Government agent Jimmy Woo, a slender Chinese-American with short dark hair dressed in a classic black suit and tie, is speaking with eccentric celebrity scientist Jericho Tesla. Jimmy Woo stands, leaning against the front of his desk, while Jericho sits in a chair facing him, shifted to the right, with his right hand holding his jaw in a thoughtful expression.
"So, you obviously sought me out for this job because of my reputation for obtaining difficult-to-locate artifacts, my daredevil antics, and, I'm sure to a lesser extent, my Jewish background. You must have figured all three of those characteristics would ensure may participation...either that, or you at least tailored your pitch to appeal to aspects of each of them", Tesla says to Woo.
"Maybe a little of both", Woo says, smiling to Tesla. "So, are you on board?"
"Yes", Tesla says, rising from his seat and offering his hand to Woo. "I look forward to serving two of my native countries on this mission. Give me a week to put my affairs in order. I have the time to take a research sabbatical, which is where I will tell everyone I have gone. Everyone will assume I am sequestered away in a lab somewhere, so no one should be suspicious of my absence."
"Good", Woo responds, shaking Tesla's hand. "We'll arrange your passage to West Germany in five days. From there, you and your partner will be on your own. While you are here, by the way, let me introduce you to the man who will be your partner. I think you'll find you have a lot in common." Jimmy reaches over and presses a button on an intercom on his desk. "Send in Mr. Grayson, please."
A moment later, a young, blonde man, clad in a business suit, but wearing an unusual headband and gauntlets walks in through the door.
"Jericho Tesla, let me introduce Robert...Bob...Grayson. He'll be your partner. You're probably more familiar with his code name: Marvel Boy."
Somewhere in the dark forests of Eastern Germany, two figures, completely covered in "frog skin" camouflage perform what appears to be archaeological work on the remains of an abandonned and overgrown complex of some sort. Brushing away vegetation and oxidation from what appears to be a door frame, one of the figures discovers a placard on a door, written in German, which reads:
TEST LAB 4
"Looks like this is it", the one man says to the other before standing up, looking around to make sure the duo is not being observed, and then removing his camouflage mask and jacket, revealing himself to be Jericho Tesla. Stuffing his camo jacket and mask in a satchel, Jericho removes what appears to be a long lab coat/overcoat and put it on.
The other man removes his mask, revealing himself to be Robert Grayson, the Marvel Boy of the 1950's, and smiles back at Jericho.
"Now", says Jericho, "this is where the applied science comes in."...
...and he opens the door...
What follows are the events that took place between December 16, 1953 and April, 1954.