BRUTTU

Real Name: Howard Lindley

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Scientist

Affiliations: Anne Benson

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An unidentified American city

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#22/1 (October, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: As Bruttu, Howard possessed superhuman size, strength (class 50?), and durability. His skin was so tough that bullets could not penetrate it. As a side effect, he was unable to speak.

History: (Tales of Suspense I#22) - All his life, Howard had been ridiculed by others for being a skinny weakling, and this persisted even after he became a scientist. He was in love with Anne Benson, but he was afraid that Anne could never love a weakling like him. One day, he bought a comic book featuring a monster named "Bruttu". Howard imagined how he might force others to respect him if he was Bruttu, and not paying attention to what he was doing, slipped on a pencil, falling backwards into an atomic machine. As he struck the machine, he caused it to reach maximum output, and the radiation transformed him into the thing in his mind at that time -- Bruttu!

Unable to make sense of his new dimensions, Howard clumsily smashed through a wall and out into the streets. People began to panic, but he couldn't communicate with them because as Bruttu, he had no voice. Soon, the police arrived and assaulted him. To escape them, he dug into the subway, then returned to the surface further along.

Fleeing the city, Howard made his way to a farm. He tried to communicate with a farm boy, but could not wield a pencil. He tried to write in the ground with a tree, but the boy's father thought he was going to strike them with it, and shot at him. Before Howard could flee any further, he ran right into the military, and had to escape them!

He fled into a carnival, the military hot on his heels. Finally, he decided to strike back. "They treat me like a menace! All right -- I'll show them! I'll be a menace!" He then lifted a building and smashed it as a display of his power, and tore down a ferris wheel. Suddenly, he came to his senses and was disgusted with himself. He fled again, but was now resigned to the fact that eventually the military would find him and kill him.

Before dying, he decided to see Anne one last time. Anne was terrified of him, but he wrote a message to her reading, "Do not be afraid! I won't hurt you! I don't want to harm anyone!" But Anne did not believe him. She thought that he had killed Howard, and in blaming "Bruttu", revealed that she had loved Howard.

Now determined to find a way to live, Howard returned to the lab, and allowed the atomic radiation to bathe over him once again, this time mentally picturing the way he had been before. It worked perfectly, and he then smashed the machine. Howard claimed that Bruttu had been an invader from space, and the public believed him. Human again, he and Anne at last became lovers.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Bruttu should not be confused with:


Anne Benson was a lovely young lab technician who worked with Howard. He was in love with her, but felt that he was too much of a weakling for her to be in love with him. It was only after Anne confessed her love for him while he was Bruttu that he realized she loved him, and the two became a couple after he was returned to normal.

--Tales of Suspense I#22






Appearances:
Tales of Suspense I#22 (October, 1961) - Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 03/10/11

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