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Encyclopedia > Brainwave (comics)
Brainwave
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance All-Star Comics # 15 (February-March 1943)
Created by Gardner Fox
Characteristics
Alter ego Henry King, Sr.
Affiliations Injustice Society
Abilities Telepathy, telekinesis, Image projection, Psi-blasts, Genius-level intellect

Brainwave or Brain Wave is a name shared by two characters in the DC Comics Universe, who are father and son. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Gardner Francis Fox (May 20, 1911, Brooklyn, New York – December 24, 1986) was an American writer best known for writing comic books and co-creating numerous comics characters, especially for DC Comics. ... The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ...

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Henry King, Sr.

Brainwave was Henry King, a super-villain who used his psionic powers to battle the Justice Society of America in the 1940s, first appearing in All-Star Comics #15 (February/March 1943). He was a member of the Injustice Society. The Green Goblin, a supervillain and enemy of Spider-Man. ... Parapsychology is the study of the evidence involving phenomena where a person seems to affect or gain information about something through a means not currently explainable within the framework of mainstream, conventional science. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ...


Character history

Henry King, Sr. was born in the early 1910s as a mutant with vast mental attributes. An introvert, he found solace in reading books, which he one day learned to create three-dimensional images of, such as Sir Lancelot of the Round Table. King had developed a crush on a neighbor girl named Lucy who eventually married his acquaintance Edwin Ackerman, causing King tremendous jealousy.


As an adult, King was a college and later medical school graduate, obtaining a psychiatry degree. He decided to use his now more fully developed image projecting abilities in a secret life of crime. His first criminal act was creating thought-constructs that stole money needed by him to fund his new activities. He then became a crime lord.


In early 1942, Brain Wave contacted Professor Elba, developer of the "insanity serum", augmented by Brain Wave's mental abilities. Professor Elba was defeated by the Justice Society. Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ...


Noticing this team of vigilantes, Brain Wave approached individual members of the JSA as psychiatrist Dr. Henry King. Implanting a post-hypnotic suggestions to assemble at the 1939 World's Fair perisphere, he attached each of the JSAers (except Green Lantern) to a mental chamber which immersed them in a fantasy of wartime conflict. Brain Wave next assembled the All-Star Squadron at the World's Fair's trylon tower, imprisoning each of them in the same device. However, once Green Lantern was connected to the device, his willpower proved too great for the chamber and its orchestrator, leaving it in ruin and King mentally unstable. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In 1943, Brain Wave again battled the Justice Society, when its individual members traced various criminal operations back to Dr. King. At this time, he vented his revenge on Edwin Ackerman. Starman tracked King to his office of psychiatry, however he was unable to produce sufficient proof to arrest the villain. Each of the JSAers eventually converged on King's Sharktooth Bay tower. Additionally, heroines Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Inza Cramer, Dian Belmont, Doris Lee and Peachy Pet Thunder. Together, the two groups were able to corner King, who fell off of his tower to his assumed doom. Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Starman is Ted Knight, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... It has been suggested that Wonder Woman (Earth-Two) be merged into this article or section. ... First and foremost, the term hawkgirl orignates from her being part Hawk, part Girl, and full idiot. ...


However, King's smock was caught on the limb of a tree. Thus saved, he sought revenge by utilizing his shrinking ray device to shrink the JSAers to a height of 8 inches. Storing them as trophies in his lair, King left his foes to meet with his minions. With the aid of Hawkman's bird allies, the JSAers left to confront the criminal henchmen directly. Eventually, Johnny Thunder commanded his Thunderbolt to help restore each member to their proper height. The JSA then converged once more at the Sharktooth Bay tower, the road to which was mined by King. However, Thunderbolt teleported the bombs to under the tower, which again seemed to have ended the life of King. For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional DC Comics superhero. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Having once again survived, King adopted the alias of dream psychologist Dr. Forest Malone. In 1946, he petitioned his adversaries to subject themselves to his experimental dream analyzer. This device slowly drove each member except for Johnny Thunder towards insanity. With the assistance of Thunder's Thunderbolt, King was this time apprehended and placed in jail.


However, King escaped confinement in 1947 as he joined the Wizard's first incarnation of the Injustice Society of the World. King battled the Green Lantern, making the critical mistake of leaving his old foe near death on a ravine rather than return the hero's corpse to their headquarters. As a result, Lantern freed his fellow teammates and captured King and his colleagues.


the following occured on Earth-2 cf All-Star Comics 58-59, whether these events took place on the Post-Crisis Earth, is not known to this writer


In 1976 King appeared again as a villain, this time insane after his many years in solitary confinement. He blamed the Justice Society for his punishment. Using the sheer power of his brain as well as devices reconstructed from his days with the Injustice Society, he created a space station headquarters which orbitted the earth. His desire was to collect many of the beautiful art objects of the earth, to have a new body constructed for himself, and to eventually destroy the JSA.


