Real Name: Professor William Carmody
Identity/Class: Human cyborg
Occupation: Scientist - bio geneticist
Affiliations: Golden Age Jim (his assistant)
Silver Age The First Line, Walkabout
Enemies: Golden Age Peg-Leg Martin
Silver Age Skrulls
Known Relatives: Mary Carmody (daughter)
Base of Operations: The Carmody Institute
First Appearance: Red Raven #1 (Timely, May 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Golden Age The Eternal Brain was telepathic. He could speak and hear through mechanical devices.
History: (Red Raven #1, g.a.) In 1980 Professor Carmody is experimenting with artificial organs when he is fatally shot by enemy agents led by Peg-Leg Martin, servant of the Emperor of Mongolia. Dying, he tells his assistant Jim to put his brain into an "artificial heart" which will sustain it. In his new form, he dubs himself the Eternal Brain, and sends Jim to rescue his daughter Mary, kidnapped by the villains. In Mongolia, Jim is aided by the Eternal Brain's mental projections, which cause the Mongols to rise up against their evil master.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation #9) The Eternal Brain encountered several heroes of the First Line, shortly after he had completed a very basic robotic body to transport himself around.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation #10) Having begun to regrow his body, and now looking like an embryo, the Eternal Brain used his advanced "Walkabout" robot for the first time when Deviants led by Kro attacked the First Line.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation #11) The Eternal Brain and Walkabout were with the First Line when Nocturne attacked New York using his Alchem-Tech.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation #12) When a Skrull space fleet entered into the Sol system to begin an invasion, Walkabout and the Eternal Brain were among the Earth heroes and villains who took the battle to them. On board a Skrull vessel, Walkabout was damaged, exposing the growing form of the Eternal Brain inside. Nocturne, supposedly there to fight the Skrulls, couldn't resist the opportunity, and shot killed him.
Comments: The Eternal Brain also turned up in Avengers Forever, as one of the army of "good" Avengers summoned from across the timelines. Since he was in his "brain-in-a-jar" form, and since in the mainstream Marvel Universe he seemed to die before the founding of the Avengers, either this was the Eternal Brain from another reality, or else he somehow survived his apparent death on the Skrull ship, and has been regrowing his body from scratch again, to emerge from seclusion again and join the Avengers at some future point.
Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory and his Guide to Golden Age Marvel Characters. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
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