Classification: Assault vehicle

Creator: AIM

User/Possessors: AIM

First Appearance: Iron Man I#246 (September, 1989)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Dreadbusters were designed by AIM to combat the Dreadnought robots of the Maggia. They are piloted by an AIM agent in the cockpit, and possess two legs for transportation, and two arms with powerful clamp arms which can crush a Dreadnought in their grasp. They can also fire tasers which channel electrical charges, laser blasts, acid mists, and are equipped with diamond-bit drills to carve into Dreadnoughts. Dreadbusters can also link together to form a larger, more powerful vehicle.

History: (Iron Man I#246)- Six Dreadbusters were sent to a facility where the Maggia were supposed to be building Dreadnoughts, but they instead found Iron Man, who had been tricked by Mallard, an FBI man working with the Maggia, into investigating the facility. The Dreadbusters attacked Iron Man with their tasers, but even with all six attached at once, Iron Man was able to overcome them. They switched to their acid mist, but Iron Man froze the acid with freon, then melted it back to destroy three of the Dreadbusters. Finally, the last three Dreadbusters attempted to use their tasers together again, but Iron Man dodged them and they struck a power generator instead, destroying all of them.

(Iron Man I#247)- The forces of AIM and the Maggia came to blows at Sage Hills Mall in Los Angeles, with the Hulk assisting AIM. The Dreadbusters were deployed to bring down the Dreadnoughts, but Iron Man also arrived and destroyed several Dreadbusters, even when three of them joined together for a multi-attack.

Comments: Created by David Michelinie, Bob Layton and Herb Trimpe.

by Prime Eternal

Dreadbusters should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Iron Man I#246, page 22, panel 1
Iron Man I#247, page 24, panel 6

Iron Man I#246 (September, 1989) - David Michelinie (co-plot/script), Bob Layton (co-plot/pencils), Herb Trimpe (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Iron Man I#247 (October, 1989) - David Michelinie (co-plot/script), Bob Layton (co-plot/pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)

First Posted: 03/08/2004
Last updated: 03/08/2004

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