Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (unidentified reality) robot (2090 AD) (see comments)
Occupation: Servant of humanity
Group Membership: Philip Morgan's humanoids
Affiliations: Philip Morgan (creator)
Enemies: Unidentified extraterrestrial invaders
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: An unidentified American city (2090 AD)
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#99/1 (August, 1962)
Powers/Abilities: Mr. Morgan's "monster" was one of an unspecified number of large robotic humanoids. It possessed some degree of superhuman strength (class 5 or greater), and a high resistance against injury--it apparently took the detonation of an alien spacecraft to render it inert (see comments).
Although the humanoid was semi-sentient, it was loyally obedient to the commands of humans--it could also apparently experience some degree of emotional reactions (see comments).
Height: 8' (by approximation)
Weight: 600 lbs. (by approximation)
(Strange Tales I#99/1 (fb) ) - The first robots that mankind built were dismal failures (see comments). But in the year 2090, Philip Morgan created the world's first humanoid robot; his robots were mass-produced and put on the market to replace humans in the workforce, where they performed such menial tasks as household chores and directing traffic. But many people were critical of the humanoids because they found the robots' large and imposing appearance to be frightening, while others were concerned about the chaos that would ensue should the humanoids malfunction while performing their duties. Fear of Morgan's machines spread to the point where humanity no longer trusted the humanoids, so the government ordered Morgan to destroy them all--the inventor reluctantly commanded his humanoids to walk off a cliff.
(Strange Tales I#99/1) - However, Morgan spared one of his creations from destruction, and he hid it away in a subterranean vault beneath his home--he planned to conceal the humanoid until mankind no longer feared it, for he still believed that he could prove his robots were of use to humanity. Before he left the last remaining humanoid, Morgan ordered it to stay in the chamber, where no human eyes could see it; the humanoid acknowledged that it understood Morgan's order, and that it would obey.
Unbeknownst to Morgan, he and his "monster" were being observed by extraterrestrial invaders. After landing their spacecraft by the outskirts of town, the aliens silently infiltrated the city, then they used "hypno-gas" to place all the townspeople into a trance. The invaders went to Morgan's home and down into the underground chamber, where they found the robot. The aliens intended to take the humanoid back to their planet, where their scientists could study and duplicate it--they planned to build thousands of such humanoids, then use them to conquer Earth.
But when the aliens ordered the robot to accompany them, the humanoid refused to obey their command--the robot insisted its sole allegiance was to mankind, and that it could serve none but human beings. The aliens sprayed the humanoid with hypno-gas, but the robot was immune to the effects; the invaders bound it with ropes, but the robot easily broke free. The aliens then wrapped the humanoid in chains and struggled to drag it out of the underground vault, but the humanoid insisted that it had to remain in the chamber, for it could not disobey its master's order.
With great effort, the aliens finally managed to pull the humanoid out of the chamber and to the surface, then forcefully dragged it towards their spacecraft--they had to desperately fight for every inch of ground, because the giant robot resisted them. When they eventually reached the streets of the city, the aliens noticed that their hypno-gas was beginning to wear off, for the townspeople were starting to revive. Realizing that they had to keep their presence a secret from Earthlings at all cost (otherwise their future invasion plans would be ruined), the aliens were forced to explosively destroy their vessel and themselves (see comments), leaving the now-inert humanoid laying in the street.
With no evidence of the attempted alien invasion remaining, there was great confusion amongst the townspeople when they regained consciousness; a crowd of curious onlookers gathered around the fallen humanoid--they were surprised because they thought that all of the robots had been destroyed. Then Philip Morgan and his wife came running up; Morgan admitted he had spared one of his robots, but he now saw that it had apparently disobeyed his command, for it came out of hiding. Morgan sadly admitted he was wrong to think that his robots could be trusted.
As Philip Morgan and his wife walked away from the prostate form of the last humanoid robot--its intricate mechanism having ceased operating forever--they were ironically unaware of the truth: Morgan's trust in the "monster" had been justified, for the woefully misunderstood machine was possibly the most faithful Earthling of them all...
