Herbert George Wells better known by his pen name "H.G. Wells" was a writer of science-fiction. His work had a great influence on our vision of the future. Born in England in 1866, his first novel, The "Time Machine" was an instant success and Wells produced a series of science fiction novels which pioneered our ideas of the future. His works included "War of the Worlds", "Food of the Gods", "The Invisible Man", and the "First Men on the Moon."
World War II
Inspired by the radio play adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (as read by actor Orson Welles) and the hysteria it caused by tricking Americans into thinking there was a real invasion, members of the Nazis decided to mimic it for their most recent attack on American soil during World War II. In the Summer of 1942, armed with realistic looking costumes and prop weapons, these "Martians" attacked Gotham City. Taking over city hall and slaying the mayor, they demanded that the human race surrender and began using their "ray gun" to destroy nearby ships (actually rigged with time bombs). Their invasion attracted the attention of Captain America and Bucky who fought back. Cap was captured and demanded to surrender on behalf of the human race, however he refused. Through their battles against the Martians, Captain America and Bucky learned the truth and easily trounced the phony Martians, revealing their true identities to the world and foiling their plot to frighten America into a state of hysteria.
- Cavorite was first used in the H.G. Wells novel, The First Men in the Moon.
- Earth-9930 New York City street signs read "Wells St" and "Heck Av", undoubtedly named for original "War of the Worlds" writer, H.G. Wells and artist Don Heck, who had worked on many issues of Amazing Adventures various incarnations.
- Two-Gun takes out of the library H.G. Wells "The Outline of History" for Rusty Rudolph in the story "The Cobra Strikes". It was not published until 1919. It was published 9 years after the time that historians consider the end of the American Frontier days (1910).