Real Name: Caleb Short
Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)
Occupation: Drifter, casual employee
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Pete Brand,
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Greenville, USA
First Appearance: Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2 (July, 1956)
Powers/Abilities: Caleb Short is a small timid
keen for attention with no appreciable skills for a rural American
community. He holds a valuable scroll with answers to spaceflight and
cures for diseases. He had a keen imagination fueled by his interest
in science-fiction magazines.
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair: Brown (balding)
(Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2 (fb) - BTS) - Having no
appreciable skills, Caleb Short was irked by feeling unimportant in the
small town of Greenville, and secured only odd jobs around town. He
longed for attention.
(Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2 (fb)) - Inspired by the
science-fiction magazines he enjoyed reading, he set about crafting a
story of visiting aliens, creating an "alien document" that contained
mixed-up mathematical formulas from various scientific magazines, cut
down a clearing in the woods and then applied tracks using swimming
flippers to mimic would-be alien feet.
Into Mystery I#2/2) - Caleb ran into the
town, declaring his encounter with a flying saucer and the monstrous
aliens inside. He waved the fake message he had created as proof of his
meeting. After brief initial disbelief, Mayor Watkins and reporter Pete
Brand led many townsfolk to the clearing in the woods he had made,
claiming the destruction had made by the flying saucer, and showed the
webbed "footprints." News of his would-be encounter quickly spread
nationally, even appearing on the front page of the Daily Bugle
newspaper, and Caleb reveled in the spotlight. However, Brand
investigated further and exposed Caleb's hoax. Shunned and scorned,
Caleb fled into the woods, where a large spacecraft landed before him.
Three Martians emerged and benevolently gave him a scroll to help
humankind advance to a "golden age," with information on spaceflight
and cures for diseases. Happy, Caleb rushed back into town and pleaded
to be heard, but the Watkins and the townsfolk dismissed him, thinking
it another hoax. Caleb wandered off, hoping that one day someone would
listen and believe him.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Bob McCarthy.
Sure. Nothing suspicious about aliens popping down,
giving you plans to build spacecraft and cures for diseases, then
quickly blasting off... Did they have a cure for paranoia?
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Caleb Short has no known connections to:
Pete Brand was the main reporter for the town's
newspaper and wanted the exclusive on Caleb Short's (faked) encounter
with aliens. While the news quickly spread nationally, Brand
remained skeptical and investigated further, finally uncovering Caleb's
--Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2
Declaring themselves to be "of Mars," the benevolent
humanoid Martians landed on Earth and chose Caleb Short as their first
contact (possibly because they were aware of the news reports of
Caleb's contact with aliens, but not realizing Caleb was a fraud). The
Martians passed a scroll that would advance humankind to a "golden age"
with answers to spaceflight, cures for diseases and others. The
Martians then blasted off in their magenta spacecraft but their special
document was lost as nobody believed Caleb's real alien encounter.
--Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2
Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2, p4, pan5 (main image)
p3, pan2 (headshot)
p3, pan4 (Daily Bugle front page)
p2, pan2 (Brand)
p4, pan4 (Martians)
Adventure Into Mystery I#2/2 (July, 1956) - uncredited writer, Bob McCarthy (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 02/25/2023
Last updated: 02/25/2023
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