In order to accomplish his second goal he sought out and found a very diminshed Degaton, now nothing but a homeless vagrant. He brought the man to his space station and used his scientific devices to rejuvenate the old man. This was accomplished by tapping into the "will energy" of the JSAers and feeding that energy into Degaton.


Brain Wave set up three disasters and transmitted the information, anonymously, to the JSA computer. The disasters would take place in Seattle, Washington, Capetown, South Africa, and Peking, China. The transmittal also caused the JSA computer to conclude total destruction of life on earth if these disasters were not averted. The JSA (Hawkman-chairman, Flash, Dr. Mid-Nite, Wildcat, Dr. Fate, and the Green Lantern) split into teams and traveled to those cities in an attempt to investigate and stop the destruction. Their actions resulted in the team gaining the help of Robin, the Star-Spangled Kid, and a woman they had never yet met before: Power Girl.


It was Power Girl who discovered that the cause behind the disasters was the Brain Wave. Using the JSA Sky-Rocket (a re-usable spacecraft) the Flash, Wildcat and Power Girl entered Earth orbit in search of Brain Wave's satellite. They were later joined by the other heoroes. Together they fought Brain Wave and Degaton, yet they almost lost the battle until Power Girl pushed the satellite away from earth and towards the sun. The electronic devices shorted, the battle eneded, and the powerhouses of the JSA brought the team and the villains back to earth.


In 1977, less than a year later (All-Star #66), Brain Wave appeared again, no longer incarcerated, but within the JSA HQ as a member of the regathered Injustice Society (Icicle-chairman, the Wizard, the Thinker). The villainous team had captured both Hourman and Wildcat and issued a challenge to the JSA: "You must battle us for their lives at places of our choosing, the land of frozen gold and the isle of the ever-burning flame." In the end both heroes were saved.


Henry King, Jr.

Brainwave
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance All-Star Squadron # 24 (August, 1983)
Created by Roy Thomas
Jerry Ordway
Mike Machlan
Characteristics
Alter ego Henry King, Jr.
Affiliations Black Adam, Infinity, Inc.
Notable aliases Brainwave Jr.
Abilities Telepathy, Psychokinesis, Image projection, Psi-blasts, Genius-level intellect

Henry "Hank" King, Jr. is a DC Comics superhero, sometimes supervillain, who is the son of the original Brainwave, from whom he inherited his powers. Created by Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway and Mike Machlan, he first appears in All-Star Squadron #24 (1983). DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Ordway. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains in the past. ... Infinity Inc. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Ordway. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books...


Fictional character biography

Infinity, Inc.

As Brainwave Jr., Hank is a founding member of Infinity, Inc., doing so in an attempt to bring honor to his family name. During the run of Infinity, Inc. Brainwave develops a relationship with fellow team member Jade, daughter of Green Lantern. Infinity Inc. ... Jade is the codename of Jennie-Lynn Hayden, a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ...


When Hank's father dies, he passes on his mental powers to his son, greatly increasing them and causing him to become somewhat unhinged. He drops the "Jr." and drops out of the public eye after Infinity Inc. disbands. [1]


He shows up years later, attacking a part of the Justice League, together with a group he called the Legion of Doom [2]. After that adventure, he reappears in a mental institution, especially created for him and funded by Alan Scott, severely unhinged, and is almost killed by Obsidian [3]. He appears again later in New York City, causing riots and general chaos with his telepathy, even mind controlling Jade and Green Lantern (Alan Scott) until finally confronting Kyle Rayner. He leaves peacefully [4]. The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... The Legion of Doom was a group of supervillains led by Lex Luthor that appeared in Super Friends, a 1970s and 1980s animated series that starred superheroes from DC Comics. ... Obsidian is a fictional character, a sometime superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Alan Scott is a fictional character, a superhero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ... Kyle Rayner is a fictional character, a superhero from the DC Comics universe, known for most of his publication history as Green Lantern, a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ...


JSA

He resurfaces again as part of Black Adam's team, including Infinitors Northwind and Atom Smasher, helping to liberate Kahndaq. In an attempt to stop Hank, considered the most dangerous member of the team, Hawkman has Ray Palmer shrink and enter Brainwave's body. Guided by Dr. Mid-Nite, Palmer plans to operate on King's brain, specifically the abnormal mass of nerve fibers leading from the auditory cortex to a growth on the side of the inferior colliculus, the supposed source of Brainwave's powers. Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains in the past. ... Northwind is a fictional character who exists in the DC Universe. ... Atom Smasher (Albert Rothstein) (sometimes spelled with a hyphen) is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Kahndaq is a fictional country in the DC Comics Universe. ... Carter Hall is a DC Comics superhero, the original Hawkman. ... // History The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science-fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). ... Cover to JSA: All-Stars #3. ... The primary auditory cortex the region of the brain which is responsible for processing of auditory (sound) information. ... The paired inferior colliculi together with the superior colliculi form the eminences of the corpora quadrigemina. ...


