Real Name: Fido (as called by Hank Walton)
Identity/Class: Terrestrial animal (canine) (1950s
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Hank Walton, Ned Walton
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile (while on tour with Hank
First Appearance: Strange
Tales I#66/3 (December, 1958)
Powers/Abilities: The loyal and courageous Fido was
an unspecified breed of dog; he could apparently speak English fluently.
Ventriloquist Hank Walton (unaware
of Fido's extraordinary ability) utilized the dog in his
stage-act--during performances, Walton would "throw" his voice to make
Fido appear to speak.
Height: 2' (by
Weight: 30 lbs. (by approximation)
(Strange Tales I#66/3 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Fido is unrevealed, but at some point he was adopted by ventriloquist Hank Walton. Not wanting to leave his beloved dog alone while he was on tour, Hank decided to incorporate Fido into his comical stage-act--instead of using a dummy, Hank would "throw" his voice to make it appear that Fido was talking. For their act, Hank played the role of a hobo "straight-man," while Fido was the wise-cracking "talking" dog.
(Strange Tales I#66/3) - With Fido, Hank demonstrated his act to his father Ned (a retired ventriloquist, himself); Ned laughed and applauded through the whole presentation, then gave Hank a few tips to smooth out his act a bit.
Before long, Hank and Fido hit the "big time," and they were booked for engagements in various theaters throughout the region.
One night, while they were performing on stage, Hank was surprised when Fido "said" something that wasn't in the script! But when he looked out into the audience and saw his father sitting in the front row, Hank realized it was just his dad using his own ventriloquism to make Fido "talk".
Hank and Fido continued with their performance, but then a
fire suddenly broke out in the theater; before the audience could panic,
Fido told the people to remain calm and walk to the nearest exit. As the
audience quickly filed out, Ned Walton waited behind for his son to come
down from the stage, but then he couldn't see anything because of the
smoke that billowed around him. Fido leaped from the stage and came
racing to Ned's rescue--although blinded by the smoke, Ned had the voice
of Fido (which Ned assumed was
actually his son "throwing" his voice) to guide him to the exit
and safely outside, just as the
fire department arrived. Then Fido dashed back into the
blazing theater to save Hank; lost within the smoke-filled building,
Hank was also guided out by Fido's voice (which
Hank assumed was actually his father "throwing" his voice).
The next day, Hank, Ned, and Fido were all together at Ned's home. Hank had gained much notoriety for saving lives during the theater fire--newspapers headlined Hank Walton's brave deed, and radio and TV commentators praised his calmness in the face of great danger. However, Hank thought they were giving credit to the wrong man, because it was his father who deserved all the glory. But Ned denied ever throwing his voice during the fire--he was too choked up from the smoke. Hank admitted that he had been too scared during the fire, and he wasn't even able to call out, let alone perform any ventriloquism.
As they looked down at Fido--who was sitting on the floor and happily wagging his tail--the father and son were left wondering who was responsible for the voice of Fido...
Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Werner Roth.
This 3-page story--The Voice of Fido!--left the mysterious ending unresolved, but for a possible explanation, see the profile for Rover.
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Fido has no known connections to:
Hank and Ned Walton have no known connections to:
The owner of Fido, Hank was the son of retired ventriloquist
The father of Hank Walton, Ned had made his living for
thirty-seven years as a famous professional ventriloquist before he
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Strange Tales I#66/3, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Fido, held by Hank Walton)
Strange Tales I#66/3, p1, pan3 (Headshot - Fido "talking" via Hank Walton's ventriloquism; Ned Walton (background))
Strange Tales I#66/3, p3, pan1 (Fido leading Ned Walton (left) through fire to safety)
Strange Tales I#66/3, p3, pan7 (Fido sitting on floor; Ned Walton (foreground, left) and Hank Walton (foreground, right))
Strange Tales I#66/3, p1, pan1 (Hank Walton, holding Fido)
Strange Tales I#66/3, p2, pan5 (Hank Walton, dressed as hobo, performing on stage with Fido; Ned Walton in front row of audience)
Strange Tales I#66/3, p1, pan1 (Ned Walton)
Strange Tales I#66/3, p2, pan7 (Ned Walton, blinded by smoke, as Fido leaps to his rescue)
Strange Tales I#66/3 (December, 1958) - unidentified writer, Werner Roth (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 08/26/2020
Last updated: 08/26/2020
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