Appearing in "Call Me ... The Uranian!"
- Uranian/Marvel Boy (Robert Grayson) (Main story and flashback)
- Uranian Eternals (Main story and flashback)
- Matthew Grayson (Only in flashback)
- Bob's mother (Only in flashback)
- Admiral Dewey
- Private Wheeler
- Flo (waitress)
Races and Species:
- Uranus (Main story and flashback)
- Silver Bullet
- Man O' War (Helicarrier prototype)
Synopsis for "Call Me ... The Uranian!"
In the Philippines the United States Navy is in a worn torn battle with a giant flying battleship in the sky that's being called the Man o' War. None of their artillery or planes are able to get close enough to it to do any real damage due to it's ability to shoot charged bolts of lightning. Just when the situation is looking to be at it's lowest, a rocket comes flying into the conflict. The rocket is piloted by a man who identifies himself as Bob Grayson the Uranian Man. Bob who has many advanced gadgets is able to put an end to the conflict quite easily, taking down the Man o' War and capturing the enemy's leader Maxwell Deacon.
After the battle had ended the Navy wasn't very trusting towards Bob. The Navy officials had him imprisoned until they could figure out if he was an ally or an enemy spy in disguise, as well as to identify what his ship was made of. Meanwhile back on Uranus, where Bob is from, a group of Uranian scholars and elders are listening to prerecorded feedback from Bob's headband. The Uranians wish to return to Earth after having been banish thousands of years prior. The group attempts to transmit to Grayson through the headband to offer knowledge over nuclear fusion to the Earthlings in exchange for their trust and respect, but Grayson had already decided to break out of the brig before the orders were transmitted. Disguised as a private, Bob sneaked out of his prison cell and read the thoughts of the guard that was safeguarding his rocket. Upon reading the mind of the guard Bob obtained the password and was able to make it onto his rocket unnoticed. By the time the Navy officers were alerted to his missing cell Bob had already begun taking off and was easily able to escape anything they'd sent to chase after him.
After gaining the knowledge of how xenophobic the people of Earth were first hand during these times, Bob thought he'd try his luck across the globe in New York City. Bob parked his rocket in Central Park. Normally this may have been incredibly noticeable, but considering this was the time of year during a Science Expo and the ship didn't stand out. A couple days later Bob witnesses a group of construction workers falling from a scaffolding and saves their lives, however the press mistakenly labels him as some sort of movie stunt and calls him the Venusian.
While reading the self same paper that misrepresented him, Bob is approached by a man representing Timely Comics. The man introduces himself as Dean and after a bit of talking invites Bob to come visit with them at their offices. After showing Bob around the station Dean informs him that Bob could work with them to supply the writers with fantastical stories based of his life so that it could be turned into comic book stories for all to read.
Bob agreed and eventually shared with Dean that the Uranians were originally from Earth thousands of years ago, and while Bob considers himself one of them he was actually born on Earth in Germany during the Nazi's reign. Bob also explains that while his father worked for the Nazis he wasn't doing so willingly. Bob's father was a scientist and his mother was a young Jewish woman. Bob's mother was eventually discovered to be of Jewish decent and was murdered for it. Afterwards his father continued to do broadcasts that'd he'd send off into space looking for signs of life. The Uranians received his messages and responded; they taught his father how to build a rocket that would make the journey to the seventh planet. The scientist that was looking for a way out of Germany and away from the war followed their instructions and built the rocket allowing Bob and himself to fly off to Uranus. Bob who was still an infant at this time was raised and taught there as one of their own. Like most Uranians he was mostly educated in a variety of sciences and telepathy.
Upon receiving all of this information, Dean, told Bob to go out and embrace Bob Grayson as his secret identity as any good superhero need one. During so Timely would print these stories and while they were basing the comic off Bob's point of view and information the writers opted to take some liberties that would more appeal to the readers of the time and one of those changes was that Bob was no longer going to be referred to as the Uranian instead he was now to be called Marvel Boy.
Appearing in "Marvel Boy and the Lost World"
- Marvel Boy (Bob Grayson) (First appearance)
- Matthew Horace Grayson (First appearance)
- Denga (First appearance)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Marvel Boy and the Lost World"
A massive earthquake has caused an island to rise out of the Pacific ocean. Upon the islands discovery, the various nations of the world mobilize to try and lay claim to the new island in the hopes that they can claim any resources that might be found. However one group has beaten all others, the pirate crew led by Count Varron, a man without a country, whose ship was sailing the area just as the island rose out the ground. Varron gloats over his luck and how he managed to beat the rest of the world in claiming the island.
Meanwhile on the planet Uranus, Matthew Grayson observes the island rising out of the ocean on Earth through his telescope and decides that this is the opportunity to send his son, Robert back to Earth to be its champion. He calls in Robert and explains that in 1934 after his wife and daughter were killed by Nazis, he built an atomic powered rocket for him and his son to flee the Earth. In space, their ship was redirected to the planet Uranus where they were surprised to find people living there. Matthew and baby Robert were welcomed with open arms and Robert was raised as a Uranian, mastering their technology and developing telepathy. Giving his son arm bands that emit a powerful bright light and a ship to travel to and from Earth, Matthew warns his son that he must take special uranium pills to maintain his strength while on Earth. Dubbing his son Marvel Boy, Matthew and his assistant Denga watch as Robert flies his ship toward the planet Earth.
