TEDDY

Real Name: Inapplicable

Identity/Class: Unrevealed (see comments) (1960s era)

Occupation: Toy

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Carol, Jim (last names unrevealed)

Enemies: Mountain lion

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "That confounded animal" (as called by Jim)

Base of Operations: Carol and Jim's home, somewhere in America

First Appearance: Amazing Adventures I#3/2 (August, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Although appearing to be a cute and cuddly toy, Teddy was apparently something far more than an inanimate object--while protecting his owner Carol, Teddy was somehow able to kill a mountain lion, although he was left damaged with scratch marks.

Height: 24" (by approximation)
Weight: 5 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Light brown

History:
(Amazing Adventures I#3/2 (fb) ) - The origin of the toy bear is unrevealed, but it came into the possession of Carol when she was a child--the little girl loved the plaything that she called "Teddy," and she promised to keep him forever.

   The years passed happily for Carol and her Teddy--the relationship she had with the toy was such that she considered it to be like a "brother" to her. When she was a teenager, Carol even consulted Teddy about which boy she should go steady with. Carol eventually married land-surveyor Jim (with Teddy's approval, per Carol), but she never forsook her beloved Teddy (...much to Jim's chagrin--he thought it was silly for a grown married woman to own a teddy bear).

(Amazing Adventures I#3/2) - When Jim had to leave for a few days on a business trip, he was concerned about leaving his wife, but Carol remarked she wouldn't be alone because she had Teddy to keep her company--the toy bear seemed to give her a feeling of safety.

   Some time later, Jim had a job assignment to go to a rugged mountain camp out west for several weeks--not wanting to leave Carol alone for such an extended period of time, he wanted her to accompany him. Carol happily agreed to go, but she insisted on bringing Teddy along.

   All went well while Jim and Carol (and Teddy) were camping out west... until one evening, Jim discovered the tracks of a mountain lion prowling around their camp. Not wanting to upset Carol (who was sleeping and cuddling Teddy), Jim silently took his rifle and went to track down the beast. But while Jim was searching, the big cat lunged at him from behind--although he was able to dodge the attack, he dropped his rifle. Then Jim saw the mountain lion headed straight for their tent, with the sleeping Carol still inside! Jim retrieved his rifle, but it was damaged from the fall and jammed, unable to fire.

   Jim ran back to their campsite--he was ready to tackle the beast with his bare hands if he had to... anything, to save Carol! As he sprinted for the tent, Jim prayed he wouldn't be too late; but when he went inside, Jim found the mountain lion laying dead on the ground...and Carol was still sleeping peacefully next to Teddy.

   When Carol awoke, she asked Jim what was wrong--she was completely oblivious to the danger which she had been in. Then Jim noticed Teddy--the toy bear was covered with scratches... as though it had been in a fight! As impossible as it seemed, the incredulous Jim could only reach one conclusion...

   From that day onward, Jim had a change of heart about the toy bear, and he'd never let Carol go anywhere without her Teddy.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer) and Steve Ditko (artist).

This story--The Teddy Bear--was told from Jim's narrative.

It was never shown exactly how Teddy killed that mountain lion, nor was it explained what his true nature was. I guess Teddy could have been some kind of magically-empowered toy that came to life; or perhaps he was a benevolent Skrull (or some other shape-shifting alien) disguised as a toy, or....

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Teddy has no known connections to:

Carol and Jim have no known connections to:

The mountain lion has no known connections to:


Carol and Jim

Carol owned Teddy since she was a little girl; she regarded the toy bear like a "brother," and she would often talk to Teddy as though he were a real person. She eventually married Jim, but she always loved Teddy because he gave her a feeling of safety.

Jim was a land-surveyor and Carol's husband--despite her eccentric behavior regarding her teddy bear, he still loved his wife very much.

When Jim had a job assignment in a mountainous region out west, he had Carol accompany him, but she insisted on bringing Teddy along (...much to Jim's chagrin--he thought it was silly for a grown married woman to own a teddy bear).

But when Teddy apparently saved the sleeping Carol from a mountain lion that was stalking their campsite, Jim changed his opinion about the teddy bear--from that day onward, Jim insisted that Carol never went anywhere without Teddy.

--Amazing Adventures I#3/2


Mountain lion

A predator living in the mountains of the western United States, it prowled near the campsite of Carol and Jim.

When it entered the tent where Carol was sleeping, it was apparently killed by Carol's teddy bear, Teddy.

--Amazing Adventures I#3/2


images: (without ads)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Teddy)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2,
p2, pan1 (Carol (as a child) first meets Teddy)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p2, pan4 (Teddy (foreground), Jim and Carol (background))
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p5, pan4 (Carol and Jim see scratches on Teddy)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p2, pan3 (Jim and Carol talking about Teddy)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p2, pan6 (Jim complains to Carol about her taking Teddy with them on camping trip)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p5, pan6 (Carol and Jim (carrying Teddy) walk to picnic)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p4, pan4 (mountain lion enters Jim and Carol's tent)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p3, pan2 (mountain lion stalking Jim and Carol's campsite)
Amazing Adventures I#3/2, p5, pan2 (Jim enters tent and sees mountain lion dead (presumably killed by Teddy)


Appearances:
Amazing Adventures I#3/2 (August, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (pencils and inks), Artie Simek (letters), Stan Lee (editor)


First Posted: 05/20/2018
Last updated: 05/20/2018

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