Doctor Sun (Marvel Comics) (Dracula and Nova character)

Doctor Sun

Imagine a Chinese scientist from the 1960s studying mind transferal via brain transplant who ends up as a disembodied brain due to his experiments and who joins up with a bunch of vampires to conquer the Earth, fails, travels to space, downloads his consciousness into an alien computer, returns to Earth, downloads again, but that the new computer is destroyed ?
Meet Dr. Sun !!!


This peculiar character appeared throughout the 1970s. He was a major presence in Tomb of Dracula from 1973 to 1976, but then crossed over to Nova then Fantastic Four. It all forms a continuous, if strange, saga.

Sun was seemingly destroyed for good in 1980.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: N/A Weight: N/A.
  • Eyes: None Hair: None

Powers and Abilities

Dr. Sun is a truly brilliant, but mad, scientist. He was apparently years ahead the rest of the world with his mind transferal research. He also knows how to build really advanced technologies such as teleportation systems, mind drain machines, etc..

Dr. Sun can easily be underestimated appearing to be a defenseless floating brain.

Sun is a good tactician and can work on several plans at once. His world domination plans have also made him an able leader. His great intellect and extreme will allows him to quickly learn any language.

His mental powers are really powerful, allowing him to:

  • Control the will of others.
  • Blast them with psionic  energy.
  • And even download his entire consciousness into computers.



In the 1960s the man known only as Dr. Sun was a leading scientist in the People’s Republic of China. He conceived Project: Mind. Therein a human brain, separated from its body, would be linked to a computer.

In 1966 Dr. Sun was convicted of unknown charges and sentenced to death. It was decided that Dr. Sun would become the test victim for Project: Mind. The doctors removed Sun’s brain and connected it to the computers.

Brain in a jar

Drawing upon the electrical energies within the computers Dr. Sun attacked the doctors with a blast of psionic energy. Using his new powers Sun forced a number of people to serve him and decided to leave China altogether.

Now a disembodied brain, Sun intended to rule the entire world. Howbeit, Sun’s brain constantly needed fresh blood to survive. Thus he turned to studying vampires who had a similar limitation.

He decided to take control of the Earth’s vampires so that they could provide him with a fresh source of human blood as well as serve as his conquering army. In this struggle he came into contact with the Lord of the Undead, Dracula.

Vampire wars

Dracula was defeated. Sun attempted to transfer the memories of Dracula to his vampire underling Brand. This would enable Brand to take control of the world’s vampires. Brand was however defeated by Dracula, who also defeated Dr. Sun. Nevertheless, the genius escaped.

Unknown to Dracula, Dr. Sun had also slowly drained Dracula of his superhuman powers. Dracula later confronted Sun again, as Sun had captured the vampire hunters after him. But Dracula was so weakened to he was slain by Sun’s elite assassin, Juno. Dracula’s corpse was cremated.

The hunters (Drake and company) were set free. As planned, they returned with soldiers to Sun’s headquarters to defeat him. But using mind control powers stolen from Dracula, Sun took over this army.

The hunters stole Dracula’s ashes. They then brought a restored Dracula back to unlife, as only he could defeat Dr. Sun. The vampire lord clashed with Sun, who still had his own Dracula-derived powers. Both were consumed in an accidental fire.


This was a trick. Sun teleported out, and sacrificed Juno so witnesses would see a human brain trapped in the conflagration. Not only did he survive, but he develop a robot body for himself. Thus, sun was now a full conversion cyborg rather than a brain-in-a-jar.

Dr. Sun found out about the crime fighter Nova. Studying him, he also found his connection to a Xandarian spaceship orbiting the world. He captured Nova, brought him to the ship and forced the youth to take him to Xandar.

Sun’s goal was to use the massive, highly advanced Xandarians computers to conquer the Earth. However, the immensely powerful Sphinx came and commandeered the ship. As they approached Xandar, Sun fled by projecting his consciousness into the alien computers.

Drastic Fantastic

The Fantastic Four also came to Xandar. They were accompanied by Mister Fantastic’s small helper robot, H.E.R.B.I.E.. When H.E.R.B.I.E. established a data link with the Xandarian computers, Sun uploaded himself into the robot. Once back on Earth, he invaded the FF’s mainframe and fought the team.

Mr. Fantastic sealed off the master computer and trapped Sun inside it. Sun tried to escape by downloading himself into H.E.R.B.I.E. again.

However the robot, to protect its master, rushed against the master computer destroying both it and itself in the process. Sun’s consciousness thereupon apparently ceased to exist on the mortal plane.


Dr. Sun is a living brain with no body. Previously he was contained in a transparent beaker connected to loudspeakers. The only visible thing was his brain floating around inside the beaker. A really strange sight, even more so realizing he’s alive.

