MAD THINKER's "MOST POWERFUL" ANDROID
Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Terrestrial android, mutated by extradimensional energies
Occupation: Defeat of the Fantastic Four
Group Membership: Formerly the Annihilation Wave
Affiliations: Former servant of Annihilus and Mad
former ally of Ravenous and his Currs, the Delinquent, Paibok the Power-Skrull, Terrax
Enemies: Annihilus, Brute, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Medusa, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Thundra, Tigra, United Front
Known Relatives: None;
similar line as the Mad Thinker's battle droids, killer androids, and super-androids
Aliases: Mad Thinker's "Monster" android, Scavenger; "Son o' Kong" (nickname from the Thing)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: (Mad Thinker's "most powerful"
android): Fantastic Four I#70 (January, 1968);
(Scavenger) Fantastic Four Annual#6 (November, 1968);
(Mad Thinker's "monster android") Fantastic Four I#181 (April, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: The "most powerful" android was about 12 feet tall and possessed superhuman (Class 50) strength and durability, and was able to repair minor injuries. It could extend jets from its ankles to fly, as well as power jets from its back that could release powerful bursts of energy. It could release knock-out gas from its fingers, and it could drop its surface temperature to below freezing and cover itself with ice to protect it from heat attacks. Its "ultimate weapon" was a retractable disintegrator, which could also be extended from its face. It had magnetic shoes which allowed it to walk up the surface of metal walls.
It could be activated by remote control, and sent on an apparently pre-programmed mission to locate and attack the Fantastic Four. It possessed unspecified scanners which allowed it to locate its foes.
As the Scavenger, it possessed a pair of bat-like wings, extending from ankles to waist, that allowed it to fly. Its superhuman strength was presumably comparable to its original level, though it demonstrated no other offensive powers.
As the "monster" android, it was about 25' tall. It possessed great power, drawn from Annihilus' Cosmic Control Rod, granting it superhuman strength (Class 100) and durability. It had an immense tail, which could be used to strike as a fifth limb. It could fly unharmed through air or the "space" of the Negative Zone. It could release blasts of cosmic rays from its eyes. The "monster" presumably possessed other energy powers as well, though it did not demonstrate these.
Unlike its previous forms, the "monster" android had a more advanced intellect, enabling speech and apparently emotion (well, one emotion--rage).
Height: 12' - 25'
Weight: 4-10 tons
History: The Mad Thinker built his most powerful android and kept it hidden in one of his secret bases to be used in the event that he was captured.
(Fantastic Four I#70) - After the Mad Thinker was defeated by the Fantastic Four and sent to prison, he activated his most powerful android and sent it to destroy the Fantastic Four. It rampaged its way across the streets of Manhattan, scaled the Baxter Building, and confronted the Fantastic Four--the male members of which were unconscious as the result of a recent conflict.
(Fantastic Four I#71) - The pregnant Invisible Girl managed to avoid the attacks of the powerful android, until she could use Reed's Electri-Force Beam to both revive her teammates and briefly stun the android. The Thing was on his feet first, and with some shielding from Sue, he managed to smash the android out through the wall of the building, and it fell towards seeming doom to the streets below. However, the android repaired itself and flew back up for another round a short time later. It dropped the Thing with knockout gas and then froze a block of ice around the Torch, who exploded free but passed out from the strain. The exhausted Reed engaged the powerful android, but was clearly outmatched in power. However, he managed to dupe it into rushing him, and he side-stepped and tripped it, knocking it into the portal to the Negative Zone, where it was lost...forever! Or so it would seem...
(Fantastic Four I#183 (fb)) - Annihilus discovered the inert android floating through the Negative Zone, having apparently shut down after being unable to detect its foes. Annihilus used a gene transmitter from the Tyannan ship to transform the android into one of his Scavengers to better serve him.
(Fantastic Four I#183 (fb)) - Following a separate defeat of Annihilus by the Fantastic Four (FF#141), the Scavenger--who still apparently retained some of the Thinker's programming--stole the Cosmic Control Rod from Annihilus' throat. Possibly seeking power to complete its original mission, the Scavenger tapped into the Rod, which released its energy into him, transforming him into a gigantic monstrous form. The monstrous creature then took over Annihilus' domain.
(Fantastic Four I#181) - When Reed Richards was stranded in the Negative Zone by the Brute, Annihilus recruited Richards' help against his former servant. However, as they approached it, the Mad Thinker revealed that he had regained control of the monster android, and that he intended to use it to conquer the Negative Zone, and then Earth as well--after killing both Richards and Annihilus, of course.
(Fantastic Four I#182) - The Brute trapped the Thing and Human Torch in the Negative Zone, as well. They were drawn to the struggle against the monster android, and they engaged it, too, though their attacks failed to harm it. Reed had Johnny fly them off to regroup, but the monster then took off towards the Negative Zone's portal to the Baxter Building.
(Fantastic Four I#183) - The monster android smashed its way into the Baxter Building, where the Brute attacked it. Ranting that it would not be anyone's servant, the android pummeled the Brute, and then bombarded him with cosmic rays, transforming him back into human form. It was then assaulted by the Invisible Girl, Thundra, and Tigra, who held it long enough for the rest of the Fantastic Four to arrive through the portal. The Mad Thinker arrived in the Baxter Building as well, expecting to enjoy the culmination of his plot to take over the Baxter Building, but the number of unexpected variables had caused his plan to fall apart. As the android rampaged amok against the heroes, the Thinker fled. Minutes later, the combined power of the Fantastic Four and their allies knocked the monster off guard, and the Thing grabbed the Cosmic Control Rod from its neck, removing the source of its power and will. The android collapsed in a heap.
The Brute/Reed sacrificed himself to return the Cosmic Control Rod to Annihilus as the FF's Reed Richards had promised.
(Annihilation#2-3) - Placed under the control of Annihilus (possibly via worm-like parasites) and back in its original form, the "Most Powerful" android was made to fight alongside the Annihilation Wave accompanied by the Delinquent, Paibok, and Terrax. They fought the resistance forces led by Nova (Richard Rider) at Daedallis 5, ultimately driving the resistance off-planet as Galactus was forced by Annihilus to consume the world. As Galactus approached, the android flew away.
Comments: "Most powerful" android and Scavenger
created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby.
"Monster" android created by Roy Thomas, Ron Wilson, & Joe Sinnott.
Connection between the two established in a story by Archie Goodwin, Len Wein, Jim Shooter, Roger Stern, Ralph Macchio, and Roger Slifer. And it was scripted by Bill Mantlo.
While the Scavenger was first seen in FF Annual#6, entire groups of Scavengers have been seen since. Fantastic Four Unlimited#3 confirms that Annihilus uses a gene transmitter from the Tyannan ship to evolve beings it captured into its servitors, aka the Scavengers.
Yet another example of how the "dump it in the Negative Zone" to resolve a problem will always come back and bite the FF in the butt.
The cover to FF#183 is clearly patterned after FF#71, which was the Monster Android's first story.
A robot resembling the "most powerful" android was seen in Reanimator's collection
in Wolverine II#149.
Presumably another Killer Android?
No known connection to:
Fantastic Four I#71 (February, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#182 (May, 1977) - Len Wein, Jim Shooter, Archie Goodwin & Bill Mantlo (writers), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Fantastic Four I#183 (June, 1977) - Bill Mantlo, Jim Shooter, Roger Stern, Ralph Macchio, Len Wein & Roger Slifer (writers), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Annihilation#2-3 (November-December, 2006) - Keith Giffen (writer), Andrea Divito (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Last updated: 07/06/07
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