PROFESSOR ZAXTON

Real Name: Lawrence Zaxton

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: "Scientist," inventor

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dr. Donald Blake

Enemies: Thor

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None; the duplicates were known as "Demon Duplicates"

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York City

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#95/1 (August, 1963)

Powers: Professor Zaxton was a genius inventor. He was a master of whatever field you would need to build a Duplicating Machine.

His Duplicating Machine could create exact physical replicas of other beings or objects. These duplicates were "evil" and obeyed Zaxton's will. The duplicates may be unstable, as a duplicate of Thor vaporized when struck with a full force blow from the original's hammer.

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 137 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black, with white temples

History: (Journey Into Mystery I#95/1) - I tells it like I sees it: So Don Blake created this super-intelligent, virtually indestructible android. Because he wanted to use the strength of Thor to demonstrate how durable the android was, he got his colleague, Dr. Zaxton, to operate the automaton. Unfortunately, Zaxton deliberately overloaded the android, causing it to short-circuit. Thor flew it into the sky where it exploded harmlessly.

Zaxton was waiting back in Blake's office and told him he had kidnapped his nurse, Jane Foster. Zaxton showed Blake his Duplicating Machine, which worked perfectly on inanimate objects. However, Zaxton needed Blake's expertise with living things to make his machine work on people and animals. Using Jane as a hostage, Zaxton coerced Blake into helping him, and soon enough, the machine worked on everything.

Zaxton saw Blake transform into Thor and created a duplicate of him, complete with hammer. Thor attempted to smash the machine, but his duplicate defended Zaxton. To help his duplicate, Zaxton duplicated its hammer, giving it two. Zaxton also created another duplicate of Thor when Thor managed to get the upper hand on the first duplicate. However, Thor learned of the original hammer's property -- one must be worthy to possess the power of Thor's hammer. The duplicate's attacks with the hammer didn't cause any harm since it was evil, and therefore not worthy.

Thor destroyed the other duplicate of himself and then went after Zaxton. To confuse Thor, Zaxton created a duplicate of himself. However, he accidentally dropped his machine over the parapet and fell over the edge trying to grab it. Zaxton was killed by the fall, and the Duplicating Machine shattered on impact. Only Zaxton's duplicate was left, and since it was the "opposite" of Zaxton, it was dedicated to the good of the world.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, and Joe Sinnott.

I'm not sure what was going on in the beginning of this story where Don Blake had created the super-intelligent, virtually indestructible android. I guess its part of the old "a genius in one field is a master of all forms of science" theme you find in a lot of old comics. No one knows robotics like a surgeon!

He might have consulted with Henry Pym, the biochemist who is definitely established as having cross-trained in cybernetics and myrmicology (the subdivision of entomology dealing with ants). Yours truly: Carycomix

I'll file this one under "Tales of the Goofy." But I still wonder if his duplicate lasted long term. And what about the group of evil cats he created while testing the machine?

Could Mr. Wren's matter duplicator blueprints have been discovered and used decades later by Professor Zaxton? I think it's a possibility.

In Strange Tales I#100 (September 1962), scientist Pedro Lopez also created a "duplicating machine" that created a dozen duplicates of Central American dictator Carlos Zarago; was there perhaps some connection between his duplicator and Professor Zaxton's?
--John Kaminski

Professor Zaxton has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook. He received a first name in his updated profile in OHotMU A-Z HC#14.

CLARIFICATIONS: Professor Zaxton should not be confused with:

  • Konrad Zaxon, Hulk foe @ Tales to Astonish I#78/2
  • Any other professors, evil or otherwise

Professor Zaxton's "Demon Duplicates" should not be confused with:

  • Any Demons
  • Any other duplicates

Profile edited and updated by Kyle Sims


Appearances:
Journey into Mystery I#95 (August, 1963) - Stan Lee & Robert Bernstein (writers), Joe Sinnott (artist), Stan Lee (editor)


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