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Barter, Professor. Professor Barter was created by Arthur J. Burks (Black Falcon, Duff Braden, Jack Brady, Edward D’Strange, Harlan Dyce, The Guillotine, David Haslup, Eddie Kelly, Josh McNab, Dorus Noel, Allan Swain) and appeared in “Manape the Mighty” (Astounding Stories, June 1931) and “The Mind Master” (Astounding Stories, Jan. 1932).

Professor Barter is an Evil Surgeon Mad Scientist. Like his thematic predecessor, Dr. Moreau, Barter disappeared from society after earning notorious reputation. In his first appearance Barter perfects brain transplants by swapping brains between a human and an ape. In “The Mind Master” Barter tries to “improve humanity” by using SCIENCE!, including heat rays, disintegrator rays, a “far-viewer,” and long-distance mind control via brain implants. Matters end badly for Barter.

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