Marvel Boy

Real Name: Robert Grayson

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Adventurer

Affiliations: Silver Age 3-D Man, Gorilla Man, Human RobotJimmy Woo, Venus

Enemies: Silver Age Fantastic Four, Skrulls, Yellow Claw

Known Relatives: Horace Grabshied (a.k.a. Professor Matthew Grayson, father, deceased)

Aliases: Silver Age Crusader

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Marvel Boy #1 (Atlas, December 1950)

Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength, incredibly intelligent, telepathic. His quantum bands could initally project beams of blinding light - years of use finally allowed him to access some of their other powers, including being able to project bolts of energy.

History: (Marvel Boy #1-2, Astonishing #3-6, ga) In the 1930s, wanting to escape a world full of hatred and tyranny, scientist Matthew Grayson constructed a spaceship and departed the Earth with his infant son Bob. They travelled to Uranus, where Professor Grayson was astounded to discover an advanced civilisation (revealed in the Silver Age to be a colony of Eternals, an advanced and super-powered subspecies of humanity). The Uranians allowed the pair to settle in their idyllic home, and Bob grew up in their enlightened world, developing strength beyond that of normal men, as well as telepathic abilities.

In 1950, having turned 16, Bob returned to the world of his birth, armed with pills which could further enhance his strength and a pair of bracelets (the Quantum Bands) capable of projecting light. At his father's suggestion, Bob tried to fight injustice and try and bring the Earth closer to the utopia that was his adopted home, taking the identity of Marvel Boy.

(What If I #9, Avengers Forever #4-5) Marvel Boy was recruited by F.B.I. agent Jimmy Woo to battle alongside other heroes of the era against a number of supervillains gathered by the evil Yellow Claw.

Marvel Boy briefly returned as the insane Crusader in Fantastic Four(Fantastic Four #164-165) Having adventured on Earth for the best part of a decade, Marvel Boy recieved a message urging him to return to Uranus with medical supplies. He tried to borrow money to purchase these, but was refused this by banker Calvin McClary; delayed and minus the supplies, Marvel Boy returned to Uranus. He was horrified to find the Uranian colony wiped out, and maddened by grief and rage, he set off back to Earth to slay McClary. However his vessel passed through a band of unspecified cosmic radiation which placed him in suspended animation for several years. When he finally awoke the Earth had gained new superheroes, some of whom (the Fantastic Four) tried to prevent his attempts at vengeance. In battle with them Marvel Boy overloaded his Quantum Bands, resulting in his being vaporised.

Comments: 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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