Real Name: Torgo
Identity/Class: Extra-terrestrial (Mekkan) robot
Occupation: First among Equals of the Mekkans
Group Membership: Horror-Hunters/Hulk-Hunters (Amphibion, Dark-Crawler), Mekkans (ruler)
Affiliations: Captain Mar-Vell, Collector and his agents, empress Daydra
and the Sagittarians, Mr. Fantastic, the Starjammers, the Thing;
former agent of "Lippy" Louie and a pair of unnamed cloaked aliens
Enemies: Abomination, Boss Barker,
Master, "Lippy" Louie;
formerly Mr. Fantastic and the Thing
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Robot-Man", The Ultimate Weapon
Place of Birth: The planet Maarin (later Mekka) in the Kirthom star system
Base of Operations: planet Mekka (formerly Maarin)
orbiting the star Kirthom, in the Milky Way Galaxy;
formerly the Collector's "prisonship";
formerly the planet Kral in the Skrull Galaxy
Education: Programmed by Maarin
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#91 (October, 1969)
Powers/Abilities: Torgo is a mechanical form of life, possessing superhuman strength (Class 25-50 initially, later Class 100) and durability (composed of unknown metal). An experienced combatant, his weapon of choice is his battle stave, which has a rectangle on one end that can be used to choke and/or electrocute opponents. He is approximately 6'5".
Torgo is the only Mekkan that is not programmed to obey the prime directive, which is never to take a human life. He also apparently has a bit of a sweet tooth.
Weight: 600 lbs.
Eyes: Red; formerly white, yellow, black
(Fantastic Four I#173 (fb)) - Torgo was one of the first and most powerful robots constructed by the humanoid race on the planet Maarin. That race died out from a deadly spore-virus centuries ago, and it was Torgo who buried the last inhabitant of the planet and renamed it Mekka.
(Fantastic Four I#92 (fb) - BTS) - Torgo was captured by the Skrulls of Kral, who forced him to serve in their gladiatorial pens under the threat of using one of their weapons to destroy Mekka if he refused. Torgo's power and skill enabled him to become champion of the contests under the mob boss Lippy Louie, and he was undefeated in a lengthy string of combat.
(Fantastic Four I#91) - In the slave pens of Kral, Torgo met the Thing and told him that he would kill him when they fought.
(Fantastic Four I#92) - Torgo attempted to convince the Thing that it was useless to oppose the Skrulls, as their slave collars and hypno-rays made him helpless. The Thing tried to convince Torgo to join him against the Skrulls, but Torgo attacked him and the Skrull slavers had to break them up. As they approached, Torgo revealed the threat of the Sonic Disruptor aimed at their home planets. They then watched the first contest, a match between a Primitoid and a Cat-Man.
(Fantastic Four I#93) - Torgo and the Thing entered the arena, where the Thing continued to try to convince him to fight their real enemies: the Skrulls. Unwilling to listen and thinking the idea to be futile, Torgo continued to attack. The fight was evenly matched, though the Thing was less experienced with the weapons they were given and was frequently at a disadvantage as a result. Nonetheless, the Thing managed to get Torgo at his mercy, but refused to kill him and let him go. Torgo then used a gas weapon to weaken the Thing and stunned him. However, remembering how the Thing had spared him, Torgo refused to kill his foe. The Skrulls aimed the Sonic Disruptor at Mekka, but the rest of the Fantastic Four then arrived and the Human Torch destroyed the Disruptor. The Skrulls' control ended, Torgo led a rebellion and the slaves then turned on their former masters.
(Fantastic Four I#173 (fb) - BTS) - Torgo's rebellion led the slaves to victory. Returning home, he was named a hero and named First among Equals of Mekka.
(Fantastic Four I#173) - The Thing and Mr. Fantastic were sent by the High Evolutionary to find a potential world for Galactus, in hopes of sparing the High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth. They were sent to Mekka, but quickly realized that the robots of that world were intelligent, and planned to head back to the High Evolutionary to reveal their failure. However, despite his previous alliance with the Thing, Torgo decided that they could not be allowed to return, as they might reveal the location of Mekka to Galactus. Torgo and the Mekkans overpowered, subdued, and imprisoned the two (to be fair, the Thing was temporarily in human form and using a Thing exoskeleton, and Reed's powers were fading).
(Fantastic Four I#174) - Torgo revealed his plan to turn Reed and Ben into Mekkans to force them to stay--he was also brilliant enough to reveal the Tower of Life, the source of power to all Mekkans. After Torgo left his prisoners alone, they escaped. While Ben fought Torgo and the Mekkans, Reed fought his way to the Tower. Ben finally managed to drop Torgo, but Reed then revealed that he had simultaneously turned off their power supply. Ben restored the power, and Torgo took their act of good faith as reason enough to trust that they would not betray him, and allowed them to leave in peace.
(Marvel Two-In-One#45 (fb) - BTS) - Boss Barker, having survived by impersonating a corpse, managed to gain revenge on Torgo, decapitating him and claiming his head as a trophy.
