Kelse Fenton (Earth-616) from Marvel Mystery Comics Vol 1 18 002

The Brain posing as the Human Torch

The Brain earned his name for using his intellect and inventive skills to commit his crimes. Designing an asbestos lined suit that could generate flames, he posed as the android Human Torch and tricked the Torch's partner Toro into breaking into an armored car, allowing him to steal the military's payroll shipment. Knocking Toro out, the Brain escaped with the money, framing the Torch for the crime.

Everyone, including Toro, were convinced that the Torch was responsible for the robbery. However, the Torch learned that the man responsible was the Brain and tracked him down to his hideout. There, the Torch was trapped in a specially made room that filled with water to trap him. Following after the Torch, Toro once more was confronted by the Brain in his flame suit. Realizing that the "Torch" who was attacking him was a fake, Toro defeated him easily and freed the Torch.

The Brain was handed over to the police with a full confession of his crimes, clearing the Human Torch's good name.[1]




The Brain was an ingenious inventor with a genius-level intellect.


The Brain had invented a room that would fill up with water and was impossible for the Human Torch to break out of.


Kelse Fenton (Earth-616) from Marvel Mystery Comics Vol 1 18 003

The Brain's asbestos suit when not ignited.

The Brain had an asbestos lined suit that could burst into flame making him resemble the Human Torch. It was not able to allow him to fly, nor imitate any of the Torch's other abilities. Its ability to generate heat was limited, hence his need to trick Toro to melt through an armored car. When not wearing his suit, the Brain was armed with a pistol.

The Brain's real name Kelse Fenton was given in Marvel Mystery Handbook:70th Anniversary Special(2009).

Both Asbestos Lady and the Fantastic Four foe The Wizard also created suits to impersonate Human Torches (Hammond & Storm respectively).

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