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Real Name: Lana Cummings

Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era), possible mutant or mutate (see comments)

Occupation: Telephone switchboard operator

Group Membership: Dunn and Dill staff

Affiliations: Thomas Fields, local police

Enemies: Bugs Harper

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Small city in the USA (name unrevealed)

First Appearance: Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7 (September, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Lana Cummings is an efficient telephone switchboard operator. She has a firm belief in the power of telepathy and was initially unaware that she herself is a telepath, able to receive thoughts from a fellow telepath.

Height: 5'5"
Weight: lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark brown


(Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7 (fb) - BTS) - Socially somewhat of a loner, Dunn and Dill telephone switchboard operator Lana Cummings was a believer in telepathy. Meanwhile, prison escapee Bugs Harper holed up randomly in Thomas Fields' house, holding him prisoner. Also a believer in telepathy, Fields called out telepathically for help.

(Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7 (fb)) - Cummings' coworker encouraged her to leave aside her fascination with telepathy and search for a husband. She continued with her work but became distracted by the name Thomas Fields and a phone number unknown to her. Looking up the name in the phone book and seeing the name matched the phone number, Cummings went to the address after work. Harper answered and dismissed her off. Despite feeling a little foolish, she remained certain of Fields' troubles.

(Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7) - Cummings went to the local police station and reported she had been mentally called by Thomas Fields that he was in trouble. She explained her reasoning to the chauvinistically dismissive police. She pointed to a Wanted poster showing who she thought was Thomas Fields, but the police stated it was prison escapee Bugs Harper. She identified the address and the police immediately went there. They returned with the handcuffed Harper and the now-free Fields, who thanked her.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Howard O'Donnell.

The origin of her telepathy powers is unrevealed.

There's a hint of a possible blossoming romance between Fields and Cummings in the last panel...

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Lana Cummings has no known connections to:

Thomas Fields

Thomas Fields was a believer in telepathy. He was unlucky enough to have prison escapee Bugs Harper invade his home and hold him prisoner. Fields warned Harper that her would call out telepathically for help, but Harper laughed him off. Another believer in telepathy elsewhere in the city, Lana Cummings heard his call. She followed the clues to his house and then went to the police, who finally believed her and went to Fields' house and rescued him. Taken to the police station, Fields thanked Cummings closely.





--Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7

Bugs Harper

Bugs Harper was an escaped prisoner. Seeking a random hideaway, he invaded Thomas Fields' house and held him prisoner. Meanwhile, the police issued Wanted posters of Harper. Fields warned Harper that he would call telepathically for help, but Harper laughed him off. Lana Cummings heard Fields' call and followed the clues, arriving at Fields' house. Harper answered and dismissed her. Despite feeling foolish, Cummings was resolute in helping Fields and went to the police. Seeing Harper's image on the Wanted poster helped Cummings direct police to the house and Harper was promptly arrested.





--Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7

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Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7, p1, pan3 (main image)
  p2, pan7 (headshot)
  p4, pan7 (Fields)
  p3, pan5 (Harper)

Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7 (September, 1956) - uncredited writer, Howard O'Donnell (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 03/09/2023
Last updated: 03/09/2023

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