Real Name: Simon Ryker
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-7484 / Earth-Deathlok) human mutate/cyborg
Occupation: Would-be World Conqueror
Group Membership: Project: Alpha-Mech
Ferry (former assistant and later pawn); Julian Biggs, Omni-Computer, War-Wolf (agents); the US Army;
Dr. Wilcox/Luther Manning clone (former pawn),
formerly Luther Manning and Mike Travers (military subordinates), Harlan Ryker
Enemies: Deathlok the Demolisher, Godwulf
Known Relatives: Harlan Ryker (Hellinger, brother)
Aliases: Savior Machine, Saviour
Mister Ego (nickname from Luther Manning)
Base of Operations: New York City, America, Earth-7484
First Appearance: Astonishing Tales#25 (August, 1974)
Abilities: Ryker had access to the Omni-Computer, enabling him to view events occurring over an undisclosed area, but at least as far as New York City. He commanded Project: Alpha-Mech and the involved soldiers, giving him both armed combatants and cyborg technicians at his bidding.
As the Savior Machine, Ryker was linked to the Omni-Computer ,
which gave him control of all computer systems throughout New
York City, and possibly beyond. The extent of his abilities
enabled him to manipulate the world of Cyber-Space, or at least
to control others' perceptions of it.
Portions of Ryker's body were replaced by cybernetic parts, including his legs, spine, and parts of his brain. The computers linked to his brain allowed him to link to other computer systems. He did not demonstrate any superhuman physical abilities.
History: Simon Ryker is part of an alternate reality in which Roxxon's Nth Command banished all of the super-heroes to extradimensional realms where most, if not all, were instantly killed. Roxxon then staged a coup on the USA, which resulted in mass chaos and no clear victor. A number of separate factions struggled for control, including the CIA, the military, and other splinter groups.
BTS - Simon Ryker served in the army's boot camp alongside Luther Manning.
(Astonishing Tales#28 (fb)) - As a captain in the army, Ryker supervised the war games of Luther Manning and Mike Travers.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3) - Simon received severe damage to his legs and spine after an altercation with their world's Dr. Doom. His brother, Harlan, secretly gave him cybernetic replacements. Together, Harlan and Simon spear-headed Project: Alpha-Mech, designed to build armies of cyborg super soldiers. Simon wished to use the cyborgs to take control of the USA (and then the world).
When Luther Manning was killed by a bomb, Simon selected him to become the cyborg warrior Deathlok the Demolisher. Harlan designed this procedure, but he had developed a different plan for Project: Alpha-Mech, and so had parted ways with Simon, taking the future of the Project with him.
(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Under Ryker's instruction the four surgeons working on Manning isolated and kept alive a portion of his eyes.
(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - After Ryker confirmed the doctors had preserved a portion of Ryker's brain, the lead doctor voiced his opposition to the procedure. Ryker explained that Manning had been the most brilliant military strategist alive and that he wanted that knowledge preserved. When the doctor argued the procedure to have been ghastly, Ryker advised him of the necessity of Project: Alpha-Mech to the current war, and further warned the doctor if he had further complaints he could bring them up at his court-martial.
(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Simon watched over the construction of the Deathlok cyborg, although Wilkins remarked how the operation would progress better without Ryker watching over them.(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - It was at least rumored that Deathlok was not the first person to have computer-housing installed into him or her. I'm not certain whether this might refer to Harlan or Simon Ryker, or just previous test subjects.
(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Along with his
companion, Nina Ferry, Simon supervised demonstrations of Deathlok's
abilities and received a narrative report for one of the doctors.
(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)/26 (fb)) - Deathlok rebelled against Ryker and his programming, but then was captured by Ryker, who was surprised that he retained any mental control over his form whatsoever. Deathlok broke free during Ryker's inquisition, attacked Ryker himself, stole an army helicopter, and escaped.
(Astonishing Tales#25) - Hoping to make enough money to
re-transplant his brain into a human body, Deathlok hired himself
out as a mercenary/assassin, and took a job working for Julian
Biggs. Deathlok took out two of his targets and then returned to
Biggs for his payment. When Biggs refused to pay, Deathlok
attacked him, shattering his body and revealing him as a cyborg
under Ryker's control. Ryker had directed Biggs to have Deathlok
assassinate the two main opponents of Project: Alpha Mech: two of
the doctors who had performed the procedure that created
In addition, Ryker's assistant Nina discovered he was a cyborg. To keep her quiet, he drugged her into a stupor.
(Astonishing Tales#26, 27) - Deathlok attempted to track down his old friend Mike Travers, which brought him back to Ryker. Ryker sent the Warwolf after Deathlok, duping him into believing that it was a transformed Travers, so he would not fight against it fully. However, after Deathlok was badly injured, Ryker thought victory to be guaranteed, and so revealed that Warwolf was not Travers. Deathlok then rallied and destroyed the Warwolf, although the fight carried him away from Ryker. Simon then initiated the process of having Nina plugged into the Omni-Computer, which left her in a semi-catatonic state, responsive to his directions.
