Real Name: Arnold Sutton

Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Earth-712) human mutant

Occupation: Student; former scientist and would-be world conqueror

Group Membership: Formerly the United States government of Earth-712

Affiliations: Squadron Supreme (former unwitting pawns)

Enemies: Avengers, Squadron Supreme

Known Relatives: Harold and Mrs. Sutton

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Dark Tower, on an island off the West Coast of the USA, Earth-712

First Appearance: (BTS) Avengers I#85 (February, 1971), (real appearance) Avengers I#86 (March, 1971)

Powers: Brain-Child possessed superhuman intellect, granting him advanced reasoning, mathematical abilities, etc., along with total recall. He is capable of constructing advanced weaponry and other forms of technology.
In addition, he could form various creatures and machinery from his mind, and animate them. Whether he was forming illusions, or whether he was actually generating (or summoning) solid matter or energy forms is unclear (and moot), but his creations vanished when he was not able to concentrate on them. His entire base, the Dark Tower, and all that was in it were created by his mind.

Arnold's powers were removed, making him a normal ten year old boy at that time. It remains to be seen whether he or his abilities will ever return.

(Av86 (fb)) - Arnold Sutton is the son of two people who had been exposed to excessive amounts of radiation under unknown circumstances.

Within a year, Arnold's superhuman intellect was already present, and he read advanced text, such as Plane Geometry, although his parents and others assumed he was only pretending to read them.

By age four, Arnold had proven himself, and had begun experimenting in advanced chemistry, developing the formula for a true universal solvent.

As Arnold aged, his intellect continued to grow, and soon his brain and skull began to expand as well. This did not help his limited social abilities.

By age nine, Arnold was working for the military, developing an advanced anti-ballistic missile. It was the military who gave him his nickname: Brain-Child.

At age ten, Arnold decided to segregate himself from humanity. He agreed to continue to develop rocketry for America, only if they would grant him a deserted island off of the West Coast from which to work.
His seclusion did no assuage the bitterness he felt towards humanity who utilized his mind, but shunned him as a person. He decided to destroy the Earth to gain his revenge.

(Avengers#85 (ff)-BTS) - When Thor returned the Avengers to Earth from Polemachus, Goliath (Clint Barton), Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision, were somehow shunted to Earth-S, about a week in the future, where they found the Earth being destroyed by an over-active sun. The Scarlet Witch managed to return them to their correct time, although they remained on Earth-S (they did not initially realize they were on an alternate world).

(Avengers#85-BTS, 86) - Having designed the rocket, Brain-Child One, Brain-Child planned to launch it into the sun, with the intent of causing it to go super-nova. Duping the world into believing his rocket to be a harmless probe designed to circle the sun. The Avengers, however, convinced Nighthawk of what they had seen, and with his aid, stopped the rocket launch. The Avengers and the Squadron Supreme then traveled to the Dark Tower to investigate. Sutton was more than happy to admit his actions, and attacked the teams with a giant humanoid warrior, giant amoebas, a super-adhesive, and electrically charged steel cables. However, Goliath managed to make it through the barrage, and formed a giant bow and used Hyperion as an arrow to knock the Brain-Child off his throne. His mind exhausted from the continual use of his power and the shock of his defeat, Arnold collapsed to the ground, crying for his mommy. Dr. Spectrum used his power prism to remove Brain-Child's advanced intellect and memories of his actions, and returned him to normal form. The Squadron Supreme vowed to make certain Sutton had a better life this time around.
The Avengers were returned to Earth via the efforts of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, and the machinery of Tony Stark, which had searched for the missing heroes.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema.

The title of this story, "Brain-Child to the Dark Tower came...!" is adapted from the poem by Browning: "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came."

Brain-Child's birthday is given as a week or so prior to January 4, 1971. The date is topical, but the month and day could still be correct.

This was one of the Avengers' earliest adventures with alternate Earths (but not the first! see below). The Vision pondered whether they might not have returned to their own world, but instead returned to another Earth, virtually identical to their own...and how would they ever know?

No known connection to:

The Dark Tower has no known connection to:

Brain-Child One

A rocket designed by Brain-Child, allegedly to orbit and study the sun, but in reality, intended to strike the sun and cause it to go super-nova. Its launch was initiated while under the protection of the Squadron Supreme, but stopped by the Scarlet Witch. In one alternate future, it was laucnhed, and did result in the destruction of that counterpart of Earth-S.

--Avengers I#85, 86









The Dark Tower

Named for Browning's poem, this entire base was generated by the power of Sutton's mind. Computerized equipment, monitors, and various weapons all functioned as if real, and vanished with his defeat

--Avengers I#86







Avengers I#85 (February, 1971) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#86 (March, 1971) - Roy Thomas (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 01/07/14

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