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Kevin Scott the Blind Science Wizard (Strange Tales comics)

Doctor Kevin Scott

(The Blind Science Wizard)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The early Strange Tales issues predate the Marvel Universe (it was still Atlas Publishing back then), but many Atlas books exist in a penumbra wherein elements have been retconned into becoming part of the Marvel Universe.

This was never the case of Kevin Scott… but it could.

In super-hero settings that feature a dearth of super-heroic activity during the 1950s, Scott is a good choice for an heroic adventurer who held the line before 1961.


Background

  • Real Name: Dr. Kevin Scott
  • Marital Status: Engaged
  • Known Relatives: Moira (fiancée)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: USA
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Dark grey


Powers & Abilities

Dr. Scott is a multidisciplinary scientific and engineering genius. His accomplishments are unrevealed, but earned him worldwide acclaim. He also appears to have considerable military skills and experience, a particularly quick mind and nerves of steel.

Scott is blind, but his other senses are extremely keen. He can sense hot or cold objects from a good distance away, can precisely locate and identify sounds, feel distant movements through the air, etc. All in all, his condition barely seems to handicap him. He can pilot vehicles, sneak around, use weapons, etc. without missing a beat.

It is twice mentioned that Dr. Scott has a special helicopter – presumably a high-performance model that can be entirely flown by radar. There are also multiple assistants working with him, including his fiancée.


History

This is a very short story and no background is given for Dr. Scott, the “Blind Science Wizard”. One can imagine that he was a world-renowned scientist who served in an elite military unit during World War Two (perhaps the US Army Rangers) and was blinded in battle.

Dr. Scott’s fiancée and lab assistant, Moira, is also blind. Since she too has super-senses partially compensating for her blindness, one can imagine that they met after the war and she taught him how to sharpen his remaining senses to overcome his handicap.

Kevin Scott in his lab with Moira

In 1951, the world was suddenly hit by massive bombings that destroyed entire cities. There were but hours left before a global thermonuclear war – as both the USA and USSR assumed the other had attacked. Kevin and Moira were called to investigate a bombing site.

The blind couple and their seeing-eye dog sensed a presence, and soon located two invisible intruders and their invisible spaceship. Though the dog was shot dead, Dr. Scott knocked out two Monduvian space aliens, who were part of the invisible attack fleet that had been behind the bombings.

Wasp

Convincing the USA and USSR to call off nuclear retaliation strikes against each other, Scott headed an international scientific task force that reverse-engineered Monduvian invisibility and analyzed their technology (and perhaps their language) as the invisible bombings continued.

A test was done to turn a human soldier invisible – it succeeded, but the man couldn’t see either and was accidentally killed. Since being blind was nothing new to him, Dr. Scott became the second test subject.

He then flew the captured ship up and joined the invisible detachment just as they were returning to Mondu.

Dr. Scott infiltrated Mondu, mapping out their key military and political installations. Once that was done he stole another warship and made a high-velocity bombing run that crippled the Monduvian empire before returning to Earth. His first priority upon his return was to marry Moira.

(Albeit the one-man global sabotage is reminiscent of the classic science-fiction novel Wasp, it precedes it by 6 years. The intelligence and sabotaging action is covered in but a few panels, but one imagines that if it were fully developed it would resemble the actions of Eric F. Russell’s protagonist.)


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Scott is an archetypal 1950s Scientist TV Dad – think early Reed Richards, though without any flaw, or the vintage Challengers of the Unknown.

He’s a stalwart defender and scientific investigator, extremely courageous and intelligent, all these things.


Marvel Universe History

If we go by the conceit that Invisible Death (Scott’s sole appearance) occurred in October 1951, I’d say that Dr. Scott’s adventure inspired Howard Stark to set up Woodrow McCord as the Earth’s defender.

Dr. Scott’s abilities were almost uniquely suited to fight the Monduvians, but not that advantageous in fighting other menaces. He and Moira probably helped Stark with the infrastructure such an effort required (which probably evolved into S.W.O.R.D., although I don’t know if that’s been mentioned in the MU).

It’s hard to figure out Stark’s chronology, since Howard has been retconned into WW II and yet is the father of a 30-ish Tony. I’d guess his partnership with McCall happened sometime between 1953 (when he had his consciousness raised by the Brotherhood of the Shield) and 1965 (when Nick Fury left the CIA to lead SHIELD).


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Dr. Scott the Blind Science Wizard

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Uphold Good
Int: 07 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Scientist
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 017 HP: 030

Powers:
Analytical smell/tracking scent: 02, Directional hearing: 02, Enhanced hearing: 01, Hypersensitive touch: 04, Sonar: 01, Thermal vision: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Sonar is limited to sensing movements within a sufficiently dense atmosphere

Skills:
Gadgetry: 06, Military science: 05, Scientist: 08, Thief (Stealth): 03, Vehicles: 03, Weaponry*: 04

Advantages
Buddy (Moira), Familiarity (Military equipment and protocols), Iron Nerves, Popularity, Scholar (Identify Gadget), Sharp Eye

Connections:
United Nations (Low, Powerful)

Drawbacks:
MPR (Dr. Scott is blind, but that impairs him very little)

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Strange Tales vol. 1 #3 (1951)

Helper(s): Darci (Marvel Universe History addendum)

Writeup completed on the 28th of September, 2014.

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