Creator: Leader (Samuel Sterns)
User/Possessors: Leader; U.S. Army
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#86/2 (December, 1966)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Hulk-Killer android possessed superhuman strength (Class 100) and durability. It was not invulnerable, but rather it was composed of a durable and elastic polymer. Its composition was described as similar to that of a sandbag -- it was quite dense, and could absorb and distribute impacts, even temporarily deforming itself significantly, without being seriously damaged. Perforations in its outer covering apparently resealed almost instantly.
In addition, the Hulk-Killer could "inhale" large amounts of air, enabling it to float in mid air, to prevent it from falling from a height. It was vulnerable to electric shock, which could short-circuit its central processing unit deep within its head.
(Tales to Astonish I#86/2 (fb) - BTS) - The Hulk-Killer was built by the Leader as an extension of his Humanoids. Either the Leader had not yet had a chance to activate it, or it was being left as a fail-safe in case of the Leader's defeat.
(Tales to Astonish I#86/2 - 87/2) - After the Leader's apparent demise from the Globe of Ultimate Knowledge, police officers investigated his laboratory. They found the inert Hulk-Killer and notified the U.S. Army, who sent in General Ross and Major Glen Talbot. Figuring that the Hulk-Killer would be able to...kill the Hulk...Ross had one of his scientists activate it. Surprisingly enough, the Hulk-Killer rampaged out of their control but, true to its programming, it located and attacked the Hulk.
The Hulk-Killer's great strength allowed it to pummel the Hulk, while its composition enabled it to resist the impacts of the Hulk's own attacks. Nothing the Hulk could do seemed to faze the powerful android, but when he briefly reverted to Bruce Banner, he was able to visualize a means to defeat it. As he turned back into the Hulk, he forced himself to remember his plan: The Hulk lifted a giant turbine over his head and short-circuited the Hulk-Killer with a high voltage current. Its electronic circuits destroyed, the Hulk-Killer collapsed to the ground in defeat.
Comments: Created by Smilin' Stan Lee and Jovial John Buscema.
No known connections to:
Tales to Astonish I#86-87 (December, 1966 - January, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
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Last Updated: 01/16/03
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