Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly McBrain 

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Thief (by proxy)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Daredevil

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Hostess Twinkies ad "McBrain's Brain Drain" in Amazing Spider-Man I#179 (April 1978) - and other Marvel Comics published that month.

Powers/Abilities: McBrain had developed his powers of concentration so that he could  mentally dominate others with his will and force them to do his bidding.  McBrain could also create an invisible force field of mental energy.

History: As Daredevil was pursuing a fleeing robber, he found that the felon was actually being controlled by McBrain.  McBrain put up a mental force field in the doorway, keeping Daredevil from getting to him.  Daredevil tossed in a package of delicious Hostess Twinkies, which broke the cranium-criminal's concentration, making him drop the force field.  Daredevil defeated McBrain and left him bound for the local constabulary.

Comments: Created by an unknown writer and an unknown artist.

Of all the Hostess villains, only Icemaster has shown up in an Earth-616 title. He could have crossed over to Earth-616 from "Earth-Hostess," but I say leave them on Earth-616 until proven otherwise. Nonetheless, until they do show up in regular continuity, they remain outside regular canon. Surely someone will write a story teaming them all together.---Snood.

This is not true anymore as some Hostess ad villains were mentioned in the Fantastic Four Encyclopedia as natives of Earth-616. And lets not forget about Printout Man in the New Avengers Most Wanted Files.

You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!---Kyle

Profile by John Kaminski


McBrain has no known connection to:

Last updated: 04/21/14

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

Non-Marvel Copyright info
All other characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at:

Special Thanks to for hosting the Appendix, Master List, etc.!

Back to Characters