The Brow was a Nazi spy who was monitoring ship movements and radioing the information back to his superiors. After Dick Tracy and some Navy men captured the Brow's subordinate, Spy 26, his field glasses (which were the most damning evidence against him) fell into the hands of two girls in the room next door named May and June Summer. His most prominent physical traits are the pronounced brow ridges on his forehead and his lack of ears ears.
The Brow and the Summer SistersEdit
The sisters were picked up by one of the Brow's henchmen. The Brow offered the girls a high paying job and initiated them by breaking their wrists. In order to ensure their cooperation, the Brow put one of the sisters in a diabolical device of his own creation, the Spike Machine. The machine held the victim in place and slowly drove spikes into their leg while the other sister ran errands for the Brow.
On one of these errands, June brought back a gun she had hidden in the rooming house linen closet (which she had stolen from Pat Patton). She shot and killed the Brow's goons and knocked the Brow unconscious, putting his head in his own spike machine. June freed her sister and they turned the machine on as they fled. Brow woke up to the sharp pain of the deadly machine, pulling the plug and painfully pulling himself out, almost tearing the flesh off in the process.
The sisters brought Tracy and his men back to the Brow's hideout, only to find he had escaped. The Brow hid in a testing casket belonging to an adjoining scientific testing lab, until he was discovered by one of the workers who mistook him for a dead body and suffered a heart attack from the shock. Brow took a length of hose and a weight and submerged himself in a pool while the sisters drew a picture of the Brow for Tracy.
Brow fled and made his way to the apartment of his compatriot, Doc. His wounds tended to and given a change of clothes, their next move was to kill the treacherous sisters. Knowing that the sisters were in danger, Tracy suggested they be put in a safe house. Officer Murphy gave them a police escort in a taxi. At point blank range the Brow shot and killed the taxi driver and then both Doc and the Brow forced the cab off a bridge into the river. Murphy managed to escape, but the sisters were trapped and drowned. After Tracy recovered the three victims and their car being identified, Brow and Doc split up.
The Brow FleesEdit
Brow hid on a beach hidden under a towel. Unknown to anybody, Brow was on the same beach as WAC Sgt. Tess Trueheart (Tracy's then-girlfriend), and her gas ration coupons blew out of her purse and were picked up by the Brow. Doc rejoined the Brow and they stole Tess's license plates, which they matched with the number on the 12 coupons. Tess tried to stop them but was knocked out by Doc with bolt cutters. Doc and the Brow split up when the stolen license plates were spotted by a highway patrol car. In a car chase Doc's car crashed and he was killed. Tracy and the police backtracked and found a wounded farmer those tractor had been hijacked by the Brow. They then followed the Brow to a barn theatre where the coupons slipped out of his pocket, as he hid in the attic and were found by one of the stage hands during intermission. Informed of the discovery of the coupons, Tracy closed in on the Brow, but was injured when the villain threw a lightning rod (left over from the days when the theater was a barn) at Tracy, stabbing him in the shoulder.
The Brow meets Gravel GertieEdit
As the Brow fled by car, one of the uniformed officers and Patton shot the Brow from different spots, cutting through his forehead. He was able to drive to a vast, empty gravel pit, where he was found by Gravel Gertie, the homely owner of the gravel pit. Blinded by the blood on his head, he couldn't see the ugly face of the beautiful-voiced, silky haired woman who took him in. She tended to his wounds with an old fashioned remedy of soot and spider webs, and hid him from a recovered Tracy, Patton and the police.
The Brow had fallen in love with his benefactor just by her voice and hair, but when he took off the bandages and saw her face for the first time, he was horrified. He attempted to flee, but was stopped by the hag. In the struggle, the Brow knocked over a kerosene lamp, setting the place on fire. Gertie's hair was set on fire and she ran out of the house into a small pond in the pit, where she was found by Patton. She revealed her that the Brow had been hiding with her. Thinking Tracy had gone in after him, Pat went back to the house, trying to get him to forget about the Brow and save himself. The Brow had actually escaped and Tracy found him fleeing the house into some bushes. Tracy shot a few rounds into the bushes, flushing the Brow out. Tracy beat up the Brow in retaliation for the injury he gave him earlier and then beat him up again for killing the Summer sisters and assaulting Tess.Both Gertie and the bloodied Brow were taken to the top floor of the jail where the Brow's wounds were being tended to. Gertie meanwhile grabbed Officer Callahan's gun and tossed it to the Brow urging him to kill the officers. The Brow struggled to to release the gun's safety while in handcuffs, giving Tracy time to throw an inkwell at his head. This caused the Brow to fall backward out the window to his death, impaled by a flagpole "bearing the flag of the country he tried to harm".
The Brow's LegacyEdit
Several decades later, it was revealed that The Brow had a son who looked much like his father. Brow's Son (name unrevealed) was in love with and aided Angeltop Jones, daughter of Flattop Jones Sr. who had also been a thorn in Tracy's side in 1944.
During the flashback story that marked the strip's 80th anniversary, the Brow was shown working with Pruneface to acquire explosives.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
1960s Animated SeriesEditThe Brow was one of the villains used the 1960s "Dick Tracy" animated cartoon shorts produced by UPA. He was sometimes paired with Oodles. The Brow had a voice that was reminiscent of actor James Cagney.
The Brow was also shown to be a member of Pruneface's gang in the episode of "The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Magoo" that featured Dick Tracy. The Brow only said one line in that episode when Oodles asked the crooks in the room who wanted the job to rub Tracy out, with the voice of Howie Morris, he said "the sight of blood makes me sick" and the others made up other excuses.
Archie's TV FunniesEditThe Brow was a character in the "Dick Tracy" segments of the 1971 animated television series "Archie's TV Funnies", produced by Filmation Associates. The Brow's appearance closely resembled his depiction in the comic strip. He was portrayed as forign agent working within the U.S., with connections to a large criminal network. The Brow was one the villains featured in the show's opening and closing credits sequence.
Movie ContinuityEditIn the 1990 film "Dick Tracy", the Brow works for Lips Manlis. He was played by Chuck Hicks. He is one of the 5 criminals shot and killed by Flattop at the Seventh Street Garage in the beginning of the film. He is shown holding 2 pair, aces and eights, which is commonly known as "the dead man's hand".
The packaging for the action figure of the Brow produced by Playmates Toys gives his name as "George Grissom".
- Joe (Deceased)
- Ship Spotter 26 aka Spy 26
- Hantz Turtle aka Agent 12 (Deceased)
- Doc (Deceased)
- May and June Summer (Deceased)
- Gravel Gertie Plenty