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (artist), and Dick Ayers (inker)
This humanoid robot was only referred to as a "monster" in the 7-page story's title. Despite being attacked by the hostile alien invaders, the humanoid never actually fought them, but only resisted their attempts to capture it--possibly it was programed with Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, which prevented it from harming them.
Since it was stated that mankind's first robots were "dismal failures," then this story likely took place on some alternate world rather than Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe), where numerous successful artificial life-forms have existed for years; it's unrevealed if the alien invaders have counterparts somewhere in Reality-616.
And in regard to the
humanoid's ability to experience emotion: As Morgan and his wife
walked away from the fallen robot, the last story-panel depicted a
single teardrop rolling down the humanoid's cheek.
Given how resilient Mr. Morgan's Monster proved to be, just how many of those humanoids do they figure were actually destroyed falling off a cliff? And why not just recycle their parts for the good of industry?
Along other lines--why did the explosion of the alien
craft destroy the vessel and aliens, but apparently not any innocent
Since the aliens wanted to keep their presence secret, an actual explosion would have attracted a lot of attention--maybe that "explosion" was really an electromagnetic pulse/radioactive discharge that was specifically attuned to only the unique molecular structures of the aliens, their spacecraft, and their equipment (...including those chains with which they bound the humanoid), and all were subsequently disintegrated afterward. And presumably the "explosion" also disrupted the humanoid's circuitry, causing its "death"...unless it self-terminated, to prevent the aliens from exploiting it.--Ron Fredricks
Since information deposited on the internet will
theoretically exist forever, some of you reading this right now actually
live in the year 2090. Mind checking your latest Marvel Comics to
see if anyone's done anything with Mr. Morgan since I wrote this?
And although this story
took place in the future year of 2090, the appearance of the people's
clothes and cars looked like they were straight out of the
early-1960s--maybe by 2090, there'll be some kind of popular
"retro-fashion" craze going on, in which the people of the future
adopt the styles of 130 years earlier (Yeah, it's silly, but you
try to come up with a better explanation!).--Ron Fredricks
Profile by Prime Eternal. Expanded by Ron Fredricks.
Philip Morgan's humanoids have no known connections to:
Philip Morgan has no known connections to:
When mankind first tried to build robots, the
earliest attempts were dismal failures (see
comments)--at some point in time, the first such creation
refused to obey commands.
In the year 2090,
inventor Philip Morgan was a married man who lived in an unidentified
Created by Philip Morgan in 2090, they were large robots that
were mass-produced and put on the market to replace humans in the
workforce. The humanoids handled such menial tasks as household chores and
Morgan reluctantly ordered his humanoids to walk off a cliff, and they
were presumably destroyed (see comments).
An unidentified race of hostile alien beings (circa 2090 AD (see comments) ), it was their intent
to conquer Earth.
images: (without ads)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p1, pan1 (Main Image - last remaining humanoid ("Mister Morgan's Monster") walking through tunnel of subterranean vault)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p3, pan6 (Headshot - humanoid (profile, right) acknowledges Philips Morgan's command)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p3, pan5 (Philip Morgan (left) leads humanoid to subterranean vault)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p6, pan2 (humanoid in chains, resisting extraterrestrials)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p2, pan1 (early robot refuses to obey commands from unidentified scientists)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p2, pan2 (early robot (X-36) being tested by unidentified scientists)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p3, pan4 (heartbroken Philip Morgan, after ordering humanoids to walk off cliff; Mrs. Morgan)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p7, pan3 (Philip Morgan looks down upon inert humanoid, mistakenly believing it disobeyed his orders; Mrs. Morgan)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p2, pan6 (one of the humanoids performing household chores for unidentified family)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p2, pan7 (one of the humanoids directing traffic)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p3, pan2 (humanoids standing at edge of cliff; Philip Morgan, Mrs. Morgan)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p3, pan3 (humanoids falling off cliff)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p3, pan7 (aliens view Philip Morgan and humanoid)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p4, pan1 (aliens' spacecraft lands by outskirts of city)
Strange Tales I#99/1, p4, pan2 (alien invaders walk through city streets)
Strange Tales I#99/1 (August, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
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