Real Name: None

Identity/Class: "Terrestrial" magical construct

Occupation: Destruction of evidence of the existence of the Witches of New Salem

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Nicholas Scratch, Witches of New Salem

Enemies: Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Girl/Susan Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New Salem;
    last active on Whisper Hill

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#184 (July, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: The Eliminator possessed superhuman strength (Class 50-75) and durability. He could scan and track his targets, and had computer-like aiming ability. He could discharge incendiary blasts from the fingers of his left hand; his right hand was replaced by a hammer-like striking weapon. There were vacuum vents on the soles of his feet, which could snuff the Human Torch's flame. From the center of his forehead, he could fire a disintegration blast known as the Omni-Beam.

The Eliminator was also apparently equipped with a tractor-beam (see comments).

Once his mission was completed, the Eliminator activated his vacuum vents to anchor himself to the floor, then initiated an irreversible self-destruction sequence by inserting the fingers of his left hand into openings on his chest-plate and triggered the incendiary jets; after an unspecified duration of time, the Eliminator and everything in the surrounding area was completely destroyed by a powerful explosion.

Height: 8' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: None

The exact origin of the Eliminator is unclear. He was described as a robot (see comments), but given the magical nature of his creators, he would seem to be more magical in nature than mechanical. Eliminators are apparently a series of constructs used by the Witches of New Salem. According to the one the Fantastic Four encountered, an Eliminator had never previously failed in its mission.

(Fantastic Four I#184 (fb) - BTS) - After forcibly returning Agatha Harkness to New Salem, the Witches thought to erase all evidence of their existence from the outside world--this included the Fantastic Four, who were friends with Agatha; to this end--presumably under the direction of the malevolent Nicholas Scratch--they dispatched the Eliminator to Agatha's home on Whisper Hill (see comments) to slay them.

(Fantastic Four I#184 - BTS) - The Eliminator somehow traveled to New York City, where he picked off his first target--his tractor-beam pulled the Human Torch out of the sky (see comments), just as the Torch flew over the city. He then took his helpless captive back to Whisper Hill.

(Fantastic Four I#184) - Not realizing that the Torch had been attacked, but not wanting to wait for his return, the remaining three members of the FF headed off to Whisper Hill in the Fantasticar to track down Agatha, who had vanished with their son, Franklin. But as they approached, the Eliminator activated his tractor-beam, which tore their flying vehicle to pieces. The three plummeted to the the ground, but Sue cushioned their fall with an invisible force field.

   Reed, Sue, and Ben went inside Agatha's house and found the groggy Johnny hanging from a railing; but suddenly, the Eliminator burst through the wall and attacked them. Announcing his purpose, the Eliminator began his assault, and a struggle ensued for several minutes, until the Eliminator seemingly disintegrated Sue with his Omni-Beam. He then blasted Reed, seemingly killing him, then used his striking weapon to pummel Ben until his life-signs ceased; using his incendiary-jets, the Eliminator magnified the Torch's own flames, causing Johnny's powers to overload, and he vanished in a nova explosion.

   With his mission accomplished, the Eliminator proceeded to activate his own self-destruct device, which would destroy Whisper Hill as well. But as soon as he announced that the process was irreversible, the Fantastic Four reappeared, and Sue revealed that she had deduced that the easy way to destroy the Eliminator might be to let him destroy himself. She had used her powers to shield the group, and to cause them to vanish as they were seemingly destroyed. The FF then made tracks to safety, as the Eliminator--locked in place by his vacuum vents--exploded.

Comments: Created by Len Wein, George Perez, and Joe Sinnott.

There were no overt depictions of the Eliminator using his tractor beam, so it was unrevealed exactly how he projected it -- we only saw the effects of it when the Human Torch and the Fantasticar were pulled out of the sky.

When the FF landed by Agatha's home, the Thing discovered  what appeared to be a "metallic egg" -- presumably, this was how the Eliminator was transported to Whisper Hill.

The shape and border-coloring of the Eliminator's word-balloons suggest that he spoke with an unearthly timbre.

Although he was described as being a robot, the Eliminator seemed to express emotions (anger, contempt, surprise), so my guess is that he was actually a New Salem version of a cyborg (...and he kind of reminded me of the Terminator, who would first appear a decade later in the movies).--Ron Fredricks

New images by Ron Fredricks.

Profile by Snood.

The Eliminator has no known connection to:

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Fantastic Four I#184, cover (main image - Eliminator, surrounded by Fantastic Four)
Fantastic Four I#184, p13, pan1 (headshot - Eliminator)
Fantastic Four I#184, p12, pan5 (Eliminator bursts through wall; Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic (foreground))
Fantastic Four I#184, p14, pan2 (Eliminator fires incendiary-jets)
Fantastic Four I#184, p17, pan6 (with fingers inserted into his chest-plate, Eliminator prepares to self-destruct)
Fantastic Four I#184, p11, pan3 (Thing discovers "metallic egg")

Fantastic Four I#184 (July, 1977) - Len Wein (writer/editor), George Perez (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Glynis Wein (colors), Joe Rosen (letters)

First posted: 01/05/2005
Last updated: 07/12/2023

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