Back on Earth, Count Varron announces his dominion over the island, which he dubs Verronland and warns other nations to keep away. Just then Marvel Boy's ship lands on the island and the hero is attacked by Varron's men. Surprised by such hatred, Marvel Boy fights off the men and leaves in his ship to explore the island some more to make sure there are not other beings living on it that might suffer from Varron's evil. Marvel Boy spots a strange species of Fish People rising out of a cave on the island and greets them. He learns that 1200 years ago the island sank and the Fish People's ancestors developed the ability to breath under water. Suddenly Varron and his men arrive and attack, forcing the Fish People to flee back to their land. One of them, a female is taken hostage while Marvel Boy is fighting Varron's minions. Marvel Boy agrees to stop fighting if Varron lets the girl go and he and his men return to their ship. Varron agrees but he and his men secretly begin plotting to blow up the Fish People with TNT so they can claim the island for themselves. Marvel Boy then goes to the Fish People who warn him to stay away, telling them that they intend to return to the waters below to avoid the violence of the surface men.
Marvel Boy returns to the surface and meets with military officials who are arriving on the island when there is a sudden earthquake. Marvel Boy boards his ship and scouts around and spots Varron and his men setting off explosives. However instead of eliminating the Fish People, this causes the island to sink once more, drowning Varron and his men, ending their menace and the dispute over the island.
Appearing in "The Runaway Planet"
Synopsis for "The Runaway Planet"
At the insurance company where Bob Grayson works, Bob meets with his employers who ask him to investigate Omar Khayam Rasch the leader of a cult whom has convinced many of their clients to sign over their life insurance policies to him. Those who have ended up dying shortly thereafter and Bob's employers suspect foul play. Bob takes the case and decides to pay a visit to Rasch's cult as Marvel Boy. Showing up at the cults headquarters, Marvel Boy asks for the audience of Omar Khayam Rasch and is welcomed into the worshiping hall.
There Marvel Boy watches in disbelief as Rasch (dubbed Mr. Death by Marvel Boy) and his followers engage in one of their ceremonies. Suddenly the room fills with a strange gas that knocks out Marvel Boy. When the hero revives Rasch welcomes him to join their cult. When Marvel Boy inquires about the gas that knocked him out, Omar tells him that it came from the coffin of one of their recently deceased members and that it was a kiss from the Gods of Death, accepting him into their cult. Omar then asks Marvel Boy to join him his office to discuss some formalities to join the cult. There he asks Marvel Boy to sign over his insurance policy. Playing along, Marvel Boy signs over a phony policy in order to set a trap for Omar. After the business is finished, Marvel Boy calls in to his employers and fills them in on what has happened so far.
The following day, during the next cult meeting, Omar tells his followers that the gods have spoken to him and said that their member the widow Jane Dumont is destined to die. Fearing for her life, Jane asks Marvel Boy to help her and he agrees. He meets with Rasch who tells Marvel Boy that the gods are greedy and that without a monetary offering to the gods they will take her life. When Marvel Boy accuses him of blackmail or murder, the fanatical Rasch loses his temper and tells Marvel Boy that Jane died earlier of a heart attack and orders him to his room to meditate.
Realizing that Omar is killing his followers, Marvel Boy comes up with a means to catch him in the act and expose him for the murdering fraud that he is. To this end, Marvel Boy has another meeting with Mr. Death pretending to fear for his life and asks that Omar communicate with the gods and inform him of his fate. Omar puts on a seance that appears to summon the spirit of the prophet Mohammad to communicate with him. Scrawling an apparent message from beyond the grave, Omar informs Marvel Boy that he will die. Marvel Boy once more vows his loyalty to the cult and tells Omar to keep his insurance policy. However, a member of the cult asks to speak with Marvel Boy shortly thereafter.
A few hours later Marvel Boy visits with Omar once again and admits that he knows that Mr. Death is a fraud and promises to keep quiet so long as he gets his insurance policy back. Omar appears to comply and offers Marvel Boy a drink that he has secretly poisons. Marvel Boy drinks the poisoned beverage and seemingly dies. Omar has his assistant place Marvel Boy in a coffin and calls his followers for another ritual. As he is telling his followers that Marvel Boy has died, they are all shocked when the coffin suddenly opens and what appears to be the spirit of Marvel Boy appears before them. This sudden manifestation frightens Omar who tries to flee and runs right into Marvel Boy's employer and the authorities who arrest him.
As it turns out, Marvel Boy is alive and was using trickery to appear as a ghost. He explains to those gathered that he realized that Omar was a fraud he was tipped off by one of the followers who suspected this as well and discovered that Omar was poisoning his followers. With this knowledge, Marvel Boy prepared himself by immunizing himself to the poison in order to lure Omar into a trap.
A young man has travelled billions of miles through space in a rocket to help our world. But is Earth of the 1950's ready for a new super hero? Before he became the dark figure the Agents of Atlas call The Uranian, Bob Grayson raced through the skies as Marvel Boy! From the critically acclaimed writer of AGENTS OF ATLAS and FALL OF THE HULKS: ALPHA comes this all-new look back at one of Marvel’s first heroes!