HUMANOIDS

Classification: Robots (terrestrial)

Creator: The Leader (Samuel Sterns)

User/Possessors: Krona, the Leader (Samuel Sterns), General John Ryker

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#62/2 (December, 1964) (mentioned),
Tales To Astonish I#63/2 (January 1965) (seen)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The normal humanoids had flexible rubber-like bodies allowing things like bullets to pass through them and to lessen impact. They can allow certain things to bounce off their bodies without harming them, and to have the objects ricochet into their opponent(s). They possess great strength, enough so that a group of them can overcome the Hulk sometimes, and one of them could bend a steel bar. They also can release electric shocks to stun or knock out a victim. They can release a gas that will knock out a victim. They once used batons that shot lasers that were able to down a weakened Hulk. They can be controlled via remote control, or be preprogrammed to carry out a certain directive. The Leader often controlled them through his own mental commands. They do not tire or feel pain. The way they are transported has varied from them being deployed, to them coming as pink dust and growing into their full size upon command. They can, however, be completely dissolved with a special type of acid, and proved very vulnerable to a certain wavelength of energy, which can burn off their outer coating and render them vulnerable to extreme cold.

There has been in the past a 500 foot humanoid that had the abilities listed above, but with much greater strength, enough to level a mountain.

There was also a Super Humanoid which was very big, much stronger than a normal humanoid, and could shoot energy blasts from its hands.

On one occasion, many of the humanoids were joined together to make one giant humanoid. This giant humanoid had incredible strength on par with the Hulk, and shot gamma beams out of its eyes.

The Leader also had amphibious humanoids for underwater battle. Although they were never observed, it can be assumed that they had abilities not unlike normal humanoids.

The Leader's ship, the Omnivac, could take on a humanoid form, with at least the powers of a normal humanoid.

History: (Tales To Astonish I#62/2) - The Leader completed his first humanoid and planned to use it to steal the Absorbatron invented by Bruce Banner (The Hulk).

(Tales To Astonish I#63/2) - After testing his new creation, Leader sent the humanoid to obtain the nuclear device from a train. However, while there, it met up with the Hulk and a fight ensued. The Hulk and the humanoid fought until they both were thrown from the train and the humanoid was rendered inoperative by the impact against a large rock.

(Tales To Astonish I#64/2) - The Leader made a horde of humanoids, and sent them all to Astra Island, where the Absorbatron, which could absorb a nuclear blast, was going to be tested. They were deployed on the island, and before going for the Absorbatron, the Leader ordered them to capture the Hulk. The humanoids piled on the Hulk, and being so outnumbered, the Hulk couldn't gain any ground.

(Tales To Astonish I#65/2) - Before a victor could be declared, the battle was cut short when soldiers threw grenades at the Hulk and humanoids, and the humanoids were thrown into the ocean. They were not rendered inoperative, but since the Hulk had escaped and the Absorbatron had been secured, the Leader ordered them to simply walk back to land.

(Tales To Astonish I#68/2) - The Absorbatron was going to be tested again by Bruce Banner, and again, the Leader sent his humanoids to obtain it. The Leader spread a pink dust all over Astra Island, and it grew into full sized humanoids on the Leader's command. Seeing this, Banner transformed into the Hulk, and another fight between the Hulk and the humanoids began. The humanoids knocked out the Hulk when they unleashed some knockout gas (evidently very powerful knockout gas).

(Tales To Astonish I#69/2) - The Leader dissolved the humanoids with a special type of acid to erase all proof of them ever having been on the island. He then took the Hulk and the Absorbatron into his ship.

(Tales To Astonish I#70/2) - The Leader made a deal with some of his employers in which he would be given one billion dollars in return for an unstoppable weapon. The money would be given to him as soon as he used the weapon to destroy a missile base in the Southwest to prove its power. The Leader then revealed his weapon: a 500 foot tall humanoid. He planned to use it against his employers as well once he got his money. After destroying a mountain, and ignoring rocket fire from jets, the giant humanoid marched toward the missile base. They fired a missile at the humanoid, but the Hulk accidentally deflected it. The Hulk then engaged the humanoid in battle.

