Real Name: Peter Fulton

Identity/Class: Temporary human mutate, technology user (1950s era)

Occupation: Psychiatrist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Anne Bond, Johnson, unidentified patient

Enemies: None; formerly Johnson (only temporarily)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "The Man Who Went Too Far" (in story title)

Base of Operations: Brentwood Institution, somewhere in the US

First Appearance: Mystic#56/4 (February, 1957)

Powers/Abilities: Trained in psychiatry, the kind and compassionate Fulton was skilled at treating the mentally ill. Theorizing that certain forms of insanity could be eliminated by electrical impulses applied to the brain, Fulton invented the solar battery as a remedy.

After successfully testing the solar battery on a patient, Fulton later used the device on himself--while it was in contact with his forehead, the solar battery increased the power of his brain, giving him telepathy and the ability to mentally dominate others; but Fulton's personality underwent a change as well--he became coldly calculating, and lusted for world domination. When the solar battery was forcibly removed, Futon's powers vanished, and his personality returned to normal.

Height: Unrevealed (5' 10"; by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed (165 lbs.; by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

(Mystic#56/4 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Dr. Peter Fulton is largely unrevealed, but at some point, the brilliant young psychiatrist was put in charge of the Brentwood Institution--he also got engaged to Anne Bond, a nurse who worked there.

   Fulton theorized that certain forms of insanity could be cured by stimulating the brain with electrical impulses--to accomplish this treatment, he developed the solar battery; after completing the device, he placed it in a large capsule on a headband, and was ready to test it.

(Mystic#56/4) - One evening, Fulton was in his office with Anne when Johnson and another attendant brought a violently insane man in. As the two orderlies held the mentally-disturbed patient down, Fulton strapped the solar battery to the man's forehead--instantaneously, the raving maniac became a rational man. As the attendants escorted the seemingly cured man back to his room to rest, Fulton advised them to keep the headband on the patient until he himself removed it.

   While they were alone in his office, Anne congratulated Fulton for the miraculous remedy, and he told her how the solar battery worked; then he wondered aloud: What would happen if he used the device on himself... a sane, intelligent man? But Anne warned him not to try, because the brain was too complex, and he didn't have any idea what effect it could have on him, so Fulton promised his fiancee that he wouldn't attempt the dangerous experiment.

   After Anne left to make her rounds, Johnson came into Fulton's office with the solar battery headband; Johnson reported that the patient had seemed normal while he was wearing the device, but when he was sleeping, the headband came loose, and the patient became a raving maniac again--Johnson saved the device before the patient destroyed it. As Johnson left, Fulton held the solar battery in his hand and realized it didn't give permanent sanity, and it was only effective when it was in contact; then he wondered again what it would do to a normal brain--perhaps the device could make his own thought processes more clear and concise, and thus open new worlds of mentality to him!

   Unable to resist the temptation, Fulton removed the solar battery from the headband's capsule and placed it in a smaller capsule, then taped it to his own forehead--he figured it wouldn't be noticed, because people would just presume that he had cut himself, or bumped his head. Immediately afterward, Fulton felt the electrical impulses surging through his brain. As great power pulsated through his mind, Fulton felt there was no problem in the world he couldn't solve...but a subtle change took place on his face--his eyes turned cold, and his lips were a thin line.

   Fulton left his office and saw Johnson making his rounds, and he discovered that he could read Johnson's thoughts. Johnson was hungry, so he was going to go to the kitchen to make himself a sandwich; but Fulton controlled Johnson's thoughts, and instead commanded him to feel sick. As the orderly doubled over in pain, Fulton realized that if he could control Johnson's thoughts, he could do it to everyone else, and thus he could become master of the world!

   Fulton returned to his office and sat at his desk; as he was coldly calculating the ways he could use his power to bring the world to his feet, he didn't see Anne Bond in the corridor's shadows...but she saw him. Anne was horrified by the expression on Fulton's face--it was cold, as if he had lost his humanity and he was now nothing more than a mental machine. Noticing the piece of tape on Peter's forehead, Anne correctly guessed that he couldn't resist testing the solar battery on himself.

Anne quietly approached Peter from behind and snatched the tape from his forehead--for a fleeting second, his cold inhuman eyes burned into hers...but when the tape came loose, and contact with the solar battery was broken, Fulton's paranormal power was gone, and his personality returned to normal. As he lovingly embraced Anne, Fulton thanked her for saving him from himself, because he had gone too far... too far...

   Peter Fulton resolved that he and Anne would never mention the incident again, because he was going to destroy the solar battery and all his notes concerning it.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Robert Q. Sale.

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

Peter Fulton has no known connections to:

Anne Bond has no known connections to:

Johnson has no known connections to:

The Brentwood Institution has no known connections to:

The unidentified patient has no known connections to:

The solar battery has no known connections to:

Anne Bond

A nurse employed at the Brentwood Institution, she was the fiancee of Dr. Peter Fulton.

After Peter successfully tested his solar battery and seemingly cured an insane patient, Anne congratulated him for his accomplishment. When Peter began to wonder aloud about using the solar battery on himself, Anne warned against it, because he didn't have any idea what effect it could have on him.

But Peter was overwhelmed by curiosity, so he taped the solar battery to his forehead--the power of his mind was amplified, but he developed a coldly calculating personality, and he planned to dominate the world.

