Darwin Jones, the chief of the Department of Scientific Investigation, makes his debut in Strange Adventures 1 during the period 1948 – 1951: End of an Era. But this is the only appearance he makes during this time. The character would go on to a long, if sporadic, run in Strange Adventures, but the first tale was written as a one-off, not intended to launch a series at all.
That gives me not a lot to talk about, aside from the story itself, by David V Reed, Paul Norris and Bernard Sachs. Darwin Jones gets consulted by a girl who claims to have gained immortality. She is traumatized about the fact that she cannot die, which seems kind of odd. The woman proves her immortality to Jones by shooting herself, and jumping out a window. She tells Jones of the car accident that seems to have caused the change in her, which also turned her hair white. Heading to the location of the accident, they find a man who claims to be over a hundred years old, also with white hair.
He explains that the water in a pool by a volcano is the source of the immortality. The woman freaks out again, running towards poisonous fumes emerging from the ground, as her hair once again becomes blonde. This indicates that the immortality has worn off. The volcano then erupts, burying the pool, and the old man.
And that’s it for Darwin Jones, who does not appear again until 1954.
Darwin Jones returns in the next period, 1952 – 1955: We Don’t Need Another Hero.