Waldo the Wonder Boy
Real Name: Stanley Waldo
Identity/Class: Mutant human
Occupation: School boy
Affiliations: Pupil at St.Frank's; ally of Nelson Lee and Nipper
Enemies: Professor Zingrave, Sam Wilkes (escaped convict with a grudge against the senior Waldo), Claude Gore-Pearce
Known Relatives: Rupert Waldo (father)
Base of Operations: St.Frank's College
First Appearance: "Waldo the Wonder Boy," Nelson Lee Library (Second Series) #175 (Amalgamated Press, 7th September 1929)
Powers/Abilities: Stanley has superhuman strength (one of his schoolmates comments that he has seen Stanley lift a motor car), and is impervious to pain. He is capable of amazing recuperative feats, and able to shrug off and ignore being shot, burned, trampled, and other normally-crippling injuries. Just like his father, though without the criminal tendencies. He also has enhanced senses, most notably telescopic vision and "ears like microphones." He is an exceptional climber, scaling walls "with the speed and agility of a monkey." In one instance he connected himself up to an electrical junction box and let the volts run through him for several minutes without suffering any harm, while those who touched him suffered electric shocks.
History: Stanley Waldo is the son of Rupert Waldo, the "Wonder Man", a sometimes crook. For much of his early life he believed he didn't have a father (possibly because Rupert was trying to protect him from being exposed to his criminal lifestyle), but eventually Rupert tracked his son down during a period in his life when he had forsaken crime and become a "Peril Expert" instead. His father brought him back to England and enrolled him in Nelson Lee's St Frank's College, alongside Nipper, the sometimes partner of the detective Lee. Unfortunately for Stanley, while the students and instructors at St. Frank's are willing to forgive him his father's misdeeds, other enemies of his father are not, and trouble seeks him out despite his best efforts.
After this adventure Stanley stayed at the school, and later on helps Lee against Professor Zingrave.
Comments: Stanley Waldo was created by Edwy Searles Brooks, the creator of detective Norman Conquest. (Thanks to Dave Cromfire for correcting me on this last).
Waldo the Wonder Boy starred in Nelson Lee Library #175-178, his entire run lasting just the month of September 1929. His stories were "Waldo the Wonder Boy," "Spoofing the River House," "Waldo's Foe," and "The Arrested Schoolboy."
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
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