When Anne later saw the cold expression on Peter's face, she realized he was using the solar battery, and that his humanity was gone. She quietly sneaked behind him and snatched the taped solar battery from his forehead; Peter returned to normal, and he thanked her for saving him from himself.



Johnson (first name unrevealed) was an orderly at the Brentwood Institution.

One night, Johnson and another attendant brought a violently insane patient into Dr. Peter Fulton's office; they held the mentally-disturbed man down while Fulton strapped his solar battery headband on the patient's forehead. After the device returned the patient's sanity, Johnson and the other attendant escorted him back to his room to rest, and Fulton advised them to keep the headband on the patient until he himself removed it.

But while the patient was sleeping, the headband came loose, and he once again became a raving maniac--Johnson managed to save the device before the patient destroyed it, then he returned it to Fulton.

Later, while Johnson was making his rounds, he decided to take a break and make himself a sandwich. But suddenly, Johnson doubled over in excruciating pain; feeling ill, he decided instead to report himself sick and crawl into bed.

Johnson was unaware that his illness was actually caused by Dr. Fulton, who was using the solar battery on himself to amplify the power of his mind--Fulton had read Johnson's thoughts, then mentally commanded him to feel sick.

(Comment: Although I have Johnson listed as an enemy, it was only while Fulton was under the influence of the solar battery, and there was otherwise no animosity between the two.)


Brentwood Institution

Presumably a mental sanitarium, it was located somewhere in America.

The staff included supervisor Dr. Peter Fulton, Nurse Anne Bond, an orderly named Johnson (first name unrevealed), and another unidentified attendant.

The only known patient was a raving maniac, who was temporarily returned to sanity by Dr. Fulton's solar battery.


unidentified patient

A man suffering from mental insanity, he was housed at the Brentwood Institution.

One night, Johnson and another orderly took him to the office of Dr. Peter Fulton; Fulton strapped a headband containing his solar battery to the patient's forehead, and a miraculous change came upon the raving maniac--he instantaneously became a rational man, and although confused by the situation, the man was now completely sane!

As the orderlies escorted the patient back to his room, Fulton advised them to leave the headband on until he himself removed it. But while the patient was sleeping, the headband came loose from his forehead, and he became a raving maniac again.

Before the insane patient could destroy the solar battery headband, Johnson was able to save it, and he returned it to Dr. Fulton.


solar battery

A tiny device invented by psychiatrist Dr. Peter Fulton as a cure for insanity, it was originally contained within a large capsule attached to a headband. When it made contact with a subject's forehead, it delivered electrical impulses into the subject's brain and cleared blocked mental passages; the solar battery was only effective while it was in physical contact with the subject.

Fulton attached the solar battery headband to a violently insane patient and restored him to sanity; but when the headband later came loose, the patient once again became a raving maniac.

Wondering what effect the solar battery would have on a normal brain, Fulton was overwhelmed by curiosity and tried it on himself--he placed it in a smaller capsule and taped it to his own forehead. As the device's electrical energy pulsated through his brain, the power of Fulton's mind was amplified, and he was endowed with telepathy, along with the ability to mentally command others and make them obedient to his will; but Fulton's personality was changed as well--he became coldly calculating and desired to dominate the world.

Fulton's fiancee, Nurse Anne Bond, later tore the taped solar battery from his forehead and returned him to normal; afterward, Fulton resolved to destroy the solar battery, along with all his notes concerning it.


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Mystic#56/4, p3, pan1 (Main Image - Peter Fulton holding solar battery headband; Johnson (background))
Mystic#56/4, p2, pan3 (Headshot - Peter Fulton explains how solar battery works to Anne Bond (right))
Mystic#56/4, p3, pan2 (Peter Fulton thinks about using solar battery on himself)
Mystic#56/4, p3, pan6 (Peter Fulton tapes solar battery to his forehead)
Mystic#56/4, p4, pan6 (Peter Fulton comes to his senses after Anne Bond (right) removes solar battery from his forehead)
Mystic#56/4, p2, pan5 (Anne Bond warns Peter Fulton not to use solar battery on himself)
Mystic#56/4, p4, pan4 (Anne Bond realizes Peter Fulton is using solar battery)
Mystic#56/4, p4, pan5 (Anne Bond pulls solar battery from Peter Fulton's forehead)
Mystic#56/4, p4, pan2 (Johnson has his thoughts read by Peter Fulton (right))
Mystic#56/4, p4, pan3 (under Peter Fulton's mental influence, Johnson doubles over in pain)
Mystic#56/4, p2, pan4 (Brentwood Institution (exterior))
Mystic#56/4, p2, pan1 (Peter Fulton's office inside Brentwood Institution; unidentified attendant, unidentified patient, Johnson, Anne Bond, Peter Fulton)
Mystic#56/4, p1, pan2 (Peter Fulton attaches solar battery headband to insane unidentified patient's forehead; Johnson (right))
Mystic#56/4, p1, pan3 (unidentified patient returned to sanity by solar battery; Peter Fulton and Anne Bond (background))
Mystic#56/4, p3, pan5 (Peter Fulton holding solar battery (in red circle) that he removed from headband)
Mystic#56/4, p1, pan1 (Peter Fulton's hands holding headband containing solar battery)

Mystic#56/4 (February, 1957)
- unidentified writer, Robert Q. Sale (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 10/16/2021
Last updated: 10/16/2021

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