While a member of Black Adam's group, Brainwave acts both malicious and calculating, seemingly being depicted as a supervillain again. His telepathy is also portrayed at a high point, being able to will the powerful Captain Marvel to turn back into young Billy Batson by forcing him to say "Shazam!" For other uses, see Captain Marvel. ...


The source of these actions are found in Hank's brain, where Palmer encounters Mr. Mind, an obscure Captain Marvel villain, who is feeding on Brainwave's growth. He finds it especially delicious, unlike regular humans. Palmer eventually gets past the worm and successfully incapacitates Brainwave. He is taken back with the JSA and left in the care of his mother Merry Pemberton. It is unknown when Brainwave became a host for Mr. Mind [5]. Prominent members of the Monster Society Of Evil. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Merry Pemberton, also known as Gimmick Girl and Merry, Girl of 1000 Gimmicks is a character in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Later, Brainwave is recruited by Doctor Fate to save Sand from the Dreaming. In that mental plane, he is able to destroy the brainwashing that has been done to Sand and returns him to the waking realm. [6] Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Sanderson Sandy Hawkins, formerly known as Sandy the Golden Boy, now known as Sand, is a fictional character, superhero in the DC Comics universe created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. ... A Dreaming is commonly known among Indigenous Australians as a creation story. ...


Henry King, Jr. is portrayed differently over his many appearances, being heroic at first, appearing as a villain secondly, and with a third potrayal as a mixture of the two, but largely heroic.


Powers and abilities

Both King Sr. and Jr. have a variety of mental powers. King Sr. is originally much stronger, but upon his death, he somehow passes his powers on to his son, vastly increasing King Jr.'s power level.


Chief among their powers is telepathy. Both are able to dominate many minds at once and cause people too see illusions or even have complete control over them. Proximity seemed key to the effectiveness of this power, even though it had no defined range. King Jr. had mentioned how even strong wills could not resist him when he was right next to them. While many telepaths filter out the thoughts of others, King Jr. allows the millions of minds he constantly comes across to flow freely through his mind. (this article is about the parapsychological phenomenon. ...


Lesser used powers of the Kings include telekinesis, the creation of realistic three-dimensional holograms, and the ability to fire blasts of psionic energy. Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ...


In other media

Brainwave appeared in the Justice League episode "Legends". Here, his name is Ray Thompson, and he resides in an alternate dimension where the Justice Guild of America was real (they were John Stewart's childhood comic heroes). A devastating nuclear war, that the Justice Guild died in, had all but destroyed the world; the aftereffects of the nuclear war had granted him psychic powers, but mutated and deformed him into a hideous monster. The transformation drove him insane, and he used his powers to turn the city into a replica of the comics that inhabitated the heroes he worshipped. The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... John Stewart is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC Universe, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ...


When Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, the Martian Manhunter, and the Flash arrive in the dimension as a result of their battle with Lex Luthor, Ray initially seems to be nothing more than the Justice Guild's boy sidekick; he even takes a cue from the live action Batman show by shouting corny exclamations. As the heroes discover, however, the world is all an illusion, and the disturbances J'onn felt come from Ray. Hawkgirl Hawkgirl appears in the animated Justice League series on Cartoon Network. ... now. ... Wally West is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics Universe, the first Kid Flash and the third Flash. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain. ...


Determined to keep things the way they are, Brainwave distracts the Guild with a giant robot, while he battles the League with his powers. Ultimately, the Guild makes the decision to fight him, despite the fact that they will disappear with his illusion. The shock of his heroes turning against him, and the combined stress they put on him is too much for Brainwave, and he collapses. The city returns to its normal ruined self, but its future has returned.


Smallville villain Molly Griggs (episode "Delete") can control the minds of others through computer hypnotism, and her internet handle is "brainwave", suggesting she is Smallville's version of Brainwave. Smallville is an American television series that follows the adventures of a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling), as a teenager living in Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. ... This is a page of guest characters from Smallville Season 3. ...


References

  1. ^ Infinity, Inc. #1-53
  2. ^ Extreme Justice #14-18
  3. ^ Green Lantern & Sentinel #1-2
  4. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 3) # 152
  5. ^ JSA #56-58 and Hawkman (vol. 4) #24-25
  6. ^ JSA #63-63

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