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Dynamo
Dynamo
Dynamo #2

Real Name

Len Brown

First Appearance

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 (1965)

Original Publisher

Tower

Created by

Len Brown and Wally Wood

Silver Age Origin

Formerly a corporal in the U.S. Army, Leonard "Len" Brown was an employee of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. who was stuck in a desk job and not happy about it. But T.H.U.N.D.E.R.'s inner council called upon him to wield an invention of the late Professor Jennings, an "electron molecular intensifier" belt. The belt increases the mass of its wearer and makes them superhumanly strong. But the mass increase creates an enormous strain on the belt's user, and even someone with great stamina like Brown can only use it for thirty minutes at a time. It was attuned to his metabolism so that only he could use it. With the Thunderbelt (as he called it) and a metallic costume that would protect him when he couldn't use the belt, he became the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent Dynamo.

Dynamo is a tough, stoic, basically decent, somewhat beleaguered super-everyman who can be a little bit overwhelmed by the weird circumstances he finds himself in as well as the pressures of his job, but always manages to carry on no matter what. His bosses are always riding hard on him for not taking proper care of the belt, and eventually they altered the belt so that it would automatically turn off after thirty minutes.

He is also somewhat nervous around women in spite of his remarkable ability to attract them. Fellow T.H.U.N.D.E.R. employee April Robbins and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Squad member "Kitten" Kane (before she fell in love with Lightning) both fell for his charm. He and April casually dated, although he often flirted with other women. But perhaps his greatest romance was with one of T.H.U.N.D.E.R.'s foes, the ruthless Iron Maiden. She captured Dynamo for the Warlord and tried to force him to reveal the secret of the Thunderbelt. When he refused and proved able to resist her truth serum she became impressed with his strength and power and fell in love with him. Dynamo had very definite sexual tension with her and mourned her when he thought she'd died after the battle with Dr. Death. Iron Maiden clashed with Dynamo several times afterwards and once framed him as a traitor to force him to join her, but she also came to his aid against other villains a number of times.

Besides Iron Maiden, other foes of Dynamo include Red Star, Doctor Sparta and a mysterious race of alien invaders.

Dynamoinaction

Dynamo makes short work of some tanks. From T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

Silver Age Appearances

  • T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1-20
  • Dynamo #1-4
  • NoMan #2

Notes

  • Only the Tower Comics version of Dynamo is in the public domain. All subsequent versions published by DC Comics, JC Comics, Deluxe Comics, etc. are NOT.
  • Len Brown was also the name of the writer who co-created Dynamo. However, unlike many self-insert characters, Dynamo showed a certain amount of vulnerability and had concrete limitations to his powers.
  • Dynamo was originally meant to be called Captain Thunderbolt and his design was loosely based on that of Captain Marvel.

See Also

International Hero

Toonopedia

Interview with Len Brown

Thunder Agents.com

Deluxe publisher David Singer's account of the lawsuit (Comics Bulletin)

Deluxe Comics at Wikipedia

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents at Wikipedia

Explanation of the copyright status of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comics, (Digital Comics Museum Forums)

Hero History of Dynamo

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