(Marvel Two-In-One#45) - Barker confronted the Thing, revealed his trophy, and then tried to rub him out as well. The Thing was assisted by Captain Mar-Vell, but ultimately it was Torgo who saved the day. Briefly reactivating, he fired an eyeblast that dropped Barker. Mar-Vell then planned to program Barker's ship to take Torgo's head back to Mekka to be repaired.
BTS - Torgo was rebuilt.
(Hostess Ad: July, 1979: The Ultimate Weapon, ie. Defenders I#73) - A pair of cloaked Jawa-like aliens allied themselves with Torgo. They attacked the Thing, nearly crushing him with their Atomic Hydraulo-Press, before he shattered it and broke free. The aliens then sent Torgo against him, but the Thing pulled out some Hostess® fruit pies. Torgo decided that the pies were very good, and definitely better than fighting. The Thing and Torgo ate the pies, and the aliens wished they could have some, too.
(Incredible Hulk II#269 (fb) - BTS) - Torgo was recruited by Empress Daydra of the Sagittarians to fight off the Galaxy Master and his agent, the Ravager of Worlds (actually the Abomination). Before leaving, he had the computers redesign his frame to make him strong enough to confront these foes. Torgo was joined by Amphibion and Dark-Crawler, but even their combined might was insufficient against the Abomination, whose strength the Galaxy Master had doubled. Daydra then brought the trio to Earth as the Hulk-Hunters, to find and enlist the Hulk, who had defeated the Galaxy Master before.
(Incredible Hulk II#269) - The Hulk-Hunters arrived on Earth, but their name caused their intent to be mistaken, and they soon found themselves on the losing end of a battle against the Hulk. Seeing that further fighting was pointless, Torgo summoned Daydra to stop the fight and reveal their intent. The Hulk accepted Daydra's request for aid.
(Incredible Hulk II#270) - After breaking up a fight between Amphibion and the Hulk en route, Torgo led the renamed Horror-Hunters against the Galaxy Master, while the Hulk engaged the Abomination. The Hulk became angry enough to defeat the empowered Abomination, weakening the Galaxy Master sufficiently to allow the Hunters to penetrate his shields. The Galaxy Master then teleported the Hulk and Abomination closer to him, so that the Abomination could defeat the Hunters, but the Hulk attacked and destroyed the Galaxy Master and the Abomination went mad and fell into the void of space.
(Wolverine II#135(fb) - BTS) - Torgo allied himself with the Collector, aboard a ship which he had created that was shielded from the detection of Galactus. Many aliens came by choice to this ship to avoid the planet-eater.
(Wolverine II#135) - Wolverine was brought to the Collector's ship by the alien Aria with the intent of freeing the "prisoners." The Collector sent Torgo to stop them, and he led a pair of Sidrian Hunters after them.
(Wolverine II#136) - The Sidri captured Aria and Torgo smashed Wolverine aside to stop him from helping her. Torgo convinced Wolverine that he had perhaps heard a skewed version of what was really going on. Torgo was called back to the Collector's side and so he left Wolverine to learn the truth from the other inhabitants. However, the other inhabitants proved quite hostile to the human Wolverine.
(Wolverine II#137) - After Wolverine broke out, Torgo accompanied the Starjammers in an effort to recover him. Wolverine and Aria's efforts successfully destroyed the ship's main power grid, disabling the cloaking device. The ship was then discovered and approached by Galactus.
(Wolverine II#138) - While there was a mass exodus from the ship as the others fled from Galactus, Torgo refused to leave and stayed behind in hopes of slowing Galactus enough that all could escape. Wolverine and Aria, regretful of their error in judgment, joined Torgo in trying to destroy Galactus' elemental converter. Even when Galactus foiled all other efforts, Torgo refused to leave with the Starjammers and continued to pound at the converter until Galactus blasted him.
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby.
Like any good robot, perhaps Torgo has a spare set of memory/programming back on Mekka and he could be rebuilt.
The fact that Torgo most likely slew tens (if not hundreds) of others (many most likely innocents) during the Great Games is kind of down-played. He's definitely willing to kill, as he turned a gun on his former masters and shouted "Death to the Skrulls!"
While the Hostess story is not official canon (hence the italics), at least one of the stories (involving the Icemaster) has been dragged into continuity, so there's no reason why the rest can't be, as well. (it is canon since Torgo's entry in the 2006 OHotMU series)
A robot resembling Torgo was seen in Reanimator's collection in Wolverine II#149.
Torgo has an entry in OHotMU 2006 A-Z#11.
No known connection to:
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Fantastic Four I#93, Cover (Torgo main image)
(Torgo head shot)
Fantastic Four I#92-93 (November-December, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (#92) & Frank Giacoia (#92) (inks)
Fantastic Four I#173-174 (August-September, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Marvel Two-In-One#45 (November, 1978) - Peter Gillis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Hostess Ad: The Ultimate Weapon (July, 1979)
Incredible Hulk II#269-270 (March-April, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils/inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Wolverine II#135-138 (February-May, 1999) - Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (#136) (writer), Jeff Matsuda, Steve Scott (#138) & Yancey Labat (#138) (pencils), Jonathan Sibal, Scott Elmer (#138) & Scott Koblish (#138) (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Last updated: 12/25/13
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