Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unknown)
Occupation: Teacher to mankind; janitor (as "Tom Smith")
Group Membership: His fellow "Watchers"
Affiliations: Henry Fletcher
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Tom Smith
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe; formerly a lab facility in an unknown American city
First Appearance: Amazing Adventures I#5/2 (October, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: "The Watcher" (and presumably other members of his race) was a benevolent alien who had no clearly defined powers, although he did display the ability to alter his form to appear human, and was seen flying on his own power. He probably had some form of mental telepathy, which he used to plant ideas into others' minds.
History: (Amazing Adventures I#5 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in time, "The Watcher" came to Earth and eventually took the identity of Tom Smith, a humble, elderly janitor in a lab facility.
(Amazing Adventures I#5) - After receiving an award for his work in anti-matter formulas, Professor Henry Fletcher went back to his lab and felt the need to discuss a theory of his with someone; he found janitor Tom Smith working late, so he talked with him . Fletcher told Smith that he thought that perhaps fate, destiny, or even superior beings from a more intelligent world were watching over civilization and guiding it--that some force was helping mankind by planting new ideas into various human minds, and had perhaps even provided Fletcher himself with the inspiration for his anti-matter formulas and his other works.
He further went on to say that maybe super-intelligent beings had lived amongst humanity, unseen for ages, and helped mankind progress since the dawn of civilization--that they had inspired primitive men to create fire, as well as given ideas to inspire the works of such greats as Ben Franklin, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein.
But the simple-minded Tom told Fletcher that he was probably working too hard and spending too much time alone and just thinking up wild ideas. Fletcher took Tom's advice and went home to rest.
Tom Smith then returned to his true form and left Earth because Fletcher had reached the stage where he could govern his own destiny, and there were other beings on other planets who would now need "Tom"'s help. As he departed the Earth, "Tom" thought of his unseen brothers who would remain on Earth, helping to guide other humans until all of humanity had come of age.
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Don Heck.
This character was never actually called "The Watcher" in the story, but the story title was "The Watchers!" so I based the name on that.
And a big THANK YOU to Dennis Giansante for scanning this story for me!
Profile by John Kaminski
"The Watcher"/"Tom Smith" has no known connections to
Professor Henry Fletcher was a scientist whose works included anti-matter formulas. Fletcher had a suspicious feeling that an altruistic alien force was watching over mankind and guiding humans into advancing civilization throughout the ages. Fletcher spoke with janitor Tom Smith about his theory, but he never realized that the simple-minded Smith was actually one of the very aliens who had apparently been guiding mankind all along.
--Amazing Adventures I#5/2
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Amazing Adventures I#5, p18, pan7 (main image)
pan6 (head shot)
pan1 (Henry Fletcher & Tom Smith)
Last updated: 05/20/06
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