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, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New Salem;
last active on Whisper Hill
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#184 (July, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: The Eliminator is approximately 8' tall and possesses superhuman strength (Class 50-75) and durability. It can scan and track its targets and has computer-like aiming ability. It can discharge incendiary blasts from its fingers, vacuum vents from its feet, and a disintegration blast known as the Omni-Beam from its head. Its right hand was replaced by a striking weapon.
The exact origin of the Eliminator is unclear. He was described as a robot, 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 having forcibly returned 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 slay them.
(Fantastic Four I#184) - The Eliminator traveled to New York, where it picked off its first target, the Human Torch, as he flew over the city. He then took his helpless captive back to Whisper Hill. Not realizing that the Torch had been attacked, but not wanting to wait for him, the remaining three members of the FF headed off to Whisper Hill, to track down Agatha, who had vanished with their son, Franklin. As they approached, the Eliminator shot their Fantasticar out of the air, but Sue cushioned their fall with an invisible force field. They found Johnny hanging from a railing, but just then the Eliminator burst through the wall and attacked them. Announcing his purpose, he began his assault, and a struggle ensued for several minutes, until the Eliminator seemingly disintegrated Sue. He then blasted Reed, seemingly killing him, pummeled the Thing until his lifesigns ceased, and magnified the Torch's own power until his powers overloaded and he vanished in a nova explosion.
With his mission accomplished the Eliminator then proceeded to activate his own self-destruct device, which would destroy Whisper Hill as well. 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 it destroy itself. 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 as the Eliminator, locked in place, exploded.
Comments: Created by Len Wein, George Perez, and Joe Sinnott.
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Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#184, cover; p22, pan1
Last updated: 01/05/04
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