The Big Brother stretches Luke's handBIG BROTHER

Real Name: unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, technology user

Occupation: Crime Leader

Group Membership: Formerly the street gang of the Hawks

Affiliations: Cheshire Cat

Enemies: Luke Cage, Chemistro (Arch Morton), Baron

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A building at the crossing between the Lenox and the 142th Avenue in New York City, USA;
    Mobile on his helicopter.

First Appearance: (BTS) Luke Cage, Power Man#37 (November, 1976);
    (fully seen) Luke Cage, Power Man#38 (December, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Big Brother was a normal human. He increased his strength with technological means (probably an exoskeleton). He was highly skilled in computer and telecommunications sciences, as well as bionics.

Big Brother talks to Luke about the BaronHistory: 

(Luke Cage, Power Man#39 (fb) - BTS) - The boy who would become Big Brother started his criminal career in a street gang: the Hawks. The fifth time he was tried for a crime he was 16; he was sent to the reformatory for an year. The following time he went in prison for 5 years for armed robbery. In prison he learned to use and program computers, to program and use robots, and to increase his physical strength. He was pardoned. Then he started to use his knowledge in electronics and computer networks and set a criminal organization up.

(Luke Cage, Power Man#37 - BTS) - Big Brother was in competition with another crime leader, the Baron. Big Brother, thanks to his computers and his lackey Cheshire Cat, controlled the movements of one of Baron's allies: Chemistro, and learned a lot information about the Baron, Chemistro, and Luke Cage. 
Big Brother set up a network for the control of all the tactical computers in New York that controlled the electricity and the Nuclear Central.

(Luke Cage, Power Man#38) - Big Brother was attacked in his base of operation by Luke Cage.

(Luke Cage, Power Man#39) - Big Brother and Luke Cage had a struggle, and Big Brother forced Luke back. Big Brother convinced Luke that the hero had been tricked by Chemistro into attack him. Luke left, and Big Brother sent Cheshire Cat after him to spy on Luke, hoping that the Baron and Luke would kill themselves. When Cheshire Cat told Big Brother that the Baron had revealed Big Brother's plans to Luke, Big Brother ordered Cheshire Cat to kill Luke Cage.

(Luke Cage, Power Man#40) - Big Brother left the base for his mobile headquarter on his helicopter. There he again ordered to Cheshire Cat to "settle" Luke Cage.
    Big Brother and Cheshire Cat threw the taxi cab where Luke was into the river, but Luke survived. Big Brother captured Luke at the hospital where Noah Burstein was sheltered. Then Big Brother bound Luke to a locomotive running towards a cliff, and had the city authorities watch everything, so he could frighten and blackmail them. Luke freed himself and jumped on the helicopter. Smacked out the helicopter by Big Brother, Luke grabbed the border, uprooted the rotor and jumped off. The helicopter exploded falling to the ground, probably killing the two criminals.

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, Bob Brown, and Klaus Janson.

    Power Man fell in the river and easily went to the surface, bringing the taxi driver with him. In the issue#13 a rope of a Circus wasn't strong enough to support his body weight. If he is so heavy he could not have saved himself from the taxi fall.
--His density would made swimming difficult, but he's been shown to do it before.--Snood
   
Cheshire
Cat was a good spy and a more good boaster, he never tried to execute the Big Brother's order to kill Luke. I'm not sure if Cheshire Cat had teleporting abilities, if so he could have escaped from the helicopter before it exploded.

Profile by Spidermay

Clarifications:

Big Brother has no known connections to


Images:
Big Brother, Luke Cage, Power Man#39, page 2, panel 3
Big Brother - head shot, Luke Cage, Power Man#39,
page 5, panel 1


Other appearances:
Luke Cage, Power Man#38 (December, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer & editor), Bill Mantlo (script), Bob Brown (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks)
Luke Cage, Power Man#39 (January, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Bill Mantlo (script), Bob Brown (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Luke Cage, Power Man#40 (February, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer & editor), Lee Elias (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)


Last updated: 03/16/05

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