Real Name: Dean (first name unrevealed, see comments)
Identity/Class: Human mutant (1950s era) (see comments)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Dr. Hinton
Known Relatives: Jim Dean (father), Martha Dean (mother)
Base of Operations: His parents' home, somewhere in America
First Appearance: Marvel Tales I#128/5 (November, 1954)
Powers/Abilities: Apparently a freak of advanced human evolution, Baby was physically and mentally developed far beyond the usual standards of a newborn child. He could intuitively understand English, and he was able to read. Because of his superior intellectual capacity, Baby did not conduct himself in the manner of a normal infant, but he later consulted a book to learn to mimic the behavior of a newborn (e.g. crying, gurgling).
Baby apparently possessed great psychic abilities, because he was able to dominate the minds of his parents and wipe recent memories from their brains; he could also somehow kill an individual by using a prolonged stare--it was unrevealed if he possessed any other powers (see comments).
Although his true agenda and motivations remain a mystery (as no word- or thought-balloons where depicted for him), Baby seemed to be an inherently evil being.
Height: 28" (by approximation)
Weight: 29 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel Tales I#128/5) - Ten days after Baby was born, his beaming parents brought him home from the hospital; Martha and Jim Dean noticed how strong and big their newborn son was, and how he always watched them with his young and wise eyes, as if he understood what they were saying.
Three months later, Martha commented that Baby never cried ("He's the best baby...no trouble at all!"); Jim began to wonder if their child was normal, so he went to the hospital where Baby was born. A doctor read Baby's file aloud to let Jim know that his son was quite large at birth, with more strength and agility than ordinary, and that he reacted to outside stimulus without fear; but aside from those few minor points, the doctor considered Baby to be physically normal. Jim's concerns were (temporarily) alleviated.
Two months later, while they were preparing for bed, Jim noticed that Martha seemed to be completely absorbed in the child, for she was always checking on him, and she wanted to spend every waking moment with Baby--she even seemed to act sort of simple, as if something were mentally wrong with her.
(Marvel Tales I#128/5 - BTS) - That night, while his parents were asleep, Baby got out of his crib and went to the shelves of his father's library, where he began to read some of the books on genetics (see comments).
(Marvel Tales I#128/5) - The next morning, Jim went into his library and noticed that some of the books on the shelf were out of order. He went to the kitchen, where Martha was feeding Baby, and asked her if she had been tampering with his books, but Martha denied doing so...then Baby turned his head and stared at Jim--as the infant's unblinking eyes bored into him, Jim found the experience to be quite unsettling.That night, as he lay next to the slumbering Martha, Jim was restless and unable to sleep, for he had troubling thoughts about how Baby had stared at him that morning. Then he heard a thumping noise coming from Baby's room--quietly, so as not to wake Martha, Jim got out of bed to investigate.
Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and John Forte (artist).
By my reckoning, this story spanned nearly six months
of time, yet his parents always referred to him only as "Baby"--maybe they
couldn't agree on a first name for the kid?
Although this 5-page story--Oh, Baby!--never specifically mentioned the child was a mutant, the phrases "the next stage in man's evolution" and "the super-human of the future" were used, so I think it's safe to make the assumption that he was.
Perhaps Baby also had telekinesis--that would explain how he was able to reach the books on the upper shelves of his father's library.
That scene from the splash-panel depicted in the Main Image--with Baby towering over his miniature parents--never actually occurred in the story; it was probably just a symbolic image to illustrate how he dominated his parents (...unless it was yet another of the powers which Dr. Hinton cryptically alluded Baby might have).
When Baby dominated Jim's mind, presumably he had him dispose of Dr. Hinton's body.
I wonder what ever happened to this kid--it's conceivable that he could still be alive. How about a multi-generational mini-series following his life as he grew from the 1950s to present times--he could encounter such characters as Jimmy Woo's "G-Men," the Monster Hunters, Tobias Messenger, the First Line, the pre-costumed Fantastic Four, the original X-Men...
This character reminds me a bit of Spider-Man villain Mindworm (William Turner).
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Baby has no known connections to:
Jim and Martha Dean have no known connections to:
Dr. Hinton has no known connections to:
Apparently a teacher, Jim was the husband of Martha, and the
father of Baby--he was suspicious that his newborn son wasn't normal,
because the child didn't act like a typical infant.
Jim went downstairs to his library to smoke a cigarette and calm his
nerves, but when he got there, he noticed some of his books laying on the
floor--two of them were by Dr. Hinton, concerning human evolution. With
his suspicions of the true nature of his infant son growing, Jim
telephoned Dr. Hinton and requested his immediate help with Baby.
Martha was the wife of Jim, and the mother of Baby. She
insisted to Jim that although they had waited until late in life to have
their first-born, that didn't mean that she couldn't take care of him as
well as any younger woman.
An associate of Jim Dean, Dr. Hinton (first
name unrevealed) had written and published two treatises--The
Next Stage in Man's Evolution and
The Coming of the Super-Human of the Future (copies of which Jim
Dean kept in his personal library).
images: (without ads)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Baby)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p3, pan5 (Headshot - Baby, staring at his father)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p5, pan5 (Jim Dean trying to accuse Baby (in crib) of killing Dr. Hinton)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p5, pan8 (Baby's evil grin)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p4, pan6 (Jim Dean, speaking to Dr. Hinton on telephone)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p4, pan5 (Jim Dean, reading book of Dr. Hinton's treatises on human evolution)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p5, pan4 (Jim Dean (kneeling by Dr. Hinton's body) sees Baby staring down from window)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p2, pan3 (Martha Dean, changing Baby's diaper)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p2, pan5 (Martha Dean, holding Baby)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p5, pan1 (Dr. Hinton (right) telling Jim Dean about his tests on Baby)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p5, pan2 (Dr. Hinton (right) warns Jim Dean about Baby)
Marvel Tales I#128/5, p5, pan3 (Jim Dean (left) sees Dr. Hinton suddenly collapse)
Marvel Tales I#128/5 (November, 1954) - unidentified writer, John Forte (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 07/21/2019
Last updated: 07/21/2019
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