown.

History: (Tales to Astonish I#19/2) - The Hadleys moved into a new house, and the Tree resided in their backyard. Mr. and Mrs. Hadley thought the gnarled old Tree was ugly, and planned to uproot it, despite Wally's affection for it. Mr. Hadley mentioned that he would be so happy if he got a raise that he would be tempted to let Wally keep the Tree. Wally wished his dad would get get that raise, and the Tree made it so. Mr. Hadley still wanted to uproot the Tree, so it revoked Wally's wish until Mr. Hadley apologized to it. The Hadleys finally agreed to let it stay after Mrs. Hadley wished for the Tree to change its appearance to match the other trees in the backyard.

Comments: Created by an unnamed writer and artist.

As with many 1950's and 1960's 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.

There is no real indication of what the Tree's true nature is. It was definitely sentient and extremely powerful, but I'm only guessing that it was magically enhanced. It could just as easily have been an extradimensional, extraterrestrial or extratemporal life-form. A Cotati maybe?


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The Hadleys have no known connection to:

Mr. & Mrs. Hadley

They were very pleased with their new country house, but they thought the Tree marred their backyard because it was small and bare. Wally told them that the Tree granted wishes, and when they realized this was true they were happy to keep it.

--Tales to Astonish I#19/2

Wally Hadley

Wally loved the Tree, mainly because his daydreams seemed very vivid when he sat underneath it. When he wished that his father would get a raise the Tree granted his wish. He realized the Tree was special and when it took Mr. Hadley's raise away he convinced his father to go out in the yard and apologize to the Tree.

--Tales to Astonish I#19/2

Tales to Astonish I#19/2, p2

Last updated: 01/07/05

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