Real Name: none
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Skrullian) robot
Occupation: Death to the enemies of the Skrulls
Group Membership: Skrulls
Enemies: Queen Adora, Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Tanak Valt (Nova-Prime), Xandarians, Master Xar (Xandarian)
Known Relatives: inapplicable
Base of Operations: formerly the
the Skrull Empire
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#204 (March, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: Skrull X had shape-changing skills, though perhaps not to the same degree as the Skrulls. He transformed into a piece of machinery. He had superhuman strength (lifts 70 to 80 tons) and durability, could fire energy blasts from his hands, and could generate flames across his body. As a robot, he would not need air, food, water, etc. and was less susceptible to temperature extremes than most living beings.
History: The specifics of Skrull X's origins are undetermined.
(Fantastic Four I#204 (fb)) - As Queen Adora and her advisors discussed how they might save Xandar from a Skrull invasion, Skrull X burst into the chambers, determined to slay Adora. Valt and Xar delayed Skrull X long enough for Xar to push Adora into a transport beam which sent her to Earth. However, Skrull X followed her shortly thereafter.
(Fantastic Four I#204) - Seconds after Adora beamed into the Baxter Building, Skrull X arrived as well. He blasted Adora with a beam, which stunned her, and he ignited his skin and burned Mr. Fantastic off of him when he tried to restrain the attacker. Skrull X shrugged off the Thing's Sunday Punch, then returned it in kind, knocking the Thing to the ground. As he and the Thing continued to grapple, Reed Richards directed the Thing to back off, and he blasted Skrull X with an electrical ray (a sonic short circuiter), which surrounded him in a cocoon of pure force, incapacitating him.
(Fantastic Four I#212 (fb)) - The FF left the Skrull behind on the floor while they rushed off to save Adora, and soon ended up in a plot that took them off of Earth. Skrull X's back-up circuits re-energized him. Once repowered, he made his way to Richards' computers where he began his secondary mission. Within hours, Earth's primary defense secrets were his, and he relayed all of his information to the Skrull High-Command.
(Fantastic Four I#212) - When the eldest three FF members returned to the Baxter Building, suffering from the effects of a Skrull age accelerator (see Jaketch), Sue collapsed and was placed in stasis. None of the group noticed the new piece of machinery that morphed back into Skrull X after she had been left behind. He approached Sue's stasis tube.
(Fantastic Four I#214) - The Human Torch stood over his three aged teammates, all of whom were now encased in stasis tubes. Again having taken the form of the same piece of machinery, Skrull X reformed and attempted to ambush the Torch, who heard him in time to dodge his energy blast. He fired a stream of flame at Skrull X, who laughed it off and then punched him out of the building. Johnny returned to fight anew, only to be blasted again by Skrull X. As his attacker approached him, brandishing a weapon and threatening him with the same fate as his teammates, Johnny realized he could be looking at the means of his teammates' salvation. Determined to win, Johnny concentrated all of his power on Skrull X, leaving him a heap of melted debris.
Johnny was initially distraught at having destroyed the one being who would have known how to save his teammates, but he soon realized that the weapon that could cause the aging effect might be able to be reversed. He awoke the feeble Reed, who managed to reverse the ray. Reed also casually described Skrull X as a robot. Johnny was astounded that he had known this: "How could you have known?" To which Reed responded, "It seemed so obvious..."
Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, Jim Shooter, Keith Pollard, & Joe Sinnott.
As smart as Reed is, it's surprising that he doesn't more often neglect to mention something that to him would seem so painfully obvious.
No known connection to:
Fantastic Four I#204 (March, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#212 (November, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), John Byrne (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#214 (January, 1980) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), John Byrne (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Last updated: 01/09/04
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