Real Name: Ree-Zee

Identity/Class: Terrestrial intelligent robot

Occupation: Former would-be conqueror

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Boswell (creator and former slave)

Enemies: Ant-Man (Hank Pym), the Wasp

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Southampton, Long Island, New York

First Appearance: Marvel Feature I#7 (January, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: Para-Man had slightly greater than human strength (Enhanced human) and durability, although he could survive severe damage as long as his head remained intact.

(Marvel Feature I#7) - Ree-Zee was a robot created by an amateur robotocist known as Boswell. Somehow, Ree-Zee possessed sentience, and he guided Boswell to create increasingly advanced bodies for himself. When he became powerful enough, he forced Boswell to become his servant. Ree-Zee suffered from loneliness, but he sought power to takeover the entire world. He first thought to gain the power of insects, and so he sent Boswell to capture insects for him to study. While Boswell was working, Ree-Zee spent his time watching a film of his various stages of development, over and over again, as he had nothing better to do.

   One day, while out hunting with his butterfly net, Boswell captured Ant-Man and the Wasp, who had recently been trapped at insect size and narrowly escaped the explosion of their house at the hands of Whirlwind. Boswell had very poor vision, and could not recognize the two for what they were, so he gassed them and stuck them in a mason jar. Ree-Zee had no idea what they were either. However, he did decide that since he himself was beyond being a mere man, that he should now be referred to as Para-Man.

   Ant-Man and the Wasp revived and broke out of their containers. Para-Man caught them in the act and attempted to recapture or kill them. Ant-Man punctured a hole in a gas tank and set Boswell's house on fire. Para-Man was stunned by the initial explosion, but recovered in time to pull Boswell to safety. Believing his two insect-sized enemies were still in the house, Para-Man went back in to get them and was blown apart in the explosion when the flames reached the gas lines.

   Para-Man's head remained intact, as did his intelligence and demanding attitude. Boswell recovered the head, and Para-Man began making demands for a newer, stronger body.

Comments: Created by Mike Friedrich, Craig Russell, Dan Adkins, and Mark Kersey.

Weird story...pretty high on the obscure-o-meter.

I wonder what ever became of Boswell and Para-Man. There's no reason for them not to be still around. Para-Man might still be sitting around in Long Island, watching his video, waiting for Ultron or someone else to recruit him.

Additional and improved images by Loki.

Para-Man received a handbook profile in Avengers: Roll Call (June, 2012).

Profile by Snood.


images: (without ads)
Avengers: Roll Call - Para-Man profile (main)
Marvel Feature I#7, p8, pan3 (original design as he is being built)
Marvel Feature I#7, p9, pan1 (further developed)
Marvel Feature I#7, p9, pan3 (even more developed)
Marvel Feature I#7, p9, pan1 (another two stages)
Marvel Feature I#7, p13 (final form)
Marvel Feature I#7, p6, pan3 (Boswell)

First Posted: 09/08/2001
Last Updated: 03/03/2021

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