Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unknown, Pre-Modern era) (see comments)

Occupation: Researcher of Earth, owner of Able Chairs

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Able Chairs, Mr. Vort, other members of his race

Enemies: Gorgi Gruff

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Adam Able

Base of Operations: His workshop in an unidentified city;
    formerly planet Orrgo;
Pre-Modern era

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#82/4 (July, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: Adam was well versed in the field of robotics, and had under his control a number of robots that were disguised as chairs. He could pass himself off as human by wearing a mask.

History: (Journey into Mystery I#82/4 (fb) - BTS) - Adam was sent to Earth to learn as much as he could about its inhabitants. To this end he manufactured robot spies disguised as chairs.

(Journey into Mystery I#82/4) - Adam opened Able Chairs, and his store was a smash success due to both his unbelievably low prices and the excellent design of his chairs. Gorgi Gruff, a competing chair-maker, snapped when he lost a sizeable account to Adam. Gruff confronted Adam at his workshop, and threatened him with a gun. Adam tricked Gorgi into sitting in one of his robot chairs, which immediately ensnared Gorgi. Adam pulled off his mask, revealing his true identity, and promised Gorgi would never be able to tell anyone about it. 



Comments: Created by an unnamed writer and Steve Ditko.

As with many 1950's and 1960's Marvel monster stories, this story is not confirmed as part of Earth-616 continuity, but there's nothing to exclude it either.
    --Leave it in unless something rules it out!--Snood.

Could Adam's planet have been named after Orrgo? Perhaps the monster attacked his planet eons ago, and this led to worshipful fear on the part of Adam's race.

Maybe the planet Orrgo is one-and-the-same as Slaveworld. And, maybe, the latter's insects are the Darvinians, with Darvinia simply being a region of Slaveworld! Perhaps he was one of the native scientists formerly enslaved by Kulla. In fact, he could have been the primary inventor of Chairman's molecular rearranger! In which case, Adam Able is also an indirect ally of...THE COCKROACH CONSPIRACY (and this is further proof that the Fraudulent Furniture Federation is just another diabolically subtle front for the Cockroach Conspiracy)!!!

This story was reprinted in Journey into Mystery II#7


Adam Able has known connection to:

Able Chairs

Robots disguised as chairs. They had the ability to mold their contours to a sitter's form. They spied on the people that purchased them.

--Journey into Mystery I#82/4




Gorgi Gruff

Owner of Gruff Chairs. He was unpopular because he stole the designs for his chairs from other existing models. He threatened Adam Able with a gun, demanding that Adam reveal the secret of his comfortable chairs. Gruff was trapped by one of Adam's robot chairs.

--Journey into Mystery I#82/4





Mr. Vort

Businessman who was approached by both Adam and Gruff to sell their respective line of chairs. Vort happily agreed to sell Adam's chair, and he sent Gruff on his way.

--Journey into Mystery I#82/4





Journey into Mystery I#82/4, p5, pan5;
(Adam Able in human guise) Journey into Mystery I#82/4, p2, pan2;
(Able Chairs) Journey into Mystery I#82/4, splash page;
(Gorgi Gruff) Journey into Mystery I#82/4, p4, pan3;
(Mr. Vort) Journey into Mystery I#82/4, p3, pan1

Journey into Mystery I#82 (July, 1962) - Steve Ditko (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Journey into Mystery II#7 (October, 1973) - reprint

Last updated: 11/30/04

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