Appearing in "Marvel Boy and the Lost World"
- Marvel Boy (Bob Grayson) (First appearance)
- Matthew Horace Grayson (First appearance)
- Denga (First appearance)
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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 Deadly Decision"
- Communist agents
- Uranian Criminals
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Synopsis for "The Deadly Decision"
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 travels back to Earth and catching the communist agents off guard, easily defeats them and turns them over to the authorities.
- Cover art by Cockrum and Sinnott per Sinnott's site.
- The cover logo is a recycled Jack Kirby image from the cover of Fantastic Four #164. (Long leotards from that cover have been re-colored to short pants.)
- Marvel Boy and the Lost World art (story pages) by Cockrum and Sinnott page 1, and Heath pages 2-12.
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