Real Name: Milton Whitestone
Identity/Class: Normal human (late 1940s Era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mr. Hexton, Dexter Peck
Enemies: Sylvia Whitestone (wife)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unidentified English-speaking country (likely USA)
First Appearance: Astonishing#6/4 (October, 1951)
Powers/Abilities: Milton Whitestone was a rich old gentleman who suffered from a somnolent sickness that caused him to appear lifeless.
(Astonishing#6/4 (fb) - BTS) - Milton Whitestone's somnolent sickness caused him to become paranoid that he would be mistaken for dead and buried alive. So he had a special crypt and coffin created that was fitted with a light, emergency oxygen supply and a phone line.
(Astonishing#6/4) - As Whitestone was being measured for a coffin by Mr. Hexton, he realized that his wife Sylvia was after his fortune. Two weeks later, he suffered an attack and his wife had him buried, readily spending her newfound fortune on a lavish funeral. However, she soon realized that he was not actually dead when his special phone was used. Frustrated, she ripped the phone cable from the wall, so Milton Whitestone called his friend, Dexter Peck, who then had him exhumed and saved from being buried alive. The rich man thought only of revenge and intended to frighten her. He asked Peck to pretend to Sylvia that Milton was still stuck alive in the casket and that he would check the next day. Concerned that she would miss out on her vast inheritance, she instead raced to the crypt and had the coffin lifted up but fell in and was trapped. Meanwhile, Milton returned to his manor and told his servant that the ripped phone cord need not be replaced and that future calls would be directed to his attorney friend. Milton left the manor, which fell into disuse.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Bill LaCava (art).
Profile by Grendel Prime.
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Dexter Peck was Milton Whitestone's friend and attorney. He saved Milton when he was mistakenly buried and helped in the charade against Milton's wife, Sylvia.
Sylvia was Milton Whitestone's wife who hoped to spend her husband's fortune when he died. She mistakenly had him buried after he had a somnolent attack but refused to save him when she found out that was not actually dead. She was later tricked into investigating what turned out to be an empty coffin but accidentally fell in and was buried by the gravediggers she had paid to lift up the casket, but who did not know that she was trapped. She tried calling the house from the coffin's internal phone, but realized that she could not reach anyone and so remained buried alive with a 40-minute oxygen supply. A legend later developed that every year on the day she was mistakenly buried you could hear a phone ring for 40 minutes from the abandoned manor.
Astonishing#6/4, p4, pan5 (main image)
Other Appearances: None
Last updated: 09/15/09
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