(Tales To Astonish I#71/2) - Before the fight could get too far underway however, the army took out the humanoid themselves with the Sunday Punch Missile. Afterward, the Leader made the remains of the giant humanoid self destruct to avoid having it fall into enemy hands.

(Tales To Astonish I#72/2) - The Leader showed the Hulk, who he had persuaded to aid him, his new warrior humanoids hatching from eggs. Later, after the Hulk had decided he didn't want to follow the Leader, the Hulk wandered into the Leader's statue gallery. The statues were actually humanoids in disguise, and they attacked the Hulk, quickly downing him with their laser batons.

(Tales To Astonish I#73/2) - The humanoids continue to bombard the Hulk with their stun lasers while the Hulk had to concentrate all his energy on not turning back into Bruce Banner (see comments). The Leader eventually called them off.

(Incredible Hulk II#115) (fb) - After the Leader's apparent death, it was revealed that he actually had a preprogrammed humanoid revive him using the Leader's technology.

(Incredible Hulk II#116) - After assisting General Ross in capturing the Hulk, the Leader brought in a Super Humanoid to allegedly guard the Hulk, but was in reality hoping to take control of the missile base they were in and start a world war. After the soldiers discovered what the Leader really wanted, they attacked him, but were easily defeated by the super humanoid.

(Incredible Hulk II#117) - After the Hulk broke free and tried to stop the Leader, the Leader transported the Hulk and the Super Humanoid to an island where the two fought. The Hulk won when he threw the Super Humanoid into a volcano, and then stopped Leader's plan successfully.

(Incredible Hulk II#124) - A Super Humanoid rescued the Rhino from prison. It was then destroyed by him to prove his strength to the Leader.

(Incredible Hulk II#147) - The Leader replaced General Ross with a robotic look-alike, but was discovered when the Hulk destroyed the robot duplicate. Since his plans were ruined, the Leader had all of his hundreds of humanoids form one single giant humanoid controlled by the thoughts of the Leader. The giant humanoid shot gamma beams at the Hulk from its eyes, hoping to overdose him, but Samson stepped in front of the ray and caused feedback that blew up the Leader's lab, nearly killing the Leader. Without the Leader's thoughts running through the Humanoid, the Hulk defeated it.

(Wolverine II#144) - After Wolverine, Hercules, and Karkas escaped imprisonment by the Leader, he sent swarms of his humanoids against them, but the Leader and his humanoids were defeated by the heroes.

(Incredible Hulk II#224 (fb)) - The Leader had his humanoids drop his amnesiac human form off near Gamma Base through a preprogrammed order, knowing he would regain his memory and gamma form when his subconscious guided him.

(Incredible Hulk II#225) - The Leader gave the orders for his humanoids to come to Gamma Base, which he had taken over. When they arrived from the other side of the world, the humanoids were ordered to attack the Hulk and Doc Samson, who defeated the humanoids together by wrapping them in concrete.

(Hulk Annual#11) - The Leader had gotten a sample of the Hulk's gamma-irradiated blood to infect New York's water supply with. Why he just didn't use his own gamma irradiated blood, I don't know. The humanoids attacked the Hulk as he escaped captivity, but the Hulk got away nonetheless. Later, when the Avengers and Hulk found the place the virus was pumping through the water system from, humanoids attacked them under the Leader's command. The humanoids were defeated when Rikki Keegan used her telekinesis to destroy the Leader's equipment and stop the humanoids.

(Incredible Hulk II#280) - The Leader had Jackdaw drop off a canister full of dozens of microscopic humanoids in the Hulk's hotel room. When the Hulk returned there, along with his friends Rick Jones and Bereet, the humanoids captured the Hulk's friends and the battle raged on between the Hulk and the humanoids until the Hulk was held in place by many of them and the Leader delivered a message that he wanted to test the Hulk (who now had Banner's brain) and told him that if he wanted to get his friends back, he would have to come to the Leader's space station, Omnivac, to get them.

