"Speedy" Simms racing on the ring of a planet


Real Name: ?? Simms

Identity/Class: Human mutate (1930s to pre-modern era)

Occupation: Speeder; formerly unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Chip

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Speedy" Simms

Base of Operations: The space ring of a little planet similar in shape to Saturn;
    decades before, an unrevealed town in USA

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#79/4 (April, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: "Speedy" Simms' physiology was mutated in order to fulfill his wish to race forever. He could drive at full speed without sleeping or eating, for decades, surviving in an alien environment where temperature, atmosphere and light were different from Earth.
    He also used a car that raced for years without need of gasoline or mechanic repairs.

Simms when raced on EarthSimms after years racing


(Journey into Mystery I#79/4 (fb)) - In the thirties Simms was about forty years. He loved the nickname "Speedy" because he liked to race at high speed with his car, always, everywhere. He didn't care that he put the people (and the animals) in the town in danger.
    Boys that played in the street learned to recognize his car and to run away from him. Cops never caught him speeding but knew about his bad behavior and warned him.

    His greatest desire was to find a place where he could speed all the time, a road with nothing on it, and it would be fulfilled.

    That afternoon, to make a red light, Simms almost killed Chip, a boy, running very close to him and Chip had to dodge the car not to be crushed.
That very evening Chip saw the first star of the evening and, knowing what was the strongest wish of "Speedy" made a wish, to make Simms' wish come true!

(Journey into Mystery I#79/4) - Decades after, "Speedy" Simms still drove his car at high speed. The same car that almost hit Chip. Simms drove on a wide flat street, a large stretch, with no obstacles, with nothing other than the street. He raced always, and had been racing for decades, without stop, without rest, on the same running circuit: a ring, an orbital ring of a planet in outer space! After so many years, Simms' hair was hoary, he was old and finally asked himself where that stretch would end and when he would stop.
    On Earth, Chip sometimes wondered what happened to Simms after that evening wish.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer) and Steve Ditko (art).
    "The Speed Demon" was only used as title of the story.
    The first explanation I'd like about Speed Demon's fate is that Chip had latent reality shaping powers. Low powers that never surfaced before nor after, because they were activated only by an exceptional strong desire or emotion or concentration. Or maybe they exhausted after a so exceptional use.
    The second possibility is that his desire was so strong that it reached one of the superior beings of the Marvel Universe, who heard and fulfilled it. The Shaper of Worlds? A Cosmic Cube? The Beyonder? A Soul Gem? The first star of the evening?

Profile by Spidermay.

"Speedy" Simms has no known connections to:

Chip has no known connections to

Chip when a  boyChip, a man


    Chip seemed a normal human. When he was a child he had the power to reshape reality for a single time. The power did not emerge again.

    Chip played ball in the street with his friends, but they never were light-hearted because of "Speedy" Simms.
Chip and his friends recognized his car. He was dangerous, racing through town and scared people running alongside them; many of them hated "Speedy" Simms. Chip knew that Simms had a strong desire to drive without obstacles.

    On an evening shortly after he had almost been hit by Simms's car, Chip saw the first star of the evening and the boy wished to fulfill Simms' wish.

    The wish was fulfilled in an odd way.

    Simms and his car were transported on to the orbital ring of a planet, condemned to drive on the ring forever.

    Years later, when Chip was a mature man, he sometimes looked at the first star of the evening and asked himself what had happened to Simms, and wondered whether his wish had been fulfilled in any way. Simms still drove his car.

--Journey into Mystery I#79/4

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Journey into Mystery I#79/4, p1, pan1 (Simms in his car on the orbital ring)
Journey into Mystery I#79/4, p3, pan2 (young "Speedy" Simms, head shot)
Journey into Mystery I#79/4, p6, pan2 (old "Speedy" Simms, head shot)
Journey into Mystery I#79/4, p3, pan5 (Chip dodging the car)
Journey into Mystery I#79/4, p2, pan3 (adult Chip, head shot)

Journey into Mystery I#79/4 (April, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (art)

Last updated: 04/23/16

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