“The Ape-Man’s Secret!”
by Scott Casper, thanks to Lieber and Kirby for Tales to Astonish #37
Poe Park, South Bronx
November 3, 1962
Polka music wafted from the gazebo in the park. The children dancing were warm, but for everyone else it was chilly and they needed their sweaters or jackets.
Detective Martin Webster was not there for the music (he did not care for polka) and he did not have a child at the free concert (though he and his wife had tried to have one); Martin Webster was there to talk to Jacob Stern. Stern, a Jewish man of about 30 years of age, had been standing a short distance away from the festivities, smoking a cigarette, which had made it easy to approach him. Martin had in fact already identified himself and started asking some casual questions, to put Stern at ease.
“No, I don’t have any kids,” Jacob said. “But that girl over there? She’s my niece.”