Real Name: Vicki Lund

Identity/Class: Human (1950s era)

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Miss Robinson (teacher)

Enemies: Captain Gorr and alien invaders

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Girl who saved the world" (in story title only); Vickie

Base of Operations: Hartley School for the Blind, unidentified American city

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#49/2 (August, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Although blind, Vicki was a normal teenage girl. She was skilled at "reading" books in Braille. A selfless individual, Vicki's greatest wish was to help others, and she looked upon Florence Nightingale as a role-model.  She unknowingly prevented an alien invasion.

Height: 5' 5" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

History: (Strange Tales I#49/2 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Vicki Lund is unknown, but at some point she became blind.  She was eventually enrolled as a student at the Hartley School for the Blind.

(Strange Tales I#49/2) - One sunny day, Vicki was outside the Hartley School, sitting on a bench and reading a biography of Florence Nightingale.  When Miss Robinson asked her if she'd like to accompany her and the other students for a hike, Vicki politely declined the offer because she was more interested in reading her book.  As Miss Robinson led the other children away, leaving Vicki alone, the teenager began daydreaming that she worked alongside the historical care-giver, and she hoped that some day she'd be able to help others the way Nurse Nightingale did.

   Vicki became so engrossed in her book that she didn't notice an alien spacecraft as it landed nearby.  A group of aliens marched up to her and told her Earth would be helpless against their superior weaponry.  But due to the fact that she couldn't see them, and because the aliens spoke in high-pitched child-like voices, Vicki mistakenly thought the diminutive invaders to be some of the younger students playing a game.  The aliens demonstrated some of their technology, but Vicki only got mildly annoyed by the interruption and she asked the "children" to please go away because she was trying to read.  Because of Vicki's seeming indifference, the aliens thought that their weapons must seem like toys to Earthlings, and they feared that if a simple Earth girl was not afraid of them, then what were the Earth men like? The dismayed aliens decided to flee before they were discovered by any men, so the invaders returned to their spacecraft and left Earth.

   When she heard the alien spacecraft take flight, Vicki wondered how the "children" made such a strange sound.  Then she regretted how she had reacted to them--they were only trying to amuse her, so she'd be sure to play their game with them tomorrow. As she returned to "reading" her Braille-edition book, Vicki smiled because she had the feeling that she had just done something useful and wonderful.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Joe Orlando (artist)

This story was done with a surprise-ending, and the reader didn't learn that Vicki was blind until the final story-panel (as seen above).

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

  Vicki Lund has no known connections to:

Miss Robinson has no known connections to:

Captain Gorr has no known connections to:

Miss Robinson

A teacher at the Hartley School for the Blind, Miss Robinson was about to lead the students on a hike.  When she saw Vicki Lund sitting on a bench with her book, Miss Robinson asked the teenage girl if she'd like to join the group, but Vicki declined the offer because she was more interested in reading.

--Strange Tales I#49/2

Captain Gorr and alien invaders

Invaders from an unidentified alien race, they included Captain Gorr and four unidentified others.  The green-skinned humanoids were approximately four-feet tall and spoke in high-pitched voices (probably due to their short stature).  They wore pressurized suits with transparent helmets (possibly because they were unable to breathe Earth's atmosphere).  Their advanced technology included an atomic-powered spacecraft, a disintegrator gun (which melted an oak tree), and a device which rendered Gorr invisible.  Not a particularly aggressive race, their plan was to force Earthlings to surrender by demonstrating their superior technology.

   When the invaders landed on Earth, the first person they encountered was Vicki Lund, but the teenage girl seemed unafraid and unimpressed by their display of weaponry.  Fearing that Earthlings were more formidable foes than they had anticipated, Captain Gorr ordered his warriors to retreat, and the aliens returned to their spacecraft and took flight.  They never knew that Vicki was blind, and because of their child-like voices, she mistakenly believed that the aliens were only children playing a game.

--Strange Tales I#49/2

images: (without ads)
Strange Tales I#49/2, p1, pan1 (main image, Vicki reading her book)
Strange Tales I#49/2, p4, pan7 (headshot)
Strange Tales I#49/2, p2, pan7 (Vickie meets the aliens)
Strange Tales I#49/2, p1, pan2 (Miss Robinson)
Strange Tales I#49/2, p4, pan3 (Captain Gorr ordering retreat)
Strange Tales I#49/2, p2, pan6 (aliens, led by Captain Gorr, disembarking their spacecraft) 

Strange Tales I#49/2 (August, 1956) - unidentified writer, Joe Orlando (artist)

Last updated: 07/23/15

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