Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Aliases: The Man with No Time for Crime, British Bulldog
Base of Operations:
First Appearance: Warrior
Powers/Abilities: Superhumanly strong, fast, and durable. he also seems to be able to fly. In his own strip he also appeared to be a metamorph.
History: Big Ben appears to have two origins, which seem to contradict one another:
In the "Marvelman" strip, Big Ben first appears as a defective superhuman, engineered by Project Zarathustra some time after the experiment that produced the Marvelman Family. Because Dr Gargunza had absconded with most of the notes concerning the superhuman engineering process, Ben is superhumanly strong, fast and durable (though much less powerful than any of the Marvelman family), but is quite insane, having been imperfectly programmed with false memories. He suffers from a belief that he lives in a typical superhero world, believing himself to be "the Man with No Time for Crime", a sixties style "super-agent". He has hallucinations that translate everything he sees into comic-book terms, and does not seem to have another form, like Marvelman. After Marvelman and his friends take over the world, he changes his name and costume and becomes The British Bulldog.
In his own strip, also in Warrior Magazine, he's something else entirely. While the nature of his hallucinations remains the same, at first he appears to be a spy who is being experimented on after breaking into a covert psychic warfare laboratory. In his mind, he experiences adventures very akin to the TV "Avengers" series, interrupted by glimpses of something else, an alien presence on course for Earth. It turns out that the strip is linked to another Warrior strip, "Liberators", which takes place on an future Earth dominated by a shapechanging alien race called the Metamorphs. The psychic warfare project is being run by one of these Metamorphs, apparently using it to convert humans into superpowered weapons of war. The big surprise is that the spy, when he awakens from his hallucinations, transforms into Big Ben, with all the superpowers from his dreams. What's more, it appears he is also an alien Metamorph... sadly, the strip was never continued beyond this very intriguing point.
Comments: Many thanks to Chris "Doc TOC" Halliday for providing the background information on Big Ben and his two origins.
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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