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Father Time
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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America Comics #6 (Sept. 1941)
Created byStan Lee & Al Avison
In-story information
Alter egoLarry Scott
SpeciesHuman
Place of originEarth-616
Team affiliationsCrazy S.U.E.S
Notable aliasesLarry Scott
AbilitiesNone

Father Time (Larry Scott) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Al Avison and first appeared in Captain America Comics #6 (Sept. 1941),[1] published by Marvel predecessor Timely Comics during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books.[2] He was one of the many costumed operatives who were recruited into the United States military.

Like many heroes recruited in this fashion, Father Time's fictional exploits were few. For most of these early heroes it was due to their deaths in combat. Presumably, much like the Young Allies, the fictional exploits of the Father Time were based on actual events.[citation needed]

Publication history

In addition to his appearances in Captain America issues #6-12, he also appeared in Mystic Comics #10 and Young Allies #3.[3] In 2011 he appeared again in All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes as a member of the war time team Crazy Sues.[citation needed]

A different, non-superhero Father Time appeared as a character in the Blonde Phantom story "Doomed for Death" in Blonde Phantom Comics #22 (March 1949).

Hawkeye (Clint Barton), the superhero archer of the team the Avengers, disguised himself as an unrelated character named Father Time in the 50th-anniversary issue Captain America #383 (March 1991). Another unrelated character of the same name appears in DC Comics.

Fictional character biography

1940s

Larry Scott's father John became framed for homicide and became sentenced to the electrical chair. Learning that crook Chips Brant was the one behind his father's framing, Larry tried to pressure the crook to confess. Knocked out for his trouble, Larry recovered and tried to carry new proof that might clean his father's name. Unfortunately, Larry arrived too late and his father was executed just moments before his name could be cleared.[4] Wishing that time could be on the side of law and the innocent victims of crime, Larry decided to become a crime fighter. Donning a hooded cloak and wielding a scythe, Larry takes on the name Father Time and seeks to make time work against criminals, rather than the innocent.[5] He captured Chips Brant before he could skip town and became a champion against evil.[volume & issue needed]

Shortly after his first adventure, Larry found out that his pal Hal Sakson was accused of murdering the group of the Southern Princess to be able to loot the salvaged deliver of gold that they had uncovered recently.As Father Time, Larry exposed the crooked District Attorney as the one responsible by using the superstitions of his hired thugs to frighten them into a confession.[volume & issue needed]

Crazy S.U.E.S

Father Time was one of the many costumed heroes drafted into the military following the United States entry into World War II. He was assigned to the Crazy S.U.E.S., under the command of Captain America. His involvement with the squad is unrecorded, however, he is one of the few members to survive, as he was one of the many heroes gathered by Captain America (William Nasland) to invade Berlin in 1945.[6]

Legacy

Although not one of the most popular heroes of his time, Father Time maintained some notoriety. In the modern age during a celebration of the birth of Steve Rogers as Captain America, his fellow Avenger Hawkeye dressed as Father Time.[volume & issue needed]

References

  1. ^ Grand Comics Database: Captain America Comics #6 (Sept. 1941)
  2. ^ Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 978-1465455505.
  3. ^ Benton, Mike (1992). Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. pp. 155–156. ISBN 0-87833-808-X. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  4. ^ Steranko, Jim (1970). The Steranko History of Comics, vol 1. Supergraphics. p. 65.
  5. ^ Nevins, Jess (2013). Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes. High Rock Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-61318-023-5.
  6. ^ "Twelve Angry Men". Twelve Angry Men. 2006-06-20. doi:10.5040/9781580815444.