Brother Power (Marvel)
Real Name: Achmed Korba
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As Brother Power, Korba possessed superhuman (Class 10?) strength and durability. When in contact with Sha Shan/Sister Sun, he could fire powerful bursts of energy from his chest. Later, his dependence on Sister Sun was removed, and he could fire energy blasts on his own. His helmet enabled him to send and receive thoughts to and from the Man-Beast.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#12 (fb) / 13(fb)) - Achmed Korba ran a restaurant in Saigon, which was believed to have served as a front for smuggling and espionage activities. On an in-country smuggling expedition, he observed the landing of a seeming meteorite, which actually turned out to be the Man-Beast, arriving on Earth. The Man-Beast convinced Korba to serve him in a plot, in exchange for power. At the same time, to prevent Korba from turning on him, the Man-Beast limited his powers so that they could only be used in conjunction with one of purity and innocence.
Korba chose Sha Shan as his partner and, as part of an agreement with her father, his wife. As Brother Power and Sister Sun, the two formed the Legion of Light, a mission to spread light and love--although its true purpose was to gather followers who could then be manipulated as pawns of the Man-Beast. The two relocated to the USA, where he used funds from his previous career to start another restaurant, which insured him a financial base from which to spread the word and make converts to their Legion of Light.
After this, always using a restaurant as a base, the movement went from major city to major city, building and growing, eventually moving to Manhattan.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#3-BTS) - Flash Thompson, who had met Sha Shan during a military action sometime before, saw her working as waitress. He ran up to greet her, but she fled from him, and Flash was thrown out of the restaurant for creating a disturbance.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#4) - Peter Parker tried to check out the restaurant again and see what the deal with "Sha Shan" was , but Korba told him the place was closed, that no one by that name worked there, and that he should look elsewhere.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#5) - Flash and Mary Jane Watson tried the restaurant again, and again Korba insisted that no Sha Shan worked there.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#7) - As Flash passed by the restaurant again, he saw Sha Shan as she raised the blind in her room. Korba watched Thompson from within the restaurant.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#8) - Flash sneaked into Sha Shan's room and confronted her, but Korba arrived, and revealed that the two were married, and told him to leave them alone.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#12) - During a Legion of Light rally at Central Park, Flash recognized Sha Shan's voice and realized she was Sister Sun. Korba forced Sha Shan to link hands with him, and they blasted Thompson unconscious. This brought out the involvement of Spider-Man, who recognized the link between the two and separated them. Korba briefly matched strength against Spider-Man, but when the police showed up, he denounced Flash and Spidey as attacking a peaceful demonstration, which Sha Shan reluctantly corroborated, and Spidey fled with Flash. Later, Flash returned to Sha Shan's apartment to learn the truth, and Korba attacked him. Spider-Man, who had been following Flash, saved him again, but was blasted out of the apartment by the combined power of Brother Power and Sister Sun.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#13) - Spider-Man joined forces with Razorback, who had come to investigate his sister's involvement in the Legion of Light, but Korba fled with Sha Shan. Razorback, had placed a tracer on their car, and he drove Spidey and Flash to follow them back to the Legion's base, a Croton-on-the-Hudson estate north of the city. There Korba challenged his master, the Man-Beast--posing as the Hate-Monger for his own ends--and was struck down for his insolence. The Man-Beast knew of the heroes tracking them and set a trap, which allowed Brother Power, Sister Sun, and the Legion of Light to capture all three interlopers.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#14) - The Man-Beast set a bomb to destroy his estate, hoping both to kill the invaders, and to blame them for the bombing itself. However, they escaped, of course, and followed the Legion of Light to their rally in the Yonkers Coliseum. This was to be the point from which the Man-Beast took control over the gathered followers, forming an army from which he would take over the world. The heroes infiltrated the rally, but were attacked by the "Hate-Monger"--who revealed himself as the Man-Beast, and led his mind-controlled minions in the Legion of Light against them.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#15) - Spidey and Razorback fought against the Man-Beast, who collapsed a ceiling on them, which shook the crowd in the rally above. While Sister Sun tried to convince those present to remain calm and evacuate safely, Brother Power urged them to seek out their enemies who had infiltrated them, and to destroy them. As the Man-Beast spread his power over the crowd, forcing those easily swain to violence, Sister Sun stood up and implored them to stop fighting and to turn from the path of darkness. Recognizing her betrayal, the Man-Beast removed the limitation from Korba, allowing to use his power on his own, and he attacked Sister Sun. Korba attempted to blast her into submission, but while she used her own energies to prevent being injured, she refused to use her power to attack, hoping to reach him with her heart instead. Spider-Man succeeded in overpowering the Man-Beast, and Korba overloaded his own power and was incapacitated in the subsequent explosion.
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #4
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The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'The Vulture Is A Bird Of Prey!'#5
- 'Cry Mayhem...Cry Morbius!'#8
- '...And Only One Shall Survive!'#12
- 'Brother Power, Sister Sun!'#12 (Whitman Publishing Variant)
- 'Brother Power, Sister Sun!'#13
- '...The Coming Of Razorback!'#14
- 'Killing Me Softly... with His Hate!'#15
- 'The Final Rage!'
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