THE JUVENATOR MACHINE

Classification: Youth draining terrestrial machine

Creator: Dr. Bonita Sanchez

User/Possessors: The Vulture

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#386 (February, 1994)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Juvenator machine can drain life energy from one living source and bestow it upon another. The wielder puts on gauntlets attached the the machine and touches a living thing, and drains its youth and health. It thereby reverses the aging process, renews cell structure, and eliminates disease in one individual, while dramatically aging the creature it is used upon. The machine does not need to make contact with skin and can drain energy through someone's clothes. Its effects are temporary and after a few hours, it wears off. However, it absorbs "artificial life" more effectively and if it absorbs artificial life then the effects are permanent.

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#386 (fb)) - Bonita Sanchez developed the Juvenator machine, a machine that could transfer life energy from one source to another. However, it was untested and still in its experimental stages.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#386) - Dr. Sanchez showed Peter Parker the Juvenator mechanism, and explained what it did and where it was in terms of its development. Later on, the Vulture broke into Dr. Sanchez' lab and seized the Juvenator machine. He put on the gauntlets and was about to test the machine on Dr. Sanchez when Spider-Man burst in. After their battle, the Vulture returned and again prepared to use the Juvenator machine to steal Sanchez' life energy. However, Spider-Man interfered, and his life energy was stolen instead, reducing him to a withered old man, and de-aging the Vulture back to the prime of his life.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#387) - After a few hours the effects of the Juvenator wore off and the Vulture and Spider-Man returned. The Vulture had men steal the Juvenator machine and transport it to the Chameleon's base.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#388) - The Vulture used the Juvenator gauntlets to drain the artificial life energy from the Mary Parker replicoid into himself. The process was permanent this time, as the machine drained artificial life more effectivley, and the replicoid died, and the Vulture was left young, but in a zombie-like state.

Comments: Created by David Michelinie, Mark Bagley, and Randy Emberlin

At the time, the Chameleon had created to artificial beings that masqueraded as Peter Parker's parents in order to gain his trust, find his connection to Spider-Man, and discover Spider-Man's identity. 

Profile by Stunner

Clarifications: None


images: Amazing Spider-Man I#386, Page 15 panel 2


Other appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#387-388 (March-April, 1994)


Last updated: 01/28/04

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