Real Name: Vincent Farnsworth
Identity/Class: Human mutant (Pre-Modern era)
Occupation: Business owner
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Henry Marsh
Known Relatives: None (see Comments)
Base of Operations: An unknown city
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#6/3 (November, 1959)
Powers/Abilities: Vincent Farnsworth was a mutant who demonstrated the ability to move through solid matter; the method he used to accomplish this feat -- whether by decreasing his atomic density, teleportation, "phasing," or by some other means entirely -- is unknown, as is the extent of his power and whether or not he had any additional powers.
Later, Farnsworth returned to his business office in the Farnsworth Safe and Vault building to inspect a new model of vault. He was inside the vault when a janitor accidentally knocked the vault's door shut, locking Farnsworth inside. Farnsworth called for help, but unfortunately for him, the new safe was not only fireproof and burglarproof, but soundproof as well. As he panicked in fear of suffocating, a strange sensation came over him and he felt himself moving through space, then suddenly he found himself outside the safe on his office floor.
Walking home that night, Vincent Farnsworth realized that he himself was a mutant and he theorized that in his moment of stress, a chemical reaction in his body had set off a force which enabled him to move through solid matter and escape the locked vault. Farnsworth decided not to reveal his power because he thought he would be feared and shunned by humanity.
One week later at the club, Farnsworth still acted as though he didn't believe Marsh's ideas, and let no one else know his secret, but Farnsworth had his suspicions: Was Henry Marsh also a mutant?
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Joe Sinnott.
This story ("The Mutants and Me!") foreshadowed the anti-mutant hysteria that would be seen a few years later when the X-Men were introduced.
As genetic mutations can sometimes run in families, could Vincent Farnsworth be related to mutant bee-keeper Lucius Farnsworth; perhaps a brother/cousin?
In X-Men: The Hidden Years, John Byrne once did a storyline that reintroduced some of the pre-Marvel mutants (Tad Carter, the Yellow Claw's mutants); I wonder if he ever had any plans to reintroduce either of the Farnsworths?
And a big THANK YOU to Dennis Giansante for scanning this story for me!
Profile by John Kaminski
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An associate of Vincent Farnsworth, Marsh believed that mutants secretly existed in the world. Although Farnsworth initially scoffed at Marsh's ideas, Farnsworth later had his suspicions that Marsh was also a mutant.
--Tales of Suspense I#6/3
Tales of Suspense I#6, p11, pan1 (main image)
p12, pan5 (head shot)
p11, pan2 (Henry Marsh)
Last updated: 02/05/06
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