A villain of Superman
published by DC Comics
Brainiac first appeared in July 1958.
Brainiac is an artificial life form, created by the
computer tyrants of Colu. Seeking to seize control of
the planet as a launching point for interplanetary
conquest (think Microsoft), the computer tyrants
created Brainiac, a computer in the form of one of the
natives. Green skinned with green eyes, Brainiac appeared
like all Coluans with the exception that he wore a sensory net
on his head that looked suspiciously like a hair net. Brainiac's greatest
weapon was his massive intellect and his lack of emotion, making him
merciless. After his masters were overthrown by the
people of Colu, Brainiac left Colu and began a campaign
of terror across the universe.
During the waning days of the planet Krypton, Brainiac
used the power of his space craft to shrink the city of
Kandor and stick it in a bottle. Later, he came into
conflict with the Man of Steel, Superman, when he tried
to do the same to Metropolis. Superman stopped him and
recovered the bottle containing the Kryptonian city, placing
it in his Fortress of Solitude.
Brainiac became one of Superman's greatest foes, clashing
with the last son of Krypton time and again. Prior to the
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Brainiac relocated into a more
metallic body and travelled the universe in a ship shaped
like his head.
The post-Crisis version of Brainiac was also from the
planet Colu. A criminal with great mental abilities,
Querl Dox, was sentenced to death, being disintergrated.
His mind lived on without a body, until he took over the
body of a sideshow mentalist. In this new body, he fought
Superman and later was grown a new body, which looked
very much like his former body by the scientists of Lexcorp.
Brainiac, later became the master of Warworld, after the
defeat of its former master at the hands of Superman.