(Incredible Hulk II#281) - After the Hulk borrowed a Quinjet from the Avengers to get to the Leader's space station, the Leader sent out several obstacles for the Hulk on his way there. Eventually, the Leader sent out a lot of humanoids who tore through the Hulk's Quinjet as he fought them. One cracked the Hulk's helmet, and he forgot to hold his breath and passed out and was brought by the humanoids onto the Omnivac. After waking up, the Hulk again fought with a horde of humanoids that the Leader ordered against him. The Hulk fought until he realized nothing was hurting them (now that he was thinking, his strength increase was being lessened). Eventually the humanoids overcame the Hulk and knocked him out. The Hulk and his friends were teleported back to his hotel room because the Leader no longer saw a reason to fear the Hulk.

(Incredible Hulk II#283) - The Avengers and the Hulk arrived at Omnivac, and were confronted by waves of humanoids, but Captain Marvel (Rambeau) found an energy that rendered them brittle, and they were defeated. They boarded Omnivac and were greeted by a humanoid representation of Omnivac. It greeted them and was about to explain the Leader's plan when the Leader had the Avengers transported back through time so they couldn't disrupt his plan. The Hulk and She-Hulk were not affected due to their gamma radiation.

(Incredible Hulk II#284) - The Hulk and She-Hulk forced the humanoid Omnivac to reveal how the time machine worked. They went back in time and thwarted the Leader. Omnivac was stopped from destroying the time machine to ensure they couldn't return by Jackdaw.

(Incredible Hulk II#400) - When Hydra was attacking the Leader's base, the Leader unleashed hundreds of humanoids to fight them off, but Hydra cut through the humanoids with their advanced weaponry and continued to close in on the base until the Hulk showed up and was convinced by Rick Jones to fight for the Leader against Hydra (although he then changed his mind and killed the Leader...Although the Leader recently came back to life...that's another story).

(Incredible Hulk II#439/Avengers I#397) - The Leader was secretly leading and running the terrorist organization called the Alliance inside of Omnibus' body. A humanoid was placed in the World Trade Center's underground parking lot awaiting orders. An employee of the WTC saw the Humanoid while taking a smoke break and commented on how if you work at the WTC long enough, you will eventually see it all. A page later, the humanoid exploded.

(Marvel Team-Up II#5) - The Authority sent Spider-Man to the Leader's Italian base so that he might retrieve the Globe of Ultimate Knowledge for him. Immediately upon arriving, Spidey was beset by an army of humanoids, who swarmed over him and threatened to overwhelm him. Neither Spidey's strength nor his webs got him too far against his attackers, but he eventually used their semi-elastic properties in order to ricochet himself above the conflict so that he could locate and obtain the Globe. Avoiding further contact with the humanoids, he grabbed the Globe and was instantly teleported back to the Authority.

(JLA/Avengers#4) - A number of humanoids were plucked from time by Krona to use as part of his defense army. When various members of the Avengers and the Justice League arrived at Krona's headquarters (the remains of Galactus), the heroes quickly disposed of the humanoids, as well as the rest of Krona's army.

(She-Hulk II#19) - When the Leader was arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. and placed on trial, one of his contingency plans activated a number of Humanoids to come and rescue him. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents began to engage the Humanoids, but the Leader himself had Humanoid 12-C-18 recognize him via his DNA and fingerprints and instructed the Humanoids to stand down because he wanted to see the outcome of his trial.

(World War Hulk: Gamma Corps#3 (fb) - BTS) - General Ryker got in possession of a horde of Humanoids. The Gamma Corps' member Prodigy coated the Humanoids with a toxin to weaken the Hulk.

