Real Name: Paul Hartwick
Identity/Class: Human mutate (1950s era)
Occupation: Research scientist
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Unidentified scientist
Known Relatives: Phyllis Hartwick (wife), son (unidentified)
Aliases: "The Man Who Meddled" (in story title)
Base of Operations: His lab at Trescott Preventive Medicine Foundation; his family home
First Appearance: Marvel Tales I#128/3 (November, 1954)
Powers/Abilities: Having no paranormal abilities, Dr. Paul Hartwick was a middle-aged man and a skilled bio-chemist.
After using a cyclotron to accelerate the life-cycle of mice, Hartwick was apparently contaminated with a radiation which caused him (and those within his proximity) to rapidly age (see comments).
Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Brown, later gray
(Marvel Tales I#128/3) - Dr. Paul Hartwick was employed as a research scientist at the Trescott Preventive Medicine Foundation; he was attempting to develop a serum to speed up the life-cycle of mice, so that scientists could see the results of their experiments with the rodents that much quicker. After three years and 485 tests, Hardwick's experiments were all failures; yet despite the warnings from his wife and co-worker--that he shouldn't tamper with the fundamental sources of life--Hartwick persisted with his experimentation.
One day, after his latest serum had failed, Hartwick was struck with the idea of using the institute's cyclotron on the mice. Although Hartwick was apprehensive--he'd never operated the nuclear device by himself--he nonetheless activated it and bathed his mice with radiation; but moments later, the cyclotron exploded. Hartwick's co-workers came rushing into the lab to find him injured, but Hartwick was more concerned about the condition of the mice; he was elated when he saw that his experiment was successful--the once very young mice were now old and feeble!
Although he only suffered minor burns in the mishap, Hartwick was taken to the hospital, where his wife Phyllis came rushing to his bedside. The excited Hartwick told her the wonderful news of how he had finally accelerated the life-cycle of the mice from two years to less than one day, and thus he had made the greatest medical discovery of the century! But Phyllis warned him that he had made a horrible mistake, for he was meddling with life itself. In the months that followed, Hartwick attained great fame for his experiment--he was showered with scientific honors and received new job offers; but Phyllis still wouldn't change her opinion of his discovery.
More months passed, and Hartwick's world was made complete when his wife gave birth to their first child--a son. But one week after the baby's birth, the infant had matured to the point where he could walk and talk! In the days that followed, Paul and Phyllis Hartwick watched in growing horror as their son rapidly matured into a middle-aged man! By the following week, the Hartwicks went to the crib and found their "baby" dead of old age.
The Hartwicks were deeply anguished by the death of their son, and as the wrinkled and elderly Paul Hartwick consoled his gray-haired wife with a hug, he told her that they could always adopt a child--he was apparently unaware that they were both rapidly aging as well (see comments).
Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Ed Winiarski (artist).
I'm only assuming these events took place on Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe), and that
only the Hartwick family was suffering from accelerated aging. But
considering the way some of these old horror stories end, it's always
possible that the mishap with the cyclotron released radiation that caused
the entire population of the planet to rapidly age, in which case these
events would then have taken place on some alternate Earth.
Maybe the cyclotron was emitting the same radiation that would later be used by the Time Master.
This 4-page story--The Man Who Meddled!--was reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell#33 (January, 1975).
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Paul and Phyllis Hartwick has no known connections to:
She was the young and beautiful blond-haired wife of
scientist Paul Hartwick.
The infant son (name
unrevealed) of scientist Dr. Paul Hartwick and his wife Phyllis,
he was born months after Paul had a mishap with a cyclotron.
He was one of Dr. Paul Hartwick's co-workers at the Trescott
Preventive Medicine Foundation. He angrily confronted Hartwick over his
foolish experiments to accelerate the life-cycle of mice--he thought that
Hartwick was wasting the institution's money, and warned Hartwick that he
was tampering with sources that mankind was not meant to understand.
The numerous test subjects for Dr. Hartwick's experiments,
their average life span was two years. Hartwick was attempting to discover
a serum to speed up their life-cycle so that scientists could see the
results of their experiments with the rodents that much quicker.
A nuclear device at the Trescott Preventive Medicine
Foundation, it was used by Dr. Paul Hartwick in an attempt to accelerate
the life-cycle of mice.
images: (without ads)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p2, pan4 (Main Image - Paul Hartwick, in lab, looking at dead mice)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p2, pan5 (Headshot - Paul Hartwick)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p2, pan1 (Paul Hartwick, at home, explaining the purpose of his experiment to Phyllis)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p4, pan8 (prematurely-aged Paul Hartwick, consoling gray-haired Phyllis over the death of their son)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p2, pan2 (Phyllis Hartwick, warning Paul not to meddle with life)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p4, pan7 (Phyllis Hartwick mourns death of their baby; Paul Hartwick (left))
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p4, pan2 (newborn baby with Phyllis Hartwick; Paul Hartwick (left))
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p4, pan5 (week-old baby asks Paul and Phyllis Hartwick for water)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p4, pan6 (baby (in crib) prematurely aged to middle-age; Paul and Phyllis Hartwick (right))
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p1, pan1 (unidentified scientist, holding one of Hartwick's dead mice)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p1, pan2 (unidentified scientist warns Paul Hartwick)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p3, pan5 (after explosion of cyclotron, Paul Hartwick and unidentified scientist look at prematurely aged mice)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p2, pan6 (Paul Hartwick begins to operate to cyclotron)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p2, pan7 (Paul Hartwick exposes mice to radiation of cyclotron)
Marvel Tales I#128/3, p3, pan1 (cyclotron explodes)
Marvel Tales I#128/3 (November, 1954) - unidentified writer, Ed Winiarski (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 07/05/2019
Last updated: 07/05/2019
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