Real Name: Peter Williams
Identity/Class: Human mutant, U.K. citizen (both presumably - see comments)
Occupation: School pupil
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: Unidentified father
Base of Operations: Lock Stewart, U.K.
First Appearance: Heroes!#1 (1994) (see comments)
Powers/Abilities: Peter is invisible; it is uncertain whether he can turn visible again, or is permanently stuck this way. If he is able to switch between being visible and invisible, it is uncertain whether he has any conscious control of the ability. At least initially, his power did not turn his clothing invisible.
Hair: Unrevealed, but not brown or black
(Heroes!#1 (fb) - BTS) - Peter William's father worked at New Dawn Nuclear Power Station near the rural town of Lock Stewart, and lived in a house very close to the plant. Three years after his father started working at New Dawn, Peter was born.
(Heroes!#1) - Peter grew up next to New Dawn, and given his father's profession, he became a strong proponent for nuclear energy, picking up on his father's open disdain for the frequent protests outside the power station. When he was twelve, his teacher held a debate about nuclear power; undaunted at being the only person in the class in favor, Peter openly derided his classmates as misinformed meatheads, insisting nuclear energy was the power of the future and that they were nuclear children. Increasingly agitated as he argued his case, Peter pointed out that he had lived by the plant his entire life and - as he unwittingly turned invisible before his shocked class and teacher - he declared it had not affected him in any way.
Comments: Created by Tim Quinn and Mark Lester as part of Marvel UK.
Invisible Boy was intended as a strip for a new Marvel UK anthology title in the same style as was common for British comics published by rival companies such as IPC/Fleetway. Intended to be called Heroes! and aimed at 8-13 year olds, it was to carry a range of strips in varying settings such as World War One (Solo of the RFC), the Wild West (Calamity Jane) and the modern day, and was to be presented by two teenage superheroes. The first issue had been at least partially written and penciled when the axe fell on Marvel U.K.; in 2020, Tim Quinn shared a few of these pages online, which is where I got the information used on this page.
With only a two page first installment to go on, it's impossible to say for sure much about Peter's powers and their source. The obvious culprit is radiation from the power station, and given that Peter's father worked there for a few years before Peter was born, Peter is more likely a mutant than a mutate, but it's not impossible that Tim Quinn had planned to trick the readers into thinking along these lines, only to later reveal a different origin for his abilities.
It's not explicitly stated that Lock Stewart is a British location, but given this was intended to be in a Marvel U.K. publication, it seems very likely.
Profile by Loki.
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Peter Williams' father worked at New Dawn Nuclear Power Station for fifteen years. While driving twelve year old Peter to school, the boy informed him that the class was going to be debating nuclear power, and Mr. Williams wished him luck, noting that there was a lot of bad feeling against nuclear energy. As he said this they drove past the planet, outside of which were anti-nuclear protestors, prompting Mr. Williams to add "Ignorant nitwits."
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Heroes!#1, p2 of Invisible Boy, pan7 (main image)
Heroes!#1, p1 of Invisible Boy, pan4 (Peter headshot and Mr Williams)
Heroes!#1 (intended for 1994 or 1995 publication) - Tim Quinn (writer, editor), Mark Lester (pencils)
First Posted: 12/06/2020
Last updated: 12/07/2020
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