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
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.
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 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
--Adventure Into Mystery I#3/7
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
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)
Last updated: 03/09/2023
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
All other characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at: http://www.marvel.com.
Special Thanks to www.g-mart.com for hosting the Appendix!
Back to Characters