The Brain (Bell comics)

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The Brain
Publication information
Publisher Bell Features
First appearance Active Comics #1 (February 1942)
Created by Leo Bachle
In-story information
Alter ego Gordon Bell
Abilities clairvoyance
Superhuman strength
The Brain (Bell comics)

The Brain is a fictional character created by Leo Bachle for Bell Features, a Canadian comic company in the 1940s, and first appeared in Active Comics #1.

The muscular and often bare-chested Brain's secret identity was dashing, Toronto penthouse-dwelling Gordon Bell who, like the Wizard before him, had a moustache, superhuman strength and the clairvoyant ability to "visualize faraway happenings", the latter powers in his case gained due to a dying wish his father had made to a friendly spirit on a distant French battlefield during World War One.[1]

While he first donned cape, tights and signature black skullcap-mask to battle Nazi agents, his adventures soon took on a more supernatural element, with him battling such inhuman adversaries as the sinister Dr. Coffin's ghoulish creation the Scarlet Zombie[2] and the sadistic skull-faced and bandage-wrapped Mummy Man who possessed psychic powers that were more than a match for his own.[3]

Friend and fellow artist Ross Saakel did a pint-sized parody of Bachle's character for Active Comics called The Noodle, a similarly caped and cowled two-fisted infant superhero complete with diapers and pacifier.[4]


  1. ^ The Great Canadian Comic Books, Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, P. Martin Associates, 1971
  2. ^ Active Comics #8, 1942
  3. ^ Active Comics #3, 1942
  4. ^ The Great Canadian Comic Books, Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, P. Martin Associates, 1971

External links

  • The Brain at International Catalog of Superheroes

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