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Quote1 Forgive my insolence to the council but...you don't care about my homeworld, and they're not the backwards primitives in need of Uranian guidance that you believe. You've never made it clear why the colony has been apart from Earth for so long, but I think I get it. They're coming together as a civilization in their own time, in their own way. Whoever left you out on a ball of ice and gas at the outer end of the solar system had a reason. And before I build a bridge between the world...I'm going to know that reason. Quote2
-- Marvel Boy

Appearing in "Man of Two Worlds"

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Synopsis for "Man of Two Worlds"

Bob Grayson continues his adventures as a superhero making his name known, while the Uranian Elders get increasingly on edge to leave their bubble city Urania on Uranus. During one of his adventures back on Earth Bob reconnects with Violet and they grow close, however nearing the new year the F.B.I. set up a trap for Bob using a mechanical monster and sent him to prison. Agent Lupek a member of the F.B.I. had the intention of using Bob's powers for political gain but he was soon arrested by Agent Woo who overheard the conversation Agent Lupek and Bob were having.

Jimmy Woo also recruited Bob into a secret team of super powered individuals that would do good for the country. The Uranians got even more annoyed by this and questioned Bob on why he wasn't spreading their name publicly so that they could increase their relations with humans and go back to Earth. Bob replied that if they were put in that bubble there was a reason for it, and he wouldn't act on their agenda until he knew the reason why that was. However the Uranians weren't without a backup plan, as they have been growing a clone of Bob and plan to swap him out with the real deal.

The story ends with Bob visiting his birthplace of Berchtesgaden, Germany, where he takes in the memories he had as an infant alone with visiting the favorite spot of his late mother, Marna.

Appearing in "The Deadly Decision"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #5.

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Synopsis for "The Deadly Decision"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #5.

On Uranus, Matthew Grayson gets a radio transmission from the World Organization of Atomic Research asking for his assistance. Unable to handle the rigors of space travel, Matthew has his son Marvel Boy go in his place. Overhearing this is the Uranian girl named Lilli who asks to accompany Marvel Boy on his mission to Earth. Marvel Boy declines telling her that he is going on an important mission and does not have the time to babysit a girl.

Marvel Boy leaves to pick up special atomic research documents from WOAR and flies his rocket to Earth. When he lands at the USAF airfield where a special landing pad has been set up for him he is surprised to find that Lilli has stowed away aboard the ship to get a look at Earth. Furious that she didn't obey his command, Marvel Boy tells her to stay near the ship while he finishes his mission. After he collects the documents from WOAR, Marvel Boy heads back for his ship. Along the way he is attacked by Communist agents, he blinds them with his light beam and gets away.

Returning to his ship he finds that Lilli has left his ship. Radioing in to Uranus he learns that his father has also gone missing. Marvel Boy tells those back home to get his Youth Patrol to look for his father while he tries to find Lilli on Earth. Marvel Boy puts the FBI on a mission to look for Lilli and then rockets back to Uranus to find his father. When he gets out of his ship he is knocked out by some renegade Uranians. He is brought to their leader who tells them that they have been torturing his father in order to learn about the secret documents the WOAR provided them. Marvel Boy tells them that he lost the documents along the way, but when they threaten to torture Matthew some more, Marvel Boy admits that he destroyed the documents after training them to his photographic memory. In order to save his father from more torture, Marvel Boy agrees to write everything down.

However, when Marvel Boy's bonds are untied, he uses his light bands to blind the renegade and defeat his troops. However he learns that the communist agents on Earth have Lilli prisoner and will torture her if they do not get a radio message containing the stolen information. However, Marvel Boy forces the chief to call in and arrange a meeting with his agents on Earth. Marvel Boy then traveled back to Earth and catching the communist agents off guard, easily defeats them and turns them over to the authorities.

Appearing in "The Phantom Pen"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #6.

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This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #6.

At the home of wealthy millionaire Jasper J. Corpra, he is visited by a Russian agent who has come to thank him for the money that he has given their country by giving him a gift: a platinum plated pen. Corpra, takes the gift and thanks the Russian for it the gift.

However, Jasper suddenly finds himself to have the compulsion write large checks to the Stalinist government in Russia for millions of dollars. Unable to stop himself, Jasper then calls on Bob Grayson of the Amalgamated Insurance Company, knowing that he is really Marvel Boy and asks for his help to stop his urge to write these checks. When Marvel Boy sees the pen, he asks to see it but it suddenly jumps out of Corpra's hand. The pen then jumps back into Corpra's pocket.

Curious, Marvel Boy asks Corpra where he got it and learns about the Russian agent who gifted it to him. Marvel Boy pays a visit to the Russian's office and asks about the pen. The Russian maintains that there was nothing wrong with it when he gave it to Jasper and then refuses to show Marvel Boy the checks. When the hero overstays his welcome, the Russian tries to strike Marvel Boy. Grayson blocks the punch with his wrist and his light bands go off erasing the ink from the checks. He then blinds the Russian who surrenders but vows that the hero will not be able to stop Jasper from writing more checks.

Marvel Boy arrives and spots mobster Lippy Broadhurst and his men are forcing Jasper to write more checks. Before Marvel Boy can deal with them, the Russian arrives and orders the mobsters to remove Marvel Boy's light bands. However the hero activates them again, and in the blinding light Lippy accidentally shoots his Russian employer. The flight flash destroys the checks and the platinum pen. However, when the authorities arrive they are able to arrest Lippy Broadhurst for murdering the Russian. In the aftermath, Jasper decides to use his wealth to invest in the United States from now on.

Appearing in "Unseen Terror"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #6.

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Synopsis for "Unseen Terror"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #6.

On the streets one afternoon a man suddenly begins to be choked by his own clothing and dies on the street as people around him panic. All over the city similar strangulations happen. The strange deaths prompts Marvel Boy to go to the police and inquire about the case. He meets with the lead detective who is investigating the case and he explains that they suspect foul play as all the men were strangled by suits made by the same tailor. Before the police can bring in the tailor in be questioned they are informed that the tailor has apparently skipped town.

Marvel Boy agrees to try and track the man in question down. The hero first stops at his rocket ship and contacts Daka on Uranus for information. With this information Marvel Boy travels to Mammoth University and pays a visit to their observatory where he has succeeded in tracking down the tailor. Marvel Boy questions the surprised tailor who denies that he has fabric that contracts and strangles the victims. He tries to prove this by offering Marvel Boy to put on a coat. Marvel Boy complies, falling right into the tailors trap and the hero is apparently strangled to death. The man, who killed his victims as part of a gruesome experiment. He then wraps up Marvel Boy in a roll of fabric and drives out to dispose of the body.

Marvel Boy has survived however, and he manages to break free from the fabric. Climbing up on the roof of the truck he uses the tailor's own fabric to crash the vehicle, crushing it to pieces with the constricting fabric. Marvel Boy knocks out the tailor as he tries to escape and turns him over to the police. There he refveals that the tailor is really Professor Diminuito, a scientist from the planet Argos who had invented a contracting fabric. When the police ask Marvel Boy how he survived being strangled to death, he opens his jacket revealing that he was wearing a metal neck brace to protect himself.

Solicit Synopsis

The times are changing, and they've finally caught up to Marvel Boy with bizarre menaces and strange threats to match his power! A mysterious figure with an agenda has also caught up to Bob Grayson. Surrounded by manipulators, how can the Uranian finally become the hero he was born to be? Jeff Parker, writer of the acclaimed series AGENTS OF ATLAS, reveals the untold tale of other-worldly mental marvel! Plus, re-presenting classic Atlas-era tales of the space-boy’s adventures!

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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