Fear (comics)

Fear # 1

Comic Book: "What Was the Strange Power of Simon Drudd?!! " [Reprinted from Tales to Astonish # 10] (?)

The elderly Simon Drudd was a chemist trying to create a “youth serum”. Using all sources, from the legendary formulas of the ancients to the most modern medical findings, Drudd, and his assistant Bentley, struggled onward, despite the growing ridicule from colleagues and the public. One day, Drudd cried out in triumph that he finally had the correct chemical formula. Drudd ordered Bentley, at gunpoint, into the freezer. Drudd then revealed that he always intended to use the formula only on himself for his own selfish protests; planning to take the serum every twenty years, he planned to become immortal. Drudd drank the serum, becoming younger and younger. From old man, to young man, to teenager, to boy, to infant, Drudd continued getting younger. The police arrived and freed Bentley from the freezer; going into the lab, they found an empty pile of clothes, the only thing remaining of Simon Drudd.

Comment: Speculation - Drudd’s “youth serum” may have been an unstable variant of the immortality elixir used by the evil alchemist Diablo, first mentioned in Fantastic Four # 30.

-- John Kaminski

Fear #6

Comic Book: "The Black Ray" & "The Midnight Monster" (?)

"The Black Ray": A man travels back in time to become the richest man in history. [Printed from: Journey Into Mystery v1 #66]

"The Midnight Monster": A rich, handsome, but totally evil scientist created an immortality serum and drank it; he was instantly transformed into an ugly, monstrous, gray-skinned hulk. Seeking revenge upon the world, he went on a path of destruction until he was tricked by the Army into falling down the world's deepest hole. (AS) [Printed from: Journey Into Mystery v1. #79]

-- Jeffr_2bya