071) Body Part Disembodied

Body Part Disembodied – The ability to exist as a disembodied body part.  Body Part Disembodied is also known as Body Part Mimicry, Body Part Physiology, Limb Mimicry, Limb Physiology, Organ Mimicry and Organ Physiology.  This is only a superpower if the disembodied state makes the disembodied entity more powerful. Giant eyes generally can see more and/or shoot rays. Giant hands can punch with superhuman strength and of course hands are pretty strong and a blow to a hand is less effective than a blow to the stomach or head. This is a good example of a power that can be identified inductively. Comic books are filled with powerful disembodied body parts but I think this is the first and for now the only list that includes this state of being as a superpower.

Jack Jawbreaker is a disembodied arm that goes around punching crooks while yelling “Jack Jawbreaker Fights Crime!!”.

Body Part Disembodied-Arm–Lil Abner-Jack Jawbreaker

The Hand appeared in Speed Comic #13 (Harvey) and mostly fought crime by pointing not punching.

Body Part Disembodied-The Hand-Speed Comic #13 (Harvey)

Superboy (DC) had to fight some disembodied arms in Superboy V1 #131.

Body Part Disembodied-Arm–Superboy V1 #131

Devil’s Heart (Marvel) was a giant disembodied heart that was a foe of Dracula (Marvel Legacy: The 70’s Handbook #1)!

Body Part Disembodied-Devil's Heart-Marvel Legacy The's Handbook #1

The Blue Beetle fought a disembodied eye, the Eye of Horus, in Blue Beetle V3 #54 (Charlton).

Body Part Disembodied-Eye–Blue Beetle V3 #54 (1965)

The Eye (Centaur Publications) is a disembodied eye that floats around gaining information which it shares with the appropriate person for the cause of justice.   If a giant eye started talking to me I would of course not run in terror but have a good chat instead (Keen Detective Funnies V1 #23).

Body Part Disembodied-Eye–Keen Detective Funnies V1 #23

The human race must deal with a jeweled disembodied eye in Strange Adventures #25 (DC).

Body Part Disembodied-Eye–Strange Adventures #25 (1952)

There is a disembodied Evil Eye in Strange Tales #4.


Body Part Disembodied-Eye–Strange Tales #4 (1951)

Basil Wolverton has created a particularly disturbing race of Venusian disembodied eyes in Eye of Doom, Mystic V2 #6 (Atlas).

Body Part Disembodied-Basil Wolverton-Eye of Doom-Mystic V2 #6

Doctor Solar fights a disembodied hand in Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #08 (Gold Key).

Body Part Disembodied-Hand-Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #08 (Gold Key)

Krypto (DC) fights a couple of disembodied hands created by Mister Mxyzptlk in Action Comics #467.

Body Part Disembodied-Hand-Krypto vs Mister Mxyzptlk-Action Comics #467

Luthor (DC) battles Batman in Batman V1 #130 with a giant mechanical disembodied hand.

Body Part Disembodied–Hand-Luthor-Batman #130 (1960)

Silver Age anthologies loved disembodied hands (Adventures into Terror #5 (Marvel), Forbidden Worlds #102 (ACG), House of Mystery V1 #45 (DC), House of Secrets V1 #1 (DC), Journey into Mystery #1 (DC), Strange Adventures V1 #110 (DC), Strange Adventures V1 #168 (DC), Strange Adventures V1 #22 (DC), Uncanny Tales #20 (Atlas).

Body Part Disembodied-Hand–OS-Adventures Into Terror #5 Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-Forbidden Worlds #102 (ACG) Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-House of Mystery V1 #45 Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-House of Secrets V1 #1 Body Part Disembodied–Hand-OS-Journey Into Mystery #1 Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-Strange Adventures V1 #22 Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-Strange Adventures V1 #110 Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-Strange Adventures V1 #168 Body Part Disembodied-Hand-OS-Uncanny Tales #20 (Atlas)

In Mister Miracle V1 #10, the Head gives the hero a hard time.