(World War Hulk: Gamma Corps#3) - Ryker's Humanoids attacked the Hulk in Central Park during the Hulk's attack on the Illuminati and Manhattan (see World War Hulk). Though the Hulk quickly defeated them and tossed them into the sky, the toxin covering their skin rubbed of on him and eventually weakened him enough for Gamma Corps members Grey to break his neck (he got better....quickly)

(Incredible Hulk IV#610) - Leader tossed a bunch of Humanoids in pillform at Banner, Amadeus Cho, T'Challa, Pym, Beast and Reed Richards to take them out before they could revert the process that turned many heroes into Hulks. They grew from the pills and attacked the heroes, but Amadeus Cho's gamma-mutation enabled him to reconfigure the laws of physics within a ten-foot radius and he destroyed all Humanoids with a single mindblast.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and "Sturdy" Steve Ditko

This has got to be one of my favorite (if not my all-time favorite) robot army in the Marvel Universe. I always thought of them as being like the Storm Troopers to the Hulk's Luke Skywalker.

At the time of Tales to Astonish I#71-73, the Hulk had been shot in the head while in his human form, and if he changed back, he would die immediately -- that is why he had to concentrate so much energy into not changing back.

The JLA/Avengers story, obviously, utilized characters from the DC Universe as well as Earth-616 (Krona, for instance). -and on a personal note, it's somewhat surreal to list DC's Krona before The Leader in the "Users/Possessor" line, due to the alphabetical formatting. -Madison Carter

Thanks (as usual) to Leader's Lair for the images and for helping a bit with some missing info.

Now that I'm done talking about the humanoids, let me just say that I am making it my mission to come up with a really good nickname for Steve Ditko on par with "The Man" (Stan Lee) and "The King" (Jack Kirby) because I can't stand putting him next to Stan "The Man" Lee like this. In Amazing Spider-Man#10 he was called "Swinging" Steve Ditko, but he hasn't got a catchy middle nickname. This is an open invitation to anyone reading this profile, whether or not they are a Master of the Obscure, to try to come up with a good one.
--Actually, Stan sometimes called him "Sturdy" Steve Ditko. I'd go with that.
--Snood.

The "One Robot Humanoid Horde" is mentioned and pictures among the Gamma Mutates in World War Hulk: The Gamma Files.

Novel info by Per Degaton:
(X-Men: Search and Rescue - Gamma Quest Book 2) - The Leader, working in conjunction with a conspiracy of the Super-Skrull, kidnapped Rogue, Wolverine, and the Scarlet Witch. The Leader had a base in the Tycho Crater on the moon. The Leader sent Humanoids to restrain the three mutants.
(X-Men: The Avengers: Friend or Foe? - Gamma Quest Trilogy#3) - The Leader's lair on the moon was invaded by the Hulk, X-Men, and Avengers. He dispatched further Humanoids to oppose them.

The Leader grows his Humanoids as stated in Incredible Hulk II#283 (May, 1983), page 6 panel 4 (Thor said, "Thou dost say that yon creatures are grown as cultures, Iron-Man?"). Plus when their protective covering was destroyed by Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) they were made vulnerable to the cold of outer space and when they were shattered they were solid (no internal organs or bones) making them science spawned Golems. Flexo The Rubberman reminds me of the Humanoids.
--Gammatotem

PROFILE BY STUNNER
--Thanks to Gerald Kirby for adding the Hulk#439 appearance (and Proto-Man for adding the Avengers Assemble Featuring Captain Citrus#1 appearance)

Clarifications: No connection to:


500 Foot Tall Humanoid

The Leader made a deal with some of his employers in which he would be given one billion dollars in return for an unstoppable weapon. The money would be given to him as soon as he used the weapon to destroy a missile base in the Southwest to prove its power. The Leader then revealed his weapon: a 500 foot tall humanoid. He planned to use it against his employers as well once he got his money. After destroying a mountain, and ignoring rocket fire from jets, the giant humanoid marched toward the missile base. They fired a missile at the humanoid, but the Hulk accidentally deflected it. The Hulk then engaged the humanoid in battle. Before the fight could get too far underway however, the army took out the humanoid themselves with a Sunday Punch Missile. Afterward, the Leader made the remains of the giant humanoid self destruct to avoid having it fall into enemy hands.

