Real Name: Jim Fitzpatrick
citizen of the United States
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mary Carmody (fiancée), First Line (Black Fox/Robert Paine, Blackjack, Doctor Mime, Effigy, Eternal Brain/William Carmody, Firefall, Flatiron/Russell, Mister Justice/Tim Carney, Morph, Nightingale, Oxbow/Sam Matonabbe, Pixie, Positron/Veronica, Rapunzel, Reflex,Walkabout, Yankee Clipper/Pat Carney, Yeti)
Enemies: Emperor of Mongolia (Ulan Bator), Peg-Leg Martin
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Carmody Institute, New England, MaineFirst Appearance: Red Raven Comics I#1/7 (August 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Fitzpatrick possessed no known superhuman powers. He had a talented scientific mind that allowed him to pick up on a wide variety of subjects. He was knowledgeable in the fields of human biology, robotics and organ preservation. Jim was trained to operate William Carmody's personal rocket ship. He was also a proficient swordsman, using an electric sword of unrevealed design in battle.
Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Strawberry blonde
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - As early as 1975, scientist Jim Fitzpatrick worked as the assistant of renowned scientist William Carmody. Working from the Carmody Institute in Maine, the two scientists used aviator Charles Lindbergh's theories on synthetic organs to create an artificial heart that kept a dog's brain alive for five years. By 1980, Fitzpatrick had fallen in love with Carmody's daughter Mary who agreed to become his fiancée.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7 - BTS) - When Ulan Bator, the self-styled emperor of Mongolia, became aware of Mary Carmody, he immediately wanted to add the beautiful girl to his harem. He sent his associate Peg-Leg Martin to abduct her from her home at the Institute.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7) - While Mary was being dragged away by Martin and his henchmen, she managed to scream for help. Mary's cry was heard by her father and Jim who rushed outside to see what was wrong. William Carmody was fatally wounded by a gunshot, while Jim was knocked out by a blow to the head, allowing Peg-Leg and the others to escape with Mary. In order to save Carmody's life, at Carmody's instruction, Jim used their newly developed artificial organ technology to preserve the professor's brain in a jar of life-giving fluids. He also hooked up a telepathic receptor of Carmody's own design that gave his bodiless brain vast mental powers. Carmody immediately began scanning the globe telepathically for his daughter, ultimately locating her in Mongolia.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7 - BTS) - When Mary was presented to the Emperor of Mongolia by Peg-Leg, Bator thanked him and his men for their work, referring to Carmody as a flower. This angered one of his concubines who slapped Mary and accused her of trying to steal her lord's love. Mary responded by defiantly calling the woman a beast. Amused by Carmody's fire, the Emperor laughingly called her a hot tempered lass, quite the spirit and the flower of his harem. He proceeded to prove his point by forcing himself on her, seizing the girl in his arms and smothering her with kisses. Shocked and outraged, Mary slapped him, which angered Bator so much he was ready to kill her. Before Bator could do anything, he and his followers were shocked to "hear" the booming, commanding voice of William Carmody ordering them to leave Mary alone. Instinctively complying, the Emperor had Mary temporarily locked away in private quarters.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7) - Carmody informed Jim where he could find Mary in Mongolia and ordered him to take Carmody's rocket ship and free her. Shortly after setting down in Mongolia, Jim was attacked by Bator's forces. Thanks to his electric sword, he was able to hold his own until a pellet of paralyzing gas incapacitated him. When he came to in one of Bator's prison cells, he found Peg-Leg Martin there, gloating. Furious, Jim attacked Peg-Leg but was still too groggy from the gas to put up much of a fight. After Martin beat him back, he ordered some of the Mongols to bring electric needles which would ensure Fitzpatrick's death would be extremely painful. Before any serious harm could befall to Jim, the Eternal Brain used his powers of telepathic suggestion to turn Bator's men against the Emperor and Peg-Leg. Jim was eventually freed by one of the Mongols while the other natives ran wild. Fitzpatrick, guided by Carmody's mental presence, started searching the castle for Mary When Jim found the room Bator was keeping Mary in, he knocked out the guards and freed her. Thrilled to see Fitzpatrick, she kissed him. But her good mood quickly turned sour when Jim informed her what had happened to his father. Learning her fiancée was responsible for turning her father into a brain in a jar, Mary became incensed and claimed she could never forgive him. Monitoring the conversation, the Eternal Brain (as he was now calling himself?) weighed in and ordered his daughter to stop that nonsense and commanded her to obey Jim and help him stop Bator and Peg-Leg.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7 - BTS) - Bator and Peg-Leg found themselves besieged by the Eternal Brain-influenced Mongolians and decided to beat a strategic retreat. They figured they'd lay low for a while in Turkestan before returning to Mongolia. Bator used his personal supply of destructobombs to clear a path to his rocket ship.
