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MATT RONSON

Real Name: Matt Ronson

Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)

Occupation: Lighthouse keeper

Group Membership: None (see comments)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Sirens

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Remote offshore lighthouse in unrevealed location, presumably USA

First Appearance: Uncanny Tales I#42/5 (April, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Matt Ronson is an able lighthouse keeper but had grown tired of the lonely life of tending an isolated lighthouse.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:

(Uncanny Tales I#42/5 (fb) - BTS) - Matt Ronson had been faithfully tending a lighthouse on a remote rocky island for six months without sight or sound of another human being. He grew lonely and longed for his relief to arrive. However, sirens had targeted the lighthouse to lure ships to the jagged rocks if they could eliminate the warning light.

(Uncanny Tales I#42/5) - One more lonely day turned to dusk and tired Ronson lit his own oil lamp, but began falling asleep before tending the lighthouse beacon. A storm approached and Ronson was woken by a siren appearing as a human woman knocking loudly on the lighthouse door. Her alluring voice calmed him, but a foghorn of a nearing ship caught in the dark searching to steer clear of danger woke him from the trance. The siren offered to share the ship's plunder if he kept the lighthouse dark and more sirens entered. Refusing their seductions, he accidentally knocked over his oil lamp that set off a fire, burning the lighthouse (presumably just the residential section). The fire provided sufficient light to warn the nearby ship away and the sirens scattered. At daybreak, an investigative team from the mainland arrived but didn't believe his story until he showed them the sirens' footprints in the sand.

 

 

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Bernie Krigstein.

The US Lighthouse Service was absorbed into the Coast Guard in 1939, so I'm not sure where his official membership would lie, if any.

In the USA, lighthouses tended solely by one man were known colloquially as "stag lights" if they did not accommodate other keepers and/or family.

This was reprinted in Haunt of Horror I#3, which is where the 2nd image is from.

 Is this where they could have gotten the G-Men/Agents of Atlas' Venus?
---John Holstein

The siren Venus was granted a soul by the Ancient One in the late 19th century and in her despair went into the convent. The clothes, ship design, lighthouse design indicate that the story takes place not in the late 19th century, so the siren in this tale seems very unlikely tot be the Agents of Atlas' Venus.
--Mike

I've placed this story in the 1950s as per the time it was originally published. Electrification began to appear in the 1960s, phasing out the need for lighthouse keepers who lit the beacon.
Maybe this story helped in retconning the Agents' Venus as a siren.
--Grendel Prime

This profile was completed 03/13/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Matt Ronson has no known connections to:


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Uncanny Tales I#42/5, p1, pan2 (main image)
   p2, pan5 (headshot)


Appearances:
Uncanny Tales I#42/5 (April, 1956) - uncredited writer, Bernie Krigstein (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 09/02/2021
Last updated: 08/29/2021

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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