Real Name: Heathrow Vance

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Scientist, showman, criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Marvel Boy (Bob Grayson)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile during the 1950's

First Appearance: Marvel Boy I#1/4 (December, 1950)

Powers/Abilities: The Great Video could see through matter using his x-ray vision. If he gazed at a living thing for too long, the radiation from his eyes could kill it.

History: (Marvel Boy I#1/4)- Professor Vance was working in his laboratory one day when his chemicals exploded, blasting him in the eyes. To his amazement, he found that he had obtained x-ray vision from the chemicals and could see through anything. Adopting the guise of "The Great Video," he became a performer, using his powers to "guess" what objects people carried. However, this was but a front to learn what valuables they had so that his gang of thugs could corner them afterwards and rob them. One such gang of thugs was broken up by the hero Marvel Boy.

As the Great Video awaited the return of his gang, he was shocked to find that the dog he had been petting had died due to radiation burns -- it seemed that if he gazed at anything for too long, his gaze would kill it. Just then, Marvel Boy appeared, and the Great Video used his x-ray vision to weaken him to unconsciousness. He then set out to become a major crimelord, demonstrating to gangs how he could kill an elephant within seconds by staring at it. As the gang embarked upon a bank heist, Marvel Boy again appeared, and blasted the Great Video in the eyes with a burst of light energy from his wristbands. The Great Video was taken into custody, and found that due to Marvel Boy's attack, his powers were gone.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Russ Heath.

Great Video was also part of a villains team in What If I#9 (Earth-9904). A note on the Avengers of the 1950s: In the Avengers Forever limited series, they were seemingly ret-conned out of existence. However, in a personal communication with Kurt Busiek (on Avengers Message Board), he specifically stated that he did not wipe the Avengers of the 1950s from existence -- ONE alternate timeline containing them was wiped out. The group may well have existed in the mainstream past, but they just weren't called the Avengers. He suggested the name: "The G-Men".

Great Video in What if I#9:

(What If I#9) - In 1958, the Great Video was among the superhuman criminals assembled by the Yellow Claw to assist him in capturing President Ike Eisenhower, and had his powers restored by the Yellow Claw using alchemy potions. Alongside Electro, Skull-Face and the Cold Warrior, the Great Video aided in the President's capture, and killed one of the President's guards with his x-ray vision. They brought the President to the Yellow Claw, but were followed by FBI agent Jimmy Woo. Although Woo was caught by Electro, the Yellow Claw's niece Suwan sent a message to Woo's super-hero team, the Avengers, who arrived on the scene. The Great Video attempted to slay the 3-D Man using his x-ray vision, but the 3-D Man was just barely able to resist using his triple-endurance. Marvel Boy noted the return of the Great Video's powers as they fought, and the Great Video boasted that he was now more powerful than before -- but then he was struck over the head by Gorilla-Man, wielding the leg bone of Skull-Face.

This character reminds me of the 1963 movie "X - The Man with X-Ray Eyes" wherein the main character (Dr. Xavier) uses chemicals to give himself x-ray vision, and at one point in the film, he even works as a side-show performer.
--John Kaminski

His first name was revealed in Captain America: America's Avenger (2011).

by Prime Eternal

The Great Video/Professor Vance has no known connections to:

Marvel Boy I#1 (December, 1950) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Russ Heath (pencils)
What If I#9 (June, 1978) - Don Glut (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Bill Black (inks), Roy Thomas (concept/editor)

First Posted: 07/12/2003
Last updated: 05/22/2012

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