Mc Brain (Hostess Comics)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


During the 1970s, confectioner and cakes maker Hostess advertised in major comic books. The advertisements were full-page comics starring Marvel and DC Comics characters (and Hostess products).

These comics were nonsensical and a parody of the most absurd aspects of Silver Age  comics. They’re still fondly remembered for their goofiness.

McBrain is *probably* be not related to the legendary metal drummer .

Powers and Abilities

Heightened mental abilities, which include the power of mind control and force field projection.


He appeared in “McBrain’s Brain Drain”, which was in Avengers #177, among other places.

Daredevil swings over the crime-infested city, “You don’t need superpowers to know all these problems are the work of one man. But who ?”.


With his radar sense, DD spots a man running with a bag full of money. The man’s pulsebeat, and abnormal brain pattern means he’s under someone else’s mental control. Daredevil follows into a nearby apartment, and runs smack into an invisible force field.

“Heh-heh-heh.”, says the villainous McBrain, “I’ve developed my brain and powers of concentration so I can force others to do my will… and protect myself against anyone who dares to interfere.  Not even Daredevil has the brains or the muscles to get me.” DD realizes he can’t get through – but Hostess™ Twinkies cakes can !

McBrain is unable to resist the Twinkies, and his concentration on the field starts to drop. Soon, Daredevil can get through, and he beats the villain in short order, leaving him all tied up. “From now on, McBrain, you’d better concentrate on the good stuff like Hostess Twinkies Cakes.”, says DD.


McBrain wears a pale green jumpsuit, is bald, and has a giant cranium.


Not being much of a fighter, McBrain sits in his hideout, controlling others to perform criminal actions for him. He’s pretty confident about his mental powers.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Mc Brain

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 08 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 05
Init: 016 HP: 030

Control: 07, Force wall: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Force Wall is ineffective against Hostess™ Twinkies.

Confined Headquarters.

CIA (Hostess Twinkies), Loss Vulnerability (lack of concentration, all powers).

By Daryl Kuxhouse.

Source of Character: Hostess ads that appeared in Marvel comic books.