Garth Versus The Brain
Writer: Don Freeman
Artist: Stephen Dowling and Dick Hailstone
Published: 28th April 1947 – 15th August 1947 (F100 – F194)
Number of Episodes: 95
Having wrested control of Villani’s citadel, Garth invites the formerly oppressed local people to occupy it. But as Villani died the Brain had absorbed from his mind all his cunning and guile. Garth gradually loses the radiant energy from his body, but the immobile Brain still retains it, and the power to destroy assailants entering its machine room. Garth activates a switch operating a super-metal insulating door to the room, so there is a stand-off.
The Brain broadcasts sound waves throughout the city and outside, exhorting the brutal Janus, Villani’s former Janissary whom Garth had exiled, to gain recruits to attack the city and kill Garth.
Garth realizes the Brain is vulnerable to a dynamite explosion from the cellars beneath it, and risking his life succeeds in blowing it up. Janus is killed in a final showdown with Garth, thanks to an invention of Lumiere’s derived from the insulated door.
Synopsis by Philip Harbottle
In a feature encompassing the entire history of the much-loved strip, Garth writer Philip Harbottle pays tribute to artist and editor John Allard, who worked at the Mirror for over 50 years, outlining his huge contribution to Garth‘s enduring success
Strip dates given are those of their original appearance in the British newspaper the Daily Mirror, first compiled by Geoffrey Wren and Ann Holmes and updated by Ant Jones and Philip Harbottle
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