Real Name: Ed Evans
Identity/Class: Human technology user (1950s era)
Occupation: Con man, inventor
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Police of 2055 AD, police of 1955 AD, Time Adjusters
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: His suburban home, somewhere in
America (1955 AD);
temporarily in an unidentified city (2055 AD)
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#38/4 (September, 1955)
Powers/Abilities: Having no paranormal abilities, Evans was an inventive genius who built a time machine.
The criminally-inclined Evans used his invention to commit a "time crime" by traveling to the following day and breaking into a bank vault, during which he used an acetylene torch and a crowbar.
Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
(Strange Tales I#38/4 (fb) - BTS) - The past of con man Ed Evans is largely unrevealed, but by 1955, he built a time machine in his garage workshop.
(Strange Tales I#38/4) - With a confident smile, Evans prepared to test his invention; he stepped into the completed machine and set the controls to take him a hundred years into the future. With a low hum, the machine began to vibrate and rock on its cradle, then suddenly came to a rest in a strange future world.
Evans exited the machine to have a look around; but as he was admiring the futuristic structures, two policemen of that era noticed his time machine didn't have a license on it. Evans ran back into the machine and activated it; but even as he faded away, the policemen warned him that the "Time Adjusters" would track him down and correct whatever wrong he might do.
Evans returned to his garage in 1955, and he wondered who those mysterious "Time Adjusters" were--to play it safe, he decided to limit his travels by just going to tomorrow. Having learned that the Second National Bank's vault contained a million dollars in cash, Evans loaded an acetylene torch and a crowbar into his time machine, then he set the controls to take him into the bank at 8:00 AM tomorrow morning, before the bank opened at 9:00 AM.
Evans activated the machine and materialized the next morning in the bank's spacious interior. After using the torch and crowbar to pry the vault's door off its hinges, he went inside to make a "withdrawal," and he stuffed his loot sack full of cash. After loading his burglar tools back into the time machine, Evans activated the controls, and with a satisfied smirk, he began his journey back to "yesterday".
Evans reappeared in his workshop, where he hid the stolen cash in a wall safe. Then, to completely cover his perfect crime, he took the torch and crowbar to a police station, so his burglar tools would be in police custody tomorrow, when he would be using them to break into the vault!
The next morning at 8:30 AM, Evans went to the police station again to establish the perfect alibi for himself--he (falsely) reported that his wallet was missing. A half hour later, while Evans was still chatting with the desk-sergeant, a call came in from the Second National, reporting that their vault had been broken into within the last half hour. Evans left the police station, confidently thinking that since he was with the police when the robbery took place, there was no way he would ever be considered a suspect in the crime!
As he walked home, Evans figured that in the future, when time machines become common, methods would have been worked out to prevent "time crimes" like the job he just pulled; but since his was the first that could have been done, he thought he had nothing to worry about!
When he returned home, Evans couldn't resist having another peek at the stolen cash; but when he opened the wall safe, he only found a calling card from the Time Adjusters...and all the money was gone! He figured that the Time Adjusters had undone his wrong and returned the cash back to the bank vault, where it belonged!
Comments: Created by Paul S. Newman and Art Peddy.
This 5-page story--Time
Crime--never revealed the fate of Evans' time machine--maybe
the Time Adjusters confiscated it or rendered it inoperable, so Evans
couldn't use it for any more crimes.
And perhaps those mysterious Time Adjusters had some connection to the Time Variance Authority.
The future depicted in this story is probably a
divergent reality or the whole story took place in an alternate
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Ed Evans has no known connections to:
Ed Evans' time machine has no known connections to:
Built by Evans in 1955, it was a transparent
cylindrical booth containing a control console; by setting the
controls, Evans could transport himself through time and space.
After Ed Evans completed his time machine in 1955,
he tested it by traveling a century into the future, where he
found himself in an unspecified city.
In 2055, they were the unidentified law-enforcers
of a futuristic city.
In 1955, it was a financial institution located in
an unidentified American city. The bank had one million dollars
in cash secured in its vault.
In 1955, they were the unidentified law-enforcers
stationed at a precinct in an unidentified American city.
A mysterious organization founded in 2022 AD,
their task was to undo any wrongs committed by time-travelers (see comments).
images: (without ads)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Ed Evans)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p4, pan6 (Headshot - Ed Evans, in front of his wall safe)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p4, pan4 (Ed Evans returns to his garage with money he stole from "tomorrow")
Strange Tales I#38/4, p5, pan7 (Ed Evans finds money gone from his wall safe)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p1, pan1 (Ed Evans' time machine)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p3, pan2 (Ed Evans sets controls of his time machine, as he prepares to travel to "tomorrow")
Strange Tales I#38/4, p1, pan3 (Ed Evans' time machine materializes in a city of 2055 AD)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p2, pan1 (Ed Evans steps out of time machine to explore city of 2055 AD)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p2, pan3 (police of 2055 AD speak to Ed Evans)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p2, pan5 (Ed Evans activates time machine and escapes from police of 2055 AD)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p3, pan4 (Ed Evans' time machine materialize in Second National Bank)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p3, pan6 (Ed Evans uses acetylene torch to break into bank vault)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p4, pan1 (Ed Evans steals money from bank vault)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p4, pan7 (at police station, Ed Evans turns his burglar tools over to police officer)
Strange Tales I#38/4, p5, pan2 (police officers discuss bank robbery at Second National Bank; Ed Evans (background) )
Strange Tales I#38/4, p5, pan6 (Ed Evans' hand holds Time Adjusters calling card)
Strange Tales I#38/4 (September, 1955) - Paul S. Newman (writer), Art Peddy (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 01/31/2021
Last updated: 02/01/2021
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