Episode 57: Forever Young (Tales to Astonish #43) -- May 1963


In this episode:

In this episode, Mike and Ed discuss Elias Weems, the scientist-criminal who was recently given a suspended sentence on the recommendation of Ant-Man. Weems has invented a device that can age and de-age anyone in its path. Will the ray be commercialized? What would a society where no one aged look like?

In this issue:

Professor Elias Weems is unceremoniously fired by his lab because he is over 65 years old. Angry and hurt, he turns his genius to inventing a machine that will make others old, too. He succeeds in his maniacal quest - pretty quickly - and starts using it on animals and then people. He thereafter threatens to age everyone in the city if it is not turned over to him. Ant-Man is looped into the caper and, after visiting various labs in town, zeroes in on Weems. They battle, and Ant-Man is prematurely aged by Weems’s aging ray. Weems finally realizes the errors of his ways when he accidentally ages his beloved grandson Tommy. Fortunately, Ant-Man has figured out how to reverse the ray’s aging process, returning everyone to their proper ages. At his sentencing, Ant-Man (whose identity is not known to the general public), speaks on behalf of Weems. His old boss actually hires him back, having realized it was wrong to discriminate against Weems.

Assumed before the next episode:

The world is shocked and intrigued at the prospect of being prematurely aged and de-aged.

This episode takes place:

After people have learned that technology exists to prematurely age people - and to make them younger.