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Quantum


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I was looking at a picture of a Silver Age Lex Luthor action figure, from a line that often uses things from the real stories (like Brainiac's monkey), and I was wondering if anyone could tell me about Luthor's headwear of the box he is holding?


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RAB


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But what it is is a mental projector. Luthor can load a disk into it to record memories to it and conversely, use it to replay memories. So basically, he was doing the macguffin of the 90's movie "Strange Days" back in 1959!

The gun I know comes from Action Comics#257, which was able to give people super-powers. Here's a review of the Luthor figure that shows off a few panels of the items in question.




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Commander Benson


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THE DEVICE HELD in Luthor's hand is his super-ray projector, seen in "The Reporter of Steel", from Action Comics # 257 (Oct., 1959). It cast a ray which imbued ordinary people with Supeman-like super-powers.

The device on the Luthor figure's head is his time-space thought scanner, seen in "The Team of Luthor and Brainiac", from Superman # 167 (Feb., 1964). It enabled Luthor to scan minds in any part of the universe and in any period of time.

Hope this helps.


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Commander Benson


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    Quote:
    But what it is is a mental projector. Luthor can load a disk into it to record memories to it and conversely, use it to replay memories.


I TOOK A look at that YouTube review. The reviewer is incorrect in identifying the headgear as Luthor's mental projector, but it was an easy mistake to make. The mental projector is virtually identical to the time-space thought scanner from Superman # 167 . . . except that the mental projector was red. (The reviewer himself points this out.) The time-space thought scanner, on the other hand, was blue, as is the accessory to the Luthor action figure.

I've attached a couple of panels from Superman # 167 to illustrate.


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    Quote:
    But what it is is a mental projector. Luthor can load a disk into it to record memories to it and conversely, use it to replay memories. So basically, he was doing the macguffin of the 90's movie "Strange Days" back in 1959!

Or the 80s movie "Brainstorm."


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