Real Name: Bruno (last name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human mutate (post-World War II era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Katrinka (despite treating her horribly)
Enemies: giant cockroach, giant spider
Known Relatives: Katrinka (wife)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed (see comments)
First Appearance: Mystery Tales I#22 (October, 1954)
Powers/Abilities: Bruno existed at a height of
three inches and was a surprisingly gifted chemist, having concocted
not only enlarging and shrinking serums, but also a serum that
immediately kills bugs on contact.
Height: 3"; formerly unrevealed (see comments)
Weight: 0.3 lbs. (by approximation); formerly unrevealed (see comments)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
(Mystery Tales I#22/5 (fb)) - In 1954, the exterminator Bruno
discovered a liquid that would make small things larger and Bruno hoped
to use the serum to enlarge insects in an effort to make them easier to
see so that he could exterminate them. When his wife Katrinka learned
of his discovery, calling him a murderer, Bruno hit Katrinka and
reminded her of the hundreds of time he had explained that it was his
job to kill insects. Bruno then ordered Katrinka out of his room so
that he could work on perfecting a serum that would shrink larger
insects to make them easier to kill and therefore, make him the best
exterminator in the business. Katrinka then watched as Bruno used his
shrinking serum on a bat, which Bruno crushed after it was shrank to
insect size. Happy that his new discoveries worked, Bruno continued
experimenting, ultimately concocting a serum that would kill insects
immediately on contact. When Bruno picked a cockroach and a spider to
test his newest serum, Katrinka stormed into his lab and snatched up
the enlarging serum before Bruno could use it. In the ensuing scuffle,
Bruno karate chopped Katrinka's hand, causing her to knock two serum
vials on the floor where they shattered. Bruno then ushered Katrinka
back outside and locked the door to prevent further interferences and
noticed the serums spilled all over the floor. Before Bruno could clean
anything up, however, the cockroach and the spider he had been planning
to test on scurried to freedom directly through the enlarging serum,
causing them to grow to monstrous size. As Katrinka watched through the
lab door's keyhole, Bruno grabbed an axe and fought off the giant
insects, soon killing the spider. Unfortunately, when he raised his axe
to strike the cockroach, he bumped into a shelf housing his other
serums and the shrinking serum spilled onto Bruno, shrinking him down
to three inches in size, where he was crushed by the cockroach as it
escaped into the night. Katrinka finally managed to get inside the lab,
where she found Bruno's tiny crushed body and wept that he should have
listened to her about killing insects.
(Mystery Tales I#22/5 - BTS) - Days later, Katrinka
visited the family plot with a three inch coffin housing Bruno's corpse
and several of the local townspeople teased and laughed at Katrinka and
her tiny coffin. Trying to ignore the remarks, Katrinka grabbed a spoon
and buried Bruno. As the townspeople continued jeering, a crying
Katrinka walked away after the burial, thinking to herself how she
could never tell the townspeople what had really happened or they would
think her crazy.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and artist.
Bruno's height and weight prior to his transformation was impossible to determine, as he was never seen next to any character whose height and weight has been officially given. His post-transformation weight was approximated based on his height of three inches, which was given in the story as the size of his coffin. His eye color was also impossible to determine, as the art in the story never showed any particular color, only black dots.
Bruno's location was never identified but given the
style of clothing in the story, I'd lean more towards eastern European
but as with most horror stories printed by Marvel/Atlas during the
1950s-early 1960s, this story likely took place in the year it was
The giant cockroach was never seen again after this
story. Perhaps he met up with other giant and/or intelligent
cockroaches as part of the Cockroach Conspiracy!
Profile by Proto-Man.
Bruno has no KNOWN connections to:
images: (without ads)
Mystery Tales I#22, p19, pan5 (shrunken Bruno, main image)
Mystery Tales I#22, p18, pan1 (Bruno, headshot)
Mystery Tales I#22, p17, pan3 (Katrinka)
Mystery Tales I#22, p18, pan7 (giant cockroach & spider)
Mystery Tales I#22 (October, 1954) - "The Tiny Coffin" story - uncredited writer and artist
Last updated: 12/18/17
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: http://www.marvel.com
Special Thanks to www.g-mart.com for hosting the Appendix, Master List, etc.!
Back to Characters