Body Part Disembodied-Head–Mister Miracle V1 #10 (1972)-1 Body Part Disembodied-Head–Mister Miracle V1 #10 (1972)-10

In Adventure Comics V1 #292 (DC), Lex Luthor uses technology to follow Superboy around Smallville as a disembodied head.

Body Part Disembodied-Head-Superboy-Adventure Comics V1 #292 (DC)

The Brain in Adventures into Terror #4 and #6 (Atlas) is actually a disembodied head and is still waiting to return.

Body Part Disembodied-Head–The Brain-Adventures into Terror #4 Body Part Disembodied-Head–The Brain-Adventures into Terror #6

Occasionally disembodied body parts appear but we then discover the bodies are hidden. In Action Comics V1 #284, Supergirl enters the “Valley of Hands”!

Body Part Disembodied–Valley of Hands-Action Comics #284

Supergirl battles giant feet, actually part of the Infinite Monster, in Action Comics V1 #285. Maybe the Valley of Hands in the previous issue generated a lot of fan mail!

Body Part Disembodied–The Infinite Monster - Action Comics #285-19 Body Part Disembodied–The Infinite Monster - Action Comics #285-26

The Brain-Child is a disembodied brain that inhabits the Savage Dragon Universe.

Body Part Disembodied-Brain-Child-Savage Dragon

Black Bolt #3 (Marvel)

Blood Diner

Donovan’s Brain (1953)

Futurama – Heads in a Jar

Handy – Little Dracula #3 (Harvey)

The Brain of Colonel Barham – Outer Limits

The Brain that Wouldn’t Die

The Running Ghost – Haunted Horror #27 (IDW)

Thing – Addams Family

Triskelions in Who’s Who in Star Trek #2 (1987)

The Flameskull can launch fire balls (D&D 4th Edition – Monster Manual 1).

Body Part Disembodied-Flameskull-D&D 4th Edition - Monster Manual 1

Crawling Claws – WTC11832 – Monsters of Faerun


Crawling Claw – TSR 2140A Monstrous Manual


Deryth – Creature Collection II. Dark Menagerie


Gallows Eyes – Creature Collection II. Dark Menagerie


Lumi – D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual III


Lurking Strangler – D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual III


Menace of the Floating Head – Tales to Astonish V1 #8


Arcane Head – TSR 2166 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 3

Break #6

Dept of Monsterology – The Trouble with Harry (Renegade)

Herman von Klempt in B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know #1 (Dark Horse)

Iron Man Brain – Dark Avengers #189

Judge Dredd – “Crusade” – 2000 AD #937

Judge Dredd – “Part Exchange” – 2000 AD #903

Mambo – “The New Flesh” – 2000 AD #890

ORCOM – Outcasts #10 (DC)

Orpheus (Vertigo) – The Sandman-Fables and Reflections V6

Revere – “Finders Edge” – 2000 AD #745

Sam Slade Robo-Hunter – “Escape from Bisleyland” – 2000 AD #753

Slaine – “Lord of Misrule” – 2000 AD #958

“The Hunting of the Veks” – Tales of Telguuth (2000 AD)

“The Monster Maker” – Challengers of the Unknown V1 #2

The Twilight Zone #16 (Gold Key)

Valla deals with person with a disembodied head in Dark Fang #1 (Image)

Vargouille – TSR 2016 Monster Manual II

Vector 13 – “Chill Out” – 2000 AD #1079

Ward of Swords – Sandman Presents-Petrefax #3 (Vertigo)

Weird Fantasy #13 (EC)

Witch World – “The Anatomist” – 2000 AD #1056

Robot (Image) has been turned into a brain in a jar as a precaution against his evil genius in Invincible #142 (2017).

Tath Ki (Marvel) has been decapitated by Warlock in Infinity Countdown Prime #1.

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