Real Name: Lt. Tom Gorman
Identity/Class: Human (ca. 3050 BC, 1950s era)
Group Membership: United States Air Force
Affiliations: Na-Ni-Ma, unidentified pharaoh (see comments)
Enemies: General Coleran
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unidentified airfield in
First Appearance: Strange
Tales of the Unusual#8/3 (February, 1957)
Powers/Abilities: Gorman was
a trained aircraft pilot who flew the experimental XD-1.
When he took the XD-1 up for a test-flight, the aircraft's
tremendous velocity somehow transported itself and Gorman through time,
stranding him 5000 years in the past of ancient Egypt; Gorman's temporal
displacement was fleeting, and after a period of three weeks (relatively
speaking), he alone returned to the 20th Century, while the
XD-1 remained in the past.
During his stay in ancient Egypt, Gorman employed a
pantomime-like form of sign-language, with which he was able to make
himself understood (with difficulty)
by the indigenous peoples of that era.
Height: 5'10" (by
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
(Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Tom Gorman is largely unrevealed, but he joined the Air Force and eventually attained the rank of lieutenant; Lt. Gorman was assigned to take the experimental XD-1 aircraft for its test-flight.
(Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3 (fb)) - From an airfield
in California, Gorman took off in the XD-1, and he was stunned to find
that the plane had carried him to New York City in less than a
minute! As he barely opened
the throttle to gradually increase his velocity, total
blackness enveloped the aircraft, and Gorman supposed that he had
surpassed the speed of light.
The XD-1 continued eastward, and Gorman suddenly saw Egypt looming ahead--he recognized the region by the Nile River, the desert, and the architecture... but the Pyramids and the Sphinx were missing!
Seeing that his fuel gauge read too low for a return trip, Gorman throttled way down and came in for a landing; upon seeing the primitive civilization in which he had landed, Gorman had an answer for the absence of the Pyramids and Sphinx: They hadn't been built yet! Gorman theorized that since he had been flying from west to east, against time, he had somehow been hurtled into the past!
Shocked by the knowledge that he was at least 5000 years
back in time, Gorman allowed himself to be led by the awestruck people
to the palace of the pharaoh. Gorman used a form of sign-language
to communicate with the pharaoh; but after explaining to the ruler that
he flew in the plane, Gorman found that it was a big mistake--the
pharaoh thought that the mortal Gorman had offended the gods
by using a ship (the XD-1) that
could only belong to them, so he decreed that Gorman must be made a
sacrificial offering to appease the angry deities.
However, the pharaoh's lovely daughter had taken an interest in Gorman, and she argued with her father for several minutes; then Gorman found out what the two had been discussing--the princess wanted to marry him! Taking all the facts into consideration--that it seemed like he'd be trapped in the past for the rest of his life, and that the pharaoh's daughter was a pretty girl--Gorman quickly nodded his willingness to marry the princess.
The next day, the XD-1 was brought to the pharaoh's
palace, and gifts were brought to the plane--Gorman supposed the
Egyptians thought the plane would take off on its own and carry the
offerings to the "god" who owned it.
After several days, Gorman not only got used to being in his strange predicament, he even looked forward to his upcoming marriage to the princess (whom he learned was named "Na-Ni-Ma"). At the end of three weeks, Gorman and Na-Ni-Ma were carried through the streets, past cheering throngs, to a temple; but as the ceremony began, a numbness gradually took possession of Gorman's body, and he faded away from ancient Egypt.
The next thing he knew, Gorman had returned to the 20th
Century, and he reappeared in General Coleran's office. The
blustering general demanded to know where Gorman had been... and more
importantly, where the XD-1 was. When Gorman couldn't provide
Coleran with a satisfactory answer, the general ordered his
(Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3) - Gorman was summoned
before a court-martial board presided by General Coleran, and he told
the unbelievable story of his disappearance to ancient Egypt.
Gorman guessed that he had returned because he didn't belong in the
past... and although the XD-1 didn't belong in the past either, he
theorized it might have something to do with the fact that he was a living being, and the XD-1 was
only an inanimate object.
Immediately after Gorman's incredible testimony, the members of the hearing board all concurred with the same opinion, and General Coleran delivered the verdict--it was concluded that Lt. Tom Gorman must have sold or given the XD-1 to some potential enemy, thus he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to life in prison.
But Lt. Gorman was not destined to serve his sentence, for
on that very day in Egypt, a trio of archeologists made a startling
discovery. In a tomb that hadn't been opened for five thousand
years, they found a modern aircraft (the
XD-1), which had been entombed with the pharaoh as his "solar
ship," with the intention that it would carry the pharaoh to the beyond
after his death.
Comments: Created by Carl Wessler (writer) and Mort Drucker (artist).
Using real world history the pharao in this story could be Narmer or Hor-Aha of the First Dynasty.
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Lt. Tom Gorman has no knownconnections to:
Na-Ni-Ma has no known connections to:
The unidentified pharaoh has no known connections to:
General Coleran has no known connections to:
The XD-1 has no known connections to:
Living approximately 5000 in the past, she was the daughter of the pharaoh
Living approximately 5000 years in the past, he was the ruler of Egypt,
and the father of Na-Ni-Ma.
A commanding officer in the United
States Air Force, Coleran was test-pilot Lt. Tom Gorman's superior.
An advanced aircraft built for the
Air Force, the XD-1 was predicted to give the United States virtual
control of the sky for the next dozen years or more.
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Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Lt. Tom Gorman (in uniform) at court-martial hearing)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p3, pan4 (Headshot - Lt. Tom Gorman)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p2, pan7 (in ancient Egypt, pharaoh orders palace guards to seize Lt. Tom Gorman (in flight-suit))
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p4, pan1 (Lt. Tom Gorman (in flight-suit) reappears in General Coleran's office)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p3, pan6 (Na-Ni-Ma introduces herself to Lt. Tom Gorman (silhouette))
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p3, pan7 (in temple, Na-Ni-Ma (left), Lt. Tom Gorman begins to fade away to his own era)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p3, pan1 (unidentified pharaoh, Na-Ni-Ma, Lt. Tom Gorman, palace guards)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p3, pan3 (unidentified pharaoh speaks with Na-Ni-Ma)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p4, pan4 (General Coleran (standing between two other board members) renders verdict at Lt. Tom Gorman's court-martial hearing)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3. p2, pan2 (XD-1, flown by Lt. Tom Gorman)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3, p4, pan6 (XD-1 discovered in pharaoh's tomb by archaeologists)
Strange Tales of the Unusual#8/3 (February, 1957) - Carl Wessler (writer), Mort Drucker (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 12/29/2018
Last updated: 12/29/2018
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