Classification: Extraterrestrial (race unknown; see comments)
Location/Base of Operations: Joyland Amusement Park (somewhere near the town of Wakefield, USA); formerly mobile throughout the universe; originally from another unidentified planet (destroyed)
Known Members: At least fifty members in their group, including at least three children (none identified)
Affiliations: Dave Miller (employer)
First Appearance: Spellbound#29/6 (August, 1956)
Powers/Abilities: Vaguely humanoid with green skin, the "Wanderers" displayed no special powers other than their advanced technology, which included four flying saucer spaceships capable of interstellar travel, and a universal translator machine.
History: (Spellbound#29/6 (fb)) - Ten years earlier, the star around which the "Wanderers'" homeworld orbited suddenly evaporated. The last fifty members of their once-great advanced civilization evacuated the planet just before it was atomized.
(Spellbound#29/6 (fb) - BTS) - The "Wanderers" traveled throughout the universe in search of a new home, but they were unwanted by other planets and were always chased away. Finally, they found a world that they thought would be their last hope -- Earth.
(Spellbound#29/6) - Dave Miller had just lost the concession for his "Flying Carpet" ride at Joyland Amusement Park and had to close it down because it wasn't bringing in enough money -- many people considered the ride too slow and too tame, but mostly it was due to the fact that the good-hearted Dave loved children, and would often give free rides to any kid that smiled at him. The news of Dave's financial woes greatly distressed his fiancée Jean Rogan, who refused to marry him until he found steady work.
That night, as he walked aimlessly from the park, Dave spotted a group of flying saucers landing in a clearing. Fearing an alien invasion, he first went to report it to the police, but they only laughed him off. Miller next went to the local newspaper, but the editor thought he was just trying to get free publicity for his failed "Flying Carpet" ride.
Word spread throughout Wakefield of Miller's story, and he quickly gained a bad reputation for either being crazy or a liar. When Jean broke off their engagement, Dave decided to take matters into his own hands to prove he was telling the truth.
Arming himself with a shot-gun, Dave went back to the site where he saw the saucers land and confronted the aliens. The leader of the "Wanderers" tearfully told Dave his account of their planet's destruction, and of their years of wandering throughout a hostile universe; at first, Dave was unmoved by the aliens' plight -- but then he saw the friendly smiles of three alien youngsters, and the leader told Dave that his people were willing to risk everything for the sake of their children. Dave -- having a soft-spot in his heart for kids -- was so moved by this that he came up with an idea that would be to everyone's mutual benefit...
One month later, Dave and his new bride Jean went to Joyland to check on Dave's prosperous new attraction that paying customers flocked to see -- the "Flying Saucer" ride (which used the "Wanderers'" actual flying saucers) and the "phony" space creatures who operated the ride (actually the "Wanderers" themselves, who now had a permanent home).
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Steve Ditko.
Maybe their spaceships were low on fuel, so that's why the "Wanderers" considered Earth their last hope, and Dave just incorporated the now-useless vehicles into the ride.
The "Wanderers" were never actually identified in this story -- I just gave them that name because their leader said they had "wandered through the universe".
Note: An old woman in the last panel of this story bears a striking resemblance to May Parker; it's probably not her, though -- just a generic Ditko character.
And a big THANK YOU to the Atlas Tales site for allowing me to use the scans of this story!
Profile by John Kaminski
The "Wanderers" have no known connections to
Three youngsters of the "Wanderers'" race, their smiles swayed Dave Miller's opinion of the homeless aliens.
Dave Miller & Jean Rogan
Dave was the owner and operator of the "Flying Carpet" ride at Joyland Park. Dave's fiancée, Jean Rogan refused to marry him until he got a steady job and could support her.
Dave's life would change for the better after his close encounter with an alien race, which gave him an idea for a new ride at the amusement park.
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Spellbound#29/6, p2, pan4 ("Wanderers" landing on Earth)
Spellbound#29 (August, 1956) - Steve Ditko (artist)
Last updated: 10/28/05
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