The 500 foot tall humanoid had incredible strength (class 100) that could level mountains. It also had a rubbery composition that caused most projectiles to bounce off of it.

---Tales To Astonish I#70-71

 






Super Humanoid

After assisting General Ross in capturing the Hulk, the Leader brought in a super humanoid to guard the Hulk, but was in reality hoping to take control of the missile base they were in and start a world war. After the soldiers discovered what the Leader really wanted, they attacked him, but were easily defeated by the super humanoid. After the Hulk broke free and tried to stop the Leader, the Leader transported the Hulk and the super humanoid to an island where the two fought. The Hulk won when he threw the super humanoid into a volcano, and then stopped Leader's plan successfully.

A second super humanoid rescued the Rhino from prison. It was then destroyed by him to prove his strength to the Leader.

The super humanoid had incredible strength, though not quite as strong as the Hulk. It could also fire energy blasts from its hands.

---Incredible Hulk II#116 (117, 124














"One Robot Humanoid Horde"

The Leader replaced General Ross with a robotic look-alike, but was discovered when the Hulk destroyed the robot duplicate. Since his plans were ruined, the Leader had all of his hundreds of humanoids form into one single giant humanoid controlled by the thoughts of the Leader. The giant humanoid shot gamma beams at the Hulk from its eyes hoping to overdose him, but Samson stepped in front of the ray and caused feedback that blew up the Leader's lab, nearly killing the Leader. Without the Leader's thoughts running through the Humanoid, the Hulk defeated it.

This humanoid had very impressive strength, enough to go toe-to-toe with the Hulk. It also shot gamma rays through its eyes that could overdose a gamma person, or probably give a normal one cancer pretty fast.

---Incredible Hulk II#147

*Geez, Zerostar made it look easy to come up with names for unnamed characters in his Brotherhood profile, but it took me way too long to come up with an almost decent one.







Appearances:
Tales to Astonish I#62-64 (December, 1964 - February, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils), George Roussos (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#65 (March, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#68-72 (June-October, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#73 (November, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils), Bob Powell (inks)
Incredible Hulk II#115-116 (May-June, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks)
Incredible Hulk II#117 (July, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Herb Trimpe (artist)
Incredible Hulk II#124 (February, 1970) - Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#147 (January, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), John Severin (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#224-225 (June-July, 1978) - Roger Stern (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Archie Goodwin (224) & Jim Shooter (#225) (editor)
Hulk Annual#11 (1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Rich Buckler (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Incredible Hulk II#280-281 (February-March, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Andy Mushynsky (#280) & Joe Sinnott (#281) (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#283-284 (May-June, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#400 (December, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Jan Duursema & Chris Bachalo (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#439 (March, 1996) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (pencils), Robin Riggs (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Avengers I#397 (April, 1996) - Terry Kavanagh & Howard Mackie (writers), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Team-Up II#5 (January, 1998) - Tom Peyer (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men: Search and Rescue - Gamma Quest Trilogy#2 (August, 1999) - Greg Cox (writer)
Wolverine II#144 (November, 1999) - Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (writers), Mike Miller (pencils), Vince Russell (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men: The Avengers: Friend or Foe? - Gamma Quest Trilogy#3 (June, 2000) - Greg Cox (writer)
JLA/Avengers#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)
She-Hulk II#19 (July, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Rick Burchett (penciler), Cliff Rathburn (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
World War Hulk: Gamma Corps#3 (November, 2007) - Frank Tieri (writer), Carlos Ferreira (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hulk IV#610 (August, 2010) - George Pak (writer), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Danny Miki & Crimelab Studios (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)


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Last Updated: 06/10/16

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