(Astonishing Tales#26 + 27 - BTS / Marvel Spotlight I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Hellinger plotted the downfall of Simon Ryker; he arranged for the mind-lock of Nina Ferry with the Omni-Computer, which provided Hellinger with vital information to use against him.
(Astonishing Tales#28, 30) - Ryker had Deathlok's computer jam his laser pistol so that he
couldn't commit suicide after his appearance terrified his former
wife. He used Nina's mind--now linked to the Omni-Computer,
alloweing a synergy between computer programming and the human
mind--to send a tank (his Supreme Death-Machine) which pinned
down Deathlok. Proud of himself, Ryker had the psychic extraction
decreased on Nina so he could taunt her with what she was being
forced to do. However, Deathlok ultimately managed to destroy the
Ryker revealed his plans of becoming the Saviour Machine, and underwent the next surgical procedure.
(Astonishing Tales#31-BTS) - Ryker's surgery continued as Deathlok attempted to track down the last surviving surgeon who had turned him into a cyborg.
(Astonishing Tales#32) - Ryker continued to monitor Deathlok's efforts and prepared fort he final surgical procedure.
(Astonishing Tales#33) - Ryker's mind was linked to the Omni-Computer, becoming the Savior Machine.
(Astonishing Tales#34, 35) - Wilcox, the last doctor who had built Deathlok, his mind in the CIA's Luther Manning clone, sent Deathlok's mind into the Omni-Computer to confront Ryker. Now the Savior Machine, Ryker controlled Cyber-Space. He showed Deathlok his plans for the world and attempted to convince him to join his mission. Deathlok refused and attacked Ryker. Their opposing ionic charges generated greater amounts of destructive force, but Deathlok maintained his grip on Ryker, willling to sacrifice his own life to stop the madman. Wilcox, however, managed to pull both of the back into the real world. However, Ryker was unhinged by the various transfers and believed himself to be Deathlok. When he saw the real Deathlok, he collapsed to the ground.
(Marvel Spotlight I#33) - The mad and seemingly harmless Simon Ryker was held within a padded cell.
Comments: Created by Rich Buckler and Doug Moench.
In Earth-616, Simon Ryker struggled against Dr. Doom and the Sub-Mariner, in Super-Villain Team-Up#4 and Marvel Spotlight I#27. Presumably, some similar events took place on Earth-Deathlok, resulting in Ryker's injuries and transformation into a cyborg. These events will be detailed in the profile for Simon Ryker of Earth-616.
Deathlok's timeline diverged from Earth-616 in Captain America I#289, in which Captain America, armed with the knowledge of the future, led the disruption of Nth Command's power and prevented the mass banishments. The dates given in the Deathlok stories are most likely topical, unless in that world the "modern era" of the MU took place at a fixed time period, which would mean that now over 20 years have occurred since the defeat of Hellinger. This is entirely possible.
Much of Ryker's above back history is a composite of information from Deathlok's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (OHotMU) entries, flashbacks from Captain America I#288, and information interpolated from his accomplishments and situations seen in the Astonishing Tales and Captain America issues. It is difficult to place the events chronologically, and so I did not make a huge effort to do so.
The third voice that showed up early on in the Deathlok saga (Astonishing Tales#25), rambling semi-incoherent data, was later revealed to be a bug implanted by Simon Ryker. I think the real deal was that it was exhausting for the writers to do the main character with three dialogues, so they opted to bag the cuckoo-crazy one.
Astonishing Tales#29 did not feature Deathlok or his saga, but instead reprinted Marvel Super-Heroes II#18 (Guardians of the Galaxy). Dreaded Deadline Doom, I guess.
I believe Simon Ryker (the
Savior Machine) was named after David Bowie's song "Savior Machine"
off The Man Who Sold the World album. It's a tune about a computer that
created a utopian society and later decided humanity had to be destroyed, or at
least stop bugging it to solve the world's problems.
Profile by Snood
Profile edited/updated by Kyle Sims
Simon Ryker, the Savior Machine, should be distinguished from:
Deathlok the Demolisher
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Astonishing Tales#26-27 (October-December, 1974) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales#28 (February, 1975) - Rich Buckler (writer/artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales#30 (June, 1975) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler, Keith Pollard & Arvell Jones (pencils), Al McWilliams (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales#31 (August, 1975) - Doug Moench (writer), Rich Buckler & Keith Pollard (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales#32 (November, 1975) - Rich Buckler & Bill Mantlo (writers), Rich Buckler, Keith Pollard & Bob McLeod (artists), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales#33-35 (January-May, 1976) - Rich Buckler & Bill Mantlo (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#33 (April, 1977) - David Anthony Kraft (writer), Rich Buckler, Mike Nassar & Arvell Jones (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
First Posted: 08/29/2002
Last updated: 05/04/2019
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