Real Name: Eric Kane
Identity/Class: Human (Neanderthal)
Group Membership: Scientist club
Affiliations: His colleagues
Enemies: Some prehistoric men
Known Relatives: A prehistoric ancestor
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#109/3 (June, 1963)
Powers/Abilities: Formerly Kane was an exceptional inventor capable of building a time machine. After his transformation into a Neandarthal man he became sturdier and less intelligent.
History: (Strange Tales I#109/3 (fb) - BTS) - Eric Kane was an inventor and belonged to a club of scientists. Kane wanted to create a time machine; his colleagues warned him that it was too dangerous, nonetheless he did not listen to them, wanting fame and success.
(Strange Tales I#109/3) - Kane built the time machine. The
other scientists tried to stop him from using it, but they arrived too late.
Kane traveled back and arrived at a time when dinosaurs walked the Earth and men were still Neandarthals. Kane saw a group of Neandarthal men, but they assaulted him. He had a handgun with him and was forced to use it against one of them. Scared, he shot the Neandarthal man and entered the time machine to go back home.
When he returned to the present time he became a Neandarthal man, too; in the past he had killed one of his ancestors before he had descendants. Kane could never became a Homo Sapiens and only became famous as the only Neandarthal man alive.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Larry Lieber (pencils) and Sol Brodsky (inks).
I could ramble about dinosaurs being alive at the same moment than Neanderthal men, but than I remembered the Savage Land's existence and that this is a comic and not some creationist nonsense. But in the real world dinosaurs (the ones known from popular movies and not their descendants crapping on our heads from the sky) never simultaneously existed at the same time as prehistoric men.
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The scientist belonging to the club were quiet and pacific.
They knew that changing the past could have unpredictable effects on the present, so they tried to convince Eric Kane to not create his time machine.
When they learnt that Kane had built the machine they ran to him, but missed him by a few seconds. When he returned their theories were proven. Kane had changed something in the past and its consequences had effect on the present of Kane himself.
--Strange Tales I#109/3
The Time Machine
The time machine was a cylinder with manual controls inside it. It dematerialized with the traveler inside and materialized in the time chosen by the operator.
--Strange Tales I#109/3
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Strange Tales I#109/3, p1, pan1 (Kane, full image)
Strange Tales I#109/3, p4, pan6 (Kane, head shot)
Strange Tales I#109/3, p5, pan6 (Neandarthal-Kane, head shot)
Strange Tales I#109/3, p5, pan5 (scientists)
Strange Tales I#109/3, p5, pan1 (time machine)
Strange Tales I#109 (June, 1963) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Larry Lieber (writer/pencils), Sol Brodsky (inks)
First Posted: 03/26/2011
Last updated: 07/18/2013
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