(Red Raven Comics I#1/7) - Jim and Mary gave chase in their own vessel. En route over the Atlantic, they overtook Bator and Peg-Leg. Even though the Emperor managed to slightly damage their navigational controls, the Carmody craft proved superior when it blasted Bator's vessel to pieces, presumably killing both Peg-Leg and the Emperor Ulan in the process. Carmody guided the couple to a nearby island so they could make the necessary repairs. While working, Jim noticed Mary was acting cold. In response, she reminded him she still hated him and would never forgive him. Even after returning home, she openly declared she still hated Fitzpatrick, despite Jim's offer to do anything for her and her father's pleas to not be so mean.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#9 - BTS) - After returning to America, Fitzpatrick continued as Carmody's associate. Anticipating a need, Jim improved the Institute's security systems to such a degree it would only recognize and admit William Carmody, Mary and himself. He also started working on ways to increase the Eternal Brain's mobility. One of his first successes was a robotic humanoid form the Brain's jar could be mounted on. Via controls connected to the technology in Carmody's life preserving jar, the professor could control his new body (see comments).
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#9) - Jim watched as Mary's initial response to her father's new "body" was one of shock and disbelief. He kept quiet when she calling what she saw "horrible". Slightly wounded by this, Carmody asked his daughter if he really was a horror to her now. Quickly apologizing for being mean, Mary listened as her father told her he preferred this new robot body to the alternative: being dead. Their conversation was interrupted by Effigy, who had used his shapeshifting abilities to imitate Jim, thereby bypassing the Carmody Institute's security protocols. The First Line's leader had come to the Institute to enlist Carmody's help though he initially caused a bit of a stir by changing into an exact copy of Jim to prove his identity. Effigy explained he needed Carmody's telepathic skills to help rescue First Line member Mr. Justice whose jet had been shot down over the Strait of Hormuz while on a mission to Halwan where the nation's ruler Zafina had captured three American diplomats.
Effigy asked Fitzpatrick and Carmody if he could bring in the other members of the First Line. Meeting with the heroes, Jim witnessed their mission briefing to Halwan. When their plan of action was agreed on, Jim, Mary and Carmody watched the First Line go off. Fitzpatrick noticed Oxbow's obvious loyalty to Pixie. The Professor couldn't help but notice there was something curious about the long time First Line members Oxbow and Pixie, recalling how back when they joined in the early 1960s, Oxbow was younger than her while two decades later he was clearly the elder of the two. Mary chided her father for even suggesting he might telepathically discover how old Pixie was. Carmody assured his daughter that he had no intentions to pry, adding that Pixie's natural psychic blocks were too strong for him anyway.
Comments: Created by Robert Louis Golden (pencils), other creators have not been credited.Incorporating the Eternal Brain and supporting cast members like his daughter Mary and Jim Fitzpatrick into Marvel: The Lost Generation was a smart idea. The Eternal Brain's origin story may have been published in 1940, but the introductory caption to his tale specifically mentions it's half a century after Charles Lindbergh had experimented with artificial organs (a heart in this case). This is a reference to Lindbergh's 1938 book The Culture Of Organs which he started researching as early as 1930. Both John Byrne and the Eternal Brain's OHOTMU entry have confirmed the Brain's introductory tale does take place in 1980.
If Jim and Mary were engaged as of 1980, it would seem likely, but, of course, not confirmed that they eventually got married. Or not.
Profile by Norvo.
Jim Fitzpatrick should not be confused with
While trying to rescue his fiancée in Mongolia, Jim used an electric sword of unrevealed design. The sparkling blade allowed him to effortlessly fight off four armed assailants before he succumbed to a gas attack. Presumably, the electric sword shocked and stunned whoever it hit. It might also have disrupted or short circuited any mechanical systems it came into contact with. What happened to the electric sword after Fitzpatrick was taken prisoner remains unrevealed.
-- Red Raven Comics I#1/7
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Marvel The Lost Generation I#9, p3, pan1 (main image)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#9, p4, pan1 (closeup)
Red Raven Comics I#1, p66, pan3&5 (fights the Emperor and Peg-Leg)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#9, p10, pan4 (with Mary and the Eternal Brain)
Red Raven Comics I#1, p62, pan4 (electrical sword)
Red Raven Comics I#1/7 (August 1940) - Robert Louis Golden (pencils), uncredited others
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#9 (June 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 05/11/14
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