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CBR report: Brain Boy to return

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013

According to Comic Book Resources, the 1960s character Brain Boy will return in a new series from Dark Horse to be written by Fred Van Lente.  Freddie Williams II provided the art at CBR.

Brain Boy got mental powers when his pregnant mother was in a car accident involving an electrical tower. (Yes, it’s extremely unlikely even by 1960s superhero origins.)

The reason I liked Brain Boy? His given name is Matt Price.  While that’s by no means an uncommon name –

besides myself, I know of at least 5 others — it’s cool to have a superhero that shares my name.

The character, along with a new character, Blackout, will appear in “Dark Horse Presents” and in their own titles.

“A lot of the characters we do from the ‘old days’ are characters that attracted my attention back in my comics reading youth. Brain Boy is one,” Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson told Comic Book Resources. “You call it eccentric, but it’s very different than the other superheroes out there. The name is enough to catch your attention, but the fact that he never wore a costume and his powers were telepathic and could levitate made him seem much more grounded compared to other heroes. With the idea of us building out a line of heroes now, it seemed like Brain Boy was a natural fit. He’s a grounded character who finds out he has a secret past, and things aren’t turning out exactly as he thought. That offers lots of storytelling potential.”

Dark Horse published an archive of the original “Brain Boy” material in 2011.

- Matt Price


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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