FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER ROBOT

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Artificial life-form

Occupation: Ambassador to humanity

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: unnamed alien race

Enemies: unnamed alien race, X-Men

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York; Mobile in Europe during 19th century

First Appearance: X-Men I#40 (January, 1968)

Powers/Abilities: The android possessed superhuman strength (class 20?), and its body was composed of alien materials which were resistant against even the optic blasts of Cyclops. The android could also fire blasts of energy from its eyes.

History: (X-Men I#40 (fb)) - Around 1850, an unnamed alien race created a robot which they deployed to Earth in the hopes of facilitating communications, and chose a humanoid form similiar to that of the humans'. However, the robot was mistaken by those who saw it for a monster, and it malfunctioned, menacing humanity. The aliens pursued it to the Arctic Circle, where it was frozen in a block of ice.

Eventually, the android was found by a museum expedition led by Dr. Powell, and was brought to New York for study.

(X-Men I#40) - Sealed within a plastiglass case, the android was studied by Dr. Powell, who lowered the temperature in an attempt to revive the android. Unfrozen, the android tore out of the case, and smashed its way out of the lab.

It was intercepted by the X-Men, and took an immediate dislike to them because their costumes reminded it of its creators. The X-Men fought the android, but none of them were able to harm it, and it struck them down with a blast from its eyes. It then departed the museum.

The android attempted to leave New York aboard a boat, but was pursued again by the X-Men. Having gleaned the android's origins through a telepathic scan, Professor X directed Iceman to freeze the android until it flew apart from the intense cold.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Don Heck and George Tuska.

At the time this story was published, the Comics Code had yet to be revised to allow genuine monsters, which is probably why the monster was made an alien android in this story.

So, next time you read a Frankenstein's Monster story you don't like much, you can always write it off as an android imposter appearance!

The android's creators are one of the few alien races who weren't listed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe's appendix to alien races.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Frankenstein's Monster Robot should not be confused with:


The Frankenstein's Monster Robot's alien creators were from a tropical planet, and wished to open communications with humanity around 1850. They fashioned their android to resemble humans, but mistakenly granted it an appearance which humans found monstrous. After it malfunctioned, they pursued it to the Arctic Circle, where it was frozen. It is unknown whether they ever made another attempt to communicate with humanity.
--X-Men I#40 (fb)














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Last updated: 10/27/03

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