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DR. TIMOTHY BLEARY

Real Name: Dr. Timothy Bleary

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality (Reality-88131) extraterrestrial (Melmacian)

Occupation: Leader of Woodschlock commune (disbanded);
   former scientist

Group Membership: Flippies at Woodschlock commune

Affiliations: Gordon Shumway (later ALF) (Reality-88131)

Enemies: Briefly Modzilla

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Woodschlock commune, Melmac (Reality-88131)

First Appearance: ALF#4/2 (June, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: Dr. Timothy Bleary is a former scientist with knowledge of experimental genetics and hailed from a prestigious university on Melmac. He has the usual physical attributes of a Melmac native (compared to humans), with heightened immunity, extended lifespan (set at 650 years) and a large appetite open to many forms of food (including cats).

Height: 4'
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Black
Hair: Sandy brown

History:

(ALF#4/2 (fb) - BTS) - Timothy Bleary was educated at Melmac Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He bought a Bob Dylan album which began his pursuit of alternative "flippie" commune culture. He became a scientist with knowledge of experimental genetics, but left formal research to establish and lead a flippie commune on an old lizard farm called Woodschlock. However, the flippies eventually got haircuts and jobs, and all departed the commune, leaving Bleary alone.

(ALF#4/2 (fb)) - Seeking new company, he took the last small local lizard to create a new race of lizard flippies, but accidentally dropped a loaf of rye bread into the matrix, exploding the lab and leaving only a monstrous destructive lizard he called Modzilla. The monster ran amok and destroyed the empty commune into smoking ruin. By chance, orbit guard Gordon Shumway (later ALF) was passing nearby, landed and escaped with Bleary from one of Modzilla's fiery blasts. Seeing that Modzilla hadn't destroyed the bakery because of its allergy to  baked goods, Shumway and Bleary dropped flour on Modzilla, inducing a massive sneezing fit that eventually expelled the chemicals from the lizard's body and it returned to its small size. Bleary then abandoned the flippie mindset and Woodschlock, and hoped to pursue a profitable lecture tour and mainstream movie deal.

   Bleary very likely perished with destruction of Melmac.

Comments: Created by Michael Gallagher, Dave Manak, Marie Severin.

Dr. Timothy Bleary is very likely a reference to the now late Dr. Timothy Leary, a former Harvard University academic, psychologist and advocate of psychedelic drugs for therapeutic use in psychiatry and to expand consciousness, as well as his communal experience with psychedelic counterculture; Gallagher pictures Bleary with a yoga mat(?) from the commune (although it could even be a reference to Steppenwolf's 1968 semi-psychedelic song "Magic Carpet Ride" or the term for a hit of three drugs, known together as a "magic carpet ride" (although I'm not sure when that term entered urban usage)). Melmacian "flippies" of course refers to alternative lifestyle "hippies" in human culture, while "Woodschlock" relates to the giant music festival Woodstock for the counterculture generation held on a former dairy farm. "Bleary" would refer to bleary-eyed from tiredness or, um, recovery sleep. "Modzilla" is a combination of "mod" subculture and the kaiju Godzilla, king of monsters!

Further details on the Melmacian alien species (according to the ALF television show) can be found on a Melmac fansite. No problem!

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Dr. Timothy Bleary has no known connections to:


Modzilla

Modzilla was initially one of the little lizards from an old lizard farm that had since been turned into the counterculture Woodschlock "flippie" commune led by Dr. Timothy Bleary. But when all the flippies went off to get jobs and join mainstream society, Bleary was left all alone. Seeing one last lizard, he drew on his scientific knowledge to use the lizard to create a new race of lizard flippies. However, rye bread accidentally dropped into the matrix mutated the lizard into a monstrous, malicious and destructive beast called Modzilla that could speak, direct fiery blasts from its mouth and smash buildings with its tail. It destroyed the commune except for the bakery due its allergy to baked goods. Bleary, joined by orbit guard Gordon Shumway (later ALF), bombed flour on Modzilla. The flour caused the creature to have a long sneezing fit, eventually expelling all the chemicals from its body and returning it to its original small form

 

--ALF#4/2


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ALF#4/2 (June, 1988), p3, pan2 (main image)
   p2, pan6 (headshot)
   p4, pan7 (Modzilla, mutated form)
   p4, pan4 (Modzilla, original little lizard form)


Appearances:
ALF#4/2 (June, 1988) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)


First posted: 11/02/2022
Last updated: 11/02/2022

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