Real Name: Replica Model X-3
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (see comments) robot
Occupation: Agent of Chuda and Sylvester "Slugger" Sykes
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Chuda, Sylvester "Slugger" Sykes
Known Relatives: None
its duplicate could figuratively be considered its brother
Aliases: "metal monster" (in the newspapers)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Thor I#141 (June, 1967)
Powers/Abilities: Replicus had superhuman strength (Class 75?) and durability. Its chest contained a hollow cavity in which it could store materials. Its speed and reflexes were sufficient to allow it to dodge Thor's hammer. Its fingers could be heated to an unspecified level or they could extend cobalt cables able to entrap foes. It could fire a powerful energy blast from a weapon in its forehead. While a powerful foe, it did depend on an external power source; if that was damaged, it crumpled to the ground, inert.
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 400 lbs.
(Thor I#141 (fb) - BTS) - Replicus was built by the alien Chuda as a prototype for other such robots, which he hoped to spread across the USA, causing chaos. Ultimately, he intended to create thousands of Replicus duplicates and use them to take over Earth for his superiors.
(Thor I#141) - Chuda introduced Replicus to mobster "Slugger" Sykes. After it proved itself by robbing a bank, Sykes agreed to buy it. Sykes also had Replicus throw out his henchmen, as they were no longer necessary. Under Sykes' direction Replicus robbed more banks, as well as jewelry stores, resisting police attempts to stop it. Thor arrived to confront Replicus, but found it powerful enough to hold its own against him. However, as they battled, Sykes attacked Chuda after learning his motives. They destroyed Replicus's power pile, which instantly incapacitated Replicus.
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "King" Kirby, and Vince (V-Man...ok, I made that up) Colletta.
According to Chuda, Replicus was not a robot, but rather a replica (something far, far more than a robot). I fail to appreciate it, as it was made of machine parts and powered by energy.
Replicus was built by an extraterrestrial from unknown materials, though he may have been constructed on Earth. C huda's race and planet of origin are unknown.
The original Replicus has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.
On the fan-mail page of Thor I#146, letter writer John L. Bemus proposed the idea that Replicus and Chuda were from the Kree race -- he was awarded a no-prize for the idea, and it sounds like as good of a theory as anything else. Maybe Replicus was a fusion/hybrid of the Kree's Sentry (see Sentry #459) and Mandroid technology.
With all due respect, I'd have to say that he looks more like a cross between a Kree Sentry and the Mad Thinker's "ultimate" android.
Replicus has no known connection to:
REPLICA of Earth-Guardians ( ) - Skrull, Universal Church of
Truth, Guardians of the Galaxy, Galactic Guardians, former companion to
metamorph--Guardians of the Galaxy#9
Chuda has no known connection to:
Granny Gardenia has no known connection to:
"Slugger" Sykes and his nephew each have no known connection to:
Apparently built by Chuda before the original, it lay hidden in a closet for some time until discovered by Slugger's nephew. It also encountered Thor, who demolished it. The nephew sent Replicus to help Thor against the Dark Gods in exchange for a commuted sentence. It was destroyed by the Dark Gods.
Though allegedly as powerful as the
original, Thor destroyed the duplicate much more easily.
He claimed that this was because he had been holding back in the world of men in the past, but my guess is that the duplicate was a pale shade of the original.
--Thor II#9 (12
An alien of an unspecified race, he designed Replicus (and apparently the duplicate) and sought to create an army to cause enough chaos to make Earth ready for conquest by his masters. Sykes attacked him after learning his true purpose, and both were slain when they crashed into Replicus's power pile, causing it to explode.
--Thor I#141 ([141(fb)], 141
Mother to "Slugger" Sykes, Mrs. Garden earned the nickname "Granny Gardenia" due to her age and the flowers she sold. Slugger bought a gardenia from her every day, feeling that obtaining the gardenia was critical for his luck and success. She was quite old, and her illness was treated by Dr. Donald Blake.
SYLVESTER "SLUGGER" SYKES
A mobster, he was the son of "Granny Gardenia." He agreed to purchase Replicus from Chuda, and had Chuda dispense with his previous agents. However, when he learned that Chuda plotted against Earth, he attacked Chuda, and they were killed in an explosion when they crashed into Replicus's power pile
Slugger's nephew, he was a computer hacker who found the duplicate of Replicus in Slugger's closet. After sending Replicus on a rampage, he was confronted by Thor and sent to prison. However, he sent Replicus to help Thor against the Dark Gods in exchange for having his sentence commuted.
--Thor II#9 (12-BTS
Thor I#141, p4, panel 1
p3, panel 4 (Chuda)
p3, panel 5 (Slugger)
p16, panel 6 (Granny)
Thor II#9, p3, panel 1 (Replicus duplicate)
p9 (w/o ads), panel 3 (Slugger's nephew)
Last updated: 05/11/04
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