Real Name: Martin Simon Burns
Identity/Class: Magically empowered human
Occupation: School boy
Known Relatives: Unnamed mother
Base of Operations: U.S.A.
First Appearance: Daring Comics #6 (Timely, June 1940)
Powers/Abilities: The strength of Hercules. Superhuman speed.
History: (Daring Comics #6, g.a.) Martin Burns was the reincarnation of Hercules, "hero of Egypt", who went to Valhalla when he died (confused mythologies or what!), but who was so concerned with the threat of war looming over Europe that he asked Jupiter to return him to Earth. He was duly reincarnated as Martin Burns, grew up with greater than normal strength, and when he entered his teens a package containing a blue costume was delivered to his home. That night he was visited by a Shadow which informed him of his heritage, and thereafter he fought crime as Marvel Boy.
Comments: Created by Joe Simons.
Marvel Boy had an extremely minor cameo in Avengers/Invaders, his first appearance (outside of Marvel Handbooks) in nearly 70 years.
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. Thanks also to Copper for letting me use his Micro Hero version of Marvel Boy.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Martin Oskner Burns, Timely's other Golden Age Marvel Boy
Marvel Boy, the Atlas era hero later known as the Crusader
Marvel Boy, member of the New Warriors later known as Justice
Marvel Boy, Noh Varr, Kree warrior
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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