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Mr. Muscles
Mr. Muscles #22 (March 1956). Cover art by Dick Giordano.
Publication information
PublisherCharlton Comics
First appearanceMr. Muscles #22 (March 1956)
Created byJerry Siegel
In-story information
Alter egoBrett Carson
Team affiliationsBrandon Tyler
AbilitiesSuper strength

Mr. Muscles is a fictional comic book superhero created in 1956 by writer Jerry Siegel for Charlton Comics,[1] and drawn by Bill Fraccio for the first of two issues of his namesake comic, and by the team of penciler Charles Nicholas and inker Vince Alascia for the second. A young Dick Giordano provided the premiere issue's cover. Siegel, who co-created Superman, wrote both issues featuring Charlton's own muscleman.[2]

Fictional character biography

Wrestler Brett Carson obtained super strength in the process of fighting the paralysis of polio (and refusing to accept the doctors' prognosis of permanent paralysis) and used it to fight crime.[3] He was assisted by sidekicks Kid Muscles and Miss Muscles, who appeared in backup stories. With a superhero costume consisting of red-and-black wrestling tights with a yellow "M" insignia, the blond-haired hero is one of few who did not wear a mask and whose identity is publicly known.[4] An additional character, Steeplejack, starred in a backup feature in the second issue.

The comic book Mr. Muscles ran two issues numbered #22–23 (March & Aug. 1956), the series having taken over the numbering of the comic Blue Beetle.[5] The sole other known appearance of a character by this name was alongside other guests in writer-artist Steve Ditko's Creeper backup story, "Beware Mr. Wrinkles", in DC Comics' World's Finest Comics #254 (Jan. 1979).


  1. ^ Markstein, Don. "Mr. Muscles". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Eury, Michael (2006). The Krypton Companion. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 9781893905610.
  3. ^ Yoe, Craig (2018). Super Weird Heroes Vol. 2: Preposterous But True. Yoe Books. p. 155. ISBN 978-1631408588.
  4. ^ Morris, Jon (2015). The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half Baked Heroes from Comic Book History. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Quirk Books. pp. 172–173. ISBN 978-1-59474-763-2.
  5. ^ Schelly, William (2013). American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 160. ISBN 9781605490540.