Pinky and the Brain vs. the Incredible Hulk

You already know one origin for Pinky and the Brain, but we live in a big, complex multiverse, so here's how it happened in another.

In Incredible Hulk #345, the Leader used a gamma bomb on Middletown, Arizona, basically looking to create new gamma-powered beings. Of the 4,918 people in town at the time, five survived. He took them all to Freehold, a society he was building in the Arctic. During a battle, Hulk took the opportunity to seemingly kill the Leader, and one of the five survivors from "Gammatown," Omnibus, was elected to take over, since he had intellect nearly on par with Leader's.

So, jump forward to Hulk #438, two of the other survivors are in Omnibus's lab, talking about the experiments he's doing, including gene-splicing white mice to increase their intelligence, and one of them calls it "weird":

Hot Shot: What's weird about it?
Jailbait: Well, one of them just acts strange... but the one with the big head is creepy. Today he just sat in one place, scowling. What do you think he'll do tonight?
Hot Shot: Oh, probably the same thing he does every night... whatever that is.

That's a pretty blatant cameo, isn't it? Anyway, Omnibus comes back, JoJo-posing into the room, and angrily kicks the two of them out. At this point in the story, either he's halucinating the Leader's presence, or the Leader has actually managed to transfer his consciousness into Omnibus (it's never really made clear which). Alone, he starts yelling at the mirror to talk to him, since he's so far only seen the Leader in reflections.

while Omnibus stares silently into the mirror, a tony "...narf..." comes from the mouse cage on his table

Okay, now there's no doubt remaining what the mice were supposed to represent. But we're not done yet! In the next issue, Jailbait is again talking to the mice:

Jailbait: Are either of you smarter? Do you understand what I'm saying?
Pinky: Narf.

(Uh, that's her name, not a judgement: she was a teenager and gained the power to create psionic cages around people. Omnibus used to be an encyclopedia salesman.)

While hiding under the table there, Jailbait overheard Omnibus's evil plans, so in Incredible Hulk #440, the citizens of Freehold come to detain him. He accidentally backs into the table with the mouse cage on it, knocking it to the floor and sending the mice scurrying:

Omnibus breaks the cage and the two mice run away. The strange one just says Narf and runs off, while the one with the big head pauses to watch what's happening

That's the last time they appear, which means that the 616 versions of Pinky and the Brain are still out there, somewhere, plotting to take over the world!

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2 Responses to Pinky and the Brain vs. the Incredible Hulk

  1. Ai Muhao says:

    Man, trying to imagine the Pinky and the Brain skits and show with those realistic mice is kinda creepy.

    I'm kind of surprised that no one's made use of them (e.g. how that fellow they implied was Barry Allen was later revealed to be a new guy, or how the Marvel version of Godzilla got mutated into something unrecognisable), or revealed they got horribly killed off-screen or something (e.g. like those Skrulls that Mr Fantastic hypnotised into becoming cows).

  2. Stephen says:

    I mean, it's Peter David. His writing style has always been "jam as many references to what I'm watching on TV **RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT** (or at least, that's what it turned into in the 90s, between stuff like this, Young Justice's Buffy obsession, and most egregiously when he atomic bombed the Slott She-Hulk status quo because he'd been watching a lot of Dog the Bounty Hunter... well, I guess that was probably in the 00s but the point stands)

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