Later he built himself a cyborg body that enabled him to walk around like a man. This cyborg body was entirely composed of a yellow metal in a humanoid shape. All limbs were very thin. Its head was composed of the same beaker containing his visible brain inside it as before. On the beaker there are still the loudspeakers resembling a pair of antennas.

The impression of Dr. Sun with the cyborg body is that of a nightmarish robot with a talking human brain on top of it. A disturbing sight, indeed.


Dr. Sun is a planning and well-prepared world conqueror. His modus operandi has changed during his career.

At first he used vampires as his soldiers (because he saw the similarities they and he had, both needing blood to survive) as well as ordinary soldiers that he mind controlled. He relied on his superior technology, and his plans usually contain hidden agendas and escape contingencies.

Later, when he realized that his cybernetic body could gain from it, he began relying on huge computers instead for world conquering. Apparently no plan is too complex for Dr. Sun. He’s constantly keeping an eye for new information that could be of any use in his schemes.

He loathes his minions. Sun talks like only his will is to be obeyed.

He will go far in his plans, but quickly retreats if he realizes he’s opposing far superior opponents. He doesn’t take chances with his opponents with gloating but destroys them immediately instead. In many manners he is quite ruthless, but can under some circumstances flee in fear.


“Fool ! Do you believe I’m totally without defenses myself ?”

“I had known that Brand, my vampire, would fail for the computer part of me had calculated all the probabilities concerning the battle long before it had even begun. You were told that I was stealing Dracula’s memories, to aid Brand in controlling his undead compatriots to my advantage. To an extent, that was true. But I was taking more than mere memories. I began to drain his strength, his powers, and I syphoned them into me. Which is why I had placed myself between the two vampires as the transference took its course.”

“Unworthy ? Perhaps by your standards, former Lord of vampires. But what does unworthiness weigh when it rests on the shoulders of the victorious ? I live, Dracula. You no longer do.”

(After Juno has killed Dracula) “Collect the Ashes and place them in the urn. I wish to have them here to gloat at when the urge is there.”

“But they shall soon return with the American army to aid in stopping me. I am waiting, of course, for when the soldiers come I shall use the hypnotic powers I’ve gained from Dracula to turn their armies into mine and to do with them as I command !”

“No !! You can’t be moving ! Your pain has to be too great ! Die, curse you ! Die !”

DC Universe History

Somehow Dr. Sun personally reminds me of Dr. Tzin-Tzin. A team-up of these two mind-controllers would be neat. Such an alliance could work for a while although it would probably be broken by either one when one realizes that all power should be his alone.

That could be a preplanned event in an adventure which helps the players defeat them both (or at least one of them). Dr. Sun is, after all, known for getting away from his opponents in the most miraculous ways…

Seb notes : as for me, I’ve completely amalgamated him with the Brain.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dr. Sun

Dex: 00 Str: 00 Bod: 02 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 10 Wil: 14 Min: 09 Occupation: Scientist/Conqueror
Inf: 07 Aur: 07 Spi: 04 Resources: 008
Init: 017/022 HP: 050

Comprehend Languages: 11, Control: 14, Iron Will: 06, Mental Blast: 07, Personality Transfer: 12, Recall: 08, Telepathy: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • If Recall is used on huge computer informational systems Dr. Sun may increase his powers and skills very rapidly through Character Advancement, paying only ½ of the ordinary costs.
  • Telepathy power is usable on computers only.
  • Personality Transfer is only usable for downloading his entire consciousness into sufficiently advanced computer systems.

Gadgetry: 12, Medicine: 11, Military Science: 05, Occultist: 03, Scientist: 09

Genius, Headquarters (Expansive), Leadership, Scholar (Mind Transferral), Scholar (Vampirism).

Vampire Community (Low).

Catastrophic Physical Restriction (Dr. Sun is a disembodied brain), Fatal Vulnerability (must take in fresh human blood every 24 hours or he begins to die), Strange Appearance.


  • CYBORG BODY [DEX 05, STR 06, BODY 07, Skin Armor: 09, Bonus: The body enables the thoughts of Dr. Sun to be heard aloud. Note: Incorporates Dr. Sun’s brain which is totally enclosed within the body benefiting from its full RV].
  • TELEPORTATION DEVICES with huge APs of Teleport.
  • 7 APs C Omnigadget [BODY 04 R#2].
  • DRAINING DEVICES [BODY 04, Power Drain: 15, Mind Drain: 07, Bonus: Any RAPs gained are transferable to any user and all effects are totally permanent unless reversed with the machine itself, R#2].

By Peter S Piispanen aka The Angel.

Source of Character: Various Marvel Books.