Eternal Brain

    Character » Eternal Brain appears in 23 issues.

    After his body was murdered, scientist William Carmody's brain survived.

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    The Eternal Brain, also known as William Carmody was an especially gifted geneticist, who unlocked the secrets of how to maintain organic brains alive independent of a body. Initially he used such knowledge and application on dogs, and planned to work and improve the technology and application on independent brain functioning on and for human beings, however family issues concerning his daughter and delusional self declared ruler of Mongolia of the time Ulan Bator created trouble for the scientist. When gangsters operating on behalf of Bator attempted to kidnap Mary Carmody, William was shot and grievously wounded. William was able to instruct his lab assistant Jim Fitzpatrick to prepare William to undergo the necessary treatment to save and preserve his brain in spite of his physical bodies death. The treatment and operation was successful and William Carmody was reinvented as the Eternal Brain. Fitting his brain with machines and technology that would allow communication and limited psychic via telepathic means, Carmody, now the Eternal Brain and Fitzpatrick set about rescuing Mary, now aware the nefarious Bator abduction of her was because he wished her for his harem. They rescued Mary and Bator was killed in the process.


    The Eternal Brain was a golden age Timely Comics character who was a telepathic brain in a jar. He was used as a character in Marvel: The Lost Generation, as owner of the Carmody Institute and patron of the First Line. Eternal Brain was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Eternal Brain first appeared in Red Raven Comics #1 released in 1940.

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    Later on in time Eternal Brain was installed into a mobile robotic body allowing for his own mobility and granting physical actions of his own accord. It was in this time that Eternal Brain served as a part of a team of superheroes from the 1950's named The First Line. This team seemingly saccrificed themselves at the end to stop the first Skrull invasion, even before the Fantastic Four would stop them years later. It seemed that Eternal Brain died while a Skrull weapon overloaded and exploded.

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    He was later assembled alongside a number of other superheroes, such as Flexo, Blazing Skull, Taxi Taylor, Battlestar and Dynaman as a part of a task force called Ducky's Dozen, because they were under the leadership of Howard the Duck,who was under the direction of ARMOR, to travel to another reality to oppose zombies. The team traveled to Earth -12591, a reality over run by Nazi-Zombies. There after breaking into the Nazi-Zombie Headquarters Eternal Brain scarifies himself so the others could escape.He has one of his team mates break his brains protective casing and it grows to Eternal size and distracted the zombies long enough so the others can escape.

    Powers and Abilities

    Gifted geneticist and leading expert in his field of biology, William Carmody otherwise had no powers. However as the Eternal Brain, Carmody possessed telepathic abilities, projecting his own mind over distance and limited telepathic manipulation of others. Eternal Brain utilized technology to communicate in person, as well as comprehend and sense physical things, in lieu of lacking physical sensory components. Eternal Brain could utilize variety of robotic bodies, each granting various extra abilities, such as increased strength, like in his Walkabout body.

    Physical Characteristics (Human)

    Height: 5'7"

    Weight: 179 lbs

    Hair: Black

    Eyes: Brown

    Physical Characteristics (Brain)

    Height: 1'

    Weight: 4 lbs

    Hair: None

    Eyes: None

    Physical Characteristics (Robot)

    Height: 7'

    Weight: 361 lbs

    Hair: None

    Eyes: None


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