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Information-silkReal Name None
Information-silkCurrent AliasThe Living Brain
Information-silkRelativesSteve Petty (creator)
Information-silkAffiliationParker Industries, Spider-Man (Peter Parker); formerly Spider-Man (Otto Octavius/"Peter Parker"), Horizon Labs, Sinister Six
Information-silkBase Of OperationsParker Industries, Hudson River, New York; formerly Spider-Island Two, New York, New York; Horizon Labs, New York, New York
Information-silkHeight6' 6"
Information-silkWeight800 lbs (363 kg)
Information-silkHairNo Hair
Information-silkPlace of BirthMidtown High
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Steve Ditko
First Appearance


The Living Brain, soon after its creation, was brought to Midtown High School by its creator, Dr. Petty, as a part of a demonstration of its ability to solve any problem. After the Living Brain's demonstration, two workmen hired to transport it overheard the Living Brain's ability to answer anything, and decided to steal it, in order to use its abilities for gambling purposes.

Caught in the middle of stealing the Living Brain by Dr. Petty, the two workmen got into a scuffle with him, which ended with one of them being knocked into the control panel on the Living Brain's chest, which caused the Living Brain to malfunction. Going on a rampage through Midtown High, the Living Brain was eventually shut down by Spider-Man, who destroyed its control panel, in a brief fight. [1]


The Living Brain reappeared several years later, discredited and broken-down. Dr. Petty planned to donate it to Midtown High School's science lab. The Living Brain ended up being stolen by Dr. Petty's son, Steve Petty, who modified the robot, giving it a gold and red color scheme, clawed hands and the ability to fly.

Remotely controlling the Living Brain to attack a bully who had been tormenting him, Steve was eventually defeated by Spider-Man (who had been on a visit to Midtown High as Peter Parker) and the Living Brain was shut down once more[2]. The Brain was later rebuilt in the original chassis, and used by two men two commit robberies. Spider-Man defeated and webbed up the crooks and the Brain, quipping, "Don't be sore, Brain. When you get outta the slammer, you can always find work as a gumball machine!" [3]


Living Brain later appeared as a member of the Sinister Six when they fought Spider-Man, who at the time was Otto Octavius in the hero's body.[4] Following this, he had it delivered to Horizon Labs, where it was reprogrammed to serve as his new lab assistant.[5]

Otto Octavius(Earth-616) from Superior Spider Man Vol 1 28

Spidey escapes his pursuers with the Living Brain.

When Spider-Island II was attacked by the Goblin Underground, Spider-Man got Living Brain out and rode it away from Spider-Island II while evading the enemy pursuers. Spider-Man later used Living Brain to help fight Monster (the Goblin form of Carlie Cooper).[6]

After the return of Peter Parker to his body, the Living Brain was retained as his assistant.[7] When the Ghost tried to take over the security measures of Parker Industries as a means of sabotage, the Living Brain was ordered by Peter Parker to protect the employees during the evacuation and was damaged in the process.[8]

All-New, All-Different Marvel

Living Brain and Anna Maria Marconi were stationed in Parker Industries' London branch where they greeted Sanjani Jaffrey. Once Sajani was out of earshot, Anna jokingly ordered the Living Brain to terminate her, but he responds that his programming prevented him from complying. Anna remarked that she'll have to upgrade his sarcasm-detection software and sets off to comply with Sajani's orders. Living Brain follows and offers to assist her, making her remark that ever since his last upgrade, he's become clingy. Anna was unaware that Living Brain contains a copy of the consciousness of Doctor Octopus.[9]

Power Grid [10]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Intelligence limited by programming


  • Superhuman Strength: The Living Brain was able to analyze the strength of Spider-Man's webbing, deciding how much pressure to apply, and then ploughed right through it.
  • Superhuman Durability: The Living Brain was able to withstand multiple energy attacks from the Parker Industries S.W.A.T.-Bots. [8]
  • Programmable Intelligence: The Living Brain has a hard drive stored in it's body to allow it to store unlimited amount of data and has the potential to contain more knowledge than any other brain on earth, human or mechanical. It was able to thinks so fast it was able to second-guess Spider-Man's actions.
  • Self-Repairing System: The Living Brain was able to used the nanites stored in himself, to self-repair his body when he was damaged. [11]

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