First Appearance: 1974

Creator: Gould


The man known as "Big Brass" was confidence trickster who stole air time from television stations to sell brass "health rings" (actually made of plastic) as a supposed cure for various ailments. He had light-colored hair and wore the faux brass rings though his ears and nose. He also played the guitar. Big Brass' murdered his partner Doc Waters after Doc insulted Big Brass's girlfriend, Crystal the Seer. Crystal had advised Brass not to sell his brass rings on a particular day, and Doc made Crystal cry by calling her a phony. Brass then killed Doc by smashing his guitar on his head. Brass and Crystal fled and went into hiding, while the MCU engaged in an intense manhunt for Brass.

While hiding out at Crystal's fortune-telling studio, Brass injured his back when he was forced to hide under Crystal's chair. Crystal tried to help Brass, but he became enraged with her and beat her up, injuring her jaw and giving her a black eye. Brass left Crystal's studio and sought treatment at the office of orthopedist Dr. John Ardow. Without Big Brass' knowledge, the police were called to the office by Ardow's nurse, who recognized that Brass was a wanted man. Brass shot Dr. Ardow (who later recovered) and took the nurse hostage in a desperate but failed attempt to escape police custody. Brass was killed by Dick Tracy, and the hostage escaped unharmed. While recovering from the injuries inflicted by Big Brass, Crystal cooperated with the police. She was later killed by gang boss Brain.

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