Accidentally transported from 1957 to the present day, Professor Science uses his vast knowledge to fight against the evils of poverty, hunger, injustice and International Communism.
During the 1950s, Doctor Jack Needham was one of the brave men (and occasionally women!) of Science who were working towards a better tomorrow for all Americans. A master of a large number of disciplines, he was also not afraid to do his part to fight Communist infiltrators and spies who would seek to destroy the greatest nation in the world. As a result, he gained a reputation as something of a two-fisted man of action and science.
A critical moment came in 1957 when Jack aided several Superheroes in defeating Baron Ruthless in his efforts to use Z-Rays to conquer the Earth. Defeated, the Baron tried to use an emergency space time continuum transference device to escape; however, Jack Needham was able to overload the device- but at a cost. The machine exploded, transporting Jack more then fifty years into the future.
Initially caught off-balance, Jack realised what had happened rather quickly. He also realised that something had gone terribly wrong; people still drove cars, didn’t use jetpacks (well, most of them didn’t), weren’t taking holidays on the moon and didn’t have potato-flavoured ice cream. He figured that his removal from time had prevented America form entering the prosperous age of the future that it had been promised. Seeing this, he vowed to build his own time machine and travel back to 1957 and “put things right”.
However, he also found that in addition to rampant poverty, injustice and international Communism, the world was also plagued by supervillains, ones even more powerful and dangerous then the ones who had existed in the 1950s. He figured that, while he was stuck in this time, he would do as much as he could to help its people. Taking the nickname “Professor Science” and arming himself with a Jetpack, he took to the skies of Millennium City, fighting for truth, justice and an Aircar in every garage by 1965!
While Professor Science has no inherent powers, he does possess a great intellect and a range of scientific skills. His key ability is to develop and build incredible scientific devices on the fly; he seems to have a gadget for every need or occasion. (Oddly enough, about the only thing he hasn’t been able to build is a time machine that will be able to take him back to 1957) His technology seems to work by bizarre or nonsensical theorems that defy the laws of physics as we know them, and simply seem to work because he makes them work.
Due to his belief in his own intellect, Professor Science will rarely build actual weapons; he prefers to build devices that will capture or incapacitate a foe rather then directly harm them. He feels that he should out-think his enemies rather then out-fight them.
Regardless of what devices he has on hand, he will almost always have his jetpack. He feels that it is the solution to all of America’s transport needs, and that every man, woman and child will have one by 1965.
Jack Needham is a rugged, two-fisted man of science, who believes that advanced technology is the solution to every problem. He feels that through the marriage of the transistor to atomic energy, American science and industry will be able to cure all the world’s ills; more to the point, it is his duty as a proud American to help bring about this golden age for all mankind.
Unfortunately, his attitudes are very much a product of his time. He often comes off as condescending at best and offensive at worst; having been pulled through time before Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation and other areas of social change, he seems to see thighs through a distinctly 1950’s white male perspective. For example, he often tells superheros form other ethnic backgrounds that they are “a credit to their people” (an attitude that once nearly got him Zapped by Doctor Zap), and will state that superheroines are “almost as capable as a man!” He means well, he’s just bad at it.
Similarly, while a brilliant scientific mind, he seems to be somewhat flummoxed by modern technology - like many futurists of his time, he believed in an age of atomic energy, aircars potato-flavoured ice cream and vacations on the moon, not the internet, digital media and electronic banking.
Jack believes that the greatest threat to life and liberty is the threat of International Communism. He advocates wariness and caution against the threat of communist subversion at all times. Yes, he missed the end of the Cold War too.
Jack Needham is a square-jawed and handsome man in his mid 30s. He has neatly cut brown hair, brown eyes and a look of general clean wholesomeness. He rarely is seen without his labcoat. He also often has a pipe which he smokes in brute ignorance of every non-smoking sign in sight; after all, tobacco is good for you. As Professor Science he buttons up his labocat and pouts on a pair of goggles, as well as work gloves.