Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Fri Feb 1 17:54:30 UTC 2008

Wilson Gray wrote:
> "Mastermind" a _synonym_ of *any* kind of "brainchild"?! Aaarrgghhh!!!
> No! Please! Stop the pain!

For whatever it's worth, Marvel Comics once featured a character called
"Brain-Child", a young boy with superhuman intellect and psionic
powers. (He was a one-shot; Marvel also has (had?) a longrunning
character called "Mastermind", a powerful illusionist.)

Not directly relevant to the discussion, perhaps, but I think it illustrates
the naturality of this interpretation of "brainchild".

Jim Parish

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