Classification: Extraterrestrial, non-humanoid

Location/Base of Operations: Super-Nova's vessel

Known Members: None

Affiliations: Protector (Thoran Rul), Super-Nova

Enemies: Avengers (Captain America, Gilgamesh, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thor)

First Appearance: (as the Xandarian computer brains) Fantastic Four I#206 (May, 1979); (as Brain Leeches) Avengers I#301 (March, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: The Brain Leeches are the brains of deceased Xandarians, preserved and modified to serve as living computers aboard Xandarian vessels. They can fly, and possess tendrils which they wrap around their foes to choke them in a fight.

History: (Fantastic Four I#206, 208) - Thoran Rul journeyed into the living brains of the Xandarian computers, and requested guidance from them. The brains imparted some of their power into Thoran, transforming him into the Protector.

(Avengers I#301) - When the Avengers invaded the vessel of the Super-Nova, several dozen Brain Leeches attacked them. Because the Avengers team at that time had not trained together, they fought the creatures as individuals, winning the fight, but only with difficulty. Gilgamesh lost his helmet to one of the Brian Leeches, and was forced to let it go by Captain America. Mr. Fantastic was able to scatter most of the Brain Leeches away by flinging them with his elastic body, but he had the Invisible Woman keep one to study later.

The Brain Leeches were seemingly destroyed when Super-Nova blew up his own ship.

Comments: Created as the Xandarian computer brains by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard and Joe Sinnott; modified into Brain Leeches by Ralph Macchio, Mark Gruenwald, Bob Hall and Don Heck.

    The "tentacles" would actually be the brainstem and the cranial nerves.

by Prime Eternal

The Brain Leeches should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Avengers I#301, page 15, panel 2

Fantastic Four I#206 (May, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor)), Keith Pollard (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#208 (July, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Sal Buscema (pencils), Diverse Hands (inks)
Avengers I#301 (March, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Bob Hall (pencils), Don Heck (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)

Last updated: 09/04/05

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