Real Name: L.L. Burbank (first name unrevealed; see comments)
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-712/Earth-S) human technology user
Occupation: Movie director
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Squadron Supreme (Amphibian, Cap’n Hawk, Doctor Spectrum, Golden Archer, Hyperion, Lady Lark, Tom Thumb, Whizzer)
Known Relatives: Master Menace (Emil Burbank (brother))
Base of Operations: Mobile on Earth-712
First Appearance: Thor I#280 (February, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: L.L. Burbank was a renowned film director, and was skilled at operating the advanced motion picture cameras provided by Hyperion.
History: (Thor I#280 (fb) – BTS) – The past of L.L. Burbank is unrevealed, but at some point he chose a different path in life than his criminally-inclined brother and entered the film industry.
As an act of charity to help his world’s League of Nations Children’s Fund, the heroic Hyperion agreed to make a movie featuring the public portions of his life -- the movie was to be directed by L.L. Burbank .
(Thor I#280) – Since one segment of the film would deal with the clash between the Squadron Supreme and the Avengers (@ Avengers I#148), Hyperion used a dimensional teleporter to travel to Earth-616 and enlist the aid of the Avengers. But the other Avengers were away from their mansion, so Hyperion took Thor to his world and gave him a guided tour. When the two heroes got to the film set, Hyperion introduced the thunder god to the film's director. Burbank hastily excused himself because he had to check on some script re-writes, but he commented that he loved Thor’s “nutty” accent.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Wayne Boring.
…and while Burbank was at his script conference, his evil brother Emil showed up with Hyperion’s duplicate from Earth-616, and their resultant battle with Thor and the Squadron Supreme gave the crew enough film footage for two movies.
Since Hyperion is the Marvel equivalent of Superman, the “L.L.” in Burbank’s name was probably an in-joke/reference to those initials which are so prevalent among characters in Superman’s life (Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lori Lemaris, etc.) -- he also seems to have a slight resemblance to former DC editor Julius Schwartz.
It was never revealed what the initials in Burbank’s name stood for, so I propose that his full name be Lucas Lee Burbank (after movie directors George Lucas and Ang Lee).
BTW - Emil Burbank is
patterned after Superman's foe Lex Luthor, and his name is probably derived from
real-life botanist Luther Burbank -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Burbank (Luthor, Burbank...get it?)
And although Burbank first appeared in Thor I#280, he was first mentioned a few years earlier in Avengers I#147 - http://www.comics.org/issue/29828/ (I think)--in this story, the Avengers were transported to Earth-712, and at one point the Vision is fighting Hyperion on the street, Hyperion grabs a lightpost and proceeds to tie the Vision up with it, and mentions that he had tried this stunt previously on his foe Burbank.
Profile by John Kaminski
L.L. Burbank has no known connections to:
Thor I#280, p15, pan2
Thor I#280 (February, 1979) - Don & Maggie Thompson (plot), Roy Thomas (writer), Wayne Boring (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Last updated: 01/30/15
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