Real Name: Martin Oskner Burns
Identity/Class: Magically empowered human
Occupation: School boy
Affiliations: Unidentified "Shadow"
Enemies: Goderich von Blubber
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: U.S.A.
First Appearance: U.S.A. Comics #7 (Timely, February 1943)
Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength and invulnerability. His costume provides enhanced intelligence ("wisdom of Abe Lincoln"), superhuman speed ("speed of Mercury") and the ability to fly.
History: (U.S.A Comic #7, g.a.) Martin Burns was a youth who gained powers when the mummified remains of Hercules (!) fell on him during a museum visit, and the dead demi-god's "extract" entered his body through a wound he had received. That night he was visited by a Shadow, which informed him he now possessed the spirit of Hercules, and so he put on a costume, and went out to fight crime.
Comments: Created by Bob Oskner. Originally he had no middle name, but in his Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entry was given a middle name honouring his creator and distinguishing him from the other Martin Burns Marvel Boy.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Marvel Boy, the other Martin Burns
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
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