Real Name: Parker (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human (Post-World War II era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Captain Kane, Professor Briggs
Enemies: Experiment 247, Experiment XYZ
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A small island at "Latitude X"
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#1 (January, 1959)
Powers/Abilities: Parker is a gifted biologist.
(Tales to Astonish
I#1/1 (fb)-BTS) - Ten years ago, Dr. Parker set out to perform
experiments on a small island he had charted. There, he employed native
islanders from neighboring islands to help him in his work. He created
a "hormone regulator serum" which could cause the growth-rate in
animals. His first trial, a turtle he dubbed Experiment XYZ, escaped
into the sea after receiving a tablet containing the serum. Five years
later, he tried this on another turtle, Experiment 247, but this
creature was kept contained behind a gated wall on the island. Other
experiments (lobsters, starfish, etc.) made their way back into the
ocean and caused havoc on the lives of the islanders. They finally
tired of it and revolted against Parker, capturing him.
(Tales to Astonish I#1/1) - Professor Briggs,
positive that Parker was still alive after disappearing ten years
before. Briggs hired Captain Kane and his crew to follow the maps
Parker once charted in an effort to find him. Once they reached
"Latitude X," their ship crashed into what they believed to be an
island (in actuality Parker's first experiment, Experiment XYZ), and
the boat sank. The crew took lifeboats for their rescue, but Briggs and
Kane were swept out to sea. They used two floating oil barrels from the
wreck to form a crude raft. The next day, they washed up on an island
where they found Dr. Parker tied to a post by the island natives he had
employed. The other two were tied up as well and held as Experiment 247
crashed through a massive gate that had kept it at bay. The three freed
themselves and ran for a motor boat Parker had kept on the island for
emergency evacuations. As they sped off, they narrowly missed
Experiment XYZ rising out of the water.
Created by uncredited writer (Stan Lee or Larry Lieber), Jack Kirby and
Kane referred to Experiment 247 as
the "Ninth Wonder of the World" but later decided Experiment XYZ was
the true "Ninth Wonder of the World"
This story has been reprinted
several times, recently in Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1.
Doctor Parker has no known connections to
An old friend of Parker's, who hired Captain Kane to help him locate the scientist.
--Tales to Astonish I#1/1
Tales to Astonish I#1, story 1, page 7, panel 3 (Parker)
page 7, panel 3 (Kane)
page 1, panel 1 (lobster)
page 6, panel 1 (247)
page 7, panel 5 (XYZ)
page 7, panel 2 (Briggs)
Tales to Astonish I#1 (January, 1959) - Stan Lee or
Larry Lieber (writer), Jack Kirby (penciler), Christopher Rule (inker),
Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 10/23/07
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