DR. LAURENCE RAILSBACK

Real Name: Dr. Laurence Railsback

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Research Scientist, former employee of Freedom Sciences Study Institute

Group Membership: former agent, later test subject of Project: Glamor

Affiliations: Nurse Goren (co-worker)

Enemies: Project: Glamor (especially Jody Choate, Dr. McDonald, Selbert), Senator Wilbur Wycombe

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Brew

Base of Operations: Formerly the Freedom Science Study Institute, Northern California

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents#2/2 (September, 1988), (named) Marvel Comics Presents#3/2 (September, 1988)

Powers: As a super soldier, Railsback possessed superhuman strength (@ enhanced human), durability, and virtually limitless endurance. He possessed a strong desire for revenge, which made him a savage combatant, despite his lack of combat training.

In human form, Railsback possessed no superhuman skills, but was a highly intelligent research scientist, trained in genetics, biochemistry, etc.

History: Dr. Railsback, under the codename Brew, was employed as part of Project: Glamor, an operation to duplicate the super soldier serum created by Theodore Sallis. Railsback led the study at the Freedom Science Study Institute (FSSI),assisted by nurse Goren. He was given human test subjects by the Project, all unwilling candidates chosen by them for a variety of reasons. Railsback had several breakthroughs, but none of his subjects survived the transformation. After the death of Senator Wilbur Wycmobe (aka Bacon), General Selbert (aka Brass), a high-ranking member of the Project, decided that it was time to replace Railsback.

Railsback was extremely resentful of his successor, Dr. McDonald (aka Lime), refusing to work with him. Fearful that Railsback would speak out against their illicit activities, Selbert had him chosen to become their next test subject. McDonald succeeded in enabling the serum to differentiate between different types of tissue, and Railsback became the Project's first successful super soldier.

Furious over his transformation into a hideous monster, Railsback pounded relentlessly at his prison, eventually breaking free and escaping. Since McDonald had already left the Institute, Railsback targeted and succeeded in learning the location of Selbert. He tracked Selbert to Casagata, Florida, where he could gone in an effort to silence Project members from revealing their activities to the Press. Railsback attacked and slew Selbert, and his agent, Harris, before being confronted and attacked by six other super soldiers, under the guidance of Col. Choate (aka Steel), another high ranking Project member. Railsback was presumably killed in this attack, as were several of the super soldiers, but this was not clearly shown.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Tom Sutton.

He received a first name in Tony Stark's report in the Civil War Files on page 1.


images: (without ads)
Marvel Comics Presents#5, p10, pan5 (head shot)

#10, p12, pan6 (mutated)


Other appearances:
Marvel Comics Presents#4-5 (October, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#6 (November, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#8 (December, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#9 (December, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Brad Joyce (pencils), Tom Sutton (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#10-11 (January, 1989) - Steve Gerber (writer), Don Hudson (pencils), Tom Sutton (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#12 (February, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)


Last updated: 05/01/05

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