Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Terrestrial android
Affiliations: Possibly the Mad Thinker (see comments)
Enemies: New York Police Department, Thing, Tigra
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#179 (February, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: The Metalloid is about 7' tall and has superhuman strength (Class 75) and durability. Its surface temperature is approximately 300' F (as estimated by the Thing), and it could generate sufficient heat to melt a large chunk of steel within seconds.
History: The origins of the Metalloid are uncertain.
(Fantastic Four I#179) - The Metalloid tore an entire bank vault out of place and took off down the street, with cops firing at it from behind. The commotion drew the attention of the Thing and Tigra, who were enjoying a steak dinner in the vicinity. As the Thing approached, the Metalloid hurled the vault at him. The Thing caught it and threw it back at him, but the Metalloid caught it well and proceeded to melt the vault--money and all. The Thing then rushed the android, only to find himself caught in a searing hot bear hug. Ben punched it away from him, but the Metalloid responded with a one-two combo that dropped the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing to the ground. Tigra gave the Metalloid a drop-kick, giving the Thing enough of a breather to pull himself to his feet and fight back. Ben's next punch apparently damaged the Metalloid's heat apparatus as its surface temperature began to drop. Punching the android off a dock and into a garbage scow, the Thing leapt on top of it and continued to batter it into submission. His last punch incapacitated the Metalloid, but also busted a hole in the scow, knocking the android to the bottom of the East River.
(Fantastic Four I#181) - With the aid of the Coast Guard and the Impossible Man, the Thing hauled the inert Metalloid up on land. The Coast Guard then insisted they take the Metalloid into custody, but the Thing refused and fought back to stop them as he felt it too dangerous for their hands.
(Fantastic Four I#182) - Alongside the Impossible Man, Tigra, and Thundra, the Thing brought the Metalloid to Reed Richards to examine, not realizing that it was not their Reed, but the Brute.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Ron Wilson, and Joe Sinnott.
The Fantastic Four Index describes the
Metalloid as "a high temperature metallic android probably--but
not certainly--devised by the Mad Thinker."
There was a big shuffle in the writers during this storyline (see the Brute's comments), and I guess whatever they had planned for the Metalloid fell through.
Like many characters once being compiled by Kyle, the Metalloid was never named in the issue, but only on the cover of FF#179.
No known connection to:
Fantastic Four I#181-182 (April-May, 1977)
Last updated: 12/29/03
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