World’s Finest 158 – Brainiac A

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A really interesting character is introduced by Hamilton, Swan and Klein, and it’s a shame that World’s Finest 158 (June 1966) is his only appearance.

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Robin and Jimmy Olsen are out exploring when they find three Kandor-like bottles in a cave.  They appear to be exactly like Brainiac’s bottled city.  The boys bring them back to the Eyrie and decide to enter one an investigate.

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When the boys don’t come back, Superman and Batman get on the case.  They find the bottles, and enter them.  In each they find a hostile and violent culture, and are lucky to escape, and rescue the boys when they find the right bottle.

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These bottles were populated by Brainiac A, a rebellious earlier model that was exiled by the Computer Tyrants of Colu when he refused to collect cities for them.  He decided to capture evil cities instead.

I have always really liked this story, and wish that the character had returned to face his successor in some tale.

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